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->''"But our world as we knew it had already been completely destroyed."''

Imagine waking up one day, going to school and then going to the roof to pine over your lost love. Then looking down and seeing a teacher's fingers get bitten off by a trespasser. Then seeing that teacher eat another. Then going to get your ex-love and her boyfriend to save them and fighting "[[NotUsingTheZWord not zombies]]". You try to call for help, but the lines are busy because of emergencies all over the town. And when you finally get to a television to see what's being done, you learn that it's happening everywhere.

That's the start of ''Highschool of the Dead''. In a new world of surviving "them", Takashi Komuro and his group of unlikely allies must learn to change to keep living, but will they like what they become? Written by Daisuke Sato and drawn by Shouji Sato (no relation), this manga is filled with monsters both living and nonliving, guns and big breasts. Really, [[WorldOfBuxom nearly every woman who's old enough to have them has them]].

The series was licensed and dubbed by Creator/SentaiFilmworks in 2011. It premiered on The Anime Network on March 10th and for a period of time was streaming on Creator/VIZMedia's Creator/NeonAlley service.

In March 2011 the manga was put on hiatus, the series was already falling in {{Schedule Slip}}s before but Chapter 29 was the final nail as it concluded the number of chapters needed for Volume 7; reasons for the hiatus are scarce: Daisuke Sato doesn�t seem to be writing any other manga series at the moment, but Shouji Sato still is seem working on ''TriageX'', a series that he produces by himself, supposedly taking time with it to research on weapons, vehicles, etc for future ''HOTD'' manga chapters.; he even colored the available 7 Volumes of ''HOTD'' meanwhile the hiatus. After nearly two years, in April 2013, the 30th chapter was released; after that it promptly went back to hiatus.

Has a [[Characters/HighSchoolOfTheDead character sheet]] and a [[ShoutOut/HighSchoolOfTheDead shout out page]]. Please list character tropes on the character sheet.


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!!''Highschool of the Dead'' contains examples of these tropes:
* [[AbandonedHospital Abandoned Clinic]]: Where some of the group go to collect frozen plasma and a blood transfusion kit for the old woman.
* ActionDressRip: Happens a couple of times to Shizuka as well as Saeko and Saya's mother.
* AdultFear: The first couple episodes are particularly brutal. Scores of underage teenagers are simply massacred in some of the most horrific ways imaginable with no pathos whatsoever. Imagine you were an adult survivor of whatever zombie attack hit your office, you're able to get home and you learn that you 15-year-old daughters' high school was ravaged. Your worst fears are confirmed when you learn she died slowly in agonizing pain, and not only did she come back to murder others, she was killed AGAIN by friends who knew her since grade school; shedding not one tear or giving not even the slightest shit about killing her again. Yeah. Kids in the first couple episodes are livestock.
* AdultsAreUseless: Played pretty straight throughout. With rare exceptions (like Saya's parents) anything an adult does makes the situation immediately worse.
** ZigZagged with Shizuka. On her own, she's pretty much useless. [[DrivesLikeCrazy When she's behind the wheel however...]]
* AfterTheEnd
* ApocalypticLog: The news report the students watch in one of the classrooms that ends with the broadcast abruptly cut.
* ApologeticAttacker: The household survivor who tearfully said sorry over and over as he stabbed [[spoiler:Alice's father]], [[MoralEventHorizon leaving him for dead and abandoning]] [[spoiler:Alice]] to the zombies.
** LaserGuidedKarma: ...and now they're stuck in a house with the horde right outside, while the team that "remembered they were human beings" escapes with a carful of supplies.
* ArtifactTitle: Only the first few chapters take place in high school.
* AssholeVictim: Asshole teacher Shidou, a thug who threatens to rape one of the main characters, and some really stupid protesters who were in denial of the dead coming back to life and refused to cooperate with the police or the ultranationalists.
** Thug also counts as TragicVillain, as he was forced to kill his entire family (including his little sister) when they turned into zombies. He readily admits that he's insane, and argues anyone in his situation would be.
* AuthorAppeal: The work of the manga artist make his preference for larger breasts pretty clear. The only difference with this work is just how blatant it is. Almost every female on the page past puberty sports at least a D-cup.
** The [[UpdatedRerelease rerelease]] of the manga in full color can be seen as this too, Shouji Sato is known for making many of his [[{{hentai}} works]] in full color, likewise the colored version of the series is also made by him.
** Daisuke Sato is a well-known military otaku, having even written a number of straight-out wargames, and this is plainly obvious here.
* {{Badass}}: Practically a bare minimum survival requirement.
** BackToBackBadasses: The battles that the students fight eventually become this.
** BadassArmy: The army is shown to actually be very competent in fighting the zombies. The greatest example can be seen in Chapter 24, when Japanese commandos take advantage of their superior tech and helicopter support to [[spoiler:rescue the mall survivors]].
** BadassCrew: Komuro's coterie becomes this.
** BadassFamily: The Takagi famly and the Miyamoto family.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Averted. See BleachedUnderpants.
* BeachEpisode: The [=OVA=].
* BigDamnHeroes: Everybody gets a turn, it seems. Outside of the main cast, the JSDF actually gets one rescuing a trio of side characters.
