Highschool of the Dead – Tittilating gore fest

If you’re into zombie flicks, heaving bouncy jubblies and the occasional randomly placed fan service set in a high school environment, then one of this season’s most anticipated manga turned anime might be right up your alley. High school of the Dead, simply put, is the story of a band of high school students trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. Now before you ask, “OK, What’s new about that?”, where most of the zombie movies out there right now mostly involves military folk cordoning off a population and survivors pick up more stragglers and then meet up with armed authorities, this might not be so much different.

Written by Sato Daisuke and illustrated by Inazuma, the manga was first published in the magazine Monthly Dragon Age in September of 2006 and went on hiatus in late 2008.  It did however resume at around March of this year and took another break around May. Publication should resume the same week as the airing of the first episode of the anime adaptation.

To give you a good idea of how High School of the Dead will turn out: Take Battle Royale, the first one, then throw in zombies in to the mix.  Now add gratuitous amounts of jiggling juggs and flashing pantsu the likes you’d see from Oneechanbara.  Do you get the picture now?

While this would definitely appeal fans of both gore and gratuitous fan service, if you’re capable of selectively processing what you’re watching and are able blot out either aspect, you just might get to appreciate how masterfully conceived this marketing gem is.  Or to the mentally deranged such as myself, take it as if you were watching a zombie apocalypse B-movie while eating space cakes.

To set an example, let’s take a scene from the first episode.  Now I’m not much of a narrator but I’ll do my best not to spoil much for you.

As 2 girls ran hand in hand down a corridor, fleeing from their infected classmates, they vow to stick together no matter what they encounter.  But then, one of the girls got caught by her ankle by one of ‘Them’ and was pulled down a stair well.

Grasping her friend by the wrist, she pleads for help.

Her friend only utters in an angry voice; “Let go!”, as she got kicked away.

She stumbles down the stairs and into the waiting group of infected students.

The friend could only watch in horror as her breathing increased as she is taken by ‘them’…
… her exhales turn into gasps for breath… and every now and then  a soft whimper…
… as her helpless body can only take so much of the ravaging…
…. her bosoms heaving at every breath of air she takes…
And in the ruckus, she shakes… trembles… as those who assault her, relentlessly, go in…

One after the other… after the other… devouring  bit of her.

And in one final sigh of hers… her thighs quiver as her exhausted body gives in.

As she exhales for one last time, she lets out at the top of her lungs a long… loud…

BLOOD CURDLING SCREAM.

So… Interested yet? Personally though.  I like zombie apocalypse themed movies and catching this was a no-brainer.  While the fan service was mostly random and pointless, it’s an integral part of gore films in general and is most welcome.  Where as High School of the Dead may be Japanese, it takes its cues mainly from mainstream zombie apocalypse flicks like 28 Days Later. I mean the ED Theme alone sounds like a remix of the 28 Days Later theme. I just hope it pushes through to the end and doesn’t go on hiatus mid way through the series for 2 years like the manga did.

5 responses to “Highschool of the Dead – Tittilating gore fest

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  2. I watch it for the zombies. Jiggling boobs and pantsu come in second😄

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  4. Truly actually very good web site article which has got me considering. I never looked at this from your point of view.

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