See, I intended to write Zombie Loan for the past 4 weeks; but has never been able to get up either the enthusiasm or the time to do it. Why? Because Zombie Loan is a lot more complicated to summarize than Kaze no Stigma… and I like Kaze no Stigma better. Which is why there are KnS posts but no Zombie Loan.
But. Zombie Loan is getting so interesting, it’ll be a shame not to be able to discuss it with the commentors here, who so often have great thoughts to add. So here it is, a free and easy post on the most recent episode, which by the way is already out in English Subs, so I wouldn’t be wasting too much time on the summary.
So what has been happening so far? In a nutshell (or three):
1 ) Chika met his old childhood friend, Shiba. (end of episode 3)
2 ) Chika was extremely happy now that he had met his arguably best friend. (episode 4)
3 ) Shiba helped Chika and ZL people solve a case and destroy a rogue zombie, whom everyone suspected to be the serial killer the Butterfly. (episode 4 and 5)
4 ) Shiba betrayed Chika, and we found out that he is in fact the real Butterfly, as well as being yet another unauthorized zombie wrecking havoc. (end of episode 5)
5 ) Chika and Shito fought Shiba, and Shiba was defeated. (episode 6)
6 ) Chika is unable to save Shiba from either falling or being taken away by the Shinigami. As a result, he was very depressed. (episode 6)
7 ) Chika and Shito’s relationship seems to progress, as Chika leans on Shito for the first time (literally and figuratively) as a friend. (episode 6)
8 ) The Zombie Loan people made their way to the hot springs, where Kuse the CEO of the Black Feather Thingy Pte Ltd adopted a werewolf. (episode 7)
So. On to episode 8, whose title is “Solitude Even After Death”. What happened so far? (Again, in quantities of nutshells)
1 ) Shito arrives home to find his little odd and ends meddled with. He stamps off in a rage to find the culprit.
2 ) Chika sees Shito and tries to persuade him to play Uno (a card game) with him, saying that they are friends. Shito denies it and walks away.
3 ) This blond pretty boy suddenly appears to hug Chika. We realize along with Michiru that he is Chika’s father Yuu-kun. He has also bought along Chika’s sister Momoka.
4 ) In direct contrast to the cheerful disorganization of Chika’s family reunion, Shito meets with the defiler of his room, a Chinese guy with a permanent smile fixated on his face who calls him “Shito-shaoye”, meaning “Young Master Shito”. The meeting is fraught with sinister undercurrents, and some magical “punishment” is apparently doled out by the man onto Shito.
5 ) Momoka and Yuu-kun leave, and Chika finds Shito sitting in pain on a tombstone. He tries to talk to him, making what is for him friendly overtures, and Shito seems to go back to his usual self with the rather violent interaction with Chika.
6 ) Michiru carries towels and clothes back to Shito’s room, and sees a comb.
7 ) A doctor signs a contract with the rogue zombie makers, who are looking forward to his research.
8 ) In ZL office, Chika, Shito and Michiru talks about getting more zombies.
9 ) The doctor’s research includes dissecting a zombie and removing its body parts. He also seems to be making 2 golems, a la Frankenstein’s Monster.
10 ) Chika, Shito and Michiru hunt zombies on the street. Chika talks about being friends. Michiru asks him about the comb, and he immediately turns mad (mood swing!) and verbally flays Michiru, who cries. Chika defends Michiru, and after a fight, both of them stamp off in anger.
11 ) Shito is ambushed and disemboweled with a chain saw by one of the doctor’s Frankenstein’s monster.
The last couple episodes were all concentrated on Chika, who is betrayed by someone he possibly thought of as his best friend. In the end, he could neither stop his friend, nor save him, and it affected his feelings a lot. What put him out of that depression is his perceived relationship with Shito and Michiru and the ZL people, whom he finds comfort in. One scene in episode 6, where Chika fall asleep on Shito’s bed, was so completely sweet and well done, I almost stood up and cheered.
From this episode onwards, though, it seems as if the focus is on Shito. Unlike Chika, who has a loving family even though they aren’t together, Shito has a (probably filthy rich) father whom we have yet to see, and a perverted Chinese servant who acted more like a punisher, nursemaid, sadistic toturer, and sexual predator all rolled into one. It isn’t hard to draw a parallel between Shito and Chika. Shito has a much more complicated family, one that is as dysfunctional in a bad way as Chika’s family is dysfunctional in an amusing and fun way.
Now, Shito has issues. A lot of them. The biggest two are these:
1) He doesn’t know how to make friends, nor how to keep them, nor think that he need them.
2) He has mood swings that has an arc the diameter of the universe.
For the first time in the last couple episodes, we see Chika leaning on Shito, making their relationship something more than just arguing partners forced to be together. This week, though, Shito rebuffs Chika and Michiru; in fact, he rebuffs everyone. A lot of it seems to be because of that Chinese servant he has there. The way that servant goes so completely touchy-feely with Shito, not to mention the whole “get to your knees, Shito-shaoye” is soooo completely creepy. It makes me wonder if Shito was abused by that guy when he was a kid, which resulted in the rather weird personality he has now.
I wonder too at the significance of the comb. Did the Chinese servant put it there? What is its meaning? And why is that comb such a giant touchy button for Shito?
Incidentally, I feel so sorry for Michiru when she burst into tears. It’s not like it’s her fault. On the other hand, she went through the exact same thing in episode 1, and did not cry. Maybe because this time, she has gotten to know Shito better, and is too completely surprised at getting so abruptly insulted that she couldn’t control herself? Or perhaps she feels something more for Shito than in episode 1?
Is Shito actually Chinese? Of course, he doesn’t have to have a Chinese family to have a Chinese servant. All the same… on the other hand, I truly cannot imagine any parent calling their child “Shito” in Chinese. -_-;; Or maybe I’m too influenced by the English spelling of that name.
How is it that Chika has a blonde foreigner father and a completely Japanese (and kawaii) looking sister? More than meets the eye, IMO, with regards to that family.
I highly doubt that Shito will die. Still, he’ll probably get harvested for organs if Chika and the ZL people doesn’t do something fast to save him. We can’t really leave him to be solitary even after death, right? Come on, ZL people, go rescue your buddy! You aren’t going to leave him like this, would you?