SamJaz (Level 20)

Magic is often just the over-application of understood systems to areas of reality where they do not apply.
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The entire concept is stupid, ridiculous, and impossible in the realms of anime, but a thought won't leave my head:
What would Neon Genesis Evangelion have been like if Onizuka was Shinji, Rei and Asuka's teacher instead of that old guy who just didn't give a damn?
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A thought that recently came to me while thinking about Highschool of the Dead; does an anime need a good plot to be great.
The obvious answer is a resounding YES. Anime greats like Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, Monster, all have a great plot that keeps us guessing and what sets anime apart from western animation.
But then I got thinking, and I realised that there are others without any actual plot, but the result is amazing. Most are slice of life or comedy series, like Azumanga Daioh, Yotsuba&!, or  Seitokai No Ichizon, but there are more serious anime without any overall plot, so to speak, such as Bartender.
Then you get Dragonball Z, which consists of "Here's something evil. You can't kill it yet, so train and shout until you can." On paper, the plot is pathetic, yet we love it simply for being what it is. The same can be said of many Super Robot series. Case Closed, almost a thousand chapters in and we STILL don't know that much about the Men In Black. Overall, can we say that the plot has progressed?
But we love them. 
Now if we take that point of view, from shounen, to detective, and slice of life and comedy, then roll those views together and look at Highschool of the Dead.
"Here are zombies. Here are some kids. Watch them survive and kick ass."
Instead of looking for a plot, like from a novel, what if we just view the show as a Slice of Life, or even just a linear sequence of events? 
Life, in general, doesn't have a plot. 
The real world doesn't work like it does in a story.
That is where Highschool of the Dead takes its glory.
There is no plot.
Because life has no plot.
We don't know what's going on, but it is, so we deal with it. 
As I write this, I'm reminded of the more recent remake of War of the Worlds, where we had one man trying to look after his kids as the world is ending. We don't know why Aliens are suddenly invading, and Tom Cruise doesn't really do much to save the human race in the long run, but he looks after his daughter.
Here, we have a teenage boy, holding up as he looks after his mates and just survives. They don't have a plan to save the world, just a series of short-term plans to meet up again when they split up, or destinations to head towards where there may be more survivors. 
There is no plot. There is just people, being people.
How is that a bad thing?
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When I heard that our favourite scumbag teacher was going to be voiced by Kittan, I was intrigued. Obviously, he wouldn't have gotten the part if he couldn't do it, so I was pleasantly surprised when he pulled it off so well that the scumbag came across as both an absolute bastard AND a total badass.
Now for the episode: I was pleased when the team decided to stop it with the nurse's sound effects, and I'm sure many of you are as well. 
I actually predicted (Incorrectly as usual) that this episode would end with the scene in the petrol station, but looks like that'll take place next episode. I'm just impressed that by the end of episode three, they've only just started chapter three: Episode two ended half-way through the second chapter, yet it doesn't feel like they've thrown in a load of filler or extended anything: the pacing is absolutely top-notch.
So, at this rate, it's going to continue into a two-season anime, which would be completely awesome. I've already read the manga so far, and I can tell you that this is easily going to be heralded as one of the greatest anime over the last decade. In fact, from the first episode alone, the anime ranked, even to a friend who hadn't read the manga and had to deal with me over-hyping the anime, the first episode ranked up with the entirety Death Note, Gurren Lagann, and the first FMA series. At three episodes, it is ranking up with Brotherhood, Black Lagoon, and Cowboy Bebop.
Maybe I'm just a fanboy, but I know that I'm not biased because of the zombies, considering how I normally hate horror. I just can't wait to see if this anime (and manga) can out-do the Gantz manga.
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I admit it: I use scanlations.
I will also admit that through scanlations, I have read and discovered more manga than I ever would have otherwise. No, I do not buy every manga book for every manga I read. I'll also admit that a lot of the manga I read online I don't pay for. However, I've also gone out and bought books of the manga arcs I liked best and honestly? I've only read through the books a couple of times, but I don't regret paying for them, simply because it feels good to own them. 
I don't pay enough for manga. That is a fact. But the manga that does impress me, I do pay for, when I have the money, even if I end up never really reading the hard copy.
So, with the recent crackdown on Scanlations, I can appreciate the publishers right to get paid, but I can't help but see far too many similarities  to the RIAA VS Napster case several years ago: There is a new medium, people are getting a paid service for free, and the owners are scared of losing their money. And I understand that.
However,  many manga fans simply do not have the money to support their manga hobby. There's also the issue of poor official translations and the lag between Japanese releases and Western releases, and then, of course, some of us don't live near bookshops that actually sell manga. 
This is why I hope that the OpenManga project succeeds. In theory, it will allow the mangaka's to post their chapters online, and for hired scanlators to translate them into English and other languages within hours of the Japanese release. The catch is, however, that the money through advertising goes to the publishers and mangaka's of the chapters uploaded: So Shounen Jump and Kubo Tite get paid whenever someone views the adverts on each individual page of Bleach, and so on. The best part is that since the profit is gained through advertising, there is no need for users to pay any membership fees, much like this site.
Unfortunately, there are two main problems with this project: The American publishers get left to hang to dry, except when people wish to purchase hard copies of the manga which, as I've said and you all know, is very common, but the other main block is the physical price of a manga page. Other than that, it's a matter of putting one's initial greed aside and looking at the bigger picture in order to gain more money.
So, what do you all think? Would you use the OpenManga site? What are your views on this proposed solution? Many of you may already have heard of it through MangaHelpers, but this could easily be news to everyone else. If you don't think this is a good solution, then what are your views?
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Most people who've talked about Highschool of the Dead have mentioned two of the main things that I love about it: Violence and fanservice.
However, for me, the main appeal to this series is how the characters are treat and how they come across. Unlike the countless other examples of every other zombie show/film, or even any horror movie, the characters are always either incompetent, unrealistic, or Main Characters.  See, in HotD, the characters are realistic, and make realistic decisions. In a recent chapter of the manga, one character began to break down due to the stress of the decisions and harsh reality of living after the world has ended. So, for me, the realism of the characters is what makes this show great.
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