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Clockwise from top left: Kayla, Ana Sofia, Lyanna, Chau, Jeff, Hotaru, Lakka

"When a zombie apocalypse hits during the practice of a high school basketball team, it's a whole new life for the coach, Jeff. The world's turned upside down and the girls seem to be handling the changes way better than Jeff, who has troubles adjusting. A close-knit group of friends, the girls are eager to tackle this new world with its challenges!"

ShootAround is a webcomic created by suspu about a girls' high-school basketball team (and their coach) trying to survive in a Zombie Apocalypse; it's published by Naver here (although the creator is Finnish, not Korean, and the comic is written in English.)


This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: Played with. Jeff, the coach, is generally less useful than the girls under his care, partially because he's not as Genre Savvy about the situation (and partially because he rapidly loses a hand as a result.) The adults who set up the safe zone aren't useless, but the girls refuse to accept their help. And in the end, most of the adults there turn out to be pretty useless... but not all of them.
  • Affably Evil: Malik isn't evil per se; in fact, he claims he doesn't want to be the villain. He's just the one doctor left in the apocalypse with medical supplies and rations, and uses this high position of power to wield a near omnipresent control over the survivors.
  • Alpha Bitch: Ana Sofia plays the long con in not showing off her skills, but her genuine one-two of brains and brawn make her formidable. Even Hotaru fears her.
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  • Amputation Stops Spread: The girls cut off Jeff's hand while he's unconscious because he was bitten by a zombie. It also worked for Elise, but a combination of a deeper bite and the trauma almost killed her in the process.
  • Aside Glance: Hotaru's reaction when Chau throws some coins at the mall, shouting "take that, capitalism!", then immediately picks them back up in case she needs them later.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Played with and averted. Coach is somewhat mournful about the loss of his dominant hand, but readily admits that Hotaru's quick thinking saved his life.
  • Badass and Child Duo: The Old Man and Lyanna make a temporary pair when she's captured by the soldiers, and again later in winter.
  • Bilingual Bonus: When Lyanna asks the Old Man to say something in Finnish, he says that she reminds him of his daughter.
  • Bloodlust: Played with. Elise is assumed by most to be serial killer material, but given her history, that makes sense. She only really starts getting blood hungry after her zombification.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Hotaru, Kayla, Elise, and Coach have all had gay crushes or relationships in the past. Additionally, Chau is a trans woman and both Coach and Kayla are polyamorous. Lakka and Ana Sofia are both confirmed to be gay in the epilogue.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Lyanna's reaction to realizing she's in a Zombie Apocalypse is to be upset that she won't get an ending to One Piece.
  • Cosy Catastrophe: At times, the girls seem to be enjoying the end of civilization way too much.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Referenced by name when Kayla prevents Hotaru from getting a gold point from Coach.
  • Everyone Can See It: Kayla and Hotaru's mutual attraction to each other is a secret from exactly nobody, no matter how much they act like there's nothing going on.
  • Expy: Jeff shares a striking resemblance to Lee Everett, including the amputated arm.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Andie has such a way with animals that he's recognized as the animal guy for The Crows. He even gets a horse domesticated again after it was set free during the apocalypse.
  • Genre Savvy: The reason the girls have survived as long as they have (and the reason, for the most part, Adults Are Useless.) Averted with Jeff, who suffers from Genre Blindness to the point of getting bitten by the first zombie they encounter while trying to help him.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Chau realizes her survival skills are lacking, given her small stature and lack of weapon training. To compensate, she asks Ana Sophia if she can be taught how to use a single punch to fight enemies. She gets to test this out on Malik's face.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Elise chops Hotaru's hair out of a zombie's hand and gets turned as a result.
    • Just as Lyanna is about to be attacked by a zombie, Jörgen follows in his sister's footsteps and takes the bite for her.
  • I Let You Win: One of the reasons why Hotaru is in her position of leadership is because Ana Sophia eventually let her win during basketball exercises.
  • Ironic Echo Cut: When they find Chau's zombified dog and she leaves it with them to get some stuff from her room upstairs, the scene cuts from everyone else arguing over whether to kill it to Chau saying "I hope they don't kill my dog while I'm up here."
  • The Immune: Elise and Jörgen's DNA holds the cure for zombie bites, but they refuse to be experimented upon, and live the remainder of their lives away from society.
  • In Their Own Image: The epilogue states the world eventually rebuilt itself, and Ana Sophia dictates in her dying days that society was recreated as the survivors wished it to be, "chasing stability and happiness".
  • It's All About Me: Ana Sofia's philosophy is that "as long as I survive, everything is totally fine." When she explains this to Lyanna:
    Lyanna: "Whaaat, so you're saying I should just worry about my own survival...?"
    Ana Sofia: "What? No! I'm saying you should worry about me."
  • The Leader: Hotaru, since she's both the most serious and the most Genre Savvy of the girls. Even Coach defers to her. Defied in Season 2, as Coach takes over for Hotaru on the basis that she was getting too stressed by leadership.
  • Not So Above It All: Hotaru gets this occasionally, like when she gives in and plays with the pole at the fire station.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: While the zombies are standard issue for the most part, there is one symptom of zombification that is different than most. If amputation of an infected limb is successful, there's a chance that the infection is still present and can affect the brain, as shown with Elise's near total amnesia.
  • Outlaw Couple: While not a couple, Manuel and Miriam are Malik's bruisers and go near everywhere together. Miriam even explicitly says they are "not good people", given all the people they have had to kill to survive. Miriam later wants to be his girlfriend, but can't bring herself to explain her feelings, and tries to rebound with both Malik and Coach to no avail.
  • Pet the Dog: The Old Man, who guards Lyanna when she's captured by the Safe Zone, does this constantly, from comforting Lyanna when she's crying to reassuring her that he's extremely weak (so her friends will easily beat him and rescue her.)
  • Repeated for Emphasis: In attempting to escape, Hotaru threw a chair at Malik's face, and he doesn't let her forget it.
    "Yes, she threw a chair at my face. I'm aware of her nature."
    "If you hadn't thrown a chair at my face..."
    "But you threw - a chair at my face. Thoughts?"
  • Running Gag: Malik getting bodied before he has a chance to explain his motives. Both Chau and Hotaru sucker punch him after waking up in his care and Takao shoulder tackles him after hearing Hotaru might be his prisoner. In every case, Malik had no intention of causing harm, and if anything was trying to help in each situation.
  • Shoot the Dog: Literally. Chau's dog is zombified and has to be put down. More seriously, Elise killed her parents so Jorgen wouldn't have to.
  • The Stoic: Ana Sofia is easily the most level of the main cast and tends to not display her emotions. Played straight and deconstructed by the Old Man, who points out that just because he seems emotionless, doesn't mean he is.
  • Tap on the Head: After he gets bitten by a zombie, one of the girls knocks Jeff unconscious for five days by punching him lightly in the back of the head.
  • Title Drop: In a flashback, Coach puts the team through a shootaround practice as a way to cool tensions.
  • Token White: The majority of the cast are people of color, and the white characters that are recent immigrants (Lakka, the Old Man). Andie is so far the only white character to have a speaking role at all.
  • Wham Line: "Because... at some point, someone will make a mistake." And as Hotaru says that this is the real reason they don't trust the Safe Zone, we're shown it happening.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Zig-zagged. The girls refuse to accept help from the adults setting up the Safe Zone, because that's always a bad idea in a Zombie Apocalypse setting. But as it turns out, Hotaru had a much better reason for avoiding it than it seemed at first... and she was right.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The comic's setting.