Highschool of the Dead

Highschool of the Dead is an manga series in the Highschool of the Dead franchise
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Highschool of the Dead is a manga series about Tatashi Komuro and his friends who fight to survive as a zombie outbreak swarms their school and killing hundreds. Banding together, they move to find safety as the world goes crazy in the search for their families.

Overview

Highschool of the Dead Vol.1 JPN cover
Highschool of the Dead Vol.1 JPN cover

Highschool of the Dead is a horror, zombie adventure series that leans on fanservice, written by Daisuke Sato and illustrated by Shouji Sato. The first chapter was published in Fujimi Shobo's Monthly Dragon Age on September 2006. The title 学園黙示録ハイスクール・オブ・ザ・デッド (Gakuen Mokushiroku Haisukuu obu za Deddo) literally translates from Japanese into "Academy Apocalypse, Highschool of the Dead".

" A mysterious illness is spreading rapidly through the halls of Fujimi High School. In a matter of hours, the campus is transformed from a place of learning into a hive of nightmares, as the infected students collapse and are reborn as flesh-hungry zombies! Only a handful of students escape the initial outbreak — among them Takashi Komuro and his childhood friend, Rei. He manages to protect Rei from the initial onslaught, but how long can Takashi and the other students hope to survive when the whole school – maybe the whole town — is out for their blood?! "

Publishers:

  • Kadokawa Shoten (Japan)
  • Yen Press (North America)
  • Pika Édition (France)
  • Glènat España (Spanish)
  • Planet Manga (Panini Comics) (Portuguese)
  • Kadokawa Media (Taiwan) Co., Ltd. (China)

Publication History

In Japan, the series is a monthly serialized manga that was first published in September of 2006, but it had several hiatuses throughout the run. These breaks were from the end of 2008 to March 2010, and another from May 2010 to July 2010. After the release of chapter 29, the series went on an indefinite hiatus. On March 9, 2013, the end of the hiatus was announced, and the series would be returning in the following month's issue of Monthly Dragon Age. The first volume collection of the manga was released on March 1st 2007. The standard price for the volume collections were ¥ 609 each.

in February 2011, Dragon Age Comics began the release of the Full Color Editions of Highschool of the Dead manga series. The republication of the series began by releasing two volumes at a time for both February and March. The standard price for these issues in Japan were ¥1,995, and new color art was on each release.

In North America, the Highschool of the Dead series is published by Yen Press and Volume 1 was first released on January 25, 2011. It was published without any major localization or censorship. It was sold at $13.99. The mature content meant that some retailers, such as Borders, were originally only distributing this series online, but it was eventually brought to stores.

Characters

As the series begins the infection of zombies (dubbed as "Them") is spreading through Fujimi High School. As Takashi Komuro is surviving with his childhood romance, Rei Miyamoto; they gather together with several other survivors to escape. The once laid-back Takashi became the de facto leader of the group. By the end of Volume 1 they have already left the titular high school and have never returned, moving to location after location. First a home of a friend of Shizuka Marikawa's friend, to the estate of Saya Takashi, a police station, then a mall.

Team Takashi

The survivors of Fujimi High School
The survivors of Fujimi High School

Takashi Komuro 小室 孝

Takashi Komuro was once a laxed young man who couldn't work up the nerve to confess to his childhood crush. After the outbreak, he has formed a small gang of fellow students and leads them to escape and find their families.

Rei Miyamoto 宮本 麗

Rei Miyamoto is the the childhood friend and crush of Takashi, and she promised to marry him when they were children. When he couldn't admit his feelings she started dating their friend Hisashi Igou. While she bares deep resentment over Takashi killing the turned Hisashi. She also can let him go out of fear of being truly alone.

Saeko Busujima 毒島 冴子

Saeko Busujima is the elder student of the class as a third-year student. She's the captain of the Kendo Club and expertly skilled with a sword. Her calm elegance hides a deep sadistic nature she hopes to contain during the apocalypse that has spread. Even though she is older and more skilled in battle, Saeko looks to Takashi's leadership and has fallen for him.

Saya Takagi 高城 沙耶

Saya Takagi is a member of Takashi and Rei's class and the daughter of an influential political family. Her high intellect and deductive ability allows her to plan ahead and keep the group out of too much trouble. She was the one to discover that Them were more attracted by sound than smell or sight.

Kohta Hirano 平野 コータ

Kohta Hirano is a student from Takashi and Saya's class. He's considered the geek of the group and has remarkable knowledge and skill with firearms. He originally was teamed up with Saya during the outbreak and he protected her. They later gathered with Takashi's group for the escape and has been a priceless member ever since.

Shizuka Marikawa 鞠川 静香

Shizuka Marikawa is the school nurse of Fujimi High School during the outbreak. She was rescued by Saeko and later teamed up with Takashi's group to escape. Despite her ditzy and unsure personality, Shizuka holds an impressive medical knowledge. She feels responsible as the adult to be a chaperon of these high schoolers.

Alice Maresato 希里 ありす

Alice Maresato is a 7 year-old girl that was rescued by Takashi when her father was murdered by fellow human survivors in the streets of Japan to save themselves. Despite the horrors she's seen, Alice has maintained a positive outlook and all the members of the group do they own part of protect her innocence.

Zeke ジーク

Zeke is a small dog that was rescued along with Alice Maresato in the city. The dog's senses have proven invaluable as an early detector of Them. Mostly, he serves as company for young Alice.

Order of Shidou

Kouichi Shidou
Kouichi Shidou

Kouichi Shidou 紫藤 浩一

Kouchi Shidou was a teacher at Fujimi High School class 3-A. A sadistic and power hungry man. He's the son of a corrupt Japanese politician. After the outbreak at Fujimi High he with other students were saved by Takashi, despite the wished of Rei Miyamoto. Shido attempted to take over the survivors and has formed those who stayed with him into a loyal cult with his as their savior and god.

Miku Yuuki 夕樹 美玖

Miku Yuuki is a survivor of Fujimi High School that stayed with Shidou's group as one of his most loyal followers. Taken over by his charms, she helps his group infiltrate the compound of Souichiro Takagi using her body.

Other Survivors

Hisashi Igou 井豪 永

Hisashi Igou was a member of Takashi and Rei's class. He was the one that Rei started dating after Takashi couldn't show any effort to admit his feelings for her. Hisashi was a kind, thoughtful, and reliable person. Unable to cope with calling the undead zombies, he was the one who dubbed these things as "Them". After he was bitten by a zombie he tried to get Takashi to help kill himself, but arguing with Rei prevented him from making it in time to hold back the change, Takashi was forced to finish off the zombie Hisashi.

Rika Minami 南 リカ

Rika Minami is a skilled sniper of the Japanese Special Assault Team and a close friend of Shizuka Marikawa. Takashi's group stayed at Rika's home and took some of her weapons and HUMVEE. She's stationed at the Tokyo airport to guard the location for evacuations. After receiving a call from Shizuka, Rika has headed back into town to save her friend.

Souichiro Takagi 高城 壮一郎

Yuriko Takagi 高城 百合子

Asami Nakaoka 中岡 あさみ

Hiroshi Tamaru 田丸 ヒロシ

General Information Edit
English Name Highschool of the Dead
Japanese Name: 学園黙示録HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD
Romaji: Gakuen Mokushiroku Haisukuuru obu za deddo
Publisher Yen Press
Start Year 2007
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Aliases HOTD
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