High School of the Dead – Thru 8

Yeah, High School has gotten increasingly hard to watch since the whole group of surviving characters formed one big team, so I’m dropping it with five episodes to go. Adding a whiny kid really was not the best move, quite frankly. At least half of the last few episodes’ running time is completely pointless service that’s frankly just silly due to the extreme exaggeration of the character design. I suppose not-so-suddenly, what I thought would be a zombie anime with fanservice turned out to be a fanservice anime with zombies.

Maybe that’s the point, and it’s meant to be tongue-in-cheek ridiculous, but it’s trying my patience; these characters shouldn’t have time to be lounging around naked when most of the earth’s human population is now zombies. Part of the time, sure, but not half the time. It also doesn’t make sense that nearly all of them have ridiculously excellent combat skills. And a Hummer as a post-apocalyptic mobile base may seem enticing, but what happens when the 8,000-lb behemoth inevitably (and quickly) runs out of gas?

Finally, after eight episodes and not a single character taken by the undead, the zombies don’t seem so much an implacable foe as a bumbling annoyance. This show started good when there was the actual promise of danger, but the cast has had it way too easy so far. Don’t get me wrong, H.O.T.D. has its pros: great atmospheric scenery, above-average music, and a couple likable characters…but there’s been too many boobs and too little peril, and my patience has run out. I’m not really interested in what happens in the last five episodes. Rating: 2