I was hoping this would be the anime equivalent of Dawn of the Dead… It wasn’t.
We start off in high school following Takashi, a harem of busty girls’ and an otaku named Kouta when zombies attack. Over the course of the series so far, zombie related violence and panty-shots increase as social-order and the girl’s clothing vanish.
My summary of the plot is flippant because it’s a good-looking show with no interest in zombies. The following post constains images NSFW.
The reason I watch zombie films is to see a depiction of reality take a turn for the worst. From social collapse and people working together or turning on each other to ensure their own safety. A Hobbes-ing of the world if you will. Deeper zombie tales may also deal with fear of infection and identity loss.
Well forget all that as this anime loves lechery.
This is in no way Romero-esque. There is no social commentary beyond the Darwinian nature of a zombie apocalypse. However it is honest about what it is: slickly produced exploitation. Not necessarily a problem if you like ecchi or seeing this:
I don’t. To be fair, it was always going to have to balance horror with fan-service considering the source manga.
Oh anime and your suspect gender politics. Dehumanising females and not zombies misses the point of the horror zombies generate.
The males’ get off lightly character-wise. Kouta, is a gun-nut, bullied and overweight who comes into his element when zombies attack.
Thankfully he keeps his clothes on. He is probably analogous with a lot of the target audience. Takashi is much more a typical anime hero. At least they have reasonable personalities. The girls are nothing more than blow-up dolls.
High school is a place of hormones so the boyish breast fixation is not unreasonable but the endless boobage makes this anime seem either a clever satire on current anime ‘fan-service’ trends and gender politics or just plain exploitation. It’s the second.
Sexual objectification rears its head with death scenes more akin to sexual assault rather than zombie chow-downs. It felt like blatant misogyny. Then it struck me. Lighten up, you’re taking it too seriously. It’s for otaku who like ecchi.
The gratuitous fan-service and violence ensures that sex and violence are melded together to create a stereotypical otaku audience’s dream come true:
Teacher gets eaten, nubile young women wait for otaku to prove their masculinity through their knowledge of zombie-survival-techniques and improvised weapons.
So we have established this show loves ecchi, what about the zombies? They are ridiculous. They track people down with their sense of hearing because they are blind which immediately removes a lot of the threat they pose. Japan does have a history with zombies, a rather cool one to. Just not here.
So it’s not for me and other people who dislike ecchi. At the very least, this show will sell body pillows to otaku and comfort them during their High School life.