Anime Discovery presents: IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD HOUSE, part 3: High School of the Dead – #24

Now with both teams merging into the one team known as the All Nation Army (mainly we are anime fans of all races, nationalities, species and creed) and as they head off to the next round of games, Prof. Paradox wanted to show this new supernatural enhancer he used on The Jumper called Blue Leaf. Blue Leaf is a strange plant found in Colombia and rumors is that it can make you able to fight and jump out of problems in and out (think of the character Nightcrawler) but it has been proven it is become so unstable for one person to handle, the power of the leaf can control you and eventually it will take over your body and possibly end it. However, I didn’t hear that last part and said to Paradox that I should be another test subject but Don, Neon, Ani & Lucky warned me about the aforementioned effects of the drug; Nu was a bit skeptical about it at first and sided with the rest of the people; Discord was a bit neutral on this and Jon…..well, It worked well for Jon but he was more of a chance of stability than me, due to him transforming into a nonhuman and I talked to Jumper about it and he said that you should take a little dose of it and I should be fine and don’t use it for my own mischief, only in case of the important issues like combat and not letting your teammates die. So as the next round begins, the room has this rank smell and this is one level too many people either failed or give up and got destroyed and that level’s name is…….HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD.

You know what? Unlike Tenjho Tenge, where I didn’t know for most of the show it has fan service elements but it didn’t completely took over the show with that, I did knew before doing this review that HOTD has fan service elements added to what should have been a zombie survival anime and with zombies being the latest craze since vampires and werewolves aren’t exactly attracting fans who aren’t crazy enough to want to love them……nor fuck them for that matter (literally, and I assure you nobody wants to fuck zombies anytime soon), why wouldn’t they pass on the idea on a zombie anime? It could actually work if the material given was strong enough.

Oh well, here’s the storyline:

It’s the beginning of the end of the world as it is struck by a deadly pandemic that turns humans into zombies, euphemistically referred to by the main characters as “Them” (奴ら?). Also, please stop referring the zombies as “Them”. They’re zombies, you know they are zombies and it is not like the audience is that stupid enough to not know what a zombie is and that goes the same message to the AMC series “The Walking Dead”. That’s basically all the plot there is…a zombie outbreak and people need to survive and get the hell out of that area. The story is pure and simple although we really don’t know how the epidemic was started and gotten spread around the city. The show never had gotten that far to explain it so I’ll give it that.

The main cast of Highschool of the Dead, from ...
The main cast of Highschool of the Dead, from front to back: Takashi Komuro (Front); Kohta Hirano and Saeko Busujima (Middle); Rei Miyamoto, Saya Takagi and Shizuka Marikawa (Rear). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

As for the characters, let’s start with the main hero, Takashi Komuro, a 17-year-old 2nd year student who serves as the viewpoint character of the show. At first when he appeared he appears to be mostly “emo” and bitter, mainly because he was dumped by his childhood friend, whom make a pinky promise to marry her in the future and pinky promises are always sacred, right? Am I right But we’ll get to the girls in a few seconds.  Takashi just seems like the average head leader when the zombie apocalypse occurs only more boring. He’s just not that interesting to me.  Then come Kohta Hirano, the 16-year-old chubby guy in the group who does appear to be wimpy at first, but he is exactly a gun enthusiast who can actually an excellent shot and can take out zombies faster than you can say, “All the other kids with the pumped up kicks, You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.” He is one of the few characters who is actually more fun and interesting than the main hero and let’s get into this segment of the review where I introduced the main reason why people watched this show….

THE FANSERVICE FOUR. Who are the Fan Service Four? They are the main female traveling characters.

Let’s start with Rei Miyamoto, the girl just dumped Takashi and went out with his friend Hisashi and after Hisashi becomes a zombie and Takashi kills him, she thinks he’s jealous because of him, not because he can turn into a zombie and munch on your ass like a happy meal. I really hate her in that first episode because she seems like a total bitch to Takashi but she don’t always be like that and she happens to occasionally fight the zombies whenever they appeared but it don’t last that long.

I think there is where Zack Snyder got his inspiration for Sucker Punch. I am surprised Michael Bay didn’t think of this.

