English: Highschool of the Dead
Synonyms: Gakuen Mokushiroku, High School of the Dead, HOTD
Published: Aug 9, 2006 to ?
Serialization: Dragon Age
Score: 8.141 (scored by 14894 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.
Popular Tagsaction ecchi horror zombies
Jan 27, 2008
Aug 24, 2010
Highschool of the Dead. When I first heard the name, I though it was a parody. I don't really have a good reason for it. Of course, I heard about it when anime came out, so anime being slow every week and all that I decided to read manga, and I literally couldn't stop.
What you should first know about manga, if you've seen the anime, is that it has much less fanservice than anime. And that's why it's better. There is still ecchi stuff around, of course, but there are no silly scenes of completelly random panties whenever the wind blows.
So, what is HotD about? It's about kinds running away from school, love, hate, weird teachers who make their students have orgies in the bus... and above all that, there are "them". Zombies. Typical, one bite and you're a zombie. You're done with your life - you became a living dead.
If I read something like this, I'd never read manga or watch anime. But there is something else in HotD. There's amazing mood, great dialogues, which keep you reading. When you read a chapter and look back to what you read, you will find out that you can put the whole thing you've read in two sentences. Yet, while you read, it seems like there is always something going on, something which keeps you wanting to read more. This is one more thing in which manga kills anime. It's only my opinion, but in anime there is way too much fanservice and you can't really concetrate on the story, and even though anime should have more tense with music and all, it seems much more relaxed. Some scenes which are really awesome in manga, which I'm imagining slow, with some sad music in background, in anime they're just skipped through like they are not anything important.
What you should have in mind is that this is NOT masterpiece. It's FAAAAR from masterpiece. Why? Firslty, masterpiece anime needs to have touching story - HotD doesn't have it, but it doesn't really need it. It's not supposed to be anime like that. It's like saying a comedy sucks because there are no tragic moments in it. Second, when reading/watching masterpiece you're supposed to feel happy, sad or whatever the story is like at that moment. You're not reading HotD because you're feeling sorry or happy for characters, you're reading it because, as I said, it kind of has atmosphere around it which just makes you read more and more. There are some heart braking scenes, but that's just not it, the scene soons changegs into ecchi or zombie attack, so it's over even if it had potention to be good.
So, I will repeat myself, don't jump into the manga expecting a masterpiece and hellova good story. It's not. The story is, in lack of a batter term, amazing.
If you look a bit deeper, you will see that it's not a story about random kinds escaping from zombies and just fighting them and going from house to house trying to save their heads. It's about people dealing with themself, trying to overcome their own fears, thinking about their precious family and friends, are they alive or not. There are no longer ranks between people, wether you're homeless or a president, it's all the same now. Nowthere are people who can survive and those who can't.
I'm having really hard time rating series because of this. It's like exactly between nine and ten in my personal, biased, opinion. Trying to be not biased at all, I would give HotD an 8 maybe, so I decided to give it overall 8 - all other ratings are biased:
Story - 9
Art - 10
Character - 9
Enjoyment - 10
Overall - 9.5 (biased) and 8 objectionally.
I highly recommand giving these series a try, wether you've watched anime or not - it's worth it. read more
Mar 25, 2009
I love how gray the world is portrayed in this.
Art: 9 : I don't really concentrate on the art much but even I could tell that this is some real quality. Characters are well drawn and emotions are plain to see on their faces. I only hesitate to give it a 10 because I didn't really pay much attention to how well done it was.
Character: 8 : Well, even though I love how this is a well done character-driven story, the characters themselves are stereotypical. Yes, they're sympathetic and lovable and enjoyable, but they're not anything real special, yet. I'm sure that they're going to be de-constructed as time and death takes its toll on the crew but, as it stands at chapter 22, they seem stock. -4 for shallow characters. +2 for obvious potential to do great things with all of them. I'm sure that they're all gonna have huge personality changes in the near future. On that note, I can also say that "changes" probably won't include that dreaded depressed emo mode.
Enjoyment : 10 : Not too sure what this means, but I loved the series so I'm giving this a perfect score.
Overall : 10 : This is, perhaps, the best piece of Zombie Apocalypse media that I have ever laid my eyes or ears upon. It has been much too long since the last time I came upon something that actually had all the characters learn to cope with a new situation without just getting a power-up of some sort which allows them to sort of poof away the issue at hand. Characters don't whine and whine, they learn to shut up and do stuff. For me, someone who thinks that characters and how they interact to form the story is the only real important thing, this is like finding out that Spring Break has been extended.
But, if you're not like me, then the mere fact that there isn't much that'll start your criticizing mind from ranting on and on is enough. You can wholly devote yourself to being immersed a world gone to hell and fully enjoy where the story takes you.
Feb 8, 2009
There were several reasons why i liked this manga. First is because it deals a lot with technicalities. for example: what attracts "them"? If they're dead bodies then wouldn't "they" rot away? besides the obvious fact that a zombie apocalype could never happen, the manga fills in a lot of plot holes that other zombie stories have left hanging.
The second thing i liked was the comedy in it. It would be sorely lacking if all the manga consisted of was people being eaten and everyone getting DPed by the zombies. THe levity of the character interaction creates a contrast so when "they" show up, it goes from "happy happy joy joy" to "OMFG we are SOOOO screwed". The comedy also allows the reader to relate to the characters more so you actually care if they die or when they do die you'll be thinking "Damnit why did he have to die, I liked him. Why didn't this guy die instead?"
