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  • Age Rating: 17 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: The Anime Network
  • Running time: 24
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: High School of the Dead

High School of the Dead Episode #12

High School of the Dead Episode #12 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     September 20, 2010
Release Date: September 19, 2010

High School of the Dead
© Madhouse

What makes a worldwide zombie attack even worse? A large scale missile launch with all things computer related being shut down afterward.

What They Say
All DEAD's Attack

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the previous episode, you could feel the helplessness of those watching on from space as the missiles started to fly and the kind of controlled panic that that must have been dealing with. So much uncertainty and more going on below them and being unable to help or influence events. While they haven't been able to, a good part of the SDF Navy is still afloat and they're able to try and bring down the missiles, but not everything can be stopped and the world takes another step into darkness for awhile as the EMP blast from it has caused all electronics, from PCs to phones to most cars, to be rendered useless. And this comes just as Shizuka managed to get into contact with her friend Rika from whom they acquired the weapons and vehicle that got them to Takagi's residence.

Because of the missile attack, a lot of the defenses at the residence are pretty much shot, which feels odd considering the approach that Takagi's father had taken should have factored that in. But it turns into a sizable bloodbath pretty quickly in that the undead overrun the residence and everyone is put through their paces to try and stave off what's coming so that as many can survive as possible. What's not a surprise is that Takashi and the rest are essentially told by the very cool and dramatic Takagi mother and father team to hit the road and go survive out there in the world as best as they can. It's a good series of events as everyone gets their asses in gear and figures out what they need so they can head off into the darkened and far more dangerous city now, since the bit of power that was out there was the last refuge of many that were able to hide and survive.

As the episode plays out, bringing the season to a close, it's interesting to see one familiar theme played through again. As the world has ended, particularly with Saeko, there is a certain sense of glee about them as they're taking on what's coming at them. They're freed from a lot of things in a way, and while they're in much more danger, they're more in control of their lives at this point because of all that has happened. When they face off against a large number of undead on the highway, Takashi starts off about the situation in a way and even though his final word is that everything they're facing is annoying, you almost expect him to say that everything they're facing is fun. They aren't unhinged or unrealistic, but they're taking an approach to survival without being downbeat about it, since that will only lead to things getting worse.

In Summary:
High School of the Dead has been a blast from start to finish. While I do agree it could have been more of a crossover hit if it hadn't gone with all the mildly extreme fanservice at times, I don't know that any show will really crossover when it's aimed at this age level to begin with since it's truly only things that appeal top to bottom that will work. This series does however make me extremely happy as it was fun to watch as it showed us a group of kids toughing it out, generally not doing extremely stupid things, while also giving us the larger picture of the world as well. There was a lull or two in there and they perhaps spent too much time at Takagi's place, but all in all this series gave me something few other shows do. Lots of violence, an end of the world view of lust and people who didn't battle their own morals for too long before realizing they had to fight back regardless of the cost. With its big picture view at times yet keeping solidly in touch with the small view, High School of the Dead was a near perfect season that definitely needs more. And Yen Press should have bumped up the manga release as much as possible to try and ride this wave before people forget.

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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