HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD – 10
「The DEAD’S house rules」
While an earlier episode pitted authority against civilians, this one reveals a timeless struggle all of us can relate to, the battle between adult and children. After settling down at Takagi’s place, ahem excuse me, Saya’s place, the group starts to notice how they’re being treated. Ever since the breakout, they’ve been fending off on their own, quite capable at that, and now discover that they have lost that freedom. Of course, they’re pissed, but the show doesn’t seem to make that too obvious right away. It’s more like a mixture of mystery and “that time of the month” because people just start flipping their shit left and right. Now I’m all for freedom, and the “rebel” stage of “teenage rights”, but in the end we all realize that our parents are almost always right (and then comes enlightenment and appreciation for parenting when we’re in our mid to late twenties). So taking the side of the teenagers would be a little too easy to do. Now, are the adults right either?
Takagi’s parents don’t really make any demands, except her mom, who I have no idea “what” she wanted Takashi to convince her about, so that pretty much just leaves all the other adults. Of course, these all happen to be ignorant and quick to judge adults, who believe that kids are kids, and they always will be. And yes, this holds up when they’re one to ten, but when you’re almost an adult, capable of rational thinking, being judged like a kid is the worst thing to set off those “rebel” nerves. However, there’s those dumb teenagers who just can’t seem to get a reality check, so they take a huge piss in the pool, and make the rest of us smell bad. So in HOTD’s case? The group has made it so far alone, and have proven themselves, so why go after the kid’s guns man? Regardless, Hirano loses it because without his guns, he goes back to being plain and boring, and that’s one of human’s worst fears (at least, for the ambitious out there).
So Takagi PMS’s because her parents “supposedly” didn’t go out looking for her (maybe they thought you WERE capable, not the other way around), Saeko’s attempt at being angry fails, Shizuka eats a banana, Alice continues being the loli she is, Rei’s angry because she can’t get some (which also explains Takagi, but they left this part from the manga out), and Takashi is at the brunt of it all “confused”. So, how does a man let out his confusion? By lifting Takagi up in the air by her blouse about, oh, 5 feet high. Was that really necessary? Who the hell lifts up someone up that high, let alone a girl? You’re supposed to lift people up to see their face up close, so Takashi, you’re doing it wrong. But who can question a real man? This would probably be awkward moment #5.
So how do they solve such a mess of “complex” interlocking emotions? By sticking together and using Hirano as their stepping stone to tell Takagi’s father that Hirano’s been taking care of her more than he has. ..and that’s the end of the episode. Well, that and orgybus making an appearance after credits. I would not be surprised if that was it for the orgybus, but that would be quite the disappointment for some of you wouldn’t it? Ironically, it looks like they tone down the fan service when people actually don’t want them to. Eh, then again, I still have my doubts. Regardless, with three episodes left, the next finishing up this current arc, the last two are pretty much up in the air. They couldn’t possibly start the mall arc, since it’s so long, so they’re either going to go with something completely outrageous that will last in people’s minds (like killing off everyone), or do a really cliche two ep arc ending with an Indiana Jones’ “riding off into the sunset” kinda thing.