** The most purely heroic of which being in Chapter 7 of the manga and Episode 7 of the anime when they [[spoiler:unhesitatingly rush out of a secure hideout to rescue a little girl]] at considerable personal risk, a turning point for the group.
* BigFancyHouse: The Takagi mansion.
* BiggerStick: During the party's raid on the abandoned police station, Takashi is given a Benelli M4 shotgun which is, [[MrExposition as clearly stated by Hirano]], an all around better weapon than the old Ithaca 37. In an oddly heartwarming twist, Takashi [[ItHasBeenAnHonor salutes his old gun]] before leaving it behind.
* BlackAndGreyMorality:
** The kids are forced to drive without a license, use guns, act strongly as individuals, rely on themselves instead of authority figures or the government and steal things to survive. It doesn't seem that bad from an American point of view, until you remember that this [[ValuesDissonance story takes place in Japan]]. Takashi's narration actually makes reference to this several times, usually in the form of "It had been just half a day, and we had already changed this much."
** [[spoiler:Takashi]] shoots a would-be mugger/rapist, but leaves him alive so he can be bait to draw off any zombies in the area.
* BladeOnAStick: Rei was a member of the sojutsu (spear) club at school, so she's familiar with such weapons. Multiple survivors also use makeshift spears as weapons, typically a staff with a knife wrapped to the end. [[spoiler: Rei's mother Kiriko]] uses an actual spear that she took from her husband's antique collection at home.
* BleachedUnderpants: The artist draws {{hentai}}, to no surprise. And by the looks of it, it seems that the artist also placed a character from one of his H-Manga in the story [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-6/14/ here]] (The reporter with the lightning-bolt earrings).
* BloodyHorror: Nearly every cast member is covered in blood at some point due to having to fight off hordes of zombies.
* BolivianArmyEnding: The [[spoiler:Takagi household]] storyline ends with [[spoiler:Takagi's parents]] trying to fight off a massive zombie horde.
* BottleEpisode: "In The Dead Of The Night" plays with this trope, combining it gratuitous and obscene amounts of fanservice and mood whiplash while confining the characters to an abandoned house, showing just how fast the world around them is deteriorating.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Shidou used his charms to manipulate the students into his personal sex cult.
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** In Chapter 9, while trying to drive through a zombie horde, Shizuka cries out "I'm not supposed to be this kind of character!"
** In Chapter 25, Saya acknowledges Takashi's leadership: "We get it, you're the main character."
** A German localization changed the bathing scenes dialogue:
--->'''Saya:''' Well, the manga's X-rated after all...
--->'''Saya:''' Why do we have to take a bath all together?
--->'''Saeko:''' You should know that Saya. One at a time would've been only half as pleasant for the reader.
--->-- Volume 2, Chapter 6
** When asked why she is spacing out during a zombie attack, Shizuka breaks the fourth wall.
--->'''Saya:''' Why are you dazing off?
--->'''Shizuka:''' (Apologetic) That's how the author wrote me...
--->'''Saya:''' Yeah, ok. Get in the car!
* BulletTime: Happens a lot in the anime whenever guns are involved. [[RuleOfCool Taken to a ridiculous extreme in Episode 8]] when Takashi fires various rounds that manage to pass [[{{Gainaxing}} between Saeko's thighs and breasts]].
* BurnTheUndead: Fire seems to be effective in putting Them down, although they do shamble around for a while after being ignited.
* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: The crew of the ISS are shown watching the situation below unfold.
* CarFu: Zombies get mowed down several times over the course of the series.
* CarSkiing: Episode 12 of the anime adaptation has the group escaping the overrun mansion in the Humvee. To get past the barricades, the Humvee leans so far over it nearly tips.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Way, way back in the high school, Saya and Hirano snatched a toolbox from one of the workshops. When they finally reach the police station, Saya lends Hirano one of the tools from that toolbox, a hand-powered drill. He uses it to break into the armory.
** Mad the mechanic in the manga explained that the buggy was capable of water transportation but suggested sticking to the riverbanks or cutting into the nearby park. Takashi and Saeko ended up driving the buggy into the riverbank and ditched it in the park.
* CoolBike: The bike that Takashi and Rei find on the highway. That they operate [[ValuesDissonance without a license]].
* CoolCar: Rika's Hummer and the prototype buggy.
* CoolGuns: Most of them belong to Shizuka's friend, a police officer, and get requisitioned by the protagonists.
* {{Cosplay}}: See the "Cosplay of the Dead" subchapter, where Saya, Saeko, and Shizuka dress Rei up in different outfits. Even Zeke takes part!
* CrapsackWorld: By virtue of a ZombieApocalypse.
* {{Crossover}}: With ''TriageX'', the illustrator's other work, in ''Lightning Pop''.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Anyone who gets bitten by a zombie will slowly die and then turn into one themselves. And that's ''only'' if the zombies don't kill them first.
* DanceBattler: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjJH1QbGXrE#t=16s Kendo pirouette, anyone?]]
* DangerousWindows: Zombies several times have made surprise entrances from breaking through windows to get to the survivors.
