Highschool of the Dead, episode 9: It’s not about the kids

I’ve been watching a lot of Monster lately. Going from that to Highschool of the Dead is like listening to Beethoven then switching over to Spinal Tap. These amps go to 11.

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It’s hard to imagine, what with the naked apron display capturing our attentions in the previous episodes, but this is actually the first truly Saeko-centric episode. And she doesn’t disappoint. It’s the type of role all actresses would kill for. Sexy, cute, action-packed, yandere, possible sex scene. The director threw the book at Saeko this episode and well… maybe I’m just crazy, but I’m even more hot for Saeko than ever before.

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Saeko and Takashi happen to come across an amphibious ATV which allows them to take the long way back to Saya’s house. During a quiet moment alone, Takashi decides to pop the question, that is, does Saeko like anyone, and she responds affirmatively. Takashi decides not to probe, but the way she answered the question, it seemed like she was thinking of someone besides him. However, once night falls, they go back on the move, fording the river and almost immediately tossing the ATV into a fountain to draw the zombies to the noise. Which is a very odd set of tactical decisions, because fighting in the dark is not to the humans’ benefit. Zombies are drawn by noise, remember? Not light. Light is good for humans, it keeps you from not noticing a zombie jumping out from the shadows. But stranger yet is their decision to toss the ATV into the fountain. Why they couldn’t use it to just run over every other zombie, I don’t know. They’re not as fast as Hummers and motorcycles, but they can definitely pick up enough speed to do some damage.

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Those tactical errors don’t seem to impact them much though, at least not so much as Saeko freezing in front of a group of zombie kids, forcing Takashi to save her by shooting a zombie child in the mouth with a shotgun. Now this was a fantastic red herring. Because all the while I was thinking DAWWW, Saeko just can’t bring herself to hurt the children. She’s so cute. Nyet. Not so much. Once Saeko and Takashi escape the park, they take refuge for the night in an empty temple. And there Saeko tells Takashi what’s really been going on. About her past. An attacker. A beating. Her bloodlust. Her psycho yangire nature. And now the opportunity to become wet with indulgence.  From caring mother-type character, to blood-huungry sadist. That is one heckuva 180.

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Takashi responds like how every other red blooded male would respond to after receiving a confession of craziness. A kiss and a loud romp in the sack. Well, we can’t say for sure. But the kiss seems definite. And the loud romp in the sack? That seems like the only good explanation for why zombies were drawn to the temple from the beginning of the morning.

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Having allowed to enjoy the purity of love, Saeko hesitates and seemed doomed to be the first to die. But Takashi awakens the S-girl in her by torturing one of her boobs which lets her go off and yeah, that’s right. Get wet. Probably from sweat. To make things even better, the show finally upgrades her pansy-ass wooden sword and gives her a cold, steel blade for her to get off on.

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And finally, we Saeko and Takashi make it back to Saya’s house. A picture perfect happy family. One pants wetting loli. One yangire S-girl. And one badass harem leader. Rei is not going to be very happy. And I guess Saya isn’t either, based on her reaction seeing Takashi and Saeko holding each other. But to be honest, I forgot that she was even in the competition. She’s going to have to settle for Kouta. And settle quick, before Alice the loli steals him.

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A second season is seeming more and more likely to me. There’s only 3 episodes left. Nobody besides Saya has gotten to see their families. It doesn’t look like that’s happening next episode either. Rika the sniper has gone missing. Shidou, the cult leader teacher, has been MIA. And it doesn’t look like there’s an end to the zombie epidemic anytime soon.

20 Replies to “Highschool of the Dead, episode 9: It’s not about the kids”

  1. Saeko put on her best Higurashi face for this episode! Also have to say that this episode drove up my love for Saeko as well, although I thought the wet blouse scene was ridiculous. Looked great, but ridiculous nonetheless.

    1. Oh, I forgot to mention the Higurashi face! ORZ

      The wet blouse scene was ridiculous… ridiculously cute that is. Bashful and bloodthirsty. That is one heckuva combo.

  2. Before this episode i didn’t really know if i either wanted rei or saeko to end up with takashi in the show or in the manga, but after this episode im all saeko baby haha, looks like she has beat rei when it comes to takashi’s affections too

    1. Yeah, Rei is screwed. I think the only way she gets Takashi back is by badgering him and guilting him. Or maybe she just needs to reveal a sexy secret of her own. 😯

  3. Spend a day with Rei; hear her bitch about how much better her old boyfriend was. Spend a day with Saeko; go ATVing, sword exhibitioning, and spend a steamy night alone in a temple. How could I possibly choose? 🙄

  4. I also thought Saeko didn’t wanted to attack the children. Pretty big surpise when it turned out she was just shocked that she enjoyed killing.

    1. Good twist right? Madhouse has done a good job with the surprises. Usually they’re of the fanservice sort, but this was unexpected as well.

