‘Zom 100’ Resurrects as Anime Series from VIZ, Shogakukan

VIZ Media, Shogakukan and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions Japan, have announced a partnership for the development and production of the anime series, Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead, based on the manga by creators Haro Aso (Alice in Borderland) and Kotaro Takata (Hallelujah Overdrive!).

Following the series launch in July 2023, VIZ Media will distribute the anime in North America, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand territories; Hulu will offer the show in the U.S. Further streaming platforms are to be announced across all territories.

Zom 100 is finally getting an anime!! I’ve had a chance to take a sneak peek at the script, character design and teasers, and I have to say, they’re all beautiful; the quality is great. I’m thrilled!” said Aso. “I can’t wait to see Akira and his friends come to life, now through the medium of animation, to see them in color, with actual voices, with actual music! Stay tuned!”

Takata agreed, “It’s such an honor to know that Zom 100 is getting an anime adaptation! Seeing all the pieces come together through everyone’s hard work is amazing. I’m so grateful. I’m imagining Akira and his friends now, running around an anime world. I can’t wait! Enjoy!”

The zombie hordes are coming, so it’s time to live your best life! There’s nothing quite like the end of the world to inspire your bucket list…

In Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead, 24-year-old Akira Tendo’s life has lost its luster. After spending three hard years at a soul-crushing corporation in Japan, his spirit is broken. He can’t even muster the courage to confess his feelings to his beautiful co-worker Saori. Then one morning, he stumbles upon his landlord eating lunch —which happens to be another tenant! The whole city’s swarming with zombies, and even though he’s running for his life, Akira has never felt more alive!

Now Akira’s on a mission to complete all 100 items on his bucket list before he … well, kicks the bucket.

“The first time I read Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead, I was struck by the way Akira puts his whole heart into everything he does. He really kept me turning the page,” said voice actor Shuichiro Umeda (Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie, The Dawn of the Witch), who plays the lead character.

“Akira battles his way through all these zombies, but you also get to see him get real with himself, all the while managing to make his dreams a reality. I want to do the same. As his voice actor, I want to really understand Akira and challenge myself in every way, like him, throughout the voice acting journey. I hope you’ll tune in!”

The Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead anime series is directed by Kazuki Kawagoe (Komi Can’t Communicate, Ikebukuro West Gate Park), with series composition by Hiroshi Seko, character design by Kii Tanaka, zombie design by Junpei Fukuchi and music by Makoto Miyazaki. BUG FILMS (Summer Time Rendering) is handling animation production.

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