seven zombie women huddled together looking down, their expressions wracked with panic.

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The Herald Anime Club Meeting 154: Retro Rewind: Zombie Land Saga Episode 5

Meeting Date 8/15/2020

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! I’m Samantha, and I’m here with L.B. and Anthony

Anthony Simpson: Evening

L.B. Bryant: Hello

Samantha Ferreira: Tonight, we’re heading back to the past for our fourth Retro Rewind in Zombie Land Saga. This time we’re talking up episode 5: “Did we just watch a half-hour chicken commercial?”

Six women stand in front of a storefront with a yellow sign, emblazoned with a red bubble that has a drawing of a smiling chicken inside it.

L.B. Bryant: lol pretty much and it made me hungry

Anthony Simpson: I loved this episode I think this is my favorite so far

L.B. Bryant: I had a feeling that you would enjoy this episode. It’s easily one of the best of the series.

Samantha Ferreira: It is one of the most memorable

I loved Saki going gaga over meeting Drive-In Tori’s president

L.B. Bryant: Though I had totally forgotten about the second half. I only remembered the chicken commercial section.

Samantha Ferreira: I liked the Gatalympics bit… though it didn’t have the same punch as the chicken bit. I mean… it’s hard to not laugh at an episode that opens with Saki hurling a 100kph fastball into Tatsumi’s thigh

A man wearing sunglasses and a cape smiles as he swings an aluminum baseball bat.

L.B. Bryant: Yeah though I’m really getting sick of Tatsumi’s random SHONEN YELLING.

Samantha Ferreira: I love it, because it’s such a tonal disconnect

Anthony Simpson: I agree with Sam on this.

L.B. Bryant: It’s one of the things I hate about shonen anime in general (see also: Dr. Stone).

Anthony Simpson: Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t.

Samantha Ferreira: I love it, because he’s such a good counterpoint for the girls, as a whole. Especially now that they’re straight-up beating the crap out of him

The bit in this episode, for example, where Ai just grabs the baguette and brains him, and he just crumples

A blonde woman stares ahead, hands clasped in rapture. Six women behind her stare on in confusion.

Anthony Simpson: I loved it. Tatsumi is so smug and him getting his comeuppance every episode just gets me every time

Samantha Ferreira: Same.

Anthony Simpson: The tori part was my favorite part of this episode because it reminded me when I went to Japan 18 years ago and went a Tori restaurant near Iwakuni.

Samantha Ferreira: Oh wow.

Anthony Simpson: I don’t remember the name of the place the USMC just called it the Chicken Shack. I remember we sat outside around a sand pit and the servers brought the grill to cook the chicken on. The part of it that stands out of the most to me was when I was grabbing a piece of chicken that was cook and the flame singed my right hand and I ended up dropping that piece of chicken in the sand. We all just laughed at the sight of it

A black-haired woman in a chicken costume jumps at a gigantic chicken mascot. A red-haired woman, also in a chicken costume, holds the other woman back.

Samantha Ferreira: That’s a heck of a memory to have. Ouch o-o

Anthony Simpson: I found the place:

Samantha Ferreira: …This place looks amazing.

Anthony Simpson: I’m so glad it is still in business.

Back to show Tae Yamada once again stole the episode for me

Samantha Ferreira: She was amazing again.

Whether she’s attacking the chicken mascot or falling to pieces during the Gatalympics, she’s a treasure.

A black-haired woman stares at a chicken mascot, her mouth dripping with drool as it twists into a dark grin.

Aniwho, any final thoughts this week?

L.B. Bryant: Nothing from me.

Anthony Simpson: Just looking to forward to the next episode

Samantha Ferreira: Likewise. I guess that’s all the time we have this week, then. Til next time, remember: When in doubt, be the chicken.

Nice bird.

Have a great night!

L.B. Bryant: Night

Anthony Simpson: Good night

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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