HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD – 05
「Streets of the DEAD」
Houston, “we have a problem”. Another episode starting off with some enjoyable engrish. It’s always nice to feel superior once in a while in these otherwise alien videos that we seem to enjoy. Alas, a new character is introduced, and if you couldn’t tell, it’s Nurse Boin’s friend. She’s Minami Rika, a sniper of Japan’s Special Assault Team, voiced by Takeuchi Junko. Weird thing is, Takeuchi also voices Uzumaki Naruto, so that gave me some shudders.
Shido also gives me the shudders, with him somehow able to generate pure ecstacy from women just by touching them. What the hell was up with that scene anyway? Takagi is also tsundere for Komuro, but can’t really beat Saeko in a battle of “who’s the cooler/calmer one”. But honestly, the face-off scene between Takagi’s group and Shido’s was just awkward as hell, with Shido’s lip licking and Boin’s ..well boinging. Regardless, Hirano became badass once again, but still not up to Viral levels. I think he’s trying to refrain from doing it so early on in the series, as you can see he calms himself down often when his voice levels start reaching there (lol). Anyway, great music at his scene, but where’s that 28 days later song? I’ve been wanting to hear it again since the first episode. :P
I’m going to be honest, the episodes since the 2nd one haven’t really brought up the same adrenaline I felt in the first episode, and this episode didn’t feel any different. But then the 17 minute mark came around, and suddenly the action went into overdrive. You’d have to be lying if the combination of slow motion and a Zombieland reference didn’t get your blood boiling, but then again maybe you’re just not a man, man. There was just something epic about Hirano finally receiving an actual gun in his hands. Although I have to admit, the spinning Busujima attack, while cool, was not really realistic or necessary. But then again, neither is whacking zombies with a motorcycle as if you’ve been riding the thing for years. But hey, realism is boring sometimes.
While they tried to play that angle of “we’ve changed so much in one day” at the end, it’s really because they changed that they’ve survived so far. After a whole day of killing zombies, you’re pretty much used to what you have to do to survive, no questions asked. It was just a bit eye rolling for me, since it felt a little forced. Considering the preview almost entirely consisted of moans, I think it’s safe to say the next episode won’t be as censored as I thought. I’m pretty satisfied with the current pace so far, as for some reason I thought the show would end when they near the loli-rescue arc, but it seems that might happen in the next two episodes.
I can’t hear youuuu…