Characters: Highschool of the Dead
The cast of High School Of The Dead
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A seventeen-year-old boy who is among the first to notice that things at the school have gone very very
wrong. While he and Rei promised to marry each other
, it's been several years, and with his apparent growing disinterest in her, she is now involved with his best friend, Hisashi. Things only get more complicated between the two as "they" spread, and Hisashi became one of "them", forcing him to Mercy Kill
his best friend.
Takashi quickly takes a leadership role with the group, through his decisive nature and desire to protect his friends.
Takashi's old Love Interest
and classmate, as well as a member of the lance fighting club. Frustrated with his apparent disinterest, Rei started dating his best friend Hisashi, though she still harbored feelings for him. When Hisashi is bitten, Rei faces the question of whether it is right to act on her maintained feelings for Takashi so soon after he was forced to kill his best friend. Headstrong and resilient, Rei is a strong combatant and valuable asset to the group.
- Action Girl: She fights out of necessity, rather than desire, but will adamantly protect her friends. Especially Takashi.
- All There in the Manual: The circumstances that caused Rei and Takashi's breakup are never explicitly stated in either the manga, or the anime. But their split is implied to have been due to Rei being held back a year by Shidou, as retaliation against her fathernote . Which caused Rei to become justifiably bitter, as it'd been through no fault of her own and because of the grief it caused her father. Since she refused to open up to Takashi about what'd happened, he grew distant from her and began to ignore her. It was around that time that Rei began growing closer to Hisashi, believing Takashi had abandoned her.
- Betty and Veronica: She's the "Betty" of the duo, being that she's Takashi's childhood friend and the girl-next-door with a crush, since they used to date each other.
- Blade on a Stick: Her first weapon before she upgraded. Nowadays she carries a rifle with a bayonet, but uses the latter more than the former.
- Breast Envy: If it weren't for Shizuka, you'd probably be wondering why Rei's so concerned about how she "stacks up" compared to other girls, since she's hardly lacking in that regard.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Averted. She was initially burdened with guilt, for rekindling her feelings for Takashi so soon after Hisashi's death. But she finally accepted it and told Takashi how she felt in no uncertain terms.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Takashi.
- Clingy Jealous Girl:
- Cry Cute: Seen when she tries to call her father's emergency number, but loses the signal once he was out of range.
- Dance Battler: At least once, with what can only be described as a "kendo pirouette" in Episode 5.
- Distress Ball: Though a deadly fighter, Rei tends to get caught off guard quite a few times and needing rescue.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Fell victim to this the year before, as she reveals in Episode 11.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Gets drunk the night after Hisashi dies.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a ribbon.
- Girly Bruiser
- Hair Antennae: She has a pair of hair strands that always curve upward near the front of her head. Best seen here and here.
- Hairstyle Inertia
- Heartbroken Badass: After Hisashi's death, though the void he left is quickly filled by Takashi.
- Humiliation Conga: Saya and the other girls all decide to have fun with her in chapter 0, where they each take turns dressing Rei up in skimpy fetish costumes. Even Alice gets in on it, by dressing her up as a puppy, which was the last straw. Rei slips back into her combat garb and storms out.
- It's Personal: She can't stand the sight of Shidou, knowing he was responsible for making her repeat a grade just to get back at her father, for exposing his father's corruption. Rei held her temper and kept it to herself, since her father assured her that he'd be able to arrest both of them if his investigation went smoothly. But when she confronted him at the Takagi Estate, she couldn't contain her anger any longer and nearly killed him for what he'd done to her.
- The Lancer: Literally - her Weapon of Choice is the Blade on a Stick, whether in the form of a sports javelin or a rifle with a bayonet.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Best defines the contrasts between Rei and Saeko.
- Whereas Rei is a Martial Pacifist (noted directly below), Saeko is Ax-Crazy and a Blood Knight. In her recount of how she'd once been been accosted by a would-be rapist, Saeko told Takashi that seeing his fear was exhilarating for her and incited her beat him savagely. For Rei, seeing Shidou's fear had the opposite effect.
- This is also reflected in their ongoing Love Triangle with Takashi, with Rei being the 'wholesome' girl with a crush, while Saeko prefers to be the seductress and lets her sex appeal do the talking. Which is further reflected by the difference in how they dress, which Rei lampshades in chapter 27:
- Martial Pacifist: Though a skilled and capable combatant, violence isn't in Rei's nature (with exception); making her the polar opposite of Saeko.
- Naginatas Are Feminine: She was a member of the Soujutsu Club, before the outbreak, and spent years being taught at home by her father as well. Her starting weapon was a makeshift polearm, but later upgrades to an M1A1 Springfield assault rifle with a bayonet attachment.
- Old Flame: Rei used to date Takashi, back when they were in middle-school, but they drifted apart during a particularly rough time in Rei's life. She realized she still had feelings for him in the aftermath of Hisahi's death, and is hoping to rekindle what they once had.
- Plucky Girl: She has her moments of insecurity, but she tries not to dwell on them for long.
- School Uniforms are the New Black: Maintains the most aspects of her school uniform.
