Many believe that zombies are not popular in Japan, due to the few anime available. In this article I want to show the real reason why zombies are not famous, in addition to presenting an extensive list of zombie anime and other works.
Before we talk about zombie animes, we need to understand a little about Japanese culture and why there are not so many zombie-related works. If you understand that, you will be able to understand why some Japanese zombie works are so different.
Why aren't zombies popular in Japan?
In Brazil and in the West, zombies have been a huge success, it all started with the launch of the series The Walking Dead and the films of resident Evil, the internet started to viralize the term zombie, countless tests of survival in zombie apocalypse, thematic games like plants vs zombies, I spent the last 3 years listening to and seeing zombies talking all the time, it seems that in the cinema every month there was a zombie movie.
This is gradually wearing off, but in Japan despite great works like High School of the Dead and Resident Evil, zombies have never been more popular than in the West. What is the real reason behind this?
Some may think this is good, but unfortunately because of the unpopularity of zombies, many works that we like end up not winning a new season or continuation. Are the living dead not well represented in anime?
Burying the dead is unusual in Japan
What contributed to the unpopularity of the term zombie in Japan was the fact that most Japanese are cremated and not buried. For this reason, Japanese creations as resident Evil and High School of the Dead, started with an outbreak by viruses and not by people coming out of the graves.
Another key factor is that the respect for the dead in Japan is very high. Many have an altar inside the house, there is even a whole week of holiday dedicated to the spirits of loved ones. Turning a cemetery into a scary place just doesn't work in Japan.
Weapons, weapons, weapons
Despite the anime depicting a lot of action, giant robots and flashy weapons, Japan hates weapons. Finding a gun in Japan is very difficult. While all zombie films portray weapons as a form of protection, if a zombie apocalypse occurs in Japan, everyone dies, since even the police do not usually have weapons.
Weapons? Who needs guns when you have katanas? Anyone who thinks it's easy to get a katana in Japan has to stop dreaming about anime.
What terror is successful in Japan?
These small factors do not mean that Japan has not tried to spread zombies in its culture. There are several films, dramas, manga that portray zombies, some of them were very successful, but the vast majority were a failure. In a country where fantasy goes far beyond, it is difficult for zombies to compete with the competition.
One thing that is very successful in Japan is the ghosts. Japanese believe in spirits and are very superstitious. So in Japan when someone dies he becomes a ghost and not a zombie. The amount of animes, mangas, dramas and ghost movies is huge, even becoming a cliché in Japan.
Action and Horror Zombie Anime
When it comes to zombie anime, people want to see terror and action. Below we will share the best zombie anime with horror and action:
Highschool of the Dead
When the infected person approached Rei and Takashi's school, it led to a terrible bloodbath that left most of the students and staff dead or turned into zombie-like monsters that spread across the world.
Along with a handful of other survivors, Rei and Takashi set out to find their families in a world that is rapidly deteriorating. Governments have collapsed, the deadly disease is out of control and people everywhere are trying their best to just live each day ...
This is one of the most famous zombie anime, with a lot of action and ecchi. Unfortunately the anime had only 12 episodes and ended with a half-open ending, but it is still a frantic work that holds you from beginning to end.
Koutetsujou no Kabaneri
During the industrial revolution, humanity is threatened by the sudden appearance of undead monsters that can only be killed by piercing their hearts through an iron plate. Those bitten become one of them.
Called "Kabane", these monsters have exploded in number. The Hinomoto people built fortress stations and barricaded themselves inside. Only steam locomotives, the Hayajiros, can travel between them.
The anime is quite frantic and interesting, it has a beautiful art and soundtrack. Unfortunately this was another anime overshadowed and prevented from having a new season due to its unpopularity in Japan.
Kore wa Zombie desu ka?
This anime, despite the zombie in the title, presents different creatures in a crazy story. Ayumu was murdered by a serial killer - at least, he was. After the mysterious Eucliwood Hellscythe revives him, he becomes a zombie.
Now, in addition to not being able to die, the boy must take care of the whims of his supernatural and silent companion - but things keep getting worse from there. It goes so far as to turn even a magic girl.
In addition, in the anime we have the addition of a hostile vampire ninja. Will Ayumu be able to lead a normal life while fighting monsters and looking for the person who killed him? Will your dignity remain intact?
Zombie Anime Differences
When we try to watch a zombie anime, we want to see action and blood. The Japanese come out of that pattern and invent anime of zombies that are moe, with comedy and even play romance. Now let's see the best zombie animes:
Looking for a school anime of loli with zombies? This anime tells the story of Yuki Takeya who loves her school, in fact she lives at school, even goes to classes, despite being one of the only ones who attends a class. Why doesn't she come home?
