When it comes to anime, especially those involving the undead, there's not really a whole lot that involve zombies. Sure, there's Corpse Princess, but the "zombies" in that প্রদর্শনী are আরো like demons... which makes High School of the Dead truly one of a kind in the horror জীবন্ত department.
What do আপনি get when আপনি take a George A. Romero zombie movie like Night of the Living Dead অথবা Dawn of the Dead, combine it with an ecchi/harem জীবন্ত such as প্রণয় Hina, and throw in a few elements from Splatterhouse and Dead Rising? আপনি get High School of the Dead, a 12-episode জীবন্ত series based on the জাপানি কমিকস মাঙ্গা of the same name দ্বারা Daisuke Sato. As আপনি can expect from the title, the প্রদর্শনী is revolved around zombies, something that not a whole lot of other জীবন্ত shows delve into. Depending on whether you're a অনুরাগী of zombie চলচ্চিত্র and games, the very fact that it contains zombies can be enough to hook আপনি and get আপনি watching it. However, once আপনি start watching, you'll find that zombies aren't all that the প্রদর্শনী has to offer. Not only are there zombies, but there's also tons of blood, graphic violence, and fanservice. শীর্ষ that off with the touching dialogue, an intense heavy f***ing metal soundtrack, characters that range from likable to lovable (with the exception of characters that are supposed to be unlikable slime balls, and this প্রদর্শনী also pulls those off really well) in terms of both personality and appearance, well told story... and you've basically got a recipe for pure awesomesauce.
High School of the Dead was produced দ্বারা Madhouse, who আপনি might know as the same company responsible for shows and চলচ্চিত্র such as the following.
Birdy the Mighty
Cardcaptor Sakura (known as simply Cardcaptors in the U.S.)
Devil May Cry: The Animated Series
Marvel Anime: Iron Man
Marvel Anime: Wolverine
Marvel Anime: X-Men
Marvel Anime: Blade
Trigun: Badlands Rumble
So if you've seen Trigun, Devil May Cry, অথবা Death Note, আপনি might recognize the অ্যানিমেশন as the work of Madhouse.
Speaking of which, the অ্যানিমেশন for this প্রদর্শনী is simply gorgeous. The backgrounds are a marvel to look at, and the characters (including the zombies) are well detailed and visually appealing (especially the female characters with their sexy, luscious breasts). The action sequences of the characters bashing and maiming zombies, such as Komuro smashing zombie heads with a baseball bat, Kohta firing his rifles, and Saeko slashing the dead to bits, are all fast paced and exciting with fluid character movements. One sequence that deserves a mention is in the episode "The Dead Way Home", where Komuro is balancing an AK-47 on Rei's boobs and Saeko is in the middle of a horde of zombies smashing them with a bokken. Each time Komuro fires a shot, the bullet zooms past underneath Saeko's crotch and even between her breasts, and each time the অ্যানিমেশন slows down, giving আপনি a clear visual that puts the fight scenes from The Matrix to shame. It even cuts away to Rei's breasts balancing the sniper রাইফেল and shows them bouncing and rippling as Komuro fires.
Also, just as a bit of warning, since I know that this could turn people off pretty easily... there's a little bit of nudity. Granted, it's only in one episode (yes, almost every সেকেন্ড of this entire goddamn প্রদর্শনী is filled to the brim with jiggly titties and girl's underwear... and yet, only one episode contains nudity), but it's definitely there and hard to miss. Quite honestly, though, it shouldn't deter আপনি one bit from watching this প্রদর্শনী and discovering the beauty that most ecchi জীবন্ত (some with nudity) tend to have, but are still overlooked.
