Reflections on High School of the Dead

Yesterday was a holiday due to the celebration of Eid ul-Fitr, or the end of Ramadan, the Moslems’ holy month. Being a Christian, I did not celebrate with them, but I celebrated due to the free time it gave me. Instead of using the free time to study, I watched until the most current episode of High School of the Dead. I think it’s a great series for what it brings: it has gratuitous amounts of hot women and violence.

I could say that it’s a bad show because it doesn’t appeal to me philosophically, but that would make me both a liar and a hypocrite, because I love it and enjoy it. Aside from the improbable physiques and beauties of the girls (and Saeko’s near-impossible antics with her body), the show is as gritty as it gets: when there will be a global catastrophe, the only law is anarchy. I understand that the girls were illustrated to titillate its prospective (male) watchers, because while it would be quite interesting to feature mediocre-looking girls with the same guys struggling through the zombie holocaust, it wouldn’t be as inviting. I certainly cannot hide the fact that I’m enjoying the show because of the female bombshells that inexplicably collected themselves in Takashi’s group, but I am also enjoying it due to the character dynamics that evinces itself in the different personalities within the group.

I think it says a lot about my preferences when this is the only picture on HSOTD on my folder.

I think it says a lot about my preferences when this is the only picture on HSOTD on my folder.

I also cannot hide the fact that I’m particular toward one girl, and that girl is Busujima Saeko. Among the group she is the most useful; she is also level-headed and can cook. She’s also the most attractive to me. I liked the ninth episode because it explored her history a little bit, and also because of the dynamic sexual tension that just oozes (from the ‘wet’ jokes to her confirmation that she was, really, sexually aroused). Whether it was resolved or not is still up in the air, but I’m more inclined to think that the zombies clustered around that area because of a certain occurrence that was prefaced as the background faded to black (I would have loved to hear her moans).

I would like for Saeko and Takashi to end up together and there’s already a quasi-confession from him, but in my experience these kinds of ladies (beautiful, cool, untouchable) end up shafted or dying at the end of these kinds of series for the sake of the childhood friend or the previous lover. I was aroused with the sixth episode, but the ninth episode was just more stimulating to me. As they progress on their journey Takashi unknowingly has three beautiful women in competition for him.

It’s not intellectual; sometimes, it’s even quite farcical. But it is a most entertaining watch.

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14 Responses to “Reflections on High School of the Dead

  1. fakoly Says:

    Your english is weird.. Pretentious too. you can still improve by a lot, why don’t you practise more?

  2. Michael Says:

    I get that sometimes. But thanks for the comment!

  3. Taka Says:

    If you think his english is weird and pretentious try reading Omo’s.

    As for the Saeko: God yes.

    I blame Miyuki Sawashiro being such an amazing seiyuu. She somehow has just the right inflection to make the “wet” jokes arousing instead of goofy. When she leans over and whispers in his ear *shudder* and then strips…. excuse me a moment-

    -and I’m back! In conclusion: Saeko hnggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

  4. Michael Says:

    Taka:

    Saeko really makes the show for me. She indeed has an amazing seiyuu, who pulls off that cool beauty just so wonderfully. Whether in the manga or in the anime, I hope she doesn’t die and I hope she ends up with Takashi. They look so awesome together, and finally having an onee-san end up with a cool guy would be great. Haha.

  5. Baka-Raptor Says:

    Your writing may be pretentious, but your taste in women is not. Saeko is the best.

  6. Michael Says:

    Baka-Raptor:

    Hahahaha. Saeko is the best.

    I really won’t mind if they killed Rei.

  7. Angelus Says:

    Despite its many failings – scenario, plotting, characterisation, dialog, artwork, breast size – I still find this series strangely compelling. Especially Saeko, which is very strange indeed, considering that I usually find girls unappealing by the time they really start developing. Perhaps it’s because she brings out the masochist in me…

    And BTW, if you think Michael’s English is “weird” or “pretentious”, you really don’t understand English.

  8. Michael Says:

    Angelus:

    Yeah, it has many failings. But it’s extremely, extremely watchable and compelling, and a large part of that is due to Saeko. Here’s wishing she doesn’t get shafted at the end!

    Thanks for the comment!

  9. Micha Militano Says:

    Productive individuals aren’t born that way.These people become successful by establishing the routine of doing stuff unsuccessful folks don’t like to do

  10. RedMaigo Says:

    Another one joins the Saeko Busujima Fan Club! She is hot as hell and has your back when going into battle. I think I fell in love with her during the first episode when she had to “put down” the student that got bitten due to saving Useless-sensei (Marikawa) bounteous ass. Her line will always resonate with me, “Protecting a man’s pride is a woman’s duty.”

    I was ready to get a ring and wife this girl! Buuuut she doesn’t exist except in my dreams.

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  12. Milford Hoppel Says:

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

  13. Jay Says:

    Saeko was indeed the most useful of the bunch but I hardly think that her wearing an apron & thong well meant that she was a good cook.
    The show would have been greatly improved had Nurse Bubble Head been killed off. Of all the people to have survived!
    As I am a fan of horror films my curiosity drew me to this show as I’ve pretty much given up on the zombie sub genre & thought (This being an anime.) this would put things in a new light so to speak. It certainly handled things a bit different in my estimation.
    Some thoughts on the show here:

    http://jaysteevee.blogspot.com/2010/12/not-so-hotd.html

  14. jennique adams Says:

    Blah Blah what is this Poop

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