Simply A Masterpiece
a film so unique, intoxicating and bizarre that it not only demands another viewing, but is also forgivable as a satirical comedy where the jokes eventually take the back seat.
I enjoyed watching this film and would recommend other to give it a try , (as I am) but this movie, although enjoyable to watch due to the better than average acting fails to add anything new to its storyline that is all too familiar to these types of movies.
It’s not bad or unwatchable but despite the amplitude of the spectacle, the end result is underwhelming.
This is a single episode in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. This episode doesn't have zombies. It does have very large cartoon bosoms with near nudity in the episode (minor nudity in prologue). The kids act out some kind of fantasy due to smoking fish. It looks like it would be a great series, but have priced themselves out of my range. I will wait for a price drop to watch the entire series.
I should clarify from the off - I am male, I love the female form, and I love anime. I even find myself defending most things that are deemed to have 'gratuitous' sex and nudity. But HOTD really scores an own goal with the frequency of ludicrously overdone shots of melons and buttocks jiggling. I know this is a staple of anime, but not to this extent usually, and it genuinely does distract from the story and induced a lot of eye rolling and sighing from me.It's a shame because, despite not really bringing anything new to the table for zombie flicks, nor being especially thought-provoking, this is a genuinely well made work. The use of music, sound in general, and above all some excellent animation, as well as the way the story moves and the generally quite dark atmosphere...all makes for a show that is fun to sit down and watch if you're into zombie stories. To the extent that I did want there to be a second season and a completed story. Anime also seems to tackle zombies less often than it has the potential to, which does bring a uniqueness to what is happening here - so why ruin all that and the potential for a great product by injecting something so mundane and puerile over and over again?If it had been scaled down to more standard anime amounts, fine. There is always going to be a certain amount of sexual tension in a post apocalyptic world, and there was nothing wrong with it being used to a lesser degree for the romantic subplots. There are moments where it is employed to genuinely humorous effect. If it had been restricted to those two things, I think this anime could have developed a far larger following.It's just a pity they ruined that because they decided that, instead, the whole show should grind to halt on occasion because they have nothing more interesting to offer than foisting breasts on you. It isn't that this is a perfect show aside from this - there are some logical inconsistencies, particularly pertaining to the zombies being driven by hearing alone, and the doctor is infuriatingly vapid for a...well, doctor! But there's certainly enough entertainment and a compelling enough atmosphere to wish the show hadn't ended as prematurely as some of its more base viewers doubtless did.
This woman voices an atrocious, obnoxious, whinny, egotistical &*(%# who does nothing but cry, scream and rant about how smart she is and how dumb and useless everyone else is throughout the entire series. And yet, Monica managed to make this character likable and have a strong presence in the series (see episode 2 and tell me her break- down wasn't powerful). Also, so long as you don't watch this with you mum (and can endure the nudity present in episode 6 - a very funny episode, btw), you'll basically develop a tolerance for the obscene amount of fan-service, which will instead turn into more of a gymic than anything. Also, surprisingly, all the obscene characters actually feel genuinely human (at least, the main characters do). You actually believe that these are normal teenagers in a zombie apocalypse when listening to their dialogue and how they interact. Like in one scene where the main character is carrying an unconscious, naked and extremely busty school-nurse on his back, he states "If this were under any other circumstances, this would be so %^&#ing hot." Yes, despite having super-model teenager samurai killing hordes of undead while the police and army are shown to be useless, the main cast feels surprisingly human. When they're dealing with anxiety (parental issues, dead boyfriends, etc.), how the main character copes with these issues is very human while also being logical and understandable - such as telling a girl to shut up about her neglectful parents when she should just be happy she knows they're still alive.
The story was interesting. Full of action and gory scenes. Beware of a lot of fan service (especially in the OVA). Of course, I expect that there is going to be another season because the anime was left with open ending. Everything was beautifully drawn. The gory scenes were not censored (thank you Lord). The characters were very well drawn and what's more important the drawings matched the characters' personalities. All of the characters were so likable...except Rei Miyamoto...she was such an annoyance...I was so going to kill her. Takashi was amazing. Such a strong character. I'm hoping that he is going to end up with Saeko. Him ending up with Rei is a no-no for me. I recommend the anime to everyone :)