* DaylightHorror: How the series starts.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: Invoked by Episode 9 of the anime. This and the ending of Episode 8 are where the anime deviated from the original manga (in the manga, these events happened after the group escaped from the Takagi compound, not before they got there). The ShutUpKiss between Takashi and Saeko was not shown in the manga, if it had happened at all.
* DisasterDemocracy
* DisproportionateRetribution: Rei was martyred academically for her father's attempts at busting political corruption. This makes her so mad she almost executes the man responsible, which itself would be reasonable in her situation.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** [[http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2010/08/24/fellatio-of-the-dead/ Saeko waking up on Takashi's lap, with some saliva dripping down her mouth]].
** Shizuka applying lotion to Rei's back by straddling her legs while Takashi holds her down awfully close to his crotch.
** Shizuka for no real plot reason decides to start eating a banana in one episode by taking a long first bite.
* DrivenToSuicide:
** [[spoiler:The old couple in the mall]], though it seems more like BetterToDieThanBeKilled. The situation did seem hopeless and with [[spoiler:the old woman's sickness... It would have been nice if they had been so kind as to do it ''before'' Tamaru died getting plasma for her, though]].
** There was also the gym teacher early on, who was actually doing a good job dispatching zombies with his hand-to-hand skills before jumping from the roof, convinced that there was no way it could be real and that all he needed to do was wake up.
** The police officer at the bridge placed his pistol to his head after the situation gets out of control and he gives the final order to exterminate everyone. Even came complete with a FatalFamilyPhoto.
* DubNameChange: Alice's name in the dub is "Arisu", as in "Ar-Ri-Sue" even though her name is written and translated as "Alice" in the manga.
** Although in "Drifters Of The Dead" Dub. Her name is now said "Alice" which is actually how her name should be pronounce instead of "Arisu".
* DueToTheDead:
** Takashi takes the time to cover Alice's dead father's face with a shirt from a nearby clothesline before making his daring escape with Alice and Zeke in tow.
** Upon returning to the home base at the airport, Rika recommends a posthumous promotion for her dead partner Tajima.
* DyingAsYourself: A major theme in this series that has cost many characters their lives.
** A student named Kazu Ishii who is protecting Shizuka gets bitten from behind by zombies [[DangerousWindows breaking through the windows]], and Saeko offers to kill him before he turns. With a smile on his face, he replies "Please do it."
** [[spoiler:Hiro Tamaru]] gets one by [[spoiler:Asami]]'s hands after getting caught in the hole at the clinic.
* DysfunctionJunction: The team has decent grasp on reality, but the horror of their current situation has made everyone a tad bit unstable, and a few of them have displayed [[SociopathicHero Sociopathic]] / AxCrazy tendencies.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The group is acutely aware of this, especially Takashi when he realizes near the beginning that their moral code is adapting to the circumstances, thereby changing their personal world forever. Saya also knows that those who try to change the world back to what it once was will be doomed.
* EnemyMine: The US and Russia seem to launch an all out nuclear attack on China and Korea together, though, not necessarily as allies, as theres no words on who else has launched at whom other then that, if any.
* EstablishingTeamShot:
** Done as the group prepared to leave the school.
** Again when the others come to Kohta's defense in keeping their guns from being confiscated by the ultranationalists.
** Once more as the group prepared to leave the mall.
* EvolvingCredits
** CreditsJukebox
* FacialHorror: Many of the zombies, and very likely some victims.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Considering the nature of death caused by a bite from "them", this trope is difficult but not impossible to achieve in this franchise. Karma seems to determine who gets to die with dignity.
** Ishii, [[spoiler:Officer Tajima, and Asami]] get rather dignified deaths in the form of assisted suicides.
** Alice's father dies [[GoOutWithASmile comforting a traumatized Alice]] and does not reanimate as a zombie.
** Averted when Rei is about to execute [[spoiler:Shido]] for what he did to her [[SinsOfOurFathers because of what her father tried to do to his father]]; he's clearly sweating, and when she decides he's NotWorthKilling he makes enough of a scene to be kicked off the Takagi property even though the very fact that he did such a horrible thing to his own student, thus martyring her academically, already warranted Mr. Takagi's boot at the very least.
* FanDisservice:
** There are even several accounts where female zombies give a FullFrontalAssault.
** Shidou turns the protagonist's original escape vehicle into the ORGYBUS, and the survivors remaining into a cult revolving around free love between high schoolers.
** {{Panty Shot}}s and huge [[{{Gainaxing}} bouncing breasts]] on a girl who's being eaten by zombies can seriously mess with your mind.
** Chapter 29 features a female zombie being ''shot through the breasts.''
** In the OVA Kohta wears a ''girls'' school swimsuit.
* {{Fanservice}}: Loads of it. The anime really [[UpToEleven ramps it up]].
** Chapter 23's extra story seems to exist for no other purpose than to expressly point out that every single girl in the cast is ridiculously hot, and that if her mom is anything to judge by, Alice will be too if she grows up.
** The BeachEpisode OVA has beaten out the [[FuroScene Furo Episode]] for brazenly gratuitous Fanservice and indulgent AuthorAppeal to the point of SelfParody.
* FastballSpecial: Takashi pulls a motorcycle-assisted version of this to launch Saeko into the fray in Episode 5.