- Secret Test of Character: Mr. Takagi gives her permission to personally execute Shidou in front of everyone at the mansion; however, she decides he's Not Worth Killing, leading Mr. Takagi to laugh and bellow, "Well put!"
- She's Got Legs: Does she EVER. The manga makes sure you know it, because you'll be seeing a lot of them.
- "Shut Up" Kiss: She gives one to Takashi, to cut him off when he tells her to get over Hisashi's death.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Her father just happened to investigate Shidou's father for corruption (who was desperate to keep his post amidst the investigation). Unfortunately, he had influence and his son happened to teach at Rei's school.
- Skinship Grope: During the bath scene in episode 6, she was incredulous at the sheer size of Shizuka's breasts and absolutely had to see, for herself, if they were real. After a few good gropes, she realized they were, then began scoping out Saeko's and Saya's breasts to see how hers measured up to theirs.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Rei isn't much shorter than any of the other survivors, but everyone looks small next to a Springfield M1A1 rifle.
- That Didn't Happen: In the "Drifters of the Dead" OVA, she and Saeko end up frenching each other in the nude, while each was hallucinating that they were making out with Takashi. After recovering from the effects, they both agreed that what happened on the island, STAYS on the island.
- Tights With A Skirt: Looks like she's wearing this in one shot in Episode 3, probably due to a minor and hard-to-spot continuity snarl.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Saya and Shizuka's girly girls.
- Town Girls: The Butch to Saya's Neither and Shizuka's Femme.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Subverted only in the sense of it not being official, but if anyone tries to threaten Takashi, she won't hesitate to put them facedown on the floor. As one of Shidou's students found out, in short order.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Zettai Ryouiki: She starts the series as a Class A, since she wears dark leggings that stop just short of mid-thigh.
Calm and collected, Saeko is a high school senior and president of the Kendo Club. She is one of the few survivors of the initial outbreak, and after meeting up with Takashi and the others, she lends her considerable skills with the sword to the team. Reliable in the extreme, she takes great pride in her abilities and in the abilities of her comrades.
The smartest student of Fujimi Private Academy, Saya isn't afraid to speak her mind and say exactly what she thinks of others
. She is also the daughter of a ultra-nationalist politician. Her deductive nature has allowed her to realize several facts about how they
work and her intelligence has saved the group many times.
- Academic Alpha Bitch: And HOW! The girl is a mental giant (see the Genre Savvy and Ms. Exposition entires).
- Affectionate Nickname: She begins to refer to Alice as "Munchkin", as a sign of her growing attachment to her.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: When Hirano fires a shot directly between Shizuka's chest and Alice's head, while suffering from PTSD, Saya belts him. Twice.
- Berserk Button: She's tsundere as it is, but she really hates when Alice refers to her as "Saya-chan", rather than than the more respectful term of address, "Saya Onee-sama".
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: See The Resenter entry.
- Bright Slap: Tries this on Hirano, after the latter's Heroic BSOD, but fails. Before so, she was on the receiving end from her mother, and even before that, it was Takashi.
- Cute Little Fangs: At least one is always visible, even while she's sleeping.
- Cross-Popping Veins: Saya does this the most when talking with Kohta.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: As the girls are preparing to leave Rika's apartment to pick up Takashi and Alice, she asks what's keeping Hirano, which leads to the following (at 1:31-1:52):
Saya: "Where's Hirano?"
Rei: (absentmindedly) "What? I think he's still upstairs."
Hirano: (wonders why they're all staring) "What? What's the matter?"
Saya: (turned on) "Oh wow... you look so sexy..."
Hirano: (surprised) "Oh! You really think- (suddenly realizes what she just said) "Wait a minute..."
Saya: (changing subject) "Get in the car!"
- The Cynic: Usually, but considering that most of the group are cynics to a degree themselves...it doesn't say much.
- Erotic Dream: In the 7th episode, she's shown on the couch with her legs spread while dreaming of Hirano. Then her thought bubble dips between her legs and wiggles, making her blush and moan.
- Everyone Can See It: It takes awhile for them to get there, but by chapter 28, it's obvious that the others support the idea of her and Hirano hooking up. Alice most of all.
- First Name Basis: She initially referred to Hirano as either "fatty", or "fatass". By chapter 21, things had changed between them to where she now openly addresses him by his first name.
- Genre Savvy: When Hirano suggests heading to the principal's office, Saya explains that's what most students would've done and, as such, it would've been the fastest way to die. Then goes on to explain that calling the police would've been pointless, since they'd already be aware of what was happening, and that the lack of sirens likely meant they'd already fallen. And said she was only sticking with him out of necessity, since it'd better her chances at survival. Give the girl a gold star, 'cuz she was right on all counts.
- Girlish Pigtails: Of the mega twintailed variety.
- Give Geeks a Chance: It hasn't happened yet, but she's getting there. When Hirano asked her out, it made her blush.
- Hair Decorations: She ties off her pigtails with a pair of red hair ribbons.
- Heroic BSOD: Shortly after the drill incident below, she has a freakout. She recovers remarkably quickly, though.
- Insufferable Genius:
- In the anime, she often lauds her intellectual superiority over Takashi and the others and frequently calls them "stupid". At one point, going so far as to say she was smarter than all of them combined; albeit during an emotional outburst after nearly being killed.
