H.o.t.D.D. – In the Dead of the Night (Episode 6)

What did you watch? This was episode six of the Highschool of the Dead anime series. Some will also want to know that this was the bath episode. If you’re not familiar with anime, then it is absolutely mandatory for every series to have at least one bath, shower, or hot springs episode. Look, I don’t make up the rules…

What happened? The group had made it to Marikawa’s friend’s apartment and looked to rest and recover from the past twenty-four hours. They’ve been on the run the entire time, fighting for their lives, so it’s only fair that they get to let their hair down.

The girls clean themselves up while Takashi and Hirano see what they can find to use as weapons. Managing to bust open a locked cupboard they realise they stumbled onto a goldmine of weapons. Hirano reveals that he spent some time training with an ex-Delta Force commander.

The girls seem overtired and possibly a little drunk which is understandable given the hell they’ve been through. Saeko, the only one who appears to be on top of things, surprises Takashi in her cooking apron and asks that he call her by her first name.

Back on the bridge things are out of control. If I’ve learnt anything from zombies stories it’s that you should avoid places with lots of people. Lots of people always means lots of zombies. With the police taking desperate measures to maintain order, everything goes to shit!

What hooked you? Well, this is the bath episode, so what more do you need? Actually, even if my attempts to justify the bathing and playful demeanour of the girls afterwards has fallen on death ears, there was a lot of nice character development.

For one, we learn more about Hirano which gives his knowledge of weapons some more credibility. I enjoyed the conversation he had with Takashi when he said they were meant to peek at the girls, but Takashi said he’d rather live. Then they made a pact to kill each other should they get bitten.

Saeko asserted herself and her intentions on Takashi, but also seemed very pragmatic and considered about the situation. She is too cool, telling him to go take care of Rei.

I also enjoyed the chaos on the bridge with the Police desperate to maintain order and slow the zombie spread using insane force. The chief shooting himself shortly after, no doubt realising that they had gone too far and there was no coming back.

What was your favourite thing? I’m not going to say drunken, exhausted, and amourous Marikawa, that would be too easy…

I actually really enjoyed the conversation between Takashi and Rei. They’ve been through so much together and have a troubled past. You could really pick up on the tension as they stared into each other’s eyes. I think that has been something that this series has handled really well.

Sure, there are lots of unusual camera angles and jiggly body parts, but it does an amazing job of zeroing in on the tension and holding it. I find myself holding my breath watching and waiting for the tension to break.

As with most things, if you get the characters and their relationships right, the story could be about anything. I love these characters. There is a real variety of character types which can lead to potential conflicts between them.

What was your least favourite thing? So, this was a much slower episode, which was nice. It all took place in the apartment or the nearby bridge. There wasn’t as much action as you might have expected and without the events unfolding on the bridge, that admittedly didn’t involve any of the main characters, it was maybe a little too slow. Maybe…

Who was your favourite character? Takashi keeps on proving what a good guy he is. Sure, there is a conflict with Rei, but that’s mostly because of their history and the fact that he killed her zombified boyfriend. Even so, he does what the others need him to do and isn’t afraid to put other’s desires ahead of his own. Special shout out to Saeko’s apron.

Who was your least favourite character? Most of the characters on the bridge were fairly generic and not too interesting. I could pick the chief for killing himself, but I’m going to go with the leader of the protesters. Seriously, people will refuse to believe what they see with their own eyes if it helps to further their conspiracy theories.

Are you ready for more? Absolutely, I feel clean and refreshed… no wait, that’s not me. Either way, I can’t wait for the next episode. We’ve had a chance to catch our breath, the next one should pick up the pace again and take us on another furious adventure.

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