…and we go out with a bang!
Here we are…the finale. Our saga of zombies, tears, drama and boobies has finally come to an end. But I’ll leave the reminiscing for after the summary. So, let’s get to it!
The whole missile fiasco is continued from last episode, which instantly depressed me. Politics, in my ecchi anime? WHAT IS THIS? A bunch of missiles were intercepted by more missiles but one got through. Luckily, the one that did get through exploded at a high altitude (I believe that it’s purpose is just to weaken an area before the big missile strike?)…no one was really harmed. It caused a massive burst of light and an EMP (electromagnetic pulse). It was so epic, even the astronauts saw it.
Houston…we have a problem…
Now we get to see a bit of time leading up to the explosion. In a sudden epiphany, Shizuka remembers her friend’s phone number. After taking a millennia to dial her friend’s digits, she gets a response. The conversation is cut short by the explosion before Rika can find out where her friend is. An EMP from the explosion rendered all technology useless. The next thing everyone sees is a blinding light.
Our survivors are incredibly perplexed. I mean, who wouldn’t be? Takagi is one smart cookie though, and instantly suspects some sort of explosion caused this. She continues to impress by explaining things to her dad and suggesting that they replace the car parts to get them to work again. Takagi’s dad actually PRAISES her too!
Yeah, I know you won’t praise me or-BWUH??
Return of the orgybus! Thanks to the EMP, the engine isn’t working and the bus crashes right into the barricade, creating a path for the zombies. Whether Shido and friends escaped or not, well, who knows?
Takagi’s happy scene is cut short by – FINALLY – zombies!! I missed you, zombies. Welcome back! *ahem* Anyways, by now they’ve already swarmed the gate. They slam the gates shut, but even so, one gets through. Cue epic headshot by Kouta followed by the Kouta equivalent of “I’m wet!” No one messes with Kouta.
If Kouta said “I’m wet” I’d cry. and not tears of joy either.
This episode is here to remind us just how badass Takagi’s parents are, and how much we all wish our parents were like this. Takagi’s mom, Yuriko, rips her dress so she can move better and grabs a fearsome-looking gun. Damn…Oh, and she tells Kouta to teach Takagi to use a gun. He’s a bit too excited by the whole prospect of everything…
I believe this what you guys call a MILF?
The amount of zombies that all stumbled into that area is astounding, especially considering their average speed…<_< Questioning aside, the zombies bust through the gate and this is when the real action starts. It’s dark, there’s fires, the peace-loving adults getting eaten, and a whole pack of zombies are on the prowl. Finally, the action we’ve been waiting for! The threat of missiles and politics ruining the ending is gone!
There’s a small lull in the zombie invasion, as wave one finishes. The Takagi family take this time to strategize, deciding that they will forcefully move into the next house (since it’s still zombie-free). Souichiro takes this opportunity to remind Takashi that he should still look for everyone’s parents (or at least his own).
It’s Kouta’s lucky day, as he is once again asked to protect Takagi. Awww, those two. Takagi, however, is alarmed by the realization that those words mean her parents are going away again. Her mom fully slaps her before she can say anything, and tells her not to be emotional about it, since if she cries they won’t be able to bear parting with her. The slapping was a bit much, but the scene was nice. Takagi finally realizes how much her parents truly love her and how much she loves them.
I love you, you love me. We’re a happy family~
The survivors head out again, now that the next wave has arrived. They manage to find an anti-EMP vehicle (wow, convenient timing) – but it needs a few repairs. They have to hold off the zombies until the repairs are made. Why does this sound like a video game? I hate those missions where you have to protect something until the time runs out! Anyways, MOAR ACTION! *cheers*
COULD THE TAKAGI FAMILY BE ANYMORE BADASS? No, only if they were T-rexes could they be anymore badass. Robot T-rexes. Watching them go on a killing rampage was wonderful, one of the best scenes this episode! Meanwhile, Shizuka has to be saved by Alice and Takagi. ALICE. *sigh*
Rei is also doing her zombie-killing thing, somehow killing them without really hitting them in the head. But oh noes, a zombie grabs her gun and we get more fanservice! Honestly, Rei shouldn’t have that gun practically strapped to her boobs, it’s caused far too much trouble -_- Takashi, as always, jumps in and saves her.
Goddamnit, Rei! We almost got through this episode without you doing something sexual!
The humvee is fixed! Everyone hops in, ready to go, except the mechanic. He has some girl he likes that he wants to be near. Um, okay…They leave him behind as he clonks zombies on the head with his wrench. I thought he would die right away too. Shizuka plows through the zombies into the streets, heading for the barricade. They squeeze through the small space with a risky maneuver (i.e. turning the car practically on it’s side). Saeko almost gets torn in half, but once again, Takashi to the rescue. Woot. It’s smooth-sailing for now~
The tension has died down now as Takashi reviews plans to go search for everyone’s parents and Shizuka’s friend, Rika. Everyone heartily agrees. Their next obstacle is a highway covered with zombies. At this point everyone just grins, gets out their guns, and gets ready for a fight. OPTIMISTIC ENDING WITH UPBEAT MUSIC WHILE FACING DOOM, GO!
After the end theme, we see that they made it to a…shopping mall. Apparently, this is the next arc in the manga. This is the last episode, so we end with a shot of the mall and a few words from Takashi. They aren’t ready to give up just yet~
The Extra Screenshots Finale:
WHO IS THIS, AND ARE THEY IMPORTANT?
The more I see this, the more I want to go buy striped panties.
Worth a thousand words.
If that’s Takagi’s mom…then when she’s older she’ll be…
You should see when she tries to text.
End Thoughts: Thank goodness the missiles didn’t really play a role in the show aside from rendering all technology useless. It just made things harder for everyone. If things had turned too political for the finale, I would’ve been disappointed. Luckily, we got lots of action and TAKAGI’S PARENTS. YES. This was the adrenaline that was totally missing from the past 2 episodes. THIS is what this series excels in.
As for the actual ending ending, it’s pretty good if you assume there will be a season 2. It ended on a high note, as our survivors have already accepted this horrendous way of living as their new everyday life. That doesn’t sound like much of a high note, but it means that everyone is determined to live on. However, if there is no season 2 then this is a particularly frustrating cliffhanger. I want to know what happens next. Nothing has been solved, the zombies are still there and ANYTHING could happen.
There is no preview for the next episode, obviously, but I’ve heard that an OVA is coming out. So at least we get something extra. However, it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing it for a while…<_< It comes out in Spring? Baww…So I guess it’s really over unless you’re betting on a season 2 like me?
Highschool of the Dead was one of my favourites of the season, and in the beginning it dazzled me with it’s great action and drama. Not to mention the 28 Days Later theme at the end of episode 1! The fanservice just made things more interesting to me, and certainly gave fans a lot to talk about. It had a few “bleh” episodes, but it also had a few “TSUUGGOIIIII!!” episodes. I know we need breaks in-between the action, but the non-action episodes were all a bit off. Looks like I won’t be getting my weekly dose of absurd boob physics and zombies anymore.
So this may very well be my last Highschool of the Dead post. I only just stumbled into the world of blogging when I joined Metanorn, so I feel like I’ve just leveled up or something, having successfully finished blogging about my first series! …Let’s ignore the fact that I started in the middle of the series *cough*. Thanks to everyone who reads and comments on Metanorn (not just on my posts too!) I will see all of you in the Fall season! Look forward to it!!