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4.8 out of 5 stars
Highschool of the Dead, Vol. 2
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on December 17, 2013
This review is going to be based on the quality of the book itself. It will not be on the content of the storyline. If you have issues with half-naked illustrations of fictional women, suggestive situations involving them, and extreme gore and violence then this series simply isn't for you. Omnibus 2 covers volumes 5-7.

Now the quality of the book itself is similar to the omnibus edition volume 1. It comes hardback with a nice dust jacket that has a reversible illustration on the underside. The actual hardback cover has the same illustration as the dust jacket sans some of the blood censoring. Full color (in case anyone had a question). The size of each page is 10 inches length (bigger than most manga by a long shot). The paper is of high quality and the ink doesn't smear when rubbed (an issue with some color pages in other manga). The thing I like about this omnibus edition is that the binding is well done and you don't have to worry about creasing the spine by opening it.

Content wise this omnibus has one less volume comprised in it than omnibus one. To compensate Yen Press has added several extras. The thing I like the most is a bunch of extra illustrations by Shouji Sato that cover not only Highschool of the Dead but also his other work Triage X. A variety of very early illustrations not covering a specific series are also included. There is an interview with the author as well stating the plan for the continuation of this series (which had been on hiatus for almost 2 years).

Overall the quality of this book is consistent with the price you will be paying for it. It isn't cheaply made and is of excellent quality. I wish Yen Press would do this for other series as able, but I realize the challenges involved in doing that.
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on April 26, 2011
If you are browsing for volume two, then you are already likely sold on the idea of Daisuke and Shoji Sato's zombie apocalypse. However, if you're wondering whether or not investing into the series will be worth it or not, try not to listen to the critics too much...

Whereas it's true that you cannot expect gold to be dripping off of a zombie genre's plot sequence, High school of the Dead moves the plot around in a believable sense- making the characters feel extremely human even in such impossible circumstances. Whether it's finding their first gun (something that's a little more important in Japan) fending off crazed survivors or rescuing a helpless little girl, there's a decent amount of action to be expected.

Another point of criticism would be the character development, which comes together a little more during this volume. I always operate with the idea that in a series where the characters can be eaten in the next panel what little is said between them is more important than if they could spend an infinite amount of time in a care free environment. Either way, Volume 2 had the characters make large steps in making me want them to live.

And finally, the fan service. It continues in this volume, of course, and it is actually home to the most fan serviced scenes in the entire series. However, the art and undeniable feeling in the pages were enough for me to overlook the fan service (which really isn't that bad if you watched the anime adaptation).
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on May 23, 2017
Amazing. I truly hope we get a second season one day, the manga material is great. This book was colored beautifully .
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on August 24, 2015
A solid volume that looks even better in color. Since I watched the anime first, I was surprised on some of the differences between the anime and the manga. They are not necessarily big differences, but they can change how you view some of the characters or how they behave in this stressful situation. It's more about the situation and need to survive than the action in the manga. I recommend fans of the series to get the colored volumes if they haven't yet. Plus, some of the extras in the end are nice to see.
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on July 11, 2017
Awesome!Thanks!Love this book!
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on September 6, 2017
I love it but will there ever be a next volume again another Cliff hanger with H.O.T.D
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on February 4, 2016
Just like the first omnibus, great presentation. Dual art on the dust jacket, art pages at the back of the book to make up for the lack of chapters, appropriate colors, and good binding.

As for the content, its the same old high school drama, T&A, zombies, T&A, and T&A.
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on October 3, 2017
Great read and love the colored manga. Too bad we will never see a Vol.3 Omnibus.
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on April 8, 2016
I love this series is the only manga so far I've seen that captures the traditional zombie genre and better yet, in full color! I watch the anime before buying this book and reading this made me consider buying the first book too!
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on September 10, 2014
Another beautifully bound hardcover edition of this well written and drawn horror series, again with a double sided dust jacket suitable for use as a small poster. This edition, like the first oversized omnibus edition, is wonderfully colored in its entirety and is obviously made to last for generations. A marvelous addition to my personal library!
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