* FastRoping: The JGSDF troops in Chapter 24 land on the roof of the mall in this manner.
* FirstNameBasis:
** Saeko starts calling Takashi by his first name, much to Rei's [[LoveTriangle chagrin]].
** Saya wants Takashi to call her by her first name, but he usually doesn't manage it.
** During the clinic raid, Asami asked Kohta to call her by her first name.
* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad: Shido
** TheDragon: Yuuki
** TheBrute: Tsunoda and Miura
** TheEvilGenius: Kurokami
** TheDarkChick: Kawamoto and Taniuchi
** SixthRangerTraitor: Yamada
** LivingProp: Both of the other boys in Takuzo's group
* {{Gainaxing}}: From the artist of the original manga: "The animation studio says they're making the characters' boobs jiggle with no mercy, so the fans should be able to rest easy." Combined with BulletTime in one scene!
* FromBadToWorse: Good luck finding many situations that don't start going to crap within 5 pages in the manga.
* GenreSavvy: Everyone is quite aware that they are in the midst of a Zombie Apocalypse, even if they are pointedly ''NotUsingTheZWord'', and act accordingly.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan:
** After Hirano suffers a HeroicBSOD from [[spoiler:having to kill Asami, Shizuka]] steps up to break him out of it.
** [[spoiler:Saya]] had also given him a bright slap immediately prior to that which also counts.
** Saya got a similar one from her mother [[spoiler:right before both her parents went to hold off the horde]].
** In the [=OVA=], Takashi gave Saya a bright slap when she not-so-subtly came on to him, but being under the influence of the funky smoke, it only caused her to swoon over him even more.
* GodivaHair: See [[http://www.mangareader.net/170-11316-3/high-school-of-the-dead/chapter-6.html here]]. To be honest, it seems to be an accident in this Fanservice heavy show.
* GlassCannon: Zombies are dangerous. One bite and that's it, but you can push them over without even trying if you are careful.
* GoOutWithASmile:
** Alice's father did his best to comfort his traumatized daughter before he expired.
** Kazu Ishii and Hiro Tamaru managed to smile just before they were [[MercyKill mercy killed]].
** The gym teacher at the beginning. Probably didn't die smiling, but [[spoiler:the attempted mugger and rapist]] is smiling as one of "them" and can be seen at chapter end.
** [[spoiler: [[http://www.mangareader.net/170-55384-60/high-school-of-the-dead/chapter-25.html Asami]]...oh god, Asami.]]
** Rikas partner.
* {{Gorn}}: What do you expect from a zombie comic?
* GoryDiscretionShot: Used in the anime for particularly gory scenes.
* GrayAndGrayMorality: Found among the humans forced into conflict by "Them", such as at the bridge (desperate refugees vs police trying to maintain order) and outside the first hideout (panicked father trying to break the door down vs the already crowded group inside).
* GunNut: Kohta is a self-proclaimed "gun otaku", but as he is a sixteen-year-old in ''Japan'' at the start of this series, he doesn't actually own any. He did however go to America and learn how to shoot (at a Militia camp in the translation, by Blackwater in the original and the anime).
* GunPorn: There's almost as many focused shots of guns as there are of breasts.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Yamada decides his family's more important than the Orgybus and gets left to the zombies as a direct result. In the anime, Misuzu Ichijou may have regretted killing Toshimi Niki on impulse right before the zombies crush her own head.
* HeldBackInSchool: Rei was held back for a year due to her father [[SinsOfOurFathers tangling with her teacher's father]].
* HelloNurse: Shizuka was the school nurse.
* HeroicBSOD: Kohta goes through one in Chapter 26 [[spoiler: After being forced to shoot Asami so she wouldn't turn into one of "them".]] He shows it largely by not caring about making noise, and shooting everyone of "them" he sees, which ticks off the group because of the amount of noise he's making. It takes Shizuka doing a GetAHoldOfYourselfMan to snap him out of it.
* HeroicSacrifice: Used to subvert the AdultsAreUseless trope - adults can fight just as competently, if not more so, and even sacrifice themselves so that the protagonists can live on. Even the guy who [[RedemptionEqualsDeath tried to rape Shizuka.]]
* HighPressureBlood: In the anime.
* HollywoodSilencer: Averted when Hirano hands an [=MP5=] over to Saya, warning that even with a suppressor, any shots will still be audible enough to be heard by "Them".
* HonorBeforeReason:
** {{Lampshaded}} when the team raids a [[AbandonedHospital hospital]] to acquire plasma for a dying old woman. [[spoiler: They point out that since the woman needs ''regular'' blood transfusions and they can only bring back enough usable plasma for one, they are essentially risking all their lives to buy her an extra week or two at the most. One of them does in fact die during the raid. As if that weren't already messed up, the old couple commits suicide a short time later]].
** Played triumphantly straight when our heroes brave a veritable ''horde'' of "them" to save one little girl... and won.
