What did you watch? That was episode ten of the Highschool of the Dead anime series. There are only two episodes left… After that, I have Drifters of the Dead, the OVA, to watch and the manga to read. So, there’s still plenty to get through, but it’s still hard, knowing that I’m so close to the end.
What happened? After Takashi and Saeko made it to Takagi’s house, the group was all back together again, but not everything seemed right. An uneasiness spread through the group as they tried to readjust to life almost as it was before the outbreak.
Takagi called a meeting to discuss how they were going to continue. Would they join up with her parent’s group or go it alone? She revealed more of her past and the pressure that her strict parents have put on her, forcing Takashi to get annoyed as the rest don’t even know if their parents are alive.
Before things get to heated, Takagi’s father returns and then beheads a former retainer who has now become a zombie. It was a show of strength for the survivors that they have gathered at their estate. It would appear that they are preparing to hit the road.
Hirano and Takashi have a fight, no doubt caused by the strange situation that they have found themselves in. Takashi aptly likens it to the Mutiny on the Bounty. When he searches for Hirano so that they can clear the air, he finds him surrounded by men demanding Hirano give up his guns.
What hooked you? It was a slower episode that focused on the group and how they were adapting to a return to normal. As you would expect, they aren’t coping that well. Rifts are starting to form and petty arguments seem to come from nothing.
Once more Takagi’s lack of social skills undermines her astute observations. She sees the situations and is able to make plans and adapt. If only she could convey those messages without belittling and attacking her friends. It is a very interesting flaw to give her.
The after effects of Takashi and Saeko growing closer together is causing issues with the others. Rei getting annoyed at him for calling in Marikawa to apply the healing balm, when she obviously wanted to get some alone time with him.
Takagi is also unable to hide her annoyance which is adding to Hirano’s feelings, as he clearly likes Takagi. Having the time to reflect on what’s going on around them is setting their teenage paranoia and emotions wild.
What was your favourite thing? I love the way the author has used the relative safety of the situation to put the group against each other. As bad as things have been for them, they’ve always pulled together. Ironically, the threat of the zombies makes them a stronger unit.
Obviously, it’s worth remembering that they are still teenagers and have been through a lot. Even adults would have a hard time coping. I think the analogy to the Mutiny on the Bounty is an excellent one.
It also looked like Takagi was about to pick a fight with Saeko, which would be a terrible idea, but again I think it was down to her poor social skills rather than her wanting to fight. It just shows how on edge they’ve all become.
Often zombies stories focus on the outbreak, but it’s really interesting to see how the group react to a change in circumstances. As much as I enjoy the action (and the fan-service), there is so much more to this series.
What was your least favourite thing? Seeing the group falling apart is hard to watch, especially after all they’ve been through. They’re more than a family now. Damn it, I love these guys!
Who was your favourite character? Oddly, I think it’s Takagi. She can see what is happening to the group and is willing to abandon her parents to keep them together. Even if she doesn’t get along with her parents, that is an amazing sacrifice.
Who was your least favourite character? I am going to pick Takashi because of the way he handled his dissatisfaction of the way Takagi was talking about her parents. He was right to be annoyed, but not to attack her the way he did. You’re better than that Takashi. Get it together!
Are you ready for more? I am so ready, I don’t know what to do with myself when I’m not watching Highschool of the Dead. At the end of the episode we see what the resident pantomime villain, Shido has been up to! Bring on the next episode!