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The Herald Anime Club Meeting 155: Retro Rewind: Zombie Land Saga Episode 7

Meeting Date: 8/29/2020

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 Anthony this week

Anthony Simpson: Evening

Samantha Ferreira: Tonight, we’re heading back to Kyushu for Zombie Land Saga episode 7: “Lightning is like Autotune for Zombies.”

Still from Zombie Land Saga depicting a zombie girl sitting, unamused as two zombies argue in the background.

Anthony Simpson: Start to finish, I loved this episode

Samantha Ferreira: Same. It was just so well-paced, so well-done

Anthony Simpson: I really enjoyed Junko coming to terms with how things are done with Idoldom, and Kotaro letting her do things her way

Samantha Ferreira: Same. Also, he had one of the best one-liners in the episode. “Kicky-blammo” is the best thing to scream when stomping in a door.

Anthony Simpson: He breaking the door down and then when he finished speaking with Junko asking her to fix the door was chefs kiss.

Samantha Ferreira: Right? Then the montage with her just drilling in the hinges in-between

Still from Zombie Land Saga that depicts a white-haired woman as she drills a door onto its frame.

Anthony Simpson: That was great. The one thing I really enjoy that despite the tone shifts in a given scene it works.

Samantha Ferreira: Yeah. It was just silly enough to work here. Right up there with Junko getting Isekai Truck’d.

Anthony Simpson: I laughed so hard at that. Like just Junko getting hit, Kotaro’s face at hitting Junko.

Samantha Ferreira: Right? The straight-up “Oh shit” face cutting away to Junko just flying through the air. Also: this is a landmark episode because the Great Tae Yamada got her first lines :0

Anthony Simpson: Oh god who could forget that. Bringing it back to Junko I liked it that she stepped up when Ai was having trouble during the show. Really shows how she is a seasoned pro as an idol.

Samantha Ferreira: Likewise. That was just an amazing scene. It was a great moment of catharsis after the big feud that had been building.

Anthony Simpson: It certainly was. One touch that I enjoyed was how when the team got hit with lighting they just glowed.

Samantha Ferreira: Yeah. And they just started going into autotune because why not?

Anthony Simpson: I thought that was an interesting choice. I mean they didn’t have to autotune the girls, but as a choice I would say it works.

Samantha Ferreira: I thought it was great because it at least made the lightning crackles make more sense. An “Oh yeah, that parses” type of thing.

Also, I have to admit – the visual humor was just on-point this episode. Junko’s mushrooms, the bowling shoe waterproofing session, the A+ face-game through the whole thing. It was just a visually interesting episode

Anthony Simpson: The Bowling shoe waterproofing that was another favorite scene of mine

Samantha Ferreira: Right? Just Saki being pissed-off when she realizes was priceless.

A blonde woman glares angrily at a can of waterproofing liquid

Anthony Simpson: Saki being Saki

Samantha Ferreira: Which is automatically outstanding.

Anthony Simpson: Oh yes it is

Samantha Ferreira: If I have one regret, though, it’s mostly that Yugiri gets so underused. She’s just an amazing character and I love her “fish out of water” mentality

Anthony Simpson: I want to see more of Yugiri too. I think that one part of this show that really works is how you have these characters from different times periods and it all works.

Samantha Ferreira: Yeah… they don’t worry about the details, it just works somehow. You have an 1800s courtesan, a ’70s idol, a biker from the ’90s, a wannabe from the oughts, Tae Yamada from forever and ever… and it all just works somehow.

Any final thoughts this week?

Anthony Simpson: I’m looking forward to the next episode specially since the next episode is THE episode.

Samantha Ferreira: Likewise! It’s been a lot of fun going through this again.

Anyway, that’s all the time we have this week. Til next time, remember: “Lightning doesn’t hurt zombies. Only fire.”

Have a great 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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