Posted by psgels on 20 September 2010 with categories: High School of the Dead




So, the good thing is that the creators really pulled up and delivered a worthy finale for this series. The bad thing is that the story just stops in the middle, the show stops just as the characters are about to find out whether Takagi’s parents are alive. There is one OVA left, but with that one I again doubt whether it will provide full closure.

Now, we could hope for a second season, but Madhouse has a bit of a strange policy when it comes to its sequels. To name an example, they did make a sequel for Saiunkoku Monogatari and Chi’s Sweet Home, but they did not for Claymore. Generally speaking, they very rarely make sequels.

In any case though, I’m not unhappy with the way this series ends. This episode was restrained, yet entertaining. The atmosphere never faltered, and I like how this episode did conclude the story of Saya’s parents. We’re not exactly told what happens to them, but this can be left to imagination easily, and I actually think that it’s more powerful than if the creators would have outright stated whether or not they survived or got slaughtered. This episode also put a lot of meaning into their relationship with Saya, and it’s also good to see that the nurse and her friend got one final conversation.

Oh, and especially the backgrounds in this episode were better than ever. I’m surprised that that’s where most of the budget went here, but works really well, and this episode looked utterly gorgeous because of it.

Overall, out of all of Tetsurou Araki‘s works, this does remain my least favourite series. However, he still put forth a very skillful adaptation here, with some great production values and atmospheres, he really did the story justice for as simple as it may have been. This was the first fanservice series I have ever blogged. It’s a genre that I usually dislike because they often focus too much on the fanservice and forget to make the rest of their series interesting and compelling. High School of the Dead did not. Overall I consider 2010 to be one of the least impressive years of anime since 2005, however the fanservice genre is one of the few for which I feel that it has gotten better. That’s not to say that we’ve gotten rid of the crappy fanservice series of course (*coughkissxsiscough*), but I admit: we’ve gotten quite a few good ones.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. LeMoN says:

    :(((((( is very shorttt HOTD i expect more…but now wehave to iamgined what hapens to parent of takagi.

    I DONT LIKE IT THEY STOP IN THE MIDDLE THAT DONT MAKE SENSE :((( I WANTTT MORE EPISODDDDD I DONT UNDERStAND SOMETHING stuff :((((( I WANT MORE EPISODEEE

  2. Westlo says:

    They didn’t make a sequel for Claymore because they butchered the last part of anime. It’s pretty much impossible to make a sequel to Claymore using the manga period

    Raki never reunites with Clare and sticks with Isley and Priscilla, Clare returns to normal via Jean and not Raki. Her, Miria and the remaining Claymores are surrounded.

    Isley battles Luciefla (sp) and beats her to near death, Lufiedla than runs into her sister Rafella.

    Time Skip to 7 years later.

  3. Roldan says:

    lol they ended just before the mall arc. to bad, i like that part a lot.

    btw this Anime will surely have more mainstream appeal then Claymore also claymore had 26 episodes while this only had 12. plus the Manga just concluded the mall arc a couple of months ago so it hasn’t gotten to far for them to create a second season but I’m sure they will.

  4. boo says:

    Though to be honest, their others shows either aren’t worth sequels, don’t need sequels due to good endings/no more source material, or just weren’t popular enough to get sequels…
    But hey, Black Lagoon got sequels, that’s all I care about!

  5. Kiryn says:

    Over all, I thought the HOTD anime was pretty good, even with all of the excessive fanservice. They left an open-ending for Takagi’s parents, which happened exactly in the manga and I felt was appropriate.

    I actually felt this was one of the stronger anime series this season, considering how well a lot of the the scenes were coordinated. I hope Madhouse will take up another season of HOTD (as long as there’s enough of the manga plot to make into another season).

    Thank you for blogging this series! :D

  6. Charles says:

    I too thought it was a good series. I read much of the scanlations and found that the actions, plots and dialogue to be as close as possible to the manga and even though I’d read considerably further than the show, I never felt as though I should hope to skip ahead–the show itself stood on independent (albeit zombified) legs and became of its own in its own. Thoroughly enjoyable, Madhouse did us a favor this time around.

  7. kakadoodledoo says:

    Although fanservice is a total turn off for me, I just ignored those scenes and moved on to the actual story. It was quite amusing. But nothing that I would probably remember.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Mar 2. 2015 01:29 AM)
    Late to this one but
    @BrendanVGC, that’s kinda tough. See there is a huge amount of very different manga that fall under the category “Seinien” You would kinda need to give us a more focused genre to work with here. Like horror, action etc.
    And pretty sure death note is shounen.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:35 AM)
    Damon I am more used to seeing in a drama or comedy role I reckon rather than an action hero.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:24 AM)
    Eric Bana is so underated =<
    I want to see more of the man on film.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:52 AM)
    The story would’ve been much more anchored and believable if the social imbalance wasn’t portrayed so heavy-handedly. It makes no sense for every house in Elysium to have a healing-bed that completely restores you and they dint bother to put a single one on Earth to keep the working class happy and healthy. I mean, c’mon now.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:49 AM)
    Yeah the action sequences were the best parts of Elysium. I don’t k ow, I just don’t feel Matt Damon in these roles anymore and I hope they stayed with Eric Bana like the rumors were hinting; that probably would’ve made it a more personal story.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:55 AM)
    Its been too long since I saw district 9 to have an accurate opinion on it.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:54 AM)
    I can remember giving higher points to elysium when I saw it first because I really needed/wanted to see an R rated action movie. But apart from Sharlto Copley as the villain it was in hindsight fairly miscast, the ending was quite poor and the script could have been improved on, I liked the robots/action scenes however.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:20 AM)
    I have a feeling that the movie’s gonna suck tho. District 9 was good, Elysium was a mess and Chappie looks like a Short Circuit ripoff with nothing new to add. I have respect for Blomkamp since he started as an animator and probably has respect for the medium and a good eye for aesthetics, by he’s doing progressively more conventional stuff as his career goes on.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 01:41 AM)
    Ha, so I wasn’t wrong when I came across that film Chappie and thinking that the robot resembled Briareos from appleseed, the director’s a fan of Masume Shirow’s work apparently.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 12:16 AM)
    @Brendan: That completely hinges on your personal taste, but Vagabond is one of the best Chanbara ones around, with superb art, fast pacing and entertaining storyline. Berserk should go without saying as it’s a codifier for many Seinen conventions, but Vinland Saga is another great series which is in similar vein. Biomega and Drifters are also worth a look.

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