HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD – 08
「The DEAD way home」
If anything should be the main point of critique this time around, it would be the questionable actions of the characters driving the story. The entire predicament they got themselves into, being trapped in an alley with a fence that looks like you could crawl through (in fact, they did crawl through it in the end), required a little too much suspension of disbelief. They pretty much trapped themselves into a corner, panicking throughout the entire situation, leading to the typical “mistakes” people do in zombie flicks. Clumsily dropping ammo, standing around yelling, even giving up to die, what happened to our group that survived up till now? And this all happened because of a barb wire fence? Not only does it look like it could be crawled through, much less jump over, the fence isn’t really a 50 feet tall wall that they’re trapped in front of. Hell, if they didn’t swerve the car, they could have ran right through it, as it seemed to me it was merely attached to the walls. If a Humvee built like a tank could get across water, it could definitely demolish some measly wire. Because of that issue, the serious melodrama that played out didn’t really invoke any particular emotion except frustration.
Of course, it wasn’t all bad. Hirano continues to be the glowing reserve of the show, perhaps an implication of something by the creators. However, you now realize that Hiyama Nobuyuki’s English is horrendous. On the other hand, Taketatsu Ayana (of K-ON’s Azusa fame) who plays Alice can surprisingly pass as comprehensible. The team also gets a uniform change, with Rei looking pretty good rocking a ponytail. Things were going swell until Takashi started firing Rei’s weapon. Then it got a little weird. All of a sudden, slow motion kicks in and Saeko’s dancing around bullets. The hilarity of a bullet passing through two flopping breasts just begs the question “why”. Why was that necessary? Why is Takashi even shooting at Saeko? Why can she dodge it? I want to say these additions create a more “campy” atmosphere, but I don’t think that’s completely right either. It’s like those horror movies you watch, but end up laughing at the death scenes. Those animators must have had a field day while they animated Rei’s slow motion “ripples”.
By the end of this episode, it’s become clear that an original ending is looking more and more likely. Saeko and Takashi become split from the rest of the group (even though they could’ve easily made it back by walking along the upper area, then sliding down) while in the manga, the entire team just heads to Takagi’s house when they’re rescued. By the looks of the preview, next episode seems to focus on their little trek “alone” to Takagi’s house. Apparently, they’re sticking in a later situation now (where Saeko and Takashi split up), so at least Saeko will get some needed development. I assume it’ll still end up somewhere on Takagi’s House arc, with this side trek as merely “filler” to make the series end at a certain planned point. Regardless, like complaining about a game before it’s released, there’s no point except to wait for it to come.
Note: If you take a look at the pictures on the wall in the ED this episode, you can see a picture of Takagi and Takashi when they were young. Takashi had some pretty nice threads.