She is part of the “School-Life Club”, a group of four girls and their dog who camp in the club room at night and grow their own food on the school's roof. They don't leave school because it's a safe place in a world that has been devastated by zombies.
This anime deceives those who watch thinking of being just one slice of life of life. In fact, this anime has a good story behind it, positioning itself in front of others in the Ranking. Was it impacted by Madoka? So go for it!
Zombies are tired of living in darkness and want to shine. In 2008, high school girl Sakura Minamoto is abruptly killed by a truck while driving to an audition.
Ten years later, Sakura, along with six “legendary” girls from various eras in Japanese history, are brought back as zombies by a man named Kotaro Tatsumi, who seeks to revitalize the Saga Prefecture by bringing together a group of zombie Idols known as Franchouchou .
Only the Japanese to get an anime of Idols and zombies together. Do you believe it worked? Zombieland Saga is a great anime that manages to mix scary things in very funny situations. An indispensable anime for those who like the genre.
Chihiro is a student who loves macabre and collects horror movies and thinks that dating a zombie girl would be interesting. But while the idea of death is attractive, when you lose your pet cat, you make a lot of efforts to resuscitate it.
Every night, he escapes to an abandoned building and tries to prepare a resurrection potion, until one day he meets Rea, the beautiful daughter of the Sanka family. However, after a mess she ends up getting buzzed!
Now horror fanatic Chihiro is living the dream with his own zombie girlfriend, but how will the duo cope with Rea's new diet and the beginning of rigor mortis? Don't miss out on this romantic zombie comedy anime.
Anime for those who like Zombies
Although there are literally no undead zombies, there are similarities between traditional zombie works. Now see some similar and chosen anime especially for those who like zombie anime.
Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowel were best friends who lived under the law of the street, until one day they started a fight with the wrong people and their life of freedom was suddenly taken away.
With no one to turn to and nowhere to run, the choice to join the Millenion, the city's most powerful union, seemed like an unavoidable offer. Through science they had their bodies recovered to become powerful zombies.
Now, in the midst of headache, tragedy and absolute betrayal, Brandon must take the gun and help Harry climb the Millennium ranking to succeed in order to protect the people he loves, even if it means killing countless others in the process. .
Tokyo Ghoul are not really zombies, they are Ghouls, creatures that feed on human flesh. They cannot infect other humans, they can only eat them. Despite this, the atmosphere of the anime is quite dark and reminds a lot of anime with zombies.
Ken Kaneki is a normal college student, quiet in his and a big fan of reading. However, this normal boy lives in a mortal world - home to creatures called ghouls, who must eat human flesh to survive.
One day he ends up being almost devoured by a love interest, then becoming half Ghoul and half Human. From there he must try to preserve his humanity while surviving in an increasingly hostile world full of human enemies and ghouls.
In England today, a war is being waged. The average citizen doesn't realize it, but vampires are running wild among the population, and it is up to the Hellsing organization to contain the threat of bloodsuckers, even using its own weapons against them.
Alucard, himself a vampire, is the best agent the organization has to offer, responding only to Integra Hellsing itself. No one knows much about this mysterious figure battling supernatural creatures, including zombies.
Other zombie animes
There are a lot of Resident Evil anime, but all of them are in CGI, which can displease most. In addition to these, we have some anime not mentioned in the article, OVAs and movies that we will list below:
|Mo Dao Zu Shi 2||Anime||2019|
|Mo Dao Zu Shi||Anime||2018|
|Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic||Movie||2017|
|Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Movie: The Battle of Unato||Movie||2019|
|Is this a Zombie? Of the Dead||Anime||2012|
|Is this a Zombie? Of the Dead: Yes, This Suits Me Just Fine||OVA||2012|
|Is this a Zombie?||TV||2011|
|Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress||TV||2016|
|Highschool of the Dead||TV||2010|
|Is this a Zombie? OVA||OVA||2011|
|Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Part 1: Light That Gathers||Movie||2016|
|Resident Evil: Damnation||Movie||2012|
|Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Part 2: Life That Burns||Movie||2017|
|Resident Evil: Vendetta||Movie||2017|
|Resident Evil: Degeneration||Movie||2008|
|The Empire of Corpses||Movie||2015|
|Highschool of the Dead: Drifters of the Dead||OVA||2011|
|Hitori no Shita: The Outcast||TV||2016|
|Resident Evil 4: Incubate||OVA||2006|
|Mo Ri Shu Guang||Anime||2018|
|Kyoufu! Zombie Neko||TV||2015|
Zombie products and manga
Below we will share some products about zombies and anime from our partner Amazon Brazil, mainly some manga of the genre that have not been adapted for anime: