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A {{manga}} and ElevenEpisodeAnime series by Peach-Pit (of ''RozenMaiden'', ''ShugoChara'' and ''{{DearS}}'' fame).

Michiru Kita is an orphaned girl living with her aunt and uncle. She is pretty much normal other than the fact that she possesses "Shinigami Eyes", meaning that, without her glasses, she can see rings around people's necks that show they will die soon.

One day, she meets Chika Akatsuki and Shito Tachibana, two survivors of a horrible bus accident in the middle of a Zombie Hunt, and learns the horrible truth about them -- they're already dead, and only alive through a "Z Loan" that they seek to pay off by hunting Zombies who are alive illegally. Michiru ends up unceremoniously dragged along in exchange for her life and the use of her eyes to find the already dead.

Has a [[{{Characters/ZombieLoan}} character sheet]].

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!!Provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Chika's mom left him alone at home to live with another man, resulting in him nearly starving to death.
* AdultFear: Minor character Sougiya is a single father trying to pay off his contract to the Z-Loan. He knows that if he isn't able to keep his end of the contract, he will die and then no one will be left to take care of his young daughter.
* AgeWithoutYouth: Lao Ye attempted an incomplete immortality ritual on himself, result in this. By the time the story starts, he's nothing more than a withered husk on life support.
* AkashicRecords: In the form of a [[{{Magitek}} computer database]]!
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Let's see. Shito, Chika, Zen and Yomi have all shown an interest in Michiru, who doesn't notice. Koyomi has a crush on Shito and Aso, who both don't notice.
* AmbiguousGender: Yuuta. It takes a while, but eventually confirmed as [[DudeLooksLikeALady male.]]
* ArtificialHuman: The Golems, who provide several PetTheDog moments for Shito.
* BetterAsFriends: Michiru and Aso after one date decides to break up.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Michiru is one of the nicest characters around. But when Carmella tried to hurt her and her friends, she snapped and easily crushed Carmella's core.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Hakka]]
* BlindWithoutEm: Subverted, Michiru can actually see fairly well without her glasses, she just doesn't like seeing the rings around people's necks.
* BrandX: Koyomi is known to get drunk on "Fantan", a sound-alike soda to a real brand. There's also a card game called "Umo".
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Michiru.
* BrokenAce: Shiba is a cool, handsome, friendly and highly intellectual person. But he became so bored with his monotonous life that he committed suicide and would come head to head against his best friend Chika.
* ButNotTooForeign: Chika's father, who's also a PhenotypeStereotype blond and green-eyed Westerner.
* CampGay [[spoiler: / DepravedHomosexual]]: Hakka will shamelessly hit on anything with a Y chromosome. [[spoiler: And refers to himself as the Singularity's mother.]]
* ChainedToABed
* ChainsOfLove: Between Chika and Shito's hands (long story) and neither of them are happy about it.
* CliffHanger: Had they left the anime as just the 11 TV episodes it would have been fine. The two DVD episodes set up a brand new arc... and then ''stop''.
* ConspiracyRedemption: How Michiru ends up working with Chika and Shito.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Actually becomes a plot point. Michiru has a knack for always showing up in the right place at the right time [[spoiler: and developing just the right powers and abilities for their current situation.]] This makes a lot more sense once it's revealed that [[spoiler: she's the Singularity, a living RealityWarper and time/space paradox.]]
* CreepyChild: [[spoiler: the little servant boy who helped Michiru]] is one of these.
* CreepyCoolCrosses: On the school uniforms and several of the weapons.
* CruelMercy: [[spoiler: When Chika finally gets the chance to kill Hakka, he doesn't, because that's what he wanted all along.]]
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Shiba, and later, Shito, who was actually born a zombie from a 7-year zombie pregnancy.]] [[{{squick}} Eww...]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Michiru and Shito can be like this.
* DealWithTheDevil: The very idea of the Z Loan, though some forms are more devilish than others.
* DemonicPossession: Yomi briefly possesses Michiru after [[spoiler: the latter went into her HeroicBSOD and to get them out of the warping space from collapsing and taking them with it]].
