High School of the Dead – First Impressions

Things turn bloody real fast in High School of the Dead. Which I appreciate; it gets right to the point: the characters are fighting for their lives from the get-go.  It’s pretty harsh, seeing all this carnage take place in such a gorgeous tranquil setting. I also appreciated the little details, like a girl’s ‘best friend’ suddenly changing her tune, or cherry blossom petals falling into pools of blood. Good stuff. Things could also get interesting considering the major shift in character relationships just in this first ep. The main thing holding this back was five or six or seven pantyshots too many, but I can forgive that since it also delivered taut, fast-paced action and a real bleak, nasty atmosphere. Rating: 3