- Her manga portrayal mostly averts this, by having her occasionally take digs at Hirano about his weight - with the understanding that her bark is worse than her bite.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Despite her own feelings for Hirano, she was willing to step aside so he could be with Asami and even suggested taking her with them. Then told Takashi he should worry about his own relationship problems, when she saw the look in his eye.
- Large Ham: Turned Up to Eleven in the English dub.
- Like an Old Married Couple: As of chapter 29, it's all but official. Look at them.
- Lust Object: For both Hirano and Takashi's deceased friend, Morita.
- Hirano's got it bad for her and definitely wants to get into her hot pants (see the Nerds Are Sexy entry in her section, and the Erotic Dream entry in his ).
- During the bonus story at the end of chapter 23, Morita also wanted to tap it. He spends an entire page going on about how hot she is and said she had breasts like a bikini model's.
- Meganekko: Revealed in chapter 2, after she removed her contact lenses. She wears her glasses from then on.
- Meta Guy: Of the main cast, she's the one who breaks the fourth wall most frequently.
- Ms. Exposition: As the smartest girl at their school (and likely the cast), she's usually the one to explain important plot details to both the other characters and the readers:
- As noted in the Genre Savvy entry, she was able to accurately assess why going to the staffroom for help was a bad idea and explained why the police hadn't responded to the outbreak at the school. And she was the first to note the zombies were blind and react to sound instead.
- She also gave a detailed summation of how HANE's and EMP's work, after all the electronics at the Takagi Estate went dead, in chapter 15.
- And during chapter 28, she tells them about the JSDF's evacuation plan, after finding a report about it (albeit, with help from Alice) on one of the computers at the police HQ where Rei's father was stationed.
- Nerds Are Sexy: Hirano certainly thinks so, as he becomes attracted to her after finding out she wears glasses. She even caught him perving on her, in chapter 5, and booted him for it. And if you look closely at the panel where she's giving her EMP explanation, you can see he's both awestruck and drooling over just how smart she is.
- Odango Hair: Seen only in the "Drifters of the Dead" OVA, though given the sheer length and volume of her pigtails, it doubles as an example of Compressed Hair.
- Old Flame Fizzle: She used to have a crush on Takashi, when they were younger, and it was implied she might've still had feelings for him at the beginning of the manga. But she's gotten over it and has moved on, since developing an attachment to Hirano.
- Onee-sama: Averted, because Alice/Arisu will always address Saya as "Saya-chan", no matter how many times Saya reminds Alice/Arisu to call her "Onee-sama".
- Parental Substitute: Alice eventually comes to regard Saya and Hirano as her parental surrogates within the group.
- Pink Is Feminine: Saya has pink hair, wears matching pink hightop sneakers and, while she and the others were resting at her family's estate, she wore a frilly pink blouse.
- The Resenter: Because of her family's status, her parents expected much of her. The pressure to live up to their standards was stifling for her, which caused her to resent them and is the reason she developed such an abrasive personality. Her bitterness grew when she thought they had failed to protect her during the outbreak. It takes a slap from her mother, followed by a stern lecture to finally make her realize how much they cared for her.
- Rich Bitch: She's a subversion to the trope, since she doesn't flaunt her family's wealth, but she definitely has the attitude.
- Rosehaired Girl: Her hair is carnation pink, which makes her (and Saeko) stand out from the rest of the cast, who have normal hair colors.
- Short Tank: She's had the attitude right from the start, being she's tsundere and a Tomboy with a Girly Streak. But it doesn't become official until chapter 18, where she dons her jean shorts and suspenders + T-shirt ensemble.
- The Smart Girl/Smart People Wear Glasses: Takashi and the others quickly learn to rely on her as the brains of their outfit, for reasons covered in the Genre Savvy and Ms. Exposition entries.
- This Is a Drill: Cornered by one of them in a supply closet, she desperately grabs for a weapon... and gets it in the forehead with a battery-powered drill.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Saya fills both roles. She's the girly girl to Rei's tomboy, and tomboy to Shizuka's girly girl.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite her family's wealth and her upbringing, Saya isn't exactly what you'd call ladylike. She tends to use strong language and prefers to be in thick of things, rather being left on the sidelines as it makes her feel useless. Which she later explained to Hirano, as her reason for wanting to fight. She also prefers to dress casually, but is just as comfortable in feminine wear, likes pink, and beginning in chapter 18, wears a ribbon around her left ankle as a fashion accessory.
- Town Girls: The Neither to Rei's Butch and Shizuka's Femme.
- Tsundere: Type A. She mostly gives Hirano a hard time, but shows signs of being attracted to him. The most telling instance, by far, was when she pretended not to care that Asami and Hirano were getting closer, but was visibly concerned that he might've chosen to stay with her.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Saya very often is hard on Kohta, especially when calling him names regarding his weight. However, Saya had blushed profusely when, on a whim, Kohta asked her out.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Directed at her father, when she demands to know what he meant by "entrusting her" to Hirano.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Hirano (covered by the Ship Tease entry on the main page).
