195 of 208 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2011
Highschool of the dead is a zombie anime with plenty of action, ecchi, and funny situations. The story starts out in the private high school of the character Takashi when he first starts to see the zombie plague spreading in his school his first reaction is to try to save the girl that hes loved (Rei) since he was a small child by picking her up from her classroom and getting her to
a safe place. The situation quickly escalates as the infection spreads to the whole school and they quickly have to evacuate the school to get to a safer place. Along the way they meet other students and a nurse who have survived the zombie plague and they make their escape from the zombie infested school to the city.
Much of the film is spent running from zombies and taking shelter from place to place while showing how the world has turned into total chaos and anarchy all around them as the zombie plague spreads.There are so many scenes with bouncing boobies, naughty poses, revealing outfits and girls moaning over anything that it feels like im watching a porno film with action in it. Not to say thats a bad thing but sometimes it feels like its a little over the top for a normal anime.
The first season was pretty short (12 episodes) but it had some good foundations laid out for character relationships in season 2 (mostly Rei & Saeko with Takashi) or possibly even Saya with Kohta after seeing episode 12 (although she likes Takashi alot more). It will be interesting to see a season 2 if they ever make one to see if any of the other main characters familys survived the zombie plague and to find out what the cause of the plague was to begin with.
- Lots of Action (makes it fun to watch)
- Lots of huge bouncing Boobies (what guy doesnt like boobies?)
- Nude scenes (The shower episode was epic)
- Never a dull moment
- Funny Jokes and scenes (Example: "All these zombies and im going to get killed by an Asian woman driver" -Kohta)
- No Fillers
- No Censors (who would want all the good stuff cut out?)
- Great Music soundtrack
- The credits play before the end of each episode, never seen any other animes do this only this one. Why would they play the credits before the whole episode is finished? they probably really want people to read the credits.
- No Second season out yet.
- Price is a little high at $39 for 5 hours worth of content on 2 blu-ray disc (12 episodes).
It might be a really long time until they release a second season of this show but I definitely enjoyed the show enough to buy the first season for $39. I just hope that they make a second season soon as the first one was very entertaining to watch and im curious to see how the characters continue to develop.
38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2011
I finally finished the Blu-Ray so I figured I would give my 2 cents on the anime. I was very impressed with the dubbing in this particular version of HotD. I've over time become somewhat used to bad dubbing in Japanese anime so I was glad to hear the voice actors putting in a lot of effort. They really did a good job of making the characters sound and act realistically.
The Blu-Ray itself has great quality and because of that and the fact that it's uncut I noticed things that I never noticed in the original airing. The audio quality is also top notch.
It has simple packaging with 2 Blu-Ray's. Eight episodes on the first disc and four episodes on the second disk.
Like others have mentioned it is an action packed zombie apocalypse style anime with lots of blood, fan service, and a bit of vulgar language. Nothing worse than the kind you hear on the streets. You can learn much more about its contents from the current highest rated review so I won't go into a lot of detail. I mainly just wanted to touch on how impressed I was with the quality of this version.
Overall Rating 5/5 stars. Enjoy the anime.
132 of 172 people found the following review helpful
By now we're all well aware of and are probably active participants in the media zombie pandemic. What began with classic horror films has spawned countless novels, comics, television, comedies, video games, and everything else you can see or hear, infecting pop culture with the undead virus. But I have been wondering something for quite some time now: when will anime represent for the walking dead? Well, that question has been answered, fellow animation fanatics. Highschool of the Dead is here and delivering the thrills of classic Romero and the coolness of The Walking Dead, while utilizing the full spectrum of the anime genre to make this zombie apocalypse stand out as it's own animal. And it is so close to perfectly awesome it hurts.
Before I whine about the show's failing, let me fill you in on the good. There's lots of it. Right from the get-go Highschool of the Dead gets your heart racing with pure horror and some of the coolest action sequences ever animated. As the sudden invasion quickly spreads through the halls of the high school, we are introduced to the individuals who will become our heroes. While most students panic and quickly become prey to the ever-increasing host of ghouls, a few individuals pull it together and improvise means to fight back. The otaku gun nut. The kendo princess. The ordinary kid whose best is brought out by extraordinary circumstances. The haughty intellectual. The airheaded school nurse. Over the first two episodes, these people will coalesce into a force to be reckoned with. The show does an admirable job of remaining character-based and developing the relationships between it's survivors well after the extremely hectic initial outbreak, and as far as opening salvos go in survival horror, this show takes the damn cake for sure. The art and animation are top-notch, the characters are instantly memorable, and also it's zombies! And anime! Sugoi, neh?
