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1%% Before posting a trope here, please make sure it's neither a YMMV one or a trivia one.²%% Also make sure the trope isn't on the Flame Bait Index.²%% In light of recent editing and revisions, note that the official Zombie Land Saga Twitter has stated Lily Hoshikawa is a transgender girl, and any edit which removes wording or tropes related to that will be reversed. Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement applies.²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[header:Zombies]]²²[[folder:In General]]²* AccidentalNightmareFuel: InUniverse, whenever someone finds the girls outside their makeup, they end up screaming their heads off. The girls actually managed to spook Kotaro by accident one night after returning from his mysterious acquaintance's bar.²* AttractiveZombie: Well, with their makeup on. When it's not... they're still pretty cute, as putrefied corpses go. Romero leans more towards cute than attractive, but subverts it when he changes art style.²* BandageBabe: Sakura, Saki, Ai, and Tae's bodies are covered in bandages to varying degrees.²* BornUnlucky: While a couple of the girls particularly stand out from the rest in this regard, at one point Ai points out that every one of them died very young and under very unfortunate circumstances. This is also underscored by the fact that all of them died on a ''butsumetsu'' day, traditionally considered the most inauspicious of the six-day ''rokuyō'' cycle of the Japanese calendar, which is believed in Japanese Buddhism to be the day the Buddha died.²* ColorCodedCharacters: The girls tend to be associated with specific colors when performing (in the case of their default idol costumes, while they all wear red jackets and red-and-black boots, they still wear uniquely-colored skirts and neck accessories). Sakura wears pink, Saki wears orange, Ai wears blue, Junko wears grey and/or light purple, Yugiri wears red, Lily wears yellow, and Tae wears purple.²* CreepyShadowedUndereyes: As zombies, and when doing their own makeup. Given the satire of the idol industry, their resemblance to ExhaustedEyebags probably isn't a coincidence.²* CuteMonsterGirl: They're still fairly pretty teenagers without their makeup... except when we get a GrossUpCloseUp.²* DarkIsNotEvil: The main zombie cast are living corpses, but their humanity has been restored after awakening. Tae is still largely animalistic, but she poses no danger and her bites are harmless.²* ADayInTheLimelight: A rare mixture of this and ''ADeathInTheLimelight''; starting Episode 6, the series starts to explore the girls' history, the circumstances of their deaths, and their efforts to tie up some loose ends.²** Episodes 6 and 7 jointly focus on Ai and Junko's struggles: the former, with her reputation for her highly public demise; the latter, with the drastic changes in the idol industry during the last 35 years she was dead.²** Episode 8 explores Lily's complicated relationship with her father Takeo, as well as the effect her death has on the two of them.²** Episode 9 has Saki get involved in her old gang's problems, in particular her old friend Reiko's frayed relationship with her rebellious daughter Maria, who wishes to keep Dorami going against her wishes²* TheDogBitesBack: Kotaro tends to show little respect for the girls and isn't afraid to attack them. However, any time he goes too far, they aren't shy in hitting him back with equal or greater force.²* FireForgedFriends: All seven girls had been awakened with only a few things in common, and lots of personality conflicts that at times threatened to unravel the band at the seams. By the end of Season 1, however, they have developed a great sense of camaraderie and understanding of each other.²* {{Foil}}: The six awakened girls each form a pair that greatly contrasts each other.²** Sakura and Saki: They are both natives of Saga and are the only ones with no prior experience in the idol business, let alone the entertainment industry. Both girls also died in accidents involving land vehicles due to recklessness (Sakura got hit by a truck after rushing out of her house without looking at the traffic, while Saki took a game of chicken too seriously and rode off a ledge). But where Sakura is the [[NiceGirl sweet]] [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent everyday girl]] who was an aspiring idol (and was supposed to file for an audition on the day she died), Saki is the aggressive [[JapaneseDelinquents ex-biker]] who showed no interest in the industry in life. They're also both the centers of the group, with Sakura being the [[TheHeart emotional bedrock]] and Saki the [[SupportingLeader functional leader]], as showcased when they both try to mediate between Junko and Ai's argument in Episode 6.²** Ai and Junko: They're the only professional idols of the group, with the former hailing from the mid-Heisei period (late 2000s), and the latter from the late Showa period (early 1980s); said differences in time period, however, inform their vastly differing philosophies towards their profession--in Ai's time the idol was a relatable figure fans could identify with, while in Junko's, it was an idealized image of perfection. Both initially expressed skepticism regarding the group's prospects, but while Ai was [[TheCynic outspoken]] with her misgivings, Junko was much more [[ShrinkingViolet silent]] about it. They also took their zombification the hardest out of the group, both trying to escape the mansion in Episode 2 and getting HeroicBSOD when they realized they were stuck with Kotaro, and also died in accidents just as their careers started to take off, leaving them with issues about being "history". However, their reactions to said issues were very different: Junko spent half of Episode 7 depressed at how her ideals seemed outdated, while Ai continued practicing without rest, refusing to be just a relic.²** Yugiri and Lily: While they weren't idols, they were experienced entertainers in life, with Yugiri being an ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oiran oiran]]'' and Lily a famous child actress. However, their backgrounds--the former, a HighClassCallGirl; the latter, [[spoiler:a transgender girl]]--would normally make them anathema in the idol industry except for the highly-unorthodox Kotaro, who knew their histories and still revived them regardless. In terms of time period, Yugiri is the earliest and Lily the most recent. They are also the least bothered by their new lease of (un)life, with Yugiri being the calm and mature [[CoolBigSis older sister]] of the group and Lily the energetic and cheerful [[TheBabyOfTheBunch child]]. While Yugiri has moments of joining the other five in the insanity, Lily has moments of maturity.²* {{Foreshadowing}}: The conditions of their bodies hint at the circumstances of their deaths before they're revealed ([[RuleOfSymbolism even though the dead are cremated in Japan]], as they point out).²** Sakura has a huge gash on her head, having smashed her head against [[LookBothWays the windshield of a speeding truck as it ran her over]].²** Ai is [[BandageMummy noticeably bandaged all over her body]], save around her eyes and her hair, because [[HighVoltageDeath she was hit by a freak thunderbolt that charred her body]].²** Junko [[FrankensteinsMonster has visible stitching all over her body]], which is heavily implied to be the result of [[LudicrousGibs being torn apart]] in her fatal plane crash.²** Lily [[HeartBeatsOutOfChest has her heart constantly and comically beating out of her chest, and also expanding to huge sizes when she's nervous]], because she died from a heart attack.²** Saki is [[CoveredInScars covered in stitched up cuts]] and bandages from her fatal bike crash.²** While Yugiri's death hasn't been officially stated, the scar around her neck does call to the fact that she died just when beheading became the official method of public execution in Japan.²* FriendlyZombie: While they initially behaved very much like stereotypical [[ZombieGait shambling]] biting zombies, after being awakened the girls regain their intelligence and become {{Inhuman Human}}s, acting much the same as when they were alive, with the exception of Tae (and even she's just a BigEater who doesn't always realize people aren't food). Sakura in particular is a NiceGirl zombie who serves as TheHeart of the group and goes to great lengths to look out for her friends. The problem is while the girls don't act like stereotypical zombies, they're still walking corpses and people panic if they ever see them without makeup on.²* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Whoever the episode is centered on, it ''always'' comes with some form of angst, and someone has to intervene:²** Ai: Her traumatic death via HighVoltageDeath causes her to freak out in the middle of a thunderstorm, and it takes Junko taking her hand and comforting her to help her get over her death.²** Junko: Because of the era she was born in, Junko was expected to be perfect as an idol. It's not that her standards are high, it's because the idol industry and her fans expect her to. Kotaro openly tells her she doesn't have to interact with fans if she doesn't want to. ²** Lily: Lily may be a CheerfulChild, but meeting her father years after her death affects the both of them, thanks to the issues both of them have surrounding it. It takes Sakura's comfort and Kotaro's willingness to write a song for her that Lily and her father are able to move on with their lives.²** Sakura: [[spoiler:Sakura has two whole episodes worth of angst, and it wasn't really her fault. MurphysLaw gave her [[BornUnlucky really terrible luck since childhood]]. Just when she turns her life around due to Ai's comment about being determined, she gets hit by a truck. After regaining her memories, she immediately gives up on life and whereas Saki fails to slap some sense into her, Yugiri does it effectively and makes her point. After her successful concert outing, she regains her undead memories and overcomes her personal grief.]]²* ImageSong: As of 2020, almost every member of Franchouchou (besides Tae, who can't sing) has gotten their own image song (Saki, Ai and Lily got theirs in Season One; Sakura and Yugiri got theirs in "The Best of Franchouchou" album). The only one who hasn't gotten their own song of focus as of this point in time, is Junko.²* ImmortalityHurts: In a way their state of undeath is a form of immortality, since they don't age anymore and can't be permanently re-killed. That said, while they can't die again, they still feel pain, so experiencing things that would kill normal people (and in fact were the causes of death for quite a few of them) still hurts like hell.²* InhumanHuman: Once they've been "woken up". They're their normal selves mentally, they just have to deal with being dead now.²* LivingForeverIsAwesome: While it takes them time to adjust to their status as zombies, none of them are particularly upset about the idea that it makes them both ageless and immortal, at least until Saki discovers NotGrowingUpSucks in Episode 2 of ''Revenge''. Lily in particular is happy with it, as it means she can stay a cute girl forever [[spoiler: and never worry about developing a body that conflicts with her gender identity.]]²* LosingYourHead: They have completely detachable heads that can still move and talk, while their headless body remains functional and will retrieve their head.²* MadeOfIron: Due to their nature as zombies, the girls are able to take a substantial amount of physical damage without lasting consequence or visible pain. The first episode has Sakura being shot through the chest and only looking down with surprise at the bullet hole rather than showing any discomfort, and Ai getting impaled with a fireplace poker through her skull and still remaining unfazed.²* MadeOfPlasticine: ... That being said, the girls can easily lose their limbs, head, and other body parts such as eyes if they're not careful. While they may be durable, they are also fragile if they overexert themselves.²* MsFanservice: The [[https://twitter.com/web_kuji/status/1081747297472561153 official merchandise]] showcases the girls in swimsuits while wearing their makeup. ²* NervesOfSteel: [[spoiler:In the Season 1 finale, Franchouchou ''literally'' bringing the house down around themselves as they continue to just sing and dance away like nothing is happening proves that they all have this to no small degree.]]²* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Aside from having much more detailed, grim appearances when shown from other characters' perspective, when in zombie-mode all of the girls have flatly colored hair in contrast to living characters who are drawn with very shiny hair.²* NonUniformUniform: Their default idol outfits all consist of the same jackets and boots, but they each wear differently-colored skirts and neck accessories.²* OhCrap: Soon the girls start having this reaction whenever they are out in public without makeup, when one of their limbs or head falls off, or when Tae tries to bite someone.²* OurZombiesAreDifferent: At first the girls act like typical, if non-infectious, zombies, but once their brains are properly stimulated via DeathMetal, they regain their higher brain functions. Unstimulated, they act like a classic Creator/GeorgeARomero-type zombie, but can ''run''. However, they still have control over missing body parts, and their bodies can be active on their own if their heads are missing just like the ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead'' zombies.²* PullingThemselvesTogether: Several of the zombies' limbs and even heads come off under high tension, though they have no trouble just sticking them back on.²* RedEyesTakeWarning: All of them have red eyes while in their zombified appearance, which under the right circumstances can [[GlowingEyes glow]]; even though the girls [[FriendlyZombie aren't normally dangerous]], the living still treat them that way. While in makeup, their eyes are completely different save Tae and Yugiri's, and judging from how the others are given the eye colors they had in life, it's likely Tae and Yugiri are the same.²* RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain: {{Averted}}. Not only do they lose their heads semi-frequently with no real issues, Sakura jabs an iron poker clean through pre-awakened Ai's head in the first episode, and it does nothing to stop her.²* RevenantZombie: While they start off as the stereotypical mindless [[ZombieGait shambling]] zombies at first, they regain their intelligence and humanity after awakening, having their personalities and the memories of their lives.²* ScaryStitches: Several of the girls have conspicuous stitches or possibly staples, with Sakura's treating the gash across her forehead, Junko's skin being totally patched together, and Yugiri having them around her neck.²* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: When they're not performing, practicing, or sleeping, the girls wear school uniforms, likely the ones they wore in life. The only exceptions are Tae, who is OlderThanSheLooks at the age of 29, and Yugiri, who died before school uniforms were a thing (at least in Japan), but dresses like a female student of her native period.²* SheCleansUpNicely: Taken UpToEleven. Without their makeup, they are rotting corpses with blue-green skin and sunken red eyes. Thanks to Kotaro's impeccable makeup skills, they not only pass off as living girls, but as ''attractive'' living girls, something they comment on frequently.²* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: The girls are put through some hilarious forms of abuse throughout the show. Since they're zombies, they can literally put themselves back together. That said, while they all get caught up in slapstick as a group, Yugiri is the only one who manages to avoid getting a slapstick moment of her very own.²* TheSleepless: They're dead, after all. Though while they don't strictly ''need'' to sleep, they do anyway because it's still best for their well-being; Ai went a month without sleep rehearsing for Saga Rock, and while she didn't suffer any physical ill effects, she was starting to hallucinate by the end of it.²* SlidingScaleOfUndeadRegeneration: At least Type IV. The girls can develop mushrooms if cooped up in an area for too long, but so far, the girls have yet to turn into bones (especially Yugiri, who is at least a 200 year old corpse), and reattach limbs and head if they were removed.²* SuperToughness: Given that they don't have the weakness to being decapitated or speared through the brain, it's uncertain exactly what it would take to kill them. They've been hit by vans at high speed, been shot through the chest, bellyflopped from significant heights, blasted by a freak bolt of lightning that fried their stage, caught up in explosions, and pretty much shaken all of it off in a matter of moments. It's slightly countered by the fact that they can be very easily dismembered, but it's simple to put them back together.²* TrademarkFavoriteFood: The girls' profiles list each of their favorite foods:²** Sakura: All kinds of sweets²** Saki: Chicken (which explains why she was such a frequent visitor to Drive-in Tori)²** Ai: Yakiniku²** Junko: Foods with soy and Japanese food²** Yugiri: Amazake²** Lily: Mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard²** Tae: Mentaiko[[note]]a type of spicy pollock roe[[/note]], squid²* TrueCompanions: By the end of Season 1, all seven girls have learned to work together and look out for one another, creating an inseparable band of sisters who would rather fail together than succeed without any one member of their group.²* UncannyValleyMakeup: At the start of Season 2, with Kotaro in a depressive funk, the girls have to do their own makeup, which results in them having deathly-pale skin, and they're unable to get rid of their CreepyShadowedUndereyes. Ai's co-workers remark that she looks extremely unhealthy, but the group is otherwise able to blend in with society.²* UndeathlyPallor: All of the girls have grayish-blue skin, in-universe rather than a stylistic choice. When they need to go into public to perform they require make-up from Kotaro to look alive.²* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: They may be zombies, but they still act and think like they used to (except Tae) and question their choices and freedom in the grander scheme of things.²* WoundThatWillNotHeal: Their bodies are always going to be in the shape they were in when they died. Some reassembly work was needed to get [[LudicrousGibs Junko]] and [[OffWithHisHead Yugiri]] to be idol material.²* YouAreNumberSix: Since revealing their real names to the public would cause the obvious problem of attracting people who would have known them in life and thus revealing that they're zombies, the girls are each given numbers as aliases when they're performing or interacting with fans.²* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Considering that each of them died decades (or in Yugiri's case, centuries) ago, they obviously can't return to their old lives again. This isn't addressed until Lily's CharacterArc.²* YouCantKillWhatsAlreadyDead: Invoked and played with. The girls often bring up that they can get away with doing acts which would otherwise be fatal. In particular, Ai, Saki and [[spoiler:Sakura]] all experience anew the manner of their deaths and still make it out in one piece.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Sakura Minamoto -- [=#1=]]]²!!!'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KaedeHondo (Japanese), Creator/BrinaPalencia (English)\²'''Live actor:''' Sakiho Motonishi (stage play)²[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_sakura.png]] ²[[caption-width-right:250:[[labelnote:Click to see her as an idol]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_sakura_idol.png[[/labelnote]]\²[[labelnote:Click to see her as a zombie]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_sakura_zombie.png[[/labelnote]]]]²->'''Born:''' April 2, 1991\²'''Died:''' April 7, 2008 (age 17)\²'''Cause of Death:''' Hit by a truck\²'''Height/Weight:''' 158cm (5'2") / 46kg (101 lbs)\²'''B/W/H:''' 88(F)/59/90cm (34/23/35 in)\²²A high school student and aspiring idol from Karatsu who got fatally hit by a truck at the start of her second year in 2008. She is the first zombie to regain her faculties, but is also the only one who can't remember anything about when she was alive. She's something of a klutz and a pushover, but does her damnedest to make the best of her situation.²----²* ABirthdayNotABreak: Died less than a week after her 17th birthday²* ActionSurvivor: Before the rest of the girls (sans Tae) awaken in Episode 1, she is able to fend for herself against them well enough to make an experienced ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' protagonist proud. Indeed, if OurZombiesAreDifferent was not so heavily at work, then she would have actually [[RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain re-killed Ai]].