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Characters: Is This a Zombie?
aka: Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka
Characters in Is This a Zombie? Additions are appreciated.

Ayumu Aikawa

Voiced by: Takuma Terashima (Drama CD), Junji Majima (Anime) [Japanese], and Austin Tindle [English]

The Protagonist of the series. An Ordinary High-School Student killed by a Serial Killer before the start of the series and revived as a zombie by Eucliwood Hellscythe. Technically he is now under her servitude, but more often than not he's the one running the household.

Eucliwood "Eu" Hellscythe

Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (Drama CD), Midori Tsukimiya (Anime) [Japanese], and Cherami Leigh [English]

A necromancer and possibly the most powerful Magical Garment Girl ever, able to both kill and revive a person with her voice alone. As a result, she only speaks through writing words on a notepad, and constantly wears plate armor just to prevent her powers from going out of control.


Voiced by: Kaoru Mizuhara (Drama CD), Iori Nomizu (Anime) [Japanese] and Jad Saxton [English]

A self-described genius "Magical Garment Girl" from Villiers who fights Megalo, though her genius seems based in a whole different universe. Her weapon of choice is a pink chainsaw named Mystletainn, but she accidentally transferred most of her powers to Ayumu while trying to erase his memory. Now only he can wield Mystletainn against the Megalo while she regenerates her powers. In the meantime, she's squatting at his house and cooking fried egg in all its forms.


Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (Drama CD), Yoko Hikasa (Anime) [Japanese] and Morgan Garrett [English]

A beautiful, skilled vampire ninja obsessed with her sword technique. She came to ask for Eu's help in a secret war her clan is fighting, but after losing a fight against Ayumu decided to stick around his house instead. She can make sharp objects out of leaves.

Maelstrom (AKA Yuki Yoshida/Tomonori)

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Drama CD), Hisako Kanemoto (Anime) [Japanese] and Brittney Karbowski [English]

Another vampire ninja (from a faction which rivals Seraphim's) who fights Megalo with bowls of pork ramen. After accidentally kissing Ayumu, she finds herself married to him (becoming the fourth girl in Ayumu's harem) thanks to the traditions of her family, but seems okay with it. She also studies at Ayumu's school under the alias "Yuki Yoshida".
  • Accidental Marriage: With Ayumu with an Accidental Kiss.
  • Accidental Misnaming: She doesn't take too kindly to her new, tomboyish-sounding nickname from Orito (an alternate reading of her civilian alias), but is fine with Ayumu using it (except for one moment of shock from nearly dying in episode 9), since she found his alternative — "Yuki-chan" — even more embarrassing.
  • Alliterative Name: Her schoolname.
  • Awesome McCoolname
  • Boyish Short Hair
  • Covert Pervert
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In Episode 1, she was among the students taking pictures of Ayumu in drag; in Episode 2, while warming up for PE; and in Episode 5, leaving a ramen shop as Kyoko, who apparently slit her throat the previous episode, walks by.
  • Edible Ammunition: Ramen.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire
  • Gainaxing: Especially in season 2.
  • Green Eyes
  • Hair Decorations: Wears a shuriken as a hair clip.
  • Hidden Buxom: Played with. Her clothes seem rather indecisive if they want to hide her E cups or not at any given time. Ayumu notes in the novels that she dresses to hide her actual bust size in school and when operating in the field, but didn't bother when out on a date.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Her head turns completely red when she's embarrassed.
  • Imagine Spot: Has some interesting fantasies about getting Ayumu's attention.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Ayumu's Feminine Boy. During their summary marriage ceremony (which was purely accidental, never mind that she claims it to be legit), he was the one who had to wear the wedding dress.
  • Meaningful Rename: Subverted. Vampire ninjas are given a new name when they finish their training and are transformed into a vampire, but it turns out "Maelstrom" came from a monster's attack in a video game that her faction's leader was playing at the time and thought sounded cool. She came up with the "Yuki Yoshida" name for public use simply because she thought it sounded suitably girly.
  • Mon: Apparently has the Magical Garment Girls' ultimate weapon bonded to her. When she gets squashed by a giant kappa doll in episode 9, it triggers the invocation ritual, and it takes a Cooldown Hug to prevent things from getting apocalyptic.
  • Musical Assassin: Assists Sera and Sarasvati in closing the gates of the underworld with a triangle.
  • Ninja
  • Ninja Maid
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Vampire ninja maid, who uses fire.
  • Ore Onna: She addresses herself with "Ore", a male pronoun. This isn't exactly helping her case against her tomboyish nickname "Tomonori".
  • Our Vampires Are Different
  • Pretty Freeloader: Averted, as even though she's the one girl in the harem who's married to Ayumu, she still refuses to move in with him, claiming it's too early for that.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Can be mistaken for a boy, depending on what she's wearing.
  • Shorttank
  • Tareme Eyes
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak
  • Town Girls: The Butch to Seraphim's Neither and Sarasvati's Femme. Although both she and Seraphim are seen wearing pants (in Sera's case, this also includes jumpsuits, as seen in the first OVA) in nearly every, if not every, episode, Maelstrom is definitely a Shorttank that is often mistaken for a boy depending on what she's wearing at the moment.
  • Tsundere: Type B.
  • Unwanted Spouse: To Ayumu.