* HotTeacher: Kyoko Hayashi, the Ping Pong Club's advisor. Her glasses add a HotLibrarian appeal.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: Some survivors who have been bitten have to be {{mercy kill}}ed by others. {{Justified|Trope}} - if Hisashi's and Ishii's (nurse's office student) deaths were any indication, the zombie bites would have weakened them enough that they would not be able to kill themselves and would thus need outside help.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Replacing a word in a famous title or name with "dead", eg. "The Good, The Bad, And the Dead".
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: In the [=OVA=], the ladies use this tactic to get Takashi and Kohta to gather food for them.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: Saeko sounds like she's had one at the end of her fight against the zombies at the end of Episode 9. The infamous "I'M GETTING WET!" kanji only seems to strengthen that possibility.
* ImplausibleHairColor: There is a rather large percentage of blond and brown-hairs in the cast. More so than in RealLife Japan, at any rate. These, at least, are natural hair colors. The same can not be said of pink-haired Saya.
* ImprovisedWeapon: A given due to the setting, including but not limited to broom handles, power drills, and drip stands.
** Alice is able to use a tire to knock a zombie away from Shizuka
* InfernalRetaliation: A molotov cocktail proved that fire does not really bother "them", but does make them slightly more dangerous.
* TheJaywalkingDead: Shizuka manages to kill a shitload of "them" via the handy process of "hit and run".
* JustAKid:
** The group received this treatment from some of the refugees at the Takagi mansion.
** The remaining mall survivors eventually reversed this view of them.
* KarmaHoudini: Shidou's father, especially concerning his status as corrupt politician [[DisproportionateRetribution and the academic consequences it had on the daughter of an interloping police officer]]. He's this because, as Rei reveals when confronting Shidou in Episode 11, he got off scot-free.
* KarmicDeath: Misuzu Ichijo. All the noise she was making to be let go earned her a DeathByIrony a few seconds later.
* KnifeNut: Two of the mall survivors.
** In the OVA Hirano seems to be about as comfortable with knives as with guns.
* TheLastDance: The NietzscheWannabe mall survivor was surrounded by zombies and nursing a stab wound, so he opted in his own words to go out like a badass. He failed. [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-25/38/ Badly.]]
* LaughingMad: Many are reduced to grinning and/or laughing right before and during their rather undignified deaths.
** When one of the pro-infected protesters met "them" up close and personal HilarityEnsued.
** The survivors in the city who attacked Takashi and Rei. They were a bit off.
** Two mall survivors descended into mad laughter, with one of them shanking the other.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Gee Hirano, you sure do look a lot like [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] right [[http://i53.tinypic.com/35hiyol.png here]]. This could probably also qualify as a [[NobuyukiHiyama seiyuu]] [[ActorAllusion joke]].
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Oftentimes some of the characters have claimed that the ZombieApocalypse feels like it's from a movie or a {{Manga}}.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: The results of the Funky Smoke [[spoiler:Shizuka and Saya waking up naked on top of each other, Saeko and Rei kissing each other in the nude thinking the other was Takashi]].
* LighterAndSofter[=/=]DenserAndWackier: The OVA, compared with the rest of the series. Still HotterAndSexier and not kid-friendly, though.
* LoveTriangle:
** Takashi, Rei and Hisashi - until Hisashi got infected and turned.
** Later volumes seem to suggest a Takashi, Rei and Saeko triangle. It's more explicit in the anime.
** There were also none-too-subtle hints of a Kohta, Saya, and Asami triangle [[spoiler:until Asami [[ShipSinking got taken out of the picture]]]].
** Saya may or may not have a thing for Takashi too, making his situation a Love Quadrilateral, but that could just be a holdover from their childhood friendship.
* LuminescentBlush: Happens to many of the characters in various situations.
* MaleGaze: Seriously. This manga is '''made''' of this trope. The anime [[UpToEleven even more so]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7ZSAksn8QM This video probably sums it up as succinctly as possible.]]
* {{Megane}}: Hiro Tamaru, one of the mall residents.
* MercyKill:
** Takagi's father makes a very public demonstration executing a zombified friend, and justifies it with this trope.
** Saeko also does this for a bitten classmate.
** Asami for Hiro Tamaru after he got bitten in the [[AbandonedHospital Abandoned Clinic]].
** [[spoiler: Hirano does this for Asami.]]
* MomentKiller:
** Usually done by Saya. She lampshades this in Chapter 28 where she promises not to ruin the hug between Takashi and Rei upon finding the possibility that Rei's father may still be alive.
** In the same chapter, Takashi is the one to kill off the moment between Kohta and Saya when Saya briefly lets her deredere side slip to him.
* MoodWhiplash: Scenes of zombie violence feature constant cuts to [[{{Pantyshot}} pantyshots]] and gratuitous {{Gainaxing}}. The effect swerves between jarring, sad, and hilarious.
** Plus Episode 6. ''Jesus Christ''. It goes from the [[FanService girls]] [[SkinshipGrope bathing together]] to depressing conversations and back again.
* MsFanservice: Nearly every female character, really, but special mentioning goes to Shizuka Marikawa.
* MushroomSamba[=/=]LovePotion: The gang (minus Alice) inhale some funky smoke in the [=OVA=] and have some rather sexy hallucinations. Saya sees her mother [[spoiler:(Shizuka)]], Shizuka sees her best friend Rika [[spoiler:(Saya)]], Rei and Saeko each see Takashi [[spoiler:(each other)]] and Takashi sees Saeko and later the other three girls [[spoiler:(a bunch of scantily clad female zombies)]].
