When I picked up of the Dead for the first time, had low expectations of story and high expectations of cleavage and while it delivered my expectations of both it combined so many of the things I love, horror, mostly nude teenagers, fight scenes and bad sex jokes that I didn’t even care about its shortcomings. Its a fun little series that flys by fast enough for you not to notice the writing could have used a little more time in the oven cooking. If you want to know more about the story check out our full Highschool of the Dead review, if your here for the giggles and the jiggles, see below.
Below you’ll find my favorite moments from Highschool of the Dead’s 12 episode main series and its half hour Beach Special.
1. The creative use of angles.
The series often pokes fun at the darker side of humanity and this would be a truly horrific scene of a friend kicking her friend down the stairs to survive if it weren’t for the fact that we are staring at her pinstrip and bowtie covered lady bits the whole time. I guess if Highschool of the Dead had a motto, it would be “fanservice above all else”.
2. The insanely high FAPS count (Fanservice Appearances Per Scene)
The sheer number of circular objects in this series must have given the entire office of animators carpel tunnel. I imagine these broke animators shuffling back to their grandmothers house massaging their wrists and when Obaasan asks them why their wrist hurts they have to make up something more tame than the reality that they blew out their wrists animating the gigantic bouncing breasts of an assortment of Highschool girls.
3. The Panty Parade of Episode 6 & 7.
I look forward to the occasional panty flash of your typical anime. Its the kind of thing your accustomed to seeing but its so relentless that its funny, then annoying, then stupid and then totally hilarious. If you played a drinking game to every panty appearance, you would be dead by the time episode 4’s credits started rolling.
4. The “Bathhouse” episode to end all “Bathhouse” episodes.
Every Harem-esque Anime series has one. Its obligatory but what I respect is that HOTD took the opportunity to ratchet it up to insane levels. It really is the fanservice “bathhouse” episode to beat
5. The Boob squirt gun.
If I had busty friends, or female friends at all for that matter, I think one of my top questions would be to ask if this whole “Boob Squirt gun” from Episode 6 is even possible. I mean it should be, right?
6. The Obligatory Hadaka Apron.
I don’t know if the Hadaka Apron has an American parallel. I kinda wish it did. I guess the closest thing would be the sexy nighty but I’d take the apron over lingerie any day.
7. Jiggle physics.
The “jiggle physics” in Highschool of the Dead are not the most absurd I’ve seen, Dead Or Alive Xtreme 2 takes that cake, but they are lively enough to get more than a few laughs as you can seen in just 4 random frames of Saya’s screen time.
8. The Zombie Panty shot.
The panty flash tradition is one that I celebrate but the zombie panty shot is something that happens enough in this series to have to have been an animation office gag. I guess I’d be open to someone making the case for a sexy zombie.
9. More creative angles.
I know I mentioned this gag already but its so prevalent in this series that it deserves another mention. Its the kind of gag that is so blatant that you laugh out loud every time it makes one of its many appearances. Its the perfect thing to base a very dangerous drinking game off of.
10. Saya’s “Bad” Dream.
I know the focus in the frame is on the writhing, sweat drenched jailbait but every time I see this scene I can help but think of how bad I want that little circle of Hirano’s as a bumper sticker.
11. Boobs on head
The “boobs on head” is a gag that just doesn’t translate to Western shores. Though I guess I’d much prefer to wear those on my head than a baseball hat. And I guess they would be really warm in the winter. Maybe they are onto something.
12. Wake up sleepy head.
“Oh Hi barely clothed nubile young psychopath Saeko, you accidentally fell asleep on my crotch in the car. Whats that white stuff on your face you ask? Oh thats just drool from you being asleep. Yeah. Drool.”
13. The ultimate Rifle steady.
Some may use tripods or the hood of a car but bad ass teen Takashi Komuro uses double D’s. I guess you have to use whats close to you.
14. The Matrix Bullet
I’ve watched “The Matrix” like a million times and I wouldn’t change a thing about it but this “Matrix slow-mo bullet” shot from Highschool of the Dead, really makes a good case for replacing Keanu Reeves with a stacked 16 year old Japanese girl. Tell me you wouldn’t want to see that.
15. Boob destruction.
I cannot believe this gag is in the series twice. The first time I can kind of understand since its a creepy stoner and he’s already practically milked her in the scene but the second time with Saeko and Takashi puzzles me but I guess if your trying to motivate someone to do something, violently grabbing their breast and screaming a pep-talk in their ear is one way to do it. I don’t think that would go over well for my wallet if i tried this in my office though.
16. “Do you enjoy making girls wet?”
If I had one request of this series, other than an actual ending, it would be to have more of this kind of humor. The series often takes too serious a tone for a show what features a giant glistening breast ever 15 to 20 seconds. The english dub did a good job of adding more absurdity to its dialogue but little gems like this bit are so much better in its native tongue.
17. Nurse Shizuka’s lotion.
I bet the guy that hast to draw the translucent effects like this spends most of his time drawing something other than the medical lotion that this actually is.
18. Nurse Shizuka and the banana.
I know her ditzy personality is meant to be funny but she’s never dumb enough to be truly funny and not sexy enough to be stimulating. But poor writing aside, I’d still watch her eat a banana all day long.
18. Mr. Shido’s creepy jailbait bus.
You can spot a evil character a mile away in Anime because he’s the only one who creepily plays with his glasses and smiles. Its almost as obligatory as the bathouse episode. While I’d never admit it in a court of law, I wouldn’t mind a night on the arma-gett-it-on bang bus. Provided they are all 18 years of age, of course.
19. Slow motion beach bouncies
The main anime series essentially just terminates without a proper ending so to close off the series we get an
extended fanservice stroke reel OVA called “Drifters of the Dead”. While the animation is excellent and beautifully colored, the plot is essentially “all your favorite characters get naked, super high and then touch other”. It may be the only time in Anime history that no one complained about a cheap ending.
20. Hydrangea Hallucinations
After realizing they built a bonfire out of hallucination inducing plants Saya, Shizuka & Rei remember the time tested phrase “Keep calm and molest whomever is closest to you”.
21. Saya: “Hit me harder!”
You know, I would have said that this is another weird anime trope that has no grounding in reality, like the boobs on head thing, if I hadn’t run into it in my own love life, and by “my” I mean my neighbors, who I hear in exquisite detail through my incredibly paper thin apartment walls.
22. Saeko’s and Takashi “encounter”.
I know these babes are, in reality just shapes drawn by a very talented crew of
underpaid overseas artists but unfortunately my “junk” does not. I wont lie this is like the sole sexy moment of 13 episodes of attempted titillation.
24. Saya’s Hallucination
Much of the series is based on the Manga of the same name so I’m sure much of the perversion carried over from the source material. I don’t think this “Drifters of the dead” chapter was part of the Manga. You can probably blame the stellar perviness of the Mother-Daughter boob-touching-bath hallucination segments of Saya’s trip on the dirty minds at the table of the Mad House writing room.
25. Saeko’s Hallucination
As you probably read in my proper Highschool of the Dead review, Saeko kinda “does it” for me. I don’t know what it is, maybe its the pale skin or the fact that she can handle the hell out of a Bokken (wooden sword) but she’s just hot to me so to see the series close out on her and Rei in a naked lip-locked embrace, is as fitting an end to this cheesecake show as I could ever ask for.