Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Episode 2) – Trainer Sakonji Urokodaki

Tanjiro and Nezuko follow the directions given to them by the demon slayer, Giyu. On their way, they come across a shrine and the ominous scent of blood!

What did you watch?

Can’t believe I almost put this series off until they were all out. I’ve only seen two episodes of Fruits Basket and one of Fairy Gone, but I’m pretty confident that I can say this will be my favourite of the three. So, before I get to exactly why, you should know that there will be spoilers beyond this point, so this is your chance to watch it quickly and then come back. Otherwise, read on…

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Episode 1) – Cruelty

With his family killed by a demon, Tanjiro will do anything to save his little sister, even if she is now no longer human!

What did you watch?

I hadn’t planned on watching Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, but then I saw the image appear on my player and, well, I couldn’t help myself, but this is it. I shall be reviewing this series, Fruits Basket, and one other… which I shall reveal tomorrow. My goal is to focus on less seasonal and catch up on the massive backlog of shows that I really want to watch.

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Highschool of the Dead December (Dead End)

If you’ve ever been curious about Highschool of the Dead or just want to relive the whole thing, check out the time I spent an entire month going over it again.

What’s going on now? Well, this is it. My Highschool of the Dead December project, much like the month of December, has run its course. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, but it doesn’t have to, right? Below you’ll find all of the links to each and every post. Feel free to check out the ones you missed or reread them the next time you watch/read Highschool of the Dead.

Introduction – This gives an overview of why I decided to do Highschool of the Dead December.

The Anime – Each episode reviewed and then a season review, plus the OVA, Drifters of the Dead.

The Manga – All seven volumes of the manga reviewed, with pictures from the full-colour editions, plus Act 30, the start of volume eight and the final act released.

The Characters

So, what now? Well, it’s been a pretty busy month, especially since I completed the 30 Day Anime Challenge in November and I’ve been keeping up to date with the Fall 2018 anime schedule. I don’t have anything planned for January, so it will be nice to slow down a fraction. Not to mention, I’ve got a ton of work to do on a post-apocalyptic trilogy I’ve been working on for too long already.

One last thing, I promised I would show you just how awesome the full-colour edition of the manga is compared to the regular black and white volumes. You might want to sit down for this…

Anyhow, I guess this is it. Thanks for stopping by and supporting me as I compiled what is basically my love letter to Highschool of the Dead. Sure, it took me 31 days and roughly 22,000 words to do, but now we have reached the Dead End!

If you have any questions about Highschool of the Dead, let’s have them. I am always happy to talk HotD and if I don’t know, I’m going to want to find out. Thanks again and have a safe and happy New Year.

Highschool of the Dead (Act 30) – The Manga

After volume 7 of Highschool of the Dead, there was nothing… unless you check online and find the final act – Act 30. Makes you want more, doesn’t it?

What did you read? I’ve been saving this one for last, which seems kind of appropriate. It is Act 30, the final part of the Highschool of the Dead manga ever released. It would have been the beginning of volume eight and it sets up so much, it’s annoying to think we’ll never see the outcome.

What Happened? The opening scene follows a police officer sniping zombies at the gates of a school. When another office asks if that’s the best idea, he says that there aren’t that many zombies around and the noise will help survivors find them.

Then we go inside the school where a group of survivors are threatening to attack a man with a bandage on his hand. Shido shows up and attempts to talk down the angry group, but they aren’t willing to listen until the police sniper comes inside and shuts it down. Presumably this is Rei’s father.

Next, we head to a Japanese warship making plans to rescue the survivors from the cities and talking of approaching Chinese submarines. Rika is on board the ship and asks to go to Tokonosu. They agree as she’s the only reason they found any survivors at the airport. On top of that, they let her take as many weapons as she can carry!

Finally, we’re back with Takashi and the others as they try to make their way to the school for the rescue mission. There are zombies in front and zombies behind. It’s raining hard and the group prepare to attack.

What was your favourite thing? Rika cleaning out the armoury was awesome. It’s just a shame we won’t get to see her enact her plan to find Marikawa, something that I think could be a spin-off series. At least, I’d watch it.

What was your least favourite thing? All that build up and no payoff. It would almost have been better to have not read this because now I have an idea of what was to come and it was going to be exciting. I have no doubt of that.

