Posted by psgels on 30 August 2010 with categories: High School of the Dead



Well, I guess we all knew what this episode was going to introduce: the LOVE TRIANGLE. Generally, I hate those things because A) they’re annoying, B) go nowhere and C) they way too often get in the way of the real plot. It was a good episode overall, but at this pace I do hope that the final four episodes will remember that this series is focused on horror and fanservice. The romance should just be there to get the best out of the characters.

Either way though, it’s episodes like this that make High School of the Dead into more than just a gore and boob fest, because Saeko did get quite a bit of attention, and we learned a lot more about her. And to be honest, I actually liked the way that Takeshi developed his crush for Saeko a lot more than his angsty side who can’t get over a childhood crush who dumped him years ago.

That’s not to say that it was actually good romance of course, as according to anime logic it seems that whenever a guy and a girl are together in a tight situation they are 100% sure to fall in love. But still, I never started to watch this series for its realism. One thing that I am very glad of is that this series doesn’t try to be funny. The creators could have easily turned Takeshi into a horny peeping pervert in this episode with a stupid grin on his face, but they didn’t. The creators could easily have made the most horrible puns and fanservice jokes throughout the series, but instead they knew that those jokes suck in 99% of the cases. Instead, the jokes they do make either work decently, or are harmless enough to ignore.
Rating: * (Good)

11 Responses

  1. Skoopman says:

    And I really hoped for an ** rating, oh well.

  2. Alec says:

    not sure how to interpret what Komuro said at the end… I think im supposed to get pissed at the main character…

  3. Frost says:

    “IM WET” LOL?

    But this was actually the best episode so far because Saeko is pure win… And actually, Miyuki Sawashiro might be the only reason this is worth watching

  4. Immelman says:

    “I accepted her darknes (…) Obviouly, I did this in order to survive”

    These are the last words of Komuro. Doesn’t this mean that he was actually disgusted by Saeko, but hided it, faked liking her, so as to change her in a killing machine, and exploit her strength to survive?
    That would be awesome.

  5. bakufan says:

    ^ that’s exactly what happened, he used her to survive, since day 1 he’s the most broken of the characters in the show…I bet he will end up really bad.

  6. Skoopman says:

    Wait a second, even if he did say that, he smiled at the last scene at her, when they arrived at the mansion. Did he fake the smile, too? I don’t think so. I think he likes Saekos sado maso style :))

  7. MiC says:

    Actually, wouldn’t a final pairing of Komuro and Saeko break conventional anime logic? If this went by the book then he should end up with Rei.

  8. Someguy says:

    He was definitely shocked by what he heard, and it does sound like he is using her to survive (annoying final words..), but I don’t think that’s all of it. Maybe I’m too soft or whatever, but I’m pretty sure his affection for her is not fake. Personally, I want to see more Saeko…forget Rei.

  9. miya says:

    ^

    It sounded more like he just means he has to accept a lot of things in order to survive in the zombie-infested world.

  10. Someguy says:

    ^
    I’ll say that I definitely prefer your interpretation.

  11. Gavin says:

    What can I say? It was the first episode where I wondered what was going on with the characters since the series opener. Regardless of where they go with it, whether the show completely devolves in the next episode, this was a good one. Sadly, that’s only 4’ish episodes out of 9…

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  • ratsgnoF
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 01:43 AM)
  • ratsgnoF
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 01:41 AM)
  • ratsgnoF
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 01:40 AM)
    Here are some of the monologues that weren’t really shown in the anime. They’re very well written. https://kyakka.wordpress.com/yahari-light-novel/volume-10/first-memorandum/ https://kyakka.wordpress.com/yahari-light-novel/volume-10/second-memorandum/
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 01:11 AM)
    Ah, then yes, almost certainly. I’d go as far as to expect the author also spends significant time with teenagers to capture their mentality so well.
    I imagine it’d be easier for teens to get emotionally invested, but I’d also say there’s a deeper level they wouldn’t really ‘get’ until older. We can evaluate what we see with a hindsight teens cannot have, so we aren’t worse off for being older.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 12:58 AM)
    Ah yes, the author being like hachiman, thats what I was getting at.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 12:57 AM)
    While watching yahari, one other thing went through my mind “Y’know were I a teenager watching this I can only imagine just how much/even more I’d be getting from this”
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 12:49 AM)
    I’ve only seen first eps for both, but I have hope for Euphonium also being decent on the character front. Plastic Memories looks like it could easily turn out badly and the premiere gave no cause for hope. And I’ve yet to find someone defending it, so unless you’re bored I’d give it a pass.
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 12:45 AM)
    Probably not, though he was probably highly perceptive (much like Hachiman) from a younger age than most. There’s nothing particularly special about the character relationships – I’ve seen most of them – it’s how they are portrayed honestly, flaws open to see but without being judgemental, that makes Yahari so good at it.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 12:39 AM)
    On the fence about marathoning Euphonium, heard bad bad things about plastic memories over on flawfinders blog.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 12:31 AM)
    Makes me wonder if the guy who wrote Yahari essentially lived it to an extent.

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