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High School Of The Dead Anime Review
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High School of the Dead Anime Review

When I first saw this anime it had just begun airing. Brand new to TV, the plot enthralled me. The main character, Komuro Takashi is skipping class on a regular school day. Hiding out in an outdoor stairwell he notices a strange man bumping against the gate. A group of teachers confront the strange man only to have one of them get bitten. Thus begins the zombie infestation for Takashi and his classmates. Soon the entire school is in a panic as students, both living and undead flood the school.

Takashi escapes to the school roof top with his best friends Rei Miyamoto and Hisashi Igou, however not before Hisashi is bitten. They barricade the infected students out of the observatory balcony, but Takashi is forced to defeat his best friend who becomes one of 'Them' as the zombie-like creatures are constantly referred to throughout the show. In an effort to escape the school, Takashi and Rei team up with four other survivors. The entire team is formed consisting of Kohta Hirano, Saya Takagi, Shizuka Marikawa, and Saeko Busujima in addition to Takashi and Rei.

Each of the characters within this anime is developed with a consistent personality that sticks through the series. Takashi remains the primary character, however the series provides plenty of clues concerning the backgrounds of the other characters. In my personal opinion, I find Saeko and Takashi to be the most fascinating characters due in large part to their dark sides. Both have darker personalities hidden within themselves which only come out on rare occasions of honesty. Saeko is a champion kendo master, which proves invaluable to the group. Kohta is the firearms expert, having been trained with many military grade weapons at camp. Takagi Saya is the self-proclaimed genius of the group and she does put her critical thinking skills to use quite effectively, being the first to realize the scope of the problem and deduce what possible course of action to best pursue. Rei Miyamoto, in addition to being Takashi's childhood friend is also a past love interest, however Takashi has never been able to act on their shared attractions. Shizuka Marikawa is the school's nurse who is the ditsy woman of the series. She proves to be an excellent driver however as the team works their way through the city and she has some good connections. Finally Takashi himself is a well rounded character with some leadership capability, however lacking the confidence to truly and fully step out and lead the others. He is quite self-less, going out of his way to rescue people in trouble.

Overall, if you are looking for an excellent anime to follow that gives an idea of what would happen in the world if a zombie apocalypse struck the world, High School of the Dead is the anime for you. The dynamic characters, challenging world wide catastrophe, and gripping animations will keep you glued to your seat for the entire 5 hours of story.


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