If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from zombie movies, it’s to stay away from crowds of people. With panic setting in, the police will struggle to maintain order.
What did you watch? I just finished watching episode five of the Highschool of the Dead anime series. The pace of the last episode was much slower than normal, allowing for reflection and observation, but in this one, it was back to the high-tempo action extravaganza that we’ve come to expect.
What happened? Takashi and Rei are trying to get across the river to make it to the agreed meeting place, but the bridges are backed up and crawling with zombies. Saeko, Takagi, Hirano, and Marikawa have decided that they are going to abandon the bus and Shido’s cult as it’s going nowhere.
Shido, licking his lips in full-on evil villain mode demanded that Marikawa stayed with his group, but Hirano unleashed all of his pent-up rage from years of being put down by teachers and students. The group make their getaway and head to another bridge in the hopes of getting across the river too.
What hooked you? In this episode, we see lots of people trying to flee the zombie apocalypse, but in typical fashion, the police and army are making it hard for anyone to do so. We see exactly how far their willing to go to keep order when a group of unruly school kids try to jump the fence.
There was a lot of focus on the chaos and attempts at maintaining order. Takagi hypothesized on a number of issues they would face, even so soon after the beginning of the outbreak. She believed that they were already too late to expect help from the government and that it was only a matter of time before small groups would form to protect their own.
We can already see this with Shido’s group and the way he is brainwashing them to be his puppets, thus fulfilling his evil villain objectives. Even when the others go to leave he tries to assert his dominance over them by demanding that Marikawa stays.
Takashi and Rei also encounter a group that is fighting back against the zombies. They make a dash to get away from the chaos only for the group to start shooting at them, further proving Takagi’s theories. This episode really showed how quickly the order that we all take for granted in everyday life could crumble.
What was your favourite thing? There was a lot to enjoy in this episode, but there was one particular moment that had me grinning like an idiot. Takashi and Rei have almost given up trying to cross the river when they hear a gunshot, no wait, it’s was a nailgun!
In a mad dash to get to their aid, Takashi races up a conveniently parked transporter and jumps onto the bridge. Rei leaps off the bike in midair and spears one hapless zombie. Takashi then throws his revolver to Hirano, who has run out of nails. Bullets fly through the air as he races on.
Saeko, surrounded by zombies, looks up and sees Takashi racing towards her. She holds out her hand and catches his hand, whipping her through the air and taking out all of the zombies in one move. It’s all utterly ridiculous, but at the same time completely satisfying.
The group is back together and everyone is happy to see Takashi again… with the exception of Rei who’s been with him the whole time and instead dives head first into Marikawa’s chest! Good times!
What was your least favourite thing? It’s not much of a complaint, but I feel like we should have seen much more of Marikawa’s sniper friend. I know she pops up again briefly and even makes an appearance in the last chapter of the manga, but it’s not enough. None of it is enough…
Who was your favourite character? I’m going to do it. My favourite character in this episode was Saeko Busujima. Not only was she kicking zombie ass, swirling her long skirt through the air, and generally being badass, she also delivered my favourite line. It was after Hirano stood up to Shido and told them now was the time to get off the bus – “You’re such a man, I’m impressed!”
Who was your least favourite character? Shido regains his crown as the least favourite character. He’s such an over the top villain, but he’s not even very good at it. Sure, he can like his lips and deliver cringe-worthy lines, however, that’s all for nothing if he can’t back any of it up.
Are you ready for more? Oh, yeah! The scene after the credits shows the group arriving at Marikawa’s sniper friend’s apartment and admiring her Humvee. Then as they’re about to go inside more zombies stumble out of the shadows. Without a moment’s hesitation, they charge in and attack, showing how they’ve all changed in the brief but traumatic period since the end. I also want to see more of the cute, funny moments like when Takashi was giving Marikawa a ride on the back of his bike. “I can’t hear you!”