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Junko Konno: The Legendary Showa Idol


Junko Konno: The Legendary Showa Idol

Junko Konno was an idol from the 80s whose popularity caused the idol boom of said decade. She was born on September 2, 1964 and died on December 9, 1983 in a plane crash at the age of 19. She had short white hair, light blue eyes, and a slim figure. She was known for her strong conviction as an idol and her beautiful singing voice, but she was bad at dancing. She was also reserved and sheltered, preferring to do things alone rather than in a group.

After her death, she was revived as a zombie by Kotaro Tatsumi, a mysterious producer who wanted to save Saga Prefecture with a zombie idol group. She became Zombie 4 of Franchouchou, along with six other zombie girls from different eras and backgrounds. She had trouble adjusting to the modern idol industry and the concept of teamwork, often clashing with Ai Mizuno, another zombie idol who died in the 2000s. However, she gradually developed a friendship with Ai and the rest of the group, and learned to overcome her fears and insecurities.

Junko Konno is one of the main characters of the anime and manga series Zombieland Saga, created by Cygames and MAPPA. She is voiced by Maki Kawase in Japanese and Amanda Lee in English. She is also featured in various spin-off media, such as games, novels, and CDs. She is widely regarded as a fan-favorite character by the Zombieland Saga fandom.

Zombieland Saga: The Anime Series

Zombieland Saga is an anime television series produced by MAPPA, Avex Pictures and Cygames. The series aired in Japan between October and December 2018. A second season titled Zombieland Saga Revenge aired between April and June 2021. An anime film project has been announced. The series is also available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

The series follows the adventures of Franchouchou as they perform various concerts and events in Saga Prefecture, while also dealing with the challenges of being zombies and hiding their true identities from the public. The series combines comedy, horror, music, and drama elements, and features references to various aspects of Japanese culture and history. The series also features original songs performed by the voice actors of Franchouchou.

Zombieland Saga has received positive reviews from critics and fans alike, praising its unique premise, humor, characters, music, and animation. The series has also been credited for boosting the tourism and economy of Saga Prefecture, as well as raising awareness and appreciation for the local culture and landmarks. The series has also spawned various spin-off media, such as manga, novels, games, and CDs.

Zombieland Saga: The Characters

Zombieland Saga features a diverse cast of characters, each with their own personality, backstory, and role in the story. The main characters are the members of Franchouchou, the zombie idol group formed by Kotaro Tatsumi. They are:

  • Sakura Minamoto: The protagonist and leader of Franchouchou. She was a high school girl and aspiring idol who died in 2008 after being hit by a truck. She is optimistic, cheerful, and hardworking, but also clumsy and prone to bad luck. She lost her memories of her past life after being resurrected, but regained them after a head injury. She is voiced by Kaede Hondo in Japanese and Brina Palencia in English.
  • Saki Nikaido: The second-in-command and center of Franchouchou. She was the leader of the biker gang Dorami in the 90s before dying in a motorcycle accident. She is rebellious, confident, and loyal, but also hot-headed and impulsive. She often acts as a big sister figure to the other members, especially Lily. She is voiced by Asami Tano in Japanese and Caitlin Glass in English.
  • Ai Mizuno: The third-in-command and ace of Franchouchou. She was a popular idol and member of Iron Frill in the 2000s before dying after being struck by lightning during a concert. She is professional, talented, and ambitious, but also cautious and traumatized by her death. She initially clashed with Junko over their different views on idols, but later became her best friend. She is voiced by Risa Taneda in Japanese and Bryn Apprill in English.
  • Junko Konno: The fourth-in-command and legend of Franchouchou. She was an idol from the 80s whose popularity caused the idol boom of said decade before dying in a plane crash. She is reserved, sheltered, and has a strong conviction as an idol, but also struggles with adapting to the modern idol industry and working as a team. She gradually developed a friendship with Ai and the rest of the group. She is voiced by Maki Kawase in Japanese and Amanda Lee in English.
  • Yugiri: The fifth-in-command and courtesan of Franchouchou. She was an oiran from the Meiji era who died after being slashed by a samurai. She is elegant, mature, and wise, but also playful and mysterious. She often acts as a mediator and adviser to the other members, especially Junko. She is voiced by Rika Kinugawa in Japanese and Stephanie Young in English.
  • Lily Hoshikawa: The sixth-in-command and genius of Franchouchou. She was a child actor and star of various TV shows before dying of shock after seeing her first facial hair. She is cute, energetic, and creative, but also sensitive and insecure about her appearance. She revealed that she was born male but identified as female since childhood, making her one of the first transgender characters in anime. She is voiced by Minami Tanaka in Japanese and Sarah Wiedenheft in English.
  • Tae Yamada: The seventh-in-command and mascot of Franchouchou. She was an unknown person who died under unknown circumstances before being resurrected as a zombie. Unlike the other members, she has not regained her consciousness or speech abilities, and acts like a typical zombie most of the time. However, she can follow simple instructions and show emotions through her actions. She is voiced by Kotono Mitsuishi in Japanese and Dawn M. Bennett in English.

Other characters include Kotaro Tatsumi, the eccentric producer of Franchouchou who revived the girls as zombies; Romero, his pet zombie dog; Policeman A, a friendly policeman who often encounters Franchouchou; Arata Ookoba, a journalist who investigates Franchouchou’s true identities; Jofuku, an immortal man who created the zombie serum; Iron Frill, a rival idol group that Ai used to belong to; Maimai Yuzuriha, a former member of Iron Frill who joins Franchouchou temporarily; Kiichi Momozaki, Kotaro’s friend who helps him with his projects; Shojiro Ito, Ai’s former manager who supports her comeback; Maria Amabuki, Saki’s former friend who leads

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