You need to read Zom 100 manga right now!
Hey there manga and zombie fans, I’ve got some exciting news for you! Shogakukan announced that the thrilling zombie manga, Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead, gets an anime adaptation to premiere this July. The manga first hit the shelves in Shogakukan’s Sunday GX magazine back in 2018. Since then it has gained a following. It’s not hard to see why! With a gripping storyline and incredible artwork, this manga is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!
But that’s not all! Brace yourself for even more excitement, because the Zom 100 manga also has a live-action film adaptation set to be released on Netflix later this year. This isn’t Haro Aso’s first rodeo when it comes to live-action adaptations. His hit manga Alice in Borderland has already debuted on Netflix, and it just dropped its latest season last December.
So before we get these two amazing adaptations, indulge yourself with the funniest read you’ll have after a long time! The manga tracks Akira’s lackluster existence until the reality of the undead forced him out of his miserable life. The zombie apocalypse acts as a catalyst, forcing him to embrace life, live for himself, and finally create and complete his bucket list! If you’re still on the fence, let us persuade you with more reasons to start reading it AFTER YOU READ THIS ARTICLE!
You need to read Zom 100 manga right now!
Like any other manga we love, we enjoy witnessing misfits unite. In this story, we are introduced to Tendou Akira, a former black company employee who possesses a strong sense of justice. Ryuuzaki Kenichirou is a real estate salesman who frequently strips and aspires to become a comedian. Shizuka Mikazuki, an overseas investment banker, prioritizes rationality above all else. Lastly, Beatrix Amerhauser, a certified Japanophile who enjoys archery.
Although they appear to come from various walks of life, they bond seamlessly. This is all thanks to how Aso utilizes their strengths and weaknesses to assist each other in becoming their best selves. None of them require a knight in shining armor, but as the story progresses, they become more aware of their need for others. However, the most remarkable aspect of their group is their chemistry, which brings hope to an otherwise dismal situation.
Lists, Lists, Lists!
Akira’s story centers around fulfilling everything on his bucket list before turning into a zombie. The concept of having more freedom to complete your bucket list due to the anarchic situation is fascinating. What makes Akira’s list even more interesting is that we never know how he will accomplish his goals! For instance, the once-reclusive Akira unexpectedly reunited with a friend in a zombie-infested love hotel and ended up drinking all night (No. 32).
But that’s not all! Akira isn’t the only one with a list in hand! Mikazuki also has her version of a list, but it focuses on preventing herself from turning into a zombie. It’s pretty cool, right? However, not all lists are as exciting as theirs since someone else’s list could jeopardize theirs. I won’t give away any spoilers, so you better check it out yourself!
The undead is a glaring metaphor
The most prominent issue in this manga is Japan’s dire working conditions. Several key characters are victims of the isolation and despair brought about by these circumstances. Looking at Akira, he had a lingering trauma with his experience in the black company.
Despite being an enjoyable read, one cannot help but be concerned about the society portrayed in the manga. In a capitalist world, workers become numb and directionless zombies, much like the creatures depicted in the story. That’s why reading this manga can be a game changer, as it raises awareness about how oppressive working conditions can weigh individuals down.
Last but not least, let’s talk about zombies! Come on, ever since Left 4 Dead was released, we’ve all been obsessed with the different kinds of zombies that permeate that dystopia. The game taught us that these new mutations can be frightening in unique ways, making survival both tougher and more compelling.
The same can be said for Zom 100. We won’t spoil too much, but Aso has introduced some remarkable zombie variations that definitely made Akira and his gang’s survival experiences trippy. The first animal-zombie mutation is sure to catch you off-guard! We can only hope that this trend will continue in future story arcs.
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Dominic indulges in whatever piques his interest and consumes his time, only to forget about it when he discovers something more intriguing than the last. He is currently rediscovering Taylor Swift after having stopped listening when Reputation came out, and he might binge-watch alien documentaries sometime this week. Nevertheless, writing is the one constant thing that wouldn't slip his mind for sure. Randomly unearthing good films is his fourth favorite thing in life. His third, second, and first are ABBA, suspending disbelief, and his girlfriend, respectively.