Series: High School of the Dead
Animation Studio: Madhouse
Original Run: 12 Episodes
English Licensor: Sentai FilmworksAdaptation of: Daisuke Satō and Shōji Satō's manga "High School of the Dead: Gakuen Mokushiroku"
Takashi's group's primary goal throughout the entire series is to get to their families' homes and pray that they are still alive. They do meet up with other characters and pick up one more member of the group, Alice, a young girl whose father was killed in cold blood by scared household members that wouldn't allow them shelter in their home. Unfortunately, it is a false hope that all (most) of them carry as they need something to believe in, in this horrible time. The series shows the characters' morality decay as they begin to kill the once human individuals (including children), along with the fall of society in such a disaster. So if you love horror, action, and don't mind a bit of fan-service with some psychological elements to a series, this might be one to take a look at.
A.I.'s Rating: 9/10
A.I.'s Review: This is actually a recent series that aired this year, and it was one of the better horror series I've watched. Given, I could have done without the fan-service, but the series did do a good job in making the un-dead really pop. I watched this series out on a whim and I guess I watched it for the action and development of the story and the characters. The first two episodes are probably the most interesting ones (or so I think), as they have that punch of "That is just freaky." Now was this series "scary?" well, I thought it was more suspense than anything, as I didn't get nightmares from it or anything and the zombies are your stereotypical walking dead that slowly teeter and totter about. The only reason I lowered the score was because of the unnecessary fan-service as I felt it took away from the series' main point. There are some comedic elements to it but it always goes back to the issue of society and the collapse of one's own morality code. I thought Takashi's commentaries of how he knows he is changing into someone that will never be able to go back to being "normal", were great as it really showed the effects of this "end-of-the-world" scenario. Mr. Shido's group definitely became corrupt and fell to the animal desires of man. The story reminded me a bit of "Resident Evil" with this random "sickness" that is spread throughout the world and is transferred through bite. But in this series, they have no idea where this virus came from and who made it.
The ending is open-ended as the original manga series is still ongoing but they are going to have a couple of specials on the DVDs when they are released. I can't say what they are going to be about, as they could continue to story or simply be another installment of fan-service. Well, in any case, "High School of the Dead" is a fairly good series and pretty entertaining for the most part. I included the trailer for the series below, and please note there is fan-service, blood, gore, and other things that might not be suitable for certain individuals. But other than that, enjoy!