Time to rescue a little girl and her puppy!
Looks like it’s that time again. Time to review the next episode of our weekly zombie-infested anime, Highschool of the Dead. Will we ever find out where these zombies came from, and will they ever be eradicated? We’re slightly past the halfway point now, so things are going to have to start coming to some sort of ending in the next half of the series. I still feel like this show should go on longer, mostly because I like it so much. Can’t say much until I see how it ends though, right? We shall see, we shall see~
Anyways, episode 7 opens up with..yep…a recap. Once again, a montage of the city in peril is accompanied by revealing shots of our sleeping survivor ladies. Takashi, Hirano and Saeko take a peek at what’s going on with some binoculars, but it’s not a pretty sight. People are getting mauled left and right, even those with guns. People are locking themselves in their house and refusing to help anyone so that they remain safe. Saeko comments on the carnage, softly but sternly telling Takashi that they cannot afford to try to save everyone they encounter. To be realistic, it’s impossible, and therefore very foolish.
I don’t want to use the binoculars anymore, guys…
Takashi goes to take another look through the binoculars, and notices a little girl with her dad trying to get into a house. Of course, this is a zombie apocalypse, and they’re not going to want to let you in – adorable pink-haired daughter or not. The dad is phenomenally brave, and threatens to break down the door, forcing them to open it for him. However, when they open it…they stab him. The horrified family is just doing what it thinks it has to in order to survive.
“Forgive me..Forgive me…”
As the dad dies, he tells his daughter, Alice (yay, I’m reading the manga now) that he’s fine and to find somewhere safe. Right until the end, he’s brave. Honestly, for a character we just met 5 seconds ago, I was saddened by his death. Alice sobs her eyes out over her dad’s dead body, attracting a nearby mob of zombies. Oh no, she’s gonna die! What are we gonna do?
Oh, nevermind, Hirano has everything covered. You know it’s serious when the fight music starts to play. Looks like they aren’t going to abandon everyone for their own safety just yet, even if zombies will come running once they hear gunshots. Takashi looks so relieved that they haven’t thrown away their humanity (at least not all of it) just yet. Rei and Saeko also seem pretty supportive, and give Takashi some advice before he leaves.
It’s dangerous to go alone. Take this.
And then EPIC MUSIC PLAYS! MOTORCYCLE IS SUDDENLY AIRBORNE! HIRANO IS SHOOTING EVERY ZOMBIE IN TAKASHI’S PATH! MONTAGES OF HALF-NAKED GIRLS EVERY FEW MINUTES! Now, maybe the lull in action from last week’s episode lowered my expectations, but I swear I could feel my adrenaline pumping. I mean…the house was probably across the street and they’re just rescuing some random brat, but they made it awesome. They really did. I’m a sucker for over-the-top scenes.
When Takashi arrives at the house, which is probably like a block away, he scrambles to protect Alice…and that weird dog. UGH, why are you even here? Anyways, Takashi successfully protects Alice as our super sniper shoots all the zombies trying to get past the entrance. Things look bad though, the zombies have formed a huge swarm around the gates and there’s no way just Takashi and Hirano can handle all of them. Time for back-up.
Go Takashi, go!
Shizuka says something smart for once, suggesting that they go to rescue our rescuer in the car. However, any bonus points I would give her for finally being smart are nullified by the fact that she has no pants on when she says this. Nice try, sensei. As our ladies prepare the car for some serious action, Takashi comforts Alice, who is the bravest little girl ever. Little girls in anime can either be extremely annoying, or kind of adorable. Alice is all sorts of adorable. They cover her dad with a white dress shirt and put a flower over him. Aww…He was such a good dad. T_T
I like how Shizuka takes the time to get dressed, but Saeko stays in her apron.
After some BAWWWW, Takashi tries to get away from the zombies by basically tightrope-walking across the fence to try to get away. It was more humorous than tense, but I liked this scene. Alice peeing on Takashi was kind of…um…I don’t even know anymore. -_- But Takashi getting peed on is okay, because right after that (as Takashi starts to trip! oh noes!) a huge car filled with hot girls and guns (and Hirano…) comes roaring down the street! WOOOOO!!!
And that ride down that one block was a wild one.
Mission rescue little girl and puppy just became badass. I know it’s ridiculous, but don’t complain when you see an apron-clad Saeko standing on top of a huge car for no reason other than to jump off when it stops. The car rams through most of the zombies, and then the rest are shot by Hirano.
Hirano makes some VERY PLEASED noises as he gets more action than he’s every gotten in his entire life in-between trying to shoot straight. I think he just might be the most useful member of the team. I mean, wow. Saeko leaps off the car and does some serious damage to a few zombies, making me wish I had practiced more with my sword when I was training. Once a sufficient path is cleared, Takashi leaps (gee, there’s a lot of leaping this episode) to the tank-car as they escape to the riverside.
MOAR SCREENCAPS PLZ:
HOLYYYY That’s a gorgeous bento *drools*
Her hair goes one way, her boobs go another.
Oh yeaaah. It just got serious.
Alice is Akira from Lucky Channel. She’s gonna break out swearing any minute.
The many faces of someone who is being peed on.
End Thoughts: OMG THE ACTION! Uwaaa, it was so great. The music made it even better, too. Seeing everyone put such intensity into everything all for that little girl…Wow. Okay, so maybe it was a bit much, but I was pleasantly surprised. It didn’t seem like that big of a deal in the manga, at least in my mind. The anime really made things a lot flashier.
Takashi was a pretty good leader this episode, going out on his own to rescue Alice. He was also so nice to her, saying all the right things and not being awkward in the least. I’m sure I would’ve made her feel worse somehow, and I definitely wouldn’t have given him that impromptu funeral. He even saved the dog. I would’ve thrown the dog as far as I could and use it as bait to lure the zombies away….I know, I’m terrible. Also, Alice is adorable, and oh so mature! She’s probably going to be a sort of symbol for everyone’s innocence and the humanity they retain in their hearts. Something meaningful like that.
Speaking of humanity, this episode touched on the issue of being selfish in a life-threatening situation. You can’t possibly save everyone, Saeko is right, especially those who can’t carry their weight. Then how do you decide who to save and who not to save? It’s a horribly cruel decision people shouldn’t have to make. Choosing who lives and dies, being the sole deciding factor in whether someone lives or dies…saying no isn’t easy.
Loved this episode, if you couldn’t tell. As for the next episode….
Preview: Well, they said they wanted to cross the river, so I’m guessing that’s what happens next episode. Looks like they’re also under another assault, and our survivors don’t look like they’re doing too good. Will this be another crazy action episode?! I hope so!! Also, Alice singing was SUGOKU KAWAII~~ =D