Lenni Reviews” The Walking Cat: A Cat’s-Eye-View of the Zombie Apocalypse” Vols. 1-3, by Tomo Kitaoka

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This manga follows a white cat Yuki as he tags along with various survivors of a zombie apocalypse.

This has all the emotional ups and downs of a zombie survival story but with a revolving cast of protagonists. It’s not exclusively from Yuki’s perspective but he’s the one that connects the human characters. The people we follow are interesting and using the cat as a way to flow between them is done very well. It may seem silly to think of a person fighting a horde for a cat but if I can suspend disbelief for zombies, I can suspend it for this, too. The art style is excellent, versatile enough to handle both the cutesy and disgusting with just as much detail. If you’re looking for something a little different for your zombie content fix, this is a great read. 4.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Crueler Than Dead” Vol 2, by Tsukasa Saimura & Kozo Takahashi

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Maki along with Miura, Yugo, and Shota bring the last of a vaccine against the zombie virus to a supposed sanctuary called The Dome. When they arrive, they find it corrupt and disgusting, a place where the elite live in luxury and the rest life a desperate life of starvation and squalor. The leader, Colonel Shimamoto, believes the vaccine will save humanity but only in the way he deems fit.

If you’ve ever read any zombie story ever where the main crew goes to where they believe there is hope and shelter, you know how this plays out. Corruption, exploitation, and sorrow. It’s almost comical how poorly things go so fast to the point where you wonder how those rich assholes managed to have any control in the first place. There’s plenty of gore and character growth but this felt very shallow. Maybe using The Walking Dead as an inspiration wasn’t such a good idea. Maki is the most interesting thing about this series and if there is more, I hope they stick with her. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Crueler Than Dead” Vol.1, by Tsukasa Saimura & Kozo Takahashi

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Maki Akagi wakes up half-naked and injured in an underground bunker with a young boy who seems ill. Unsure of where she is, Maki is shocked by an injured soldier who tells her that the boy and Maki are the last results of an experiment to cure the zombie-infested city above them and this place has the last of an experimental vaccine. Maki takes the boy with her to deliver the samples to a refugee center in the hopes a lab there can replicate it and save humanity.

This is a pretty good zombie manga. Maki is a great character and while the side stories are good, I’d like it better if more time was spent on her. Other than that, it’s a typical zombie horror story with all the tropes such a story includes. The art does a great job of making the undead disgusting and scary. Worth checking out if you like these. 3.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead” Vol. 6, by Haro Aso and Kotaro Takata

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Akira has returned to his parent’s village which has withstood the zombie hordes so far, only to have his former classmate, Kanta Higurashi show up with a gang and hundreds of of the undead to kill everyone.

I still adore how this series manages to balance lightheartedness with the zombie threat. One never detracts from the other. Akira and his group are so fun to follow through this adventure and to genuinely feel as if they are in real danger. In this volume there are a couple action scenes were the art was kinda chaotic and it took me a minute to figure out what happened but this series is cool. Totally check it out. 5. out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead” Vol. 4, by Haro Aso, Kōtarō Takata

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Akira is still working on his bucket list and in his travels to his parent’s home to check on them and meet some interesting characters on the way.

Ok, Beatrix is amazing and I wanna be her best friend. She’s a great addition to a cast that is a mix of action, humor, and drama. This volume has a great balance of those three and has some plot bunnies I hope are fully realized in later volumes. There wasn’t much here that dragged and I can see Beatrix getting on some people’s nerves but for now, I think she’s great! 3.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead” Vol. 2 by Haro Aso & Kōtarō Takata

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Akira and Kencho are now working on the bucket list together and in their quest for a new TV stumble upon a group of survivors.

I still love Akira’s positive energy in what is a dire situation (that usually goes the way most zombie stories go). I do hope Shizuka Mikazuki (who makes an appearance) joins our main pair permanently. The way they all interact would make for some great story telling. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead” Vol. 1, by Haro Aso & Kōtarō Takata

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Akira Tendo has a crappy job, a crappy apartment, no time for friends or a girlfriend and hates waking up every morning. Until one day he looks out his window and hordes of zombies are everywhere… And breathes a sigh of relief that he doesn’t have to go to work. The zombie apocalypse gives Akira a chance to life again and he makes a list of 100 things he wants to do before he becomes a zombie.

In a genre so saturated it’s collapsing in on itself with sheer redundancy, this is an original and hilarious idea. Akira is funny and dynamic, making a story about the end of humanity by flesh eating monsters enjoyable and light hearted. I can’t wait to see how this goes! 5 out of 5.

 

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Today’s Run? Turkey Trot!

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate, I sympathize with your Day of Mourning to those who partake, and I empathize with those who drink and eat heavily because you can because fuck it.

Today, we had duck and baby broccoli!

And I had a great time teaching the kiddo how to slice garlic. And roast garlic… Look, we stink today. Deal with it.

I may have gorged myself on delicious meat and crunchy skin but I did my run!!

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Today was week 10 day 2 and I got in the spirit by catching up on Z Nation while running.

Yeah, I think it’s better than Walking Dead. Fight me. I dare you.

I didn’t set any records but even though I didn’t wanna bother today and use my time to sleep in, I got my fat ass up and went to run before I did any cooking or drinking.

Now… As I am full and tired, and sore, and tipsy, I shall leave you with whatever feelings you have about this day. Even if its just Thursday.

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ZombiesRun! Halloween Virtual Race 2017

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Not exactly my best time but hey, I still did it.

With my knee as messed up as it is, this was more of a power walk than a run. But after resing the knee for two weeks, I was beginning to feel lazy and I’ve gained some weight. I know my weight is not a reason I run BUT I recently had my yearly checkup and all my bloodwork came out PERFECT. Blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid; all completely normal. The doctor said to me “Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it.” What I was doing was running. Not being active will not keep those numbers.

For now, I’m just walking fast and going for endurance. Straight up calorie burn and leg strengthening. I’m also looking into a good orthopedist to protect my knees into the foreseeable future. I would hate to have to get a knee replacement one day because I didn’t take care of them properly now.

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Lenni Reviews: “School Live” vol 1 by Norimitsu Kaihou, Sadoru Chiba, and Leighann Harvey

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Yuki Takeya loves her school. Her teachers are nice and she has a lot of fun at the School Living Club after classes are over; where she can hang out with her friends. At least what’s left of them after a zombie breakout.

This book reads like Highschool of the Dead’s sweeter and less slutty little sister and that’s not an insult to either series. In this story about a group of survivors in a school lacks the absurd fan service of the former and I dare say, this tries to be cute! Our living characters are adorable but the undead are kept mostly in shadow. It’s obvious the story will take a dark turn but this first volume is fairly light-hearted. 3.7 out of 5.

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