When you’re browsing through a long list of titles, it’s hard to neglect something called HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD. I’ve heard about this for a while now. The title gives me odd mental images of some kind of fun, spooky romp like BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER or maybe even the MONSTER SQUAD. In actuality, the show’s a bit more emo and pervy then I expected.
My sentiments about zombies are about the same as my sentiments about vampires (which you can read in more detail here) - - they bore me. They’re an exploitative genre ingredient that’s dropped into something with the idea that their presence alone is supposed to perk your interest. To me, they're turn-offs; signs of lazy imagination. If you break it down, every zombie project’s basically a remake of DAWN OF THE DEAD with varying degrees of seriousness or parody. You know… you have the break-out, characters holing up in some unusual staple of modern life like a mall or a school and then man turns against man, because that’s what this is really all about. It's old hat for me.
This show flips the switch a bit by giving us a protagonist who’s probably writing song lyrics in his notebook in the back of class. It also throws in an abundance of highly-rendered panty shots that make you wonder why this school makes the girls wear short skirts if it’s presumably so concerned with modesty and propriety. Aside from that, it seems like your standard exercise with the undead.
What isn’t standard at all, of course, is the quality of imagination. Wow… this is a weekly show? The animation’s fuller than a lot of features I’ve seen recently. Whomever’s behind this dropped some serious cash and man-power to execute a vision of sanguine secondary school shenanigans… but I’m still more interested in watching PANTY & STOCKING. At least that’s more self-effacing with the “fan service.”
Watch this episode below and decide for yourself.