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  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Zig-Zagged between all the girls over being turned into zombies who can never return to their old lives (not including Tae, who isn't mentally cognizant enough to acknowledge her current condition):
      • Out of all the girls, Yugiri is the most unfazed by the fact that she's not only undead, but also living in a totally different time period from the rest. She explains in Episode 6 that just rolling with whatever comes her way is more productive than spending all her time being confused by everything.
      • Lily, apart from being regretful of how she Never Got to Say Goodbye to her father, spends the series totally unperturbed by her undead state. This is ultimately justified in Episode 8, when she reveals that she sees being a zombie as a way to be young forever, as she was terrified by the onset of puberty due to being a transgender girl.
      • Saki seems more annoyed about being a zombie than anything, mostly voicing her annoyance that her Tamagotchi is long dead. Even when Episode 9 focuses on her past, she takes it in stride and even repeats the very stunt that killed her in the past with gusto.
      • Sakura's angst lies more in the fact that she's lost her memories than the fact that she's dead, with the only thing that she can remember is seeing one of Ai's concerts and desiring to be an idol herself. Even then, she sees fulfilling that desire as a way of getting them back. When her memories return, however, she fully breaks out of this trope; because of a life full of bad luck causing her to fail pretty much everything she tried, and losing all her memories of her time as a zombie, Sakura sees her death as the ultimate final proof that she should never bother trying anything. She only fully recovers in Episode 12 when she regains all memories of her accomplishments during the final concert.
      • Ai and Junko fully avert this trope, as it takes almost three episodes before they can even get over the shock and start adapting to their situation, only to find themselves shaken by how the world has changed during their deaths: Junko fears putting herself out in a world where the advent of social media and parallel rise in fan interaction can put her flaws on full display, while Ai's perturbed by how her death seems to have overshadowed everything concerning her living career as an idol.
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    • Policeman A plays the trope straight. He has two encounters with the living dead in short order and is totally scared out of his wits, but every time he returns, he seems completely fine and unfazed. This is in stark contrast to people like the pharmaceutical company president, who was so traumatized by the girls that she remained in total shock the next morning.
  • Awesome Music: The OP, Adabana Necromancy, is one of those songs you can just keep playing over and over again, particularly the TV version with the opening credits, Sakura's monologue, and SFX.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • Either that or a Shout-Out to another Black Comedy anime that opens with a girl getting run over and is also named Saga.
    • Kotaro has been compared to Rintaro Okabe (when he's in his Hououin Kyouma persona), due to both being hyper dramatic young men voiced by Mamoru Miyano. It helped that the anime of Steins;Gate 0 ended a few days before the airing of the first episode of this series.
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    • The climax of episode 2 is often compared to 8 Mile for making use of Battle Rapping as its main driving force.
    • Lily's father, Takeo Go, has been referred to by some viewers as "Braun", from Ferdinand Braun / Yugo Tennouji, another character from Steins;Gate. Both of them are bald, muscular, and caring fathers to their respective daughters. To hammer up the point, Takao and Yugo also share a passion for TV and share the same English voice actor.
    • Tae is an undead zombie being raised humanely. By meeting certain people, Tae gradually begins to redevelop emotions such as anger and sadness, and was brought forth by Sakura being her caretaker so she could learn how to dance and synchronize with the group and doesn't end up attacking people, and learn how to communicate despite speaking in groans. She is essentially a Distaff Counterpart of Bub from Day of the Dead (1985). The only thing that she doesn't have is the ability to use a gun.
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  • Crazy Awesome: Kotaro. He raises the dead, acts as if it isn't anything special, and plans to save Saga by creating an idol group out of the undead. Totally crazy? Definitely. But both Mamoru Miyano and Ricco Fajardo's incredibly hammy performances are just too much fun to watch no matter the context, and Kotaro being a Renaissance Man on top of that means he is always surprising the audience in a way or another.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Tae. Despite being the least important character to the plot, she quickly became a fan-favorite due to being the only zombie who hasn't awakened, which in turn lead to her antics constantly causing trouble for the team. She even manages to become this in universe, garnering the most fans in the sixth episode for her chicken-based antics (much to the confusion of the other girls).
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Exactly why did Kotaro resurrect Sakura, who isn't famous in any shape or form? When Yugiri talks to him in episode 10, she picks up how he has a certain fondness for Sakura, and he avoids answering her concerns, claiming that saving Saga is what's important. Some fans think he's the truck driver who hit Sakura by accident, and is trying to redeem himself by helping her accomplish her dreams as an idol. Another theory is that he's someone Sakura knew, or at least that he knew her, since he looks to be in his 20s, and Sakura died ten years prior. In any case, this brings some interesting topics for the two. (It turns out he knew Sakura previously in high school, and his name was originally Inui.)
    • An alternative possibility that got suggested, based on her profile being left largely blanked out for most of the series, was that Sakura actually survived her initial accident and became a famous idol, only to die for real at some point.
    • In related speculation about Kotaro's connections to the girls, why is Tae "Zombie 0", and why exactly is she legendary? One theory is that Tae was someone important to Kotaro in life, and when she died she became his first candidate for resurrection.
    • Tae's already awake and is either pretending to be unawakened, or was that way even when alive, possibly because she originally came from prehistory.
    • Tae has the brain of a dog, or part of one, based off of her Interspecies Friendship with Romero and her sometimes-animalistic behavior.
    • An early epileptic tree, before Lily and Saki's deaths were revealed, was that Kotaro was somehow involved in all the girls' deaths, even the ones that didn't match up with his apparent age, like Junko and Yugiri. Immortality or Time Travel were favored explanations.
  • Fanon:
    • That Lily's dad Takeo was a construction worker before leaving his job to become Lily's manager, based on her love of heavy machinery magazines and his flashback to them sitting in a power shovel. However, that last one could also be explained by them taking a tour at some point.
    • This very wiki appears to have spawned one particular piece of fanon - namely, the mention on the Funny tab that kiseru were also used to smoke opium has led to speculation that Yugiri's stoned on the stuff.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: While the show seems to hint Ai/Sakura, after their mini-arc, Ai/Junko exploded in popularity and is easily the largest ship tag related to the series on Pixiv. Incidentally, Sakura's most popular ship would be with Saki.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The debut of the show came just as the suicide of a 16-year-old regional idol (from Ehime Prefecture in Shikoku) made the news when her parents sued her management for abusive behavior, including for extortionate threats when she decided to leave the group. With that, Kotaro's constant physical and verbal smackdowns of the girls—Played for Laughs almost exclusively—may become harder for viewers to swallow.
  • Gateway Series: The anime has led a number of Western fans to take an interest in other idol series.
  • Gotta Ship 'Em All: Sakura, Saki, and Ai have all been shipped with each other, and each has at least one unique ship to themselves. Ai gets paired with Junko most frequently, Saki and Reiko are speculated to have been together (and might even still hold a torch for each other), and Kotaro is often assumed to have been an old boyfriend of Sakura's from before she died. Tae is also sometimes depicted as being romantically fond of either Sakura or Junko, but not being able to express it properly. The only zombies who aren't shipped as of this writing are Yugiri, Lily, and Romero.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • A 2012-2013 TV series was proposed for the similarly titled Zombieland film, but the idea was rejected by fans. Years later, there now exists a TV series with "Zombie Land" in its title, and it has proven to be a huge Sleeper Hit.
    • Anyone who is aware of Cygames' almost-regular trend of re-using character designs and concepts into the works they are involved into, would notice a minor subversion of the trend. Jeanne d'Arc is a recurring character of Cygames franchises such as Rage of Bahamut (and its two animated series), Knights of Glory, Granblue Fantasy, Shadowverse and Dragalia Lost. But in this anime, her name is mentioned instead, as one of Saki's proposed names for their idol group. As of Zombie Land Saga, that's eight Cygames-related titles referencing Jeanne d'Arc.
    • This is not the first time a Cygames-MAPPA collaboration title presents a female zombie with detachable limbs, sunken eyes and pale skin, who also retains her original personality at some point after being zombified. All of these traits already existed with another zombie, Rita from Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, one of the older Cygames-MAPPA anime titles. Even the Hand Wave trope exists along the zombified characters (i.e. when Rita explains how she is able to perform such necromancy feats, such as detaching limbs in Rage of Bahamut and when Kotaro tries to explain how zombification happens in the first episode of Zombie Land Saga).
  • Internet Backdraft: After Lily was revealed to be a trans girl, rumors spread that Crunchyroll had edited the subtitles to change her from a crossdresser to a trans girl and seemingly rewrote the story for the sake of modern western politics. Controversies spread over whether it was real or a mistake, with many reactions that should be kept at a minimum here. Eventually though, things died down and it was revealed that Lily being trans was the intention in the original writing; if anything, the subs actually downplayed it a bit.
  • It Was His Sled: The Reveal of Lily being a trans girl in Episode 8 spread like wildfire within hours of its airing.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Episode 2's Rap Battle was what pulled in a lot more fans who had not yet joined in from the initial airing.
    • Many viewers, especially fans of Mamoru Miyano, admitted that they watch the show for the chance to hear his over-the-top hammy performance again.
    • Lily being a trans girl attracted attention from members and supporters of the LGBT community who overlooked or were unfamiliar with the series after it was revealed in Episode 8.
  • LGBT Fanbase:
    • The Reveal of Lily being transgender in Episode 8 was warmly received by the LGBT community, as was her peers' acceptance of her, praising its subtlety and considering it to be a respectful depiction of a trans person.
    • The show has drawn in a lesbian fandom partly for its appealing mashup of genres and aesthetics, and partly for having a likeable female cast who all (un)live and work together. Saki in particular gets ID'd as butch due to her rough and ready attitude, her relationship with Sakura, and her past with an all-female biker gang.
    • Some have speculated that Saki's old friend Reiko is bisexual, based not only on her very deep friendship with Saki, but also the color of her hair back then resembling the bi flag.
