Wait, where are the zombies?
Imagine if you will, a normal day at school. Now imagine that without warning, that average day is interrupted by…I don’t know…a rampage of zombies? Well, that’s pretty much what happens in Highschool of the Dead, leaving only a few of the more resilient students standing. Strength in numbers is key as the survivors band together to try to find some way out of this mess. Of course, this organization only comes after a whole lot of panicking, screaming, crying, and denial.
They manage to make it to a large bus, saving a few more miscellaneous students and a rather vile teacher who appoints himself as the leader. Disgusted, Rei leaves the bus and Takashi follows…as another bus conveniently crashes in such a manner that they are separated. Uh..okay. Luckily, they meet up again when our main survivors in a rather dazzling fight scene after ditching the magic school bus as well. As episode 5 ends, our survivors head to Shizuka’s apartment for refuge.
Episode 6 starts off with the announcement that the government and the police are starting to lose this battle, and that over 2 million have died already. What better background animation could there be for a massive death toll than a bunch of high school students taking off their clothes? This episode tries desperately to be serious in-between the bo-yo-yoings, but doesn’t quite make it. As all the girls have fun squishing their huge chests together, (guys, just so you know, we don’t grab each others breasts if they seem big. Or at least, I don’t.) Kouta and Takashi find a treasure trove of ammunition and guns right in the apartment. Kouta has a nerdgasm attack, and we learn that he’s been professionally trained with guns. I really like Kouta’s and Takashi’s dialogue ahahaha XD Looks like this is the apartment of our super sniper chick from the episode before. How our useless Shizuka made a friend like this, I’ll never know.
Kouta is officially scarier than the zombies
After a montage of more bathroom antics, we cut to the police. Uh, okay, nice transition there. By itself, the police sections are actually quite good. We see how the police are struggling to try to protect the citizens, and how frustrated they feel by being so helpless. We also see the civilian side as the citizens start protesting, sincerely convinced that this is some biological weapon the government cooked up. As they demand access to the bridge, the commander waltzes in, gets a dark look in his eyes, and shoots the lead protestor in the head without so much as blinking. What’s right and wrong starts to become blurred. Is it right to sacrifice a few for the sake of many?
The cords kind of makes the guns less threatening, no?
Today’s moral: don’t have children.
After this drama, we go right back to fanservice paradise. Shizuka, who just might go down as worst teacher ever, comes onto both Takashi and Kouta in a drunken, half-naked state. As Takashi walks around the apartment he encounters a half-naked Rei, Takagi and even Saeko. Rei goes from a happy drunk into a sad drunk, crying on the floor while Takashi looked irritated. He really doesn’t like when Hisashi is mentioned. He carries Shizuka-sensei downstairs and gets an eyeful of a scantily-clad sleeping Takagi. Lastly, and most amazingly, we have Saeko in an apron and…not much else. SAEKO WASN’T EVEN DRUNK! WHAT IS THIS I DON’T EVEN… Saeko’s “oh, this was all there was to wear” logic was simply the best. Great scene, ahahaha.
HOW DOES SHE EVEN KEEP HER JOB?
Anyways, after the boob storm subsides, Takashi starts to have a serious conversation with Rei. Rei is whining to Takashi because she’s scared, but Takashi is so sick of hearing about Hisashi that he completely explodes. The stress of being in a near apocalypse combined with his repressed feelings for her cause him to scream a lot of harsh things at her. Hisashi is dead. Accept it. Stop mentioning him. Suck it up. She looks absolutely crushed. So hurt that she stops his rage with just the subtle tug at his sleeve. From there, the only noises are breathing, and you can actually feel the weight of the silence. They slowly draw closer and share a kiss. All that tension is finally released. Awww~ (but then they stop because Takashi was getting too excited XD)
After the ending we get a sudden burst of action in the form of a highspeed bulldozer running over zombies left and right. (Can…can bulldozers go that fast…?) There are civilians there too, but the police decide a few sacrificial lambs are needed. Things get so bloody and merciless that the commander who shot the protester commits suicide. It’s like they wanted to randomly attach some action at the end, but really, you can’t complain when bulldozers are involved.
As our closing scene, we see a dog barking, and attracting zombies towards the apartment. You can tell by seriousface Kouta that this is serious. Does this mean we get some action the next episode? I hope so!
Guys, we need to talk. About boob physics. REAL boob physics.
Takashi without his srs bsns face for once
Anyone else think that dog looked like it was from another anime?
Quote, my mom: ARE THEY HAVING SEX? ARE THEY DOING IT? OMG IT FADED OUT THEY HAD SEX
Just what are you covering there, mister?
End Thoughts: Ohhh boy. I’ve been seriously loving HOTD week after week with its’ solid action, great animation quality, and excellent portrayals of how characters change in a crisis. I can really see the government and the police acting as they did in response to this sort of thing. I’m down with fanservice too, it’s fine. But this episode was just a bit much. The fanservice cheapens any emotional feeling other than lust they were aiming to make the viewers feel. Before you say “But HOTD always had fanservice everywhere!”, go and compare the amount of fanservice in any other episode to this one. They usually keep it to a suitable level.
What this episode DID bring, was the humour. There were a lot of pretty amusing parts, especially the apron…oh God the apron! Kouta’s expressions were great too, in a homicidal maniac kind of way. The humour works for this episode, but I’m not sure all the serious moments could be taken…seriously. Would it have been better off without them and as just pure fluff? I can’t really say. I just want things to get action-packed again. If that oddly-drawn puppy gets eaten by zombies in the next episode, it will make up for EVERYTHING.
Was this Takashi’s lucky day or what? All that attention and then he gets Rei at the end too! To be honest, if some guy started yelling at me to get over someone who died not even 2 days ago (when he’s probably just guilty for being the one to kill him…) I wouldn’t exactly tumble into his arms. I think a roundhouse kick would be more appropriate. Rei is the type to get lonely, especially in this situation, so she just gave in. So it was more of a “shut up, Takashi, just comfort me” kind of kiss. Not sure what their relationship dynamic is going to be from here on. Are they together now? Yes? No? Rei looked pretty comfortable in that position kekeke.
Preview: Looks like the first part of the next episode still has Saeko in her apron, so our survivors will probably take some time mentally preparing to break out of the apartment. Hopefully we get some crazy action as they decide their next location. Also, is that a new character I see? For now, you guys can go and have a field day with the screencaps. You’ll find some actual creepy posts in-between the fanservice if you look hard enough for you horror fans ahaha.