* NietzscheWannabe: One of the mall survivors.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** The first lady looks like Condoleezza Rice, and the president [[spoiler:having to decide if using nukes is simply [[ShootTheDog shooting the dog]] to protect Americans or crossing the MoralEventHorizon]] looks like George W. Bush.
** [[http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a291/Cusashorn/733823_10151469504514059_11244731_n.jpg One zombie looks like Korean actor Yong-joon Bae]], leading to accusations of racism.
* NoEnding[=/=]AndTheAdventureContinues: The anime stops abruptly, with the main characters escaping and continuing the search for their parents.
* NonuniformUniform: As the students make their way across the city, some of them only wear part of their school uniform with other clothing. Saeko got the biggest response from the group from [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes her own]] [[CustomUniformOfSexy adaptation]].
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: A major recurring theme. Some characters die trying to save others, while some kick them to the ground.
** Subverted with the whole BFF scene.
** Also subverted with Shidou kicking that guy's face to get him to let go.
** Takashi telling Shizuka to wait for Shidou and a group of students to get on the bus.
** The group while rescuing Alice.
** During their escape, the group took the time to escort one of the mall survivors to the rooftop where the others were.
** Shizuka's near rapist and Asami split off from the main group trying to save some bratty kid.
** The JSDF saving [[spoiler:the remaining mall survivors]], invoking this trope.
** After Kohta suffered a HeroicBSOD [[spoiler:from having to kill Asami]], he nearly broke off from the group to suicidally take down as many zombies as he could until [[spoiler:Shizuka]] talked him out of it.
* NoKoreansInJapan: Averted, a zombie resembling Bae Yong-Joon (a Korean actor well koown for his role in ''Series/WinterSonata'') gets sniped in the head. Needless to say, this created UnfortunateImplications that many Koreans are ''not amused''.
* NotAGame: Hisashi said this in regards to the zombies at the school.
* NotQuiteTheRightThing: Takashi, Takashi. If only you had listened to Rei and abandoned that monstrous teacher...
* NotUsingTheZWord: "Them" is the word used for the undead in the story. An early character specifically says that they can't call them "zombies" or "the undead" because then it would be too much like, well, a fictional story.
** Played straight in the dub but there are a few slips.
* NukeEm: [[spoiler:Attempted by several nations' governments at once]], for reasons that are vaguely-explained at best.
* ObligatorySwearing: The countries in which the manga received a mature rating, decided to "prove" the rating by having the main characters swear more often, and of course by spewing the strong ones.
* OddlyVisibleEyebrows
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: All of the students in the group, as Takashi tells the mall residents upon their departure. When combining their talents, however, they become anything but ordinary which the mall residents then acknowledge to their rescuers.
* {{Otaku}}: Mall survivor Hiro Tamaru showed hints of being a gun otaku like Hirano.
* OutrunTheFireball: Anime adaptation only. Takashi and Rei rush down a tunnel after [[EveryCarIsAPinto an overturned bus that had caught fire exploded]], separating them from the others.
* PaintTheTownRed: Things get icky during a zombie invasion.
* PantyFighter: No surprise here.
* PantyShot: From the living, the dead, and the ''undead''.
* PapaWolf: Inverted. Rei [[spoiler:almost kills Shidou]] because he made her father cry.
* ParentalSubstitute: Though the whole group has pretty much taken it upon themselves to be the new family of Alice, Hirano and Takagi seem to be the ones she's latched onto as surrogate parents. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and used as ShipTease in [[http://www.mangareader.net/high-school-of-the-dead/29/32 Chapter 29]].
* ThePowerOfFriendship:
** The main characters have never hesitated to protect and support each other.
** [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-1/10/ There is one]] [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-1/11/ early subversion.]]
* PowerWalk: As the group prepared to escape the school.
* PrecisionFStrike: When Takashi [[BigDamnHeroes does his Steve McQueen imitation]] in Episode 5 (see below), Saeko and Kohta watch in awe then say, in perfect unison, "Holy shit."
* RampJump: Done a couple times with Takashi on the bike. The first time occurred at the bridge where he and Rei reunited with the others. The second time occurred when he went off to save Alice. Both times involved use of [[{{Ramprovisation}} improvised ramps]] and abuse of SloMoBigAir.
* RecklessGunUsage:
** This occurs somewhat often due to the main characters being [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent perfectly normal high school students]] (in Japan) during a ZombieApocalypse. However, since there's a resident gun {{otaku}}, their errors are quickly pointed out and UsefulNotes/GunSafety is properly followed... eventually.
** Except in the anime's infamous "boob dodge" sequence where Takashi repeatedly narrowly avoids gunning down Saeko instead of the zombies.
* RefugeInAudacity: And ''how''. Episode 8 of the anime actually combines {{Fanservice}} and BulletTime to form what is quite possibly one of the most gratuitous sequences ever animated.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: The mall survivor who [[spoiler:earlier attempted to rape Shizuka-sensei]] goes off to try to save the twerp who [[spoiler:let the zombies into the mall in the first place]]. He gets bitten for his trouble.
* RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain: The only sure-fire way to kill "them".
* RuleOfCool: The anime runs on this, often to ridiculous extremes.
* RuleOfThree: The manga covers cycle through Rei, Saeko, and Saya in that order.
* SanitySlippage: See LaughingMad.
* SenselessSacrifice: The raid on the clinic ended with [[spoiler:one able-bodied survivor killed and the old woman that they were trying to save committing suicide anyway]].
* SexISViolence: For Saeko anyway. "I'm getting wet."
* SexySoakedShirt: Saeko gets soaked twice in Episode 9. The first time she's wearing her white uniform shirt, giving a clear view of her lacy purple bra. The second time she's wearing a black tank top, so not so much see-through.
* ShipperOnDeck: Rei, Saeko, and Shizuka get really [[http://www.mangareader.net/170-58604-23/high-school-of-the-dead/chapter-28.html sly grins]] after observing a ShipTease moment between Takagi and Hirano.
* ShipTease:
** A bit between Hirano and Takagi in recent chapters, especially in Chapter 28.
** Saeko and Takashi in general, especially in the anime.
* ShootTheDog: Must be done often if anyone wants to survive or does not want to turn into one of "them".
* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler: The scenario of getting medical treatment for the old woman. In the clinic, one of the able-bodied survivors dies. Later, when the zombies get into the mall, the old woman and her husband commit suicide by jumping off the roof anyway, meaning all that came of it was one less survivor and conflict between the characters.]]
* ShootOutTheLock: Averted. Hirano stops Takashi from attempting to shoot out the lock of the police station's armory, worried that the bullets will riccochet and hit one of them.
* ShownTheirWork:
** The guns are amazingly detailed, and are shown to have actual limitations. Kohta Hirano also makes sure that everyone who even touches one follows strict gun safety, as American gun enthusiasts are generally taught to do.
** The author shows a decent understanding of how the American government works, although that's a bit more subtle.
* SixthRanger: Takuzo and his party briefly serve as companions to Takashi's party.
* SkinshipGrope: Sure, flesh-eating ghouls are overrunning the earth and civilization is crumbling. No reason not to throw in some scenes of the girls feeling each other up in the bath, right?
** Made even more ridiculous by the fact that ''the last broadcast of a radio station'' is playing over the scene of this going on.
* SmugSnake: Shidou can order people around, but anybody who can stand up to him knows he is actually a sniveling coward who does not even live up to his own ideals.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: Note the positions of [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-7/26/ Hirano's gun]] and [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-26/28/ Zeke's tail]].
* SpoilerOpening: For those who have not read the manga, they may be confused as to who the little girl in the anime's OP is. She does not appear until Episode 7.
* SpreadingDisasterMapGraphic: In the anime adaptation a map of the globe is shown with red being the zombie infection spreading from Asia to Europe and the Americas at a fast pace.
* StealthPun: [[http://i14.mangareader.net/high-school-of-the-dead/19/high-school-of-the-dead-261476.jpg This page]]. See Alice in the background on the bottom panel? "A flag was raised" for Kohta and Asami.
* StrawCharacter: The protestors on the bridge and the woman in the Takagi compound who somehow connect the zombie apocalypse with government repression and Japanese repression of the rest of Asia, respectively. They all also think that the zombies can be cured of their disease. It's notable that they all die horrible deaths.
* StupidSacrifice: That one mall survivor didn't need to go out like a badass. As Shizuka pointed out, his stab wound was not even serious.
* SweatDrop: Common. It is a rather tense situation.
* TakingYouWithMe: After [[spoiler:officer Tajima]] is bitten he stays behind to blow up the fuel tanker taking as many zombies with him as he can.
* TeensAreMonsters: Oh boy, where do we begin? Nearly all of the protagonists have their issues:
** Takashi admits that a part of him enjoys the lawlessness of the post-apocalyptic world. He also seems disturbed by the fact that he murdered his best friend - partially as a MercyKill, partially out of jealousy for Rei - and doesn't seem too bothered by it. He also has very little issue with wounding a living human ([[AssholeVictim a violent nutjob who tried to kidnap Rei]], sure, but still a living person nonetheless) and using him as bait.
** [[DarkActionGirl Saeko's]] extreme BloodKnight tendencies. Several times, when she fights, she revels in orgasmic pleasure.
** Kohta is so thoroughly traumatized through years of bullying that he has no qualms with murdering the living people who made his life hell. The instances where his darker side comes out are all prime Nightmare Fuel.
** Mizusu quickly turns on her [=BFF=], Toshimi, when zombies attack her, and abandons her "friend" to a brutal end to [[DirtyCoward save her own sorry ass]].
* TemptingFate: On the way to Saya's house, Rei noted that the group hadn't run into any of "them" so far. Guess what was waiting for them as they got closer?
* ThatDidntHappen[=/=]KissingUnderTheInfluence: The gang (minus Takashi) agreed that the hydrangea smoke episode never happened.
* TheThingThatGoesDoink: The Takagi mansion has one, naturally.
* ThisIsADrill: Saya makes like [[Film/TheDrillerKiller Reno]] when confronted by one zombie early on.
