English: High School of the Dead
Synonyms: Gakuen Mokushiroku: Highschool of the Dead, HOTD, HSOTD
Japanese: 学園黙示録 HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 5, 2010 to Sep 20, 2010
24 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.731 (scored by 168746 users)
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SynopsisA mysterious, lethal disease is on the loose worldwide, resulting in a catastrophic death rate of humanity, and the increasing rise of attacks, caused by the living dead.
In Japan, several high school students and a school nurse have banded together to escape Fujimi High School shortly after it was attacked by zombies. The group now attempts to figure who or what was responsible for this plague, and in the meantime, attempt to survive the present apocalypse.
The story is initially narrated through the eyes of Takashi Komuro, one of the students who had survived in the initial outbreak.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Highschool of the Dead
Side story: Highschool of the Dead: Drifters of the Dead
Characters & Voice Actors
High School of the Dead is about a group of breasts trying to avoid getting eaten by zombies in whatever way possible. Tagging along with these breasts are 2 of our heroes, Kouta and Takashi. A couple pairs of breasts are even in on the action part when they're not bouncing across the screen like jello filled balloons hiding behind incomplete articles of clothing.
But in all seriousness, High School of the Dead has actually been very enjoyable overall. And I'm not a fan of fan service.
Story: Here are some breasts, here are some zombies, and here are 2 guys to enjoy and protect the breasts pretty much sums it up. With a show like this, do you really need a complex plot? Do you watch The Simpsons in the hopes that the characters will change and mature as time goes by? God no. Homer's still an ignoramous (all be it tainted by the Family Guy brand of humour) and Bart's still causing trouble. High School of the Dead operates in a similar fashion. You don't really expect much in terms of character development or plot. You expect a lot of fan service, and some action whilst fighting zombies. HOTD delivers on both. It's the "how" that sets it apart though.
Art: So HOTD is well animated. Just putting that out there. The animation is clear, it's well done, and it's eye-catching. The way they animate action scenes is high quality stuff. And they made sure that boobs would jiggle at every opportunity. So there's a good framerate going, and crisp clean artwork.
Sound: I like to think of the sound section as more than just opening and ending tracks. When we're talking about sound, we're talking about background music, sound bytes and effects, voice casting etc... HOTD has no characters whose voices don't suit them, and the voice acting is well performed. The drone of zombies does it's job. To be honest, I haven't really noticed background music in the episodes during action scenes. I can't tell you if the background music fits well or not, cause there may not be much. But what I can tell you is that what they're doing sound-wise in the show works. Where they choose to put music blends so well you won't be able to distinguish it from the animation. Where there is no music, it adds a suspenseful effect to help bring you the realization that we're in a zombie-infested wasteland of a city. So the sound department is definitely solid.
Character: Here are some boobs, sometimes they show butts too. Honestly, character is underdeveloped in HOTD. We've got a ditzy nurse, an egotistical girl, a somewhat selfish and reliant girl, a strong girl displaying leadership qualities, a macgyver who can work with any scenario, and the male leader. But most of that can be summed up as such. " We have 4 pairs of breasts, one is useful, a Macgyver and a typical male lead. I don't mean to demean it or anything, but the other characters get so bogged down in fan service that you could seriously give them any archetype and the show wouldn't be much different. HOTD revolves around only 3 of the 6 main characters, and the only thing bringing it up from mediocre to fair (5 to 6) is our Macgyver. Kouta is not only epic and awesome in his practical knowledge, he's wonderfully written, funny, and someone our inner otaku can relate to.
Enjoyment: I really, really dislike fan service anime. You have to give me more than some panties and bras to make me want to watch a show. Thankfully, HOTD realized this. There is enough action to make it enjoyable on that aspect alone, but I really feel like Kouta saves the show from being a big flop. He's not the main character, nor is he the most important, but he's there as some comic relief, as well as an integral part of the main cast. You'll find yourself enjoying this show overall, and when you look back, you'll find most of the best parts involved Kouta getting a nosebleed, getting all excited over a weapon, or shooting zombies in the head with a nail gun. That's not to say you can't enjoy anyone else, Kouta just elevates it to be really enjoyable.
