Thoughts on High School of the Dead?

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So far I've only seen a couple episodes of the show, so if I've just haven't gotten to the point where the exposition is over and the plot actually starts moving, please tell me.

From what I've seen so far, though, the show is kind of meh.
It's got great animation, and the voice acting is alright (I'm watching the dub), but the characters just feel a little cliched.
There's also the slightly creepy amounts of fanservice. Early on, while the characters are still dealing with the shock of, you know, zombies, we're getting a whole lot of panty shots and such. It just seems like a little much for early on in a show that looks like it's trying to be serious.

I might be wrong, and I might just not have seen enough of the show, but are these indicators of a bad series?
I'd like to hear your thoughts.

It seems to be more focused on fanservice, but there's there workings of a functioning anime I supppose.

I just ignored the fan service, it stopped after a couple of episodes and got really serious. Just ignore it for now and you'll be good.

fan service doesn't stop. Its pretty much just that all the way through (at least to where the manga is right now) with the story moving at a snails pace.

My thoughts: The plot is great and the manga is better (if only the creator would stop going on hiatus so darn much). I think the fanservice is easy to forget about once you get into the story.

Well I liked how an anime took on the whole zombie route (I think this is the first anime/series that had zombies as a focusing point, but Im sure Im wrong on that)

I sorta liked it for some of the ethical dilemmas the characters got into, but then they just went crazy with the fanservice and I just stopped caring about the "plot" and started to watch it for the lulz.

Like this scene is hilarious XD

I was reading the manga and stopped after a few issues due to that. It started off promising but just didn't seem to get beyond that. I'm certainly not against sexuality in comics or cartoons, but it felt so forced that it took me out of the show. I could almost hear the creative meeting: "Okay and we then have her fall over here so her legs are spread apart" "Yeah, and then the other girl gets grabbed from behind and they tear off her skirt".

It's is a show that you turn your brain off for, it's about well animated zombies and tits, it gets a little ridiculous but it doesn't lie about what it is so it has its charm. Not exactly something your gonna remember but it is entertaining.

Josh Horton:
I just ignored the fan service, it stopped after a couple of episodes and got really serious. Just ignore it for now and you'll be good.

That sounds good.
Part of the reason I'm wondering is because some of the reviews on Netflix were less that positive regarding these elements, and after noticing them myself, I started to understand.

I think that the fanservice is excessive.

It really can't seem to decide if it's taking itself seriously. I'm trying to avoid spoiler territory, but likewise early on, you get some pretty terrible stuff happening with a child around the same time of of the girls is fighting in a bikini bottom and an ill fitting apron. Apparently as it was her preferred outfit when given an entire apartment worth of clothing to select.

It has the makings of a good action/horror story with some commentary on the human condition... plus long, lingering panty shots and jiggle physics. It's odd. I'm kinda just watching it because last year, people were raving about it, and now it's on Netflix. But it's more background noise than anything I am really enjoying or would recommend.

It's stupid, perverted, gory, and pretty shallow, but hell I still liked it, just make sure you take it with a big ol' grain of salt.

I'll go ahead and agree with everyone else that there's a lot of fanservice. However, I think that there's only so much you can do with a bunch of girls in a zombie show, so I guess it makes sense that the story's slow and its appeal is hard to resist.

As everyone else says and try to move past the fanservice. The animation CAN be pretty for what it's worth.

smearyllama:

Josh Horton:
I just ignored the fan service, it stopped after a couple of episodes and got really serious. Just ignore it for now and you'll be good.

That sounds good.
Part of the reason I'm wondering is because some of the reviews on Netflix were less that positive regarding these elements, and after noticing them myself, I started to understand.

That is the things with all of these damn reviews, they watch up until something bothers them about it and stop. They don't review the whole thing, just up til the point where they stopped at. I honestly think it is one of the better animes I've watched this year, I just have gotten to the point where I can pretty much ignore the fan service in most animes and concentrate on the story.

Also a recommendation for anyone who liked HSotD, watch Angel Beats, it is on Netflix, its pretty good with lots of action, comedy, and a really deep story.

I enjoy the show; excellent quality of animation, some genuinely funny humour and a decent attempt at expressing emotion in an air of crisis and dispair.
I don't really mind about the fan service, but it does make me cautious before recommending the show to anyone and is literally impossible to defend. I'm not sure why jiggling boobs in an anime are bad but Megan Foxx co-staring in The Marvelous Adventures of Sam Whitwiky, featuring Optimus Prime is OK (and yes, Megan Fox in that role was just fan service. I mean her replacement for a Victoria Secret model. Presumably if Michel Bay had signed on for a 4th the heroine would have been chosen from the ranks of the red tube community).
I think it's a cultural thing from a culture who still sees animation as a kids thing, in which any reference to the fact that humans can procreate is deemed evil and must be purged, less a mob of misinformed housewives descend upon the unfortunate studio executives.

