High School of the Dead Episode 1 Review – Quick Summary
In High School of the Dead Episode 1, “Spring of the Dead,” Saya Takagi found Takashi Komuro moping on the stairs. She acted furious with him for being so “stupid” because Rei Miyamoto had dumped him in favor of his best friend, Hisashi Igou. Saya was particularly angry because Takashi acted like it was the end of the world. Saya didn’t know one important detail: Takashi was right. It was the end of the world. It just wasn’t because of Rei. The shambling man trying to get into the school gate was about to make being dumped seem completely insignificant. Now the question became: Could Takashi survive it?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from High School of the Dead Episode 1
Saya had zero patience for self-pity. Capture from the Hulu stream.
When we meet Saya Takagi in this episode, she makes two things perfectly clear. First, she has no patience for Takashi’s self pity. Second, she’s a self-proclaimed genius. Whether she’s really intelligent isn’t immediately clear. But she’s convinced of her own intelligence. And she doesn’t hesitate to make her opinion known.
She found Takashi lamenting the fact Rei had dumped him. She lambasted him, and he half-heartedly got angry in return. But it was clear he really wasn’t feeling it. She showed him a little pity.
“You’re pretty stupid, but at least you know you are,” she said (05:00). “So if I tell you you’re stupid, maybe by some miracle you’ll be less stupid, stupid!”
At least we know she cared!
Best in Show Moment for High School of the Dead Episode 1
Takashi knew what he had to do. His reluctance showed in how he moved. Capture from the Hulu stream.
Setup: First, a Word from Our Sponsor
This being my first review of High School of the Dead, I want to make a couple of observations before I get to my favorite moment. It’s a bit of housekeeping to help my readers know what to expect from this series, both in terms of the series itself and of my opinion of the series.
First, in case you haven’t heard, High School of the Dead is heavy on fanservice. Heavy might not be the right word. Maybe I should say legendary. The series decided that it’s the end of the world, so let’s just go for it. And my opinion of that? I’m totally fine with it. My rule of fanservice is that if the characters are in control (i.e., the fanservice isn’t based on nonconsensual groping, for example), I’m not going to object.
To put this into context: The moment Rei decided to switch to acrobatic combat mode in a short skirt, there was no way to prevent her panties from being on display. Yes, camera angles played a role. No, Rei didn’t consciously decide on each of the said camera angles. But sexuality has been part of entertainment since we smeared charcoal on cave walls. It’s just better animated now.
Yes, camera angles played a role. No, I’m not going to object. Not at all! And this shot just shows an unusual camera angle. Wouldn’t be sporting of me to include a fanservice shot in the text talking about how it’s okay if you don’t want to see fanservice shots! Capture from the Hulu stream.
The bottom line is this: If fanservice is a concern for you, it’s probably best you skip this series and these reviews. I don’t intend to call the show out on this topic, and I want you to have a pleasant experience here. No hard feelings if you prefer to skip it! But if you’re totally cool with the level of fanservice here, then read on!
Delivery: Takashi Would Not Have Been the Hero
That said, fanservice didn’t play a role in my favorite moment! So didn’t mean to get your hopes up or anything. Instead, my favorite moment has to do with something I’d almost completely missed the first dozen or more times I watched this series (it’s a yearly thing for me). What I missed was that Takashi very nearly wasn’t the show’s main character!
Sure, he was the first student to see the zombie infection incident at the main gate. More importantly, he understood what it meant. He also ran off to warn Rei and Hisashi what was coming. But almost immediately, Hisashi took charge. Hisashi’s the one who said they should arm themselves. He’s the one who set course for the roof. And unfortunately, he’s the one who taught them a very important lesson about infection vectors. Namely, that once you’re bitten, you’re dead.
Takashi became one of the show’s heroes when two things happened. First, when Hisashi said, “I don’t want to be one of them,” Takashi knew what his friend was asking of him. That had to be a horrible moment for Takashi. Being surrounded by zombies at arm’s length was one thing. Seeing his friend on the verge of turning drove the reality home.
This is the moment Rei learned something terrible: Takashi was right about Hisashi. Capture from the Hulu stream.
Second. and most importantly, Takashi decided to do what he knew had to be done. He’s a high school kid. Even though he proved he’s bright, making that decision visibly sickened him. It had to be monumentally difficult for him. But he made it anyway.
“Get away from him, Rei,” Takashi said, advancing towards his dying friend and tightening his grip on the baseball bat (18:47).
Powerful emotional moments like that, where characters have to make tough decisions, are one of the things I love about this series. Seeing Takashi step up was a treat. At least, from the perspective drama. It sucked for Hisashi!
What did you think of how rapidly the situation deteriorated? What was your best in show moment? Let me know in the comments!
High School of the Dead Episode 1: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- My Anime List: Highschool of the Dead Episode 1 Discussion (Requires login)
- Random Curiosity: HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD – 01
- Ecchi Hunter: Highschool of the Dead (Episode 1) – Spring of the Dead
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- High School of the Dead Episode 1: Spring of the Dead
- High School of the Dead Episode 2: Escape from the Dead
- High School of the Dead Episode 3: Democracy under the Dead