Meeting immediately follows the previous episode, so we have Miki who’s been abandoned by Taroumaru and the rest of the gang driving out of the mall. Miki hears something from the outside and starts moving boxes, thinking it’s the dog but it turns out to be friendly hangry zombie instead. She doesn’t get eaten but she does panic afterwards.
Elsewhere, Yuki and gang are at the mall. Yuuri gets Yuki to remain quiet by mentioning some concert event that was set to happen. There aren’t many zombies out and about since it’s a weekday and they’re busy zombieing in schools and workplaces. But there are quite a few scattered inside of the mall, nothing our hero Kurumi can’t handle. They gather supplies, Kurumi heading alone to the supermarket for canned goods. That’s when she meets Taroumaru and over a tussle for some beef, ends up making enough ruckus to draw a small horde. She manages to escape and reach the others.
Taroumaru also follows her and Yuki falls in love at first sight. But Yuuri first checks if he’s bitten (that answers my question about whether animals can also be infected) before handing him over. Then they proceed to go clothes shopping and we get to see the girls in swimsuits because reasons. The higher they go, the less zombies we see because they can’t handle stairs well. Then at the top, Taroumaru starts barking manically and this gives the girls hope that someone – perhaps his owner – is alive in the mall.
Unfortunately, it’s not to Miki that they’re led. Instead, Kurumi hears noises from the mall’s cinema and goes to check. You get one guess what she finds inside. Yep – plenty of zombies. They deem her more interesting than the silver screen and give chase. They escape and rest for a while. Yuki sleeps it off while Kurumi makes Yuuri promise to kill her instantly if she gets infected. Afterwards, they try to get out of the mall. It’s a close call but Kurumi is once again our very own action hero because she flattens enough of them to carve a safe path out of the mall.
However, all of the noise they make plus Taroumaru’s barks alert Miki to people being in the mall and she finally ventures out of her safe room. But she ends up surrounded before she can reach the others.
Outside the mall, Yuki and Taroumaru both hear Miki. Kurumi and Yuuri are unconvinced but when the dog runs inside along with Yuki, they also follow. And sure enough, they find Miki on top of a piano, fending off way too many zombies. Yuki immediately tries to run to her but Yuuri stops her, saying it’s dangerous. And then something weird happens – Yuki’s vision of Miki surrounded by zombies is momentarily replaced by an indistinct image of someone else being attacked. Yuki kinda freaks out and rushes to Miki, Kurumi following to attack the zombies before they hurt her.
In the end, it’s Yuuri who saves the day by using some kind of alarm she got earlier to disorient the zombies long enough for Kurumi and Yuki to rescue Miki. Once safe outside, Miki asks them if they’ve seen another girl her age. They haven’t but we can hope that Kei’s out there somewhere, hopefully still human.
So, swimsuits. Usually, I’d be annoyed at anime’s attempt to shove fanservice into an episode that has no business having it but this time around, I’m fine with it. The whole clothes shopping incident makes sense in a way. These are young girls who’ve been living a nightmare for who knows how long. They saw the opportunity to relax and took it. I was tense as a nail throughout the whole thing though, expecting something to try and take a bite out of them any moment.
Now onto Yuki. I’m really curious to know how her mind’s going to deal with everything she went though this episode. Will it just be forgotten and replaced with images of a totally normal mall visit? Will rescuing Miki turn into some meet-cute scenario? Earlier, when they were running from the cinema zombies, she just blanked out and had a nightmare about her classmates turning into zombies. But during the Miki incident, she was aware and active and even recalled some similar event from her past. I really want to know how Yuki’s mind works.
Speaking of the event from the past, I’m 99.9% sure that the image flashing in Yuki’s mind was of Megumi, clutching an injured arm and surrounded by zombies.
I stared at this frame a lot, okay?
I was paying a lot of attention to Megumi this episode as well and that combined with the above thing is making me more and more convinced that Megumi isn’t really real anymore. Can’t wait to know for sure.