Akira, Kencho, and Shizuka are on their way to Gunma when they run into a truck surrounded by zombies. Akira runs to help, but the zombies are quickly slain by a samurai. It turns out to a be German student that loves Japan!
Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead (Volume 4) – Hot Springs of the Dead
Beatrix thanks them for their help, although all they did was distract the zombies for a moment. Then, she reveals that she is delivering some fresh fish to the last remaining sushi chef who told her that she can eat as much as she likes. Akira is delighted by this idea and agrees to help her. Shizuka and Kencho have realised that there’s no point arguing with Akira when he wants to do something so they all agree to help. However, the streets of Takasaki are overrun with zombies. Shizuka comes up with a plan to clear them out and then they deliver the fish. It’s so good it brings Beatrix to tears.
Back on the road, they are starting to realise that they could all use some relaxation and a bath. Luckily, Beatrix knows all about hot springs and their history, including mixed bathing or konyoko which was outlawed to appease Western societies. After realising that all the hotels were packed full of zombies and being chased out of the last working hot spring, they hid in the mountains. That was when they found a natural hot spring and eventually, they all got in.
On the way to Gunma, they found that the tunnel had been blocked off at both ends and was packed full of zombies. They would need to walk the rest of the way. While walking they encountered a man who was being chased by a zombie boar. Beatrix shot it with an arrow and then they learnt that he was building a tree house to live in. Since Akira’s list had build a tree house on it, they agreed to help him. They learnt that his family had been turned which made Akira all the more determined to go see his parents. They made it to Gunma and were shocked to find them all alive and well.
What did you think?
Hello, Beatrix! I had to laugh that she knew more about the local customs and history than they did, but that is often the way of things. When you live somewhere you tend to take things for granted. I was enjoying the history lessons that she kept dropping into conversation but she’s also a great addition to the team because of her fighting abilities and that she compliments Kencho so well. I would have hated to see this series become about someone being a third wheel, but then there’s no guarantee that anything will happen between anyone. Still, it’s nice to have Beatrix around.
And what about those damn city kids! It looks like they are about to ruin everything that Akira’s parents have got going, although it looks like his father is dying. It’s going to be interesting to see how it goes in the next volume. My gut is telling me we’ll end up with a situation similar to how Saya’s parents let her go in High School of the Dead. Nobody wants to see Akira watch his parents die so I think they’ll escape drawing away the zombies, leaving the villagers to look after things there. Either way, it’s about to get pretty serious.
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