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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  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 09:33 AM)
    But hey, a step in the right direction is still a step. And I’ll take it. I also like that we’ve learned both can go to the same place, instead of either or.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 09:32 AM)
    Watched Death Parade’s third episode. Easily the best so far. Significantly better execution, felt a lot less forced. The weight of their situation actually added something to their story, giving the Queen Decim gimmick more purpose. That said, the game itself was still heavily underutilized beyond tangential connection to their living selves. And the setting still needs attention if we’re meant to care about it in and of itself.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 07:32 AM)
    Regarding isuca’s female protagonist, whatever anyone or I thinks or not of her character or design/situations involving her its another case of me wanting to beat her to death with a baseball bat. Not a good sign…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 06:27 AM)
    *while the series took me a bit to get into
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 06:15 AM)
    Despite the fairly rubbish turn, twist this last chapter of shinigami and 4 girlfriends took and while it took me a bit to get into and felt it could have been funnier, it doesn’t ruin the manga for me, but this could have if it had gone on been better than the world God only knows.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:53 AM)
    I really don’t know…don’t know why I bother checking out these bottom of the barrel LN style trash knowing I’ll hate them…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:51 AM)
    Oh Arms if only you could go back to your Genshiken, Elfen lied I”s days, you made three good anime.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:49 AM)
    *Delightfully mad
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:48 AM)
    I’ve seen a fair bit of stuff associated with Go Nagai now and theres an insane, mad mind at work there whether it be in the action, violence or humour, Isuca having a Go Nagai style monster is an insult.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:18 AM)
    And the way they just trick you with that first scene. Go Nagai-like, grotesque monster, a mysterious girl saving the guy and then vanishing. It’s not top shelf, but at least looks like something you could work with. And then the rest of the episode happened.

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