  • Memetic Badass: The "Legendary" Tae Yamada. Whereas the other girls' titles explain why they're legendary ("Legendary Biker Boss: Saki Nikaido", "Legendary Heisei Idol: Ai Mizuno", etc.), Tae's does not. Thus, viewers take her and every little thing she does to simply be legendary. Adding fuel to the fire was the later revelation that she is played by a real-life legend in the anime industry, Kotono Mitsuishi, who voiced the title character of the ground-breakingly popular Sailor Moon series.
  • Memetic Mutation: Enough to have its own page.
  • Moe: Even as zombies, Sakura, Ai, Lily, and Junko are still very huggable.
  • Narm Charm:
    • While the Conspicuous CGI is incredibly distracting for some, others find that it better enhances the Zombie Gait that they incorporate into their dance routines, particularly Tae, who already moves the most awkwardly out of all the girls.
    • Ai's High-Voltage Death is treated very seriously for the profound psychological impact it had on her. However, the actual presentation of the death—her running out stage and getting burnt to a crisp on stage by a freak lightning bolt—unintentionally makes it look like something out of the Looney Tunes, making it harder to take seriously. However, Word of God said that the girls' death scenes had intentionally ridiculous elements added to them so they wouldn't detract too much from the series' comedy.
    • The song the group sings in Episode 8 in order for Lily to get some much-needed closure with her father isn't the most professionally-written one out there; in the first verse, there are way too many words awkwardly crammed in, to the point that it's almost in spoken word rather than song. Still, it's likely that this was intentional, and it's also both genuinely heartwarming and tearjerking since Lily finally gets to tell her father she's sorry about the argument they had before she died, and she still loves him.
  • Self-Fanservice: While Sakura had a medium chest size in the anime, fanart tends to exaggerate the size.
  • Ship Mates: Saki/Sakura and Ai/Junko fans tend to overlap.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The opening scene wherein Sakura excitedly narrates about wanting to become an idol before stepping outside and immediately being hit by a truck, firmly establishing the Black Comedy that would drive the story right out the gate.
    • The unexpected Rap Battle between Sakura and Saki in episode 2. It's sometimes cited as the reason why people gave the anime a chance.
  • Special Effects Failure: The third and fourth episodes use computer animation for the dance routines the girls perform; while it does the job, the models used are distinctly less characterful than that of traditional animation, particularly compared to the on-point expressions and motion from episode 2's rap battle.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Episode 4 has Franchouchou shilling a pharmaceutical company's product at their retreat. The episode seems to be setting up some hijinx where the product interferes with their unusual zombie body chemistry during the live performance, but nothing happens at all and it goes off without a hitch.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • The girls are walking corpses who have remained dead for a lot of time, including one who died in the 19th century, but that doesn't stops them from having their charm and cuteness, even when they behave like your typical mindless zombies.
    • Romero. He's a zombie dog who develops a fierce expression when he eats, but most of the time, he has a cute appearance proper for a small dog.
  • The Woobie:
    • Sakura gets unexpectedly killed, terrorized by the other girls as unawakened zombies, discovers she's a zombie herself, gets shot, realizes she's lost her memory, finds herself having to put up with Kotaro's lunacy, gets terrorized by Saki for being a pushover, then gets shot at again... suffice to say, she doesn't have a very fun first couple of episodes. Then come the final two episodes of the season, as it's revealed how a life of having her best efforts continually thwarted by bad luck left her depressed about ever actually achieving anything, and the knowledge that her last try at something in life left her dead results in her finally surrendering and giving up on (un)life, verging on the suicidal and being a Jerkass Woobie due to being more moody and bitter. It's only thanks to Kotaro and the others' extraordinary efforts, and their refusal to give up on her, that she manages to rediscover her hope and optimism.
    • Neither Ai or Junko take being recruited into Kotaro's project well - Ai can't take the insanity, Junko can't take being terrorized by Tae, and both of them are struggling to cope with their situation - and discovering how much people are scared of them in their current condition only makes it worse. As a result, they're left isolated from the others, unwilling to join in, until they're spurred to save the failing guerrilla performance. Then comes their shared mini-arc at Saga Rock, as Ai reveals she's still very much traumatized by the way she died, left trembling and curled up into a ball, and Junko's alienation from the modern idol industry and the difficulties she has with public interaction result in her withdrawing into the attic for weeks. In the end, they both find ways to deal with their respective issues, with Saki and Junko supporting Ai in the face of her Trauma Button, and Kotaro encouraging Junko to be herself and arranging things so she doesn't have to deal with the public.
    • Lily had a happy relationship with her father Takeo, but wanted to make him happy from inside the TV... and it inadvertantly wrecked their relationship, as he became more interested in her career than her personal life and she became increasingly overworked. Then she discovered she'd started puberty, and her terror as a transgender girl at the thought of ending up with a male body was the final straw, the culminative mental stress from everything in her life triggering a fatal heart attack. Her realization that Takeo still loved her after all this time, and of her true feelings for him, hurts.
    • Takeo qualifies too, as we see just how much losing Lily traumatized him, haunted by the fact he might have unintentionally caused her death, and unable to watch the TV he'd once loved because it had too many painful memories. Both of them manage to find some measure of closure after Episode 8, however.

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