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High School of the Dead Act 1: Guns, Tits and Zombies

naruto-retro1Post Author: Bob

Hey Narutards, I know all of you are eagerly waiting for the next Naruto chapter, but even Kishi and Shonen Jump need a break over the winter holidays, so this this week I thought I’d try something new and take a peek at one of the mangas picked up last year: High School of the Dead. Now HSotD is not your traditional shonen genre manga, the heroes/heroines don’t have super powers and there certainly aren’t any ninjas or shinigamis. However, it’s got the key ingredients to make it a hit series: lots of guns and inventive weaponery, hordes of ugly zombies to fight, and hot girls with big… eyes. Go to mangareader to view this manga and check for new releases.

Before I go any further, I’ll give a quick background and synopsis of what High School of the Dead is about:

The manga is drawn by Satou Shouji and written by Satou Daisuke. Shouji is a relatively new mangaka, but has worked on Excel Saga and published his own doujinshis in the past. His drawing style is very unique and attractive, not to mention the large servings of fanservice Shouji always offers in his works. The story of HSotD takes place in Japan where a worldwide outbreak has occurred that turns the recently deceased into flesh-eating zombies if they are infected. At a highschool, Takashi Komuro and a group of students and staff must fight their way out to survive. It’s a classic zombie apocalypse survival story with a good dose of humor and fanservice thrown in to lighten up the mood between the zombie decapitations and whatnot.

Here’s some facts about this particular outbreak:

1. In the manga, the zombies are referred to as “Them.” I don’t know why, it’s not like ‘zombie’ is copywritten or anything, so I’m going to stick to calling them zombies.

2. Nobody knows what caused the outbreak, but the infection is spread through being bitten by zombies. Depending on the initial size of infection, it could take less than a minute for someone to turn into a mindless zombie.

3. The zombies’ sole object is to consume living flesh and they find their prey through heat and sound.

4. Zombies are slow moving, but are fast to lunge. They have incredible strength and can only be killed through destruction of the brain.

Chapter 1 introduces us to the central protagonist and soon-to-be leader of the high school survivors, Takashi Komuro. Takashi isn’t your typical gung-ho let’s go hero, in fact when he’s first introduced he seems indecisive and lazy, like the type of guy who would rather let life flow by without a care in the world. But they say leaders are born in the midst of chaos, and Takashi will be forced to make some hard choices whether he likes it or not. At the beginning of the story, Takashi has barricaded himself with schoolmates Rei Miyamoto and Hisashi Igou. Poor Takashi has had a crush on Rei ever since they were little but has yet made a move. Not surprisingly, Rei has found herself a boyfriend in Hisashi who is everything Takashi isn’t, lol. It’s clear from the manga that Hisashi is a natural leader as it was his wise decisions that helped all three of them survive the zombie outbreak so far. When everyone else was trampling over each other to escape the school at the first sign of danger, Hisashi’s first course of action was to grab weapons and try to contact the police. But as a protagonist Hisashi is just too perfect, and so as in any good zombie thriller, he’s infected and turns into a zombie which our more flawed hero Takashi has no qualms dispatching.

As hot as she is, I have to say that Rei really got on my nerves in this chapter. As demonstrated in this chapter, she is utterly devoted to Hisashi as if her life dependent on him. It’s even stated that she even held herself back one year to be in the same class as him… creepy. In a way, she reminds me a lot of what Sakura Haruno was like back in the first part of Naruto; the way she is utterly dependent on others, desperate for their approval makes for a poor characteristic for a lead heroine. I think what happened at the end of this chapter summed her up pretty well.   Even though Takashi killed the zombified Hisashi for their sake, Rei was quick to blame the whole thing on Takashi. She even says she wants to become a zombie to be together with her dead boyfriend. When Takashi tries to calm her down, she turns the blame on him. It’s not until Takashi decides to leave her and fight the zombies by himself that she reverses herself and begs hims to stay as she fears being alone. Takashi must have been overjoyed to here his crush plead to him like that, but at the same time he must also be disgusted that it took a zombie apocalypse and a dead friend for him to give him the opportunity to become closer to Rei in her moment of weakness. Thankfully, both Rei and Takashi’s personalities improve in subsequent chapters and they become reliable and resourceful zombie killers.

