HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD is without a doubt the most violent action anime series this season.
The first episode already showcases gruesome carnage (most of it offscreen) as zombies kill students who then become zombies themselves. The story follows a group of students and their struggle to survive this apocalypse. Yes, it may be a standard zombie survival premise, but the focus lies on the characters and their interactions with one another. Who knows what plot twists they might also throw at us?
From the initial episodes, we can already see that the characters are not of the static one-dimensional breed. They must all make difficult decisions that have direct consequences on their chances of survival, especially the main male lead who is already forced to take action in episode 1. Notable voice actors such as Marina Inoue (Kyoko in Skip Beat!) and Eri Kitamura (Yui in Angel Beats!) will be voicing the characters Rei Miyamoto and Saya Takagi respectively.
The animation is very fluid, with the motions and behavior of zombies captured very accurately. Some scenes almost feel like it’s straight out of a video game. But to be honest, I have been playing Killing Floor (Co-op survival horror FPS game) recently. There are hints of fan service throughout, but it’s okay as long as they don’t overdo it.
I loving the series so far despite the apparent failure of the majority of the student population in defending themselves from melee attacks (come on, don’t we all know what to do in the case of a zombie outbreak?).
Rating: Very Good