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  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Zig-Zagged. Out of all the girls, Yugiri and Lily are totally unfazed by the fact that they are now zombies who can never return to their old lives. Yugiri comes off as especially egregious as she comes from an entirely different time period from the rest, and is equal parts accepting and welcoming to experience new customs, though she explains in Episode 6 that just rolling with the times is the most productive approach. Sakura at least has the excuse that she's lost her memories of her past life and is motivated to get them back, while Saki just seems more aggravated than anything. On the other hand, Ai and Junko fully avoid this trope as it takes almost two full episodes before they start to adapt to their situation, only for it to bite back in Episodes 6 and 7 when they have to readjust to how things have changed during their deaths.
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    • Policeman A plays the trope straight. He has two encounters with the living dead in short order and is totally scared out of his wits, but every time he returns, he seems completely fine and unfazed. This is in stark contrast to people like the pharmaceutical company president, who is so traumatized by the zombies that she remains in total shock the next morning.
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  • Crazy Awesome: Kotaro. He raises the dead, acts as if it isn't anything special, and plans to save Saga by creating an idol group out of the undead. Totally crazy? Definitely. But Mamoru Miyano's incredibly hammy performance is just too much fun to watch no matter the context, and Kotaro being a Renaissance Man on top of that means he is always surprising the audience in a way or another.
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  • Emotional Torque: Up top you'll see the usual awesome/funny/heartwarming/nightmare/tearjerker pages. If you go into them, you'll find that the scene where Ai relates her death story to Saki is in every single one of them.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Tae. Despite being the least important character to the plot, she quickly became a fan-favorite due to being the only zombie who hasn't awakened, which in turn lead to her antics constantly causing trouble for the team. She even manages to become this in universe, garnering the most fans in the sixth episode for her chicken-based antics (much to the confusion of the other girls).
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Junko's apparent fear of heights was Played for Laughs in episode 5. Then came episode 6, which revealed her death was caused by a plane crash.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • For peace of mind, it would be best not to Google if any of the girls are based on real people. For example, Junko being an 80s idol who died young not only brings to mind certain young starlets of that era, but also the case of Junko Furuta, mostly due to name connections.
      • When some western fans first learned that Junko was an idol in the 80s before her untimely death, many fans speculated that her death would reference the aforementioned murder case of Junko Furuta. However, when the time came to see how she died in episode 6, it turned out to be similar to completely different infamous deaths, and to more thematically appropriate people too: ever hear of Buddy Holly and Kyu Sakamoto?
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    • The debut of the show came just as the suicide of a 16-year-old regional idol (from Ehime Prefecture in Shikoku) made the news when her parents sued her management for abusive behavior, including for extortionate threats when she decided to leave the group.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • A 2012-2013 TV series was proposed for the similarly titled Zombieland film, but the idea was rejected by fans. Years later, there now exists a TV series with "Zombie Land" in its title, and it is this very anime.
    • Anyone who is aware of Cygames' almost-regular trend of re-using character designs and concepts into the works they are involved into, would notice a minor subversion of the trend. Jeanne d'Arc is a recurring character of Cygames franchises such as Rage of Bahamut (and its two animated series), Knights of Glory, Granblue Fantasy, Shadowverse and Dragalia Lost. But in this anime, her name is mentioned instead, as one of Saki's proposed names for their idol group. As of Zombie Land Saga, that's eight Cygames-related titles referencing Jeanne d'Arc.
    • This is not the first time a Cygames-MAPPA collaboration title presents a female zombie with detachable limbs, sunken eyes and pale skin, who also retains her original personality at some point after being zombified. All of these traits already existed with another zombie, Rita from Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, one of the older Cygames-MAPPA anime titles. Even the Hand Wave trope exists along the zombified characters (i.e. when Rita explains how she is able to perform such necromancy feats, such as detaching limbs in Rage of Bahamut and when Kotaro tries to explain how zombification happens in the first episode of Zombie Land Saga).
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Episode 2's Rap Battle was what pulled in a lot more fans who had not yet joined in from the initial airing.
    • Many viewers, especially fans of Mamoru Miyano, admitted that they watch the show for the chance to hear his over-the-top hammy performance again.
  • Memetic Badass: The "Legendary" Tae Yamada. Whereas the other girls' titles explain why they're legendary ("Legendary Biker Boss: Saki Nikaido", "Legendary Heisei Idol: Ai Mizuno", etc.), Tae's does not. Thus, viewers take her and every little thing she does to simply be legendary. Adding fuel to the fire was the later revelation that she is played by a real-life legend in the anime industry, Kotono Mitsuishi, who voiced the title character of the ground-breakingly popular Sailor Moon series.
  • Memetic Mutation: Enough to have its own page.
  • Moe: Even as zombies, Sakura, Ai, Lily, and Junko are still very huggable.
  • Narm: Ai's High-Voltage Death is treated very seriously for the profound psychological impact it had on her. However, the actual presentation of the death—her running out stage and getting burnt to a crisp on stage by a freak lightning bolt—unintentionally makes it look like something out of the Looney Tunes, making it harder to take seriously.
  • Narm Charm: While the Conspicuous CGI is incredibly distracting for some, others find that it better enhances the Zombie Gait that they incorporate into their dance routines, particularly Tae, who already moves the most awkwardly out of all the girls.
  • The Red Stapler: Deliberately Invoked in hopes that the real Saga province gets an increase in anime pilgrimage tourism.
  • Special Effects Failure: The third and fourth episodes use computer animation for the dance routines the girls perform; while it does the job, the models used are distinctly less characterful than that of traditional animation, particularly compared to the on-point expressions and motion from episode 2's rap battle.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Episode 4 has Franchouchou shilling a pharmaceutical company's product at their retreat. The episode seems to be setting up some hijinx where the product interferes with their unusual zombie body chemistry during the live performance, but nothing happens at all and it goes off without a hitch.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • The girls are walking corpses who have remained dead for a lot of time, including one who died in the 19th century, but that doesn't stops them from having their charm and cuteness, even when they behave like your typical mindless zombies.
    • Romero. He's a zombie dog who develops a fierce expression when he eats, but most of the time, he has a cute appearance proper for a small dog.
  • The Woobie: Sakura, Ai and Junko, especially for their realizations at their zombified forms and the latter two's trauma from their deaths.

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