The quiet before the storm hits as Takashi and the others find an oasis in a desert of anarchy.
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The DEAD's House Rules
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With everyone finally making it to Takagi's house, a little bit of downtime is in order since there's been so much going on. It's only been a day since they've all made it here but the tensions are rising already, well, outside of Rei who has had some medicine applied to her body in a most amusing way. Most everyone is just enjoying taking the short break from all the tension of the last few days, Takashi and Saeko especially, but there's a growing undercurrent going on here. As Takashi and the others try to help out where they can or just while doing what they normally do, they're continually treated as just kids, even though they survived several days out in that madness. That problem is starting to become more apparent, but for Takagi it's a hugely critical thing that's driving her somewhat mad.
Takagi's mother has made quite the fortress out of her residence and has secured a lot of people inside of there to carry forth with her plans. Considering the short time in which events happened, it paints her as a very capable woman and one who definitely understands the world. We even get the nod that part of the military has acted on its own to secure the power plants when the outbreak began, knowing the Prime Minister wouldn't be able to act quickly enough. But as Takagi points out to Takashi, how long until even those places start to fall and what little civilization remains disappears. But even now what civilization there is has started to fade away as we see the current head of the Takagi family, Saya's father Soichiro, showing a very cruel and strong style form of justice being applied to those who have turned. It all makes sense, but the continually throwing it in the faces of the survivors pushes him over to the cruel side.
The Takagi residence is an interesting paradise in the middle of pure anarchy. It's interesting to see Saeko and the others getting so relaxed so quickly, but when you realize that there's a lot of quiet and silence there, you can see how they can go that route when you don't hear anything from the outside world. It's a reminder of the past, one that even after just a few days of chaos everyone wants to hang onto, but has realized already that they can't do that for long. Especially when the real threat they face right now are the adults of the residence who aren't viewing the new arrivals as useful and key survivors to work with. The incident works out well though, when you take in Takashi's talking about the Mutiny on the Bounty, in how he and his friends have proved themselves to be a very competent and well bonded group that won't be cowed. It's an important element that they're going to need to move forward again.
Highschool of the Dead has a rather quiet episode in a lot of ways here but it brings in some neat parts of how the world would work after it starts to fall. Those with influence and smarts that manage to survive consolidate themselves quickly and make plans while understanding true human nature. Takagi's parents are very much like that and it rankles with her, which is why she's finding such a bond with her schoolmates and all the things they've been through together. The quiet time is definitely welcome because it helps to reinforce that bond. The only downside is that the epilogue portion of the episode showcases what's to come and it includes a character I'd rather not see return, but knew we would. With only two more episodes to go, the show has a definite chance of riding out on a high note.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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