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 ?

Highschool Of The Dead
Beautiful full moon

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.

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Panty shot..... yum

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.

Highschool Of The Dead
Suck...... Suck...... Suck.....

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 ?

Highschool Of The Dead
One of the main protagonist, Rei Miyamoto

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 >.<)

Highschool Of The Dead
Mmmmm..... battle damage. It would be nice if we are getting a 1/7 or 1/8 PVC figure of these two.

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 ^^;;.

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What a way to start an anime series. A sign that the series must be a gloomy one.

Additional tidbits:

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

Highschool Of The Dead
HOTD or Highschool Of The Dead truly lives to its name


Rating: 8.5/10

Source: ANN, Wiki

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