* DiabolusExMachina: So Shito manages to save a rather [[TheWoobie woobie-ish]] golem girl from her creator, who saw her as nothing more than a defective failure. Now she's gonna go back with him to Z-Loan and get cared for by people who won't abuse her, right? [[spoiler: Cue said creator's assistant shooting her in the head out of nowhere, saying that she was just another monster to be dealt with.]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Sotetsu, of course.
* DysfunctionJunction: Pretty much everyone living in the dorms. Michiru lost her parents at a young age [[spoiler: and we find out those aren't really her parents]]. Shito is [[spoiler: a living corpse, trying to save his mother]]. Chika suffered from ParentalAbandonment as [[spoiler: his mother went to live with another man, resulting in him nearly starving to death in his own home]]. Koyomi's family had [[spoiler: Yomi sealed inside of her to please Yomi, and that didn't work as well as they thought it did, they locked Koyomi inside the house]].
* ElevenEpisodeAnime: Plus two DVD episodes.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Aside from a lot of the guys, Yomi wants Michiru too.
* {{Expy}}: The Butterfly looks like an older Jun Sakurada from Peach-Pit's earlier series ''RozenMaiden'', and Yuuta and Kuze Shimotsuki are dead ringers for Souseiseki and Shinku respectively. Yuuta also mirrors Natsuki Ikuhara of another Peach-Pit series, ''DearS'', and Chika looks ''quite'' a lot like [[FruitsBasket Hatsuharu Sohma]].
* EyepatchOfPower: Soutetsu
* EyesAlwaysShut: Tohou, a liaison from the Chinese mafia, a la [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Gin Ichimaru]].
** His kids inherited his eyes.
* FirstEpisodeResurrection: More like second episode, but same idea.
* ForbiddenFruit: An interesting case. The little servant boy tells Michiru when entering the entrance to the spirit world, she mustn't look back. However, Yomi, the one that Michiru is looking for, tells her to turn around. Not knowing whether to trust the boy or Yomi's voice, Michiru does turn around, only to find that [[spoiler: the little servant boy standing creepily behind her, wanting to eat her]].
* GrandTheftMe: Lao Ye takes over [[spoiler: Shito's body]].
* GrimReaper: An actual character; also, the job description of the heroes.
* HandCannon: Subverted, other than the barrel Shito's gun is not actually that big.
* HeroicBSOD: Michiru briefly suffers through this, when she finds out that [[spoiler: her parents had actually adopted her and there was something dark lurking in her past, unknown to her]].
* HotSpringsEpisode: Complete with CensorSteam and SkinShipGrope scenes.
* ImportantHaircut: Michiru loses both of her braids symbolically in the second and third episodes. It represents her turning over of a new leaf.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Michiru and Koyomi.
* InstantBandages: Is actually one character's power, and she pays off her debt by selling them to the other hunters.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Chika. Shito, on the other hand, is actually icy under his friendly demeanor.
** [[spoiler: Zarame]], despite his gruffness and insults, is actually quite protective over Michiru.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: An actual argument in the show about the protagonist's respective weapons.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Koyomi is killed by Lao Ye as part of the ritual to transfer his soul to Shito, and when Yomi tries to save them both, Koyomi chooses to pass on instead once it becomes clear that Yomi can only save one of them. Bekkou makes it clear afterwards that there's no bringing back someone who passed on of their own free will.]]
* KillerRabbit: Shinigami Zarame may look like a adorable and very huggable plushie, but I dare you to say that to his face.
* TheMafia: Shito's the heir to a powerful Chinese mafia syndicate.
* ManIFeelLikeAWoman: An interesting case, where Yomi had taken possession of Michiru's body briefly and wanted to "play with her for a bit".
* {{Meganekko}}: Michiru.
* {{Meido}}: In one story arc, Michiru and Koyomi end up buying maid outfits and blending in with the Otaku gathered for an offline meeting.
* MindScrew: In the most recent manga chapters [[spoiler:Michiru has to dive into Chika's subconscious mind a la PensieveFlashback, but something goes wrong and his younger self is able to see and interact with her, making the conversation that originally happened in his mind part of his reality in the past making the whole situation into a bit of a TimeyWimeyBall. When his teenager self showed up, all bets were off.]]