Sarasvati/Kirara Hoshikawa

Voiced by: Aya Gouda [Japanese] and Caitlin Glass [English]

Sera's superior, who goes undercover at Ayumu's school as "Kirara Hoshikawa" and has a part-time idol job as "Lovely Kira".


Voiced by: Noriko Shitaya [Japanese] and Lindsay Seidel [English]

An acquaintance of Orito. The only victim of the serial killer to escape, she spends time in hospital to recover from her injuries. In reality, she is the serial killer herself. Kyoko is a Magical Garment Girl in disguise who used to be a classmate of Haruna at Matelis.


Voiced by: Shinya Takahashi (Drama CD), Hiroyuki Yoshino (Anime) [Japanese], and Anthony Bowling [English]

Ayumu's only normal friend at school. Obsessed with girls, but lacks the approach to actually get a girlfriend.

Taeko Hiramatsu

Voiced by: Rie Yamaguchi [Japanese] and Erica Harte [English]

Ayumu and Maelstrom/Yuki's classmate, who holds unspoken affection for the former.

Kanami Mihara

Voiced by: Mina [Japanese] and Emerick Jade [English]

Ayumi and Yuki's classmate and Taeko's best friend.

King of the Night (Yoru no Ou)

Voiced by: Koji Yusa [Japanese] and Eric Vale [English]

The only other zombie Eucliwood raised besides Ayumu. Had to be put down after his heart was stained with malice, but he's still active. He's the one pulling Kyoko's strings.

Ariel (Dai-Sensei)

Voiced by: Ai Shimizu [Japanese] and Monica Rial [English]

The teacher of Matelis Magical Academy in Villiers, which Haruna and Kyoko belong to. She's very odd.

Chris/Takeshi Kurusu

Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (as Chris) and Daisuke Kishio (as "Takeshi") [Japanese], Stephanie Sheh (as Chris) and Kent Williams (as "Takeshi") [English]

A pink-haired girl who often shows up drunken in the school infirmary. In reality, she was a Magical Garment Girl currently under the Queen's Curse following a failed coup she led (and Ariel concocted) against Queen Lilian Lilith a century before Ayumu's death and subsequent zombification, occasionally turning her into "Takeshi Kurusu", a middle-aged man who happens to be a teacher at Ayumu's class.
  • Affably Evil: Although she was a leader in a failed coup, in season 2 of the anime at least, she isn't depicted as particularly evil. At least compared to the King of the Night, who brainwashed Kyouko who then killed people and stole their souls. She even considered Ayumu to be a potential drinking buddy due to their interactions in earlier episodes, at least until he finds out how crazy she is. She also teleports the students she launched into the air safely back on the ground before leaving as well. And near the end of season 2, Chris even hangs out with Naegleria, and both of them seem fairly friendly towards each other despite their past as bitter enemies.
    • It should be pointed that at this point, she only qualifies as evil if you don't know what Magic Garment Girls do on regular basis.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: After revealing herself as Ayumu's enemy. He asks her, if she was the expert on magic, that Haruna mentioned, the one behind yesterday's Megalo attack, which he somehow ends up asking if she was the reason summer is hot.
  • Big Bad: From the fourth volume onwards and Of the Dead.
  • Broken Pedestal: She used to be Ariel's mentor.
  • The Dreaded: In-universe, she's referred to as a powerful Magical Girl, if not the most powerful, by many characters, including Seraphim and Ariel. The latter even mentions that she would lose in a fight against her former teacher if it really boiled down to it. Although in the past she tried to overthrow the queen, the most she ever does in season 2 of the anime is launch some students into the air, and then launches Ayumu back a bit with some wine tossed in his general direction after he tries to attack her. She never actually harms any of them either, and teleports them back to the ground shortly as she teleports away.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Appears toward the end of episode 12. She has no lines.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita In White
  • Gender Bender: Under the Queen's Curse, as a middle-aged man named "Takeshi Kurusu".
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: This is also her only way to break free of being cursed into a man's body, if only for a while.
    • In Episode 7 of of the Dead, her keyword for chanting spells is basically a reversed "Enjoy alcohol responsibly. Drink in moderation. Don't drink until you're twenty years of age."
  • Light Is Not Good
  • Mega Twintails: Or rather, a Mega-One-Sided Ponytail.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Ayumu believes her to be just a product of his imagination at first.
  • Revenge: She wants to take revenge against Ariel.
  • Rose-Haired Girl
  • Third-Person Person
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Weaksauce Weakness: According to Kyoko, it's tummy rubs.


Voiced by: Itsuki Takizawa [Japanese] and Todd Haberkorn [English]

One of Ayumu's classmates. In reality, he, like Eucliwood, is a denizen of the underworld and himself a Megalo who is very much in control of his own instincts.

Naegleria Nebiros

Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu [Japanese] and Stephanie Young [English]

A yaoi doujinshi and an old friend of Eucliwood. She is also the one who drafted the concoction Chris uses to temporarily transform her back to her old self, as well as a member of Eucliwood's seven paladins.

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alternative title(s): Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka
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