²* AmnesiacDissonance: [[spoiler:Played with. While Sakura had forgotten her constant bad luck and the specifics of her death, she remembered being motivated by Ai and was just as cheerful as she was in her introduction. When Sakura regained her memories of her life and learned how it ended, she also lost her memories of afterwards becoming a successful idol with friends who'd catch her if she fell, and her learned helplessness returned with a vengeance. By the end of the season, she regains all her post-mortem memories, giving her a full perspective on her identity.]]²* AmnesiacHero: Has no recollection of her past life prior to her death and reanimation as a zombie. [[spoiler:She gets it back in Episode 10, but then loses all of her recent memories as a zombie. By the end of the season, she finally gets all of her memories back.]]²* AscendedFangirl: Sakura was a huge fan of Iron Frill, particularly Ai, and was planning to submit an audition application on the day she died. Being an AmnesiacHero, she doesn't remember any of this even though she is now living her dream; alongside Ai herself, no less, [[spoiler:at least until the end of Episode 12.]]²* AudienceSurrogate:²** She's the most normal out of all the zombies, being an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent rather than a LivingLegend at the time of her death. The first episode also has her just as confused as the audience over the ridiculous premise of the series, so she spends a time asking a lot of questions, making her an audience surrogate for those who don't know much about the idol industry.²** [[spoiler:After regaining her memories, it's also revealed that Sakura aspired to be greater and made many attempts but was plagued by [[BornUnlucky bad luck]] and had lost motivation at one point in her life. These made Sakura an audience surrogate for the tried-but-failed overachievers, especially those who had exprienced UsefulNotes/{{Depression}}.]]²* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[spoiler:She spends the entire series trying to get her memories back and finally does so at the end of Episode 10 after getting hit by a truck. However, she loses all her ''recent'' memories with Franchouchou, and worse, it makes her resume her deep depression over her constant misfortune. She manages to come out of it with a lot of help from Kotaro and her bandmates, finally getting ''all'' of her memories back both pre- and post-mortem.]]²* BewareTheNiceOnes: Just because she's nice and somewhat naive doesn't mean she's a complete doormat. In Episode 2, after getting fed up with Saki, Ai, and Junko's behavior during their performance, she doesn't hesitate to slap Tae's head out of Saki's hands and verbally rips into them [[RhymesOnADime in the form of a rap]]. In Episode 10, Sakura finally loses her patience with Kotaro's insane ideas and lashes out on him after her encounter with a wild boar in the snowy outdoors and then towards her group mates for seemingly goofing off. Then in Episodes 11 and 12, [[spoiler:after she regains her pre-mortem memories at the expense of her post-mortem ones, her depression makes her so moody that she snaps at Lily and Tae for trying to help her when she just wants them to leave her be.]]²* BigWhat: Her reaction in the dub after finding out Lily's true nature. ²* BoobsOfSteel: Has a very visible bust (in fact, Episode 1 even shows [[{{Gainaxing}} a little bounce]]) and has proven herself to be a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, fending off the other zombie girls as an ActionSurvivor in Episode 1 and then laying one down on Saki by BattleRapping.²* BoomHeadshot: Thinking she was fighting for her life, she scored one on Ai in Episode 1 that would make a seasoned zombie-hunter proud.²* BornUnlucky: [[spoiler:Her opinion on herself before her death due to a string of bad luck, such as rehearsing for the lead role in a school play but coming down with mumps on the day of the show, or studying to get into the best high school in the prefecture, then on the day of the exam running into ''multiple'' old ladies in trouble, getting to the exam just in time, taking her test in a panic, and failing to get into the school. The trope gets deconstructed when she remembers that her final attempt to do something with her life ended in her death and forgets what came after, sending her into a massive HeroicBSOD. Just to drive the point across in Episode 12, a mirror spontaneously cracks just from Sakura being in front of it.]]²* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Life was not easy for Sakura before her untimely demise. No matter how hard she tried to reach for greatness, she would always be hit with bad luck and her attempts would end in failure. Episode 11 finally has Sakura trading her recent good memories for all these bad ones and along with them her grief, making her lose the will to (un)live.]]²* BrokenAce: [[spoiler:In her Episode 11 flashbacks, Sakura is shown to have a great potential in sports and academics, having trained enough to be the fastest runner in her age group in preparation for a relay race (one of her friends mentions that she was quite good at sports in general) and managed to score very high grades during mock exams for the best high school in Saga. Unfortunately, [[HardWorkHardlyWorks her efforts have been spoiled]] [[BornUnlucky by a series of misfortunes striking at the most inopportune moments]], leaving her jaded and apathetic about the possibility of ever realizing her dreams before Iron Frill came along.]]²* BrokenBird: [[spoiler:Episode 11 reveals that for all of her hard work, she's been down on her luck since she was a kid, and it carried all the way through high school. Despite seeing Ai as her source of inspiration, she gets hit by a truck anyway, and after she recovers her memories but forgets her experiences as part of Franchouchou, she gives up on (un)life. Seeing the others persist on with a concert in the face of a snowstorm spurs her to stand up and join them, rediscovering her hope and determination.]]²* ButtMonkey: Poor Sakura usually gets the shortest end of the stick in most of the comical scenarios, to say nothing of [[LookBothWays how she died]]. [[spoiler:And then we find out how much hardship she experienced back when she was alive, with every one of her attempts at making a name for herself backfiring due to bad luck.]]²* TheCaretaker: Sakura took the time to look after Tae, teaching her moves, dressing her up, and interacting with her the most out of the entire cast. Unusually for this trope, this has few, if any, negative implications for Sakura, [[spoiler:and Tae is shown to be extremely appreciative of Sakura's efforts in the season finale when she attempts to drag Sakura out of her own depression.]]²* CatchPhrase: [[OhCrap "What do we do, what do we do?"]]²* CherryBlossomGirl: She hits quite a few points for this trope; her name is Sakura, she has [[RoseHairedSweetie pink hair]], her [[ColorCodedCharacters assigned color]] is pink, her birthday and her date of death are in early April (the period of time when cherry blossom season typically takes place in Japan), she serves as TheHeart of the group, and she's associated with death and rebirth since she died and was "reborn" as a zombie.²* CornerOfWoe: Sakura is trapped in one throughout [[spoiler:Episode 11 and 12, where upon finally regaining her memories of her time when she was alive, she becomes deeply depressed over [[BornUnlucky how much misfortune her life was plagued with]] and is determined that every one of her attempts to become something greater will result in failure.]]²* CraniumChase: In Episode 10, Sakura gets decapitated by a wild boar and her head ends up being caught by Saki while her body flung elsewhere. Later on however, her now headless body walks over and retrieves her head.²* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: In spite of her apparent clumsiness and pushover nature, she can ''tear'' you a new one in a rap-battle if you push her. Additionally, [[spoiler:Episode 11 shows her to have rather superlative ability in both athletics and academics when she's motivated.]]²* CryCute: Near the end of Episode 7, she visibly cries TearsOfJoy at the end of their first major outing in a public concert, with Ai and Junko comforting her.²* CuteClumsyGirl: {{Deconstructed|CharacterArchetype}}. Her self-admitted clumsiness is what leads her to run headlong into the street without regard for traffic, leading to her [[LookBothWays death by truck collision]]. [[spoiler:Episode 11 furthers the deconstruction by showing that a continued streak of misfortune all but extinguished her sense of self-esteem and motivation.]]²* CynicismCatalyst: [[spoiler:Remembering how bad luck screwed her life again and again to culminate in her getting hit by a truck the day she was going to audition to become an idol, along with forgetting her experiences as a zombie, makes Sakura jaded, pessimistic and bitter. She absolutely refuses to participate in Franchouchou's concert because she's convinced her bad luck will ruin everything again, but her friends motivate her to not give up.]]²* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:In Episode 11 we finally get a peek into Sakura's past life, and [[BornUnlucky it's one long train of misfortune]].]]²* {{Determinator}}: ²** Episode 10 focuses on this trait of hers, particularly on [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype how it becomes a flaw when working in a group]]: she gets so enthusiastic about something, she races ahead without stopping to consider anybody else, and if she can't see how what the others are doing is directly relevant to what she's doing, she thinks they're goofing off, missing any hidden lessons there might be.²** There is a major contrast between her life before and after death on how the plot handles this: [[spoiler:While alive, she was determined to succeed, until one bad day too many sucked what was left of her optimism and she just gave up on life in general. Once her original memories returned, it drove her into a depressive state after finding out she died and became a zombie]]. In her undead life, she refuses to give up even if she fails an outing. Once she's motivated by something, she won't let it stop her. ²* DiesWideOpen: How she expires at the beginning of the very first episode.²* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:After being dead for at least ten years, coming back to life as a zombie, and then falling into a depression after regaining her pre-mortem memories at the expense of her post-mortem ones, at the end of the season Sakura finally realizes that she is truly living her dream of becoming an idol and that she has friends who will stick with her through thick and thin, having regained her self-esteem and confidence along with ''all'' her memories.]]²* TheEeyore: [[spoiler:Once she remembers her life and forgets her experiences as a zombie, Sakura turns into a total pessimist who believes even trying isn't worth it since it will all end in failure and disappointment so it's better to stay sulking. The support of her friends pulls her out of it.]] ²* ExtremeDoormat: Unlike the other girls who get fed up with Kotaro's treatment, Sakura tends to submit and let him yell at her while remaining polite to him. Sakura [[TheDogBitesBack is shown to have her limits]], though, finally snapping at Kotaro in Episode 10 after he forces them to spend days camped out on a mountain.²* EyePop: When Saki confesses to White Ryu at the end of ''Revenge'' Episode 2, Sakura is so surprised that her eyes pop out of her head completely, and she has to quickly turn away while she puts them back in. Luckily, White Ryu doesn't seem to notice.²* FatalFlaw: ²** One that was actually fatal: being a CuteClumsyGirl costs her her life.²** Less literally, when she gets focused on a goal she forgets to pace herself and loses track of her surroundings, including the others' efforts. Her impatience in Episode 10 develops due to wanting to regain her memories, causing her to rush through practice and conflict with the rest of Franchouchou when [[StealthMentor Kotaro]] sends them to the mountain to clear their heads. [[spoiler:Her reminiscing about her life in the next episode reveals that she'd stay up late practicing, both for the school play and for the relay team, only for [[RealityEnsues the health consequences of going weeks without enough sleep]] to invalidate her efforts.]]²* FirstEpisodeResurrection: Opens the series on her way to apply for an idol tryout... and instantly gets hit by a truck as she's leaving her house. She suddenly comes to, seemingly normal, but finds herself in a spooky-looking mansion filled with zombie girls. No sooner does she escape it and get shot by a panicky police officer than she discovers she herself is a zombie.²* GhostAmnesia: After coming back as a zombie, she can't remember any specific details about when she was alive apart from her familiarity with zombie movies, although she has occasional flashes from one of Iron Frill's concerts that she can't clearly recall. [[spoiler:She gets her memories back at the end of Episode 10.]]²* GivingUpTheGhost: [[spoiler:Did this after finishing the exams for her preferred high school, since she'd taken them in a panic and kept making mistakes.]]²* HardWorkHardlyWorks: [[spoiler:{{Subverted|Trope}}, technically, but in spite of the great results her hard work legitimately produced, [[CosmicPlaything something always nullified her efforts in practice]].]]²* TheHeart: Sakura serves as the emotional anchor that keeps the group together, such as convincing the rebellious Saki to stay onboard with Kotaro's schemes despite their shared misgivings, inspiring Ai and Junko to restart their careers after seeing her determination to succeed despite her inexperience, and being a shoulder for Lily to cry on as [[spoiler:she comes to realize that her father truly loved her even after unintentionally neglecting her]]. Yugiri explicitly calls this out in Episode 12, declaring that without Sakura the others' strong wills would have made the group fall apart long before.²* HeroWorshipper: Sakura adored Iron Frill, and particularly Ai, in life. [[spoiler:Episode 11 reveals that this is because Ai's [[{{Determinator}} never-say-die attitude]] as well as her performances snapped Sakura out of her learned helplessness when life kept getting her down. When that same helplessness returns with a vengeance in the season finale, Ai's words prove critical in getting Sakura back on her feet.]]²* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:After regaining her pre-mortem memories at the expense of her post-mortem ones in Episodes 10 to 12, Sakura's learned helplessness, born from a string of misfortunes that plagued her, returns, causing her to slip into a deep depression from which she only recovers after much effort from Kotaro and the other girls, as well as being forced to rejoin the group's make-or-break Arpino performance in the middle of a snowstorm.]]²* HiddenDepths: Despite being a RoseHairedSweetie, she proves to be a natural rapper.²* HistoryRepeats:²** [[spoiler:The series opens with her meeting her demise by [[LookBothWays getting struck by a truck]] and later being revived as a zombie with GhostAmnesia. Episode 10 has her repeating almost the exact same scene, walking out of the mansion and getting struck by yet another truck, only this time it restores the memories of her past life but gives her amnesia on her time as a zombie.]]²** [[spoiler:It continues in Episode 11. Sakura wakes up looking alive and finds herself in the mansion with no memories of how she got there. She explores the place only to be seemingly attacked by a ravenous zombie, her attempt to escape lands her in a room full of even more zombies, and she picks up a poker to defend herself as they awaken and move towards her. Upon finally leaving the mansion, she runs into the Policeman she met the first night who gets terrified of her appearance as a zombie, before Kotaro comes to her rescue by knocking him out.]]²* HumbleHero: Despite the success Franchouchou achieved following their electrifying performance at Saga Rock, Sakura remains down-to-earth and does not let the fame get into her head, much to Kotaro's annoyance.²* IdiotHair: She has one coming from the side of her head.²* ImageSong: Sakura Minamoto doesn't have an image song of her own throughout Season One, but in the "The Best of Franchouchou" album, she gets her own specific solo song known as "Sensei! ALIVE Sensation". This song focuses on her own goals in the 'afterlife', backed up with a upbeat feel to it, which wouldn't sound out of place for a 'slice-of-life' anime opening theme.²* InnocentBlueEyes: Her usual eye color is blue, and she's extremely pure-hearted and clumsy.²* ItsNotYouItsMe: [[spoiler:Her standoffish attitude towards her fellow idols throughout Episodes 11 and 12 is just as motivated by her fear that her bad luck would [[TheJinx rub off on them]] as much as it is fueled by her depression and a fear of being disappointed again. The rest of the girls assure her that they'd much rather fail with her than succeed without her.]]²* JadeColoredGlasses: [[spoiler:After she regains her pre-mortem memories, it is revealed that Sakura used to be a WideEyedIdealist as a child, but a series of setbacks gradually wore down on her optimism over the years, made worse by the fact that [[HardWorkHardlyWorks her efforts to overcome said setbacks were constantly spoiled]] [[BornUnlucky by her supernaturally horrible luck]]. Hearing stories of Ai's rise to stardom briefly restored Sakura's optimism, only for her to be killed by a speeding truck on the day she was about to apply for an idol audition. As a result of regaining these memories, while losing her post-mortem memories of success, Sakura gives up all hope of trying anything at all [[NeverBeHurtAgain out of fear of being disappointed yet again]]. However, successfully managing to pull off a concert in the face of a destructive snowstorm helps restore her optimism and hope, and her more recent memories with them.]]²* JerkassBall: From Episodes 10 to 12, Sakura becomes more selfish, irritable and impatient compared to her usual (zombie) self. In Episode 10, she unknowingly slips back into old habits and becomes so determined to continue practicing as a way to regain her memories, she falls out-of-sync with the rest of the group and thinks she's not at fault. Then zigzagged in the last two episodes, when [[spoiler:her pre-mortem memories of hardship and failure return at the expense of losing her post-mortem ones of success, causing her to become such a pessimistic shadow of her former self that not only does she refuse to participate in further practice sessions, but even lashes out at the other girls when they're simply trying to reach out to her.]]. On both incidents she apologizes in the end, when she realizes that the group isn't just goofing off during their mountain trip, and [[spoiler:after regaining her post-mortem memories.]]²* TheLancer: While Saki took up being TheLeader, Sakura acts as a {{foil}} by holding the team together as the TeamMom.²* LookBothWays: Her manner of death at the start of the very first episode, where a truck slams into her as she runs out for school. [[spoiler:It happens ''again'' at the end of Episode 10.]]²* TheLostLenore: [[spoiler:Episode 12 implies that she was an old friend of Kotaro.]]²* MicDrop: She throws the mic after her [[BattleRapping rap battle]] with Saki.²* MotorMouth: Mostly in the "previous episode" summaries, where she'll slip in some blink-and-you'll-miss-it silly comments such as a tiny gang leader threatening her "because she might be too cute".²* MurphysLaw: [[spoiler:She nearly has it as bad as [[WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw Milo Murphy]], minus his optimism. Being BornUnlucky made her rather pessimistic. Kotaro seems to weaponize this since whenever the girls perform under bad weather, it ''often'' destroys their stage, but he's ready to get them going again and have them incorporate whatever happens into the show.]]²* NeverBeHurtAgain: [[spoiler:Part of her moodiness and standoffish attitude towards her friends in Episodes 11 to 12 upon regaining her pre-mortem memories at the expense of her post-mortem ones is fueled by her fear of being struck with ill fortune yet again. Her friends uplift her by assuring her that they'd stick with her through thick and thin.]]²* NeverMyFault: In Episode 10, after she ends up getting out of sync with the rest of the group, she sullenly says that she's not at fault, but ''they are'' for not practicing while in the wilderness. After she watches the others practice without her and realizes the purpose behind the trip, she apologizes.²* NiceGirl: Besides being the emotional anchor of the group, and despite having grown slightly world-weary over her situation, Sakura is also the most openly kind-hearted member of the group, often trying her best to be nice to everyone and play peacemaker whenever tension simmers between them (such as Ai and Junko).²* OddFriendship: With the hot-blooded Saki, by way of proving to the latter her competitive side and the fact that they're both natives of Saga.