Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead EP 1 was dropped for all enthusiastic manga readers on 9th July. Finally, they will be able to enjoy what they read in the manga having the same title patiently and excitedly. And obviously its a great news for all anime watchers too. They have another anime to try out for their weekend.
So, giving out the details, Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead is written by Hiroshi Seko and is directed by Kazuki Kawagoe. The anime is produced by the studio, Bug Films. It is a seinen content, whose live-action is soon to be released on Netflix dated August 2023.
As of now, only the debut episode was released and here I am with the review on the same. So without any further delays, let’s get going with-
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Things I Might Have Liked From Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead EP 1
The story of Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead EP 1 gives a brief on the practicality of how talented people are exploited in their workplace. Even though the anime is about Zombies, however, the topic of zombie infestation arises much later in the anime.
The audiences are made aware of how the production companies exploit talented people making them overwork while mistreating the employees at the same time. Well, I was feeling a bit off since the people working in the production company give their 100% to create something we, the anime watchers love and enjoy. Watching the struggle was not making me happy.
Coming back to the anime, the protagonist Akira Tendo gets employed at his dream corporate, however, he soon meets the brutal reality of the work life of a production house. The employees hardly leave their workplace to rest. It’s their second home where they eat, sleep, and repeat their life.
Akira was a slave to the work life he looked forward to enjoying. He was miserable and often wanted to quit. The sudden pause to the monotonous life arrives shockingly with Zombies invading his city. He was definitely shocked, but the moment he realizes that he did not have to resume working made him the happiest. The grin was genuine on his face and it was a pleasure to watch.
Well, I have watched a whole bunch of movies on Zombies, but the enthusiasm I witnessed on this young man’s face was something not common. His only concern was the well-being of his first love Ms Ohtori.
The narrative was depicted in the most sarcastic way possible. The positive attitude that Akira needed to stay sincere with his employment was beautifully presented. We see the screen palate being colorful during the initial minutes. But as Akira’s life turns challenging to keep up, the hue degenerates to being pale and appears lifeless.
As he encounters his first Zombie, the sudden pop of color drops in perspective. He was not scared. In fact, his freedom from corporate life and living his supposed small lifetime gives him the scope to see the bright blue sky above and the fresh green nature all around him. He even enjoys watching the red color of his blood then.
After finding out Ms. Ohtori’s fate, he bids adieu to what was left of his usual life and strives to look for the brighter side of the situation. He makes a list giving the name to anime which is Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead.
The story is fresh, I haven’t watched anything like this so far. Therefore I thoroughly enjoyed this 24-minute-long content.
The lead Akira Tendo is basically one of us, who was scared of life. He was a dedicated employee who would not leave the company even though he struggled, since his teammates would suffer the consequences.
He has a crush, working in the office but can’t express his emotions because she is the mistress of his boss. Akira tries to always look at the brighter side even though he is sleep deprived. Well, several of us are going through such miserable work life, however, we try to keep up to survive the rat race.
But unlike him, I don’t think I would be amazed to find out a zombie apocalypse waiting in the way. The moment he realizes the gravity of the situation, the ecstasy on his expression was exceptional. I felt him really hard. The sudden stop to not go to work anymore was mindblowing for him. He was not scared of zombies at all, he was enjoying his time running around saving his butt.
He was happy to see the blue sky above him. Just imagine his love for life right now, since his work life was much more horrific than the current dystopian situation he is presently in.
I loved the direction executed by Kazuki Kawagoe. The chase montages were superbly represented. No blood or gruesome scenes, only bursts of bright colors. The idea of a zombie apocalypse can be a happy thing, it was beautifully interpreted by the director. I also enjoyed the color palette slowly turning pale and then suddenly getting a boost of energy after the zombie invasion. It was nice.
Things I Might Have Not Liked From Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead EP 1
The debut episode holds nothing to complain about. It was a great watch for me and I am looking forward to seeing the next episodes drop by very soon.
TOTT’s Take on Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead EP 1
What we typically watch in dystopian content is not shown in this anime, this is something that I enjoyed thoroughly. It was fresh. I loved watching Akira running towards a free life, full of possibilities. I would highly recommend that you watch the show right now.
So if you are someone who has watched Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead EP 1, it’s time that your share your thoughts and opinions on the debut episode. Feel free to write what you felt about “Akira of the Dead” in the comment section below.
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