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  • Anachronism Stew:
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    • The alleyway from Episode 2 where Sakura and co. encountered the rappers really did exist. "Did" is the key word here, as it was torn down in late 2017, several months before the anime takes place.note 
    • The flashback scene early on in Episode 9 shows a government sign that states that this river is maintained by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transportation. The problem? The ministry in question was established in 2001, four years after said flashback took place. In reality, the river would have been maintained by the Ministry of Construction at the time, one of the ministries that merged to become MLIT.
  • Anime First: The anime has an official manga adaptation published by Cygames, which began release four days after the anime began airing.
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  • Backed by the Pentagon: The Saga Prefectural Government in real life was involved with the production of the show, and saw the benefits of anime tourism as a result.
  • Colbert Bump:
    • Episode 5 did this for Drive-in Tori, a real-life chicken restaurant with a real jingle that the girls perform. After the preview dropped, swaths of commenters came to the company's videos to point it out.
    • Franchouchou's mansion is actually based on a preserved building in Saga. When it was opened for the public on November 25, the management didn't expect to have 1000 visitors in just one day.
  • Defictionalization: After the airing of the final episode of season 1, the real Arpino crew wrote an actual apology for structural damage after the major snowstormnote .
  • Fan Nickname:
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    • Kotaro has been called "Necroducer" or "the Necrom@ster" due to his position in the girls' idol group.
    • Sakura is referred to as an egg due to Saki likening her to her late Tamagotchi in Episode 2.
    • Some fans call Ai "Cornflakes", due to the shape and color of her Hair Decorations. HawkAi is also gaining some traction already after Episode 10.
    • Like the others above, Junko is referred to by fans as "Cotton Candy" for her poofy hairstyle and to complete the food nickname trifecta Sakura and Ai first set up.
    • Other popular food-related nicknames are "Onion" for Ai (for the in-between card in ep2), "Mushroom" for Junko (for her hairstyle and the mushrooms growing from her head in ep7) and "Chicken" for Saki (for ep5). Unsurprisingly, those names and Sakura's "Egg" have become very useful for naming some of the more popular ships.
  • God Never Said That: After The Reveal that Lily is a trans girl, upset fans began claiming this was a deliberate mistranslation on Crunchyroll's part to "push the trans agenda". In actuality, this reveal was not only present in the original Japanese, it was even less ambiguous.
  • I Knew It!: Though in general many people predicted correctly at least the gist of how most of Franchouchou died in life, the biggest reveal so far that was popularly guessed came in the first season finale: Kotaro knew Sakura in some way, having attended the same school.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Junko/Ai has 16x19 (their ages).
  • Jossed: One early fan explanation for Junko's patchwork scars was that somebody had killed her and cut her into pieces, since it wasn't easy to think of anything else that might have caused them. Then came Episode 6, which revealed her death had been one of the other things that could do it - an air crash.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: In an interview with the head of CygamesPictures in the February 2019 issue of Megami Magazine, he said they'd been overwhelmingly pessimistic about the show's prospects before it aired, and weren't expecting it to become as popular as it did.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Zig-Zagged. Due to time constraints, Funimation's simuldub leaves all the singing from the Japanese version undubbed. However, it's been confirmed that the songs will be dubbed for the DVD release.
  • Outdated by Canon: Happened to a fair amount of Lily fanart come Episode 8, which revealed her to be a trans girl; since she'd been given measurements like the other girls, and there was nothing to explicitly contradict the assumption she was a cisgender girl, that's what the fanartists went with. Official Lily art, on the other hand, has never had her in outfits that would reveal her birth-assigned gender.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Several:
  • The Red Stapler: The show has already increased anime tourism in Saga Prefecture, particularly for Drive-in Tori. Since the Saga prefecture government was part of the production committee, this may have been a specific goal of the series.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: The last time Kotono Mitsuishi (Tae) and Yasuhiro Takato (Romero) were in the same project was Sailor Moon, which so happens to be the former's breakout role (and where Takato also played the secondary Team Pet, Artemis). In the remake, Mamoru Miyano (Kotaro) happens to be Prince Diamande.
  • Similarly Named Works:
    • The title is almost identical to that of the 2009 film Zombieland, another zombie-centric Horror Comedy. Apart from that, the two couldn't be more different: the movie is a gritty gore-fest focusing on a group of indulgent survivors in a Zombie Apocalypse, while the show is a mostly lighthearted Deconstructive Parody of Idol Singer shows where the protagonists are the zombies. Their approaches on zombies are also worlds apart: whereas the movie uses the mindless Technically Living Zombie variety caused by a worldwide virus, this series features a small group of the standard reanimated dead who retain their human thought under the right stimulation.
    • Excel Saga not only has a similar name, but starts in the same way: The lead character (Excel), who lives in Kyushunote , steps out into the road without looking and gets hit by a truck. Excel's voice actress? The same as The Legendary Yamada Tae.
  • Sleeper Hit: The show came out of nowhere, with very little done in the way of advertising to paint it as anything different from other "cute girls meet zombies" shows like Highschool of the Dead and School-Live!. Upon its release, it became one of the most popular anime of Fall 2018, with Rolling Stone Japan calling it the season's "anime dark horse", and later even the top show of the entire year according to the Anime General Election 2018. The success took the anime staff by surprise as well, since they weren't sure if it was going to be successful at all.
  • Trolling Creator:
    • After the airing of the first episode, the producers of the anime, Cygames and Avex Pictures, have gotten this reputation, presenting the anime's premise like a typical Zombie Apocalypse when it's actually a parody of the Idol Singer genre with a mix of Horror Comedy, with all of the footage suggesting a violent and gritty series coming from a five-second video Kotaro shows the girls about what would happen if they're caught. Suffice to say, it's actually worked.
    • Since Tae only growled during the early episodes, not saying a word, her voice actress remained a mystery during pre-air promotions, interviews, and even when the anime started airing. In the credits of the first two episodes, her actress is only credited as "????" and it wasn't until Episode 3 aired that it was finally revealed to be Kotono Mitsuishi.
      • When Mamoru Miyano introduces the voice actresses of the main cast in-character as Kotaro, there is a seventh slot marked only with question marks in place of Tae's voice actress. He does attempt to speak the name, but it comes off as a random mumble instead.
      • A group picture of the voice actresses and some staff members was posted to Twitter on October 4, 2018, but Mitsuishi's face was covered with an icon of her character's face.

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