Highschool of the Dead turns out to be a direct manga-to-anime adaptation of the manga, HOTD. Not that I’m complaining.
What intrigues me , however, is the phenomenon I dub the ‘Highschool Hero Complex’.
Basically, this phenomenon dictates that any highschool student thrown into another world will inevitably become the hero without question simply just knows how to do what they’re supposed to do. In Fushigi Yuugi, the high-school student Miaka is thrown into the storybook world to be the priestess of Suzaku, which she takes without question. In Neon Genesis Evangelion,the student Shinji simply becomes the pilot of the most destructive weapon known to mankind without any proper experience or training. In Highschool of the Dead, Takashi simply smashes his former schoolmates’ faces without question in cold blood.
So basically, after he witnesses what happened at the front gates, he pulls his childhood crush Rei (who dumped him on her promise to marry him and went to be in love with someone else), beats the crap out of zombies with complete bravery and whatnot. He turns out to be extremely good at fighting and comes equipped with the ability to be GAR. After which , her token boyfriend who no-one seems to give a shit about gets bitten by a zombie. He requests to be killed. Rei objects. He turns into a zombie. Takashi gets to kill his rival in cold blood with good reason. Everyone wins.
So in succinct summary : Takashi’s world gets turned upside down when zombies attack. He turns from a highschool student to a zombie-killer who kills in cold blood and is the attention of
all the ladies lady of his dreams. Not to mention he gets to kill his rival and not feel any bit guilty about it. Niiiiiicccce.
So to elaborate on the Highschool Hero Complex.
The phenomenon is that High-school students who are cast as main protagonists often have amazing skills not expected of their calibre. Obvious, I know. What I mean is that they all have the perfect skill – at perfection- whenever the show starts. Hirano can assemble guns (?) (if I’m not mistaken), Rei uses spears, and Takashi with his baseball bat. But this isn’t important, it’s just poorly phrased obvious bullshit.
The Highschool Hero Complex refers to another effect : that the fate of something huge rests in his or her hands. Shinji has to protect Tokyo-3 from Angels. Yuuki has to help her faction battle off the evil forces of Soryuu (?). Light just finds the Death Note. Hitomi is a tarot-enthuiast turned prophet. This is the part of the HHC which actually matters and isn’t as obvious as you’d think it’d be. Who were these shows aimed at? Teenagers. Exactly. The audience loves being able to relate to the show, giving rise to this phenomenon. If it were “Office of the Dead” I wouldn’t give a shit. But highschool…hey, I’m in high school! Sounds interesting, let’s watch it.
Point is, the reason the audience will love him/her no matter the situation,be it a war between an angst-filled hypnotism-wielding chopstick boy and his father with a bad hairstyle or a girl falling into a well to meet some random dog-man. In the end, this gives rise to protagonists which defy our imagination and logic – thus resulting in being very, very entertaining indeed.
Looking forward to the next episode, although I can guess what would happen next.P.S. Who is this ‘Sala Powell’ that appears on the fliers? She appears during the OP as well, if you look carefully. Albeit in a flier, but still.