Sixteen-year-old Kohta was a school loser and bully magnet. "Their" appearance changed everything — his secret obsession with firearms prepared him well for his big break as the gang's resident marksman. Because of this, he winds up teaching the others how to use guns.
- Acrofatic: He keeps up with the more physically fit members of the group incredibly well when he doesn't have the benefit of staying back to snipe.
- Ascended Fanboy: The Zombie Apocalypse has allowed him to finally cut loose and use all his gun lore.
- Beware the Nice Ones: An easygoing, kind-hearted, and generally placid soul... who carries enough firepower to depopulate a mid-sized South American republic, and can deploy all of it to deadly effect at a moment's notice. After learning Kohta had training from a Blackwater mercenary, Takashi states that he's glad Kohta's on their side.
- Berserk Button: Threatening women and children around Kohta is a good way to get a bullet through your head or a garrote around your neck. See directly below.
- Big Damn Heroes: Hirano gets two crowning moments:
- Big Fun
- Break the Cutie: Meeting Asami was perhaps the best and worst thing to happen to him.
- Covert Pervert:
- And in the following chapter, he asked Takashi if he wanted to see whether there was anything to "protect" the girls from while they were bathing, but Takashi wisely chose to live.
- Crazy-Prepared: Being extremely knowledgeable about guns in Japan automatically puts him in this category. He also never misses a chance to loads up on as many guns as he can hold on to.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Can switch between "bumbling geek" and "walking instrument of death" with frankly worrying rapidity.
- Cute and Psycho: Switches between a loser-ish Otaku and a psycho when a gun is involved.
- Crippling Over Specialization: While he is phenomenal with firearms, Kohta is completely incapable of using melee weapons, which hampers him when the group must be quiet. And, of course, there's always the definite possibility that he may run out of ammo at any moment.
- Declaration of Protection: Hirano protected Saya during the outbreak at the school and told her he'd keep her safe, as they were boarding the bus, during their escape. But, near the end of chapter 15, her father made it official by entrusting Saya's safety to him, just before they were forced to abandon the Takagi Estate. Despite her initial objection, she gradually accepts him as her personal bodyguard, of sorts.
- Erotic Dream: Brought on by hallucinogenic smoke, in the "Drifters of the Dead" OVA, where he wound up humping a broomstick. With the implication being that he thought he was banging Saya.
- First Name Basis: For nearly half the manga, he referred to Saya as "Takagi-san", switching to "Saya-san" after she granted him and the others permission to address her by her first name. Beginning in chapter 28, he drops the "san" honorific and she's shown to be okay with it.
- Friendly Sniper: Eager, but a nice kid overall.
- Friend to All Children: Though he is one of the first to accept the notion that not everyone can be saved, he immediately swings into action to protect Alice/Arisu, knowing that the gunfire will draw more of "them" and compromise their hideout.
- Gratuitous English: Spent some time in America and naturally, this carried over. This mostly occurs when he's describing guns.
- Heroic BSOD: He began showing signs of PTSD after having to Mercy Kill Asami.
- Hidden Depths: That geeky shell hides a deadly efficient gun-enthusiest with an itchy trigger finger.
- Improbable Aiming Skills:
- It's his ability to line up headshots with terrifying speed, precision and regularity that makes this short, chubby Otaku one of the group's most effective combatants. Justified in that he did get a few lessons from a former Delta Force operative at a Blackwater firing range.
- Best seen in chapter 26, when he fires a shot directly between Takashi and the others and scores a headshot on an approaching zombie. Which was done in a split-second when noticed it from the corner of his eye. While the shot saved Alice's life, it could just as easily taken it, which is why Saya belts him for it. Twice.
- Improvised Weapon User: Within pages of his introduction, he MacGyver'd a nail gun and a length of wood into a semi-automatic carbine, which kept him in good stead until he got an actual gun. Later he defused a tense situation by assembling a garrote from materials found at a hardware store.
- The Lancer: Becomes one to Saya, in the first few episodes of the anime. While sitting next to her on the bus, he nearly shoots one of the other students, for badmouthing his group, and is held back by Saya. Earlier on, he protected her in the halls, after creating his nailgun turned semi auto-rifle.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Considering his school life and personality, did anyone expect him to be so competent in a Zombie Apocalypse?
- Like an Old Married Couple: As of chapter 29 (see the related entry on the Heartwarming Moments page.
- Living Emotional Crutch: By chapter 26, Takashi believed Saya had become so attached to Hirano, that he was concerned when he began to suffer PTSD, due to having to Mercy Kill Asami. And tells Shizuka that if he were to die, Saya would likely lose the will to live.
- Long-Range Fighter: A gun otaku, turned gun specialist, after spending a month training on an American Blackwater firing range. Hirano's expertise makes him an invaluable asset to their group, since he often lays down cover fire and even begins teaching the others how to use firearms.
- Megane: And thrilled when he finds out Saya wears them, too.
- Mentor Archetype: Teaches the others how to use guns.
- Mercy Kill: He kills Asami at her own request before "they" get her.
- Nerd Action Hero
- Nosebleed: Kohta has had quite a few so far.
- He had a mild one when Shizuka kissed him on the cheek in a drunken stupor.
