Gakkou Gurashi! – 09

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For all its foreboding teasing of the evacuation plan and the possibility the school was built almost in expectation of a zombie apocalypse, with the exception of the closing minute this is the first episode of GG! that truly felt like more idle stalling than its usual expert mood and tension-building. That’s not surprising, considering the episode adopts the tried and in most cases tired trope of the ol’ Pool Episode—only the pool is a rooftop biotope.

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Mind you, it does seem to be summertime, and the girls are still girls, so they make it a point to try out the swimsuits they acquired at the mall to put their minds off all the zombie business and have some fun. But the fact both they and the episode simply set aside the zombie threat—without so much as a groan from down below in the yard where all the zombies are shuffling around—sapped the show of  its usual gripping dread. I kept expecting a ball or Frisbee would fly off the roof and garner unwanted attention…alas, no such peril ever materialized.

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It isn’t until everyone has showered, had a light meal, and gone off to bed that Taroumaru hears something with his dog ears, slips out of his lead, and strikes out to investigate. While the girls were spared any unpleasantness this week, that’s sure to change soon, as Megu-nee is still up and about—though decidedly neither alive nor well—in the sub-basement they’re preparing to explore tomorrow.

Considering in the chronology of the show there hasn’t actually been a zombie confrontation since they found one in the library way back in the second episode, I’d say we’re due for some fresh menace—this time of a far more personal kind—and of a kind that’s not going to do Yuki’s (or anyone else’s) mental state any favors.

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Author: sesameacrylic

Zane Kalish is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

2 thoughts on “Gakkou Gurashi! – 09”

  1. While I appreciated the shambling Megu-nee appearance I agree with your review and what my older son had said: “It’s okay. Mostly a filler episode”. That about summed it up for me.

  2. I didn’t think of this episode so much as filler as deliberately setting up a calm before the storm that will be inevitably hitting soon. I enjoyed seeing the characters being able to relax a little. Tthe water gun fight was fun, and Miki and Taroumaru coming to terms with each other was nice. And if Megu-nee has found the basement, so might have a load of other shuffling ghouls, which will not bode well for the intrepid explorers next week.

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