Danté's Anime Reviews

A set of reviews of Animes I've watched (including age ratings). Any Anime recommendations are welcome.


1. Highschool of the Dead (16+)

Highschool of the Dead

My Age Rating: 16+

Genre: Action, Ecchi, Horror
Episodes: 12 (+ an OVA*)
Sequel: No Sequel Yet
Official Age Rating: 18+

"A mysterious, lethal disease is on the loose worldwide, resulting in a catastrophic death rate of humanity, and the increasing rise of attacks, caused by the living dead.

In Japan, several high school students and a school nurse have banded together to escape Fujimi High School shortly after it was attacked by zombies. The group now attempts to figure who or what was responsible for this plague, and in the meantime, attempt to survive the present apocalypse."

I recently finished watching the first Season of Highschool of the Dead, and I found it amazing.

As a male teenager it satisfied a number of interests (zombies, guns and girls), but had enough to it to interest the average teenage girl as well.

There was a certain degree of perversion to it, I think, with emphasis on bouncing breasts and angled shots of underwear, but that was by far not the thing that caught my attention (most). The storyline was fantastic.

I will only be detailed about episode one: it starts in a highschool, and seems rather focused on a characters called "Takashi" who has lost his long-time girlfriend to another guy. When a teacher is killed at the front gates he immediately seeks to help his ex, "Rei", and her boyfriend.

By the time he's rescued them, the school is overrun with zombies. We are also introduced to the other characters during this escape sequence: "Saeko", "Saya", "Kohta" and "Shizuka".

Each character has a unique personality, which is a wonderful thing - no one wants six characters who are alike - and they all clash with each other at least once. However, their differences also seem to be what keeps them together.

There are two guys and four girls throughout the anime, and each girl seems to have some form of crush on Takashi, with none of them showing much affection for Kohta. Their feelings for each other have little development, however, which is a shame, although there is a moment between Takashi and Rei, as well as one between Takashi and Saeko.

I think Saeko is the best-developed character, as she has a moment where she explains a thrill from killing the zombies. We get a strong understanding of her character and past from this, and maybe the other characters needed a touch of this as well.

In the interests of keeping this review short, I will summarise my feelings:

It had moments of humour as well as emotional turmoil - I almost cried once or twice - and I would say the perverted sections are a good way to keep it light hearted, despite the constant threat.

I would consider this a fantastic anime, and I would recommend a watch to those not offended by/who enjoy sexualisation.

Without the sexualisation, though, this is still 16+ due to the gore involved.

My Rating: 4.5/5 - The characters needed a little more development, and the emphasis on sexualisation did detract from the story a little, even if they were amusing.

Recommend? Yes. At least watch the first episode. If you enjoy the first episode, you'll love the rest.

*OVA = "Original Video Animation" - This is an "extra" episode, often based after the events of the main anime, or at some point within it. It rarely connects with the main story.

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