Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead is the official English localized title of Zom 100: Zombie ni Naru made ni Shitai 100 no Koto. More accurately, it translates to “100 things I want to do before I become a zombie.”
“Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead” is a unique take on the classic zombie apocalypse trope. The first episode introduces us to our protagonist, Akira Tendou, a young man full of hope and excitement for his new job in what seems like a dream company. However, his first day dispels all the illusions – the company turns out to be a “Black Company,” notorious for exploiting their workers with strenuous working conditions and minimal pay.
Over the span of three years, we witness Akira’s transformation into a figurative ‘zombie’. His life turns monochrome, all vibrancy fading as he is caught in the exhausting loop of working endlessly and living off instant noodles in his unkempt apartment.
Romance blooms for Akira when he falls for his co-worker, Ootori. The love, unfortunately, remains unexpressed due to the reveal that Ootori is his boss’s mistress. Akira’s life seems to have descended into a pit of gloom, but an unexpected event turns it around.
The zombie apocalypse arrives, bringing chaos and destruction. But for Akira, it’s a ticket out of his mundane existence. He humorously exclaims, “Does that mean I don’t have to go to work tomorrow?” His gray world explodes into color as the undead rise. He confesses his love to a now-zombified Ootori, throws his undead boss out of a window, and starts living for himself.
Akira heads to a convenience store, where he purchases a notebook and a pen, kick-starting his ‘Bucket List’. He outlines the things he wants to do before he dies, marking the beginning of a brand new adventure.
Opinions / Analysis
Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead captures the audience right from its opening scene, being Akira watching a horror movie. The blend of satire and horror sets it apart from traditional zombie apocalypse narratives.
The animation is indeed one of the standouts of this series. The transformation of Akira’s world from monochromatic to vibrant hues is a visual treat and reflects the changes in his mental state effectively. The use of colorful blood splatters, rather than the standard red, further emphasizes the metaphorical ‘awakening’ of Akira to the world’s colors.
The narrative captures the irony of the protagonist’s situation beautifully. Instead of inducing fear, the zombie apocalypse brings joy and freedom to Akira. This bizarre reaction creates a fascinating character and sets up an intriguing premise for future episodes.
As a manga reader, the anticipation for this anime adaptation was high, and I’m pleased to say it didn’t disappoint. The first episode stayed true to the manga’s essence while adding its unique animated charm.
The first episode of “Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead” is a definite 10/10. Its fantastic animation, engaging storyline, and unique take on a familiar genre make it an unforgettable watch. I’m excited about the colourful adventures that await Akira in this new world.
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