²* OnlySaneWoman: Well, sort of. She's a bridge between Kotaro's eccentricities and the other girls' varying degrees of reactions to their new lease of (un)life; on one hand, she acknowledges the ridiculousness of the situation, but on the other, she also points out that none of them can exactly change it, so they might as well make the best of their situation.²* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: What she originally was before being killed and revived as a zombie for an idol group.²* PinballProtagonist: {{Downplayed|Trope}}. On one hand, she seems submissive enough to allow herself to be pushed around by Kotaro and his antics, creating some friction with her fellow zombies (especially Saki and Ai); on the other hand, she's acutely aware of how shifty he is, and is only following along in the hopes of regaining her memories along the way.²* ProtagonistWithoutAPast: We're introduced to her as an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent aspiring to be an idol... and that's all we really know before she gets hit by a truck and killed before getting revived as a zombie. Due to the nature of her death Sakura has a case of GhostAmnesia and doesn't remember any of her past life. [[spoiler:It isn't until Episode 11 that we finally get to find out about her life prior to the start of the series.]]²* RageBreakingPoint: Sakura has her limits where she releases her anger:²** When Tae gets hungry in their second concert, she tries to control the situation by telling the (rather old) audience that it's AllPartOfTheShow. Saki however makes the situation worse by repeatedly taking off Tae's head, to which she ''absolutely loses her shit'' to the point of tuning her inner Kotaro:²--->"Could you ''try'' to hide the fact that we're zombies!? You're not even trying to hide it! What kind of idol's head comes off?! How could we possibly be human!? What kind of human can do that?! Is your brain rotting too, ''you stupid zombie!?''" ²** She chews out at Kotaro for sending them to the mountains when they should be practicing. This is one of the few surprising moments where Kotaro loses his nerve.²* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: At the climax of Episode 2, Sakura, fed up with Ai and Junko's lack of motivation and Saki's antics threatening to blow their cover, rips onto them in an argument that somehow segues into a rap battle.²* RedOniBlueOni: She hits many notes of the Red Oni in her dichotomy with Blue Oni, Ai.²* RoseHairedSweetie: Her dark, rosy hair reflects her normally cheerful demeanor. Her cheerfulness doesn't last long after she gets turned into an amnesiac zombie, however. [[spoiler:Episode 11 reveals that during her life, she had so many of her accomplishments ruined by bad luck that she became quite cynical and depressed before being inspired again by Iron Frill.]]²* ScarsAreForever: Has a large gaping scar on her forehead, from having struck her head on a truck's windshield on the day she died.²* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: She makes this plainly clear during her rap battle against Saki, [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech calling her, Ai, and Junko "losers"]] for giving up on life and not making the most of what they have just because they're dead. She also declares that just because she's following along with Kotaro's game, that doesn't automatically make her the goodie-two-shoes tool they think she is.²** [[spoiler:Inverted later when she regains her memories of her life but loses her memories of her undeath, while everyone else is trying to motivate her again.]]²* SmarterThanYouLook: Despite her outward naivete and general lack of a backbone, Sakura immediately recognizes Kotaro as a shady fellow who has her wrapped around his finger, only following along with his ridiculous demands as a way to regain her memories.²* SourOutsideSadInside: [[spoiler:After remembering a life full of disappointments at the cost of her memories as a zombie, the resulting depression causes the usually cheerful Sakura to become an embittered pessimist who pushes away her forgotten friends. She gets better when she accepts her friends' support.]]²* SupportingProtagonist: On stage, Sakura usually performs this role to [[TheLeader Saki]] as well as [[TeenIdol Ai and Junko.]] She is otherwise the driving force of the story. ²* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: She's spontaneously hit by a truck with no warning mere moments after running out the door for school.²* SwappedRoles:²** After Sakura spends most of the series as TheHeart and helping her friends back on their feet when they're down, [[spoiler:in Episode 11 it's her turn to be consoled by each of her friends when she plunges into depression after regaining her memories.]]²** [[spoiler:Episode 12 goes even further. Firstly, Tae has a display where she tries to teach Sakura a routine that Sakura had previously persistently taught to Tae. Then the rest of the girls of Franchouchou all lampshade that since Sakura had their backs the whole time, it's their turn to pay her back now that she's in trouble.]]²* SweetTooth: Her profile lists her favorite food as "All types of sweets", and also mentions she was fond of making desserts as a hobby.²* TaremeEyes: To highlight her niceness and kind-hearted personality.²* TeamMom: Due to being TheHeart of the group, Sakura constantly looks out for her friends and will often try to console them when they are in trouble.²* TenderTears: At the end of Episode 7 she starts crying in relief after the group finally manage to make their first successful live concert against all odds, with Junko and Ai comforting her.²* TomatoInTheMirror: In Episode 1, she thinks she is a normal girl trapped in a mansion full of zombies (and the animation depicts her as the normal girl she thinks she is). Once she escapes, she finds out that she is one of the zombies herself. [[spoiler:It happens again in Episode 11, except this time it's Ai who tells her what she is.]]²* TookALevelInCynic: She starts the first minute or so of the series as a typical RoseHairedSweetie, but getting killed, losing her memories, and being thrust into bizarre situations with an overbearing manager quickly makes her equal parts perplexed and resigned. Ironically, however, she still remains the most [[SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers vocally optimistic]] out of the zombies. [[spoiler:She takes another level in cynicism when she gets her old memories back in Episode 11 at the cost of her more recent memories, as it's revealed that a string of constant failures throughout her life actually made her quite cynical and defeatist before Iron Frill--and Ai--got her to believe in herself again. By the end of Episode 12, she appears to have lost that additional level thanks to successfully pulling off the concert and regaining her post-mortem memories.]]²* UnmovingPlaid: The polka dots on her hair ribbons are this depending on the amount of detail put into the scene.²* WhatHaveIBecome: [[spoiler:When her second round of amnesia kicks in, the discovery that she died just as things were finally looking up for her again and returned as a walking corpse cements Sakura's descent back into misery, angrily telling Kotaro that she didn't ask to be brought back as a zombie.]]²* WideEyedIdealist: Her default state. [[spoiler:After getting broken by her failure to get into the high school she sacrificed her middle school social life studying, watching an interview with Ai was able to restore her confidence. It's only after losing her memories of success that she breaks down again. This is a deep contrast to the post-zombification amnesiac Sakura after her death before Episode 11, as she's fully willing to try harder rather than give up.]]²* YesMan: Saki accuses her of being this to Kotaro, due to her being the only one who follows his crazy instructions. Because she awakened later, she is unaware that Sakura thought his plan was absurd just like her, and only goes along with it to get her memories back.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Saki Nikaido -- [=#2=]]]²!!!'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AsamiTano (Japanese), Creator/CaitlinGlass (English)\²'''Live actor:''' Yuriya Suzuki (stage play)²[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_saki.png]] ²[[caption-width-right:250:[[labelnote:Click to see her as an idol]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_saki_idol.png[[/labelnote]]\²[[labelnote:Click to see her as a zombie]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_saki_zombie.png[[/labelnote]]]]²->'''Born:''' May 15, 1979\²'''Died:''' August 30, 1997 (age 18)\²'''Cause of Death:''' Drove off a cliff\²'''Height/Weight:''' 153cm (5'0") / 48kg (105 lbs)\²'''B/W/H:''' 77(C)/54/82cm (30/21/32 in)²²A legendary biker and special attack unit captain of Dorami, Kyushu's most infamous all-female biker gang during the TheNineties. A coarse, violent rebel through and through, she only respects those with "guts", and her ability to take charge leads her to appoint herself the leader of Franchouchou. She also has a fondness for VideoGame/{{Tamagotchi}}.²----²* ActionGirl: She is one of the most physically abled of all the girls. She's able to knock down Takeo, an 8-foot-tall giant of a man, and in the past fought off twenty or so Korosuke rivals alongside Reiko without much of a scratch. She also has a really good fastarm, as seen when she throws a baseball at Kotaro when he provokes her.²* AscendedFangirl: ²** In life, she used to hang out with her gang at "Drive-in Tori", a popular chicken restaurant, and grew up watching the Kashima Gatalympics. Small wonder that she's in TearsOfJoy when she learns that Franchouchou is slated to perform at a commercial for the former, and later gets to participate in the latter. ²** In ''Revenge'' Episode 2, she is also revealed to be a fan of White Ryu, a radio DJ, and as such is very excited to be a guest on his show. [[spoiler:At the end of the episode, White Ryu decides to hand over control of the show to Saki since he feels it's time for him to retire.]]²* BareYourMidriff: In Episode 10 she wears a [[{{Stripperiffic}} revealing sports bra]] on a cold mountain.²* TheBigGal: She can knock down a man five times her size with a flying kick. During a flashback in Episode 9, we see the aftermath of her and Reiko taking down 20 or so rival gang members between just the two of them.²* BikerBabe: She was once a captain in Kyushu's toughest all-female biker gang during the 90s.²* CatchPhrase:²** "You wanna die?"/"Want me to kick your ass?"²** To a lesser extent "Can't believe it."²* CheshireCatGrin: Saki is a born troublemaker, and she's wearing one of these whenever she's causing some.²* CryCute: At the end of ''Revenge'' Episode 2, the normally energetic, devil-may-care Saki simply breaks down crying in heartbreak over the realization that she can never grow up to be a woman worthy of White Ryu.²* DareToBeBadass: Her M.O. is this. Even in life, she was an [[TheUnfettered unfettered thrillseeker]] often seeking challenges, and one of those even cost her her life. She never loses this trait as a zombie, and repeats the same stunt she did previously, only this time surviving it. ²* DeathGlare: She has a tendency to pull this face when someone tries to pick a fight with her. More often than not, she will intimidate the instigator.²* DefeatMeansFriendship: ²** Sakura one-upping her in an impromptu rap battle where the former basically tells her to screw herself the entire time earns her Saki's respect. Prior to that, Saki spent most of the episode either antagonizing Sakura or treating her like some pushover.²** Pulls one on several biker delinquents after they witness her jumping off and surviving the crash that killed her the first time she attempted it. ²* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: ''Revenge'' Episode 2 reveals that she was an even more unruly punk before she joined Dorami, unsure of the direction she was taking, until listening to White Ryu inspired her to make something out of her life, leading her to become friends with Reiko and Dorami in life, and then Franchouhou post-mortem.²* ExposedToTheElements: In Episode 10, Saki wears a sleeveless [[BareYourMidriff cropped top]] in the snowy mountain.²* FatalFlaw: Being a reckless [[TheUnfettered unfettered thrillseeker]] cost Saki her life as she jumped off a cliff and died in a fiery explosion.²* FearlessFool: She certainly is hot-headed and brave, but this trait of hers ended up being her FatalFlaw, because she was so determined to win the game of chicken against the rival gang that she just kept speeding on and fatally crashed. She does get a second chance as a zombie... and she does the exact same thing all over again. She survives this time thanks to her undead nature, even though there was no guarantee that she would've survived the crash intact enough to keep functioning.²* GamerChick: Aside from her fondness for Tamagotchi, her profile mentions she was a fan of arcades.²* HiddenDepths: Despite being a delinquent BikerBabe with designs to take over the country, she shows a great deal of gentleness towards children and awareness of social norms, knowing full well that her rough and violent attitude towards her gang won't fly when trying to be the most beloved idol group in the nation.²* HotBlooded: When something piques her interest she gets very intense about it. As she says herself, "When I go in, I go all in". ²* IJustWantToBeNormal: {{Defied|Trope}}. Living or dead, Saki's never had any idea of what "normal's" supposed to be, and has never understood what other people see in it.²* ImageSong: Saki gets one in Episode 9, called "Tokkou Dance ~DAWN OF THE BAD~", which has her leading a 90s punk rock song about achieving what you want in your life, by relying on the friends who are on your side.²* InformedAttribute: Her offical profile states that Saki dislikes sweets but in episode four she has her face pressed up against the window of a cake shop. ²* InstantExpert: "Expert" might be going a bit far but it should be noted that of the six fully awakened zombies, she is the only one not known to have any background in singing, dancing or any form of entertainment whatsoever. She nonetheless takes to performing as an idol quite handily, vocally holding her own just fine and not yet displaying the same level of difficulty coordinating dance with the group that Lily or Junko have at varying points.²* JapaneseDelinquents: She fits the bill of a bike gang captain in a school jersey and very long skirt, complete with TrrrillingRrrs.²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Saki is brusque, blunt, and has no respect for pushovers. However, she does show a soft side, such as, generally, warming up to Sakura after proving that she isn't as completely gutless as she appears and defending her fellow zombies from Kotaro's antics, as well as, specifically, sharing a moment with a young, new fangirl, and [[spoiler:despite laughing over Lily's overly-macho birth name and her manner of death, wholeheartedly accepting her for who she is.]]²* JerkassHasAPoint: As scathing as it is during their rap battle, Saki makes a fair point that Sakura's obsession with getting her memories back probably won't do her any good, since being a zombie means she can't return to her old life anyway. However, [[ShutUpHannibal Sakura retorts that it's still better than sitting around doing nothing]].²* LargeHam: Saki is perhaps the only idol who can rival Kotaro's haminess when properly excited.²* TheLostLenore: {{Downplayed|Trope}} and [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]]; she mourns her VideoGame/{{Tamagotchi}}'s death since she herself has been dead for over twenty years[[note]]Tamagotchi tend to live a few weeks at a time[[/note]], and even then, she's merely annoyed by it.²* LoveHurts: By the end of ''Revenge'' Episode 2 she confesses her love for White Ryu; unfortunately for her, he admits he cannot reciprocate her feelings due to their age gap, telling her to [[JailBaitWait wait a few years until she grows into adulthood]]--something already impossible for her as an undead, much to her grief.²* MamaBear: A non-maternal variety. Do not mess with her crew if you don't wanna die.²* MsFanservice: Downplayed, but she's willing to wear a sports bra on a cold mountain and is considered attractive.²* MulticoloredHair: She has blonde hair with orange and green streaks.²* MusclesAreMeaningless: She is skinny, but that doesn't stop her from beating up 20 bikers in life, and kicking an 8-foot tall man off his feet, sending him flying. Not that it really matters as a zombie.²* TheNicknamer: She loves to give nicknames. She always calls Lily "Shrimpy" ("''Chinchiku''" in Japanese, "Squirt" in the English dub), much to her annoyance. She refers to Kotaro as "Shades", Yugiri as "Sis", and uses various egg-related terms on Sakura.²* NonFatalExplosions: Completely averted in regards to the manner of her actual death, but played straight when, as a zombie, she tackles the same challenge that killed her. Though she does say it ''really'' hurt.²* NotGrowingUpSucks: In ''Revenge'' Episode 2, after White Ryu appoints Franchouchou to succeed him in his radio show, Saki confesses her feelings for him. However, he tells Saki to try again when she’s a grown woman. Saki ruefully admits to Sakura that she knows she’ll never be one since zombies don’t age, bursting into tears as the realization hits her all at once. Ironically enough for someone who lived fast and died young, she finds a reason to grow up only after she’s already dead, and now she never will.²* NotSoAboveItAll: Normally, she's just as annoyed with Kotaro as the rest of the girls, and the first to get physical whenever he goes a step too far in belittling them. In Episode 5, she becomes a whole lot more agreeable with him when she discovers he's booked appearances for them at Drive-In Tori and the Gatalympics, engaging in HamToHamCombat with him over their shared enthusiasm.²* NumberTwo: Leaving aside it being her number in Franchouchou, this was pretty much her role in Dorami, as captain of the gang's special attack unit ([[DubInducedPlotHole the English translation incorrectly identifies her as the gang's overall leader]]).²* OddFriendship: With the gentle Sakura, borne from witnessing firsthand her competitive side, not to mention the fact that they're both natives of Kyushu.²* OddlyVisibleEyebrows: Has a large [[PeekABangs bang]] over the left side of her face, but her eyes are still visible underneath.²* PeekABangs: The left side of her face is covered by her hair, though her eye is still visible.²* PetTheDog: In Episode 6, she comforts Ai after realizing she has a crippling FearOfThunder borne from her manner of death.²* PintSizedPowerhouse: Five feet tall, making her the second-shortest member of Franchouchou after Lily. She still has no problem delivering a flying kick to a man who easily towers over her and knocking him into a wall without any major effort, or taking on a rival gang and utterly pulverizing everybody in it with only Reiko at her side.²* ProudBeauty: When wearing makeup to hide her zombie appearance: she's attractive, she knows it, and wants to flaunt it.²-->'''Saki:''' "And to be honest? Right now? I am hot as hell!"²* RapunzelHair: She has a ponytail that goes all the way to her legs.²* RuggedScar: She has a stitched up scar on her right cheek and arm and left leg as a zombie, giving her a tough and surly look befitting her past life as a biker gang captain.²* {{Sarashi}}: As a zombie, Saki has bandages around her limbs and her body, and some end up like this. It's not clear if this is just for fanservice or actually functional; she didn't have them pre-mortem, suggesting they might be functional.²* SupportingLeader: While Sakura is the main protagonist, Saki is the one who takes up the mantle of TheLeader among the girls, owing to her past experience as a bike gang captain.²* TakeOverTheWorld: Downplayed; she wants to take over all of Japan, and she figures that if she can't do it with her old biker gang now that she's a zombie, then cooperating with Kotaro's zombie idol project is her best shot.²* TearsOfJoy: PlayedForLaughs twice in Episode 5, when she revisits Drive-In Tori, her favorite restaurant in life, and learns she'll get to participate at the Kashima Gatalympics.²* TechnicolorEyes: Golden eyes when alive or in makeup.²* TomboyishPonytail: She's easily the most tomboyish girl of the group with her rough demeanor and her past as a captain of a biker gang, and she usually wears her hair in a ponytail.²* TookALevelInKindness: Saki is much nicer after being roasted by Sakura in the rap battle.²* TranquilFury: She is capable of doing this when she's not in LargeHam mode herself, or some would-be delinquent is trying to pick a fight with her. As someone who has fought at least ''20'' girls, she is basically saying "Don't pick a fight you can't win".²* VirtualPet: Owned a (now long dead) Tamagotchi when she was alive. [[spoiler:The case is kept as a memento by Reiko.]]