HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD – 06
「In the DEAD of the night」
With a place to finally settle down, episode six kicks back into a relaxing atmosphere (an understatement), but doesn’t forget to remind us of the terrors still lurking on the outside. You could say the episode was split into three focus areas: the girls, the men, and the police.
While the last couple of episodes dealt with the moral issues between the main characters, this one focuses a bit more on the public side of things, mostly being the police dealing with the lock down. Seen in many apocalypse movies, a lock down is often used to control some sort of virus, to filter out the good and the bad. Now if you’ve had your run-ins with cops, you’d probably say they’re mostly hard asses (for their own good reasons, I’m sure). Now if one person gets that annoyed with a single cop, how’s a whole crowd going to fare, especially under the imminent danger of zombies? Then again, I don’t feel the situation was really clearly shown (until some re-viewings). If the crowd was lining up to get through the bridge, where did the random hordes of zombies come from and to what side (seems like it was both)? This also goes for the bulldozer. Whatever the case, it seems the crowd should have been a bit more frantic if there were that many zombies surrounding them already. The woman holding her child was amidst a crowd of zombies! How did that even make sense? With crowds comes riots, but they made the spokesperson of that crowd incredibly annoying. If he had a better voice and seemed a little less ignorant (as well as visually), the cop’s decision to shoot him might have made more impact. In any case, nothing really “innovative” here in this take of a typical apocalypse situation. If you’ve read it, the bridge back story in World War Z was much more interesting.
Back at the house, the females enjoy a “luscious” bath, while the males try to familiarize themselves with weaponry. Boy, sexual stereotypes are fun aren’t they? Hirano is finally able to gush over actual weapons, which I believe are real weapons taken from our world (why not right?). Anyways, enough skirting around the giant elephant in the room. If there were any worries about the bath scene, don’t worry, Madhouse delivers. They deliver so much, I’m not even sure if there’s anything that they missed from these scenes. Of course, only Saeko’s scenes were really for me (that hadaka apron? :P). Fanservice aside, Rei’s run in with Takashi was great, and can literally be described with the phrase “hot and heavy”. Overlapping ED’s always make it better, but getting only an implication of a kiss is weak. A pivotal moment in the development of these two characters, their lingering feelings of Hisashi are finally removed.
Next episode deals with probably my favorite chapter in the entire series, the retrieve and rescue of the little girl you’ve been seeing in the opening. I think it’s because danger finally feels real for the characters, and in turn, it lets the characters shine.
Note: I noticed I took two shots of Hirano looking through binoculars..