Lenni Reviews: “Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead” Vol. 8, by Haro Aso & Kōtarō Takata

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

Akira and his friends are headed to the sea side to check out a sake brewery while crossing more items off of his bucket list; including digging up dinosaur bones.

I like that the group keeps the robot butler and somehow, this volume became a quick lesson on dinosaur species. I enjoy how this series twists and turns and has so much energy but the still have the zombies feel like a real threat. Our main cast seems to have plot armor and I’m fine with that. They play off each other well and I don’t want that dynamic broken. 4 out of 5.

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Today’s Workout: My Heeaaarrrttt…

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I don’t understand why my kid thought this app was boring because I was set to warm up for 5, run for 20, then cool down for 5, only to feel like I needed to slow it down because of the drama in this episode. This isn’t the first time Zombies Run has toyed with my emotions to the point where I was thinking “If they do (XXXX) I will delete this app right now.” But, I powered through with a very easy trot until the 25 minute mark and power walked the last 5 minutes to cool down. I felt energized and strong so, I enjoyed my workout despite the nagging impulse to roll over to the next mission but, I think I managed to step back and go stretch.

I think sticking to running three days a week is what’s best for me since I’m trying to do more weight training than cardio. It feels good to be running regularly again but I need to get stronger, as well. Even though I really want to know what happens next.

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Today’s Workout: I got caught…

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If you’re not familiar, if you have chases on in Zombies Run and you don’t make the speed, you don’t die just lose supplies. It was close but, I didn’t go fast enough and I ended up losing some stuff. On Friday, I bet I’ll do better. I wasn’t cramping nearly as much today as on Monday and my posture felt on point.

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Tonight’s dinner was an old classic since I had some snow peas to use up. I cooked the steak first then added the veggies in some soy and hosen sauce. And I love me some chili crisp. I don’t like to think about how much MyFitnessPal rates it as a red food. It’s bloody delicious.

I still need to do my body weight workouts and stretching before I go to sleep but today felt strong. Good way to end out the month.

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Lenni Reviews: “Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead” Vol. 7, by Haro Aso & Kōtarō Takata

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The group heads to Hokkaido but they run out of gas and decide to race (on foot) to the nearest gas station. They get chased by a horde to a hotel that’s staffed by robots and too good to be true.

I like how they’re stumbling through things off their list and having these misadventures. Zombie stories can get so angsty and sad so it’s nice to enjoy these characters as they try to survive and thrive through an apocalypse. This volume feels a little too light, like our characters aren’t in real peril but I’m okay with that. I’m still having fun reading it. 3.9 out of 5.

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Today’s Workout: Buried

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Yeah, not my fastest time (that would be around a 14 minute mile) but I’m getting back into the swing of things. I could feel my calves cramping more than they used to since I’ve been cycling instead of running for so long.

Not gonna lie, even though I’m not at my lockdown levels of jogging for 20-30 minutes straight (working from home had its advantages…) I can feel the muscle memory returning. It was even instinctual for me to adjust my posture to make sure I wasn’t hunched over and my abs were engaged.

There were no chases this time (I don’t think there was supposed to be this time in the Zombies Run 5k trainer) but I had some self imposed intervals since I am a huge geek and I’m invested in the story. I slowed to a fast walk during the story parts.

At this point, my main concern is just to get my stamina back up so that a 30 minute run is easy again. I want to get to the point where an easy run is a 5 min warm up, 30 minute jog at the same speed, then a 5 minute cool down. And of course I didn’t forget my bodyweight workouts. I had the apps running while I did my own thing so I’m not posting the images from those apps. It’s not an accurate calorie burn in my opinion since I’m not doing what the app says. Does that make any sense? Probably not….

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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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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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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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