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: 7.771 (scored by 147018 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
Sequel: Highschool of the Dead: Drifters of the Dead
Characters & Voice Actors
When I started Highschool of the Dead, I was already aware of the many cliché scenes and overwhelming fanservice based on previous research. I have heard of the series before and yes, I held off on it because it didn’t seem like my kind of anime. I was never fond of the High School Genre and Romance, especially when it tries to take itself seriously. I realized around 2/3 through the anime that I wasn’t very far off on my expectations, but then again, I was a little surprised on why I was still watching it and hadn’t dropped it yet. Something clicked with the anime but it still wasn’t all that special even after all of the great review it had received.
Okay, the first thing I realized is the fact that this anime was trying too hard to be your ideal anime. When a zombie apocalypse breaks out, a “perfect” team is created of the master swordswoman and Kendo club president Saeko, the overconfident and way too brave protagonist, Takashi; His “girl” Rei; a smart bitch, Saya; and a gun expert, Kouta. Then there’s the ditzy school nurse, Mrs. Marikawa. They all form the expert zombie-killing group and manage to survive longer than the actual adults in the anime. Nah, too perfect. It just seems too cliché to click. There would be a handsome, confident, ovary exploder with spikey hair that wants to get into the skirt of a hot, big –breasted girl that won’t stop crying about her dead boyfriend, but instead gets into the skirt of an equally sexy Tsundere swordswoman… I’ve seen these elements in almost every school anime. It’s as if this anime wants to be taken seriously, but it’s just… not. There are just too many unbelievable and convenient events that take place. While this is the unavoidable truth, I think zombie apocalypse and supernatural animes develop a successful franchise altogether and I like the idea of combining an everyday school/slice of life anime with the zombie apocalypse genre. That developed and interesting plot and overall I think it was alright. Unfortunately, I also realized that the plot didn’t really lead anywhere. I got the fact that they were trying to find their parents, but there were just too many extra characters and elements that kind of drove my mind away from that main goal and kind of brought my head to believe that the main goal was for the main protagonist to get inside everyone’s pants and kill as many zombies as he can while looking as cool as possible. Jk, but seriously, the plot strays a lot, and that kind of bothers me.
Art is always a tough one to analyze in an anime because you’re not just looking at the characters, but the design of the backgrounds, the animation, and the color scheme, etc. Character wise, I think they were all designed with a special thought to their character. Takashi, the protagonist was made especially cool and confident looking, Saya had glasses to mark her intelligence, etc. The fights and animation scenes were generally fantastic. There was great movement in the fight scenes and you could say that they were very “pretty” and “fun to look at.” The setting design and color scheme kind of went together on this one. I noticed that not many scenes took place in broad daylight. It was always in twilight or nighttime; I think that was to add to the fear element and kind of gave the mood of the anime a boost in darkness. I liked that feeling and it worked well with the rest of the anime.
Normally, when thinking of sound, I review both openings, endings, OSTs, and also voice acting. To start, the openings and endings weren’t that good. Normally, when I don’t listen to it in its full every time I watch an episode, there’s nothing special about it. The same went for the OST unfortunately. The voice acting, however, was hilarious. I watched dubbed for this anime and the voice acting definitely proved my point that this anime was trying too hard to be way too serious. Swears were thrown in at random and it definitely wasn’t the best acting, but to tell the truth, if it were subbed, I can assure you that I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as I did. The acting just added to the ridiculousness of the entire scene and made everything hilarious. I liked that about the sound, above everything else.
The characters, of course, were too archetypical and there wasn’t much to like about them, really. Normally, when writing a review about an anime, I look for what I liked before what I didn’t like first, but the first thing I realized when I starting watching this anime, WAS the weakness of the characters. Many of them were pretty much useless and served no purpose to the plot whatsoever. If anything, the added fanservice completely took away from the plot, and I didn’t like that at all. I find that the overwhelming “over 9000 mark” fanservice was completely distracting and once of the reasons why I didn’t take the anime very seriously. Also, he personalities of the characters and their archetypes made it extremely hard to actually like a character. The only one I really had a connection with was Kouta, the fat, gun expert, and that was because he took everything seriously and looked at the world through realistic eyes, and that wasn’t because he was coward either, it’s because he’s good at looking into the true meaning of things and only risking his life to protect what he cares for most. His friends. The other characters were God-awful. So, 6, sorry.
I can’t help but enjoy this anime. Even though it was trying to be serious, I found it more humorous and amusing to watch, mainly because of the unneeded elements that took away from everything else and added such that wasn’t meant to be added. The action scenes were very fun and my favorite parts of the entire anime. I basically watched because of the action scenes and not the clusterfuck plot. It met my expectations and unfortunately didn’t surprise me anywhere, but I found amusing enough to deserve a 9 in enjoyment.
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
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
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~!
Its something to watch while waiting for season 2, In my opinion they somehow feel very mush alike except HSOTD is less nudity inspired
Both with excessively needless amounts of boobs and gore.
Very Bloody anime
same time can be amusing and ecchi
Both of these take a serious premise, like zombies or mutants, and then throw in an incredibly unnecessary level of fanservice.
They both have a lot of blood, and ecchi, and a strong story. If you like Elfen Lied, you will like HSOD
both animes have a great voltage level! I love both!
Both are action-type animes with a tiny bit of comedy, have slight harem themes, and involve lots and lots of killing. Also, great dubs. To sum it all up in one sentence: boobs, blood and death.
Both of these anime are same, blood,action,ecchi and horror.HOTD is shounen while elfen lied is seinen and HOTD is supernatural while elfen lied is psychological
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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