Monday, May 10, 2021

Graphic Novel Review: Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead by Haro Aso


Title: Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead
Author: Haro Aso
Illustrator: Kotaro Takata
Genre: Manga; Graphic Novel
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2021
Publisher: Viz Media

Surviving a zombie apocalypse beats being a wage slave any day!

After spending years slaving away for a soul-crushing company, Akira’s life has lost its luster. But when a zombie apocalypse ravages his town, it gives him the push he needs to live for himself. Now Akira’s on a mission to complete all 100 items on his bucket list before he...well, kicks the bucket.

In a trash-filled apartment, 24-year-old Akira Tendo watches a zombie movie with lifeless, envious eyes. After spending three hard years at one of Japan’s “black corporations,” his spirit is broken. He can’t even muster the courage to confess his feelings to his beautiful co-worker Ohtori. Then one morning, he stumbles upon his landlord eating lunch—which happens to be another tenant! The whole city’s swarming with zombies, and even though he’s running for his life, Akira's never felt more free!


*A Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this. This is my honest and uunbiased review*
Hello Fellow Readers,

I was really surprised at how fun this was and how much I really liked the main character Akira. You would think that a graphic novel about Zombies it would be a bit on the gore or angst side but it seems to just be a fun and while ride. Akira starts off as a naive, optimistic guy who starts getting the life sucked out of him when by his new corporate job at a black corporation. Eventually, he awakens one day to find out Zombies have invaded Tokyo. 

Any normal person would panic, but not Akira. He's been invigorated by his new found sense of freedo of being able to actually do the things he wants. So, he creates a bucket list of 100 things to try to do before he becomes a Zombie. I like the irony of being a corporate zombie, lacking freedom to do anything but work, then to suddenly be free by a actual zombie apocalypse. 

Overall, a surprisingly fun, fast-paced story.

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