* MurderDotCom
* NumberOneDime: Shito's comb, which had belonged to his mother.
* OddCouple: Chika and Shito, who openly state that they hate each other.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Michiru, minus the Shinigami eyes.
* {{Otaku}}: A group of Otaku following a serial murderer's "virtual murders" feature prominently in one episode (complete with NerdGlasses on all of them).
* PapaWolf: Zarame tends to act this way towards Michiru. Same with Yomi, Shito and Chika, when Michiru gets involved.
* ParentalIncest: Shito really, really, really loves his mother, even [[spoiler: making the loan, so that she could have her years back]].
* PensieveFlashback: when Michiru has to [[spoiler:dive into Chika's mind after he reverts to his cannibalistic zombie instincts]]
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Zarame the Shinigami fits into this.
* PowerTrio
* PsychoLesbian: The school nurse from the first two episodes.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: [[spoiler: Hakka is tired of being a cog in a machine, only existing to maintain the AkashicRecords, so he plots to kill himself to go against his purpose, while doing as much damage as possible.]]
* ResetButton: [[spoiler: Hit at the end of the manga, starting the series over again (though with Hakka imprisoned so he can't enact his plan,) with some characters like Michiru, Bekkou and Yuuta remembering the previous loop.]]
* RetGone: It's eventually revealed that Ferrymen like Bekkou have the ability to erase anything that contradicts the AkashicRecords from existence (like zombies, and restoring anything the zombies interact with.) The reason they don't just do this all the time instead of bothering with hiring legal zombies to take care of the illegal ones is because it's a GodzillaThreshold-style ability, and is very messy and doesn't fix everything. [[spoiler: Z and A-Loan eventually get erased, and end up in reality's recycle bin (ItMakesSenseInContext,) where they have to find a way to escape before they're deleted permanently.]]
* ScaryShinyGlasses: On Otsu, Michiru and Bekko at varying times.
* ShowingOffTheNewBody: Lao Ye takes over [[spoiler: Shito's much younger body]] to attain immortality.
* SinisterScythe: Wouldn't have a shinigami without one.
* SkinshipGrope: Koyomi's "other" personality Yomi has a definite fondness for groping Michiru's breasts.
* SleepModeSize: TheGrimReaper after his body is stolen, making Michiru {{Squee}} (even as his scythe is embedded in her forehead).
* SplitPersonality: Koyomi/Yomi.
* TheStoic: The director of the dormitory Michiru lives in, Shimotsuki Kuze, is this.
** Also Koume, the little girl who used to work for the Shinigami.
* StoryArc: Several, usually taking up two episodes each.
* SuicideIsPainless: [[spoiler:Shiba]], who jumped off a building out of boredom.
* SuperDeformed: Especially during comedy sequences.
* TeenGenius: Shiba [[spoiler:later revealed to be a MadScientist]].
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Shito and Chika.
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler: The entire plot of the manga was a scheme by Hakka to [[ICannotSelfTerminate kill himself.]] Unfortunately, he doesn't care of all of creation goes down with him.]]
* TomatoInTheMirror: It has been revealed that [[spoiler: Michiru]] is this.
* TheUnreveal: Touhou's real name.
* UnwantedHarem: Not so much unwanted as unnoticed, as Michiru has garnered the affections of Shito, Chika, Zen, and Yomi but is oblivious to it. She has also been [[ShipTease shipteased]] with Shiba a little.
* UrbanFantasy
* VerbalTic: Koume has a tendency to draaaaag out random words in a sentence.
* TheVirus: When it's discovered that a new breed of Zombie can create other Zombies by killing normal humans, it's a problem.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Shito and Chika's relationship eventually evolves into this.
* WhatTheHellHero: Koume will never let Z-Loan forget that they got her fired from her train conductor job.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Koume keeps getting fired from her job (and on at least one occasion it was directly Z-Loan's fault.)
* WorkOffTheDebt: The entire premise of the show.
* YankTheDogsChain: Shito promises the golem girl that he will take care of her, teach her how to speak and send her to school like a normal person. [[spoiler: She gets killed by Yoshizumi's assistant the next page.]]
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Pink Hair]]: Michiru.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Seems to be a default part of the female uniform at Michiru's school.
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