However, there is one female character more annoying than Rei and this is Saya Takagi. Oh my god, how I hate this character right here. Most of the time, she either whines, bitches and moans about the other people and how stupid and beneath her and how she is a genius, which is more annoying than when Snow in Final Fantasy XIII always spout out some shit about being a hero. Takagi is the most useless character on this show and I’m not kidding about that. The other two girls, the first being Saeko Busujima is skilled at close combat with a bokken and can maintain a calm and collected mood so she won’t panic as much as the others. I could say that she is the one female character that personally I favor over the others. I’m not kidding, when if one time, she dresses in nothing but an apron and a thong, I still find her more enjoyable than the other ladies and the last one Shizuka Marikawa is the ditzy school nurse of the team, or rather a porn star acting like a school nurse and she’s the adult of the team. Oh, did I forget to mention she has….

Yeah, almost every girl in the show has those. Those animators must love them some T & A.

The other characters include Alice, a 7-year-old girl who was rescued by the team in episode 7, but she’s just there to add some innocence in there and that’s it. Plus, she has a dog named Zero (or Zeke in the Japanese translation). Also Koichi Shido, who runs a religious cult of some sorts but that plot wasn’t that relevant in the show so I won’t bring it up.

In short, the animation for it is very, very crisp, vibrant and colorful and the action scenes (at least, most of them that weren’t fan service ridden) was absolutely stunning and very intense and this is something I will give Madhouse credit for but most of the time for a zombie show, it has a very light atmosphere and it doesn’t fit at all.

The background music here has that scary dark tone and I like the fact they used different songs for every ending to make it not as monotonous as possible. The opening song was decent but I don’t see me hearing it too much.

 

FINAL VERDICT: Is this show bad as most people make it out to be? Well, I didn’t waste my time watching this but it is mediocre at some parts. Some of the characters are lousy, boring, and unlikable (except Kohta & Saeko), the fan service element can easily overshadow the main reason why people will want to tune in for this show and it’s the zombies. While having stellar art and music, it isn’t a grand work of art and mostly, I think when some people watch this, they will have lotion near them and their pants down. This is mainly for people who love fan service, IMO. (Also for a show called High School of the Dead, they only stay in the school for THREEepisodes!!)

So, High School of the Dead will get the rating of:

5/10

Planet Tyro rating: An Acquired Taste.

So Paradox put the Blue Leaf inside my system and it should take effect in a few seconds when the zombies come to attack. We were all laced with guns and swords blazing and ready to attack at any minute, even to do anything so our group survives and so, the zombies came running at full speed and the first thing I do was blast a shotgun straight to its head and quickly disappear before anyone’s eyes and that’s when the Blue Leaf kicked in. Suddenly, I became a mad man when it comes to shooting zombies and slaying them. Most of the time, I would appear before the zombie and simply stab them in the head and albeit, I didn’t do any showing off but I might as well since I basically played Mary Sue (or in this case, Alice from the Resident Evil MOVIES) but when the round began to end, three people showed up in the balcony and then I hear those strange familiar voices and I know those voices anywhere and this is the time to start worrying and I warn them to “RUN!!!!!” and then they start to shoot at us and so did we. Then one by one, their guards started to tranquilize all of us with different drugs. First they drugged Neon & Lucky, then headed for Jon and they did it once but he was still standing but then they loaded more shots of him and then as he started to slow down, he found a chute towards downstairs and he purposefully fell down towards it. Discord got darted down and when Don was started to cornered, he reluctantly fought them off but at the last minute, one guy tranquilize him in his neck and down goes him. The guards grabbed Paradox and Jumper but didn’t drug them as they will need them for their other purposes and it was revealed that The Anime Gods have made a vengeful return and they were pretty pissed at me …and then their attention was focused on Nu and Ani.

The first one came up to Nu and warn her that she may have trick and torture them before but she won’t be lucky this time and then looked at Ani and noticed that she met them before and once escape their clutches and then both of them shot at the guys and wounded them and then I took a good look and began to finish them off but they shot me but something called Red Mist, which if mixed with Blue Leaf, can make you unstable and will put you in a coma and as I seizure into silence, they dragged me and took the girls away and lock them up with everyone else. As for me, they have something special waiting for me and it does not look uplifting…….

As for the next entry…….

And until then….

HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD – animation by Madhouse/ Distributed by SENTAI FILMWORKS (SEPHARIM DIGITAL/SECTION23 FILMS)

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