Another summer anime 2010 just recently caught my attention when I was browsing through my usual direct download site. I found this anime with interesting title: “Highschool of The Dead” and mostly known as HOTD. Now, I thought this would be just another ghost story kind of anime and could I be more wrong wrong ?
The story is about two highschool students as the main protagonist named Takashi Komuro and Rei Miyamoto and how they survive in the world infected with an unknown disease/virus that can turn a person into an undead. Takashi, Rei and a group of students manage to survive the initial outbreak and continue on a journey to find out what is going on.
Now, if you think about it for a second,the story plot does sound familiar especially for my self since I am a fan of Resident Evil movies. For those who never watch Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Apocalypse or Resident Evil: Extinction, the story revolves Alice and Umbrella Corporation who creates the T-virus. Something happened one after another and it causes an outbreak throughout the world.
Another similar example would be 28 Days Later or 28 months later. An outbreak causes by a virus named ‘Rage’ in Britain which almost wiped the entire Britain population. Could it be that Highschool Of The Dead is derived from these two movies ?
I think this series looks promising when I watched it for the first couple minutes then I saw panty shot -_-. Every time I saw a panty shot, it serves as a sign that I should avoid the series,however, seeing that story plot is quite my liking, I’ll give it another try before judging further. Hopefully, they remove those panty shots ^^; (Hey, don’t hate me. I used to enjoy those panty shot but that time is already passed >.<)
Animation wise, I think I expect nothing less from Madhouse animation studio. The animation quality is really high especially the opening and ending. I can see a lot of work and time had gone into the making of its OP and ED or rather too much has gone into OP and ED ^^;;.
|Opening theme||“HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD” by Kishida Kyōdan & The Akeboshi Rockets|
|Ending theme||“Major Doubt!” by Maon Kurosaki|
|Official website||学園黙示録 HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD 公式サイト|
|Animation Production||Madhouse Studios|
|Notable Seiyuus||Marina Inoue (Yoko in Gurren Lagann, Natsuru Seno in Kampfer and Kana in Minami-Ke) as Rei Miyamoto
Eri Kitamura (Rimi in Chaos;Head, Rin in Kodomo no Jinkan, Saya in Blood+ and Ami in Toradora) as Saya Takagi
Junko Takeuchi (Gon in Hunter x Hunter, Naruto in Naruto Series) as Rika Minami
Miyuki Sawashiro (Mint in Galaxy Angel, Shinku in Rozen Maiden series) as Saeko Busujima