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  • Age Rating: 17 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: The Anime Network
  • Running time: 25
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: High School of the Dead

High School of the Dead Episode #09

High School of the Dead Episode #09 Review

By Chris Beveridge     August 30, 2010
Release Date: August 30, 2010

High School of the Dead
© Madhouse

The thrill of living after the world has ended continues to be a high point in this series.

What They Say
The Sword and Dead

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the group separated, yet again, the show takes an amusing turn of sorts as Saeko and Takashi make their way towards Takagi's house. It's a long and dangerous process but the two have decided to do their best to get there. Takashi laments that the progress is slow on foot and wishes he had a bike again, which leads them to checking out a motorcycle shop where they pick up a really neat little amphibious vehicle that the two can ride, since riding on a motorcycle together may not be the best idea since she points out, amusingly, that it's not a date. The two have quite the thrill in racing down the streets like this, watching the world end around them, and wondering what they'll really do to survive in this world for a plan.

Putting Takashi and Saeko together is rather welcome at this point since he's paired off with Rei before and we haven't really gotten to know her all that well. The two of them have a decent chase scene with the infected before landing in the water and making their way to a sandbar in order to hide out for awhile. What this leads to is a couple of things. The first is that Saeko gets wet and that means see-through tops, lacy undergarments and a changing scene where she manages to ditch the school uniform and look even hotter. It also has her opening up a little bit to Takashi about herself while he attempts to not drool heavily over her assets. While the viewer never forgets that she's a girl, it's easy to see how that might happen to Takashi at times, considering their circumstances.

The time the two spend together later on reveals more of her past as we see an incident four years prior that made her question herself. Because of her skills, she's not one to be easily taken advantage of, even in middle school, so when a guy molests her while walking home at night she takes him down, rather hard at that. And what has frightened her ever since, and is weighing heavily on her mind now, is that she really enjoyed every moment of it. Having the ability and the enemy to do that to makes her feel more alive and powerful than anytime else, and now having so many opponents that she can cut loose against she's feeling it again but isn't sure what the best way to handle it is. Revealing this is a huge moment for Saeko, one that draws Takashi very close to her in a way that is and isn't surprising. When the world ends like this, the rules of society and politeness go out the window a bit, but they need to be retained to some extent in order to remain civilized in the face of extinction.

In Summary:
Sex and violence along with a huge dose of honesty dominates this episode as we focus on the pairing of Takashi and Saeko. She's had little time to really shine as a character, more as an archetype or stereotype really, but here we get to see a really good layer to her that explains some of her emotions since the world ended. And we get to understand even more about her when she cuts loose with how she feels and how she fights against it, yet needs those feelings in order to be as brutal as needed for it. While Saeko isn't my favorite character of the cast, this episode has elevated her beautifully and made her far more interesting while hoping that we see more from her in the way all these relationships are going to play out, especially if the body counts start rising again.

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.


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