Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the second edition of “Horror Hoedown Showdown!” Today we’ll be reviewing Highschool of the Dead, which was produced by Madhouse and based on the manga by Daisuke Sato (and illustrated by his brother Shoji Sato). Sentai Filmworks released a dub of HOTD back in June. They also recently released a dub of Angel Beats!, which I also hope to watch and review too. That is for a later time, however, so let’s get down to the reviewing!
The premise of HOTD is simple; a zombie apocalypse strikes the world and a bunch of Japanese high school students band together to survive. Sounds cliche right? Unfortunately, that is the problem with many zombie related movies and t.v. shows; there’s little variation. Mysterious virus ravages human population. Everyone is zombified. Few survivors band together. That’s the the staple formula. However, what makes HOTD stand out is the fanservice. Yup you heard me. What better way to add variation to the zombie apocalypse genre than by throwing in lots and lots of hot girls and boobs. I think it’s important to note that I’m a huge sucker for harem and fanservice heavy genres. After all, the first manga I ever read (and to this day is still my favorite) was Love Hina.