²* ViolenceIsNotAnOption: When Saki butts into a generations-long dispute involving the remnants of her old gang, she resolves to settle it "like an idol" rather than with violence, agreeing with Kotaro that her old methods could only hurt her band's image.²* YouGotGuts: She only respects people who show "guts", which she thinks Sakura doesn't have since she keeps sucking up to Kotaro's bizarre demands without question. When Sakura proves her wrong by challenging her to a rap battle and demonstrating that being a zombie idol is CrazyEnoughToWork, the two become friends.²* YouRemindMeOfX: After she takes a liking to Sakura, Saki notes that her egg-shaped head looks a lot like her dead Tamagotchi.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Ai Mizuno -- [=#3=]]]²!!!'''Voiced by:''' Creator/RisaTaneda (Japanese), Creator/BrynApprill (English)\²'''Live actor:''' Rie Matsuoka (stage play)²[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_ai.png]] ²[[caption-width-right:250:[[labelnote:Click to see her as an idol]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_ai_idol.png[[/labelnote]]\²[[labelnote:Click to see her as a zombie]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_ai_zombie.png[[/labelnote]]]]²->'''Born:''' March 7, 1992\²'''Died:''' August 4, 2008 (age 16)\²'''Cause of Death:''' Struck by lightning\²'''Height/Weight:''' 160cm (5'2") / 42kg (92 lbs)\²'''B/W/H:''' 81(B)/56/80cm (31/22/31 in)²²The legendary lead singer of Iron Frill, the top idol group of the 2000s, which Sakura idolized in life. A serious and strong-willed girl, she's initially skeptical of Kotaro's plan, but eventually dives whole-heartedly into the role and puts all her effort into building Franchouchou's legend. As the most experienced (current-era) idol of the group, Ai is effectively the team manager, planning out the group's choreography and roles with occasional input from the others.²----²* TheAce: Ai is looked to by the other girls for coaching during rehearsal, and given leads in songs along with Junko, for her incredible talents in singing, dancing and choreography, as well as possessing such a knack for musical arrangement that at one point she was able to pinpoint and properly alter a song's harmony to prevent [[TheLoad Tae]] from continually garbling over it.²* AchillesInHisTent: Getting stuck in a HeroicBSOD over her undead state leads to her silent refusal to take part in Franchouchou's guerrilla show in Episode 3. Seeing the other girls' continued determination to move forward eventually inspires her to join in and salvage what little of the show they can when Sakura forgets her lyrics, after which she starts performing again.²%%* ActionGirl²* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Ai has a dizzying array of knowledge about the idol business, dance choreography, musical theory, PR... it's obvious to see why she was the leader of Iron Frill. Unfortunately, this comes with the LogicalWeakness that she's often stubborn about her own point of view, and she gets along the worst with their ''actual'' manager, Kotaro. She's also the only member of Franchouchou able to discern [[spoiler:Sakura's recent memory-swap for what it was in Episode 11.]]²* BandageMummy: Ai's bandages almost completely cover her save for her eyes. Given she was killed by being struck by lightning that charred her corpse, the bandages are likely not only helping keep her together, but covering up the massive burns over her entire body.²* BaguetteBeatdown: Gives one to Kotaro in a rage after his hostile Frenchman act in Episode 5.²* BareYourMidriff: This was a very prominent feature of her Iron Frill outfit.²* BreakTheCutie: Ai has not had a very good time going from a rising musical talent to a disfigured walking corpse, her spirit crushed in succession by the realization that she has nowhere to go among the living and the discovery she's remembered for her gruesome death instead of her career and talent.²* BrokenPedestal: {{Downplayed|Trope}}. Sakura only has the faintest recollection of Ai due to her memory loss, but that doesn't stop her from being deeply disappointed that a "legendary" idol such as her would rather give up after losing everything rather than find new ways to move forward. Once Ai gets over her HeroicBSOD to save Franchouchou's performance after Sakura forgets her lyrics in Episode 3, [[RebuiltPedestal Sakura regains her respect for her]].²* ContinuityNod: As Ai continuous to practice nonstop for Saga Rock to the point of falling apart, she can be seen wearing the muscle ache strips given to them at the spa.²* TheCynic: {{Subverted|Trope}}. At the start of the story, she's highly critical of the Zombie Land Saga Project, which she feels is doomed to fail the moment she hears about it. She begins seeing promise in her fellow zombies after a few episodes but remains the first to remind them how hard they're going to have to work for it, showing that she's more of a realist than a cynic, and given the sketchiness with which Kotaro pitched his idea, her skepticism is not completely unwarranted.²* {{Determinator}}: Not a trait present in the first few episodes (while she is undergoing a very logical HeroicBSOD), but she eventually proves to perhaps fill this role the most of any of the girls. [[spoiler:This attitude of hers is shown in Episode 11 to have been the very spark that ignited [[HeroWorshipper Sakura's]] desire to become an idol.]]²* DiedStandingUp: During a concert that took place in the middle of a thunderstorm, Ai ran out to a center stage to thank the crowd for coming, but ended up struck by lightning and died frozen in her pose.²* TheDogBitesBack: In Episode 5, fed up with Kotaro's verbal abuse complemented with hitting her with a baguette, she bludgeons him back with the same baguette.²* EarlyBirdCameo: She shows up in the video on Sakura's laptop before her proper introduction as a zombie.²* EnragedByIdiocy: Ai is often seen with an exasperated look on her face at many of the antics of the others and is far and away the most practically-minded of the group.²* EyeScream: At one point in Episode 2 when she tries to escape over the mansion's fence, her eyes pop out of their sockets when she falls down.²* FearOfThunder: She freezes up at the very sight of lightning, which is understandable, given it killed her.²* GoryDiscretionShot: She isn't shown getting electrocuted by the lightning bolt that killed her during the flashback to her death, though we do get a glimpse of her charred body afterward.²* HeroicBSOD: After nearly getting shot by Policeman A, she realizes she truly has nowhere to go and resigns herself to staying at the mansion, becoming too disheartened to perform again. She starts recovering after she and Junko have to salvage their guerrilla performance after Sakura messed up on a few lyrics, as she considers starting her career anew with Sakura and co.²* HeroicSacrifice: One of the in-universe theories of her death is that she deliberately attracted the lightning into herself to save her audience on the grounds that there was nothing else fried by the lightning. Of course, the real explanation is simpler than that; it was an accident.²* HiddenDepths: In Episode 10, we see her seemingly fashion a fully-functional bow and arrow from scratch with no prior access to tools, and she proves to be a pretty good shot with it as well, though she never does quite succeed her hunt.²* HighVoltageDeath: She died in a freak lightning strike during a thunderstorm.²* HopeBringer: [[spoiler:To Sakura, back when they were alive. Hearing of Ai's personal story of perseverance shook Sakura out of her learned helplessness, turning her back into the hopeful girl she once was in time for the opening of the series. When Sakura falls back into despair late in the series, Ai's words prove again to be one of the most influential factors in both returning Sakura to the stage, and getting her back to her feet when calamity befalls the venue.]]²* ICouldaBeenAContender: Iron Frill had just begun to take off when Ai died, so those who remember her for more than just her death largely remember her as a rising star who could've gone places had she lived. In an unusual case of this, while the loss of what could have been weighs heavily on Ai, nothing's stopping her from getting back into the game. Indeed, having another chance to establish herself helps motivate her.²* IdolSinger: One of the two members of Franchouchou who used to be professional idols, along with Junko. She was the lead singer of Iron Frill, the most popular idol group of the 2000s.²* ImageSong: While she has yet to have one during her tenure with Franchouchou, Ai already has a song of her own- which is known as "Fantastic Lovers". She leads this song with her old friends as part of the Iron Frill group, and was briefly heard in the first scene of the series.²* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Sakura pitched an iron poker through Ai's skull when she first encountered her as a mindless zombie.²* {{Irony}}:²** The legendary idol whose career (and life) ended due to an electrical storm, had her career as a zombie jump-started by yet another electrical storm.²** Her profile lists her hobby as "Collecting creepy but cute character merchandise". Given that she's now an adorable zombie girl, any merchandise based on her zombie form (or those of her teammates, for that matter) certainly qualifies as this.²** [[spoiler:Before the series began, seeing Ai's confidence roused Sakura from the depths of her despair and into action. During the guerrilla show, seeing Sakura in trouble rouses Ai from the depths of her despair and into action.]]²* JerkassHasAPoint: While Ai is more sullen and cynical than a jerk, even at her worst, she does bring up some valid questions about how feasible the prospect of zombies becoming idols is. Sakura doesn't deny it, but, like with Saki, insists that they may as well try.²* MasterOfAll: While Junko alone is noted to be a better singer than her, Ai is a much better dancer and is the only member of the group truly versed in group performances. Her reticence to make use of her exceptional ability in early episodes caused a good deal of friction between her and Sakura, who looked up to Ai immensely in life.²* MeaningfulName: In Season 2, Ai goes by the name "San Tatsumi" when working on a part-time job. While that surname is taken from Kotaro's, the first name "San" is also a [[PunnyName pun]]; it's the number 3 in Japanese, and Ai is identified as "Zombie #3".²* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: InUniverse, Ai believes this is the case for an idol group taking its first steps toward getting its name out and mentions it in several episodes.²* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Has a fire poker harpooned through her temple mere seconds after being introduced in zombie form. It stays lodged in her brain for most of the first episode but never makes any mess at all.²* ReactiveContinuousScream: [[RunningGag Has a habit]] of screaming back at others in terror or surprise whenever they scream at her first with the exact same feelings thanks to her zombified appearance.²* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue Oni to Sakura's Red Oni once her true nature begins returning.²* RunningGag: Ai has a habit of accidentally getting into fearful screaming matches when her makeup's off.²* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: She immediately tries to leave the group for Tokyo after having one conversation with Kotaro and learning about his ridiculous zombie idol project. She only returns once she's resigned herself to the fact that she can't rejoin the living.²* ShellShockedVeteran: A milder case than most examples but it's clear that Ai's death has had a lasting affect on her psyche. The flash of a camera causes her to flinch and when faced with actual thunder, Ai crumbles in on herself. She curls up into a ball and covers her ears and each time this happens, she doesn't get up until someone else comes to help her.²* ShesGotLegs: Ai is quite slight overall, being the second youngest of the group and the third lightest. Nonetheless, side by side comparison such as the still-frame at the end of Episode 7 seems to indicate that she has the thickest calves and is about equal with Yugiri in the thighs. Her extreme professionalism toward dancing coordination really shows in this way.²* SuperSenses: {{Downplayed|trope}} due to the unclear degree, but she indicates she has better eyes and ears than the other girls and proves it by being able to hear an approaching boar before the other girls in spite of being one of the farthest from the sound.²* TeamDad: Of a [[TheMentor mentor]] variety. She is the one most responsible so far for the girls' training drills, teaching the newcomers the basics of the business, and is the one most vocal about the way of thinking they should approach their shared goal with. When a member is struggling or has a particularly important role to play in a new song, she coaches that member directly by way of example and takes it upon herself to review songs as a whole when the entire band is having trouble. Also, while she always strives to be constructive and, ordinarily, is by no means any less open-hearted than the rest of the group, she firmly believes that they won't get anywhere by "just playing friends all the time" and does not mince words with someone if she feels they are out of line.²* TechnicolorEyes: Light red eyes when alive or in makeup.²* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Throughout the entire series, Ai is quite noticeably the team member who is least amused by Kotaro's antics, sharing not even a single moment of camaraderie. That said, she doesn't seem to find his PR method invalid either, and [[JerkAssHasAPoint speaks up to its merit]] during the shooting for the Drive-In Tori commercial.²* ThoseTwoGuys: Zigzagged with Junko. In the first few episodes the two are glued to each other's side, both of them see the group as doomed and attempt to escape. Most of their interactions in the first three episodes are with each other as they stay at odds with everyone else. As they get to know the rest of the girls, their interactions branch out but come episode 6 and 7 they are narratively this trope with being at odds.²* TrainingFromHell: In Episode 6, Ai practices for a new song without rest and pushes her body to its literal breaking point. When her friends rightly react in worry, Ai nonchalantly puts herself back together and states that stress is par for the course with their career.²* TraumaButton: ²** Ai's death by lightning has left her terrified of lightning, and even a camera's flash can cause her to cringe.²** Similarly, on some level she remembers Sakura impaling her through the head with a poker in Episode 1, and cringes at anything that reminds her of it.²* {{Tsundere}}: A carefully {{Subverted|Trope}} example of the trope based on professionalism. The hot and cold sides of Ai's demeanor are largely dictated by her perception of the other girls' work ethic, rather than by mere slight emotional provocation like many classic tsunderes. She is very kind and supportive to each of the girls under any ordinary circumstance, but while she never resorts to violence unless directly attacked (as by Kotaro in Episode 5), she will become almost militantly stern in her expression if she feels someone isn't taking their duty to the band seriously or conscientiously. [[spoiler:This is displayed most prominently in her clash with Junko in Episode 6 and to a lesser extent, her lectures to Sakura in Episodes 10 and 12.]]²* UnmovingPlaid: Her skirt and bow tie feature this prominently.²* WhatHaveIBecome: The fact that being undead has made her an outcast from society is what makes her take her zombification harder than the rest of the girls, sending her into a HeroicBSOD.²* WhenSheSmiles: At the end of Episode 3, Ai, [[PerpetualFrowner who had been anything but a happy camper until then]], finally cracks a smile as she warms up to the idea of starting her idol career anew with Franchouchou. When the idols perform "Mezame Returner" again in Episode 7, she opens a far warmer smile during the cut-in than she has mustered any other time she has performed it. {{Invoked|Trope}} by Sakura in an Episode 11 flashback, admiringly calling Ai's smile "dazzling" and stating she wants to smile like that herself.²* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Check out all those tropes above, particularly TeamDad. Now consider that she's the second youngest of the girls at barely sixteen years of age, and that Sakura is almost a year older and Junko three.²* {{Workaholic}}: Ironically she spends the first few episodes refusing to work, but once she gets started, her work ethic becomes very clear. She is nearly always the first to address practical concerns about their careers, becomes absolutely furious when she feels Junko is intentionally letting the team down, and when her arms and legs break down after an extended session of practicing choreography, she states that this isn't unusual for her.²* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Her hair is dark blue.²* YouAreNotAlone: In Episode 12, [[spoiler:after learning about Sakura's extremely pessimistic outlook on life, Ai tells her that all the other zombies died, too, so none of them are "lucky."]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Junko Konno -- [=#4=]]]²!!!'''Voiced by:''' Maki Kawase (Japanese), Creator/AmandaLee (English)\²'''Live actor:''' Yuna Kitahara (stage play)²[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_junko.png]] ²[[caption-width-right:250:[[labelnote:Click to see her as an idol]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_junko_idol.png[[/labelnote]]\²[[labelnote:Click to see her as a zombie]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_junko_zombie.png[[/labelnote]]]]²->'''Born:''' September 2, 1964\²'''Died:''' December 6, 1983 (age 19)\²'''Cause of Death:''' Plane crash\²'''Height/Weight:''' 155cm (5'1") / 40kg (88 lbs)\²'''B/W/H:''' 80(B)/55/84cm (31/20/33 in)²²A legendary idol from the Showa period who pioneered the industry in the 1980s. A product of her time, she is more used to performing solo than with a group, and has difficulty interacting with other people.²----²* EightiesHair: That is a ''fluffy'' head of hair on her. Justified, since she died in 1983.²* AchillesInHisTent:²** Together with Ai, she refuses to join Franchouchou's guerrilla show in Episode 3. Seeing Sakura's determination inspires them to the point that when Sakura bungles her lines, they join in to salvage what little of the performance they can.²** She quits Franchouchou in Episode 6 after both Kotaro and Ai chew her out for refusing to take part in the photo shoot, feeling that the expectations for idols have changed too much for her to be comfortable with since she died. She spends a good portion of Episode 7 still depressed until Kotaro gives her a pep talk.²* AmbiguousDisorder: Junko's fear and panic when meeting fans, need to not let others see her flaws, and overall timidity suggests that she could have some kind of social anxiety disorder.²* BackstoryHorror: An eyecatch and Episode 5 show her having a fear of heights. Then you find out she died in a plane crash.²* BeYourself: Kotaro tells her this by saying she can still represent her period and not force herself doing things she doesn't want to do.²* BeenThereShapedHistory: Was considered to be a pioneer of the idol genre.²* CatchPhrase: She has a few variations but you can always, always, count on Junko to remind the girls, "Because we're zombies."²* CharlesAtlasSuperPower: Junko is apparently strong enough that she can grab a headless Sakura by the legs and run at full speed, keeping up with Saki, without any sign of strain.²* ContraltoOfDanger: Averted. While Junko has the deepest singing voice, she is the most timid of the zombies.²* CornerOfWoe: After being shocked at the drastic changes in the idol industry while she was dead, she barricades herself in a room (complete with warning signs and "do not cross" tape), and sulks in place for weeks, even growing mushrooms on her head. The trope is parodied slightly because the mushrooms are actually real and growing out of her flesh. This is actually TruthInTelevision as her undead body is producing mycelium.²* CripplingOverspecialization: Junko is noted to be the best singer among the seven. However, she is also stated to not be an especially good dancer and has zero experience coordinating with a group, contrasting with [[TheAce Ai]].²* ExposedToTheElements: In Episode 10, Junko wears a sleeveless jersey when fishing in the waters of a snowy mountain.²* FishOutOfTemporalWater: The idol industry has changed significantly in the 35 years she was dead, and she has difficulty adjusting to what's expected of idols nowadays. She also has a hard time trying to work a computer keyboard.²* FrankensteinsMonster: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]]. While she is just a zombie, her stitched up and discolored skin gives her the appearance of this.²* HeroicBSOD: The reality of being chased and shunned by the living for being a zombie leaves Junko deeply disheartened to the point where she and Ai hardly have the will to perform. Like Ai, she also starts to recover after covering for Sakura when the latter flubbed some lyrics to a guerrilla performance, deciding she wants to try singing in a group.