What a shocking revelation we had this week on Zombie Land Saga… Even though this show has been all over the place so far, it’s nice to finally see some drama and learn more about the girls’ past.
Japanese Original Episode Title: だってセンチメンタル SAGA
The girls keep practicing their dance skills and new song. Later, they decide to sneak in Kotaro’s office to find out more about the current idol world and while looking up details about the Saga Rock Festival, Ai discovers that her old group, Iron Frill, will be part of the line-up. Kotaro announces to them that they will be holding a photo op session with a small group of fans, and after returning from the event where Junko refused to participate, she gets scolded by Ai and clash with each other over their different opinions on how idols should interact with their fans. Sakura goes after Junko while Saki tries to calm down Ai. Sakura hears from Junko about how she died in a plane crash just before her first tour and how she feels that her outdated mindset might get in the way of the group’s career and contemplates leaving Franchouchou. Meanwhile, Saki learns the tragedy of Ai’s death, where she was struck by lightning during an outdoor concert and how determined she is to not just be a part of history. The next day, Kotaro announces that Franchouchou will be a part of the newcomers lineup for Saga Rock, making both Ai and Junko feel uneasy.
Making Tae bring the shampoo was genius: First of all, let’s comment on the fact that Kotaro is showering with his sunglasses on. At this point I believe that he is like those rappers out there that always wear shades so they won’t reveal their kind and cute looking eyes. But seriously, making Tae the one that responds to his call and bringing him the shampoo was actually a really good idea to buy some time and sneak to his office. Ai seems to be the one with the brainz in the group (see what I did there?).
Why do I have to master your dance? Jeez… Kotaro has such a short temper. If Sakura was not a zombie, her nose would have fallen off after his reaction, which makes me think: did he decide to create a zombie idol group because he couldn’t communicate properly with normal people? Or was he just a horrible manager and is contemplating on something? Hmmm, the plot thickens!
What a horrible death: I actually shivered when she was telling her death story. I can’t believe how agonizing it must have been to die like this or even witnessing it as a fellow member or as part of the crowd. What an absolutely horrible way to die, no wonder she is afraid of lightings now… If I was in Ai’s place I wouldn’t even leave the house even if it was just drizzling to be honest. Damn this anime got really dark all of a sudden!
Themes & Trivia
Mentai Rock: Mentai Rock is the name given to the collection of Japanese artists who gained national popularity during the late 1970s. Continuing through the early 1980s, the collective had little in common other than their origin – the Hakata ward of Fukuoka City. The phrase ‘Mentai Rock’, was derived from the name of a local delicacy, ‘mentaiko’: made from roe. Many believed that their origin also had a common influence on the overall sound, despite the wide variety of genres represented.
Kotaro is doing kabuki now: Kabuki (歌舞伎) is a classical Japanese dance-drama. Kabuki theatre is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers. The individual kanji mean sing (歌), dance (舞), and skill (伎) and is therefore sometimes translated as ‘the art of singing and dancing’. Since the word kabuki is believed to derive from the verb kabuku, meaning ‘to lean’ or ‘to be out of the ordinary’, kabuki can be interpreted as ‘avant-garde’ or ‘bizarre’ theater.
Now we get why Junko is afraid of height and oh god, poor Ai… I feel so bad for her. I think that in the next episode we will probably start getting more drama in the plot since I am pretty sure that one of the girls will be recognized in the Saga Rock concert. In any case, I am very intrigued to see the background stories of the rest of the girls.
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Poor Yugiri, everything must look so bizarre to her, but I love how she just goes with the flow with anything. She is best girl material for sure!
NEXT TIME: But It’s Zombiemental SAGA
Zombie Land Saga
Fall 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast