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Yen Press's H.O.T.D.
on January 27, 2011
This product certainly isn't something for the little tweens that want more Naruto and such, Yen Press's translation of Diasuke Sato's Highschool of the Dead comes with all the '-kun' 'chan' 'sensei' and 'f' words in tact. Some think it's clunky to include the Japanese honorifics, but it was everything I was hoping for in an official product. I don't yet know how censored the product will be, but the gore and parental advisory warning has been a good start so far and hopefully the entire idea of zombie survival and fan service will keep it uncensored.
It's true the themes in H.O.T.D. can be seen in most zombie survival movies, but with so many films not making the cut anymore it's the perfect spin on a classic tale. But apart from gore and brief fan service this series will also take some time now and then to make you laugh, poking fun at the stereotypes this series itself endorses. Character development (something that is a little sparse in this series) will come a little later folks, so don't despair, it wont be a total hack n' slash story line...
And finally the only thing I can complain about is that there will be such a wait between the english volumes, but since the Japanese version has had very infrequent updates recently the manga itself it not to blame. Hopefully good english sales will boost creator's confidence. I'll be buying every volume, however, and the anime as soon as it's released!