High School of the Dead Episode #07 (of 12) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Monday, August 16, 2010
Release Date: Monday, August 16, 2010

With a lot of sensuality on hand, everything suddenly turns bloody violent.

What They Say
DEAD Night and the DEAD ruck

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
When it comes to violence, it's not often that sex is far behind depending on the show. The previous episode of High School of the Dead featured a lot of sexuality and sensuality to it as the characters were holed up in a friends place where they felt relatively safe. Even more so than usual since the commotion at the bridge off in the distance was drawing a lot of the infected there. It got so safe that the girls were riding a warm high after a really good bath that you had Rei seducing Takashi in a way that really pushed his (and the viewers) buttons. But having the calamity at the bridge go so badly that the noise elsewhere started to draw the infected turned what could have been a night of ecstasy into one of danger.

The cold nature of survival is certainly kicking in for this group though as Saeko makes it plain that they can't save everyone. She does this while wearing just an apron and a thong which makes it hard to think for the guys, but with lights and noise drawing the infected, they'll be much safer if they simply draw down the lights and burrow in after everything that's happened. Considering their course to date, most of them should be dead or infected a few times over so that makes the most sense. But Takashi is the kind of guy who can't let that happen. While we've seen him do in those who have wronged others, such as the gas station incident, watching the carnage unfold outside has pushed him to his limits. More and more people are dying from the living, though the infected are certainly taking up a greater share.

The introduction of a little girl needing to be saved is a low point for the show since it potentially introduces a character that can really shake the dynamic of the series and give us someone who just screams a lot. When Takashi goes out to rescue her, with Hirano sharpshooting from above, it takes an unusual turn with a fairly pop-oriented tune playing to it that just doesn't fit well with what's going on onscreen. They do balance the strange mix with a good bit of sexuality as well from the girls as they watch on, but even that gets broken up a bit when you just hear the dog yapping away and wish someone would shoot that instead. The whole escape aspect of this little adventure is kind of silly and bringing in someone like Alice here as a spunky young child adds a very unwelcome element to the show.

In Summary:
Sometimes the blatant nature of the show is too much, but a good chunk of the time movies of this nature are exploitation movies in general so it fits in with the genre. It's just taken to some awkward extremes, such as Shizuka forgetting she's not even dressed. Or the various heavy-handed fanservice shots we get, though those often make me laugh or grin rather than roll my eyes since I expect it from this kind of show. Though there are good moments to the episode, what it brings in to play with has me feeling resigned to a less than welcome addition. Or pair of additions since the dog is coming along as well. It's good to see Takashi doing the right thing, but you really do wish that the infected had taken her out before he got there instead and put something tragic in his head to deal with instead.

Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

Mania Grade: C+
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 17 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: The Anime Network
Running time: 24
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: High School of the Dead