Idol Land Saga #13 — What Zombies?

April 8th, 2021


We hate our own premise.

I will get to the other show today, but it's about rhythm gymnastics, doesn't air for another hour or two, and I have a four hour drive out of the wilderness back to civilization that will sap a lot of time and energy.


I finished the original series, so I feel like I should at least remark on this, but if you'll recall, what I initially liked about the first go round was the on-the-nose indictment of the idol industry by a sociopath prettying up his enslaved rotting corpses and parading them in front of clueless idiots purely for monetary gain. There were a lot of directions you could have gone with that, dark comedy full of brain eating, parodying the idol industry, hell, even an iZombie approach of procedural within the not-quite-so-literal zombies of the idol industry as you solve crimes through brain eating. Instead, we got the usual idol garbage of "friendship is great, idols are great, yay idols and friendship." Now here, have some incredibly ugly CGI dancing.

This episode somehow may have managed to be even worse than that. Kotaro is depressed because some concert bombed, and they can't be their true idol selves without him as their manager, screaming at and abusing them. It sounds like that's intended as a joke, but I assure you, it is not. He made their idol unit, and without him, they can't be real idols. There's no real obstacle or anything standing in their way. Hell, they put on a concert at the end anyway, complete with the usual awful CGI dancing. They're just not, uh, complete without their Ike Turner in their lives for no particular reason. That they're zombies was used for a couple sight gags in the episode and that was it. It's all idols, all the time. Yay friendship. Yay idols. Gag me with a fork.

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2 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • LUNI_TUNZ says:

    I gave up on this show, around episode, I want to say 4, when they promoted some random chicken shack, with absolutely no jokes, and a seiyu so awful he had to be the owner of the real life stand, struggling to read copy he himself wrote up about how great his chicken is.

  • anise_punter says:

    The idol bits are absolutely the worst part of this show and it definitely leaned more into that in its second half. If this isn’t going completely over the top – and the concert brawl in at the end of the episode wasn’t really that – it’s not different enough from other idol stuff out there.