²* HiddenDepths: ²** After Kotaro kicks down a door by its hinges to give her a pep talk, he nonchalantly asks Junko to fix the door after him. Surprisingly, she simply picks up some power tools and puts the door back on competently. Episode 12 reveals that she reinforced it for extra measure.²** Though she doesn't ultimately catch anything, she appears to have a solid grasp on fishing, assembling a fishing pole and scrounging for suitable bait on her own. At the same time, she gives Sakura a surprisingly philosophical lecture you wouldn't expect from a girl who has spent so much of the series in abysmal spirits. Fishing is even listed as one of her hobbies.²** She picks the lock to Kotaro's room.²* IWorkAlone: Downplayed. Junko doesn't hate the idea of performing in a group, but she isn't sure she can work well in one since she had always been a solo act, which compounds her reluctance to cooperate with Kotaro's plan.²* IdolSinger: Like Ai, she was already a professional idol before her death. In her case, she was one of the earliest idols to pioneer the industry, as it was during the seventies and eighties when the trope had first taken off and solidified in Japan.²* ImplausibleHairColor: She had grey hair even as a living teenager.²* InformedAttribute: It's repeatedly mentioned that Junko isn't a very good dancer but it really only comes up once in practice and she's on par with everyone else each perfomance. Even more glaring is the fact that Junko is able to do the dance perfectly in Saga Rock after not practicing for two weeks. ²* LastNameBasis: Initially, she addresses her friends by surname, such as referring to Sakura as "Minamoto-san". By Episode 10, she's progressed to formal FirstNameBasis, calling Sakura "Sakura-san".²* LookBothWays: A non-lethal PlayedForLaughs version. As everyone prepares to leave, Junko leaves the mansion to rejoin everyone, only to get rammed by Kotaro's van purely ''by accident'' as she stands in front to try to stop him. Being a zombie, she's fine.²* LudicrousGibs: Had to be reassembled from ''a lot'' of pieces after her death.²* LuminescentBlush: ²** She is very prone to blushing, whether by embarrassment or at the crass comments of others.²** When she witnessed Yugiri in full oiran headdress and attire, she was [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee blushing in amazement]] at someone looking so elegant.²* MeaningfulEcho: Returns the words, "Don't worry, I'll back you up" to Ai who is about to break down on stage in fear of lightning.²* MetaGuy: Junko serves as a low-key one. She and Ai both believe the whole "undead IdolSinger group" plan is doomed, but while Ai's complaints center around the others' lack of experience and legitimate industry difficulties, Junko is often the one to quietly remind the girls that they're ''actual zombies'' with all that that entails, remains nervous around the one member who has yet to regain her mind, and frequently comments on how ridiculous the situations they get into are.²* OffModel: The show does a very good job at averting this with Junko's patches but still slips into this on occasion. Patches will sometimes be incorrectly sized or angled wrong, though it's very subtle when it does happen.²* OlderThanSheLooks: Mentally as well as from being an unaging corpse. Junko mentions to Sakura that even though she's always going to be nineteen physically, she still feels her chronological age.²* ThePerfectionist: She stands by the idea that idols must be figures of perfection for the fans to admire and showing any imperfection in front of them is unforgivable. Just the idea of interacting with her fans makes her uncomfortable because they might find flaws in her person outside the stage.²* RapunzelHair: A weird case in that most of Junko's hair is cut short but she has two long, thin pigtails that reach well past her waist.²* RunningGag: Her overall relationship with Tae. If Junko is present but doesn't have speaking lines in a given scene, she's probably either being chased by Tae or is otherwise cowering from something Tae is doing. The {{Irony}} is that {{Shrinking Violet}} Junko is likely targeted so specifically ''because'' she always reacts so fearfully, thus triggering Tae's predatory instinct.²* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: She runs away from the mansion together with Ai very shortly after reawakening, mostly because she's terrified of Tae. Like Ai, she reluctantly returns after realizing she has nowhere else to go.²* ShesBack: After spending the majority of the seventh episode sitting in a room and growing mushrooms out of her head, Junko makes a dynamic re-entry by jumping over an iron gate, (almost) stopping a moving van, and getting up to declare herself an idol once more.²* ShrinkingViolet: She is very soft-spoken and reserved, and is deeply intimidated by Tae. She's also very uneasy about the idea of photo sessions with fans, both because of her shy nature and because idols didn't directly interact with their fans that much when she was alive. The band decides to circumvent this and begin marketing by just handing out signed "candid" photos of her as "The Shy One" of the group, as opposed to doing meet-and-greets.²* SingingVoiceDissonance: Junko's soft, meek voice drops to a husky contralto when she sings.²* ThoseTwoGuys: Zigzagged with Ai. In the first few episodes the two are glued to each other's side, both of them see the group as doomed and attempt to escape. Most of their interactions in the first three episodes are with each other as they stay at odds with everyone else. As they get to know the rest of the girls, their interactions branch out but come episode 6 and 7 they are narratively this trope with being at odds.²* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: She is frequently shown to get nervous when dealing with heights. The fact that she died in a plane crash likely contributed to this fear.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Yugiri -- [=#5=]]]²!!!'''Voiced by:''' Rika Kinugawa (Japanese), Creator/StephanieYoung (English)\²'''Live actor:''' Mioka Sakamoto (stage play)²[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_yugiri.png]] ²[[caption-width-right:250:[[labelnote:Click to see her as an idol]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_yugiri_idol.png[[/labelnote]]\²[[labelnote:Click to see her as a zombie]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_yugiri_zombie.png[[/labelnote]]]]²->'''Born:''' November 23, 1863\²'''Died:''' December 28, 1882 (age 19)\²'''Cause of Death:''' Unknown\²'''Height/Weight:''' 165cm (5'4") / 48kg (105 lbs)\²'''B/W/H:''' 94(I)/62/89cm (37/24/35 in)²²A legendary courtesan who saw the birth of the UsefulNotes/MeijiRestoration in the mid-19th century. Despite living in an entirely different time period, she chooses not to let it faze her and welcomes every chance to learn something new.²----²* AffectionateNickname: Lily calls her "Yugirin". Saki calls her "Big Sis"²* AnimeHair: She has her hair tied up in the shape of a heart.²* AntiquatedLinguistics: Speaks in an archaic way fitting for her time period, specifically the ''arinsu''/''kuruwa'' dialect used by courtesans in the Edo Period.²* BoobsOfSteel: Yugiri is the bustiest of the zombies, and one of the hardest to unnerve. She's a talented gymnast, hails from a more violent era, and is familiar with the concept of "testing swords". She's also prone to slapping her peers across the face to make them come to their senses, whether they actually need it or not.²* TheComicallySerious: She's... [[FishOutOfTemporalWater not]] [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan as]] [[GladIThoughtOfIt attuned]] to her surroundings as her calm dignity suggests.²* CoolBigSis: She is the oldest in terms of date of birth (though Junko and Tae are older going by how long they lived), and she seems to be the most level-headed of the zombies. The group as a whole affectionately refer to her as "Big Sis", and she is especially close to Lily.²* DoubleEntendre: In Episode 4, a line of dialog spoken by Yugiri easily falls under this, and is noticed by Sakura. It also doesn't help that she is a courtesan, and Yugiri is nonchalant in delivering it.²-->'''Yugiri''': What can we do to please our guests tonight?\²'''Sakura''': Yugiri-san, phrasing!²** Notable in English as well.²---> '''Yugiri''': If we do our best to service them, I'm certain the result will be pleasurable for all parties.\²'''Sakura''': ''Wow'', we need to work on your phrasing.²* FishOutOfTemporalWater: While all the zombies are this to a certain extent, Yugiri is the most egregious example, being the most ancient of the seven, having been revived from the period of the UsefulNotes/MeijiRestoration. She essentially lays out how she deals with the situation in Episode 6, explaining that being confused about what's going on wouldn't be helpful, so she's decided to accept things as they come.²* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Whenever she sees someone moping, she physically slaps people out of their funk. The problem is, most of the time they've already snapped out of it by the time Yugiri slaps them and tells them exactly what they were trying to say. [[spoiler:The one time she actually slaps someone in the middle of a funk is in Episode 12 when Sakura remains adamant in giving up.]]²* GladIThoughtOfIt: As mentioned above, Yugiri tends to resort to [[ArmorPiercingSlap Armor Piercing Slaps]] whenever she tries to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan get someone out of their funk.]] Only problem there is that the majority of the time, the victim has already started to come to the same epiphany in their own right before she slaps them.²* GorgeousPeriodDress: In Episode 11, she decks herself out in full ''oiran'' regalia, complete with platform sandals and headdress [[spoiler:when attempting to snap Sakura out of her depression.]]²* HiddenDepths: Episode 5 reveals her to be a skilled gymnast. Later in Episode 10, she confirms she also had training as a geisha (coming from a period where oiran and geisha were both active). Her search for edibles in the same episode leaves something to be desired, however, as she can't tell which fungi are poisonous (though it is mentioned that being poisoned isn't a big deal anymore, as they're all already dead).²* HighClassCallGirl: She was specifically an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oiran oiran]] in her native time, and that would have essentially made her this trope. Episode 2 shows that she's very good at playing the shamisen, which is just one of many skills oiran were expected to learn.²* ImageSong: While Yugiri never got her own song in Season One, she managed to score herself her own focused song for "The Best of Franchouchou" album (it even was a major selling point for this album, as it even had its own music video). Yugiri's song is known as "Saga Jihen", a song about Yugiri's 'incident' in her past life, and how she awaits for the love of her previous life to arrive in the depths of Hell itself. It's also sung in the style of jazz/big-band music from the early 1900s.²* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Lily, who's technically the youngest member of the crew, and the one furthest from her in original time period.²* MsFanservice: In official merchandising while in makeup, she has [[ShesGotLegs long thick legs]], wide hips, and a CleavageWindow while wearing a swimsuit. ²* MysteriousPast: Much like Tae, we don't know much about her life prior to her death. We do know that aside of being an oiran, she also trained as a geisha, and she was around at the time of the Meiji Restoration. The prominent scar around her neck suggests she was beheaded or hanged. And then there's the fact that she would be a 200-year old corpse. Whatever embalming methods her corpse was preserved with remains to be seen. [[spoiler:Episode 11 has Kotaro's bartender (and seemingly immortal) acquaintance briefly warn Kotaro to never harm Yugiri because he owes her a lot from the good old days.]]²* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: She shares her name with a real-life courtesan from the 17th century, who was in turn named after a character from ''Literature/TheTaleOfGenji''.²* OffWithHisHead: While all of the girls can remove their heads now that they're zombies, the scarring around her neck implies that she was originally killed via decapitation.²* OnlyOneName: She goes by only one name, which was common practice among both oiran and {{Geisha}}; their employers would give them "professional" names that were typically taken from poetry or classic Japanese literature.²* OutOfFocus: Downplayed, with her generally prone to hanging around cooperatively on the sidelines of the action and occasionally saying something funny for much of the series, and being the only member of Franchouchou besides Tae not to get a backstory episode. That said, hints of her MysteriousPast came through ([[spoiler:in the form of a mysterious bartender who knows about her past, and ALSO is acquainted with Kotaro]]), and in general she's much more prominent and active in the last few episodes of the first season, her CoolBigSis traits showing at their absolute fullest.²* OutdatedOutfit: Her casual clothes consist of a kimono, hakama, stockings and boots, in the manner of a female student from the late 1800s[[note]]and still worn by women at their university graduation[[/note]], but with the hakama cut above the knee like a makeshift skirt, to show off more of her legs.²* RageBreakingPoint: Of the TranquilFury variety. [[spoiler:She [[GetaAHoldOfYourself physically slaps Sakura]] ''[[GetaAHoldOfYourself again]]'' for not only bemoaning her bad luck, but also for throwing her friends' feelings under the bus when all they wanted to do was help her. Where Ai has to point out [[FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse she's not the only one with bad luck]], Yugiri chooses a more physical approach.]]²* RapunzelHair: While not as long as Tae or Saki's it is notably long enough to reach her hips.²* RunningGag: ²** Whenever someone is getting moody, she has a tendency to give them a GetAHoldOfYourselfMan slap, and speaks her mind with a speech while the person was actually thinking the exact same thing. She does this to Sakura ''and Kotaro''.²** Her slapping Sakura becomes this, to the point where in the music video for 'Saga Jihen' (i.e. Yugiri's ImageSong), she slaps Sakura for no apparent reason whatsoever besides RuleOfFunny.²* SmokingIsCool: Sometimes she can be seen smoking from a ''kiseru'', giving her an elegant and sophisticated vibe.²* StatuesqueStunner: At least when she has her make-up on. She’s a few inches taller than the global average for women in her age group in 2018, but by the standards of 1880s Japan, she’s positively gigantic, towering over the 4’10” average for the time.²* TheStoic: While not immune to freaking alongside the others, she's generally able to stay calm and composed in most of their wacky situations. It's even more impressive because she is the biggest FishOutOfTemporalWater in the group.²* TeamMom: Shares this role in alternating fashion with Sakura. She sometimes acts motherly towards the other girls, showing concern and acting the maturest. This makes sense given that she is the oldest girl at the time of death other than Tae (who is TheUnintelligible) and Junko (who's the same age, just two months older) as well as being from the earliest time period. ²* TechnicolorEyes: Red eyes, even with her contacts in.²* TranquilFury: She's capable of holding her anger while holding her composure. If she wants your attention, she ''will get'' your attention with five fingers to the face.²* TsurimeEyes: Her eyes show that she's the most mature out of all the Franchouchou members.²* UnmovingPlaid: Sometimes happens to the diamond pattern on her kimono.²* YoungerThanTheyLook: She has the look of a woman in her late-20's, but is actually 19 at the time of her death.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Lily Hoshikawa -- [=#6=]]]²!!!'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MinamiTanaka (Japanese), Creator/SarahWiedenheft (English)\²'''Live actor:''' Rin Takanashi (stage play)²[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_lily.png]] ²[[caption-width-right:250:[[labelnote:Click to see her as an idol]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_lily_idol.png[[/labelnote]]\²[[labelnote:Click to see her as a zombie]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_lily_zombie.png[[/labelnote]]]]²->'''Born:''' October 6, 1999\²'''Died:''' November 30, 2011 (age 12)\²'''Cause of Death:''' Mental shock/heart attack\²'''Height/Weight:''' 130cm (4'3") / 31kg (68 lbs)\²'''B/W/H:''' 59/54/56cm (23/21/22 in)²²A legendary child actress who took primetime networks by storm with her breakout period piece performance. She acts sweet and innocent most of the time, and revels in the opportunity of being forever young and cute now that she can never age.²----²* TheBabyOfTheBunch: Not only is she the youngest of the zombies in terms of her age at death (twelve years old), but she's also the youngest in terms of date of birth (1999); taking all these into account, this means that, were she still alive, she would've been nineteen as of 2018, which still makes her the youngest overall. In comparison, Ai would've been technically around 26, Sakura 27, Saki 39, and Junko 54; Yugiri would've been long dead (though for statistics' sake, she would've been around 155), while Tae, though her origins remain ambiguous, could be safely considered no younger than 29.²* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor:²** Her father was a big TV fan, so she wanted to make him happy from inside the TV. She succeeded, but it came at the cost of their relationship, and the stress was a big contributor to her demise.²** [[spoiler:When Lily was still alive, she desired to never grow up out of fear of developing a male body. She got her wish by dying and becoming a zombie, which means she can't go back to her father.]]²* BrutalHonesty: Befitting her age, Lily is prone to saying exactly what's on her mind without thinking it through first, or sometimes just not caring to. For instance, when Kotaro reveals the Franchouchou shirts they're to wear for the Gatalympics, she immediately and cheerfully declares them to be the ugliest shirts she's ever seen.²* ChildProdigy: She was a highly prolific child actress when she was alive. Despite having no experience before deciding to become an actress, she took to it very quickly and every show she was in became a hit.²* CryCute: The normally happy, cheerful Lily breaks down crying in Sakura's arms as [[spoiler:she comes to terms with the realization that her father Takeo truly loved her and was deeply regretful for neglecting her, and that she still loves him in spite of their unfortunate history.]]²* DaddysGirl: When she was alive, Lily was very close to her father who raised her on his own. Since her father loved to watch TV, Lily decided to become an actress in hopes she could make him happy by appearing on TV. [[spoiler:Her father was indeed very proud about his daughter's success, but sadly, their relationship became strained when he started paying more attention to her career. After coming back as a zombie and meeting her father again, Lily realizes how deeply he regrets what happened to her and forgives him. While she can't tell him she is his daughter, she writes a song for him expressing how happy she was that he was her father.]]²* DeathByDespair: [[spoiler:Her death was caused by a combination of things emotionally wearing her down, including a heavily strained relationship with her father and sleep-deprived overworking from her job, the second also physically wearing her down. TheLastStraw for all this accumulated stress and depression was seeing a single facial hair starting to grow, with the shock of even her body going against her wishes making her suffer a fatal heart-attack.]]²* DoNotCallMePaul: For understandable reasons, Lily hates to be called by her birth name [[spoiler:Masao]].²* DoesNotLikeSpam: [[AllThereInTheManual Her profile]] states she doesn't like [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cladosiphon_okamuranus mozuku]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hijiki hijiki]], which are both seaweed foods. Episode 8 suggests this is because [[spoiler:she thought she had leftover seaweed on her face before realizing it was hair.]]²* ExhaustedEyebags: Had these when not made-up for the camera in the period leading up to her death, signalling she was getting overworked.²* GrowingUpSucks: Shortly before her death, Lily was highly troubled as her body began to enter puberty because she never wanted to become an adult [[spoiler:and develop a body that would conflict with her gender identity]]. Now that she's been brought back as a zombie, [[NeverGrewUp she's happy that she can stay a child forever]].