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Highschool of the Dead
Highschool of the Dead vol01.jpg
Volume 1 cover
学園黙示録
(Gakuen Mokushiroku)
Genre Horror, Mystery
Manga
Author Daisuke Sato
Illustrator Shouji Sato
Publisher Japan Fujimi Shobo (Magazine)
Kadokawa Shoten (Tankōbon)
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Dragon Age
Original run September 2006continuing
Volumes 5
TV anime
Director Tetsuro Araki
Writer Yosuke Kuroda
Studio Madhouse
Anime and Manga Portal

Highschool of the Dead (学園黙示録 Gakuen Mokushiroku?, "Academy Apocalypse") is a manga series written by Daisuke Sato and illustrated by Shouji Sato, published in Fujimi Shobo's Monthly Dragon Age since September 2006. However, the manga has been on hiatus since the end of 2008 until recent news on February 9 2010, confirmed a comeback. [1]. It has also been announced that an anime adaption to the series has been green-lit[2].

The series follows a group of Japanese high school students caught in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

The manga has been licensed in Spain by Glénat España and in Germany by Carlsen. The first volume was released in May 2008 in Spain and in Germany it is going to release in March 2010. In Spain, Highschool of the Dead is called Apocalipsis en el Instituto (Apocalypse in Highschool).

Contents

Plot

The world is over taken with a deadly disease that turns humans into zombies. In Japan, several students of Fujimi High School, and the school nurse, band together to survive the present apocalypse. The story follows Takashi Komuro, one of the students who survived in the initial outbreak.

Characters

Takashi Komuro

A 17 year old sophomore high school student, Takashi is in the same class as Rei whom he has been friends with since childhood. He's loved her ever since she made a childhood promise to marry him when they were older. However it was his hesitance and ignorance about her feelings that caused tension in their friendship which led to her starting to date his friend Hisashi. He was one of the first people to notice that something was wrong in the school and quickly took action to escape with his friends. His relationship with Rei was shaken further when he was forced to kill her boyfriend after he was bitten and had turned into a zombie. Soon afterwards their relationship was amended. His resolve to protect Rei at all costs and everyone else in the group earned him their respect and admiration as a leader despite his own feelings of inadequacy. He often acts brash and will go out to risk his life to save or protect someone on a whim. Similar to Saeko, Takashi confessed that he's found an exhilaration in killing "them".

Rei Miyamoto

Classmate and childhood friend of Takashi, they've known each other since kindergarten. When they were little she promised that one day she would marry him. Despite liking Takashi, their relationship was at odds at the beginning of the manga due to his indecisiveness. It was then that she started dating one of his friends, Hisashi, since he wouldn't make a move. As the story progressed they ended up reconciling their relationship. She doesn't find it above herself to reprimand Takashi for acting carelessly. She worries about his well-being yet admits that his selflessness nature is one reason why she fell in love with him. Headstrong and reliable, Rei has proven to be a skilled combatant and strong asset to the group.

Saeko Busujima

A high school senior and president of the school's kendo club, she is extremely skilled with a bokken and close combat. Calm and collected with a sense of pride in her skills and those that she's with, Saeko is among the most reliable of the group. Everyone can count on her skills to pull them through if need be. Not much is known about her family except for her father who had traveled abroad on a self-defense conference before the advent of the Outbreak. She has shown fondness/crush towards Takashi and believes in his abilities to get them to safety. Saeko admits to Takashi that she is secretly a sadist who enjoys inflicting pain on those weaker than her, which is why she derives so much pleasure from killing "them". She describes herself as being the one person whose true nature hasn't been changed by the apocalypse but Takashi insists she is a valuable member of the group. She also inadvertently drools when she sleeps.

Saya Takagi

First making her escape with fellow classmate Kohta Hirano, she is the daughter of an influential Uyoku dantai politician and her family is deeply involved in Japan's politics. A self-proclaimed genius, Saya's knowledge and deductive capabilities have allowed the group to escape from harm. She was among the first to conclude that "they" were attracted to only sound. Despite coming from a prestigious family she despises her parents whom she thought had given up on her in this crisis. It was before their escape from the mansion that she managed to make up with her parents. Other than Rei, she is the only one who has a history with Takashi Komuro since they were children and is hinted to having deeper feelings for him.

Kohta Hirano

A 16-year old sophomore student who was often bullied in school, Kohta is a gun otaku and knows the ins and outs of the firearms and any military-related equipment that the group comes across. At the beginning of the story he helped Saya Takagi escape danger, though only did so by following her orders. His skills as a marksman has proven to be a valuable asset to keeping everyone alive. On a one-month trip to America he was trained by the US military contractor Blackwater USA which furthered his obsession over weapons. In addition to being the gun expert and marksman, Hirano also helps train Takashi and the others in the use of firearms. Also, now that "normality" no longer exists, Hirano feels that he is free to vent the repressed rage he had against those who bullied him, and as a result has become more self-confident. He apparently comes from a very prestigious family, with his father working in jewelry business, his mother a fashion designer, his grandfather a captain of a ship and his grandmother a violinist (that's what he said, it's unknown how much of it is true).

