The Other Game Starring A Zombie-killing, Chainsaw-wielding Schoolgirl

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Zombies. They are everywhere, and Japanese games are no exception. However, while in the West a shotgun blast to the head seems to be the most efficient way of killing them, the Japanese have instead found the "natural enemy" of the walking dead: schoolgirls.


Nowhere is this more prevalent than in Suda51's upcoming title, Lollipop Chainsaw, where a cheerleader must fight her way through hordes of zombie-fied students with nothing but her acrobatics and the game's titular chainsaw. However, Lollipop Chainsaw is far from the only Japanese game to pit schoolgirls against zombies. After all, earlier this year the Xbox 360 saw its own release of a game starring a zombie-killing, chainsaw-wielding schoolgirl: Onechanbara Z Kagura.

The ninth title in the Onechanbara series, Onechanbara Z Kagura brings on two new main characters: the bikini-clad, katana-wielding Kagura and her younger, chainsaw-sporting sister, Saya. Together, these two vampires (yes, vampires) slaughter their way through thousands of the undead with reckless abandon—and more than a fair share of bad Engrish. To see how the game looks in action, check out the video above.

Onechanbara Z Kagura was released in Japan on January 19, 2012, for the Xbox 360. There are currently no plans for a western release.


On a related note, I have been watching High School of the Dead on Netflix and it is pretty awesome. It was a recommendation from fellow Kotaku readers and I would definitely pass it along to others.