²* HeartBeatsOutOfChest: More directly than the usual example, as her cartoon-shaped heart is [[BodyHorror totally exposed from her chest]] and balloons to improbable sizes when she's scared. Episode 7 confirms that, while the cartoony appearance is there [[PlayedForLaughs for comedic effect]], it actually ''is'' her real heart bursting from her chest.²* HeroicRROD: [[spoiler:While she did die of a heart attack after discovering an unwanted burst of male puberty, it also didn't help that the stress from her acting career had been taking its toll on her very young body, with her father/manager Takeo not noticing her health turning for the worse until it was too late.]]²* HiddenDepths:²** One of the interests listed on the site is in heavy machinery magazines, which she'll often be seen reading in the background. [[spoiler:The ending credits of Episode 8 also reveal a flashback of Lily and her father sitting in a power shovel together.]]²** In Episode 7, Lily argues it's better that they do Saga Rock even if Junko doesn't return, explaining the event is their big chance, and even if they pass on it for Junko, Lily knows that won't make her come back. Yugiri lampshades how mature the reasoning is for Lily.²** In Episode 10, she adeptly constructs a bonfire in the mountains, presumably using the old-fashioned "two sticks together" method. She says she learned to do it for a role she once played. ²* HugeGuyTinyGirl: In Episode 8, a really large man shows up and seems a bit too interested in Lily. She later explains that the man was actually her real father, and while she was still alive he spent a lot of time with her. Though she's already the smallest of the bunch, she's extremely tiny when standing next to him. A photo reveals she got that from her mother, who only came up to her absurdly large husband's waist.²* ImageSong: Lily has one in Episode 8, known as "To My Dearest". She sings this song to her father, as a way of thanking him for being part of her life, through all the good and bad parts. It is performed in the vein of a slow, ballad-like, Broadway musical number.²* InsultOfEndearment: Saki calls her "Chinchiku" (translated as "Shrimpy"), which is initially derisive and annoys Lily, but eventually becomes just a playful nickname. She even accidentally calls her that during a performance, but Lily doesn't budge.²* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Yugiri, who's technically the oldest member of the crew, and the one furthest from her in original time period.²* IronicName: Lily is a cute and very feminine girl. Her birth name is [[spoiler:Masao Go, the kanji for which literally translate to "Righteous Man Grand", which Saki laughs herself sick at for being so cartoonishly manly. [[MeaningfulRename She left that name behind for a reason]].]]²* TheLastStraw: [[spoiler:Her panic over growing facial hair, added with the stress of being overworked by her father, was what led to her death.]]²* LittleMissSnarker: Lily can be ''very'' dry, usually when somebody is being a genkier girl then she is.²-->''(Upon seeing Saki's over-enthusiastic reaction to working with a restaurant mascot)'': Yeah, that's not cute at all.²* MeaningfulRename: "Lily Hoshikawa" is not her birth name; that would be [[spoiler:Masao Go, which she dropped due to being a transgender girl.]]²* MegaTwintails: She wears two pigtails that are larger than her head.²* MissingMom: Lily's mother died well before she went into acting, leaving her and her father.²* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler:She apparently becomes a downplayed positive version of this for her father, who's under the impression "Number 6" is an IdenticalStranger who happens to look like Lily. Her 'farewell' song to him helps him find catharsis over her death, and she says that she hopes she can make him smile when he sees her on TV. Sakura subsequently notes that he's started coming to Franchouchou's shows, suggesting he's following her career.]]²* TheReveal: Episode 8 reveals [[spoiler:she's a {{transgender}} girl, born Masao Go. She appears to have identified as a girl from a very young age, certainly before she went into acting, if her flashback's anything to go by.]]²* StageName: "Lily Hoshikawa" seems to have originated as one; a flashback in episode 8 shows her being called by that name during a TV interview, but it's later revealed that it's not her birth name and she was originally called [[spoiler:Masao Go, which she changed due to being a transgender girl.]]²* StrongFamilyResemblance: Lily states she looks more like her mother, and flashbacks reveal that they look nearly identical.²* TechnicolorEyes: Golden eyes when alive or in makeup.²* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler:Once she was revived as a zombie, there was no longer anything in the way of her identifying as a girl (since zombies don't age), so she renounced her birth name "Masao Go" for good and also dropped her Saga accent for a "cuter" way of speaking.]]²* ThirdPersonPerson: Lily has a tendency to refer to herself by the third person due to her desire to be cute.²* TokenMiniMoe: She's the smallest girl of Franchouchou (at 130 cm, she’s actually the height of an average eight-year-old even though she died at 12), and her personality is quite childish too.²* TokenWholesome: She's the only member of the group who has never been shown off in any way that can even slightly be construed as fanservicey, with even the merchandise involving the girls in swimsuits having her wear a very conservatively designed one with swimming trunks. A good part of this is because, as the youngest of them at twelve, putting her in fanservice situations would be inappropriate. [[spoiler:But there's also how, as a pre-op trans-girl, wearing skimpy or form-fitting outfits like the other girls might expose the fact she still has a "male member", which would spoil the reveal in episode 8.]]²* TransTribulations: [[spoiler:Lily is a young transgender girl which caused her to experience gender dysphoria when she started growing body hair. Her father tried to calm her down by telling her it was natural and she had to accept she was growing up. Unfortunately, this only made Lily more frustrated because she was afraid she would grow up to look like her father. This is, in fact, the cause of her early death; Lily was so horrified when she grew her first facial hair that she died from the shock.]]²* {{Transgender}}: [[spoiler:Originally named Masao Go and assigned male at birth, Lily identified as a girl from a very young age, but her growing body defied that wish and the shock of growing facial hair--on top of already being overworked and having to deal with a father/manager who cared more for her as an actress than as a daughter--resulted in her heart finally giving out.]]²* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: Cute daughter in this case, but her dad still isn't that much of a looker compared to her. ²* UndeadChild: She's the youngest of the zombies in terms of when she died.²* UndignifiedDeath: Saki is quick to make fun of how she died due to having a heart attack at [[spoiler:seeing her first facial hair.]]²* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Her father was her manager, and he ended up more interested in her career than in spending time with her.²* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: She has teal hair, like her mom.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tae Yamada -- [=#0=]]]²!!!'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KotonoMitsuishi (Japanese), Creator/DawnMBennett (English)\²'''Live actor:''' Asami Morita (stage play)²[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_tae.png]] ²[[caption-width-right:250:[[labelnote:Click to see her as an idol]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_tae_idol.png[[/labelnote]]\²[[labelnote:Click to see her as a zombie]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_tae_zombie.png[[/labelnote]]]]²->'''Born:''' Unknown\²'''Died:''' Unknown (age 29)\²'''Cause of Death:''' Unknown\²'''Height/Weight:''' 170cm (5'6") / 50kg (110 lbs)\²'''B/W/H:''' 91(F)/59/89cm (35/23/35 in)²²A woman who is legendary... [[MysteriousPast just because]]. She is also the only zombie who doesn't break out of her typical undead behavior, often trying to gnaw on the closest thing in sight.²----²* BandageMummy: From what can be seen beneath her clothes, everything apart from her face and hands is covered in bandages.²* BewareTheSillyOnes: Tae's antics as a zombie and her WomanChild behavior is often a source of comedy. However, in Episode 12, [[spoiler:when depression-blinded Sakura vehemently pushes her away too many times, Tae reaches her RageBreakingPoint and shows that even if she's ultimately a harmless zombie, she can actually be quite terrifying when she's genuinely angry.]]²* BigEater: Episode 5 in particular showcases her extreme appetite, going so far as to attack a guy in a chicken suit because she thinks he's an actual chicken, to say nothing of downing an entire plate of ''uncooked'' meat before this, and a plate of eels on a stick (including ''the plate'') followed by ''five'' sticks of eels later on.²* BiteOfAffection: While she starts out simply biting anything she can get her mouth on out of mindless-zombie habit, as her intelligence grows she starts biting things more rarely and intentionally. One reason for doing so is out of happiness and affection, such as her happily nibbling on Sakura's head after she [[spoiler:gets her memories in the Season 1 finale back after performing a successful big performance]].²* BrainlessBeauty: She is quite attractive, yet she's the only one who is still a mindless zombie who manages to become a {{Womanchild}} in her CharacterDevelopment.²* CameBackWrong: For some mysterious reason, Tae isn't restored to consciousness by death metal like the other zombies, and remains a feral blank slate. She gets better over time, but she's still not firing on all cylinders.²* CharacterDevelopment: She starts off as a wild animal who'll attack and bite people. Gradually she becomes a bit more civil, being able to understand human language and communicate through groans or gestures, showing curiosity about the world like a child would, and imitating the other girls' dance moves. She's even able to imitate a rooster's crow for the Drive-In Tori ad. Later on, she starts to imitate the other girls' expressions and speech (albeit in a rather garbled manner), and gains enough of a theory of mind to attempt lying. Come Episode 11, she's emotionally aware enough that Sakura's current situation hits her hard, sending her into a CornerOfWoe; in the following episode [[spoiler:she's shown to remember their past moments and tries speaking to Sakura to make her remember them.]]²* CornerOfWoe: Assumes this position after [[spoiler:failing to get through to Sakura]].²* CuteLittleFangs: While they're anything ''but'' little, she is often shown having fangs whenever she opens her mouth. ²* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Disregarding how she appears as a zombie, she has the creepiest look out of all the girls, with pale skin, [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]], face-covering hair, and a black rag for a dress.²* EnsembleDarkhorse: In-Universe: Tae is fondly remembered by her fans as the chicken girl who does the "cock-a-doodle-doo". She does it for the fans in one concert who request she do so.²* ExpressiveHair: Tae's side-bangs tend to react to how hot her emotions are. When she's excited, angry, or worried, they stick out like crazy; when she's more relaxed and peaceful, they relax down to frame her face.²* ExtremeOmnivore: She tends to bite and gnaw on anyone or anything she can get her hands on, including her own hair. According to Kotaro, however, it's totally harmless.²* FriendshipMoment: Episode 11 has Tae seemingly jumping Sakura, in truth her way of showing she was actually worried about her. Episode 12 has her going out of her way [[spoiler:to help Sakura remember their successes. Sakura had previously acted as her caretaker so she didn't end up biting people, and had also taught her how to pay attention and dance, earning her UndyingLoyalty. So when Sakura sulks in the attic, Tae goes out of her way to crash into the attic and drag her all the way to the dancing studio to try and jog her memories. Once Sakura's memories return and mix in with her past memories, Tae happily noms on her head.]]²* HandHidingSleeves: She wears a sweater with overly long sleeves during her first public performances.²* HelpingHands: If her arms get detached they are still able to move about on their own.²* HiddenBuxom: Her normally baggy clothes hide a rather impressive bust that's second in size only to Yugiri, even beating out the visibly-stacked Sakura. Her idol outfit shows it off in full though.²* HiddenDepths: She's good at snow sculptures.²* InstitutionalApparel: While the other girls have fairly reasonable sleepwear, Tae is apparently shoved into a striped shirt and pants with a flatcap and left to wander for the night. Given her mental state, this may be justified... or it could just be RuleOfFunny.²* InterspeciesFriendship: Tae and Romero show some form of friendship, with the former being a human zombie and the latter being a zombie dog.²* ItCanThink: While she's the only one of the girls not to awaken and acts like a zombie early on, she gradually regains sapience throughout the episodes. This is best demonstrated in the last two episodes of Season 1, in which Tae is the one keeping watch over Sakura [[spoiler:after she got hit by a truck and lost her memory. Her speech is garbled as usual, but her facial expressions and the way she holds Sakura's shoulders clearly show concern. She also spends the first half of Episode 12 trying to lift Sakura's spirits by doing dance moves and showing her the article about their performance at the Saga Rock Festival. Eventually she gets so fed up with Sakura's neglect that she drags her back into the dance studio and tries to reenact a training lesson that Sakura once gave her. Even though Tae can't speak properly, she obviously remembers their interactions, and the frustration in her eyes is clear.]]²* TheLoad: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]]. As the only zombie who hasn't awakened, she provides little contribution to the team and often gets in the way with her attempts to bite people or her head falling off. On the other hand, she is surprisingly helpful in a pinch, like when she bites one of Maria's buns when she tries to threaten Sakura and Lily, and scares off a large boar after it attacks the girls.²* MsFanservice: Surprisingly enough, official merchandise has her wearing a skimpy swimsuit. ²* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Kotaro gives a basic description of each girl to Sakura when she first awakens. But with Tae, he simply says she's "The legendary Tae Yamada". When Sakura asks again, he simply repeats himself, and never gives any background information on her.²* MysteriousPast: Whereas most of the zombies have details on their past lives largely fleshed out (Yugiri is an exception, since we only know about her occupation and [[spoiler:apparent ties with Kotaro's bartender acquaintance]]), Tae is so far the only one whose details are still largely in the dark. About the only hint available is her profile, which lists her hobby as visiting different travel agencies. [[https://old.reddit.com/r/ZombielandSaga/comments/aadeqz/abstract_of_interview_with_takenaka_nobuhi_head/ Word of God]] is apparently that while she ''does'' have a pre-mortem backstory, they kept it a mystery [[RiddleForTheAges because they felt there was no reason to reveal it]].²* OlderThanTheyLook: She physically appears to be around the same age as the other girls, but according to the [[AllThereInTheManual official website]], she was actually 29 when she died.²* RageBreakingPoint: Tae showing any kind of emotion is rare, but when she gets angry, ''RedEyesTakeWarning''. [[spoiler:She crashes into the attic after being fed up with Sakura neglecting everyone.]]²* RapunzelHair: Goes all the way to the back of her knees.²* RedEyesTakeWarning: Has red eyes both as a zombie and in makeup, and is the member of the group most likely to attack others, whether acting in defense or seeing if they're food. And when properly angered she gains [[GlowingEyesOfDoom Glowing]] Red Eyes, which accompanies a burst of strength.²* RunningOnAllFours: She occasionally does this as a way of showing that she's still pretty feral and hasn't regained her higher mental processes.²* {{Sleepyhead}}: Tae occasionally nods off at moments where the other girls are discussing important matters, always with a big SnotBubble.²* SmarterThanYouLook: While she started off as a shambling, moaning, bitey zombie, she starts to display increased signs of intelligence as the series progresses. While she remains TheUnintelligible, it's apparent she's able to understand her friends and follow instructions. Episode 12 is the best indication of this, as she attempts [[spoiler:to raise Sakura's spirits by reenacting their dance moves and her rooster crow from the "Drive-In Tori" commercial, and also bringing her an article showcasing their idol group's success.]]²* StringyHairedGhostGirl: Parodied briefly in Episode 4. When the girls relax on the foot bath, Tae's hair covers her face, resembling an onryo.²* StopCopyingMe: Does this a lot, not to annoy anyone but because she's relearning how to be human. This copying is how she manages to do the complex dances with the other girls, though her speech comes out as a garbled mess.²* SuperWindowJump: Actually introduced this way in the first episode when she crashes through a window out of the blue back into the manor, being the first zombie Sakura runs into. [[spoiler:She does it again in Episode 11, and while it makes her appear monstrous to Sakura (who has regained the memories of her life at the cost of her memories as a zombie), it’s clear to the audience that Tae is actually ''deeply concerned'' for her.]]²* TrademarkFavoriteFood: She'll at least try to eat [[ExtremeOmnivore just about anything]], but she particularly loves dried squid, which Kotaro keeps in his pocket to pacify her bitey tendencies. Her profile also mentions she particularly likes mentaiko.²* UndyingLoyalty: [[AccidentalPun Pun aside]], Episodes 11 and 12 cement her dedication and loyalty to Sakura. With Sakura having been taking care of her and trying to make sure she wouldn't just randomly bite anyone, Tae is the one who gets hit the hardest [[spoiler:after Sakura's original memories return, but not her undead memories, and after being rejected too many times, Tae reinforces her loyalty by crashing into the attic just to drag her into the studio, and have her remember what Sakura taught her. After Sakura has all of her pre and post-mortem memories, she happily noms on her head]]. For a zombie who has a bit of humanity, this really speaks volumes.²* TheUnintelligible: As the only zombie who hasn't ''awakened'', she is incapable of human speech and can only communicate through moans, gurgles, growls, and the occasional grumbled imitations of others. [[spoiler:The closest she comes to speaking an actual sentence with words is in (the dub of) Episode 12, when, after having had enough of Sakura ignoring her and the others, she drags her to their rehearsal room and lets out an angry growl that sounds vaguely like "Get it together!"]]²* {{Womanchild}}: Tae is an interesting variant. As time goes on, she goes from being mindless to demonstrating curiosity and interest in the world around her, albeit in a very basic manner, and shows an ability to understand her friends to a degree and listen to instructions. In essence, being a womanchild is a step ''up'' for her.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Romero]]²!!!'''Voiced by:''' Creator/YasuhiroTakato (Japanese), Creator/AlejandroSaab (English)²[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/romero_zls.png]]²->'''Born:''' November 1\²'''Died:''' December 9 (age 3)\²'''Cause of Death:''' Unknown\²'''Height/Weight:''' 33cm (1'1") / 3kg (7 lbs)²²Kotaro's pet zombie toy poodle, who helps guard the mansion and keep a close watch on the girls.²----²* ArtShift: He switches from a cartoonishly adorable design to a more realistic, terrifying one when he eats.²* ExtremeOmnivore: Much like Tae, he'll usually try to eat things that aren't even meant to be edible. In Episode 6 he swallows a baseball whole, and in Episode 10 it's implied that he ate a grasshopper that was unfortunate enough to go near him.²* EyeScream: His left eye is missing, and when he undergoes an ArtShift, his remaining eye is shown to be bulging from the socket.²* InterspeciesFriendship: Tae and Romero show some form of friendship, with the former being a human zombie and the latter being a zombie dog. He's also shown to be friendly with Sakura, joining her on her morning jogs [[spoiler:and becoming fiercely protective of her after she's hit by a truck in Episode 10.]]²* KillerRabbit: He may be an adorable little puppy, but he's an adorable little ''zombie'' puppy, and he becomes extremely dangerous when hungry.