- And again when she turned up half-asleep and buck naked, while the others prepared to leave her friend's house.
- Happens yet again when Asami hugged him.
- Otaku: If it has anything to do with firearms, he's all over it.
- Promotion to Parent: The group 'adopts' Alice, after saving her and Zeke, but Hirano and Saya are the two who look after her; essentially acting as her new 'parents'.
- School Swimsuit: Seen in the "Drifters of the Dead" OVA, where he wore a girl's PE swimsuit and actually seemed to enjoy it.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Because of the nature of the setting, this is both his best quality, but also makes him a potential liability to himself and the others:
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: While not exactly a war veteran, Shizuka remarked that Kohta's starting to show PTSD symptoms normally seen in soldiers.
- Slasher Smile: Kohta does this a lot. It contrasts very nicely with being a bumbling, spineless nice guy Otaku most of the time.
- The Smart Guy: Shares this position with Saya, although his specialty is weaponry, whereas Saya's is more worldly facts.
- Sociopathic Hero: But more emphasis on "hero". Although Kohta has, at times, shown a ginormous Slasher Smile while threatening or injuring people...
- It's implied early on that he was dangerously close to falling off the deep end and going on a shooting spree. The zombies just beat him to it.
- Something Else Also Rises: Done twice at different points in the anime:
- The first time it happens, is when he sees Shizuka naked in episode 6, which causes him to grip his sniper rifle between his legs while it twitched as though he had an erection (which he probably did).
- It happens again in the OVA episode, where he wound up humping a broom handle in a bathing suit, while he was hallucinating. Though the camera angle and twitch animation made it appear that he was jerking off.
- Specs of Awesome
- Will They or Won't They?: With Saya.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Even after Asami freaks out and calls Hirano some hurtful stuff, she actually does like him. And they seem to get along very well. Yay for Hirano. Then Asami pulls a Heroic Sacrifice, and Hirano has to shoot her in the head so she won't turn into one of "them".
A 27-year-old spinster who served as Fujimi High's School Nurse
. While ditzy, Shizuka is naturally very calm, and little fazes her. She is often the group's driver and, being good at her profession, she tends the other character's wounds.
- Action Dress Rip: Saeko did her the favor the first time, so it'd be easier for Shizuka to run. She does it herself in chapter 26, before hopping on Alice's bike to give Hirano a piece of her mind for nearly allowing himself to be killed.
- Between My Legs: Episode 9. While she's naked.
- Beware the Silly Ones: When some of the students on the bus complain about Shizuka's driving and Takashi's group plan to escape by heading into the city, she hits the brake and practically tells them all to shut the fuck up. Cue students shutting the fuck up.
- Badass Driver: Don't let her ditzy and emotionally supportive demeanor fool you - she's one mean badass behind the wheel.
- Bright Slap: Looks all set to deliver a bike-powered one to Kohta during his BSOD, but instead she gives him a pep talk. It works out the same way.
- Car Fu: Despite not having handled any weapons per se, Marikawa-sensei has the highest body count of all the survivors due to her, ahem, forceful driving.
Hirano: How can she make the Humvee move like that???
- Cloudcuckoolander: Shizuka could at least pretend to realize there's a Zombie Apocalypse outside.
- The Chick: She takes care of the group's injuries and serves as the Team Mom. On the other hand, she has not handled any sort of weapon thus far; subverted in that her driving gives her a very high kill count.
- Christmas Cake: Defied, since her age (27) hasn't stopped anyone from finding her sexually appealing. Takashi's friend, Imamura, said she was hot specifically because she's an older woman. Takashi and Hirano have also been aroused by her and Shimada said she had a nice body, right before trying to rape her.
- Covert Pervert: It doesn't show often, but Shizuka's mind seems to be firmly in the gutter:
Takashi: (smiling dreamily) "Um... you're talking about the motorcycle... aren't you?"
Shizuka: (feining innocence) "Whaaat? What did you say? I can't hee~aar yooo~uuu!"
Takashi: (a bit louder) "Uh... I was just saying-"
Shizuka: (still playing innocent) "I can't hear yoooo~ouuu!"
- The Ditz/Dumb Blonde: So... with a horde of "them" right outside her office windows, with the glass cracking beneath the strain, and her assistant desperately urging her to hurry up and leave since "they'd" be breaking through at any second, she... decides to Take Her Time. Then when "they" broke through and swarmed the poor guy, rather than try to help him, or at least run for it, she spaces out while watching him being Eaten Alive, 'til it finally dawned on her to ask what his name was. Had Saeko not shown up at that moment, Shizuka would've been dead.
- Drives Like Crazy: Her one redeeming ability for much of the series. Whenever she's behind the wheel, she tends to rack up body counts that Saeko and Hirano could only dream of.
- Erotic Eating: She can be seen choking on a banana in one scene, after Saya announces that she may not be able to continue on with the group.
- Gag Boobs: Shizuka can use her own breasts as pillows and a water gun. Even more so after watching Zeke/Zero getting caught in and then launched out of them. They even go "boing" in her first scene in Episode 2 whenever she moves.
- Hello, Nurse!: Enough to incite Rei's breast envy, and the rest of her figure's nothing to sneeze at either. Which is why she provides most of the series' fanservice.
