AgentJ's Imitation Watch and Learn: High School of the Dead #6+

Topic started by AgentJ on March 21, 2011. Last post by takashichea 1 year, 11 months ago.
Post by AgentJ (1,545 posts) See mini bio Level 13
 It returns! After a few days of focusing on Angel Beats, I'll be doing an episode of each until they're both done. 

 Was I talking about fanservice during the last episode? Because I think I just hit the *****-******* jackpot. I saw the Hot Springs Planet Tenrei episode of Outlaw Star (not

"I couldn&squot;t find any clothes that fit, so I just wore an apron"
"I couldn't find any clothes that fit, so I just wore an apron"

 shown on American TV) and the NEGIMA?! OAVs, but this may have been the most shocking single episode of anime that I’ve ever seen. AND THIS VERSION WAS CENSORED! Why don’t the guys ever get to use the single bath in these situations? (Because guys are gross and don’t take or need showers!) Yeah, I guess you’re right.

The blatant sexy-time that dominates the episode is displayed against the backdrop of the growing horrors of the outside world, and it is nothing if not effective. Police are making life-or-death situations on living humans outside the quarantine zone. The dead hunt sapien flesh while ignoring a small puppy. Society breaks down as the weak follow manipulators who spread falsehoods, rumors, and outright lies for their own benefit. All while Shizuka-san is running around with only a towel. A unique dynamic if there ever was one.

Confusing though; did they edit out the part where all the girls got drunk? And is the whole “guys protecting helpless girls” aspect really necessary. At laest there’s one respectable character in Busujima.. WHY IS SHE WEARING NOTHING BUT AN APRON!?

Interesting to hear the Blackwater (Xe) name dropped. I’d love to see how a knowledgeable Japanese civilian would react to that particular reference, given most Americans’ feelings on the mercenary company. It seems like anime have dealt with the matter before (GITS maybe?) but of course, never by name.

    
Where Japan and Zombies first got serious
Where Japan and Zombies first got serious
Finally, my English copy of High School of the Dead shipped, perhaps 3 months after I first ordered it. Love how Rightstuf ignores shipping when you order 50 bucks or more of merchandise, but then they don't ship you anything until they can get a bunch of your items together. So but yeah, it came, and I'm... kind of surprised. My general rule of thumb is that the original version of a Japanese property is nearly always the best. So, the Bleach manga is far better than the anime, while likewise the anime version Gurren Lagann is superior. There are of course exceptions to any rule (Ghost in the Shell anyone?) And I have to say High School of the Dead is one of those exceptions. The line art is nice and story seems to follow the same general path, but already I'm seeing how key moments that were added into the animation bring more to the story and improve it as a whole. It all seems like a directors cut, where the crew has realized the original product was flawed and took steps to make it better. Of course, with a property like HOTD, with its vibrant colors, flashy action, and bouncing assets, maybe it was a foregone conclusion that the anime version would be superior. 
Post by Destinyheroknight (10,156 posts) See mini bio Level 21
@AgentJ:  
This episode need more zombie killing and less fan service.  
I like HOTD, but it sometime just overwhelmed me with fan service  
Post by AgentJ (1,545 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@Destinyheroknight: No doubt about it, there were crazy amounts of fanservice. But as far as fanservice episodes go it was actually handled well, and as long as its an isolated "incident" than I certainly prefer it to, say, a recap episode. 
Post by ZombiePie (861 posts) See mini bio Level 15
Yeah...I'm going to do a drunken blog for this. We will see how that turns out.
Post by Destinyheroknight (10,156 posts) See mini bio Level 21
@zombiepie:  
Good times, good times :) 
@AgentJ:  
I know, but it still bug me :( 
I guess, I'm fan service out
Post by takashichea (10,580 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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It takes a while to get used to the fan service and violence for me. I'm used to human killing human violence but not zombie survival violence.

So far, I say episode 6 is appropriate for fan service with the bath scenes. The previous episodes were all about survival through a hellhole. I find fan service a bit distracting during battles. I don't mind them at all, but I can't keep my eyes on punches and swings with skirts flying unrealistically.

Rei and Takashi's relationship improves, yet it hasn't reach a conclusion. I find Rei one sided since she bashes on Takashi and bringing up Hisashi multiple times.

Post by sickVisionz (4,220 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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@takashichea: Why are you bumping every single one of these super old blogs?

Post by takashichea (10,580 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@sickVisionz:

Well, I'm more comfortable commenting here than on the Youtube videos.

Post by sickVisionz (4,220 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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@takashichea said:

@sickVisionz:

Well, I'm more comfortable commenting here than on the Youtube videos.

Huh? There aren't even Youtube videos in these blogs.

Post by takashichea (10,580 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@sickVisionz:

My bad. I meant to say I prefer commenting here than over at Youtube where I watch Highschool of the Dead. I don't mind bumping old threads to promote the discussion.

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