  5. I loved this epsiode as well. I am a huge SaekoxTakashi fan. I hope that Takashi and Rei do not end up together, that would be a typical, boring ending. At first i took the comment that Takashi said at the end as if he was using Saeko, but maybe he said it to justify or rationalize his action concerning the promise with Rei and that he wasnt “cheating” on Rei even though they are not together. Plus I think Takashi did mean what he said about accepting her. Look at all the past episodes up to now. When he saw Saeko in an apron, sleeping on him, and fighting by his side, his reaction was waay more expressive with her then with the other girls.

    1. I hear ya. Takashi and Rei was sort of a coupling by convenience. I guess he’s always had a thing for her, and her boyfriend just happened to die. I do think the two have pretty good chemistry, but he’s basically a rebound for her. And the two have never really connected in the same way, like you mentioned, like he has with Saeko… But this probably means she’ll be the first to die. 😐

  6. I am really at loss for words after watching this episode.

    I have watched a lot of series the last decade, and I finished by developping a 6th sense for clichés. Actually, I would even say that most of the show I’ve seen are cliché driven rather than with an actual story . Clichés are here to speak to our fantasies directly, down there, without detour to the brain, of course there tends to be rules: the hero we can identify with, whose resolve doesn’t falter through worst adversity, who does not give in to temptation, that stays loyal to a cause, to his friends, to people that trusts him, and so on…
    This evens lead to arbitrary rules: the first girl introduced in the show is the designated romance, all the others are temptresses. Breaking this rule is proving time-wise disloyal: Keitaro will stick to Narusagawa and doesn’t matter he would prefer Motoko: he saw Narusegawa first –> Naru it is, so suck it up.

    This episode 9 is huge, really huge. It really builds up on same romance plotline as love Hina. Rei =Naru, Saeko =Motoko. Rei is showing more and more attraction to Takashi, thanks to him sticking with her, protecting her, synergy is also building up with him feeling stronger, more resolved, please give me a bucket I’m feeling seasick.
    Saeko, has this asexual motherly awesomeness Boss figure (MGSSE) , she is not meant for the hero, she is meant for us the audience, a pure, unreachable , totally badass figure of a godess of battle for us to worship. Okay she has boobs and ass, and she s in weird thong/apron combination (poor girl, they didn t tell her it wasn t pyjamas) , but hey, show is so ham-handed over the top fan servicing, that’s almost like, minimal acceptable level of indecency to be casted. ^^

    I ll repeat: I wasn t expecting this outcome and it’s huge compliment to the show (that is this an entertaining brainless pile of junk by any other aspect). This is SINFUL, and it breaks completely the white wings of Saeko, and it tranishes Takashi by making him either disloyal or opportunistic (he doesn t get forced into a kiss: he goes for it, no misunderstanding), and there will not be an easy outcome of this. Rei will have her expectations crushed and will feel pain and disappointment, really, we are so far of Japaneese clichés it’s almost uncharted territory.

    a hero changed-his-mind and went for the darkside girl.

    Above 90% probability Takashi will enter in denial mode though, and Saeko will die in next episodes and script force-feeds us back Rei romance, but hey, doesn’t matter: harm is done, and that’s 2 thumbs up!

    1. Wow, nice comment! Better written than my post actually. You interested in writing more often? 😉

      Yeah, unfortunately, I think this just catapulted the likelihood that Saeko will meet her demise at some point. The only way I see Takashi and Rei not end up together, is if a suitable alternative shows up for her. Otherwise, being that Takashi was the one who killed her boyfriend (well, not technically, but that’s the way it’s framed), it leaves us the idea that he’s now responsible for her to some degree. Which is interesting, since Saeko asked Takashi to take responsibility for her as well.

      It’ll be fun to see how it unfolds. In the end I think Takashi ends up with Rei or no one. In the back of my head, I still think just about everyone on the show is going to die at some point.

  7. I can’t help but say I was totally in love with Saeko after the temple scene…i mean she looked sooo cute just before Takashi was about to kiss her…..and when she asked “you will take responsibilty, right?”….haha i wish they can end up together!

    P.S. I noticed how she was like ” I -I am a woman” after she got splashed @ the riverbank….i don’t get how she could be so sensitive about the wet T-shirt…afterall she practically appeared fully nude in front of Takashi in episode 6 with only an apron and a thong so…i’m really confused

    1. For a crazy, killer girl she really pulls off the helpless moe girl look really well doesnt she? 😛

      It’s like she has one personality that’s fine with killing things and being ridiculously sexy, and another personality that gets all flustered and embarrassed. Both personalities hard to resist in different ways. 8)

  8. Um. High of the Dead is shit. The only thing good about it is the zombies and guns. They make the guys more likable. The females are aggravating as hell. Damn, Japan, why? Saeko is goddamn hot though.

    1. The only thing good about it is the zombies and guns…Saeko is goddamn hot though.

      Dude, you just summed up 99% of what the show’s about as good or hot.

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