Overall: Amidst the incredibly overwhelming fan service, there's a lot of great stuff going on in HOTD. There's good action, there's some small romance, there's comedy, there's suspense and there's the reality of the situation in that the characters portrayed aren't really all that special outside their role in the group. We've got an assembly of people who rely on each other for survival, in a world crawling with danger. And overall, it's a pretty good show.
And a final note: Really, I don't mean to try and simplify a show beyond what it is, but HOTD is already pretty simple. Here are some Zombies, here are some boobs, enjoy. read more
Hello there fellow anime lover, and welcome to yet another review of the REALLY hyped anime called Highschool of the dead (or HOTD for short...). In this review I'll be pointing out why you should (or you should not) watch this, but before I start let me say one thing: If you don't like high-end ecchi animes then this series is NOT for you. That said, let's get on with it.
HOTD is yet another one of Japan's attempts to take on the "zombie fighting" scene, this time following six survivors as they try to... well... survive through the apocalypse. Does it remind you of something? I don't know about you but it sure does remind me...
It all starts when one day an infected person (which we don't know how it got infected) knocks (literally) the door of a highschool and bites a teacher. Then, guess what... An apocalypse breaks and in about an hour or so half the city has gotten infected!
In terms of story, the whole series is nothing out of the ordinary. 6 survivors trying to survive as the whole virus spreads and more and more people become zombies. While it is good at the first half (till the sixth episode), it then starts to get more and more (and more) of a high-end ecchi rather than an apocalypse. This killed the mood for me, as the story at that point suddenly got into the ecchi side, without leaving room for the apocalypse to really shine, as a zombie fan would expect.
While the story is good till the first half, then it starts having many plot holes and twists, with many characters breaking out of nowhere and joining (and later leaving) the group of the initial 6 survivors and helping them. All of this happens in only 6 episodes (the second half), which makes the story REALLY undeveloped with no room for any development character wise, but I'll get into that later... If the whole high-end ecchi thing got tossed then it would be a great anime action-wise.
In terms of main characters, the whole group of the six survivors consists of 2 guys and 4 girls. While the initial cast was interesting in terms of personalities, then (at the second half) becomes what you would expect of a high-end ecchi, where more and more (and more) skin is showed. All of that happens within an episode and thus lacks of proper development. While some characters do develop, it is still not enough.
In all that, let's add the sudden appearence of side-characters who "help" (and some even go against) the group, which again lacks of proper development and leaves way too many holes.
The animation is one of the pros if you want to watch the show. It is smooth and detailed, and covers all the action in a good way. The shading is done well and the whole atmosphere is good enough for the whole apocalypse. Nothing more, nothing less!
The soundtrack is the second pro of the whole show and it adds perfectly to the action and the atmosphere of the apocalypse. The opening and the many endings are well done and fit perfectly into the show. If I was expecting something whenever an episode would end, that was one of the many ending songs.
While HOTD has a really strong promise as an anime, it then fails to achieve the title of "Great", simply because of the whole twist into a high end ecchi. It IS good if you want to watch some zombie slaying, all with a great atmosphere and a great soundtrack (and if you want to take a look at some boobs...), but if you expect a story well developed and a good cast, you will be disappointed eventually.
Score: 6/10 read more
If you liked Highschool DxD, then you will like Highschool of the Dead too. Action, Ecchi, Supernatural are some genres in both anime. Cute girls with powers or guns —perfect !
The main characters are similar (a shy girl, the most powerful girl, a smart girl, and a guy...) A harem for the eyes ! ;)
Lots of action and they are both echhi :3
In both shows,the story is good, there are good fights, pretty girls and ecchi.
Both have the "supernatural" aspect, some of the girls are into the protagonist, and of course both have a little bit of ecchi.
Both has same amount of fan service , actions, interesting story lines
Lots of ecchi, some fights, good quality and too much awesomeness all over the anime
hot girls, lots of fanservice, fighting and good story
Oppai, oppai, and then more oppai. These series have redefined the term "fan-service", using some of the most entertaining ways to show off boobs. Must-watch for aspiring gentleman (ecchi-lover).
lots of ecchi, and they both have a lot of action
the horrors of the supernatural and a also some good laughs...
Both shows have a great deal of half naked girls with a weapons, action and humor. What's not to like. So if you enjoyed Highschool DxD, there is no doubt that you'll like HOTD.
