Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead, a new horror anime on Crunchyroll, is already a must-watch even though the Summer 2023 anime season has just begun. Akira Tendo, the protagonist of Zom 100, is a new college grad who has lost all hope in the face of the brutal reality of the Japanese working world.
The outbreak of the zombie apocalypse coincides with Akira’s lowest point; however, rather than being terrified for his life, Akira is filled with joy at the realization that he no longer has to go to work, and he decides to make the most of his situation by making a bucket list of all the things he wants to do before he turns into a zombie.
The manga from which the film Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead was adapted was written by Haro Aso and illustrated by Kotaro Takata. The show has a very typical horror story premise, but it has already established itself as a must-see for the summer of 2023.
When compared to its contemporaries, Zom 100 is already doing a lot to distinguish it apart, and that’s more than worth paying attention to. The show’s animation excels in quality and innovation, and the tale comes off as incredibly therapeutic.
The Visual Masterpiece That Is Zom 100: Bucket List For The Dead
The graphic style of Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead is the initial reason to play it. Episode 1 not only looks great technically, but it also features some stunning shots, such as the one where Akira confronts his now-zombified employer.
Episode 1 is primarily in black and white to depict Akira’s despair, and when the color reappears as Akira regains his joy, he breaks the fourth wall to smash the aspect ratio bars and put the series in widescreen, which is one of the best moments of sheer inventiveness in the entire series. It’s very remarkable that Zom 100 aspires to that standard of quality because the vast majority of anime don’t even try.
The animation in Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead is excellent, but what really makes it stand out is the talent behind it.
This first full-fledged production by Bug Films, led by director Kazuki Kawagoe, is impressive for a number of reasons. Zom 100 has a lot going for it behind the scenes thanks to its blend of veteran and up-and-coming artists. This trend is only expected to increase as the series progresses.
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Zom 100: The Anime That Will Make You Feel Alive
The impressive visuals of Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead are only part of the game’s appeal; the game also functions as a metaphor for many real-world issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, when some people found relief in the opportunity to do things they couldn’t while at work. The hardships Akira endures are all too true, especially for the average Japanese worker who must confront this brutal reality every day.
That it can touch individuals in such a unique and cathartic way is exactly the kind of thing that will make it stand out in a significant way, because being able to relate to a tale can do a lot to help boost its overall quality.
Overall, Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead has a lot to offer and is a must-watch for the Summer 2023 season on Crunchyroll thanks to its harsh real-life parallels wrapped in gorgeous and creative animation.
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