The power had gone out in Tokyo leaving Akira and Kencho with a decision to make. They agree to head to Gunma to see if Akira’s parents are still alive and to do it, they’re going to need a sweet ride!
Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead (Volume 3) – Truck Stop of the Dead
After crossing a few more things off the bucket list, Akira realises that the next one he wants to do is see his parents. Hopefully, they’ve survived as they live out in Gunma. Of course, that means they will need a way to get there as riding a motorcycle leaves them too exposed. Luckily, there was an RV show going on when the world ended and all the RVs are still there. Surprisingly, they run into Shizuka who was also there. She was looking for a sensible RV, whereas Akira and Kencho have other ideas.
Unfortunately, they don’t have to luxury of shopping around as a horde of zombies comes crashing into the venue. They jump into the nearest RV and make a daring escape. Since Shizuka doesn’t have a license, she reluctantly agreed to team up with them. On the road, things seem to be going well, but then they run over some spikes. It blows all four tires on the RV and both on the motorcycle, leaving Kencho injured in the process.
When they step out of the RV to see what happened and help Kencho, Akira is greeted by a familiar face. His old boss, Gonzou Kosugi was there to greet him. He was prepared to shelter them, replace their tires, and fix up Kencho if Akira was prepared to work for him again. It would only be for two days, so what was the harm? However, Akira suffered under his old boss once more, losing confidence in himself. Luckily, Shizuka could see what was going on as she too had experienced that sort of life. She helped him to see the reality of things and thanked him for helping her to save herself too.
What did you think?
Well, I’m glad that Shizuka is finally an official part of the team and it’s all down to Akira’s attitude to things. It was interesting seeing how her life had been shaped by her overbearing father who forced her to do only what she needed to do and not what she wanted to do. That clearly shaped her early approach to surviving the apocalypse and it probably helped her survive this long. However, her time with Akira showed her another way. One where she could be happy as well as survive. I’m glad that Akira’s approach to life rubbed off on her and that she was able to help him escape from the fear of his old boss.
This is a fantastic series where the zombies have very much become a part of the background. The reality is that this series is about finding your happiness and a way to live that doesn’t grind you down and turn you into a zombie. I think we’ll get lots more lessons like this as the story goes on and I also think the zombies will continue to be there, forcing them to learn and adapt. I think all lessons should be taught with the help of a zombie apocalypse.
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