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4.0 out of 5 stars Zombies in anime
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)...
Published 20 months ago by William Jenkins
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Zombies and Breasticles
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...
Published 8 months ago by The Bread Eater
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must watch!,
3.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning artwork and cool action scenes, but has too much fan service.,
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good,
This review is from: High School of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)I got this anime in spite of some of the reviews saying it was 'pervy' and I actually really enjoyed it. It was quite serious on the most part and each episode seemed to fly by, the only problem is all the junk at the end of each episode, it's got Japanese credits, closing scene, preview of the next episode, English credits before the next one.
I found all the characters to be quite interesting especially Hirano who goes from geek to weapon expert like that & Takagi who was sarcastic, clever but arrogant- it was kind of annoying that she wouldn't really help fight till halfway through. The other characters where good too, except Rei Miyamoto I just didn't find her that interesting.
The plot was quite interesting and there was situations I was thinking 'ooh, what would i do?' and like other people have said it's like a zombie movie broken down. There are clear influences here like one scene was RIGHT OUT OF RESIDENT EVIL 2, I was sat there like 'are you messing?' but it all came together nicely. It was chock full of action too, there was guns and swords/wooden swords and everyone was dealing quite well- maybe a bit too well for a bunch of 15/16 year olds.
Now why i gave it 4 stars instead of 5, I would have liked something extra at the end- I won't spoil it- but the end was lacking. I was annoyed that the horrible teacher wasn't killed in any way, shape or form. I was annoyed that the OVA wasn't included, so I'll have to wait for another series before I can see it properly (I don't really like watching stuff online, before anyone says 'You can just watch it on YouTube').
Also the main gripe of everyone who gave it bad reviews: The Fan Service. I didn't find it offensive, but SOME of it was unnecessary, though it didn't detract form the enjoyability of the show it just felt a bit gratuitous e.g. two people are talking and then it goes to a shot of the girls unchanging, or the bath scene- one episode was basically all the girls having a bath and the guys talking about guns.
Overall it was a really good series, it kept my attention and had enough going on to fill the series,maybe it could have done a bit more, we never found out about any of the parents and it didn't rely on flashback episodes to use more time. so i give it 4.5 as I explained above it didn't quite warrant a 5. Hope you enjoyed my review :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Anime In A While,
This review is from: High School of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)Not to say there hasn't been great Anime recently, but nothing as engaging as I've found when watching HOTD. The last Anime I enjoyed this much must have been FullMetal Alchemist.
It gets very ecchi (pervy) at times, but after looking at the creator's career history it isn't hard to understand why! If you can forgive the fan service (or enjoy it), then you're left with a great Anime with plenty of action and excitement, it's visuals are a treat to watch as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect.,
Overall id give this 5 Stars, The story isn't great but it kept me watching and the action scenes were so phenomenal its easy to overlook its faults.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Mix Of Anime And The Zombie Genre,
This series shows that the medium of anime can be used to portray many issues of societal collapse that some films wouldn't even go into. Good friends are seen betraying one another slyly in order to save their own skin, while a supposedly upstanding member of society turns into depraved sexual predator preying on his young scared students. These are all things that most definitely could happen if a huge shake up in societal normality occurred. When things aren't so serious the action provides a great break from everything drab and dreary. The fighting is a bit over the top but then again it wouldn't be a Japanese anime without it and it certainly gives you that "Hell Yeah" feeling you may be used to during epically intense fights.
There is a point that let's this anime down however. This anime contains lots of fan service which are usually shots of the female characters at particular angles meant to make you a bit hot under the collar. At first it didn't bother me but it's continuing gratuity got a bit annoying partly due to the fact that the majority of the characters are under 18, and that i'll probably never be able to watch it with or recommend it to another person as it may make me look a bit strange in their eyes. However if your into great amounts of fan service this anime is your new best friend.
Overall a great story mixed with great action scenes and lovable characters let down by gratuitous fan service. But still a must buy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for my collection :D,
This review is from: High School of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)I haven't got this yet but i have seen it i'm not Japanese but i can speak a little of it and i love this anime wish it went on for a second season this is not for kids there a lot of blood in it and a few up skirt shots and a few nude scenes can't wait to get it to watch it all over again great for my collection 5/5 from me hope you like it to
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies - among other things...,
This review is from: High School of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)I bought this Set after watching it elsewhere and wanted to watch it in better quality would be the term im looking for.
As its an anime the typical things are present, girls with big jugs but aside from this the story is awesome, i mean Zombies in Anime?? What more could you want.
Leaves you wanting more due it being so short and as of yet no season 2 being made due to the manga hiatus
5.0 out of 5 stars HOTD zombie gore,
very gory and well drawn nice story, but watch it with subtitle as i hate dubbed
5.0 out of 5 stars H.O.T.D is really good,
This review is from: High School of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)I like high school of the dead its got a good story line i don't know what more to say really apart from its a brilliant buy and another brilliant anime released by the company MANGA.
But on the second disc there was a fare amount of scratches although i brought it brand new.
my computer did pick up them while playing the dvd i would have contacted the seller but the option is not available.
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High School of the Dead [DVD] by Tetsuro Araki (DVD - 2011)
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