A red-haired man glares at the camera. She's holding a microphone and pointing at her own head.

Herald Anime Club

The Herald Anime Club Meeting 150: Retro Rewind: Zombie Land Saga Episode 2

Meeting Date: 7/25/2020

Disclaimer: The Herald Anime Club discusses shows in a generally unmoderated format. Naturally, there will be spoilers for a given episode. You have been warned!

Samantha Ferreira: Hi everyone, and welcome to the Herald Anime Club (Retro Edition!). I’m Samantha, and I’m here with Anthony and L.B.

L.B. Bryant: Hello

Anthony Simpson: Evening

Samantha Ferreira: Tonight, we’re heading back to Kyushu to meet some undead moe idols in Zombie Land Saga 2: “EPIC! RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY!”

Or “the one where Tatsumi shows the zombie idols the equivalent of a snuff film”

A man with sunglasses smiles proudly as he stands in front of a blackboard

Anthony Simpson: This episode, this was an enjoyable one start to finish.

Samantha Ferreira: It really was. I’m kind of glad they didn’t rush it and try to push this in the premiere

L.B. Bryant: This was a solid follow up to the first episode plot intro.

Samantha Ferreira: It really was. I liked how they worked in the cop from the first episode, even. That said, those rappers had it coming.

Anthony Simpson: They certainly did have it coming

Samantha Ferreira: Also: Much has to be said about The Great Tae Yamada (TM), who is always nothing short of stellar

Anthony Simpson: Tae Yamada is amazing even though she has no lines so far.

A red-haired woman sighs as she looks down while a blonde woman smiles as she holds the severed head of a black-haired woman.

Samantha Ferreira: Right? The scene at the concert was outstanding

Anthony Simpson: The concert was my favorite part of this episode just amazing all around

Samantha Ferreira: Hehe… I still remember when this first aired. The impromptu rap battle was what solidified it as a must-see for SO many people

L.B. Bryant: Yeah, I remember the buzz that the rap battle generated among the anime blogs around the world.

A blonde woman points as she holds up a microphone.

Samantha Ferreira: It was the most-shared video on Crunchyroll DE for ages

IIRC, they had the best-quality version of the scene, and it just kept getting passed around like “You’ve gotta see this!”

It’s up at something like 1.8 – 2 million views now

That said, the western version’s up there too

Anyway! This episode just had so many great moments… Saki being this badass undead biker, Ai, Junko, and Sakura sneaking out, rap battles, and just… yeah.

Anthony Simpson: Top to bottom this episode was packed.

Samantha Ferreira: Right? I mean… we haven’t even touched on, like, the street rappers, or the death metal dudes, or…

Anthony Simpson: The death metal dudes are my favorite side characters in this show

An overweight man with colorful makeup and a dark-haired man have a conversation as they sit on the floor.

Samantha Ferreira: You’ll see more of them, I assure you

I do wish we saw more of the rappers, though. I don’t remember if they show up again or not, but they were funny.

Anthony Simpson: I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing them again

Samantha Ferreira: They were great, along with the poor cop.

Aniwho, any final thoughts this week?

Anthony Simpson: None for me

Samantha Ferreira: Likewise. ’til next time, then, remember: when in doubt start a rap battle and save the day while roasting your friends and audience!

Have a great night!

L.B. Bryant: Nighters :)

Anthony Simpson: Good night

A dark-haired zombie with bandages over her face.

About the author

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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