News Is This a Zombie? Anime's 2nd Season Title Announced in Video (Updated)
posted on 2012-01-05 21:40 EST by Jennifer Sherman
The Japanese publisher Kadokawa Shoten began streaming a 143-second promotional video that announces the title for the second anime season of Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (Is This a Zombie?) on December 27. Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead will begin airing in Japan in April.
The video reveals that voice actress Iori Nomizu, who will reprise her role as Haruna, will perform the the theme song "***Passionate" for the new television anime. The video also features the "Koi no Beginner Nan Desu (T_T)" (I Am a Love Beginner) theme song by Rie Yamaguchi, who is also returning as Taeko Hiramatsu in Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead.
The new season's official website announced the series' tentative title as Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Jigoku Hen (Is This a Zombie? Hell Arc) last June. The first anime season based on Shinichi Kimura's original light novel series aired in Japan from January to March of last year. The main staff is returning from the first season, including director Takaomi Kanasaki, series script supervisor Makoto Uezu, and writers Shigeru Morita and Touko Machida.
In the story, a normal high school boy named Ayumu Aikawa gets killed during a spate of mysterious serial killings. However, Ayumu is resurrected as a zombie by a necromancer girl named "Yū" (Eucliwood Hellscythe), who Ayumu had just met before dying. Ayumu then accidentally deprives the magical girl Haruna of her powers, so she demands that Ayumu take her place in fighting her enemy Megalo.
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead's first Blu-ray and DVD release is slated for May 25 in Japan. The retail price of the Blu-ray version will be 7,980 yen (about US$100), and the limited and regular editions of the DVD version will retail at 6,930 yen (US$90) and 5,880 yen (US$76), respectively. The anime's second volume will ship in Japan on June 29 with similar versions for the same prices.
Update: More background information added.
Update 2: More theme song information added.
Update 3: Release information added
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