Posted by AidanAK47 on 23 September 2015 with categories: Currently Watching:, Gakkou Gurashi

Abandon hope, all ye who enter here. Things are looking grimmer and grimmer for our four heroines as Yuuri can’t bring herself to kill Kurumi, Miki is trapped on the lower floors and zombies have subsequently knocked out the power and overrun the school. Leaving a surprisingly stable Yuki to save everyone’s hides. The zombies knocking out the power by destroying the generators through pure coincidence is a rather far fetched development but current developments call for more bad luck and this shows the school is beyond saving.  I mainly expected Yuki’s snap back to reality to be a morbid change as she learned just what was waiting for her but it’s turned out to be a fairly positive change. Admittedly the second half of the episode does deal a bit too much on Yuki accepting Megumi’s death when time is short and while Yuki’s staring at flashbacks of her past, her friends are getting closer to their deaths. The emotional draw didn’t quite work for me considering that every second Yuki stares blankly at a visual memory is a second Kurumi inches near the point of no return. We already got plenty of emotional weight behind this so I don’t see the point of adding more when the situation calls for drastic action.

Miki’s encounter with Taromaro was brief and could possibly be a encounter they are saving for the finale. Miki killing Megumi for good was a great scene as well as her running around with the shovel trying to imitate Kurumi to weak effect. It shows that Kurumi isn’t so easily replaceable and without her the group is going to be missing some vital offensive force. But Miki managed to do what Kurumi couldn’t and kill Megumi. At first however it looked like she was making a beginners mistake in zombie films and was attempting to speak with it while the zombie gets within striking distance. Miki left things pretty close her as Megumi was right on top of her before she swung the shovel down. I get paying respects to the dead but perhaps you should do it with a room’s worth of distance just in case. It’s not as if Megumi would take offense…or would she?

One thing that Gakkou zombies have that most others don’t is residual memory. That last time I saw this explored was in George Romero’s Day of the dead or the “A Ride in the Park” sequence of VHS 2. The zombies of Gakkou have a higher level of memory than other kinds, Megumi being a prime example. She continues to write in a journal despite her writing being nothing more than random scribbles and hangs around the basement where the medicine is. The medicine case itself has bloody landmarks on it, suggesting that Megumi tried to reach it while she was still human or has been trying to open it while undead. It asks the question, just how aware are these zombies? It’s a scary thought that under that facade could be a person internally screaming for help.The big question now is whether Gakkou can tie things up satisfactorily for the final episode as no word of a second season has come. A life goes on ending would be the likely choice and not a bad option as it does leave the possibility of a sequel. But the enticing idea of a full tragic original ending is a delight far too rare. That said the chances of that seem slim as this episode shows that the direction is aiming for a more hopeful outcome.

5 Responses

  1. Avatar Joe says:

    I think there’s a spoiler in the image. Psgels was usually good about avoiding spoilers in the screenshots.

    • Avatar AidanAK47 says:

      Guessing you mean the one on the bottom right. In that regard I would need to change this and two previous reviews. If this a primary offender then It won’t be too hard to change this one.
      Psgels did a lot of things. Not sure why you felt the need to bring him up.

      • Avatar Joe says:

        @aidan: I only brought psgels up because I felt safe from spoilers coming to this site because he was careful about picking generic screenshots. I like your posts so I’ve still been coming here, but I hope you keep this blog relatively free of spoilers. Spoilers in the written parts of the posts is obviously necessary, but I don’t want to see spoilers in the screenshots when I’m scrolling past them to see a post about another episode. I haven’t seen the post on the previous episode but if that has spoilery screenshots too then it’d be a good idea to remove them.

        @anon: Dude, stop being so defensive. I’m still on this site, aren’t I? Literally the only problem I’ve had with aidan is this post with the spoilers. That’s it.

    • Avatar anon says:

      pgsels did this, pgsels did that.

      Seriously, stop, he’s not pgsels, just move on.

  2. Avatar Vonter says:

    I think a John Carpenter’s The Thing ending will make sense. The situation calls for an ambiguous ending. Since while a dark ending could happen few stories do it, and the situation could be too fast for a good ending. Also a third option is by going with the theme of unreliable narration, maybe all was a bad dream. :p

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