Reviewing Netflix’s Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead - Courtesy Netflix
Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead - Courtesy Netflix /

We’ve seen our fair share of zombie movies and shows, but Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead, available on Netflix, brings a unique twist to the undead narrative. Unlike the usual grim atmosphere of the end-of-the-world scenario, this film dares to find humor and celebration amidst the chaos.

But does it manage to pull off this daring concept, or does it stumble like a zombie in search of its next meal? Let’s dive into the highs and lows of this offbeat approach to the familiar zombie theme.

Exploring Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead -Manga, Anime and Film

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead is like a gift from Japan. Imagine, it was thought up by Haro Aso and Kotaro Takata brought it to life with their drawings. It all started back in October 2018, inside a magazine called Monthly Sunday Gene-X. And guess what? There are now fourteen books filled with this awesome story.

Zom 100 isn’t just a manga. It’s like a star that’s shining in different ways. There’s even a TV show that started in July 2023. And there’s a movie! It came out on Netflix in August 2023, adding a new chapter to the Zom 100 adventure. It’s amazing to see how this story is touching so many hearts in so many different ways.

A Promising start with an unusual protagonist

Meet Akira Tendo (played by Eiji Akaso), a young man fed up with his monotonous life under a demanding boss. When a sudden zombie apocalypse disrupts the world, Akira’s journey takes an unexpected turn.

The film’s initial hook lies in Akira’s mission to tick off items from his bucket list, even as chaos reigns. This unique premise offers a refreshing take on finding happiness in the face of impending doom.

Reviewing Netflix's Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead
Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead – Courtesy Netflix /

An engaging beginning, A meandering path

Akira’s transformation from a lively individual to a weary employee strikes a chord and his unexpected delight at the world’s downfall brings a quirky sense of humor. However, as the plot unfolds, the film veers away from its distinct path, gradually succumbing to more conventional zombie movie clichés.

While the film teases us with the idea of exploring Akira’s character and his journey, it unfortunately loses its way, getting entangled in familiar territory. The film seems to abandon its unique concept in favor of a more generic approach to zombie storytelling.

Moments of creativity amidst the ordinary

Zom 100 does manage to sprinkle moments of creativity here and there. One particular highlight is a cleverly woven football game reference that turns into a humorous encounter with a zombie. However, these sparks of brilliance often get overshadowed by a lackluster overall narrative and repetitive elements.

The film struggles to maintain its initial promise as it approaches a formulaic climax. Even as the story reaches its peak, the sense of joy that once set it apart seems to dissipate, leaving the audience yearning for a more satisfying resolution.

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead – The Final Verdict

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead kicks off with a promising premise and a charismatic lead, but it struggles to deliver a consistent and engaging narrative. Despite its unique concept, the film fails to capitalize on its potential, leaving us wanting more.

Amidst its shortcomings, the film’s underlying message of embracing life’s fleeting moments remains a beacon of positivity, even in the midst of a zombie-infested world.

In the realm of zombie comedies, Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead offers a glimpse of creativity but falls short of leaving a lasting impact, resulting in a mix of chuckles and a dash of undead antics.

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