The story in this প্রদর্শনী isn't anything original, but it still works. It starts out on a normal দিন in high school, when all of a sudden, a stranger shows up at the front gate. The teachers go out to check this guy out, but are surprised when the stranger bites one of them in the arm. One of the students, Takashi Komuro, notices the attack and alerts the other students and teachers, sending everyone into a panic. The rest of the story unfolds as something you'd expect from a typical entertaining zombie movie, with our band of নায়ক trying to do the obvious thing: survive the zombie pandemic. As far as characters go, we have the main protagonists, such as the previously mentioned Takashi Komuro (the average joe, and the school kid equivalent to Frank West from Dead Rising), his girlfriend Rei Miyamoto (the school girl, and the main প্রণয় interest of Komuro), Saeko Busujima (the president of the school's kendo club, and an expert swordsman... অথবা woman, whatever), Kohta Hirano (based on the লেখক of the Hellsing manga, an overweight and rather badass nerd who is an expert in firearms), Saya Takagi (the bitchy, snobby, and quite frankly unlikable genius, as well as one of two characters you'll want to see die a horrible death at the hands of the zombies), and Shizuka Marikawa (the busty, voluptuous, and sexy school nurse, and the group's medic, as well as a উৎস of comic relief). As for the main antagonist... there's not really one. The closest we have to a bad guy is Koichi Shido (a perverted and sadistic teacher, and the other one of two characters you'll want to see die a horrible death at the hands of the zombies).
The soundtrack is quite simply phenomenal. This প্রদর্শনী doesn't use J-pop for its soundtrack. Instead, we get raw, hard, powerful, heavy f***ing metal. If আপনি thought that the heavy metal soundtrack in the english dub of Dragon Ball Z was awesome, আপনি ain't seen nothing yet. I haven't seen a whole lot of জীবন্ত that use heavy metal, and High School of the Dead is proof that আরো জীবন্ত shows need to. The সঙ্গীত is fast paced, exhilarating, instantly gets your blood pumping, and cranks your adrenaline up to eleven. Did I mention that the main theme song of this প্রদর্শনী is worthy of a spot on your iPod (or whatever device আপনি download MP3s to and use to play music)?
The english dub for High School of the Dead was produced and handled দ্বারা Sentai Filmworks, who have also dubbed other shows such as Night Raid 1931, Xam'd: হারিয়ে গেছে Memories, and অ্যাঞ্জেল Beats. While the quality of their dubs isn't as good as Funimation অথবা Bandai, Sentai Filmworks is capable of producing impressive english dubs (I'm judging this from having seen their dubs of High School of the Dead, অ্যাঞ্জেল Beats, and Night Raid 1931), such as this one. The voice actors all turn in performances that range from passable at worst to amazing at best. Here's the voice cast of some of the main characters (see if আপনি can recognize the voice actors from other roles).
Takashi Komuro - Leraldo Anzaldua
Rei Miyamoto - Jessica Boone
Saeko Busujima - Taylor Hannah
Saya Takagi - Maggie Flecknoe
Kohta Hirano - Mark X. Laskowski
Shizuka Marikawa - Monica Rial
Well, that's all I have to say about this awesome masterpiece of a japanese cartoon, other than that if I were to compare this to anything, I'd compare this to Splatterhouse (the সাম্প্রতিক 2010 video game, not the side-scrollers from the 80's and 90's). Both have tons of blood, tons of violence, some nudity, and a complimentary heavy metal soundtrack, and they also both involve the undead. The only differences are the story, and the facts that Splatterhouse focuses আরো on demons than zombies and doesn't have any fanservice at all.
If you're looking for an action জীবন্ত with lots of blood, an জীবন্ত with plenty of fanservice, an জীবন্ত involving the undead, অথবা just a plain good action anime, then look no further than High School of the Dead. It's available on DVD and Blu-Ray, as well as streaming on Netflix, and I highly recommend that আপনি give this sucker a try. I guaran-f***ing-tee আপনি that this প্রদর্শনী is worth both your time and money.
They've covered wars, you know.
The question everyone asks themselves whenever there's a zombie invasion.
The first of the many hapless victims to die.
This is one of many things you'll see for 12 episodes... and it is awesome.
Another thing you'll see for 12 episodes... and it is also awesome.
The episode title appears in the environment like this every episode. Pretty creative, if you ask me.
You'll never look at geeks and nerds the same way ever again.
... what? You thought I was joking? *sarcastic laugh* ... yeah, you're f***ed.
You know you want to grab em'. Don't lie to yourself.
BLOOD! BLOOD! BLOOD!
It's amazing how, even in a zombie pandemic, horny teenagers still manage to find time for romance and love.
It's impossible for a show to have big titties and not subject them to the titty-grab.
Whoa... a little rough, don't you think?