I finally watched Highschool of the Dead | Halloween Special
After many many years of delaying, I finally watched Highschool of the Dead.
For my fourth day, I decided to watch one of the most loved ecchi anime of all time. Ever since its release, people loved and adored it’s existence.
But not me.
Don’t get me wrong, I love ecchi. It’s one of my favorite genres. It’s just that I had been wrongly spoiled too many times about this series that I got discouraged already. But today is different. I watched it.
I LOVE THIS SHOW.
It happened suddenly: The dead began to rise and Japan was thrown into total chaos. As these monsters begin terrorizing a high school, Takashi Kimuro is forced to kill his best friend when he gets bitten and joins the ranks of the walking dead. Vowing to protect Rei Miyamoto, the girlfriend of the man he just executed, they narrowly escape their death trap of a school, only to be greeted with a society that has already fallen.
Soon, Takashi and Rei band together with other students on a journey to find their family members and uncover what caused this overwhelming pandemic. Joining them is Saeko Busujima, the beautiful president of the Kendo Club; Kouta Hirano, an otaku with a fetish for firearms; Saya Takagi, the daughter of an influential politician; and Shizuka Marikawa, their hot school nurse. But will the combined strength of these individuals be enough to conquer this undead apocalypse? (MAL)
Highschool of the Dead sure is something. I now understand why it’s loved and adored for a long time.
A typical plot, but a solid storytelling
I used to be a fan of stories revolving around zombies. I had seen too much before that I am sick of it now. But because of this anime, I am going to make an exception. This series is too good to ignore. It delivered what was needed for a zombie show.
Highschool of the dead series takes place in an alternate universe where a majority of the people had become zombies all of a sudden. The main cast, a bunch of highschool students and a school nurse, go through an adventure escaping the plague and fleeing for their lives. At first, I really thought that it would be just that with a lot of ecchi fanservice, but damn, I didn’t expect it go deep too. Deep, how? Well, as the series goes on, we got to know more about the characters and see them grow. Through that, we became invested in them and start rooting for their survival. That deep connection to the characters was totally unexpected and I am loving it very much.
Another factor that made me adore the story was how the adults were portrayed. The main casts are at the age where they are not any more kids and almost becoming adults. They go used to always rely to adults when it comes to big decisions in life, but through their experience in this series, they grew up and mature and became a better adult compared to the people they encountered that failed them. I really really love that.
Based on the series, its quite clear that the story is not yet finished, I mean, I still have a lot of questions. But well, as you can see, the series will never get a sequel. I’ll explain it more later.
Ecchiness that I enjoy
I did mention above that ecchi is one of my favorite genres, but I admit that I hadn’t been watching much these days. Why? Well, I am not in the mood for it.
This issue definitely made me hesitant to watch this series as I haven’t seen an ecchi for a long time and I don’t want to be taken aback and hate this series, but bruh, I actually got the opposite feel.
I LOVE IT.
The absurdness and the lack of logic made all the fanservice worthwhile. Lol. I never knew I would actually praise the heck of its ecchiness. Hahahahah. I mean, I already expected it to have a lot of ecchi and unnecessary fanservice, but what I didn’t predict was the reaction of the characters who witness the fanservice. Their reactions are actually interesting, especially the main guy, Takashi, he is not like the other protagonists in other series. It’s quite clear he is smitten by his sexy peers but he sure has balls enough to hold it in and not abuse. Even the otaku guy, Hirano, displayed a proper attitude and manner in front of the girls. Naisu!!
Other than the story and the ecchiness of the series, one of the best things of this anime would be the consistent animation. I’m so amazed by it. It’s so smooth, especially the action sequences. Oh man!! I never knew I actually miss this kind of art. It’s classic yet modern. The color palette of the characters and the background fit so well with each other, it’s so nostalgic. The character designs were also similar to what I saw from the manga, still so consistent. I love it.
No legit ending
If there is something I could give as a negative point of this series then that would be the lack of ending. Don’t get me wrong, I like how the anime ended. It was open for people to think and predict its aftermath. But yeah, its unfortunate that we won’t ever be able to see or witness an ending to the story. I might check out its manga, but I know that I will reach a checkpoint, as the manga will never be updated.
I do hope at least that studio Madhouse, or even other studios, to make a sequel to this. I don’t care WTF is the ending. I just want a conclusion.
Highschool of the Dead is indeed amazing in its own right. For a typical plot, the story was delivered in a straightforward manner. The characters also disappoint as they were the driving force in making this series amazing. Along with legit amazing animation, the ecchiness was amplified in so many ways even logic couldn’t understand. I LOVE IT.
This series is definitely a must-watch.
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This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading!!