Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream…
Hello everyone. Did you have a good day today? A bad day? Did it just start? My day just started, and I’m having a good day. Or rather, I know it will be a good day because I’m seeing Dir en Grey live later on tonight. I’ve never seen a japanese band live, so I look forward to all the screaming, headbanging and more screaming that will be going on. So if I seem a bit giddy in my post…forgive me.
Here we go, episode eight~! The President of the United States has been bitten! Oh noes! As amusing as imagining a zombie Obama is, I can’t bring myself to care much for the government. Next scene.
Meanwhile, Kouta – the softie sadist of the bunch – is singing with Alice as the hum-vee crosses the river. I don’t know how that massive car works, but I guess it has some river..crossing..mechanism. HOW HANDY. Alice and Kouta sing engrish english versions of the song (although Kouta’s is a bit more demonic) too. Ahahaha, oh Kouta. As Rei tries to hog Takashi from an adorable half-asleep Saeko, leaving her as the awkward third wheel, our survivors are already on the other side of the river.
“HANDS OFF, BITCH, HE’S MINE”
I’d like to remind everyone that Takashi was peed on the last episode and his clothes haven’t been changed, from what I can tell. Just saying. Anyways, all the girls get changed with some clothes Shizuka stole. We get some changing fanservice (do I even need to mention it at this point?) as Kouta tries to teach Takashi to use a shotgun. He’s rather stubborn, and just wants to use it like a baseball bat. He doesn’t listen very well to Kouta…*sigh*
Suddenly…everyone got new outfits!!! …Why do I not notice that big of a difference? EVERYONE HAS THE SAME SHIRT EXCEPT FOR TAKAGI. Oh well, they still look good, so whatever. AND SAEKO’S BOOTS…OH GOD. Rei is toting a big gun now too. Now that everyone is ready, Takashi and Kouta scout ahead to see if the coast is clear. Indeed it is. Surprisingly clear…So our survivors head to Takagi’s house, since it’s the closest.
*dere dere dere dere*
The ride through the streets seems different than on the other side of the river. It’s actually really pretty, and almost calming. Even Rei notices that they haven’t seen any zombies since dawn. However, with expert timing, that serenity is shattered. You knew it was going to happen, but Kouta’s voice piercing the soothing music is really jarring. I was actually surprised and instantly put on edge.
A calming pace soon turns into ramming through as many zombies as possible. Just as Shizuka gets her momentum going, Rei spots a wire fence up ahead. Shizuka swerves wildly to avoid it, throwing Rei off the roof of the car. Her back smashes onto the hood of the car, and she bounces onto the road, vulnerable to the zombie mob.
Groans are heard, signaling the approach of more zombies. They slowly shuffles forward, rotting limbs stretched out in front of them as….BAM! Takashi puts himself between Rei and the zombies, using a shotgun for the first time! He kind of sucks at first, and starts to panic. Kouta instructs him (while pwning some zombies. Multi-tasking ftw), and Takashi starts to actually get the the hang of it. In fact, he really likes it.
As Takashi gets into it, he runs out of bullets and scatters his back-up bullets everywhere. Saeko joins in and tries to fend off zombies too. At this moment, Takashi realizes how futile it is, mumbling “At least we can die together” as he hugs Rei. Before we even have a chance to feel bad, Takashi changes his mind, grabs Rei’s gun and gets in a position to fight back. I guess unfastening the gun from Rei would take too long, because he ends up just using Rei as a cushion. Every shot is accompanied by Rei’s sexual gasps, which is kind of…not hot. At least for me. Boys, feel free to disagree, I’m sure you enjoyed it.
OK, so, the first “follow the bullet” sequence was pretty cool. The second one where it navigates between Saeko’s breasts (which are doing the wave) was kind of LOLWTF. Still enjoyable in that “that’s so dumb, it’s awesome” kind of way though.
I…I…Wh…I don’t even think I should caption this…XD
Takagi is an asset for the team thanks to her strategies and keeping everyone focused, but now she makes herself physically useful! She grabs a gun, deciding that because she’s a genius, she will learn how to use it instantly. She learned a lot faster than Takashi, that’s for sure. You can imagine the frustration of facing death only a block away from your house, and your family. Takagi does NOT want to die for nothing.
The struggle turns desperate. Bullets are running low, Saeko is being surrounded, everyone is getting tired…They’re at the point where they want to give up. Even the DOG is fighting. As a last ditch effort, Saeko and Takashi team up (YEOSH) to try to lure the zombies away. They make as much noise as they can to do so. In the end, the zombies barely move from their spot, inching ever closer to the hum-vee and everyone in it.
Kouta tries to help Alice climb over the fence, but Alice isn’t dumb…she knows that when Kouta says “We’ll be right there” that he’s lying. Alice would rather stay with them than be alone, a refreshing expression of selflessness. Her life isn’t worth saving if she’s not with them. Awwww, Alice-chan~
Alice…one of the only little girls who isn’t annoying when they cry.
As things ACTUALLY feel hopeless, a few people in heavyduty protective suits come in and blast the zombies with what looks like highly-pressurized water guns. They’re saved! Cue happy reunion, it’s Takagi’s mom. WHAT A COINCIDENCE. Of course, why end on a happy note when you can leave us wanting more? Takashi and Saeko are too far away to just hop over the fence, so they have to go around. The two look beyond awesome whacking zombies together, and Takashi’s final thoughts are quite interesting. Despite the severity of this whole ordeal, and all these fights..he’s happy. He’s happy because after all that, he’s alive.
ZOMBIES. ZOMBIES EVERYWHERE:
I swear everyone in this show can hover in midair.
Takagi knows you love the fang.
I feel sore just watching this .__.
PedoKouta says: Y HALO THAR, YOUNG ONE.
Help, I can’t see the road past my boobs~
End Thoughts: This episode may have violently defiled just about every law of physics, but it provided a lot of fast-paced entertainment. Not as good as the last episode, but still quite good. Why isn’t it as good? Well, mostly because they were trapped and couldn’t do much. Despite being trapped and constantly losing, I never once felt like they were in any real danger. Every moment of “let’s die together” is always contradicted with someone not giving up, or Takashi changing his mind in an instant. If you want to make us feel like the struggle is desperate, commit to that idea.
My favourite scenes, I must say, all involve Alice. She’s still so pure despite all this chaos, it’s just so endearing. Especially when even she joins the fight, but helping Kouta find a magazine to reload. He feels bad that he can’t protect her from the horrors of this world, and gets a sudden burst of determination. I loved that scene~
I like where things are going overall. Highschool of the Dead has been pretty steady since the beginning (let’s pretend the fanservice episode never happened). It took all that effort just to find one family, I wonder how finding the other families will progress. I also wonder if the killing is going to get too repetitive, because if you reallly break it down, it’s just shoot, shoot, slash, whack. Keep the action fresh, and it’ll be fine~
Preview: I’ll be honest, I have no idea what is happening in most of these previews. I feel like I’m having an epileptic seizure or something with all those images being flashed at me. Anyways, it looks like SAEKO SAEKO SAEKO which makes me happy. Seeing some Takashi + Saeko action (Saekashi? 8D) will be much appreciated!