Only thing I didn't like was the ending; without giving any thing away, nothing is really resolved for the characters and it ends in such a way that screams "We're saving it for the second series", which is right up there with rebooting and using the same name as the first in the francise in a sequel in my list of writers deadly sins.

Josh Horton:

smearyllama:

Josh Horton:
I just ignored the fan service, it stopped after a couple of episodes and got really serious. Just ignore it for now and you'll be good.

That sounds good.
Part of the reason I'm wondering is because some of the reviews on Netflix were less that positive regarding these elements, and after noticing them myself, I started to understand.

That is the things with all of these damn reviews, they watch up until something bothers them about it and stop. They don't review the whole thing, just up til the point where they stopped at. I honestly think it is one of the better animes I've watched this year, I just have gotten to the point where I can pretty much ignore the fan service in most animes and concentrate on the story.

Also a recommendation for anyone who liked HSotD, watch Angel Beats, it is on Netflix, its pretty good with lots of action, comedy, and a really deep story.

Huh. You've got a point there.

I'm really no expert, since I only just started with anime, and I've only watched a few shows.

It can pretty much be summed up like this

Seriously though.... well no, that's pretty much it.

I don't like Highschool of the Dead, personally. It's too fanservice focused, too jarring in tone (it expects me to take it seriously right after a girl has a Matrix style scene where bullets fly passed her breasts) and I can't stand unnecessary violence like random people being torn apart for the hell of it. Plus, all the characters seem borderline retarded so it isn't really enjoyable.

Shame too considering the animation and production quality is quite impressive yet the material itself is bloody awful.

Something that has as much fan service as high school of the dead has shouldn't be good but its really damn good, its almost annoyingly good.

I liked it the constant fan service could get annoying (like showing panties when someone is getting eaten alive) but other then that I give it a thumbs up not the biggest thumbs up but a thumbs up none the less.

smearyllama:

Josh Horton:

smearyllama:

That sounds good.
Part of the reason I'm wondering is because some of the reviews on Netflix were less that positive regarding these elements, and after noticing them myself, I started to understand.

That is the things with all of these damn reviews, they watch up until something bothers them about it and stop. They don't review the whole thing, just up til the point where they stopped at. I honestly think it is one of the better animes I've watched this year, I just have gotten to the point where I can pretty much ignore the fan service in most animes and concentrate on the story.

Also a recommendation for anyone who liked HSotD, watch Angel Beats, it is on Netflix, its pretty good with lots of action, comedy, and a really deep story.

Huh. You've got a point there.

I'm really no expert, since I only just started with anime, and I've only watched a few shows.

Ah, you are new to anime? Well I'll definitely have to recommend some anime to you if you'd like, have a good list of stuff that doesn't completely destroy you from wanting to continue watching anime lol. Just PM me or anyone else in this thread. They all seem to be avid anime enthusiast.

Josh Horton:
I just ignored the fan service, it stopped after a couple of episodes and got really serious. Just ignore it for now and you'll be good.

Fanservice. Stopping. In High School of the Dead.

AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

No but seriously, this is one of the funnier animes out there. I suggest watching it with friends for extra laughs.

Marik2:

Like this scene is hilarious XD

I once heard a comment on the part where the bullet passes between the sword girl's two independently flapping breasts. Basically, the argument was that the girls boobs have to be flapping in opposite vertical directions faster than the speed of a high-powered sniper rifle round, because it passes past one, which moves behind it as part of the breast-flapping pattern and then the other one flicks out of the way.

Politi:

Josh Horton:
I just ignored the fan service, it stopped after a couple of episodes and got really serious. Just ignore it for now and you'll be good.

Fanservice. Stopping. In High School of the Dead.

AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

No but seriously, this is one of the funnier animes out there. I suggest watching it with friends for extra laughs.

Sorry, I probably stopped noticing it since it gets repetitive and easily ignorable lol

Like most all anime's I've seen, the unrealistic boob size/physics really makes me take the story less seriously. It's like adding random boob pictures to Saving Private Ryan. Unnecessary and it takes away from the show, that's pretty stupid to begin with.

Josh Horton:

Politi:

Josh Horton:
I just ignored the fan service, it stopped after a couple of episodes and got really serious. Just ignore it for now and you'll be good.

Fanservice. Stopping. In High School of the Dead.

AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

No but seriously, this is one of the funnier animes out there. I suggest watching it with friends for extra laughs.

Sorry, I probably stopped noticing it since it gets repetitive and easily ignorable lol

Man, you are so right. I think this show effectively quelled what lust I previously had for anime porn by making it commonplace.

