Ooh, new characters, which also don’t feature in the opening! More zombie bait! Interesting to see that the airport remains active in the face of zombies.
This show isn’t even bothering to mask its fan-service in an artistic or relevant coat anymore. The creators seem bored of creating excuses for boobs to bounce, for panties
to flash, or for girls to talk dirty. Not that I mind, because I definitely do not : P
At the beginning, I thought Takagi (pink hair-chan) was supposed to be the brainy one who analyzed the zombies and situation, but now all she seems to do is trash our resident military otaku and be a brat.
Another of these weird inconsistencies; nearly an entire episode goes by without even a zombie sighting, much less bodies. Why are there pockets without the dead? And why is the water cannon powerful enough to blow the punks of the bridge but not hurt them tremendously? Well, I suppose that last one is just anime…
On the other hand, it was cute that the highway they were trapped on was number “666”. Love little touches like that.
I suppose this isn’t the last we’ve seen of creeper god teacher. It was sweet watching Hirano go all DEXTER on his ass. Hirano is part of a character archetype that I don't typically grow fond of, but his radical obsession with weaponry is, for whatever reason, opening a hole... in my HEART.
Then there was the totally ridiculous reunification of the zombie extermination squad, which gave me a new perspective on the show. Until this point I felt like it was supposed to be grounded in reality, but that clearly isn’t the case now. Whether that was a conscious change on the part of the creators, I suppose doesn’t really matter.So the group is together again, and they seemingly have a nice place to hunker down. Will they be safe there, repopulating the earth as they grow old in their own little fortress? Somehow, I doubt it.
Did I miss the symbolism with the jet flying by our protagonists? It seemed poignant, but maybe its just supposed to be cool? But then it shows up again at the end of the episode, with some added imagery. I’m confused.
I’m somewhat shocked and definitely disappointed that the first third of the episode is a recap. I know it’s a necessary evil in modern anime, especially one that looks as good as this, but look, it has only been four episodes.
Every once in a while, you get these little inconsistencies that pop up in HOTD. Rei and Takashi are parked seemingly high up on a freeway, and are interrupted in the middle of a conversation by a group of zombies from their rear, meandering and stumbling as they are wont to do. But assuming they were following the noise of the bike, how long would our protagonists have to have waited there to be caught up to by? The tension benefits, but at the expense of accuracy, or whatever you want to call it.
Up till now, we have largely seen the struggle of a group in cramped quarters, but this episode puts just two survivors out to survive by themselves. Their struggle climaxes with the gas station scene, which finally fleshed out Takashi’s character and made him more than a vehicle for the story. His cold, cunning streak was an absolute pleasure to experience, and evolved him past what I like to call the “dating-sim syndrome”. I use that phrase as a descriptor for main characters that do little to advance the plot themselves, are two-dimensional or are just there to place the viewer in the story. It’s a problem I’m having in Angel Beats through episode 2.
On average, I despise scenes in movies and tv where a news broadcast is used to get the viewer up to speed. Its ham-handed and lazy. This episode of High School executes it well. It could have been done differently still, but to see the body bags raise up as they became reanimated was a creative new look at the complications surrounding the undead. Its’ those sorts of insights that will draw me into any new zombie medium.
I don’t have a good feeling about these new survivors; none of them appear in the opening, they obviously aren’t very careful or smart, and, well, not all of them even last through the episode. Can I assume they’re the typical zombie fodder? Should I bother getting attached to any of them?
What is the deal with this teacher? There doesn’t seem to be any foreshadowing of the character, yet Rei has an obvious hatred of the guy. I don’t get it; how would she instinctively know in what way a (admittedly scummy-looking) guy like that is going to be such a problem that they shouldn’t bother saving him?
And after he’s saved, it is obvious that he isn’t to be trusted. I get a strong “Kira” sense, with a huge ego, manipulating nature, and a flair for the theatrical. I mean, he seriously pisses me off. He’s a big creeper, and I can’t see him letting everyone leave on their own accord. He needs “soldiers”. He surely will not just let the gang do what they want in meeting Rei and Takashi again, right?
The post-credits footage is some pretty sweet animation of our two main protagonists, and it plays out beautifully. Reminded me a bit of The Place Promised in our Early Days in its tone.
The next episode should be up momentarily, as I’ve saved these up over a few days without much of an internet connection.