- Mangaka : Haro Aso
- Publisher : Viz Media
- Genre : Comedy, Horror
- Published : February 2021
There are different kinds of horrors. There is a fictional horror where monsters, demons, and the supernatural belong. On the other hand, there is realistic horror. Realistic horror is when you see a dozen of missed calls from your mother, or being scammed, or being recruited by a black corporation, modern-day slavery. But that got us thinking. Which is scarier? Would you rather live during the zombie apocalypse or be recruited by a black corporation?
Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead follows the story of 24-year-old Akira Tendo. Akira is the typical idealist fresh graduate. He’s excited to work on his dream job and live life to the fullest. He got a good background and even a fruitful college life. However, the reality isn’t as sweet. On his first day, he was forced to continuously work for 48 hours straight. This happened time and time again, then he realized that he’s been recruited by a black corporation. He’s been three years into the pit and can’t get out on his own. One day, he wakes up during the zombie apocalypse. The first thing that went through his mind is “I don’t have to go to work!”
1. Quirky and Stupid Story
The premise in itself is already hilarious. Think about waking up to the zombie apocalypse and wanting to live life to the fullest. Stupid, right? Still, the weird combination of zombies and the indomitable will to enjoy is something we didn’t know we wanted until we read Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead. More so, zombies being treated like it’s nothing special and as normal as a roll of tissue paper somehow cracks us up.
2. Everything Just Works
Again, zombies and recreation are two things that don’t usually come hand-in-hand. Still, this series somehow makes it work. That’s not all. Akira also has some insane luck. He literally gives no crap about those grotesque walking corpses, and yet, he still manages to get away from any hitch. Imagine getting your bike stolen during the apocalypse, then realizing you can just steal all the vehicles strewn along the street. Fine, that’s not luck. That’s the perk of being an idiot.
1. Black Corporations Are No Joke
Black corporations are real, and it’s a serious problem. It’s not something to joke about, and we get that. We also get that this is a work of fiction. Especially these kinds of stories aren’t the ones to be taken to heart. In addition to that, it does a fairly good job depicting how vile black corporations are.
The zombie trope has been used hundreds of times by now, and it’s a bit hard to find something new. Boy, Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead swept us off our feet. Akira’s hilarious misadventures don’t fail to crack us up. More so, it makes zombies kind of cute instead of scary.