Manga Review: Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Volume Two

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Volume Two continues the adventures of Akira Tendo, a young man who is trying to complete his bucket list in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Volume Two
Written by: Haro Aso
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: May 18, 2021

Volume Two opens with Akira and his old friend, Kenichiro Ryuzaki, doing something else on Akira’s bucket list… going “stay-at-home camping.” But Kenichiro takes a good look at the list and remarks that there’s not even close to 100 items on Akira’s “100 Things I Want to Do Before Becoming a Zombie” list. Kenichiro decides add items to the list as well, much to Akira’s chagrin. But before he does, he mentions that one of the items is “wine and dine a flight attendant.” At first, this seems like an off-hand comment, but it turns out to become an important part of this volume.

Akira, who’s been playing video games during “stay-at-home camping,” declares he wants a wide-screen TV, because his aim is terrible on the screen they currently have. So, Akira and Kenichiro go outside to brave the zombie apocalypse in order to try to score a widescreen TV. In the midst of trying to get away from some zombies, they run into a group of three young women and one man who have not been infected by the zombies. It turns the three young women are… flight attendants. They find alcohol and food in an abandoned store nearby, so Akira achieves his goal to wine and dine a flight attendant… although it’s not the most ideal situation.

Before running into this group, Akira and Kenichiro have a conversation, with Kenichiro talking about what his dream had been growing up. This makes Akira start to wonder if he ever had a dream. This theme is reinforced during his time with the flight attendants, when the one that Akira has his eye on talks about her job as a flight attendant and how that had been her dream job. This theme of dreams plays an important role in the final two chapters of the volume.

Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse when the man who had been with the flight attendants turns out to be infected by the zombies, and he infects the three flight attendants. Akira and Kenichiro manage to get away, but it must have been hard for Akira to see this happen after he was starting to become friends with one of the flight attendants. But on the bright side, if there can be a bright side in this situation, is that Kenichiro manages to score a wide-screen TV as they flee from the zombies. When Akira returns home, his conversations with both the flight attendant and with Kenichiro make him decide to add another item to his bucket list: “Remember my childhood dream.”

The next chapter sees Kenichiro remember what his childhood dream was… to become a superhero. Akira has been doing research on how to fight the zombies, and he stumbles upon an idea. Akira and Kenichiro go to the aquarium and take a shark suit, which is worn by people who clean the shark tanks and gator ponds. These suits are designed to protect the body from shark bites. Akira dons this suit and decides to rescue people from the zombies. Among the group he tries to save is the “risk analyst” girl that Akira met in Volume One. She’s less than impressed by Akira’s hero act, especially after it comes out that even though the suit he’s wearing is puncture proof, the wearer can still feel the bites. But later, Akira successfully comes to rescue of the “risk analyst” girl and manages to get her contact information. However, she only gives it out because she thinks they’ll never see each other again. I think it’s safe to say that she’s going to be wrong on that count, and I expect she’ll make another appearance somewhere in Volume Three. It’s just a hunch I have. It turns out her name is Shizuka Mikazuki.

Right at the end of the volume, Akira decides he wants to return to Gunma to see if his parents are OK. Obviously, this will be the setting for at least part of Volume Three, and my hunch is that Akira and Kenichiro will run into Shizuka there.

After reading Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Volume Two, I get the feeling that the series is overall going be more on the light-hearted side. However, it appears there may be serious moments, such as the conversation between Akira and the flight attendant about dreams. But I think telling this story in a more light-hearted way makes the story of the zombie apocalypse a little more enjoyable. Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of zombie stories, so I think having it told in this manner helps me to enjoy the concept more than I might have otherwise. Readers who read and enjoyed the first volume of Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead should also enjoy reading the second volume of the series.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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