Politi:

Josh Horton:

Politi:

Fanservice. Stopping. In High School of the Dead.

AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

No but seriously, this is one of the funnier animes out there. I suggest watching it with friends for extra laughs.

Sorry, I probably stopped noticing it since it gets repetitive and easily ignorable lol

Man, you are so right. I think this show effectively quelled what lust I previously had for anime porn by making it commonplace.

LMAO, that is probably one of the best things I've ever read.

I've never understood why people get so annoyed at fanservice. Either ignore it, or enjoy it. Personally, I get a laugh out of it every time.

Anyways, I too have just begun watching it. And honestly? I really like it. I don't look at it and expect something serious, I look at it and expect something over the top, goofy or awesome.

I started watching random soft-core hentai, while simultaneously watching The Walking Dead series... didn't need to go back to HSotD.

It served the same purpose and it was a better story to boot.

Seriously though, I got 10 (or was it 7, I couldn't tell) episodes in and it bored the hole off of me. Zombie massacre, gravity defying boob physics, more zombie massacre, really poor character/emotional development scene... boobs and panty shots, fucking cliff hanger. That about sums up the series to the point I said "fuck it, I can fap to something else and NOT hate myself for it".

Yeah, I like the manga more, even though it can get quite racy throughout the volumes.

My thoughts?

I watched the first episode and laughed my ass off. Then didn't really care to watch the rest of it.

Honestly, the only thing you need to watch is this:

Marik2:

and you're golden for the whole show and some really good laughs.

I swear, I have never, ever seen such horribly hilarious boob animations in even video games.

HOTD had potential to be a phenomenal anime. It had decent music. It has a good set up (not a lot of good anime with zombies). It has great animation quality. The voice actors work for the characters for the most part... but that fucking fanservice.

Don't get me wrong, anime built specifically for fanservice are fine. Fanservice, itself, is okay when done in moderation and on proper characters at proper moments. But HOTD isn't an anime that was built for fanservice. It was built for more of a horror audience, but someone in the writing department (because same fanservice is prevalent in the manga too) thought a zombie apocalypse needed more T&A. So there is so much T&A shoveled into it, it just gets really old really fast. And the worst part is that a lot of it makes me feel more uncomfortable than aroused, to be perfectly honest. Especially when the little girl is introduced. It's like a conflict in interest there.

In short, I like HOTD for the things it does right. But its poor grasp of how to make fanservice work properly to strengthen the anime makes it fall flat on its face.

SilverUchiha:
HOTD had potential to be a phenomenal anime. It had decent music. It has a good set up (not a lot of good anime with zombies). It has great animation quality. The voice actors work for the characters for the most part... but that fucking fanservice.

Don't get me wrong, anime built specifically for fanservice are fine. Fanservice, itself, is okay when done in moderation and on proper characters at proper moments. But HOTD isn't an anime that was built for fanservice. It was built for more of a horror audience, but someone in the writing department (because same fanservice is prevalent in the manga too) thought a zombie apocalypse needed more T&A. So there is so much T&A shoveled into it, it just gets really old really fast. And the worst part is that a lot of it makes me feel more uncomfortable than aroused, to be perfectly honest. Especially when the little girl is introduced. It's like a conflict in interest there.

In short, I like HOTD for the things it does right. But its poor grasp of how to make fanservice work properly to strengthen the anime makes it fall flat on its face.

Yeah man I totally agree with that; its so frustrating that an anime that has so much potential can get ruined by excessive boobs :(

But I sorta let it slide since the guy who made HOTD use to make hentai, but still....

Marik2:
Well I liked how an anime took on the whole zombie route (I think this is the first anime/series that had zombies as a focusing point, but Im sure Im wrong on that)

I sorta liked it for some of the ethical dilemmas the characters got into, but then they just went crazy with the fanservice and I just stopped caring about the "plot" and started to watch it for the lulz.

Like this scene is hilarious XD

Ok, now THAT cracked me up. Are we quite sure those samurai's boobs aren't alive?

EDIT: and jesus, can we say friendly fire? He was centimeters away from shooting her at least twice.

If you can get past the excessive amounts of fanservice then it's a great show...

...if you can't then you won't enjoy the show at all! I don't think there is a single episode with some scene of excessive boob-action goin on...

...but watch the OVA, if for no reason than for the lulz...

"Revolution! Revolution! REVOLUTION"

I liked it at points (because hey, Zombies), but it was way too oversexualized.

Extremely over the top drama between everyone(though I think that was the point)

Highschool of the dead....what you get when you cross Battle Royale with Resident Evil and maybe a little Deadrising.

I think it's great except for the obsession with boobs so large that they would kill the girl they're attached to.

It's not that there's sex, it's the immature way that they handle sex.

Otherwise, a freaking fantastic show, of which I wish there were far more.

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