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Review: Zombie Loan (Vol. 03)


Manga-ka: Peach-Pit
Publisher: Yen Press
Rating: Older Teen (16+)
Released: June 2008

Synopsis:
“Though Chika and Shito manage to extract the girls from the clutches of the Butterfly Killer’s fans, the case takes a shocking turn when an unexpected betrayal is revealed! With heavy hearts, the members of Z-loan close the case, but they still can’t shake the blues. So the Chancellor sponsors a group trip to the hot springs, which starts out all fun and games but ends with… a howl?!”

The story here in volume three of Zombie Loan picks up where volume two left readers off: Chika and Shito, adorned in maid girl outfits, find themselves cornered by the Butterfly Killer’s fans. While the men race to save them, and they all then chase the supposed target, the true Butterfly Killer ends up being one of their own.

I had trouble getting through the beginning of the book. The pacing was uneven and the panels’ placement didn’t help with blots of text haphazardly placed atop them. Overall it just didn’t offer a very smooth reading experience and it took away any enjoyment I could have otherwise had. Fortunately the book did manage to catch up to itself by the middle, and for a while I did have some fun reading the events as they unfolded. Then, painfully, the story took a turn for the clichéd as the Z-Loan team heads off to a hot spring, complete with gratuitous fan service and the same chunky pacing as the beginning.

The characters themselves did nothing for me throughout my reading and I didn’t find myself feeling very empathetic to any of them. In the end, the only part that really piqued my interest was the final page, introducing a character I knew nothing about and thus, I suppose, had no reason to dislike.

Though somehow a selling point, I found very little to like about Peach Pit’s art here. The designs were pretty plain and the art itself was inconsistent, suffering from lopsided faces and weak anatomy. The female’s soulless eyes held little in the way of appeal or emotion and the pages often suffered from unbalance placement of text and images. While the occasional panel caught my eye with nice ink work or pretty faces (when drawn considerably different from the usual in this book), they didn’t come close to offsetting the things I disliked here.

All elements combined, a weak beginning and even weaker ending make Zombie Loan, volume three, a lack-lustre read. With unappealing artwork and few compelling plot points, it’s unfortunately not a series I have any wish to continue after getting through its third instalment.

Review written June 18, 2008 by Lissa Pattillo
Book provided by Yen Press for review purposes

About the Author:

Lissa Pattillo is the owner and editor of Kuriousity.ca. Residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia she takes great joy in collecting all manners of manga genres, regretting that there's never enough time in the day to review or share them all. Along with reviews, Lissa is responsible for all the news postings to the website and works full time as a web and graphic designer.



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4 Responses

  1. I was surprised when i read your review of vol3, because it's the total opposite of mine :)

    I found i loved vol03, though i did find the side characters lacking a bit. I loved Peach Pits character designs and story development, not to mention the character development.

    the onsen chapter had me in fits of laughter, especially the end of it :)

  2. Lissa says:

    @Tiamat: I really didn't enjoy Peach Pit's DearS at all either so I suppose they're just not my thing! Fortunately for my taste it was quite the opposite with some of the Yen Press books I read afterwards, such as Kieli (one of the best first volumes I've read in a while).

  3. I agree about DearS, i reviewed it recently and hated it. How it managed to stave off going on my junk lkist still boggles a bit hehe. though i think the final volumes pure insanity was part of the reason :)

    And yeah, Kieli rocks!!! no question about that. I'm hoping that Yen license the novels the manga is based off at some point!!

  4. […] reviews vol. 2 of Honey and Clover, I.O.N., and Seduce Me After the Show. Lissa Pattillo checks out vol. 3 of Zombie Loan, vol. 1 of Kieli, vol. 1 of Very! Very! Sweet, vol. 8 of Love Mode, vol. 7 of After School […]

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