Shizuka Marikawa

The school nurse at Fujimi High School, she is rather ditsy as compared to the rest of girls in the group. Her large bust size is often used as a comical element in the story. A 26 year old bachelorette, she lives with Rika Minami, a sniper of Japan's Special Assault Team. Her home was used as a safe haven for the group once they escaped the high school. As a nurse she is responsible for the health and care of everyone in the group and is efficient at doing so.

Chapters

No. Release date ISBN
1 March 1, 2007 ISBN 978-4-04-712483-7
  • Act.1: Spring of the Dead
  • Act.2: Escape from the Dead
  • Act.3: Democracy Under the Dead
2 April 1, 2007 ISBN 978-4-04-712489-9
  • Act.4: Running in the Dead
  • Act.5: Streets of the Dead
  • Act.6: In the Dead of the Night
  • Act.7: Dead Night and the Dead Luck
3 October 9, 2007 ISBN 978-4-04-712515-5
  • Act.8: Alice in Dead Land
  • Act.9 The Dead Way Home
  • Act.10 Father Knows Dead
  • Act.11 The Dead's House Rules
  • Act.12 The Sum of all Dead's
4 March 9, 2008 ISBN 978-4-04-712537-7
  • Act.13: Guns 'n Deads
  • Act.14: Dead Storm Rising
  • Act.15: All Deads Attack
  • Act.16: The Girl Next Dead
  • Act.17: The Sword and Dead
5
  • Act.18: Legend of Dead
  • Act.19 Flags of The Dead
  • Act.20: Blood and Dead
  • Act.00: A Good Day Tomorrow (Special filler short prequel novel)
  • Act.21: The Good, the Bad, and the Dead
  • Act.22: Dead Rush
  • Act.01: Cosplay of the Dead
  • Act.23: Dead Lovers
  • Act.02: Dead Illusion

Anime

-On February 2, 2010, an anime adaption for Highschool of the Dead was announced, and it will be animated by MadHouse. The current release date for it remains unknown.

Trivia

  • The manga contains at least one reference to the film Shaun of the Dead on the first page of Chapter 3, in which a gas station attendant bearing an uncanny resemblance to the protagonist, Shaun, where the only difference is that saimon has more facial hair, is shown with a blank stare, along with his signature cricket bat beside him. The kanji on his name badge reads 才門 - "saimon", a nod to Simon Pegg.
  • In Chapter 3, "Democracy Under the Dead", when Komuro and Miyamoto split up of the rest of the team (due to a fire between them), and agreeing to meet each other at the police station, is a reference to Resident Evil 2 when the game's main characters Leon and Claire are separated by a fire after leaving the crushed police car, and swearing that they will meet each other at a police station.
  • One of the main characters, Kohta Hirano, bears similarity to the creator of the Hellsing manga series, Kouta Hirano.
  • Several locations that are generally seen in the zombie genre are visited throughout the later chapters, including a mall similar to the one seen in Dawn of the Dead.
  • "28 Years Later" is seen on a shirt, a reference to the 28 Days Later film series.
  • In Chapter 22, "Dead Rush", the gun store shown on page 16 looks remarkably similar to the gun store that the film character Andy is stranded in across the mall parking lot in the remake version of Dawn of the Dead. It also contains fundamental portions from said film.

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Cover of Highschool of the Dead volume 1 as published by Kadokawa Shoten
学園黙示録
(Gakuen Mokushiroku)
GenreHorror
Manga
Written by Daisuke Satō
Illustrated by Shōji Satō
Published by Fujimi Shobo (Magazine)
Kadokawa Shoten (Tankōbon)
English publisher Yen Press
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Dragon Age
Original run September 2006 – ongoing
Volumes 6 (List of volumes)
TV anime
Directed by Tetsuro Araki
Written by Yosuke Kuroda
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by Sentai Filmworks
Madman Entertainment
Manga Entertainment
Network AT-X, TV Kanagawa, Tokyo MX, Chiba TV, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, TV Saitama, Sun TV
English network Anime Network
Madman Entertainment
Original run July 5, 2010September 20, 2010
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Anime and Manga Portal

Highschool of the Dead (学園黙示録 Gakuen Mokushiroku?, "Academy Apocalypse") is a manga series written by Daisuke Satō and illustrated by Shōji Satō. The story follows a group of high school students caught in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. The series has been serialized in Fujimi Shobo's Monthly Dragon Age since September 2006 and has been published internationally in a number of languages. Highschool of the Dead was adapted into an anime television series by Madhouse which began airing in Japan on July 5, 2010. The first season ended on September 20, 2010.

