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High School of the Dead [Blu-ray]


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Product details

  • Actors: Junichi Suwabe, Marina Inoue, Ayana Taketatsu, Eri Kitamura
  • Directors: Tetsuro Araki
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 322 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004WDZRHW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,489 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

A deadly new disease is ravaging the world, turning the populace into mindless zombies, and the number of infected is skyrocketing by the second. As their fellow classmates and teachers succumb to the infection around them, a small group of students at Fujimi High School are fighting for their lives after surviving the initial outbreak. It is up to Takashi Komuro to unite the group of weary survivors and try to escape the horrors that surround them. In this new world of the living dead…will they escape?...

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By William Jenkins on 1 Sep 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
After reading quite a few reviews of Highschool of the Dead both on here and on various other sites... the general opinion seems to be that this anime is pretty good, but also that the "excessive" fan service spoils things a bit... I really don't understand this atall. I never really found any of it to be mood breaking (excluding one or two moments from the school nurse) and I didn't really even find any of it in too bad taste. Having watched alot of anime I can safely say I've seen far worse in terms of fan service. Lets face it... with the zombie apocalypse in full swing, a few cleavage shots shouldnt really bother anyone.

With that said lets get on with the review. Highschool of the Dead follows a group of students (and the school nurse) as they try to survive a zombie outbreak. Strangly enough things don't stay inside the school for very long as the characters try to make it to their various families scattered around the city. What ensues is a very enjoyable action orientated anime with great animtion and a varied cast of mostly likeable characters.

It can be safely said that if you've seen any zombie movies atall in your life then youll find no surprises with the various scenarios preasented in this 12 episode series. Various topics come up like deciding wether or not to kill your best friend after he's bitten or wether to risk your own life to save other survivors.... it's all standard stuff really. But it's all preasented and executed so well I think its fair to excuse the lack of origionality.

The animation in this series is consistantly good. Everything looks smooth and flows well. The action scenes are animated beautifuly and are always visually appealing. The character designs are pretty good (to get an idea just look at the dvd case).
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By P. Marck on 5 Sep 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Technical Information
* Disc Format: Blu-ray
* Num of Discs: 2
* Episodes: 01 to 12
* Audio: Japanese (TrueHD 2.0) / English (TrueHD 5.1)
* Subtitles: English (yellow coloured)
* Regions: B

Extras:
* Clean Opening and Ending
* Trailers

The video/audio quality is superb and so's the series, while it's a short one, it's definitely worth seeing it all, plus the female characters on this show are gorgeously drawn fighting zombies.

This does include ecchi, so you may find yourself seeing some nudity at times.

Manga UK did an excellent job by releasing the Blu-ray set with 2 discs covering all of the episodes the series had, although, it does not come with a slipcover.

Edit: I'd like to add that I'm loving the series and well, the girls too, this anime show is definitely not for kids at all, the chicks are super hot and Them (zombies) get killed however is possible.

You won't regret if you buying this! :)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David on 3 Sep 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Ever since I heard about this series it was destined to go in my shopping basket, I have to admit I do love a good zombie movie and I'm a massive anime nerd so this killed two birds with one stone.

The plot is very simple, a group of students team together to try and find safety when the world is hit by a killer virus that turns the dead into zombies, your typical zombie apocalypse concept. Granted it's a story that almost anybody with a pen, paper and half a brain, no pun intended, could come up with but i think that's one of the reasons it is so good.

The characters are all believable and do get a developed reasonably well despite the series not being very long. The voices are quite well in both the subbed and dubbed version, subbed is probably the better. The animation is brilliant, some of the best I've seen this year. The series also has a great opening theme which is always an added bonus

One thing that has been brought up by alot of people is the fanservice. Ok there is quite a bit but it's not as excessive as some make it seem, it is in reasonably good taste and I didn't find that it detracted from or spoiled the series in any way, shape or form. If your not looking for it you don't really notice it. At least it's not like Battle Vixens where no matter how feeble the attack is the front of the girls clothing always gets torn off and you're left wondering how much these girls must spend on clothing in a week. To be perfectly honest most of the fanservice is in episode six, there's a bath scene and quite a bit of nudity, if you can handle that you can handle the rest of the series.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Bread Eater on 14 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
That's what you'll get if you watch this anime. Nothing more, nothing less. So if you enjoy watching zombies getting slaughtered and masturbating at the same time, this one is for you. If you want some depth or a well thought out story with some kind of point to it, go somewhere else. The same goes if you're looking for an actual horror series. For unless you're hemophobic or hate female genitalia H.O.T.D. won't scare you.

This lack of any actual horror and abundance of fanservice completely kill this series for me, which is quite a shame as there was potential. The animation is beautiful, the action itself is good, and the same goes for the voicing. As a whole though it's very disappointing, and I'm amazed it gets praised as much as it does. I've heard people mention it in one sentence with Mirai Nikki and I'm just baffled.

Now, the makers aren't hiding the fact that they were making cheap smut, and if you're really, really into that sort of thing then give it a go. You won't be too deeply disappointed. For everyone else though, don't bother. Just find some screenshots of the bathing scene via Google Images, and you'll get the exact same experience as anyone who watched H.O.T.D. did.
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