Zombie Land Saga Revenge Episode 6: Tae’s Big Adventure

Quick Summary of Zombie Land Saga Revenge Episode 6

In Zombie Land Saga Revenge Episode 6, “Walking Bet SAGA,” Koutarou Tatsumi, still stinging from Lily Hoshikawa’s impromptu take-over or his morning meeting back in episode 5, cautiously entered the meeting. At first, they all basked in the after-glow of their success opening for Iron Frill. Then, Koutarou dropped the bad news: They couldn’t make any plans for more shows because they were still in debt. Like, to the tune of ¥20,000,000 (or about $185,000 US). How can they ever pay that back? With that specter hanging over them, they went out on their errands. It was Tae Yamada’s turn to buy groceries. However, she managed to attract the attention of reporter Shinta Okoba. What will he see if he trails her all day? Could he make trouble for Franchouchou? And who else will Tae meet on her grocery run?

Opening Thoughts on Zombie Land Saga Revenge Episode 6

Welcome to our collaboration review of Zombie Land Saga Revenge Episode 6! Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime and I have teamed up to give you our thoughts and reactions to our favorite undead idols’ latest adventures.

It’s spring, and you know what that means! That’s right: Attack of the Super Allergies! I’ll still take that over ice. How about you, Irina? How’s your week going?

Right now it’s crazy work hours but otherwise all is good. I think I have a few more 7 day weeks but as soon as it let’s out I’m going to take a vacation and I’m going to enjoy the heck out of it.

We didn’t get Tae’s backstory, which is probably a chronic condition. But that’s okay, because we still got a Tae-centric episode. I was frankly shocked that Yuugiri let Tae go off on her own, but apparently, Tae’s got the routine down, based on how she interacted with folks along the way. We got to meet some old friends in this episode, and we found that unknown to them, Franchouchou is flirting with disaster. 

Before we dive in, any opening thoughts on the episode, Irina?

I mean would getting Tae’s back story destroy both the mystic and in a way the point of the character? I know you are a Tae fan so I’m a little surprised you’re rooting for that. And like you mentioned we still have Yugiri’s backstory to flesh out. And Sakura’s as well for that matter.

At this point, it’s more a running gag and less a real desire. You make a good point about mystery — sometimes, no answer is the right answer!

Review of Zombie Land Saga Revenge Episode 6

Tae Goes Shopping

I said that Yuugiri shocked me when she gave Tae the shopping list, tied a purse around her neck, and sent her on a grocery run with Romero. I figured Tae would be the last one you’d entrust with, well, any structured goal she needed to do on her own. But proving once again I need to have more faith in zombie-kind, Tae ventured forth. And she did well!

It was cool seeing how she would stop and grunt at the old lady who cheerfully offered Tae some packaged food. Of course, the old lady’s plea that Tae unwrap it first went unheeded, though Tae did somehow manage to extract the food from the packaging within her mouth. That’s a pretty nimble tongue for a zombie!

She picked up a tail, though. The older reporter we’ve met before, Shinta Okoba, took an interest in her after recognizing her as Number 0. He followed her to the grocery store, where she met Maria Amabuki. You might remember her from season 1 episode 9, which gave us Saki’s back story. She’s the leader of Dorami, which had been the motorcycle gang Saki and her friend (and Maria’s mom) Reiko Amabuki had been part of. It was more of a scooter gang back in episode 9. Now, it’s become “Dance Team Dorami!”

Irina, what’d you think of seeing some of our old friends again?

Maria’s back! And she brought friends! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Maria’s Dance Team Dorami!

Zombie Land Saga is more or less a Slice of unLife anime so it’s weird to say this but this episode felt like filler. Not in a bad way though. You know, like one of those fanservice episode. Let me clear that up, an episode written specifically to make the fans happy. It starred the second most popular character and one we rarely get to see front and center. It had tons of cameos and wacky adventures.

Then again, the episode did really move the plot along in two very significant ways. Franchouchou clears their debt, which I guess matters to them but in practice probably won’t change that much, and we got a cliffhanger!

Turns out Maria had made friends with Tae, and when the rest of Dance Team Dorami showed up, they invited Tae to watch their dance off. Dorami tried, but it’s pretty clear they still have some room to grow. Someone who didn’t have a lot of room to improve was the reigning champion, Cocco, the chicken mascot from episode 5. Man, that chicken could dance! He put them all to shame.

Now, I don’t know about you, Irina, but when I saw Cocco, I immediately wondered how hungry Tae felt. Were you worried for the mascot’s safety?

I did think Tea was going to try to eat him. But I was still a little less worried than if Saki had been there. She would still be hanging onto that poor guy.

There’s just something gentle and sad about this show’s humor. It gets under my skin! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Tae’s Unfair Dance Advantage: Detachable Joints!

Tae did join him on stage, but it looked like she wanted to dance (her vocabulary not being robust enough to carry the conversation). The announcer wanted to disqualify her because the rules said she needed to sign up ahead of time, but chivalry points to Cocco: He convinced the announcer to let Tae in.

