I had expressed some of my thoughts about High School of The Dead (HOTD) in a previous post and likened watching it to taking drugs. Well, due to its addictive effects, I managed to finish the first season. My impressions of the characters remain largely unchanged; the only one I really feel different about is Kouta. He was awesome in the first half of the series, but then when his guns were about to be taken away in one episode he turned all sissy and started whining like a kid. That one scene just totally ruined my view of Kouta as a cool military dude with an awesome shot. It’s one thing to cave in to the girl you like, but it’s another to cry like a kid when some strangers start insulting you.
While volume 10 had Fate on the cover of the magazine, volume 11 which came out at the end of August has Nanoha on the cover. You’d think that Nanoha would be first, but I guess they switched it around since Fate seems to be more popular. Like Fate, Nanoha doesn’t seem to have that innocent look anymore, though she doesn’t look quite as angry.
You know it’s terrible stuff, but you just can’t get enough of it. Well, that’s how I feel about High School of The Dead (HOTD) right now. After watching 7 episodes, I think I have a pretty good grasp of the anime and what it’s about. So far the plot has been mediocre, but sometimes great characters can make up for that. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case here. Lets just take a quick look at what kind of characters make up the cast of HOTD:
Takashi is usually portrayed as the “leader” of the group. It makes sense considering he’s a young, physically fit teenager, and they’re always the heroes when it comes to anime. It wouldn’t be so bad if he fit the stereotype of a hero, the one that keeps everything together, fights for justice and all that good stuff, but he’s just another guy. The comments he makes in the show doesn’t make him sound too smart either. As an example, in the 4th episode when Rei asks Komuro whether he’s used a gun before, he replies that he’s seen them on tv. Seriously, if someone asks if you know how to use something, you don’t reply that you saw it on tv, it just makes you seem like someone trying to act smart.
Usually if the hero is lacking in intelligence, at least he’ll be funny, but Komuro is in no way humourous. Instead, he’s usually trying to get on Rei’s good side or just out smashing things.