Next chapter, we’ll get to meet a few more survivors to round out the group. High School of the Dead was originally published back in 2007 in Monthly Dragon Age, but it’s only 28 chapters have been released so far. The main cause is because the mangaka likes to take really looooong breaks, lol.

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17 Responses

  1. I like the HOTD series butve only watched the anime which ended in lackluster. But I’ve heard the anime took turns where the manga did not (like Soul Eater). Just like Soul Eater I’ll read the manga. Is HOTD still ongoing? Hope you continue the synapsis for HOTD but based on that poll people really must not like humanlike fighting, no superpowers, and big tits lmao.

  2. The series is still ongoing but the chapter releases aren’t as regular as say Naruto or One Piece. I think the author even took a whole year off at one point, can you imagine if Kishi did that?

    “based on that poll people really must not like” humanlike fighting, — yeah, I can see why
    no superpowers, — understandable
    and big tits — ಠ_ಠ

  3. H.O.T.D. is awesome! And yeah, the authors take their time. I’m still waiting for the next chapter.

  4. BOB SAID TITS ZOMG IM TELLING.

    Anyway, looks ace! I may indulge in a read, if I find time in my schedule of doing absolutely nothing.

  5. Lol thanks for the reply Bob. Wow 1year to release a manga is WAAAY too much. I can understand that people don’t like those aspects of the anime, or any for that matter. I’m not going to get one dimensional because I’m a fan of HOTD but I am gonna say this. Shonen Jumps “heavy hitters” arent back for almost another week, they were all left on relatively strong cliffhangers and HOTD is being reviewed/suggested by our big boss Bob….and it has an anime. If you’re manga head or just like watching sick anime’s…WHY WOULD YOU TURN THIS DOWN?! Nuff said lmao.

  6. I love HOTD, really good manga. read every chapter :D
    I think it’s monthly, reason for big breaks. But the plot of the manga is really good, if he kept it on and kept writing, it would’ve been up there as a top manga.
    Big tits ;)
    LOL not really that big of an incentive (JKish). but i think you should keep analyzing these chapters Bob :D

  7. This manga called taboo-tattoo is another one that for some reason stoped posting chapters. Its a pretty good series but theres only like 7 chapters out.

  8. According to Wikipedia:
    “Highschool of the Dead began serialization in Monthly Dragon Age in July 2006, but went on hiatus from the end of 2008 until March 2010, with another short break between May and July 2010.”
    The anime started around Jul 2010, so I can see why he needed time off from May-July that year. But break from 2008-2010 is just goofy, I dont think he was working on other stuff during that period either.

  9. just started reading HSotD… good choice bob

  10. who here was not shocked that Shido, Miku and that other guy were alive

  11. Bob, since you’re doing HSotD, would it be okay if I did one on, oh I don’t know, Deadman Wonderland? Or perhaps another manga?

  12. Yup, feel free to blog on any manga you really like,

  13. Guys, one of my mates suggested i read death note (seeing as i only deal with the top 3) – anyone read it??? i heard its abit hard to get into an slow………

  14. I cant pick it up even if I wanted to (and I dont really want to, no superpowers so too plain for me) bcuz I am too bz with one piece.

    @tensa gizzla, YES!! DN is my fav anime. I recommend you watch rather than read it tho. But either way, its just awesome!!

  15. @Tensa, Death Note is easily one of the best animes ever made. Its only 37 episodes (if I remember correctly), so no filler.

  16. No filler?! yes!!!!!!! alrite im gonna have to watch it now!! thanx guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Oh and im watching H.O.T.D now online an its actually alrite, a lot of boobies bouncing around : ) It kinda got me thinking naruto an bleach need a little bit of romance not alot just a bit, there hasnt been any for ages!

  17. @Tensa: I agree. not much of the soft stuff as of late. I mean, yeah there’s a war going on and everything, but not even a concerned thought on how Naruto’s doing by Hinata.

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