Okay, time for some of that old-time tough love. This show is one of the most exciting and cool anime series I've come across in a good while, and it ticks almost all of my boxes for a great zombie story, but on one front it really blows it. Rant mode: engaged. I'm writing this paragraph as an introduction speech to present Highschool of the Dead with the first annual Najica Blitz Tactics Award for Achievement in Moronic Fanservice. Hold your applause. This is not a good thing. God, this show could even teach Najica a thing or two. It's frankly embarrassing. I'm a big fan of sexuality in entertainment, but only when it is portrayed in a realistic and adult manner or at least matches the tone of the story. But in a show where high school students are seeing their teachers and classmates being torn apart only to rise again and attack them in turn, having a character with ridiculously enormous breasts that make boingy noises and fly all over the place independently of each other every time she so much as blinks around is not only distracting, it literally brings the entire show down a notch. I can deal with the pantyshots in every scene, but the incessant focus on the female characters' boobs makes this show infuriating. At one point we get a bullet's-eye-view shot as one girl's breasts use a scissor motion to dodge said bullet. And the bullet was fired from a rifle using another girl's breasts as a bipod (they slosh in slow motion with each shot fired). Jesus God, WHY?! Everything else about this show is so good! The immaturity shown in HotD's use of fanservice is probably the most atrocious thing I've ever seen in terms of bringing down an otherwise amazing production. Honestly, I'd be tempted to knock off another half star or so from the rating if the first season's second half didn't tone it down so much. Be warned.
[sighs] Glad to get that off my chest. Okay, the good of HotD far outweighs the idiotic breast and panty fixation in an otherwise great show. In fact, this would be instantly pushing for a spot on my favorite anime ever list if the childish sexuality had been presented in a more mature manner or omitted altogether. If you love zombies and anime, this is a must-see. This is brought to us by the same man who gave us the Death Note and Black Lagoon animes, after all. Each ep has a post-credits sequence that is often important to the story which makes the show feel even more theatrical than it already is and I like that the ending theme changes as well. A mere 12 episodes is far too short a season for a show like this, and once you see the nod to Romero that is the final shot of the first season, I suspect you will be as excited as I am for the next chapter in the saga. If they keep the fanservice manageable from here on out, we may just have a classic on our hands.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Sure, I've had my fill of zombiedom. Zombie this, zombie that. At first I thought "Man, another living dead knock off." It is, but as far as the genre goes, it's pretty darn good. The standard zombie rules apply, with some new twists. The guys are mostly natural zombie killers. The girls fall in to two classes: Brazier busting bazongas that are useless in a fight (bouncy eye candy) and Brazier busting bazongas that are phenomenal in a fight (even bouncier eye candy). Seriously.
The zombie fight scenes are cool - this is Anime like Romero would do Anime. Most parts are pretty darn realistic, even if the girls are really, er, rhymes with twitchy. You really, really want to see a couple of them get killed off in the first couple of episodes, but things normalize around the fourth episode.
If you like quality Anime with the requisite bust size and high-school based plots, this is a no braiiner.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2012
High School of the Dead is a REALLY campy zombie anime. It has a fair amount of impressive drawing, but the plot leaves a lot to be desired. Though you may say, "what do you expect from a fan-service anime based on zombies"? The thing is, they obviously put thought into *parts* of the anime, and then ignored that thought for other parts, and their timing REALLY has issues.
For example with consistancy: There is one scene where they're trying to figure out how the zombies work for finding their prey, and find they're completely sound-based, and will chase after even a dropped shoe or light metal tap. Later on, they're having a party, and zombies don't do much, and later, a dog is barking in the middle of a crowd of zombies and they completely ignore it, walking past it. To gather outside of a house that is (at that time) relatively quiet. Oh, and they regularly go after one gunshot when elsewhere there's lots of gunshots.
For example with plot: The more intelligent member of the group at one points begins questioning how the zombies function... is a virus, is it living dead, is it some kind of military weapon.... and..... nothing ever comes of that question. Ever.
For example with timing: *spoiler alert* There is a REALLY dramatic scene where a small child's father is brutally murdered right in front of her in an act of desperation. It is probably one of the saddest and emotional parts of the entire show... and it's almost immediately cut off with fan-service with silly boinging noises.
