The Zombieland Saga anime (or Zombie Land Saga) is a collaboration project that was shrouded in secrecy before it shambled into the light during the fall 2018 anime season. The real question is whether the premise of the original story can be stretched into a Zombieland Saga Season 2.
The premise is a satire of the Japanese idol industry, which is infamous for having extreme lifestyles combined with repetitive content. Idols can be driven to the edge both physically and mentally, so making the main Zombieland Saga characters be zombie idols is a pretty scathing metaphor.
Even the cutesy zombie idol group name Franchouchou is a reminder of the dark underbelly of the industry. While the French word chouchou is a childish term of endearment for someone who is special, the Japanese pronounce Franchouchou similarly to furan shuu, which means the odor of decomposition.
It’s not like the producers are telling audiences that the idol industry is irredeemable. The anime also evokes fondness for the idol industry, with the point being that if everything is done respectfully and within reasonable boundaries then idols, their fans, and even their crazy producers can find fulfillment.
In a meta moment, the anime’s success has also inspired interest in the Saga Prefecture. The decaying building that the zombie girls live in is the former Karatsu City Historical Folk Museum and Crunchyroll reports that thousands of visitors swarmed the cultural landmark, with some coming from far-off places like Tokyo. The Franchouchou girls have inspired audiences, but will Zombieland Saga Season 2 rise up once again as a sequel anime?
The anime has already spawned a Zombieland Saga manga series by Megumu Soramichi, who is known for producing the finished manga series Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry. Thus far, the manga version is a pretty straightforward adaptation of the anime, but it does show some extra scenes involving manic manager Kotaro, the Drive-In Tori chicken restaurant, and even some cooking panels.
The manga is being serialized on Cygames’ Cycomi website. Unfortunately, an official English translation has not yet been licensed, but fan-made scanlation projects have kept up the pace with the newest chapters.
Cygames anime producer Nobuhiro Takenaka has previously worked on popular series such as Yuri On Ice and the Made In Abyss anime (see our article on Made In Abyss Season 2). The Zombieland Saga project started when the producers pitched the concept internally but no one knew how they could translate the idea into an actual game. But they did know that MAPPA, Cygames, and Avex wanted to collaborate on an original anime story.
From the outset, the underlying theme was intended to be about humans living life fully rather than another zombie apocalypse story.
“We had a really firm kind of idea from the outset about the kind of anime we wanted to make,” Takenaka said in an interview. “So it was a clean cut process, we didn’t have any kind of big stumbling blocks or kind of creative blocks.”
The concept took four years to develop and bring to TV screens. The hardest part was finding a “team that understood our vision.” Cygames eventually partnered with anime studio MAPPA to bring the zombie idol girls to life. As for the future of the collaboration, the producer would only say that “Cygames and MAPPA are very close” and that they “want to grow together.”
As of the last update, MAPPA, Cygames, and Avex or any company related to the production of the anime has not officially confirmed the Zombieland Saga Season 2 release date. Nor has the production of a sequel been announced.
Once the news is officially confirmed this article will be updated with the relevant information. In the meantime, it’s possible to speculate about when, or if, the Zombie Land Saga Season 2 premiere date will occur in the future.
All in all, a second season entirely depends on the ending of Zombieland Saga Episode 12. In a Newtype magazine interview, director Munehisa Sakai and scriptwriter Shigeru Murakoshi would only say, “Your impression of the opening may change when you watch till the end.”
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Fans are already predicting a sad plot twist involving Sakura, but will the ending leave an opening for Zombieland Saga Season 2? Fans will just have to watch and see. Stay tuned!
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