Highschool of the dead, episode 8: Bullet Time

by RP on August 23, 2010 · 16 comments

HOTD is due some credit. I thought Strike Witches took fanservice to unique new levels, but HOTD has upped that bar. It’s taken fanservice to new levels that even straight raunch hentai doesn’t. If you’re still watching the show at this point, you’ve got to love it.

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I don’t know what sort of nonsense this "chairman" (what is that?) was spouting to the POTUSA, but I was heartened to see that even in his dying non-zombie breaths, he was concerned about fulfilling their duty to uphold the US Constitution. Hey, they may be zombies, but at least they still care… unlike say a certain Barack Obama (zing! political jab!). Seriously though, the whole opening sequence made no sense to me. It looked like they were flying in Air Force One, but apparently just about everyone, including the First Lady and the POTUSA were bit by zombies, and I couldn’t tell if the "chairman" maybe that means Vice President, was trying to convince the POTUSA to launch nukes on everyone or what.

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Kouta’s got it made apparently. He has all the guns he wants. A tsundere bishoujo. And a loli in his lap. Hard to believe, but after the zombie breakout, life has really improved for this former outcast otaku.

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Oh God, Saeko moe. Considering Saeko pretty much ran away with the naked glomp, and the pee fetish polls, I’m not even going to bother to ask who you’d want to find, drooling on your lap. Let’s just say I’m looking forward to the next episode. Between Rei and Saeko? Well, I hope Takashi ends up with Saeko. Oh, but actually I just doomed her to die, didn’t I? Because the clear final couple is Rei and Takashi. Ah shit.

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One thing that this episode does particularly well is changing up the dynamic. After the non-stop action and fanservice from the past couple eps, the first half of this episode is downright peaceful. Not a helicopter, not a zombie in sight. Sakura petals gently falling to the ground to the tune of a choral chorus playing in the background. It’s just the right mood to put you to sleep. Until BAM. Kouta announces that the zombies are back and in mass numbers. A mad rush through a field of zombies goes awry, when they notice that the area’s been fenced off, forcing Shizuka to make a sharp turn and a quick stop, which throws Rei off from the top of the car (why were she and Takashi even up there?) and slams her down to the ground in what looked like a very painful fall.  And the bad news? They’re trapped with a mass of zombies about to swarm them. Except they’re not really trapped. The wire fencing looked pretty effective in keeping the zombies at bay. They all could’ve pretty easily helped Rei to her feet jumped onto the top of the car and over the fence and then started shooting the zombies at a distance. And actually, the gaps in the fence looked more than large enough for them to not even have to go over it, they could’ve gone through it. But best not to think too hard about this, because otherwise we wouldn’t have gotten scenes like this:

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When Takashi’s shotgun runs out of bullets, he uses Rei’s breasts as a nice pillow to rest a high powered rifle to take out the zombies. And that’s not all.

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Saeko goes all Neo I’m in the Matrix flashing us her pantsu and synchronizing her boob movement perfectly to let a bullet through. With that kind of body control… wow, the mind boggles. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud during this scene. It’s just so over the top  that I couldn’t do anything but applaud it. It wouldn’t surprise me if at some point, Saeko’s boobs launched grenades on their own. Any way this sequence will go down in the annals of fanservice history. It’s absolutely mesmerizing.

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Even Saya comes out to fight with the gang, but they seem to get nowhere. It’s a little weird, in some angles it looks like there’s a manageable number of zombies. In other angles, it looks like they’re in zombie Times Square. With the zombies bearing down on them, Takashi sees little crap dog Zeke try to gnaw on a zombie’s ankle and gets an idea. Break through the crowd and attract the zombies using noise. Saeko joins in on the plan. And it’s a good plan, because they end up taking a narrow stairway onto high ground. It would’ve been a perfect area for them to fight in. But for some reason, these zombies are not responding to the noise. What’s up with that? Are they evolving? Or are these a different type of zombie?

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Luckily for the gang, help arrives after the ED in the form of Saya’s mom II would’ve sworn it was going to be Rika instead) and some projectile firing troops dressed as firemen. It was a pretty cool scene seeing Saya reunite with her mom. An unexpected victory. However, that leaves Saeko and Takashi stranded and having to find another way to get to Saya’s house. I’ll just assume they couldn’t just run down the higher ground, hop over the highway fence and slide on down to where everyone else is, because we should see some good Saeko scenes next week. And I sort of get a kick out of seeing Rei squirm.

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