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Zom 100: A Bucket List For Zombie Outbreak

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What will you do when a zombie outbreak happens? What is the first thought that will cross your mind? How will you survive against the zombie? Do you stay in one place or do you seek out a shelter somewhere?

Considering how popular this genre is, it’s not too far-fetched to imagine that there are people out there who are actually thinking carefully about these questions. As a matter of fact, I’m sure there is a community that focuses on “Surviving Zombie Apocalypse” out there. And I’m pretty sure most of them are folks who like outdoor activities and always tinkering with their survival kits so that it would fit all kinds of scenarios that constantly pop up in their head. People who look up to Les Stroud or Bear Grylls.

As for me, well, I’m a manga reader. I am an indoor creature and I am lazy by nature. There’s no way I will go out to the woods to hunt animals and drink my own piss. Let me be here in my cozy room and read my favorite manga. If the zombie decided to pay me a visit, well, I guess I’ll turn into a zombie then.

A Chance To Break Free

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It is worth mentioning, however, that people who always prepare for the zombie outbreak and people who don’t even think about it are not the only kind of people out there. There are people who would consider ridiculous and world-altering events like zombie outbreak as a chance to break free from their old life. A clean slate, if you will. Instead of fear, when the outbreak happens, these types of people will be filled with boundless excitement.

That is pretty much the premise of Zom 100: Bucket List of The Dead. The main character, Akira, has spent 3 years of his youth working for a company that treats its employee like a slave. He was always berated by his manager, he worked crazy hours with no overtime pay, and he was the one to blame no matter who made the mistakes. All for a pittance of wage.

The only thing that kept Akira going was seeing his crush, a beautiful and voluptuous woman who was always nice to him. Unfortunately, even that didn’t turn out so well for him. Because he found out later on that the girl was actually screwing the boss the whole time, which explains why she always seemed to have little to no work at the office. Gold Digger FTW.

So when the Zombie outbreak happens and Akira realizes that he no longer needs to go to work, he instantly feels liberated. The white clouds, the warm sunlight, the red blood of people being bitten to death, the screeching of hungry zombies, the world never seems so beautiful to him. Akira is finally free.

From that day on, he decided to never again do something that he doesn’t want to do. As a matter of fact, he will start to do everything that he always wants to do now. So Akira makes a list, 100 things that he needs to do before turning into a zombie.

Akira is a realistic person. He knows that it will be close to impossible for him to keep evading the zombies forever. So at the very least, he wants to experience 100 different things before he inevitably turns into a mindless undead. Things like drinking beer with his best friend all night long, gaming on a big screen TV, finding true love, and other mundane stuff like that.

When he finished writing that list, Akira’s eyes sparkled with hope and excitement as he saw the horizon that was filled with blood, body parts, and crooked zombies.

A Different Perspective

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This is the first story that I’ve read that offers that perspective. Every movie, book, comic, manga, and every other storytelling medium that tells a zombie story always seems to use fear as the foundation. Which makes sense, because a horde of undead running towards you is a scary thing.

That is why Zom 100 left such a strong impression on my mind. I’m not even talking about the story. I’m talking solely about the idea behind the story. Because when I start to think about the story, the thought of story progression, character development, worldbuilding, and things of that nature begins to creep into my head. I don’t need that right now. So no, I want to focus on the interesting premise alone.

To look into danger and see opportunity while filled with excitement at the same time. To me, that is a superpower. Because I am the kind of guy who can feel depressed just by reading Oyasumi Punpun or watching Grave of The Fireflies. A slave to my own mind. To be fair, those stories are designed to make you feel depressed, so I’m just following the creator’s whim. But to adopt such an optimistic view on the world, man…that is the dream!

Zom 100 shows a different take on a stale genre that will make us forget about the malnourished zombies and focus instead on the burning passion of the main character. In a way, it manages to make the last days of humankind look so heartwarming and exciting.

It embodies the principle of while you might not be able to change reality, you can change your perspective on it. And more often than not, that makes a world of difference.

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