Highschool of the Dead 1
THIS IS SPARTA
Thusly, I triggered the zombie apocalypse.
The arguably most long-awaited show of the 2010 Summer season begins with a bang – that is, the sound of a bat swinging on a zombie’s face.
"Hey, dude, is there a fly on my head? I think there's a fly on my head. Yeah, I'm trying to look at it... No, can't see it :/"
It flashes back to right before the apocalypse, where a loser guy skips out on class ’cause the girl he loves is with someone else. Cue sepia flashbacks, etc.
Komuro TAKASHI thinks about this for a while until a ZOMBIE bangs at the school door. The staff don’t know that the ZOMBIE is a ZOMBIE, so they ARM-WRESTLE it. The zombie knows that it has been defeated in the department of ARM WRESTLING, thusly it cheats and decides to feast upon said arm.
ARM NOM NOM.
(Quotes Scamp: There are zombies. Lots of them. And not one of them made any effort to eat brains, only arms.)
The teachers soon all get infected and… well, nobody notices. Except TAKASHI.
"I could gain more figmas! *>_> face*"
He rushes through a series of corridors à la Eientei and bursts into the class that he skipped, taking the opportunity to slap Miyamoto REI for being with HISASHI, a character so obviously secondary that he doesn’t have a family name. Informing them that people have been killed, they rush out of their classroom while the teacher does absolutely nothing. Takagi SAYA, a Miku cospla- er… smart person, dyes her hair pink to avoid the resemblance to Miku and notices the conversation, as well as an obvious fat otaku, Hirano KOHTA.
The trio WEAPON GETs some broom thing and a baseball bat, while HISASHI is a BLACK BELT so he can fight with his HIDDEN STEEL BLADES EMBEDDED WITHIN HIS FOREHEAD. By that, I mean his hands.
Tall kids ran over little kids, fast kids ran over slow kids! -Dr. Seuss, posth.
A while too later, the teachers announce that everyone should evacuate. This would be pretty simple and straightforward, but he just HAS to get assassinated while talking.
KOHTA and SAYA take this chance to escape as well, following the Rules of Zombie-Apocalypse Surviving.
Kohta face - （´=ω=｀）
While the trio now escape from the stampede as Japanese highschool students are that much scarier than actual zombies, they encounter their most hated-rival: THEIR LITERATURE TEACHER.
REI STABS HIM TO DEATH (cause she’s part of the “spear club”). Then he becomes a zombie and REI STABS HIM.
But the zombie doesn’t die. HISASHI decides that all the zombie needs is some love, so he hugs the zombie.
The zombie bites him. HISASHI IS NOW DOOMED.
They escape onto the roof where they can enjoy the view. Honestly it’s not much of a view.
"FLIES ARE COMING OUT OF THE BUILDINGS!" "Er, Takashi, I don't think those are flies..."
Stuff happens. Zombies eat people. People commit suicide. People eat zombies. Wait, not the last one.
We are introduced to Busijima SAEKO and Marikawa SHIZUKA, the former who is an EPIC SWORDSWIELDING EPICSAUCE and the latter who is a nurse. Yeah. A nurse. :/
"I have reached enlightenme-ARGHLEBLAGLE-brains..."
The trio decide to go to the observatory where they can enjoy more scenery, and thus is the current scene with the bat swinging on a zombie’s face.
They barricade the stairs too. That wasn’t their primary intention though, as they only wanted to enjoy the scenery cause scenery is more important than escaping from a zombie apocalypse.
HISASHI then succumbs to the sickness and becomes a zombie. TAKASHI bashes his head in. REI does nothing but bitch the whole way through.
"I'M GONNA EAT THE SKY YEAHHHHHHHHH"
Post-ED, Rei continues bitching at Takashi for murdering a zombie. Takashi decides to leave (as he’s bought the patented ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! FOR ONLY 12 PAYMENTS OF ONLY TWELVE… HUNDRED… THOUSAND… MILLION (dang Takashi is rich) AMERICAN TOONIES) and Rei comes to common sense that she can’t do anything, so they stay at the observatory until they die.
…I love it.
Obviously that’s not all to the equation but that’s probably the only conscious factor I can think of.
Well, only conscious factor for me. There’s fanservice in HotD. And a lot of it. Perhaps it would be better known as “Fanservice of the Dead”, though that would imply… er… necrophilia :/
But yeah, they just have to include fanservice in what would have been an almost perfect anime. I’m not really against it, but it bothers me. A lot. Not enough to cut off from the brilliantness of this anime, but… eh. Some others do think it’s unnecessary, and I just hope there’s more action in the next episodes.
Not that there’s not enough action in this episode. On the contrary there was a bit too much. Nevertheless, it’s the first episode – the more action the better.
Fanservice may be my only complaint in this episode. Thus we get to hear some of Mushy’s stupid fan-analysis:
Judging by OP and ED alone, that otaku guy is going to be PRETTY FREAKING AWESOME. While the rest of the people run with, what, baseball bats, Kohta and Saya go in a FREAKING JEEP with SUBMACHINE GUNS.
Also in the OP, I don’t get how they could have acquired guns; surely not like in most zombie MMOs where you can CONVENIENTLY FIND IT UNDER A TABLE IN A RESTAURANT. It’ll probably reveal itself though; breaking into police headquarters?
I can’t judge anything yet, but this anime may dismiss food entirely as well; In a zombie apocalypse I think it’d be pretty hard to get food, fresh food that is.
As for the mechanics of being a zombie; the first episode is intentionally iffy on these sorts of aspects, as it’s a first episode and you want action, not science. It’ll probably be something stupid like “A [insert name of Science] Research Laboratory in [insert European country] recently created a cure for [insert name of lethal disease]. However, the cure was [insert name of problem], and the American police arrived to [insert name of bad solution]. Unfortunately, this spread the disease and eventually, the entire [insert name of continent] has been [insert name of bad condition].”
Oh well, we can’t judge anything in the first episode.
Aside from the fact that this is pure AWESOMENESS.