With over two million dead in Japan alone and the world falling apart, it's time to show some skin as the girls of the series strip down for a hot spa time.
What They Say
In the DEAD of the Night
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Stress relief in a world where that world is ending is certainly not surprising and how they approach it here shows how men view it should occur. And I concur. The show opens very amusingly with the women finding some baths to take over for the time and get clean,w hich is definitely necessary, though it leads to some basic tomfoolery as they check out the doctors massive breasts and she's all about spreading her legs as often as possible. Add in some fun with others helping to wash each other down and it's lots of skin, lots of fanservice and a heightened sexual tension that you can easily believe would be there as the world is in this state. And unfortunately, the guys are doing their best to cope with it by going to find new weapons in the building instead, something they luck out on pretty well. The symbolism is amusing to say the least.
With it being barely two days into the catastrophe, the world is certainly falling apart. From the high vantage point of the apartment that they're in, Tkaashi and Hirano are able to watch what's going on down below and it looks to them like a clichéd movie. The police are trying to set up a protection zone to keep the infected out but that is only drawing them closer since it's nothing but noise that's attracting them. There's a brutal scene that plays out on the news, the first bit that the kids have gotten since escaping the school, and seeing the way some of the population is trying to stop the violence by preaching understanding while condemning the governments who allowed this to happen, sans proof, fits in with a lot of movie storylines. Amusingly though, they draw in some interesting elements from the modern day as we see Hirano talking about his time in America where he trained with Black Water, a rather notorious company in the news the last few years.
In the midst of this mixture of fun and seriousness, there's a great emotional component that's brought into it. Everyone is on edge in their own way and the way they're coping with it is very different. When the girls get toasted from their time in the baths, they're a little freer with their thoughts and expressiveness, but that has Rei talking about Hisashi a lot, something that really impacts Takashi since he's struggling with the entire situation himself and being the one that killed Hisashi. Revealing that frustration to Rei instead of keeping it bottled up and being stoic about it looks like it might work in his favor as well, though that certainly wasn't his intention. The stresses of everything is starting to hit everyone in very different ways.
As High School of the Dead reaches its halfway mark, the show has certainly held up to what it intended in the first episode for the most part. Outside of a mild recap of sorts in the third episode and this one being mostly a downtime episode, it's managed to keep the action really strong and the feeling of the impending end of civilization right on track. The visual quality of the show has been impressive as well as it's created and continued to maintain a very strong sense of atmosphere throughout it. This episode lets the fanservice side go wild at a few times and it does feel like it's pretty acceptable in its own way when you consider the circumstances of everything. You definitely feel for the guys during it though since they can't really get anywhere with it at the moment.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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