²* MysteriousPast: We don't know anything about his life and death, or which time period he comes from.²* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: His name is a nod to zombie movie director Creator/GeorgeARomero.²* NonStandardCharacterDesign: He has the most cartoony design out of any character, at least until he turns ravenous.²* RaisingTheSteaks: A (usually) cute little dog who's also a zombie. Presumably, Kotaro used the same methods to bring him back as a zombie as he did for the girls.²* SeriesMascot: He serves as this both InUniverse and out; in Episode 6, Kotaro sells Franchouchou merchandise that has pictures of Romero on it (and he's notably drawn in a much cuter art style).²* TeamPet: He is the mascot of the zombie idol group, and is fittingly a zombie himself.²* UndyingLoyalty: [[AccidentalPun Again, pun aside]], he's very loyal to both Kotaro and the girls. [[spoiler:After Sakura gets hit by a truck again, he attempts to attack the driver.]]²[[/folder]]²²----²[[header:The Living]]²²[[folder:Kotaro Tatsumi]]²!!!'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MamoruMiyano (Japanese), Creator/RiccoFajardo (English)\²'''Live actor:''' Noriyuki Ohashi (stage play)²[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kotaro_tatsumi.png]]²->'''Born:''' Unknown\²'''Height/Weight:''' Unknown\²²The eccentric and mysterious manager of the all-zombie idol group Franchouchou, temporarily known as Death Musume and Green Face. He seems to be obsessed with using the living dead to revitalize the Saga Prefecture, but no one knows the exact details of his plan, and he has a knack for dodging all questions about it using the most outrageous answers.²----²* AmbiguouslyBi: Whenever he tries to gain sponsorship from someone, he tends to seduce them (regardless of gender), and making them blush. ²* AmbiguouslyHuman: His potent charm, incredible strength, and [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Wesker]]-esque refusal to remove his sunglasses make it ambiguous whether he is a mere human or something more.²* BishieSparkle: Sparks form around Kotaro when he charms two would-be sponsors, and when taking a bath in Episode 6.²* BunnyEarsLawyer: He's loud-mouthed and totally out of his mind to make an idol group out of zombies, but he's incredibly effective in putting together hit performances, and is such a skilled makeup artist that he can make rotting corpses pass off as stunning, fully living people.²* CatchPhrase: [[GratuitousEnglish "MUSIC, COME ON!"]]²* CharacterDevelopment: The big turning point in Kotaro's portrayal comes with Episode 7, when he helps Junko out of her funk and then accidentally runs her over. After that, he starts getting more involved as a helper and mentor for the girls, such as [[spoiler:composing a song for Lily to sing to her father]], warning Saki against using violence to sort out Dorami's problems, or trying to get Sakura to realize her flaws, and the audience starts getting a look at the sides he tries to hide from the girls, like his vulnerabilities or the wider mysteries he's involved in.²* TheCharmer: Despite being a shrieking martinet to the girls, he's got a surprisingly good way with the living when working out business deals with them, with a seductive gaze that enthralls men and women alike.²* ChewingTheScenery: Pretty much ''everything'' this guy says and does is over-the-top dramatic, which makes it all the more impactful when he's truly serious.²* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: He's strange enough to assemble an idol group of the undead, formed with girls from different eras, and keep dried squid in his front pocket at all times. Even that aside, his speaking patterns are very bizarre to say the least.²* CoatCape: He tends to wear his blazer on his shoulders.²* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: As goofy as he is, he's managed to save Sakura from Policeman A twice by knocking said character out. He also [[BarrierBustingBlow kicked down a door]] that Junko had barricaded.²* ADayInTheLimelight: The manga version of the series seems to be focusing on the work Kotaro does to promote and secure gigs for Franchouchou in the background, while heavily abridging the girls' events (to the point where both the rap battle and the guerrilla show are only covered in single page flashbacks; so far the rock concert is the only event from the show covered in full).²* DrivesLikeCrazy: Shows this when he needs to make a quick getaway.²* DrowningMySorrows: [[spoiler:After witnessing how the girls' concert in the Ekimae Real Estate Stadium flopped, Kotaro spent some time drinking in a shop, talking to himself and lamenting how Saga can't be saved. He spends a lot of time in Season 2 Episode 1 drunk, unable to make proper conversations with his girls nor resume his producer role. He recovers near the end of the episode though.]]²* DynamicEntry: Kotaro blasts away Junko's barricade (and her) with a single kick after he gets fed up with her sulking.²* EmotionallyTongueTied: Yugiri notes that for all his hamminess, he's not good at expressing how he actually feels.²* EvenTheGuysWantHim: He's shown to be quite capable of being TheCharmer when he wants to convince someone to give him a sponsorship, and it works on both women and men.²* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: [[spoiler:He actually went to high school with Sakura.]]²* FantasticRacism: He has no qualms about rubbing it in that the girls are now undead reanimated corpses, provides little help over the shock that they should be experiencing, and is an all-round MeanBoss who believes mistreating them and overworking them is acceptable given they are zombies. However, for the most part this is simply part of his MeanBoss behavior, and beneath ''that'' he shows signs of genuine care toward them.²* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Because of how [[MeanBoss he usually]] [[WouldHitAGirl treats them]] combined with him keeping them in the dark about their circumstances, it's no surprise that none of the zombie girls liked him at first. Later, they simply know better than to take his ramblings personally, but even then their relationship is professional-only.²* GiverOfLameNames: According to the girls, who deemed Death Musume and Green Face to be awful names for an idol group, so they choose Franchouchou without any input from him. Nonetheless, he decides to let them keep the name.²* GratuitousEnglish: He loves spouting random phrases in English in the sub.²* GratuitousFrench: Uses it for one of the morning meetings with the girls, complete with [[BaguetteBeatdown baguette]] and beret.²* HeroicBSOD: In Season 2 Episode 1, Kotaro [[spoiler:became depressed after the disastrous failure of Franchouchou's Ekimae Real Estate Stadium concert, saddling the crew with a massive debt with a very short deadline. As a result, Kotaro spent a long time isolated from the girls, getting constantly drunk, and having his hair grow out. He fortunately snaps out of his depression during a conversation with the bartender of New Jofuku]].²* HesBack: By the end of ''Revenge'' Episode 1, Kotaro recovers from his HeroicBSOD just in time to support the girls in their attempts to win back their fanbase [[spoiler:after the Ekimae debacle]].²* HiddenDepths:²** Despite being in LargeHam mode most of his on-screen time, he will drop all pretenses and silliness, and go out of his way to give a zombie girl genuine help when needed, such as giving a touching talk to Junko by telling her to be herself, writing music and special directional coordination for [[spoiler:Lily's song for her father to honor him]], and telling Saki that ViolenceIsNotAnOption after finding out her best friend's daughter is involved with a biker gang.²** Episode 10 shows him having a level of vulnerability within himself, admitting uncertainty over his ability to bring the girls to their goals and, in Yugiri's words, showing an oddly particular affection for Sakura.²** Inside this boisterous LargeHam-inducing music writer and director lies [[SadClown a sad man]] who lost a friend he went to high school with, and aims to help her accomplish her goals. That girl? [[spoiler:Sakura Minamoto.]]²* InkSuitActor: He is an animated version of Creator/MamoruMiyano, who has made live appearances in-character as him.²* InsaneTrollLogic: A lot of the answers and explanations he gives fall under this, such as his adamant belief that a zombie idol group is the key to saving Saga.²* {{Jerkass}}: He regularly verbally abuses the girls in the idol group and makes fun of their questions whenever they ask him something. This is generally PlayedForLaughs, however, since he does it all in a very goofy manner.²* JerkassToOne: Zig-zagged with Sakura. He comes off as harder on her than he is with everyone else, but Yugiri proposes that he's kindest to her in his own way, [[spoiler:and it turns out that he used to know her when she was alive]].²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite coming off as a selfish and rude MeanBoss, deep down he does care about his zombie girls. When the time calls, he will go out of his way to comfort them and lift their spirits. Yugiri calls him out on this specifically in regards to Sakura in Episode 10 -- that underneath it all, he seems to be particularly kind to her, trying to act as a StealthMentor and help her figure out and overcome her flaws -- but he avoids giving her a straight answer. Episode 11 outright has him telling a dejected Sakura that he will ''never'' abandon or give up on her.²* KnightOfCerebus: {{Inverted|Trope}}. His introduction is what switches the tone of the series from straightforward horror to absurd HorrorComedy.²* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Pretends to know everything of value, until he is pressed further for information.²* LargeHam: About 95 percent of the time. He almost always talks in a bombastic and dramatic manner, though Episode 4 shows that he can act calm and professional when the situation requires it.²* {{Manchild}}: As broad as his knowledge and skill sets are, he's a bit old to be bullying a group of teenage girls like he often does.²* MeanBoss: Most of his interaction with the girls is him screaming at them and calling them names for being zombies. He once openly stated that as zombies, he can work them as hard as he wants and they can't die from overwork. ²* MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler:In the East Asian directional system of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthly_Branches Earthly Branches]], Inui, his true family name, is the northwest. Tatsumi, the pseudonym he adopts to hide his identity from Sakura, is the southeast.]]²* MurphysLaw: [[spoiler:There are indications that he knew about Sakura's terrible luck, and is ready to improvise whenever their stage gets destroyed during concerts.]]²* MysteriousPast: All we know about his past is that he learned his makeup skills in Hollywood, [[spoiler:that he went to high school with Sakura, and that he has a possibly-immortal acquaintance he told about the Zombie Land Saga Project.]]²* {{Necromancer}}: He somehow found a way to bring the dead back to life as zombies. How he did this is never explained properly, except that he tells Sakura that she got turned into a zombie in the same manner as it's done in movies, and that [[HandWave undeath doesn't need any complex explanation]]. [[spoiler:Unless the Bartender is the true necromancer.]]²* {{Necromantic}}: Possibly. [[spoiler:A brief, nondescript flashback to his past has caused much speculation by fans that he was once in love with Sakura.]]²* NoIndoorVoice: Half of his dialogue is screamed at the top of his voice.²* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: He gets all up in the girls' faces as he spouts his ridiculous {{Rousing Speech}}es.²* ObfuscatingInsanity: At least a little, and possibly a lot. He repeatedly refuses to deal with potentially serious issues, and when he ''does'' step in, his advice is often unhelpful or counterproductive. All the same, things normally work out due to the girls' hard work, and it's notable that when they don't, he will drop all his normal silliness and move to sort it out himself with a competence he doesn't normally display. Several times the girls have assumed they've pulled the wool over his eyes (Junko and Ai running away, and them using the computer while he was in the bath) and it's been revealed he was aware of their actions the whole time.²* OhCrap: He has two of them in Episode 7, both related to Junko. First when he kicks down Junko's barricade and sees that he also knocked her out, then when he accidentally runs her over with the van.²* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:²** There'll be times where Kotaro becomes genuinely angry, such as Sakura breaking TheMasquerade and ruining their first sponsorship, to which he tells her he'll shave her next time if she screws up again. Junko refusing to take pictures with the fans at the photoshoot also riles him up so much he is reduced to shouting {{Angrish}} at the girls. When Saki intervenes to save Maria from a rival biker gang, he's ''dead serious'' when he tells her that if she gets mixed up in trouble like that, she could put Franchouchou itself at risk.²** Then there's the revelation that his goofy exterior is a guise and his real self is a [[spoiler:SadClown hiding grief over losing his high school friend Sakura.]]²** In the first episode of Season 2, Kotaro became [[spoiler:depressed enough to isolate himself from Franchochou for a long time. It got to the point where the girls had to check his room in order to find something that could explain his circumstances. A conversation with the New Jofuku bartender reveals that the previous concert's failure and debt affected him immensely, especially when his Zombie Land Saga Project is running out of time]].²* RenaissanceMan: For an idol producer, he has demonstrated several talents on-screen. First and foremost, Kotaro can take care of zombie girls, teach them how to dance and even apply make-up that makes them look alive again. In later episodes, he is shown to be quite skilled at beatboxing, driving vehicles and bicycling. He also personally composes and coordinates all the songs and dances the group uses and is shockingly effective at setting up deals for shows and merchandise.²* TheReveal: Episode 12 reveals [[spoiler:that he was a classmate of Sakura's in high school, that "Kotaro Tatsumi" isn't his original name, and that his original family name is "Inui".]]²* RunningGag: In the manga, he has a tendency to react in joy to whatever food he's eating at ''Manga/FoodWars''-esque levels, up to imagining things. ²* SadClown: Kotaro may be cartoonishly hammy, but behind the scenes he is in rather low spirits about Saga's situation and [[spoiler:may have held a high school flame for the now deceased Sakura.]]²* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In Season 2 Episode 1, a drunken Kotaro stumbles into the bar where Yugiri works... and promptly (but politely) leaves the moment he sees her.²* StealthMentor:²** He sends the girls into the mountains in Episode 10 in the hope that Sakura would cool down and remember she's part of a group. It doesn't work, but she gets it after getting an outside look at the others practicing together.²** There are indications that he chose to have the band sing in particularly bad weather in Episode 7, considering Ai's fate. [[spoiler:It actually works in his favor as Ai was able to get over her fear, and the girls gave a rather [[JustForPun shocking]] performance as the lightning autotuned their voice and gave them the ability to shoot lasers.]]²* SunglassesAtNight: He's never seen without his shades, including on a rainy night, inside a sauna, or when bathing. When he does remove them, or they get knocked off, we never see what's underneath.²* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: He specifically notes that he used to work in Hollywood, and while his pronunciation needs work he's quite good with his grammar. He's also good with his spelling, although he has trouble with the word "guerrilla".²* ThrowItIn: [[{{Invoked}} Enforced]] on his end. When the girls' concerts don't go exactly as planned, he'll improvise on the spot, especially during bad weather.²* ToughLove: It's later suggested that many of his eccentric and more {{Jerkass}} actions towards the girls are done out of a desire to help them learn and grow independently.²* {{Tsundere}}: He may be an eccentric MeanBoss towards the girls including Sakura, but he's also [[spoiler:Sakura's classmate who held a high school flame for her and keeps looking out for her even after her resurrection]].²* UndyingLoyalty: While he claims he has no faith in Sakura, it turns out he's not willing to give up on her even when she's in the depths of depression.²* VagueAge: [[spoiler:Assuming he isn't immortal, or had been zombified since, his age should be around 26-27 as he was Sakura's classmate.]]²* ViolenceIsNotAnOption: For the sake of Franchouchou's reputation, Kotaro tells this to Saki when he figures out she intends to interfere with a gang dispute related to the gang she left behind. He is surprised to find out later that she really did heed these words.²* WeWantOurJerkBack: Downplayed. When Kotaro [[spoiler:becomes depressed in Season 2's first episode, he's isolated from the members of Franchouchou]] for about a month. In that time, while the girls try and manage without him, they quickly realize that they're in trouble - after all, he's much more talented at getting gigs, and only he can give the girls' makeup that special touch that actually makes them look alive (whereas their own efforts look “sickly” at best, and [[UncannyValley unsettling]] at worst). They don't ''want'' him to act like a jerk toward them, but they definitely want him out of his funk so that he can continue doing what he does best on their behalf.²* WouldHitAGirl: PlayedForLaughs, in that he'd sometimes get physical with the girls, such as hitting a baseball onto the girls or smacking Ai with a baguette for snarkily responding to his questionnaire.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Policeman A]]²!!!'''Voiced by:''' Creator/HiroyukiYoshino (Japanese), Creator/AustinTindle (English)²[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zls_police_a.png]] ²->'''Born:''' November 14, 1982 (age 36)\²'''Height/Weight:''' 167cm (5'6") / 65kg (146 lbs)\²²The first living person who learns of the existence of zombies after an encounter with Sakura.²----²* CasanovaWannabe: He seems to think he's some hotshot when it comes to getting the ladies, with him occasionally attempting to flirt with them. Not only do all the girls he interacts with have no reaction to him beyond his policing job, Sakura is outright afraid of getting near him since he reacts poorly to her without make-up.²* HaveWeMet: When he meets Sakura again in Episode 3 in makeup, he seems to recognize her but can't remember where. Little does he know she was the zombie he tried to gun down twice.²* NiceGuy: He's shown multiple times to be a polite and friendly cop when he isn't terrified out of his wits, such as when he freestyles somewhat poorly with a group of hooligans in Episode 2 to admonish them for staying out late and picking on girls.²* NoNameGiven: The show never mentions his name, and he's only credited with the kind of name someone with NominalImportance would have.²* NotAZombie: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. Whenever he sees one of the zombies he immediately becomes terrified out of his wits and tries to shoot on sight, completely disregarding the fact the zombies all show sentience and have made no signs of harming him.²* OutOfFocus: After the third episode, he's relegated to filling gag roles and doesn't directly confront the zombie aspect of the show until Episode 11.²* PoliceAreUseless:²** He shoots Sakura for being a zombie, despite Sakura showing human intelligence and speech, and gets knocked out from behind afterwards.²** Subverted when he confronts a biker rally. Despite comically failing to threaten them, they still disperse since he apparently killed the mood.²* RecurringExtra: Despite not having a name, he still makes appearances in more than one episode.²* SnapBack: For a guy who looks as though he's been traumatized each time he has a run-in with one of the zombies, he seems remarkably cheerful and otherwise mentally well by the time he shows up in another episode.²* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Even though he is more of a threat to the zombies than he realizes they are to him, his reasons for repeatedly trying to kill them on sight are perfectly understandable, as he's just an ordinary, usually affable cop scared out of his mind.²* WrongGenreSavvy: He seems to think he's stumbled into a horror story whenever he runs into the girls, even though they're capable of speech and never move to attack him.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:The Metalheads]]²!!!'''Metalhead A voiced by:''' Mitsuaki Kanuka (Japanese), Creator/CrisGeorge (English)\²'''Metalhead B voiced by:''' Setsuji Sato (Japanese), Creator/MikeMcFarland (English)²²A pair of DeathMetal fans who are present during the zombies' very first performance.