Franchouchou fans, put your hands on your heads because I’m about to blow your mind!
On Saturday, July 27, it was announced via the official website that the hit anime series Zombie Land Saga will be getting a sequel at an undisclosed later date. The title of the sequel will be Zombie Land Saga Revenge which sounds kind of ominous if you ask me.
A special 105-second promotional video starring Japanese actor Hakuryu and a brand-new key visual was released to the website as well to mark the occasion.
First announced to exist in July 2018, the anime series was produced by studio MAPPA (Kids on the Slope, Yuri!!! on Ice, Kagegurui) with Munehisa Sakai sitting in the director’s chair while Shigeru Murakoshi (to the abandoned Sacred Beasts) handled the series composition. A manga adaptation was launched online in October 2018. The twelve-episode anime series aired from October 2018 to December 2018.
The plot of this series can be described as a “ZomCom” with the main character being a teenage girl named Sakura Minamoto who was alive in the year 2008. One day, while leaving her house to audition to become an idol, she is killed by a speeding truck. Ten years later, she is revived by a producer named Kotaro along with six other “legendary” girls from various eras of Japanese history including a former biker gang leader named Saki Nikaido, an “idol” from the Showa era (from around 1926 – 1989) named Junko Konno, a young woman who was alive in early 19th century Japan named Yugiri, and others. Together they collectively form the idol group Franchouchou with the intention of “saving” Saga prefecture.
Starring Kaede Hondo (winner of the 2019 ‘Best New Actress’ award at the 13th annual Seiyuu Awards) as the main character Sakura Minamoto, Zombie Land Saga developed a healthy fan base as it aired around the world. This is due, in part, to its sharp humor and unique approach to the often used zombie trope which has seen a resurgence of popularity over the last couple of decades.
Image via the official website