Highschool of the Dead User Reviews

Highschool of the Dead is an anime series in the Highschool of the Dead franchise
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Anime Dawn of the Dead. Reviewed by lordbane666 on Oct. 1, 2011. lordbane666 has written 29 reviews. His/her last review was for Burn Up W. 16 out of 18 users recommend his reviews. 1 out of 1 user found this review helpful.

To myself, this anime was a mix of the obvious and the subtle. It was the subtleties of it that made it worth watching, but I will cover the obvious first. Take the movie "Dawn of the Dead" (minus the mall), with high school students and one teacher as the cast. Add in a ton of Panchira (I hate to use the term fan service but I guess it fits in this case), a dash of Bishōjo (though two men share all these woman), lots of combat and chase, and you get the idea. Lets face it, the plot was hardly original (contagious zombie apocalypse), and the simplistic story revolved around the shear need to survive the unsurvivable. The dialog was mediocre at best, and the character development was slight. The series also was full of ridiculous melodrama, corney as can be. Doesn't sound like much so far, but I'm just getting to what made this worth watching. First, this anime impressed me with the way ordinary people dealt with extraordinary circumstances. This series has no walking WMDs throwing atomic bombs from there fingertips and moving at hyper speed. It was refreshing how they made everyone human, plain and simple, though some characters had better combat skills than others, however the maker of this anime was quick to point out why. For the most part, the characters in this series had to learn, under duress, how to defeat the evil zombies while trying to stay one step ahead of the horde. Many of the characters had never used weapons before, and had to learn not only how to fight in armed combat, but how to obtain and maintain these weapons. Also, I liked the fact that, from the onset, survival at all cost seamed to be a running theme throughout this series. This showed how ruthless otherwise ordinary people can become when faced with there own mortality. It shows that, when all social systems break down, we revert to barbarianism in order to survive, and think nothing of pushing the kill switch even when we don't have to, or tossing our friends to the wolfs if it means our own survival, even if momentarily. On the other hand, there where examples of human kindness in the face of adversity as well, though not as frequent and predominate. For the most part, the combat sequences had a good frequency and did not overtake the story, where short and the battle chirography was acceptable but nothing special. The unoriginal plot and underdone dialog cost this anime one star as I rated it. It was entertaining and enjoyable, but not spectacular.

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