The final and most distinguishing aspect of this manga is the way that the author focuses on the way people would ACTUALLY react to a zombie apocalypse. People looting everything? check. People betraying each other to survive? check. All the scum bags in to world trying to get some action before they die? CHECK.
Everyone's true nature is revealed in light of the fact that they are probably going to die. There's the high and mighty people falling apart, the delinquents rising to be leaders, the geeks becoming heroes and everyone's mental health on the brink if snapping.
If you just read the first chapter of this manga you'll see what i mean. The first page is a splash of death and gore. you're instantly tossed into the mayhem that is high school of the dead, but quickly guided out as the main protagonists band together and fight for their lives.
Enjoy my friends read more
Apr 11, 2010
The disease is showed right where it begin spreading, on a highschool, starting the story of Takashi Komuro, a student who's trying to survive with a few friends from the same school. While they try to escape, it starts to get harder to survive, all the conflicts, situations, finding survivors, exactly like a good zombie story.
The art can be a bit strange at the beginning but you'll get used to it. One thing that I didn't like it is the ecchi scenes. And there's a lot of it. Get used to see plenty of ecchi + fanservice (I bet it's an up point for many, but I'm not a big fan).
And touching the ecchi subject comes the characters. "They're nothing outstanding, just normal", you'll might think in the first chapters, but sooner or later you'll identify yourself with one of them, as they develop themselves pretty good in the various situations that happens on the story.
As said before, if you like action, horror, survival, liked to play the old Resident Evil series in the dark (or was too scared to be in the dark) just to increase the experience and it's in doubt of HotD, give it a chance, it's very loyal to all zombies famous stories you have heard about and it's great for a quick read. read more
Jan 11, 2010
I was on a manga reading website and stumbled across this one, at first it didn't seem so interesting, but one afternoon I was bored with no homework, so I just started to read it. And I'm very glad that I did because after the first chapter I was captivated by the artwork and the characters.
Characters - The characters are outstanding. My favourite character would have to be Saeko Busujima who kicks ass with her combat skills and wooden sword. She is portrayed with a calm and composed side, but there’s a soft side to her as well (you'll find out when you read, if you read) Anyway, the characters personalities vary from a geeky gun otaku, to a kickass swordswoman from a kendo club, to a school nurse. Then again there's also the main character who's name is Takashi, and Alice, and Rei and Saya. (I don't particularly find Takashi or Rei very interesting)
Story - The storyline is very simple. In High School Of The Dead, you have a scenario similar to your usual zombie story. A sudden unknown disease breaks out and the whole worlds starts to get infected rapidly. The story then goes on with the adventures of the main character and his buddies as they go around busting zombie brains and trying to survive. The storyline is nothing new, but i found it to be extremely entertaining and enjoyable.
Art - The art was good, better then some of the manga art I have seen. I agree with HappyPear, I don't exactly like the fact that most women in manga have to have breast larger than their heads. I guess I don't mind it, but they could really show less cleavage and skin. It makes women look like objects or whatever. Anyway, the zombies were drawn well, and I liked most of the characters' looks. I especially loved Saeko's hair, it looked fantastic.
Enjoyment - What can I say? I think I have stated that I enjoyed this manga very much atleast 3 or 4 times in this whole review. So I guess I'll type it again(= I ENJOYED THIS MANGA VERY MUCH!! And I really am waiting for more chapters to come, and I hate myself for getting so attached to it when it's on hiatus in japan. *Sigh. Sucks right??
Anyway,, I REALLY RECCOMMEND THIS MANGA TO YOU!! :D
Go read it.. now.. read more
Apr 7, 2009
The art is sleek and while it does go the goofy low detail faces here and there it doesnt do it alot. the best thing about high school of the dead is the charcters they are all very well written and this is defiantly a must read for zombie and horror fans read more
May 16, 2011
A bunch of high school teenagers are randomly thrown into a zombie apocalypse, and thus have to fight for their lives. Classic and simple, but that leaves for a practically endless story. For good possibilities, as the manga is still publishing I give it 10P.
I thought the art was quite fancy, being a little to unnaturally heavy on the female shapes, nevertheless nice sceneries. 8P
There are many types of personalities present. Here are a few words about the main team:
Komuro Takashi- found his macho purpose of protecting the girls.
Hirano Kouta - gun nerd. Need I tell about his purpose in life?
Busujima Saeko - katana and murderous intent = win.
Miyamoto Rei - has a crush on Takashi and likes spears.
Takagi Saya - besserwisser and irritating.
Marikawa Shizuka - nurse, blonde and front-heavy. Pervy.
Well, we have ourselves a 2 to 1 ratio in girl/boy, so yes, we might guess where this will end some day. Ecchi is present from time to time but does not ruin the story in my opinion. This is after all a survival story, and in these we are bound to find stuff like this. No hate.
As for now, Hirano is my fauvorite character. 9P
Definitely enjoyable for people who don't get turned off by boobs, extreme gore and/or radical endless stories. Probably meant for male readers. 9P
I recommend reading this over the anime (which only spans a part of the manga), and be patient, as the authors are having a hard time going on with this, but that leaves more for thinking. 10P
Apr 13, 2010
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