²----²* AccentAdaptation: In the English dub, the skinny metalhead speaks with a Birmingham accent not unlike Music/OzzyOsbourne.²* AmazonChaser: When the metalheads witness Saki dropkicking Takeo, the chubby one says that this is why Number 2 is the best in his opinion, and claims that it must be nice to be on the receiving end of that, while blushing of course.²* AudienceSurrogate: In a more meta, show-specific way than Sakura. Complete outsiders to idol fandom, they're initially confused and irritated when [[NeverTrustATrailer the advertised darkness turns out to be a facade]], only to quickly come to love the girls and their work as much as their other interests.²* {{Fanboy}}s: They become Franchouchou's first dedicated fans after their first performance as Death Musume.²* FatAndSkinny: One's thin and pale, the other's chubby and warm.²* {{Kevlard}}: As shown by Season 2 Episode 1, the fat metalhead's chubby body is cushioned enough with fat that being punched in the gut just causes the attacker to be rebounded away, while leaving him completely unharmed.²* {{Metalhead}}: They start out as DeathMetal fans, and initially latch onto the girls thinking they are a DeathMetal group.²* MultipleDemographicAppeal: During the concert in Episode 9, they remark that the wide array of different people who show up to their concerts is what Franchouchou's all about.²* NiceGuy:²** They both are, showing worry for Ai when she becomes visibly afraid of lightning in Episode 7 and for the entire band in Episode 12.²** Taken to another level in the first episode of ''Revenge'' where they join Kotaro in cheering for an encore from Franchouchou despite the angry crowd that was already beginning to assault Kotaro for his relentless cheering, even escalating as far to fight alongside Kotaro while outnumbered by the entire crowd just so Franchouchou could perform their song without being booed off stage.²* NoNameGiven: The show doesn't give their names.²* RecurringExtra: Much like Policeman A, both of them appear in multiple episodes despite having little screen time.²* ThoseTwoGuys: Pretty cut-and-dry example of this.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Shinta Okoba]]²!!!'''Voiced by:''' Toru Nara (Japanese), Creator/KentWilliams (English)²²An ordinary reporter who catches wind of Franchouchou after they appear in a commercial.²----²* BaitAndSwitch: When he first recognizes one of Franchouchou, the camera doesn't show who he spotted. Then at the Gattalympics he watches them with a pair of binoculars, Sakura is in focus in the shot and is the only one of the group facing towards him which makes it very easy to assume that she's the one who stood out. It's only at the end of the episode that we find out that it's really Junko he noticed.²* IntrepidReporter: Starts investigating Franchouchou after getting a familiar feeling from "Number 4". [[spoiler:TheStinger of the season shows him fully aware of not only her looking identical to the long dead Junko Konno, but "Number 3's" and "Number 6's" resemblances to the more recently deceased Ai Mizuno and Lily Hoshikawa.]]²* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Okoba's name is alternatively translated as "Ookoba" in Episode 5.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Takeo Go]]²!!!'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TsuyoshiKoyama (Japanese), Creator/ChristopherSabat (English)²²Lily's father, who was devastated by the loss of his only child, only to see her back from the dead years later.²----²* DoesntKnowTheirOwnChild: While he loved his daughter a lot, he was oblivious to many of her problems shortly before she died. He didn't realize Lily didn't care much about her acting career and only wanted to spend quality time with him like they used to. [[spoiler:He also didn't have a clear idea of what made her so upset about growing body hair. He tried to calm her down by telling her that's part of growing up, but he couldn't understand Lily didn't want to grow up because it meant developing a male body that would conflict with her female identity, continuing to call her "Masao" in private even long after she died.]]²* DotingParent: Flashbacks show that he was incredibly doting towards Lily, who herself seemed very happy living with him back when she was still alive. He even immediately quit his job and became Lily's manager when she expressed interest in performing within the television industry, doing his best to make sure that her career was a success. [[spoiler:However, he became a bit too engrossed in her career and failed to notice the accumulating stress that she was gathering until it was too late.]]²* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In his first scene in Episode 8, he walks out of his office when his coworkers put on the TV and is troubled after seeing a cheerful young girl playing nearby. All this shows [[spoiler:how much the death of his child affected him]].²* FaceOfAThug: He's a huge, hulking man with a scar across his left eye, and when he first appears at Franchouchou's photo session, Saki assumes that he must be a loan shark who's trying to collect debts from Kotaro. In reality, he's only there because he thinks Lily's an IdenticalStranger who looks like his daughter, and he's a good person deep down.²* GentleGiant: Despite his gargantuan size and intimidating appearance, he's really amicable to others and generally a quiet and reserved man.²* ManlyTears: [[spoiler:He does this upon watching Franchouchou's concert in Episode 8; he remembers the time with Lily and finally manages to move past it.]]²* MeaningfulName: The kanji for his name literally translate to 'War Man Grand', befitting a thuggish-looking, cartoonishly huge man [[spoiler:and keeping with the theme of Lily's birth name.]]²* TheMourningAfter: The loss of his wife coupled with the loss of his daughter sends him into deep sorrow. Even after 7 years he is a melancholic and reserved man who cannot even stay in a room with a TV on because of its association with Lily. [[spoiler:He could've stayed that way forever, but thanks to his daughter's resurrection and a concert the girls made for him, he finally finds peace and moves on with his life.]]²* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: He still hasn't gotten over Lily's death after seven years, unable to watch the TV he so loved anymore because of its relation to the whole ordeal. He regrets his words and actions in her final moments, and can't find closure because of that. [[spoiler:Thankfully Lily has returned to life, but because she is a zombie she cannot say goodbye to him directly. So Franchouchou pulls off a concert with a new song specifically targeted for him, with Lily thanking Takeo for all the time they had together and telling that she still loves him. This finally allows him to move on, and he even starts watching TV again. Even though Lily can't confirm that she's actually his daughter, it's clear that Takeo has finally found peace within himself.]]²* OpenMindedParent: Zigzagged. [[spoiler:While it was clear that he was accepting of Lily's gender choice, he would still call her "Masao" rather than her preferred name, and he also severely underestimated her concerns and worries in relation to her gender identity. During their final pre-mortem conversation, while Lily was distressed over the fact that she was growing body hair, Takeo did his best to assure her that it wasn't a big deal and tried to get her to accept that she was growing up. While it was clear he had good intentions, he ultimately didn't quite comprehend just how devastating the ordeal was for Lily, and the conversation ended up turning into a massive regret that haunted him for years to come.]]²* OutlivingOnesOffspring: He was devastated by Lily's death, and still hasn't gotten over it after seven years.²* ParentsAsPeople: He loved Lily very much, but after he became her manager and her acting career took off, he became more focused on his daughter's career than her well-being. Years later, it's clear that he regrets being so neglectful.²* PartingWordsRegret: He seems to deeply regret how his last words to Lily were him being dismissive over [[spoiler:Lily being distressed over growing body hair, due to her being trans and not wanting to go through puberty.]]²* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: Takes a kick to the head from 105 lb Saki that somehow had enough power to both do this and knock him out instantly.²* ScarsAreForever: In the present day, he has a noticeable scar across his left eye. After Lily died, during a BlinkAndYouMissIt moment right before he trashed the television in his house, you can see him actually clawing his own face and creating said scar in despair from the loss of Lily. ²* ScreenShake: He's so massive he causes this whenever he walks.²* StageDad: A sympathetic example. Once Lily became a rising child star, Takeo became engrossed in his daughter's career. Unlike other examples, he wasn't fame hungry; he was so proud of Lily's talent that he tried his best to make her a successful actress. Unfortunately, he began to neglect Lily's wellbeing along the way, to the point Lily accused him of only caring about how she looked in TV. After Lily died, Takeo realized how his obsession with her success damaged their relationship and came to regret it all. Once Lily sees her father did love her and learned the error of his ways, she forgives him.²* TearsOfRemorse: He cries hard in the aftermath of Lily's death, [[spoiler:clearly blaming himself for overworking her.]]²* TinyHeadedBehemoth: [[https://s2.desu-usergeneratedcontent.xyz/a/image/1542/90/1542900337550.jpg Jesus.]]²* UglyGuyHotWife: A flashback shows that Lily's mother was a lot more attractive than he was. It's pretty obvious who Lily got her cute looks from.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Reiko Amabuki (née Kirishima)]]²!!!'''Voiced by:''' Komina Matsushita (Japanese), Creator/ColleenClinkenbeard (English)²²The former leader of Dorami, and a friend of Saki from when she was still alive. Now a regular housewife, she worries about her daughter Maria's rebellious behavior.²----²* AintTooProudToBeg: For all her past bravado as an ex-biker, she simply begs for Korosuke and Dorami to stop fighting, knowing it will put her daughter in harm's way.²* AngerBornOfWorry: After Saki repeats the stunt that killed her, Reiko punches her in the face and yells at her for being an idiot, still having painful memories of her death.²* ApologizesALot: Reiko is quick to apologize, even when Maria's the one at fault. Maria tells Reiko that this tendency is one of the things that annoys her most about her mother.²* BewareTheNiceOnes: Like Saki said to Maria, just because she became a law-abiding housewife does ''not'' mean she lost her biker chops.²* BikerBabe: She was one back when she was the boss of Dorami. Though she's now a regular housewife, she's still kept her old motorcycle and hasn't lost her skills at riding it.²* EarlyBirdCameo: Before her proper introduction in Episode 9, she makes an appearance in Episode 5 in Saki's flashback to her old biker gang days.²* FormerTeenRebel: She used to be the boss of Saki's biker gang, but now she's an ordinary housewife. However, there are still traces of the old delinquent in her, since she still has her old motorcycle and slips back into harsh speech when she's truly angry.²* IJustWantToBeNormal: Even back when she was the leader of Dorami, she told Saki she wanted to eventually settle down and have a normal life, since her parents were divorced and she didn't want her own children to deal with that.²* MotherlySidePlait: She wears her hair this way in the present day, showing how she's now a regular wife and mother.²* MulticoloredHair: She used to have red and blue streaks in her hair back when she was the boss of Dorami.²* RebuiltPedestal: Initially, her daughter Maria views her as a spineless weakling since she's no longer the biker she used to be. However, when Reiko confronts Saki after she drives her motorcycle off a cliff, she proves to Maria that just because she's no longer a gang boss doesn't mean she's weak.²* StillGotIt: Despite many years retired from biking and preoccupied with raising a rebellious teenage daughter, Reiko showed that she still knows how to ride her motorcycle.²* TragicKeepsake: She still has Saki's old Tamagotchi, entrusted to her on the night the latter died.²* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Her hair is purple. Though she used to have [[MulticoloredHair red and blue streaks]] back when she was part of Dorami, that seems to have just been hair dye.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Maria Amabuki]]²!!!'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AoiKoga (Japanese), Creator/MadeleineMorris (English)²²Reiko's daughter, and the eighth and current boss of Dorami. She wants to keep the gang alive in defiance of her mother, whom she hates due to viewing her as a spineless weakling.²----²* BikerBabe: She really ''wants'' to be one like her mother, but her gang only consists of her and two other girls, and her girly pink sticker-covered scooter doesn't exactly inspire this image.²* BoisterousWeakling: She talks a big game during a confrontation with Misa, but her voice trembles the entire time, and Saki comments afterwards that Misa would've beaten the tar out of Maria if they had actually come to blows. Given Saki's past combat experience, it's safe to say she accurately judged who was the more dangerous of the two.²* BullyingADragon: She makes a bad move trying to pick a fight with Saki, who is not even a little intimidated by her. If anything, Saki gives her a cold "[[TranquilFury Don't pick fights you're not ready for]]." Unfortunately, this advice falls on deaf ears, since she subsequently attempts to pick a fight with Misa, another biker delinquent who is way above her level.²* {{Fangirl}}: Of Saki as Number 2, in no small part thanks to her badassery in Episode 9.²* IJustWantToBeBadass: She tries her best to become the same biker gang captain her mom was before, as Maria feels her mom lost her nerve. She has a hard time pulling that off when the most her gang has are girly scooters covered in stickers and only two other members who know they're not cut out for it. Saki has to prove her point about knowing her limits by jumping off, and surviving, a bike crash that Misa wouldn't dare to do.²* MilesGloriosus: Tries to be a tough-talking biker like her mother in the past, but she's quite inept and in over her head doing so.²* NomDeMom: She goes by her mom's maiden name, Kirishima. Uniquely for this trope, she rejects her mother's married name because she hates what her mom has become, and would rather take after the badass BikerBabe she used to be. It's plot-relevant too, as her using her mother's name is how Saki realizes she's Reiko's daughter.²* OdangoHair: She wears most of her hair loose, but with part of it done up in two small buns. After she threatens Sakura and Lily, Tae bites one of them.²* OminousWalk: Parodied to hell. She and her gang do this to look threatening to Sakura and Lily, but all it does is make them look silly. ²* UsedToBeASweetKid: She once had a healthy relationship with her mom when she was younger, but it all fell to pieces when she discovered Reiko's background. It's implied she dragged her two friends along to be part of her gang, but they're too nice about it.²* WouldntHurtAChild: Despite acting as a tough and surly JapaneseDelinquent, she draws the line at harming grade schoolers and lets Lily off the hook when threatening her and Sakura.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Misa Azumatsuru]]²!!!'''Voiced by:''' Momoko Notomi (Japanese), Creator/MorganGarrett (English)²²The tenth boss of the Korosuke biker gang and Maria's rival.²----²* AllThereInTheScript: Her surname comes from the credits of Episode 9.²* BikerBabe: Comes with being the leader of her all-girl biker gang.²* GracefulLoser: She is nothing but awed by Saki's daring attitude after losing to her in a game of chicken.²* JapaneseDelinquents: She is the boss of her own biker gang.²* PeekABangs: Her hair covers her right eye.²* RedBaron: She is otherwise known as the "Fallen Angel".²* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: She has silver hair.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:White Ryu]]²!!!'''Voiced by:''' Hakuryu (Japanese)²²A veteran musician and actor from Saga prefecture, host of the radio show ''So Saga Can Be Saga''. He was a big inspiration to Saki during her living days.²----²* CoolOldGuy: He's getting on in years (probably somewhere in his 50s or 60s), but he manages to maintain his rock star demeanor.²* DelinquentHair: He has a ''massive'' pompadour that sticks out at least two feet, but [[BlindingBangs usually obscures his face]].²* JailbaitWait: He turns down Saki's confession, but tells her to meet him again once she's grown into a young woman. Played with in that a) while Saki is physically still a teenager, she's actually around 40 if you take her birth year into account, and b) Saki, being a zombie, can ''never'' age beyond her teens, [[NotGrowingUpSucks something that causes her significant grief once it sinks in]].²* PassingTheTorch: After meeting with Franchouchou (especially Saki), he decides the girls will be the perfect successors to host his radio show.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:The Bartender ('''Unmarked Story Spoilers''')]]²!!!'''Voiced by:''' Creator/HochuOtsuka (Japanese), R. Bruce Elliot (English)²[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zombieland_saga_bartender.png]] ²²A bartender of Kotaro's acquaintance.²----²* AccidentalMisnaming: The bartender has a habit of misnaming Kotaro's idol project. It gets PlayedWith in Season 2 Episode 1 since his act of misnaming the Zombie Land Saga Project (as "Genkai Zombie Energy Park Project") and Franchouchou (as "Sagantosu") are actually intentional ReversePsychology attempts at getting Kotaro back to his usual self.²* AmbiguouslyHuman: His vague history with Yugiri and his brief confusion of the Zombie Land Saga Project as being about [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hizen_Province Hizen Province]]--a territory that was dissolved early in the Meiji period--indicate he's [[Really700YearsOld much older than he seems]].²* BrutalHonesty: After seeing a [[HeroicBSOD depressed]] Kotaro abandoning Franchouchou for a long time, the bartender reminds him that the "zombies-as-idols" project was a crazy idea right from the start. He does manage to help Kotaro get back to his senses near the end of Season 2 Episode 1, allowing the idol producer to return to his girls.²-->'''The Bartender''': To begin with, it all started with your ego. Therefore, you have to end it with your ego too.²* CrypticBackgroundReference: A walking one, in that he's our first hint there's a wider story to the setting beyond the girls, and Kotaro is a part of it.²* GreaterScopeParagon: If it's true that he's Xu Fu, then he's this for the series, being TheManBehindTheMan to Kotaro and source of the necromancy which brought the girls back to life.²* MeaningfulName: Not him, but his bar, "New Jofuku". Jofuku is the Japanese name of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xu_Fu Xu Fu]], court sorcerer of [[UsefulNotes/QinShiHuangdi Qin Shi Huang]], who was ordered by his boss to seek an "immortality elixir" at the top of the mythical Mt. Penglai but never returned from his quest. He was speculated by later scholars to have ended up in Japan as a king and cultural hero, some stories going so far as to declare Mt. Fuji the "Penglai" of legend. The pictures hanging in the bar (including one of a statue of Xu Fu himself) suggest the association is quite intentional InUniverse, and considering [[AmbiguouslyHuman his apparent age]], are probably also indications of his identity.²* MysteriousPast: Kotaro told him about the Zombie Land Saga Project, he knows who Yugiri is and that she's part of the project--when as seen in previous episodes the zombies aren't allowed to give their real names or interact with others outside of being idols--and he's protective of her, warning Kotaro to keep his hands off her because he owes her a lot. Kotaro's "And how long ago are you talking?" suggests he may well have known her in her living days, which would make him [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld at least 150 years old]]. He's also familiar with Kotaro going on about the good old days, a trait he doesn't show around the girls.²* NoNameGiven: He's called "Master" in the credits, which indicates that he runs the bar he tends, but that's about all we know for certain. Though the name of his bar, the pictures in it, and oddities in his background seem to indicate he's Xu Fu.²* WalkingSpoiler: His existence reveals there's a ''much'' deeper story to the series setting than what one may think, requiring the Unmarked Story Spoilers tag.²[[/folder]]²----

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