- Hidden Depths: She was the one to snap Kohta out of his short PTSD-esque period when Takashi, Alice/Arisu, and Saya failed.
- The Load: Isn't very helpful most of the time thanks to her cluelessness and even her medic skills are of no use if someone is bitten. However, she turns out to be one hell of a Badass Driver should she be put behind the wheel.
- Lust Object: See the Christmas Cake entry.
- Marshmallow Hell: Whenever she's scared/startled there is a very good chance someone's going to end up with her breasts in their face. Or pressed up against their back.
- Meaningful Name: "Shizuka" means "quiet and peaceful".
- The Medic: It isn't often that she gets to apply her expertise, since the others are good at avoiding serious injury. Though she was able to treat Rei while they're at the Takagi Estate, after she hurt her back in a fall. And she was able to diagnose the old woman at the mall as having Rheumatoid Arthritis, from what her husband told her.
- Ms. Fanservice: Which is to say, she's the one female character who this trope applies to the most in a series like this.
- Near-Rape Experience: While they're at the mall, Shizuka wanders off with Shimada to find a bed to rest in. Except he had other ideas, and would have succeeded were it not for Asami and Hirano.
- Non-Action Girl: Aside from her Car Fu moments, Shizuka is completely incapable of direct combat.
- The Not-Love Interest: Though she can be a bit of tease (when drunk), she has no romantic interest in either Takashi, or Hirano. And they never think of her as anything other than the group's designated driver.
- Proud Beauty: Shizuka takes great pride in the gargantuan size of her breasts and couldn't resist flaunting them in front of Rei, during the bath scene in chapter 6:
Shizuka: (smug, while fluffing her breats) "Yeah... I get that a lot."
- Say It with Hearts: Whenever she's being flirtatious, or thinking something perverted:
Shizuka: (from off-panel) "No! Not THERE! ♥ No more! ♥"
- Also when Takashi was carrying her while she was drunk and unintentionally grabbed her butt, causing her to whimper and flirt with him.
- Seen again when she thought he wanted to have sex with her, causing her to blush tell him it wasn't the time or place for it. She's seen smiling while surrounded by hearts, implying she might've gladly consented if they hadn't been in public, or surrounded by "them".
- Also when Hirano asked to borrow a condom from her, her tongue takes the shape of a heart when she asks why.
- School Nurse: Her position at Fujimi High before all hell broke loose.
- Statuesque Stunner: Shizuka is very tall at 176cm or 5'9½".
- Team Mom: She has a very calm personality, and takes care of the group's injuries.
- The Tease: In moments like the time she she went riding with Takashi, or the time she got drunk and came onto both him and Hirano.
- Token Adult: She's 27 and is the only one of the main characters that's out of highschool. Despite this, Takashi leads the group, while Saya is the brains. Shizuka mainly serves as their driver and, occasionally, as medic.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly girl to Rei, Saeko, and Saya's tomboys.
- Took a Level in Badass: Gained gained several levels when she talked Kohta out of committing suicide by zombie. For bonus points she tore her own skirt beforehand.
- Town Girls: The Femme to Rei's Butch and Saya's Neither.
Seven-year-old Alice/Arisu was rescued from "them" by Takashi after a group of hideaways killed her father and closed the door on her. Being an innocent ray of sunshine amidst the bleakness of their situation, the group quickly took a liking to her and has since adopted her as a little sister figure.
- A Girl and her Dog: Zeke/Zero quickly takes a liking to her and accepts her as his new owner.
- Beauty Mark: She has a small mole under her left eye.
- Cheerful Child: To say she lost both her parents and found herself with a group of strangers, only moments later, she's taken it remarkably well. Her cheeriness has even rubbed off Takashi and the others, somewhat.
- Children Are Innocent: Enforced in universe. When she asks what weapon she gets to use, Kohta tells her that he, Takashi, and Zeke/Zero are her weapons.
- At the same time though, they do acknowledge that eventually she's going to need to be given a weapon. They're just trying to avoid making her do so for as long as they can manage.
- Cry Cute: Seen in chapter 29, when Saya whaps her on the noggin for making her worry. They make-up afterwards.
- Curious as a Monkey:
- The Cutie: Even in the midst of a gun battle, while they were surrounded by "them". Despite being terrified (evident from her trembling hands), she still wanted to help.
- Distressed Damsel: Hirano and Takashi came to her rescue in chapter 7, to save her from a horde of "them". She nearly falls victim again, after falling off her bike in chapter 29, causing Saya to go into Mama Bear mode.
- Fingerless Gloves: Wears these whilst riding her bike... up a multiplatform display case.
- The Heart: She's everyone's little sister because she's " an innocent ray of sunshine amidst the bleakness of their situation".
- Heartwarming Orphan: For all of them, including Saya, who affectionately refers to Alice as "Munchkin".
- Insistent Terminology: No matter how many times Saya tells her to call her "Onee-sama", she continues to call her "Saya-chan" instead.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Seen in episode 8, when it appeared that Hirano and the others were about to die, he tried to convince Alice to escape by saying they'd be right behind her. Except she saw through it and refused to go, because the thought of being alone again terrifies her more than "they" do.
