Highschool of the Dead: Episode 12 Anime 18 OCT 2010

All Dead’s Attack

It is the start of Armageddon as China and the United States start tossing nuclear ballistic missiles at one another. Despite the joint US-Japanese air defences, one of China’s retaliatory missiles break through, resulting in a massive EMP burst that instantly fries all electronics and brings virtually all machinery in Japan to a standstill. Of course, this means the defences of the estate stronghold is now basically down, inviting a full scale invasion  by the zombies! (or “them” if you still want to be a purist)

So apart from the big decision the group still needs to make on whether or not to stay with Saya’s parent’s group, they now have to contend with a full frontal zombie attack – with no viable escape route in sight!

So the first anime season of the frustrating in terms of potential zombie horror survival Highschool of the Dead comes to an end, obviously leaving a huge opportunity for sequels thanks to the series’ short 12 episode length, but ending off with a satisfying enough mini conclusion in terms of the kids’ making some necessary big decisions and of course simply continuing with the fight just to stay alive.

It’s nice to see director Tetsuro Araki tear himself away from the mindless and pointless fan service he so mercilessly drenched what otherwise could have been a pretty awesome series with, and instead stick to what made the show so exciting in the first place – zombies, zombies, zombies and some exceedingly cool, over the top, mind blowing action!

True, there are all the usual and expected sentimental little bits to get through, but with those all out of the way, the series ends off with a proper and exciting bang, making for a worthwhile episode to watch.

As per usual, the animation is slick, full of the necessary detail and beautifully colored. In addition to the visuals, Kishida Kyodan and The Akeboshi Rockets’ opening track continues to be pretty damn brilliant while the tail gets wrapped up in the usual pleasing fashion by yet another random Maon Kurosaki song, a gimmick that has worked well for this particular series.

In conclusion, the conclusion for Highschool of the Dead delivered exactly what you would expect from a 12 episode long series (in other words not a real ending so to speak), does it in style, steps back ever so slightly from the unnecessary fan service that was dragging down the credibility of the show and leaves you wanting some more.

In other words, no real reason not to catch it if you haven’t yet! :)

Download Highschool of the Dead 12: http://www.fileserve.com/file/Ru6zap7

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highschool_of_the_Dead

About Craig Lotter

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