The thing is, the anime keeps showing it *could* be deep. At multlpe points, it starts to broach deeper topics about the zombie apocalypse... and then immediately ruins it or just conveniently forgets it a short bit later. It wold have been better if it had developed those points, or at least never hinted it could consider being deep in the first place.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2011
High School of the Dead turned out to be just as good with the english dub as it was in japanese when I first saw it last year. The Anime is violent, sexy and kick-ass. All the things you want in a good anime. (See "Corpse Princess: Volume One and Volume Two and Black Lagoon Volume One and Two and a third volume has been released in japanese, but no English dub yet.Last time I checked)
Sentai Filmworks did a good job on the American release. The dubbing was dead on and the picture was perfect. And of course all the TV edited scenes were un-edited (is that a word?).
It was hinted of a Season 2 verified at Comic Con 2011 panel. Hopefully Sentai Filmworks gets the project for American release.
There is an OVA that was released with the 7th Manga issue.You can watch it on You Tube,among other places. Another quality DVD from Amazon.com
UPDATE: 07/25/2013: For those of you STILL WAITING for the Second Season, Sentai says it's still coming. In the meantime, On August 6th (Pre-Order this from Amazon.com) Black Lagoon has a five episode third season coming out concerning a blood thirsty maid from the first season back again in 'BLACK LAGOON; ROBERTA'S BLOOD TRAIL'. Try that one out.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2011
I am a huge fan of George A. Romero style zombie action. This show takes that style and makes it it's own. There is plenty of eye candy in the form of guns, blood, and lots of T&A. The story is not overly complex. A group of high school students are looking for their families in the middle of a zombie (and eventually nuclear) apocalypse. The team consists of the protagonist, his love interest, the gun otaku, the very tsundere class rep, the sexy kendo girl, the ditzy school nurse, a little girl they rescue, and the dog mascot named Zero. Most of the time it is a fast paced zombie murder extravaganza. When the action slows down it becomes a blood rushing t&a grope fest. That is not saying there is no real story or character development, it is just very shallow compared to a lot of anime I usually enjoy. That is not a complaint mind you. It would have been nice to have the ova on the blu ray, but again I am not complaining as I did not enjoy the ova near as much as the rest of the series. There are no extras whatsoever, but the blu ray is nice. It is crisp and clean. The English dub is not too bad as far as dubs go. I prefer watching it in Japanese with English subs, but that is just a personal preference. People who prefer dubs will not be disappointed. I love this series and recommend it to everyone. Even if you don't watch anime, you should check this out it may surprise you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2011
High School of the Dead, Is a about a virus turning people into zombie's. The usual thing that happens when zombie's are in anime.
What I really like about this anime is the adrenaline and fear you can feel while watching this anime. But I give it a three-star is cause i felt as if something was lacking
in the story. Be aware though lot's and lot's and lot's of fan service I meant this anime should be rated R if it isn't. Some of the characters are surprising and some are a total cliche. Like the nurse. Also I don't know if there is gonna be a second season or not but If you buy this you're gonna hope for another season cause the ending leaves you hanging.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2011
This series was a pleasant surprise, while it did have most of the things found in other zombie movies this one went for more of a horror/thriller feel which it pulled off, as well as a bit of realism. E.G. protestors blaming the zombie hordes on the government and biological weaponry, which would very likely happen in real life.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2012
I originally wrote this review for Netflix.
Ok, let's get this out of the way. Yes there is a ton of fanservice in the series. If you have a problem with that, look elsewhere. The series itself is, in my opinion, fantastic. It tells the story of a group of highschool students who suddenly find that the world is being overrun by a zombie apocalypse. They make a ragtag group to survive, and travel to wherever they may find shelter. At this point you probably know if you will like the series or not. What really surprised me was how well it did all of this. There was character development where I did not expect it, their story of getting from place to place always felt natural and flowed, and the animation was absolutely spectacular, making it absolutely worth it to watch on bluray. The one major downside for the series is that the dub is bordering on not even listenable. It is hardly faithful to the original script, and the acting itself can make you cringe. If you demand dubs then you will be disappointed, but if you don't mind or prefer subs then, again, you will really like the series. In the end if you want a good zombie survival story, some character development, beautiful animation, satisfying zombie kills and some good fanservice then don't pass this show up.