HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD – 07
「DEAD night and the DEAD ruck」
With morale low, and the others recuperating, what is team Takashi to do when they see a little girl about to be devoured? Why, save her of course! This is all fine and dandy, but I had a problem with Rei declaring, “we realized we’re still human.” Are you serious? Since the beginning, you’ve (by you I mean the entire group) seen a bunch of people get killed without going to help them, especially with Takashi pushing his “survival of the fittest” moral. For god’s sake, we spent an entire episode on this just a couple weeks ago. While saving a defenseless girl has more reason than leaving alone an older person who’s more capable, I don’t feel it should just make what you’ve done so far “okay” with the comfort that you’re “still human”. A cop-out of a more complex predicament? Yeah, oh well, but it gets worse for me.
I don’t know if I just recently became more attuned to reality or something, but this episode was also way too deep in the fanservice department for my tastes. If you’ve seen those shows where it’s just shameless fanservice almost every other scene, that’s exactly where this episode seems to stray into. I don’t know why they decided to do it this episode, or if they’ll continue with the fanservice turned up this high, but I don’t like it. I mean, after the tenth breast bouncing (you could probably count up to 24) or ass in your face, it really gets annoying and awkward. That’s right, fanservice actually deterred my enjoyment of the action part of the episode. While I did say this was just part of the show, it wasn’t possible for me to predict how much “jiggle-age” would be put into the anime from a piece of paper we call manga, so I couldn’t really know that this was going to happen. The fanservice levels in the previous episodes were fine and even enjoyable at times, but I hated this.
Ironically, I presumed I’d enjoy this episode the most so far, but no such luck. I’m sure other people felt different, and I’m sure a lot of people really liked seeing the constant undress (a given, really). I, for one, actually kept facepalming and yelling at the monitor for them to put some damn clothes on, a little annoyed at how one can be so carefree with so much exposure (yeah, why don’t girls around us do that?). While this may seem like a real downer impression, Hirano really saved the show for me by having the best lines. The music insert near the middle had a refreshing tune, and the ending song was also way earlier this time around, making an interesting tie-in. Other than that, I can’t even say I’m disappointed with Madhouse, but rather just the material itself. The question is, why did I expect anything more? I figured that since the manga had a little more dignity with it’s ecchi, the anime might possibly do the same, and well, for the first 6 episodes, it did. I can take the obvious backside angles and enjoy it in varying degrees, but the jiggling just kills whatever seriousness the show has left. However, is it still mindless fun to those who haven’t read the manga (and of course those who don’t really mind/care about the now bordering tasteless fanservice)? Definitely, through and through.