AgentJ's Imitation Watch and Learn: High School of the Dead #1

Topic started by AgentJ on March 8, 2011. Last post by AgentJ 3 years, 9 months ago.
Post by AgentJ (1,545 posts) See mini bio Level 13
AgentJ presents the biggest sure-thing since Toppa Tengen Gurren Lagann! 
 

The guy who designed these school uniforms is my hero 
The guy who designed these school uniforms is my hero 

There have certainly been better years to try to bring an anime stateside, but has there ever been a better time to make a show about Zombies? I think not. Zombies have become the de-facto supernatural creature (though arguments could be made for vampires) AND supernatural disaster at the same time. Books like Max Brooks' "World war Z" and "Zombie Survival Guide" helped kick off a fad that has spanned all genres, from movies (Shawn of the Dead), to video games (Left 4 Dead) and even american TV (The Walking Dead). Having fed on the nerds that began the craze, it is meandering into the mainstream. 
 
So for the Anime Network, scooping this property up I'm sure took all of two seconds to think about. And High School (referred to from now on as HOTD) doesn't rest on its laurels. There is a very good show underneath the nerd pandering. The tension is thick and constant.  Characters react to the situation in vastly different, yet (relatively) believable ways. Everyone we've met so far are all likeable in their own way, which will make subsequent deaths even harder (after all, one episode, one down). How many of these first-episode characters will we get to see as zombies later?
 
The learning curve of the main characters through the first episode is the most interesting thing to watch. Takashi's first instinct is to bring his friends to the roof, and his group stays calm while much of the rest of the school is freaking out. They learn quickly that they have to take out the head, and use their various weapons to dispatch their attackers. As with most opening episodes, not much really happens, but its all so tense and tightly edited that I hardly noticed.  
 
Like all my favorite anime, HOTD has mouthfulls of style.  Characters flip through the air as they tell gravity to fuck off. The opening is slickly animated with blood splatters and saturation effects. Character models pop off the screen, and colors are vibrant. Fanservice certainly isn't lacking.
  
I found the exchange between Takashi and his lady friend right after the credits to be the most interesting. She just broke up with him to be with his best friend, but now that friend is dead, and she reacts in a realistic manner, more so than I would have expected. Its as if her mind is breaking from the stress, and the emotions animated in her face portray that very well.  How quickly will she recover, if at all, and who will succumb to the pressure of being inundated by the zombie hordes? I can't wait to find out. 
 
Post by cfatalis (19,150 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@AgentJ: well the manga had been going on rather longer than the anime, although the scan is in hiatus now 
High School of the dead is something perfect for those that want to watch zombies anime but with the current anime art style, especially by this guy 
Although they are turned into guns instant expert later one... but who cares girls with guns FTW
Post by AgentJ (1,545 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@cfatalis said:
" @AgentJ: well the manga had been going on rather longer than the anime, although the scan is in hiatus now  High School of the dead is something perfect for those that want to watch zombies anime but with the current anime art style, especially by this guy  Although they are turned into guns instant expert later one... but who cares girls with guns FTW "
Well I'm glad somebody commented... Wonder if I should bother with this. So the Manga is still alive? But nobody is translating? Surprise on both accounts. 
Post by cfatalis (19,150 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@AgentJ said:
" @cfatalis said:
" @AgentJ: well the manga had been going on rather longer than the anime, although the scan is in hiatus now  High School of the dead is something perfect for those that want to watch zombies anime but with the current anime art style, especially by this guy  Although they are turned into guns instant expert later one... but who cares girls with guns FTW "
Well I'm glad somebody commented... Wonder if I should bother with this. So the Manga is still alive? But nobody is translating? Surprise on both accounts.  "
the manga is more or less alive, i have seen at least one volume beyond what is translated..... (volume six me think)
I don't know about the translator really , i think they are waiting for the tankoubon/book format instead of the magazines
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20
The manga is still going as far as I know but volume 6 was back in July of last year in Japan. Up to volume 4 will be released in the US this year and the 5th in 2012. The manga is done in the US by Yen Press. Also, I suggest you do a little research when you do something like this. As stated in an article earlier this week, the anime will get a DVD release at some point and the Dub started being aired on The Anime Network yesterday.
Post by AgentJ (1,545 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@sotyfan16 said:
" The manga is still going as far as I know but volume 6 was back in July of last year in Japan. Up to volume 4 will be released in the US this year and the 5th in 2012. The manga is done in the US by Yen Press. Also, I suggest you do a little research when you do something like this. As stated in an article earlier this week, the anime will get a DVD release at some point and the Dub started being aired on The Anime Network yesterday. "
I actually knew about the English status of the manga, with the first volume coming in the mail whenever Rightstuf finds it fit to mail to me (I order in bulk, so sometimes they don't send anything until they can send nearly everything). What I meant by the translating was the same thing Cfatalis meant, in that there aren't any fansubbers apparently. 
 
I didn't realize the turnaround on the dub was so quick, but I did see the article about the dub and dvd release what, a week ago? 
Post by cfatalis (19,150 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@AgentJ: Scanlation, AgentJ
 
Fansubbing is for the show only
Post by AgentJ (1,545 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@cfatalis said:

" @AgentJ: Scanlation, AgentJ  Fansubbing is for the show only "

Yeah, that :P 
 
Forgive me, it was late, and I had just gotten back from a party :P
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