HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD – 03
「Democracy under the DEAD」
The beginning news report had an English speaking reporter, and though it still sounded weird, it was almost perfect. If you ask me, there was some kind of computer-ish lisp to the voice. Anyway, after the news report, Shizuka suggests that the zombies may die from decomposition, a la 28 days later style. Alas, Takagi retorts that since the idea of a zombie doesn’t make sense in the first place, why apply any logic to it? And so, they decide to head to their respective houses to check on their families first, marking the direction the series will head from here on. Since they can’t get out except through the front gate of the school, there’s only one way out, and that way is filled with zombies. The scene where Takashi tests if the zombies only react to sound was awesome, but if it were live action, it’d be even more awesome. I mean, that’s kind of an unavoidable fault of animated apocalypse films/series. Perhaps that’s why there hasn’t been much of the apocalypse genre in the animated medium. Speaking of action, the animation just never seems to let up. I think the question some of us want to ask now is, “when will Madhouse stop being awesome?”
As a zombie series should be, a bunch more people were eaten this episode, but the towel guy takes the cake. Of all things to hamper your survival, the guy puts a towel around his neck and gets owned. That’s a shameful death. The next victim, who tripped and sprained his ankle in slow motion (which was hilarious btw with his echoing scream/moan), gets his face severely stomped on by Shido Koichi (Taniyama Kisho), a teacher that surprisingly only Rei knows is evil. With the entrance of Shido-sensei, who pretty much grasps at any chance of making himself the leader, the evil nature of humans that was only seen in the background has finally confronted them. Somehow he gathered a bunch of survivors who seem to follow him rather blindly, and almost ecstatically, desperately clinging onto him for survival. This is natural human instinct at its best folks. I could go on, but this is no editorial.
I suppose the ecchi does have some weird placement during the episode, but whenever it appears, I just chuckle a bit. It’s like a reminder that this is at its heart just an anime, and that you shouldn’t get too serious about the subject at hand. Of course, many people would think this defeats the main point of the show, which they believe is to completely immerse you into a serious zombie apocalypse, but that’s just not the style or direction the mangaka intends to go with. As such, I’m not going to mention the ecchi any longer in future impressions.
Cross referencing the manga again, there’s not much difference between them except locations. The hall filled with zombies weren’t actually the typical school lockers hallway you see in Japanese schools, but only just a hall. The bus trapping Takashi and Rei in a tunnel was also anime original as the manga only had the bus itself as the separation. The changes are rather trivial, and in the case of the bus, adding the tunnel just gives them more of a reason to split up at that point. Besides a couple of dialogue missing here and there, this has been a really faithful adaptation so far. It’s funny because I can say I enjoy watching the show, but after preparing a blog about it (which requires several rewatches and breaking down the show), it’s hard to remember where that enjoyment was.
Note: They had another new ED this time, and it was much more fitting to the desolate tone of the show, but I’m assuming it will change yet again next episode.
Also, Takagi is totally tsundere for Hirano. :P