In this Arcade Game, You Battle Zombie... Schoolgirls

It's schoolgirls in sailor suits. Make that zombie schoolgirls in sailor suits. Oh, did I mention there's dancing, too? There is.

Namco Bandai's newest arcade game is called Sailor Zombie: AKB48 Arcade Edition and stars Japan's biggest girl group AKB48.

In this Arcade Game, You Battle Zombie... Schoolgirls

Gpara reports that the game features seven members, including Yuko Oshima, Mayu Watanabe, and Yuki Kashiwagi. You fire vaccine bullets (uh, love vaccines) at the zombie AKB48 members as well as large monsters.

As you progress though the game, Sailor Zombie suddenly turns into a rhythm game, with the zombie schoolgirls dancing to AKB48 tunes.

In this Arcade Game, You Battle Zombie... Schoolgirls

Starting this April, Sailor Zombie: AKB48 Arcade Edition rolls out in arcades across Japan. Meanwhile, the schoolgirl book I wrote, Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential, just got a new, full color edition with sixteen new pages. Would've liked to include this as it's yet another example of the power of the sailor suit in Japanese pop culture.

「AKB48」メンバー7人がゾンビ化!? アーケードゲーム『セーラーゾンビ』 [Gpara]

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