Both are about how a guy is suddenly thrown into a life threatening situation where they have no control over.Both are ecchi/action and a little bit of harem type animes.Highschool DxD has more of a demon/action theme to it where as Highschool of the Dead is more of a horror/action.
Highschool of the dead reminded me of Highschool DXD. The main characters are really similar. They series are really good, with a good plot. Either way, both series are a must watch ^.^
-Both focus a lot on action and ecchi.
-Both about monsters. (HOTD has zombies, while DXD has demons, etc)
-Both have 4-5 females, and 2 males as the main characters. Basically what I'm trying to say here, is that in both series there's a group of breasts fighting, while their clothes slowly rips apart, along with 2 other male main characters.
-Both have either weapons/powers.
-Both have lots of blood.
Did I say ecchi? Well imma say it again xD. Both series contains a lot of ecchi~!
The main theme for both anime series is" survival." Their peaceful days are changed forever. The humans face an unstoppable force that causes the world to panic in fear. The Zombie/Titans appear in groups and attack on instinct.
With only a select few of brave humans will humanity survivor or cease to exist.
•both are an anime where humans are abruptly shattered with tragedy and despair within a few minutes of there normal everyday lives.
•both anime shows the existence of an unnatural 'being' appearing out of nowhere suddenly and destroying what humanity created within centuries only to crumble within a few hours or less.
•both are very realistically precise as to what humans exactly 'do' in a do or die situation/desperate situation, it shows the mental state as something unnatural in everyday lives appears suddenly and causes upright despair, will they rebel,cower in fear,be courageous,stupidity etc.
•both animes follow/show as the story progresses a group of young teenagers as they fight for their/humanity survival, defeating the 'beings' as they move to safety.
•both show tragic deaths in inhumane ways, that will strike emotion into the audience, while the supporting cast watches the slaughter
•they are both similar as a group of teens are fighting against 'monsters' to save humanity/themselves, probably enjoy one if you enjoy the other.
Both very similar, due to having to fight for survival. One being zombies and the other being titans.
In a world that has been taken over by zombies (HOTD)/titans (AoT), the main characters fight for survival.
Survival is the central theme for both anime.
'Shingeki no Kyojin' and 'Highschool of the Dead' are similar because it has a 'Dystopian' kind of anime. Wherein Shingeki no Kyojin, Titans (giant human-like creatures) are eating humans not for food source but just for pleasure, but there are soldiers who fight these Titans in order to save humanity! While in Highschool of the Dead, a Zombie Apocalypse has occurred! And there's a bunch of Highschool students are struggling to survive. Will they survive this insane sudden occurrence? Find out!
Both anime focus on how people cope with an overwhelming force. In HSOD the characters find themselves laughing at the reminder that their are still human and in Skingeki no Kyojin man kinds hopes and dreams of ever leaving the walls are riding on people that have to change, loss themselves as human beings, to make achieve that. In both the changes leave the characters as something even worse than the very thing they are trying to beat.
Both anime are set in an apocalypse with weird creatures, HotD has zombies and SnK has titans. But HotD has humor in it and SnK is too serious.
Both shows are about fighting an un-natural threat to humanity. They also both have a post-apocalyptic, dystopian vibe to them. Even the pacing and the character moments seem pretty similar. The major difference between the two is that in-between action scenes, Attack on Titan focuses on comedy, while Highschool of the Dead focuses on boobs & sexual situations.
Opening Theme"HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD" by Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets
Ending Theme#01: "Kimi to Taiyou ga Shinda hi" by Maon Kurosaki (ep 1)
#02: "Color Me Dark" by Maon Kurosaki (ep 2)
#03: "Return to Destiny" by Maon Kurosaki (ep 3)
#04: "Cold Bullet Blues" by Maon Kurosaki (ep 4)
#05: "Memories of Days Gone By" by Maon Kurosaki (ep 5)
#06: "Under The Honey Shine" by Maon Kurosaki (ep 6)more
#07: "fuss fuzz" by Maon Kurosaki (ep 7)
#08: "The place of hope" by Maon Kurosaki (ep 8)
#09: "Houseki no Spy" by Maon Kurosaki (ep 9)
#10: "THE last pain" by Maon Kurosaki (ep 10)
#11: "Hollow Men" by Maon Kurosaki (ep 11)
#12: "The Eternal Song" by Maon Kurosaki (ep 12)
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