Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City
Let's get ready to fight!
Zebra City 2025 – music echoing across what used to be Tokyo from Zebra Queen marks the start of Zebra Time, a 5 minute window twice a day when the city population is free to commit any crime and the Vengeful Zebra Mini-Skirt Police and masked Zebra Police can shoot civilians at will. Zebraman wakes in the street, unable to remember the last 15 years, or his superhero past. He must rely on a band Zebra Time survivors, a man who played him in a TV show version of Zebraman and a mysterious silent girl to battle this Zebra obsession that is splitting the city in to absolutes of black and white.
Miike returns to Zebraman and it is still a relatively incomprehensible affair, even if it does prove that people love to yell out “Zebraman!”
The film does present an interesting plot element, being Zebra Time, where the authority has a 5 minute window each day to purge the city of those it deems unworthy. Having the real Zebraman meet his acting counterpart also provides a small amount of fun.
The productions values are certainly higher and the film even includes a score. However the emotional attachment to any of the characters is still minimal. The sexual climax as the climax also doesn’t quite go where it promises and should have been much more memorable.
The Reverence: Eating an alien and floating away beats out a message that condoms stop aids.
Watched for an upcoming Mondo Movie...
Review upcoming on the Mondo Movie podcast.