Key takeaways from Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead mid-season review:
- Despite a seemingly average plot of a zombie outbreak, the anime stands out due to its excellent execution and character development.
- The series explores the concept of living life to the fullest even in the face of chaos, portraying the main characters’ pursuit of their bucket list as a liberating experience.
- The anime employs vibrant colors and well-animated scenes, making the visuals stand out and enhancing the overall viewing experience.
I said that My Happy Marriage was the most surprisingly good anime of this season. And I stand by that statement. But, just slightly behind My Happy Marriage is Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead. Because I seriously did not expect this anime to be as good as it has turned out to be.
I know this is slightly early for a mid-season review since episode 5 just dropped today. I would have waited till next week to write this, but next week we won’t get an episode because there is some special programming in Japan. Even Jujutsu Kaisen was delayed because of this program.
I did not want to wait for two weeks to write this article, so here we are. Welcome back to another one of my mid-season reviews. This time we are talking about Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead, So let’s get started.
What do I think of Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead so far?
Now, the plot of the anime itself is not that special. As you may imagine, things have gone to hell as almost everyone has turned into a zombie because of a virus outbreak. Our protagonist and his best friend decide to make a list of the 100 things they want to do before they die. And each episode features them chasing after a particular goal or thing written in the list. So if the plot is seemingly this average, why is the anime good?
Well, it is all in the presentation. The entirety of the first episode shows us how tired Akira is of his everyday life and overwork. It builds up this tension inside of him that finally burst out when he realizes that he no longer has to go to work. The character work of the series is in full gear all the time because of this amazing execution. In a way, that is what this series is about. Two best friends doing anything and everything they want to before they die and living every day like it is their last.
This chemistry between the main duo and the message it carries is what makes this series special. It is very liberating in a way as you see the main duo chill out every episode as things go to hell around them. The animations are also very unique as they use these really vivid colors to represent the zombies. It always catches your eye and feels very good to look at. The occasional fights are brutal and incredibly well-animated.
That is it for now. Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead is a really refreshing take on the zombie genre. Even though it has a pretty average plot overall, the execution and the character work make it entertaining and worth the watch. I give the show an 8/10 so far. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!!
Also, check out this week’s anime recommendation here!!