Meeting Date: 9/5/2020

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 Samatha, and I’m here with Anthony Simpson

Anthony Simpson: Evening

Samantha Ferreira: Tonight, we’re heading back to Saga to talk up Zombie Land Saga episode 8: “Zombies Say Trans Rights!”

Still from Zombie Land Saga, which sees a blonde zombie woman in a green sweatshirt sayig "Ah, who cares! Doesn't matter what kinda junk she's got."

Anthony Simpson: So while I never seen Zombie Land Saga before we starting watching for the club I knew about Lily as the show was airing.

Samantha Ferreira: Yeah… that was like… the worst-kept twist

Anthony Simpson: My twitter feed was taken up by Lily

Samantha Ferreira: Heh, same. Still, I have to admit that it they handled everything super well

Anthony Simpson: All around I thought this was a good episode. Specifically the stuff involving Lily and her dad.

Samantha Ferreira: Yeah… that still hits me right in the heartstrings

Anthony Simpson: Especially seeing now we are starting to see people from the girls past seeing them again. That itch that was started a few episode ago and now I wonder how many more we are going to see.

Still from Zombie Land Saga episode 8. A young girl and her father - a massive bald man in a suit, laugh while sitting on a sofa.

Samantha Ferreira: Definitely. Like we’re seeing Lily’s dad and those reporters. It’s been super fascinating to get these little slices of their lives

Anthony Simpson: That said holy shit Lily’s dad was a roidy magoo.

I really how Lily handled the second time she saw her dad with the t-shirts .

Samantha Ferreira: Dude really does look like a Yakuza tough. And same. It was just… my heart.

Anthony Simpson: He does. That or an ex pro wrestler.

Samantha Ferreira: … His head is hilariously tiny though

Anthony Simpson: Yes it is. Reminds on the old Garfield cartoon where they had Jon have a wrestling match with a pro wrestler how had a massive body who wore a face mask but when he took off the face mask he had this small head

Still from Zombie Land Saga episode 8. A large man in a construction uniform holds a sheet of paper.

Samantha Ferreira: That was so touching, though. The dude’s whole arc, from his introduction, to his return to watching TV, was just bittersweet

Anthony Simpson: It was. The fact that he was able to get some closure in the end really just made it so much better.

Samantha Ferreira: Definitely. The whole song in the credits just hurt, in a good way

Anthony Simpson: True.

Samantha Ferreira: Really, it was just a great one-and-done story.

That said… god, I remember the great Wikipedia Wars over this one. Where editors kept trying to downplay Lily’s being trans

Still from Zombie Land Saga episode 8. A girl with blue hair, wearing a red dress, looks up as she gives a chipper smile.

Anthony Simpson: I avoided that thankfully.

Samantha Ferreira: It was astounding to see the mask come off, to say lightly. I won’t go into it, but I will say that the edit history for November 2018 – July 2019 was astounding.

Anthony Simpson: Yikes

Samantha Ferreira: Yeeeah. Props to MAPPA though for handling the subject, though. Like… in the original Japanese, Lily even goes as far as to use the term “suteta namae”, which translates to “abandoned name”/“name I threw away” / “deadname.”

Anthony Simpson: The dub does similar with Lily saying “That is what my name used to be”

Samantha Ferreira: I like it.

Still from Zombie Land Saga episode 8. Three zombie woman eagerly look at an article in a magazine.

Any final thoughts this week?

Anthony Simpson: I’m looking forward to next week

Samantha Ferreira: If this is the one I’m thinking of, so am I.

Anthony Simpson: From the previews it looks like a Saki episode.

Samantha Ferreira: I’ll say no more. \o/

Anthony Simpson: From the previews that is what I getting.

Samantha Ferreira: I think I know which one it is. I’ll say no more. :3

But that’s all the time we have this week. Til next time, remember: not every hulking dude is a yakuza tough. Some are just sweet, sad, lonely dads.

Have a great night!

Anthony Simpson: Good night