Contents

Plot

Highschool of the Dead is set in the present day, beginning as the world is struck by a deadly pandemic that turns humans into zombies, euphemistically referred to by the main characters as "them". The story follows Takashi Komuro, a Japanese student at Fujimi High School who survived the initial outbreak along with several of his classmates and the school nurse, and occasionally jumps to the perspective of other characters.

The plot is initially concerned with survival and escape from the titular high school and zombies, but as the series proceeds it introduces the additional threats of societal collapse, in the form of dangerous fellow survivors and the possible decay of the characters' own moral codes.

Media

Manga

Highschool of the Dead began serialization in Monthly Dragon Age in July 2006, but went on hiatus from the end of 2008 until March 2010, with another short break between May and July 2010.

The manga has been licensed for international release in a number of languages and regions. It is published in Spain by Glénat España,[1] in Germany by Carlsen, in Brazil by Panini Comics, in Canada and France for French-language publication by Pika Édition, in English in Canada and the US by Yen Press[2] and in Taiwan by Kadokawa Media (Taiwan). The first volume was released in May 2008 in Spain, in March 2010 in Germany, and in April 2010 in Brazil. Shortly following the inception of the series, however, the manga became popular enough in English via scanlation to draw the attention of the creators, who included a message in English within the magazine printing of the fifth chapter.

Anime

The March 2010 issue of Monthly Dragon Age announced that an anime television adaptation of Highschool of the Dead had been green-lighted.[3] Produced by Madhouse under the directorship of Tetsuro Araki, the series began airing on the Japanese network AT-X on July 5, 2010 and rebroadcast days later on seven other Japanese networks. The series is also being simultaneously streamed by Anime Network in North America, although these airings are censored during explicit scenes.[4] and Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand.[5] Sentai Filmworks is licensor of the series in North America and will release the series with an English dub in the future.[6] while Madman Entertainment will distribute the series in Australia and New Zealand[7] and Manga Entertainment UK will distribute in the United Kingdom.[8] The seventh volume of the manga released on February 10, 2011 will include a 20 minute original video animation on Bluray disc.[9]

The series opening theme song is "HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD" by Kishida Kyōdan and The Akeboshi Rockets.[10] The series closing theme songs will be different in each episode and each will be sung by Maon Kurosaki.[10]

Reception

Chris Beveridge from Mania.com comments on the first episode, "There's a lot to like here if you're looking for something beyond the usual high school dramas and comedies of the last few years."[11] Carlo Santos of Anime News Network states that, "Other recent zombie works in Western entertainment have tried to play it ironic, or postmodernist, or just plain silly, but this one goes for straight-up horror—and pulls it off admirably."[12] However, Zac Bertschy, also of Anime News Network, states that, "It just could've easily been written by a script generator or a horror fan with 19 minutes to kill."[13]

References

  1. ^ "Apocalipsis en el instituto" (in Spanish). Glénat. http://www.edicionesglenat.es/fitxa.aspx?pid=375&pnum=1. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Yen Press Adds Highschool of the Dead, Uraboku". Anime News Network. July 23, 2010. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-07-23/yen-press-adds-highschool-of-the-dead-uraboku. 
  3. ^ "Highschool of the Dead Manga Gets Anime Green-Lit". Anime News Network. February 2, 2010. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-02-02/highschool-of-the-dead-manga-gets-anime-green-lit. Retrieved August 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Anime Network to simulcast Highschool of the Dead". Anime Network. http://www.theanimenetwork.com/myblog/202-QUARANTINE-Anime-Network-to-Simulcast-Highschool-of-the-Dead. Retrieved July 5, 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ "High School of the Dead - Episode 01 - Full Episode - Madman Screening Room". Madman Entertainment. http://www.madman.com.au/actions/video.do?method=view&videoId=2226. Retrieved August 5, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds High School of the Dead". Anime News Network. July 2, 2010. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-07-02/sentai-filmworks-adds-highschool-of-the-dead. 
  7. ^ "High School of the Dead". Madman Entertainment. http://www.madman.com.au/series/home/15896/high-school-of-the-dead. Retrieved August 5, 2010. 
  8. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-10-10/manga-uk-adds-highschool-of-the-dead-anime
  9. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-09-08/high-school-of-the-dead-manga-to-bundle-anime-bd
  10. ^ a b "学園黙示録 HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD" (in Japanese). http://anison.info/data/program/12864.html. Retrieved August 3, 2010. 
  11. ^ Beveridge, Chris (July 5, 2010). "Highschool of the Dead Episode #01". Mania.com. http://www.mania.com/high-school-dead-episode-01_article_123811.html. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 
  12. ^ Santos, Carlo. "The Summer 2010 Anime Preview Guide: Carlo Santos". Anime News Network. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2010-07-06/carlo. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 
  13. ^ Bertschy, Zac. "The Summer 2010 Anime Preview Guide: Zac Bertschy". Anime News Network. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2010-07-06/zacb. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 

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