Monday, January 9, 2012

Wicked Anime Reviews #19 Highschool of the Dead

Anime reviews delivered directly to the face!

In one sentence:
Zombie apocalypse breaks out while high school students attempt to survive.

What rocks:
- While it’s kind of difficult to imagine the virus spreading as fast as it did, the show puts a lot of attention into details of what would occur during a zombie apocalypse of this magnitude and the way that people react as well as the events that occur are all very believable (even if the action scenes aren’t).

- Crazy over the top action is always enjoyable to watch and there’s plenty of it to go around. We’re talking "defy gravity" kind of over the top.

- It’s not just the zombies that are the threat but other people as well. This creates an interesting dynamic that most zombie shows/movies don’t emphasize or they just leave out entirely.

- Some of the main cast. A few of these are great characters that you can really get behind. Edit: people are going to take that as a double entendre aren't they?

What sucks:
- Fan service. Not just because I’m not really a fan of it but because it detracts from the atmosphere and events in the show. It’s zombies nomming on bodies one second and pantie shots and flailing boobs the next. Those don’t really seem to go together.

- The lack of an ending. The manga wasn’t finished at the time so they decided to cut things short and leave it open to finish the series later on. While I’m glad they didn’t plan on an Anime original ending, it’s still a bummer that it’s left unfinished and I’m not sure if there’s word yet when or if there will be another season. If there are still plans to finish this then take this off of the suck factor but until then it stays.

- The recaps. It’s a short series as it is and recaps aren’t necessary at all. I realize that they had to cut corners on the budget here to make the show look as good as it does but this show doesn’t need to be held together with cardboard tape.

- Some of the main cast. There are a few characters that can easily get on your nerves and I think I would have preferred a different group dynamic than what is setup.

If you’re looking for zombies, gore, and fan-service (all three of which are in copious amounts) then this is your show. That being said, I’m not very fond of any of those three things and yet I still had fun watching the series so that says something.

This is Kylak signing out to survive this never ending fan-service apocalypse.


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