- Shipper on Deck: She's closest to Hirano and Saya, as though they're her foster parents within the group. So when it seemed they were getting closer she waves a pair of flags.
- Tagalong Kid: She's been a part of their group ever since Hirano and Takashi saved her from "them".
Alice/Arisu's pet dog. He and Alice/Arisu were almost killed but for Hirano and Takashi's intervention. He accompanies the gang as Alice/Arisu companion and can differentiate who are the living and who are the undead.
- Beware the Nice Ones: In the OVA Beach Episode, Zeke/Zero gathered some leaves for the people to start a camp fire, which turned out to be hydrangea leaves. This resulted in the hilarious and very absurd Mushroom Samba of the rest of the episode. After the credits, Zeke/Zero is shown gathering the leaves again, with an evil smirk on his face.
- Canine Companion: To Alice. Wherever she goes, he goes.
- Dub Name Change / Genius Bonus: Zeke is known as Zero in the official English dub. The Mitsubishi A6M Reisen fighter plane had the official reporting name of "Zeke" among the Allies, but it is far, far better known as the Zero.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Zeke will bark whenever there's any of "them" lurking nearby, which tells them to prepare themselves.
- Something Else Also Rises: In this scene, where he gets wedge between Rei and Shizuka's breasts; causing his tail to jut straight into the air, near Rei's mouth. Making it the only time anyone was ever jealous of a dog.
- Team Pet
Class 3-A's teacher. Rei had a beef on him since he flunked her out because of their fathers' radically differing political beliefs
. He doesn't care much for the lives of others, and even at the midst of the zombie apocalypse, is apparently planning to build a cult centered on himself.
A special ops police officer who happened to be Shizuka's roommate. Cold sniper at heart, or not so cold. She had been held up in the airport along with other special forces, clearing zombies so that the airport can be used by survivors to escape.
- A Day in the Limelight: Has a chapter involving her situation in the airport, to Tajima's Heroic Sacrifice, and finally able to contact Shizuka. And seeing an EMP bomb out the airport window until the chapter ends.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With her partner, Tajima.
- Badass: Par for the course with the females in this series.
- Bolivian Army Ending: The last time we see her, the power had just gone out, and she tells someone else at the airport that from now on, the nights would be at their blackest.
- Turns out she's okay. She and the remainder of the airport survivors were rescued by the navy.
- Cold Sniper/Friendly Sniper: Rika is almost as proficient at headshots as Hirano, though his speed is shown to be greater.
- Cliff Hanger: Last seen getting ready to head back to the mainland to look for Shizuka.
- Crazy-Prepared: Kept a stockpile of ammunition and high powered weapons in her own home.
- Gun Nut: Perhaps even morso than Hirano, as she kept the locker in her apartment loaded with a bevy of illegal firearms and assault rifles.
- It Has Been an Honor: After she sees her partner Tajima's been bitten, she salutes him then leaves him to take himself out along with the fuel tanker. Which also took out all the zombies in the vicinity of the blast.
- Sneeze Cut
- Strictly Professional Relationship: Though Tajima flirts with her on occasion, their partnership is a platonic one.
Rei's new boyfriend and Takashi's best friend. He's shown to be calm and cool-headed, and was even willing to believe Takashi when told about a murder in front of the school, even arming them with makeshift weapons. By these characteristics, one could be forgiven for thinking he would be the protagonist.
Unfortunately, despite boasting hand-to-hand combat abilities, he was bitten by a zombie teacher and asked Takashi to mercy kill him. However, Takashi hesitated and Hisashi became a zombie before finally being killed. Rei was haunted by his death and as a result distrusted Takashi for a while.
- Dead Star Walking
- Decoy Protagonist: At first, you might assume he's the main character, until...
- Dying as Yourself: Averted - he isn't killed until he gets up briefly as one of "them".
- Genre Savvy/Wrong Genre Savvy: During his brief time in the series, he manages to be both.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Hisahi gets bitten by one of "them" while trying to restrain it in a choke hold. In all fairness, he had no way of knowing it'd be able to rotate its head 360º.
- Nice Guy: According to Rei, it was the reason she fell for him.
- Romantic False Lead: He was Rei's boyfriend. Unfortunately, for him, while she was the female lead, he wasn't the protagonist. And since the story is about a zombie apocalypse, you can guess how they resolved THAT issue....
- Sacrificial Lamb: His two deaths are the threshold through which Takashi and Rei pass to gain the will to survive this apocalypse.
- Two Guys and a Girl: He teamed up with Takashi and Rei during the outbreak, at Fujimi High.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Poor guy didn't make it past the first chapter.
An 18 year old female patrol officer that Takashi's group meets at the mall. She has a kind heart and a rather timid personality, often referring to herself as "this officer". Because she's inexperienced, she tends to overcompensate when helping civilians.
When her COnote
left the mall to go for help, she was left in charge of overseeing the other mall survivors. Maintaining order proved to be a difficult task for her, until Hirano and the others came to her aid. She quickly developed feelings for Hirano, creating an uncomfortable love triangle between them and Saya.
- Badass Adorable: She has her moments.
