Before you get any wrong ideas, let me clarify my title. Zombies do not give me boners. But the oversexualized female characters in this anime definitely did. Yes, I know they’re animated characters and not real, but can’t you let a man live a fantasy once in a while.
This 12-episode series was definitely made keeping the male demographic in mind – violence, the undead, big boobs – what more could a man ask for. Occasionally flirting close to hentai territory, this is not an anime for your kids. Unlike other horror anime shows which maintain a grim atmosphere throughout, Highschool of the Dead does not take itself that seriously. But in its defense, the series uses the adult scenes in good taste to bring in a little comic relief, lighten the intensity, and give you fantasies.
After all, this is the show that gave the world the famous gun on boobs scene. Don’t know what that is? Check it out:
Can boobs really move like that? Damn!
Anyways, I’m sure whatever I have written so far was enough to convince most of the male readers to go and check the series out. If you’re still reading on, what’s wrong with you? I gave you violence, zombies, and boobs, what more do you want from an anime? A handjob?
Story? Oh right, yeah, there’s that too. Fine… I’ll talk more about it.
So, Highschool of the Dead is a light-hearted horror anime, with the story revolving around a group of high school students and a school nurse stuck in between a zombie apocalypse. Where have I heard that story before? Hmm… a bunch of people stuck in a zombie apocalypse… nope never heard that one before.
The characters have to come to terms with the fall of society around them, corruption of moral values, and other dangerous survivors with dark intentions.
So, the premise of the story is not very new. Most zombie apocalypse stories aren’t, but it’s how they tell the story that differentiates a good one from a bad one. And, Highschool of the Dead is one of the well-above average ones.
There are moments of thrill and suspense, there’s a solid personality for each character and a good peppering of emotional content which lets you care about them. There are points in the story line where I thought a lot of things could have been done to make this even more interesting and add darker shades to the characters, but the show does not let itself dive too far into the grim side of horror, keeping it light-hearted and fun.
Basically, the series pulls its punches deliberately so that it doesn’t get tangled too deep in the niche horror genre. It’s bloody, violent, thrilling and most of all just fun. So, don’t go into it thinking it’s going to be something intellectually ground-breaking or going to open a portal for you to meet your creepiest nightmares… nope, if nothing else, you might just end up with dreamy fantasies and a morning boner.
P.S. To answer the above question, boobs definitely do not move like that…
P.P.S. I leave you with one of my favorite and most hard-hitting dialogues from the series.