Are you ready for more? After that set up I am so ready for more. I find myself becoming more and more determined to write a zombie series, probably light novels with a view to one day turning into a manga. I’ve got a ton of things on my todo list and this one seems to be slowly climbing over the others. I need more zombies!

Highschool of the Dead (Character Analysis) – Rika Minami

It’s the character analysis that no one asked for, but once you’ve checked it out, you’ll be glad that did. Could she command her own spin-off series? I think so!

What are you doing now? This should be interesting. It’s the final post in my series of character analysis pieces from Highschool of the Dead. This one is probably the most self-indulgent, but it’s my blog and I’ll do whatever I want.

So, following on from the gif extravaganza that was Shizuka Marikawa. Don’t worry, they’re still there if you want to pop back and have a look! Anyhow, today I’m giving Rika Minami the attention she so deserved and at one point I even champion her own spin-off series…

Age Unknown / Height 5’7” / Weight Unknown

Bust 33″ (D) / Waist 22″ / Hips 35″

Empathy: In the anime, Rika’s role is somewhat limited, but even in that, we get a sense of what she’s like. Clearly, she is an accomplished sniper. She also smokes a cigar and makes sexually suggestive comments to her partner. Basically, she’s pretty awesome.

In the manga, there is an entire act devoted to her and her partner trying to clear away the zombies at the terminal. It was epic. Rika is the hot female version of John McClain from Die Hard.

She has a couple of small appearances throughout hinting that she will eventually make her way back to Tokonosu and meet up with her best friend Marikawa and the others. Sadly, it looks like that will never happen, and she just cleared an armoury ready to head into the city too.

Character Arcs: Rika starts on the floating airport, sniping zombies and generally being a badass. As time goes on we soon realise just how much of a badass she is, not least when Takashi and the others make it to her apartment. She has a military grade Humvee and numerous illegal weapons

She’s obviously very intelligent and well drilled as the EMP didn’t even faze her. The part in the manga where her partner died showed that she was compassionate, but also believed in her role within the police force.

Finally, in the final act to be released, she negotiated a release to head back to Tokonosu so that she could look for Marikawa. She also took all the guns, when they were stupid enough to say she could take whatever she could carry.

Goals: Rika obviously holds her friendship with Marikawa above everything but her duty to the force. Once she had completed that obligation, she was ready to face the zombies on her own to find Marikawa.

The true extent of their relationship is unconfirmed, but you’ve got to be pretty close to want to do that, especially with the potential attack from Chinese submarines approaching.

Obstacles: The biggest obstacle Rika faced, was her location. Had she been home when it all happened, I’m sure she would have busted into the high school and wiped out the zombies long before Takashi and the others made their daring escape.

On top of that, she is dedicated to her role within the police force. She hints at leaving the airport to find her friend, but only once they’re done there.

Traits: Rika is hard, but she also shows a fun side, teasing her partner when he offers to help her with her sore chest from lying in the sniper position too long. She also followed her orders until there were no more coming, never abandoning her position or the people that depended on her. I really do wish she’d got more time.

Motivations: Rika’s training seems to lead her actions, and she appears to be at the top of her game. The quality of her apartment, weapons, and vehicle show that she is a top performer. Hirano even comments on how most unmarried police officers live in the dorms, so she’s doing something above and beyond.

Her desire to catch up with Marikawa and make sure she’s all right is another big driver for her. She makes her moves to do something about that just as the story was abandoned.

Flaws: Honestly, Rika is pretty much the perfect person to have on your side in a zombie apocalypse. She’s a hotter and more accomplished version of Hirano…

Vulnerabilities: Based solely on the act where her partner was killed, I think that maybe Rika expects everyone to be as on top of their game as she is. I don’t think it was her fault that he died, but if they had been a little more careful, he could have lived.

Attitude: Rika is confident and calm, however, she has no problem teasing her colleagues and friends. The two people in her life, both hold her in high esteem and would no doubt follow her on whatever crazy scheme she came up with.

Past Influences: Annoyingly we know absolutely nothing about Rika’s past except that she lived with Marikawa and that they are close friends. Personally, I would love to find out more. If the series had kept going, she could easily have commanded a spin-off series of her own as she tried to track down Marikawa. I would read that, it would have been awesome.