“ Genre: Anime / Suitable for 15 years and over / Director: Tetsuro Araki / Actors: Junichi Suwabe, Marina Inoue, Ayana Taketatsu, Eri Kitamura ... / Blu-ray released 2011-08-29 at Manga Entertainment / Features of the Blu-ray: PAL „
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H.O.T.D is an anime based around a zombie outbreak.. I know what you're thinking (Not another zombie show urgh..) but this one goes at a much better pace. The anime starts with a few students in a school full of zombies. They fend off these zombies and make it to the roof of the school only to realize that the whole town has been infected, not just their school. The students decide to get as far away as possible in hopes of finding an area which is safe and so the typical zombie massacres occur as they fight their way through the hordes of the dead. Of course, a zombie show wouldn't be complete without numerous tragic moments which really test each characters ability to stay sane. Some of the characters do start to lose it completely but the main protagonist, Takashi Komuro is always there to support and reassure them which calms them down. Each member of the original party form an unbreakable bond with each other as the anime progresses and although this bond often wavers, it generally stays strong which is vital for their survival. Some of these bonds are stronger than others such as the love between characters as opposed to the friendship between characters. The anime is fast paced unlike the majority of other zombie shows because it is condensed into 12 action packed episodes. The characters do not spend an endless amount of time mourning over the numerous tragedies which occur which means that the viewer will never be bored because the anime will never slow down as a result of this.
What's so different about this anime that's set in a school full of cute schoolgirls? I'll tell you... Zombies! The basic equation for movies, games, anime, etc nowadays is that if you add zombies to a normal storyline, everything will obviously be kickass. Yeah, it would have about 10 years ago when zombobs were all the rage, now it happens to be just another daily occurrence. However, High School of the Dead (i'll just call it HOTD) took a step forward in the right direction. It mixes zombies, combat and sexiness into a perfect, subtle blend of awesomeness. The combat scenes were gory and great, the non-combat scenes were gory and great and the character choice kicked ass! But however, you may deem this impossible for anyone to think so but I thought they over-done the 'amount' of sexiness that was in this anime. I mean, nearly every scene there is an unecessary flash of panties and/or nudity. I mean, don't get me wrong; yeah it's sexy and I like it, but if you do it too much it just gets boring. When I was halfway through Season 1, I was like, "Oh look some panties...well... sure thing". It was like the director repeatedly shouted "MOAR BOOBS! I WANT MOAR GIANT BOOBIES" while cracking a whip over teams of Artists, Writers and Egyptian Slaves. For example; episode 6 is nearly a full episode of female characters bathing with each other and playing with each other's gigantic melons. Yes, exciting to watch but I didn't intend on buying a Hentai DVD when I ordered this. The art style was something I didn't like at first, but I did grow to like it. It had a sort of "Ghost in the Shell" type feel to it, but then mixed with a modern anime style. It was different, yet similar. (Now do you see why it was hard to explain?). It was very well animated; kudos to the animation team. Especially at the end of the first episode when the main protagonist has to kill a "friend". It builds up, executes then exits on to the credits while a girl is screaming; an old technique but amazing executed. Again, kudos. Can't say that the plot is original though. Some students try to escape the zombie apocalypse while encountering events and gimmicks on the way. Okay, yeah. They could of been a little more imaginative than "BOOBIES AND BOOBS AND BUTTS". Not much more to say really.. other than it's an exciting and enjoyable anime which is full of action, suspense and laughter. But is let-down by its plot and nudity. Still, you should watch it.