Chivalrous, yes. Victorious? No. Tae’s zombie-powered head spin overpowered the poor chicken mascot. I guess having a detachable head comes in handy when break dancing! Who knew?

Apparently, there was a tidy little cash prize. Since Tae couldn’t eat it, she tried to throw it away. Maria tried to stop her, but creepy police officer Suenaga happened by. Once convinced Maria wasn’t a thief, driven no doubt by altruistic goals, Suenaga offered to help: he took all of them to the boat races.

I did not know boat race betting was big in Japan. 

Tae filled out the bet card with the tried and true Tae method: She sucked on the marker and sneezed. Then, following the example of the other betters (because the creepy policeman was stuck talking to his chief, who apparently knew what to expect from his creepy officer), she managed to place her bet and get an official ticket. I was very proud of her.

Another Face from the Past

You’ll never guess who else was at the race. Well, Irina, you might. You seem to have a keen eye for this kind of thing. But I would not have guessed Maria and Dorami would run into their old arch rivals! All except Misa, their leader. Her race with Saki had shown her that motorcycles weren’t everything, so now her world includes race boats. Except she sucks at it.

Misa put down her motorcycle to pursue boat racing. She’s still trying to find her footing, but she’s tough. She’ll figure it out! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Question time! When Misa was getting ready at the starting gates, she looked like a 100 meters away and, though, tinted glass, happened to see tiny Maria sterning waiting for her old rival to show what she was made of. That’s not a question; this is: Was that hilarious, or wildly unrealistic?

Irina, what’d you think?

You’re asking if I think the Zombie Idol show with random super talented dead girls from various generations who happen to all revive at the same time is not realistic enough? I have no clue what you mean. Is there any other way that idol groups get formed? Although they seem to have some leisure time and that seems a little odd I guess.

More that I thought the Misa’s exaggerated vision was like a trope-joke. But I’m still working on the whole clarity thing.

Maria Inspired Misa to Overcome

Driven to greater heights by the judgemental gaze of her former foe, Misa killed it. She even used “the eel goby turn! She pulled off the legendary technique…” as a spectator said. Again, I learned something: I did not know that the eel goby turn was legendary.

And guess who Tae had accidentally bet on? Not only Misa, but Tae won the trifecta! She bet on the top three positions, in order. 

Care to guess how much she won?

I guess 20 million! 

Maria and her friends in Dorami couldn’t believe Tae’s legendary luck. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

That’s right! The exact amount that Franchouchou owed! Kudos to Maria for helping Tae make it back to Zombie Manor, because who knows how much of it Tae would have thrown away or eaten! Of course, they were all happy. Sakura got so excited she tripped and knocked Tae’s head off. Saki had to grasp Maria’s chin and look deep into her eyes to distract her from seeing the headless Tae.

I do not think Maria minded.

Trouble in Zombie Land… Maybe?

But there was a problem: The reporter not only saw the incident. He got a picture of it. Any speculation on what come of that, Irina?

Didn’t something similar happen during the first season and it fizzled out. It was with the same reporter as well. 

To be honest I don’t know. I don’t quite understand the rules of the universe yet. Maybe it will lead to more zombie discoveries? Maybe we’ll find out what Kotaro has been trying to do all this time. The manga is still releasing so I’m not sure all the answers are available yet.

Also, did you notice something in the cemetery? Tae visited the cemetery while on her grocery run. Apparently, she sees the offerings as snacks. She visited the “Minamoto Family Grave.” That’s Sakura’s grave, isn’t it? And, right beside it was the grave marked, “Yamada “Family Ancestral Grave.” 

Okay, what’s going on here? And did Tae really only eat the offerings on the Yamada grave? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Why is Sakura’s grave right next to Tae’s? Coincidence? Or when Kotarou (if it was him) raised Sakura from the dead, was there a sale — raise one zombie for the normal price and get the second zombie free? 

Closing Thoughts on Zombie Land Saga Revenge Episode 6

Irina, any guesses what that means?

How did he bring them back? Like if it’s a potion or something maybe spillage? Maybe Tea only got partially raised that’s why she’s more zombie than the others?

Any closing thoughts on the episode?

It was really cute. Maybe me want to pick up the manga at some point

I’m still resisting manga, mostly because I have only negative time remaining on my schedule. But shows like this are wearing me down!

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3 thoughts on “Zombie Land Saga Revenge Episode 6: Tae’s Big Adventure

  1. I got a kick out of the idea that Tae is eating her own offerings. I didn’t pay enough attention to know if she ate the ones from the Yamada grave, and I can’t be sure it’s her grave, considering Yamada is a really common name, but I still like the idea of it.

    Also, if you resolve the debt with a deus ex machina, this is how you do it. I had fun.

    1. I read another reviewer (sorry I can’t remember who!) who said this season might be better than the first.

      Now, I really don’t want to compare them. I want to enjoy each as their own thing.

      But he idea’s growing on me!

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