H.o.t.D.D. – Escape from the Dead (Episode 2)

What did you watch? This is episode two of the Highschool of the Dead anime series. After yesterday’s heart-pounding episode, I was excited to keep things going. Maybe a little too excited. I had to force myself to not binge the rest of the series.

What happened? Takashi and Rei are trapped on the school roof with Hisashi’s lifeless body. They try to contact Rei’s dad, a high ranking police officer, but he can’t hear them. Saya Takagi, Takashi’s know-it-all friend grabs the hapless nerd, Kohta Hirano to help her make her escape from the zombie infested school. Saeko Busujima arrives at the nurse’s room just in time to save Miss Marikawa from a group of zombies.

What hooked you? We finally get to see more of the main cast of characters. Sure, Takashi and Rei are cool, but it’s nice to have a full group. Not only that, but we find out a lot about them in a fairly quick fashion, which is ideal as it doesn’t slow down the frantic pace of the apocalypse.

This episode began with Takagi giving Hirano a tough time, educating him on what to do in a disaster situation. She’s harsh and abrasive, but she without a doubt saved him from wasting a lot of time and possibly ending up as zombie food.

Next, we get to see Marikawa, the school doctor. Despite her position, she’s quite the ditz. For some unknown reason, they’ve also given her a bouncing sound effect! Yes, yes, we get it, Marikawa has big boobs, but the cutesy sound was unnecessary.

Just as things aren’t looking good for Marikawa, Saeko bursts into the room with her wooden practice sword and quickly dispatches the zombies. Seeing the bitten student who protected Marikawa, she offers to give him an honourable death. Straight away, we can see how seriously she takes things. Then, when another wave of zombies approaches, she manages a sly smile before rushing in to attack.

The rest of the episode bounces (without the sound effect) between the various groups as they make their way to the faculty lounge. Takagi and Hirano make it there first, but Hirano’s nailgun is out of ammo and Takagi is forced to use a drill to save herself.

Everyone else arrives in time to take care of the rest of the zombies, but Takagi is struggling with what she’s done and takes it out on the group, only to be comforted by Saeko. There’s a lot of emotion flying around, both good and bad which is to be expected in a situation like this.

What was your favourite thing? I’m loving all the subtlety with the characters interactions. There’s a lot that’s being shown but not said. Rei and Takashi have an awkward moment on the roof when she hands him the baseball bat. There’s obviously a lot more history than we saw in the first episode.

The introduction of Saeko was amazing. She swept in killed a bunch of zombies, took control of the room, and then mercy killed a fallen student. Even with all that, it was when that little hint of a smile appeared that made me grin from ear to ear.

On top of that, the relationship between Takagi and Hirano is interesting. She’s has decided that he is what she needed for her survival at that moment, but didn’t expect him to be quite so useful. I loved how he customized the nailgun to be a weapon and it looked like he did too!

What was your least favourite thing? It’s Marikawa’s ridiculous sound effect. I get it, fan-service, but that was just unnecessary and stupid. That said, it’s not enough to take any of the shine away from the series.

Who was your favourite character? I can finally say Saeko as she had more than enough screen time to warrant it, but bizarrely, as awesome as she is, it was Hirano. Using power tools as weapons is a brilliant and underutilized aspect in zombie stories, in my opinion. He also showed off a bit of a darker side, but still couldn’t help but be sweet to Takagi.

Who was your least favourite character? Other than the zombie’s, it was pretty much all main characters in this episode and I’m not going to pick any of them. It would be too easy to say Takagi, but as annoying and overconfident as she may come across, I get her as a character. So, nope, I’m not picking anyone in this episode.

Are you ready for more? Honestly, it’s the hardest thing to not hit play on the next episode. I really, really want to watch it now. I’m still amazed at how well the tragic and brutal nature of a zombie apocalypse is being handled, even with the fan-service which I don’t have a problem with and other than the sound effects, I’m barely noticing it. So, yes. Give me more!

10 thoughts on “H.o.t.D.D. – Escape from the Dead (Episode 2)”

    1. There’s only 12 episodes and one OVA. You should finish it off, I don’t think my OCD would let me stop anything at 11… it’s worth it.

    2. I’ve read a bunch of the Triage X manga but not watched the anime yet. The author/artist of Triage X is the artist of HotD and brother of the author. I need to check that out at some point.

  1. I got to the Saeko episode myself and dropped it, but if I watched it again, i’d probably love it. Just a damn shame that it’ll never get done.

    Also Saeko is the best girl, hands down.

    1. I refuse to give up hope on there being more, even if I have to write the rest myself…

    1. I think Takagi gets a bad rap because she’s harsh and loud, but she’s got it all worked out. I like how different all the characters are from each other.

    2. Yeah, and I think the group realize that too. I was a little worried going in to this series again that it wouldn’t live up to my memories, but so far it’s surpassed them. There’s a lot to like about it.

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