Undead Unluck is a manga series written and illustrated by Yoshifumi Tozuka, which has been ongoing since January 20, 2020, and has now been collected in 18 volumes as of the time of writing. The story is a supernatural adventure filled with humor, so you can imagine the series will be filled with ridiculous powers and abilities. But, aside from these, the world of Undead Unluck is also filled with various ridiculous creatures, most of which are unified under the name UMA, i.e., Unidentified Mysterious Animals. In this article, we are going to explain what the UMA are and why they are so dangerous in the story of Undead Unluck.
The UMA are strange creatures created by God
Although the human(oid) characters in Undead Unluck represent the gist of the series’ characters, there are also other types of characters present in the series, and the UMA – who are the main topic of this article – are examples of such characters, or creatures, to be more precise, and they definitely deserve some writing about them.
Now, the UMA are very strange creatures. UMA is actually an abbreviation that means Unidentified Mysterious Animals, which is a play on the word UFO and its meaning. They were created personally by God (another name for the character named Sun) in Undead Unluck, and they are actually otherworldly-looking creatures with strange designs.
Some of them actually do resemble animals (although monstrously-looking ones), while others embody monstrous everyday objects or abstract concepts or are simply monsters per se. There doesn’t seem to be a rule as to what they look like, but a lot of them actually do look like the concepts they embody.
And while we’re talking about that, it has to be said that the UMAs actually embody certain rules that have been imposed on the world as a whole. For example, UMA Clothes embodies clothing, UMA Past embodies the history of the world, and so on. This is how they are related to Sun, the character, and through his will, these monsters embody certain specific concepts. Based on what they embody, they can be divided into Phenomenon-based ones (e.g., UMA Snow, UMA Burn, UMA Autumn) and Concept-based ones (e.g., UMA Kindness, UMA Stop, UMA Thirst).
Each UMA has a radius in which its powers are active, and whoever enters that radius will be influenced by the power of the individual UMA. The abilities are unique for each UMA and are related to the phenomenon or concept they embody, so this symbolic aspect is very important in practice.
The UMA are also capable of creating offspring, which is done through enforcing a rule in a very specific way. A notable example is Spoil, who managed to create zombie offspring with his power. If combined with them, they can also become stronger, a phenomenon known as Phase 2. The Union refers to these “babies” as “Juniors.”
The Union usually has to deal with these creatures as part of the Quests they are assigned by Apocalypse, the talking book, and they have to defeat and capture them. Among the UMAs, there are special ones that are called “Master Rules,” which are UMAs that are granted absolute power and can never disappear. One new “Master Rule” is added with each loop of Ragnarok, and since we are now in the 101st loop, it means that there are 100 “Master Rules” as of this moment.
Known UMAs in Undead Unluck
In this section, we are going to give you a short overview of all the known UMAs in Undead Unluck and tell you a bit about them:
|Unidentified Mysterious Animal (UMA)||Cocept or Phenomenon|
|Atmosphere||embodies the atmosphere (unknown type)|
|Autumn||embodies the season of autumn (Concept)|
|Blood||embodies blood (Concept)|
|Bomb||embodies bombs and other types of explosive devices (Concept)|
|Burn||embodies the process of burning (Phenomenon)|
|Call||unknown at this moment|
|Clothes||embodies clothing (Concept)|
|Color||embodies colors (unknown type)|
|Crab||embodies crabs (Concept)|
|Eat||embodies the act of eating (unknown type)|
|Galaxy||embodies the galaxy (Concept)|
|Ghost||embodies ghosts (unknown type)|
|Gravity||embodies gravity (unknown type)|
|Heat||embodies heat (Phenomenon)|
|Information||embodies information (unknown type)|
|Insect||embodies insects (Concept)|
|Jewel||embodies jewels (Concept)|
|Kindness||embodies the idea of kindness (unknown type)|
|Language||embodies the idea of language (unknown type)|
|Magma||embodies magma (Concept)|
|Move||embodies movement (unknown type)|
|Past||embodies the past as an aspect of time (Phenomenon)|
|Revolution||embodies the revolution (unknown type)|
|Seal||embodies the act of sealing (Phenomenon)|
|Shadow||embodies shadows (unknown type)|
|Shark||embodies sharks (Concept)|
|Sick||embodies sickness and illness (unknown type)|
|Slice||embodies the act of slicing something (Phenomenon)|
|Snow||embodies snow(ing) (Concept)|
|Spin||embodies spinning (unknown type)|
|Splash||embodies the act of splashing (Phenomenon)|
|Spoil||embodies the act of spoiling, rotting and decaying (Phenomenon)|
|Spring||embodies the season of spring (Concept)|
|Stop||embodies the act of stopping and halting (Phenomenon)|
|Summer||embodies the season of summer (Concept)|
|Thirst||embodies the feeling of being thirsty/thirst (unknown type)|
|Tornado||embodies tornadoes (Concept)|
|Tyrannosaurus||embodies a tyrannosaurus (Concept)|
|Winter||embodies the season of winter (Concept)|
There are certainly more UMAs in the series, but they have yet to be revealed. The list will be updated as more UMAs become known.
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