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Tae Yamada
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The long, black-haired zombie.

The only zombie out of the seven who is still not fully conscious.  As such, she is the most zombie-like of the group, always trying to gnaw on something. Although Tae only speaks in groans, she seems to be able to understand what the rest of the members are saying to a certain extent.  Because she is driven purely by instinct, Tae always ends up munching on Junko when close.


Yamada Tae (山田 たえ) is a mysterious girl with an unknown past. She's the only zombie who hasn't awakened.

She is just titled as the Legendary Tae Yamada (伝説の山田たえ Densetsu no Yamada Tae).

Appearance

Tae has long, straight, dark prune hair with two parts slightly sticking out. Her bangs are also straight with one piece sweeping down across her face. Her eyes are also a reddish-brown color.

Normally, Tae has bandages on her neck, chest, head, and upper leg with a loose black dress tied with a white rope. She also supports grey over-the-knee socks with black flats. As an Idol, she wears a long-sleeved purple striped shirt and a violet skirt with white frills.

Personality

Tae is the only one of the girls who has not fully regained consciousness, and so has remained a mindless zombie. As such, Tae is unpredictable and driven by pure instinct, doing things such as biting at the other members and launching herself at the crowd. However, she does seem to have some semblance of awareness, being able to at least understand the members to some degree and be cooperative enough to participate in the practices and performances. She also appears sentient enough to have a caring side for her fellow zombie idols.

Synopsis

Episode 1

After their successful death metal performance in a death metal festival, all of the zombie girls regain their senses excluding Tae, who is still acting like a mindless zombie.

Episode 2

Being the only zombie in the group who hasn't woken up, Tae still remains in her feral state. She is primarily driven by monstrous instinct to bite people.

During the girl's first event at the Saga Castle, Tae takes notice of a whole squid in the audience and immediately moves towards them. Sakura tries to stop her but ends up accidentally knocking off her head, nearly exposing the group's identities as zombies. As Sakura tries defusing the situation, Saki rebuffs her and plays around with Tae head to mock the audience. Sakura eventually gets mad and knocks Tae's head away from Saki, where the two girls fight each other in a rap battle. Tae's head was later reattached to her body as Sakura and Saki verbally fight with each other.

Episode 3

While the other girls focus on training to meet Kōtarō's hasty expectations, Tae lounges around mindlessly. At one point, Tae instinctively chews and sucks on a marker, later causing her to sneeze. The sneeze inspires Lily with an original name for their group and suggests the name "Franchouchou", based on Tae's sneezing fit.

Despite her invisible sloth atmosphere, Tae was still able to train with the girls for their upcoming performance, which ended in bittersweet for everyone.

Episode 4

When everyone visits a Hot Spring Resort in Ureshino to earn a sponsorship with a pharmaceutical company, Tae is seen among her zombie idols sightseeing. When Sakura, Junko, and Saki accidentally revealed their zombie forms to the pharmaceutical company president, Tae also ends up scaring the president by surprising the president in the hallway of the resort in a horror-like position.

Episode 5

When everyone was given a commercial deal by Drive-in-Tori she goes with everyone eating the chicken they served (she eats the chicken raw). When everyone dresses up for the commercial, Tae attempts to attack the mascot. During commercial performance, everyone faced various problems due to Tae's inability to speak and how she badly timed her roles. It eventually ended in success when Tae only crowed like a rooster near the end. When Tatsumi and Saki expressed their desire to do more with greater vigor, Tae responds by attacking the mascot again. Her attack was added to the commercial which became very popular.

At the 34th Kashima Gatalympics, she performs at the various events and manages to she win a gold medal in the Mud Tarzan Swing but was almost found out when her body fell to pieces. The other idols managed to put her back together without anyone finding out. Due to Tae's inability to speak she was unable to advertise her idol group. When Sakura thought Tae had a Franchouchou shirt under the muddy shirt she was wearing, Sakura calls to Tae to rip her outer shirt to reveal the inner shirt. Unfortunately, it was revealed that Tae was actually wearing a Drive-in-Tori shirt that they were given as a gift for the commercial. Tae then crows to the crowd, much to her idol companion's disappointment.

Episode 6

In a mini concert and photo op event, Tae is cheered by many for her Drive-in-Tori commercial performance, she replies by doing the same crow she did in the commercial.

Episode 7

While Junko locked herself up, Tae continues practicing and resting with the other Idols for the upcoming Saga Rock event. When Junko gain new resolve and decided to perform with everyone, Tae embraces her with joy along with the other Franchouchou Idols. Right before their performance, both her and Saki tries to invigorate the group by shouting but is told to quiet down.

She performs with everyone during the Saga Rock (notably she is the only one who isn't singing and isn't dancing in sync with everyone) and receives applause at the end with everyone.

Episode 8

When a giant man revealed to be Lily's father was questioned for suddenly approaching Lily and touching her, Tae is seen growling at the man in displeasure. When Lily sings a lead performance for her father, Tae is performs backstage with the rest of the idols.

Episode 9

Together with the other Franchouchou idols, Tae starts practicing Kashima Dance with to some elders to appeal them into being fans. Afterwards, everyone takes a break where she over drinks a drinking fountain. She then bites the buns of a biker girl who tries to intimate Sakura and Lily.

In Saki's lead performance, Tae is seen dancing with the other idols while also dressing in a biker-gang theme like outfit.

Episode 10

When Kotaro sends everyone in the mountains, Tae mostly slept or got frozen. When Sakura's head gets eaten by a large boar, Tae attacks the boar with a ravenous attitude which saves Sakura.

Episode 11

After Sakura's got hit again by a truck and reverts back to her past memories. Sakura loss her confidence to perform due to having a lot of bad luck on the course of her life as she reminiscence her past up to her final days of her life before she became a zombie.

Fully understands to what Sakura's suffering to, Tae strives to convince her by doing whatever it takes to fully remember not only everything they've done as a group, but also her close relationship to her groupmates.

Episode 12

When Sakura was depressed on her misfortune, Tae attempted to help her remember what she did as an idol. Firstly by Cock-a-doodle-dooing whilst wearing the Drive-in Tori shirt to help her remember the commercial they were apart of. Later, she got out the magazine article regarding Saga-Rock, but Sakura brushed her off.

When Sakura locks herself up, Tae attempts to reach out to her again but with little success. After being ignored and brushed off so many times, Tae snaps in a rage. She breaks through the window in the room that Sakura locked herself up in and forces Sakura into the practice room. She then tries to show Sakura how much effort she made Tae practice and focus. Her actions gave the other idols, especially Yugiri, the revelation how Sakura gave everyone so much and she has a responsibility to see through to the end no matter the results.

Along with the other idols, Tae performs in the Arpino concert and renewed Sakura's confidence despite the various misfortunes that fell on the stage. When Sakura regains her memories of being a zombie, Tae happily bites her head affectionately.

Trivia

  • Up to the third episode, Tae's voice actress was credited as "???"
  • Tae's hair resembles a squid, which is fitting, as her favorite food is squid.
  • In Episode 9, Tae chews on Maria's Odango Hair. The former's voice actress Kotono Mitsuishi's breakout role was Usagi Tsukino / Sailor Moon, who actually wore buns in both her civilian and Sailor guise.
  • Along with Yugiri, Tae is the only zombie who's cause of death hasn't been revealed yet.

References

Characters list
Kōtarō Tatsumi  •  Sakura Minamoto  •  Saki Nikaidō  •  Ai Mizuno  •  Junko Konno  •  Yūgiri  •  Tae Yamada  •  Lily Hoshikawa  •  Policeman A  •  Romero