* TitleOfTheDead
* TooDumbToLive:
** The people who were utterly convinced that the dead were just people with a disease looking for help and that everyone else was just bloodthirsty maniacs.
** At the international level, the US, China, and Russia decided that a ZombieApocalypse would be a ''great'' backdrop for [[spoiler:open nuclear combat. Against each other, that is, not the zombies. They probably killed a good deal of zombies too, but they ended up paralyzing parts of Japan with an EMP in the process.]]
** The small band of punks who attempted to cross the bridge knowing full well that it was heavily guarded by officers in full riot gear that would open fire on anyone who dared to defy them. They got washed out for their trouble.
** The NietzscheWannabe mall survivor who attempted to knife several zombies but did not even scratch one before getting swarmed and devoured. The dumbest part was that Shizuka pointed out that his knife wound was not even critical, making his actions senseless.
** Shizuka qualifies for this, [[TakeYourTime by taking her time]] to gather supplies while there was a horde of zombies right outside, breaking through the windows. Which ends up costing Ishii his life, when he'd been urging her to leave. Then [[TheDitz she stands idly by asking him his name]] while he's being EatenAlive.
** A special mention to the would be mugger [[spoiler:who tried to rape Rei, '''OUTSIDE''', in the middle of a ZombieApocalypse. You know where the zombies are going to most likely to hear and then eat you. This idea is not only despicable but beyond stupid. Even if Takashi had not been there, the mugger's actions would have gotten both, him and Rei killed. Good thing Takashi rescued her, shot the guy, and left him alive to be zombie bait.]]
*** For this mugger, he was more like Too Crazy To Live. Both Takashi and the mugger agree that he's gone insane due to the zombie outbreak.
* TooHotForTV: Technically, as the English dub of the anime can be purchased on DVD in the and was watched on Time Warner's "Anime on Demand" channel, so aside from those things, it is otherwise too hot for TV.
* TookALevelInBadass: Hirano goes from a nerdy, awkward doofus to Rambo once he gets his hands on some guns.
* TwelveEpisodeAnime: Due to the manga's current brevity. Another season will presumably emerge once the buffer's built up again.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: GenderInverted. The team consists of four females and two males. Later this gets bumped up to five females with the addition of [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Alice/Arisu Maresato]] (though there are three males if you count [[TeamPet Zeke/Zero]]).
* UndeadChild:
** The undead children Takashi and Saeko encounter in the park.
** The kid who zombified its own mother on the bridge.
** When Takashi says his mother is a teacher at another school we cut to a shot of it and a few zombified children.
* UpdatedRerelease: When the series began with the erratic schedule for its releases, Kodansha decided to have Shouji rerelease the previous volumes in full color, it stopped at the 4th volume after a regular release between each new volume, it's unclear if the project will go further than that.
* [[WeNeedADistraction We Need Some Zombie Bait]]:
** A morbid example with Takashi wounding a thug at the gas station and leaving him for dead. His screams of pain attracted the zombie horde, allowing Takashi and Rei to escape with little notice.
** On a less grotesque note, Takashi and Saeko used the prototype buggy to lure some zombies away from the rest of the group and into the river, eventually ditching it in the park's water fountain.
** In Episode 8 of the anime, Takashi and Saeko attempted this by making noise to draw attention away from the others. Unfortunately, they were too far away to distract any of the zombies. Then they get separated from the others and have to find an alternate route to Saya's house.
** Asami and Alice made excellent use of fireworks.
** Asami started yelling at Kohta to draw as many zombies to her position as possible, [[spoiler:leaving Kohta to finish her off]].
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 28 - What?! [[spoiler:Shidou and his cult]] are still alive?
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: The positive and negative aspects of this trope as the zombie apocalypse allows some people to discover the depths of their hidden courage and ability while others show the depths they're willing to sink to just to save their own hides.
* WilhelmScream: In Episode 1, as the Outbreak begins and students flee in a panic.
* WingdingEyes: Appears to various cast members in various forms.
* WorldOfActionGirls: While Takashi and Kohta are ''definitely'' no slouches themselves, the general rule of thumb is that if you're a female suvivor, you're an ActionGirl.
* WorldOfBuxom
* WrenchWhack: The preferred weapon of Mad, the Takagi mansion's mechanic.
* XMeetsY: ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' meets ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' meets ''Manga/SchoolRumble''.
** ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' meets ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Saeko Busujima, emphasis on the 'wild flower' aspect.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Occasionally Rei, Saeko, and Alice.
* ZombieApocalypse: This story seems to follow the Romero rules, but "they" have a ''very'' strong grip. Also the zombies start slow, but if they hear a sound nearby they can move quicker. The fact that it's played as realistically as possible is also notable. The protagonists test and figure out that "they" must find things through vibrations. No circulation also means that in Japan's humid weather, the dead will probably decompose to the point of uselessness in a little under a month. Nobody has a clue how the dead are still capable of moving, though.
* ZombieInfectee: Happens several times off-panel, like how zombies [[spoiler:got aboard Air Force One]] and the "Curtis Wilbur" or how they breached the airport island.
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"Blood and guts and boobs and butts, and I just wanna make your head explode"
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