- The Cutie: It's apparent from the moment Takashi and the others first meet her. She's presented as cheerful, perky, and eager to make a good impression as a police officer.
- Cry Cute: And not without reason, considering all the misfortune she had heaped upon her. The only time she ever cried out of happiness was when Hirano asked her to come with him.
- Dying as Yourself: Gets shot by Hirano after she saved the bratty kid and gets cornered by zombies.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She's first seen in chapter 0, being chewed out by her CO, Matsushima. Sadly, both of them are eventually killed.
- Fair Cop: See The Cutie entry.
- The Glomp: Towards Kohta.
- Go Out with a Smile: The last we see of her is a smile and salute, through Kohta's sniper scope.
- Honor Before Reason: Justified by her status as a police officer. This culminates in her heroically sacrificing herself to rescue the bratty kid who had earlier shanked one of the mall survivors.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Seems to be the only adult female that doesn't sport double D's in the whole series.
- Luminescent Blush: Seen when she first fell in love Hirano and while she was dropping hints that she was available and interested, while they were alone on the roof.
- Mauve Shirt: Takashi's group first met her in chapter 18 and she was given seven chapters worth of focus and development before she sacrificed herself, to cover their escape.
- Mercy Kill: Does one for Tamaru, after he was caught by "them". Five chapters later, she asked Hirano to do the same for her, before "they" got to her.
- New Meat: Asami gives off the sense that she has just graduated from the police academy and has never really had a serious assignment before all hell broke loose.
- Nice Gal: Right down to having Innocent Blue Eyes and willing to do whatever it takes to help the survivors left in her care.
- Panty Shot: Along with a gratuitous ass shot and focus on her thighs.
- Rescue Romance: She fell hard for Hirano after he stood up to Shimada for her and followed him up to the roof, moments later, to thank him. Then she made it clear how she felt about him.
- Say It with Hearts: Or simply a heart, period, upon seeing Hirano take charge for once.
- Self-Deprecating Heroine: Despite all she'd done to help the mall survivors, seeing how calm and rationally Hirano was handling things, following the incident at the clinic, made her feel inadequate as an adult and as an officer. Being rejected by him moments later, only made it worse.
- Shoot the Dog: Used after Hirano turns her down, to make the rejection hurt less.
- Third-Person Person: Japanese police officers are specifically trained to never use first-person pronouns when speaking to other people and instead refer to themselves as "this officer".
- Yank the Dog's Chain: She was offered a chance at happiness with Hirano and his friends, but circumstance and her duties as a police officer wouldn't allow it.
Soichirou and Yuriko Takagi
Parents of Saya Takagi. Soichirou is a Japanese ultranationalist who married Yuriko, a woman who had connections with the New York Stock Exchange and therefore their family fortunes increased.
After the initial stages of the outbreak their mansion was converted to a stronghold and refuge for survivors within the area. They take a liking to Takashi, Saya's childhood friend. Soichirou also expresses interest in Saeko, daughter of the Busujima family, and presented his sword to her.
- Action Dress Rip: Yuriko on her own accord.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Last seen in this position while fighting off the zombies overtaking the mansion.
- Badass Family: Just look at their other tropes and what their daughter's like.
- Battle Couple: Hell yes.
- Benevolent Boss: Both to their Ultranationist followers and Takashi's group.
- Big Damn Heroes: Yuriko pulls this one off in Episode 8.
- Bolivian Army Ending: They're last seen fighting "them" at their own mansion. We haven't heard from them since.
- Born in the Wrong Century: If this was not the 21st century, Soichirou would have been the paragon of what it means to be a Japanese Warrior, in martial skill AND nobility of soul.
- Crazy-Prepared: They live in an extremely fortified, semi-self sufficient compound. Even though it's temporary, it proves to be one of the safest shelters against the zombies.
- Fourth Date Marriage: They got married the day after they met, according to Saya.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot
- Honor Before Reason: They offer shelter and protection to civilians, even those who actively oppose their efforts to keep "them" under control. Except Shidou and his followers.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Yuriko, who plays the quiet, demure wife in public, is singlehandedly responsible for a hundredfold increase in the Takagi family fortune.
- And her firearm skills dwarf most. Shes introduced after using a flamethrower to save everyone.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Soichirou rejects guns in favor of his sword. Considering he can cut three or four zombies with each slice, he is probably right.
- Lady of War: Yuriko.
- Large Ham: Soichirou. It helps that Joji Nakata is PERFECTLY cast for this role.
- Last Stand: Both choose to hold off "them" while Saya and her friends escape to safety. Exactly how this ended remains unknown.
- More Dakka: In contrast of her husband, Yuriko whips out a sub-machine gun, and is pretty damn good with it.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In Episode 10, he correctly identifies Hirano as a badass—pretty damn impressive, considering he's on the floor weeping like a baby at the time—and stops his men from trying to take his guns.
- And in the next episode. "What's that, little girl, you say this man, the son of my political ally, flunked you because your father was investigating his for corruption? Well, okay then, you have my permission to kill him." So basically, to Soichirou, if you avenge your ne'er-do-well father on his well-meaning antagonist's daughter, it's a Moral Event Horizon and grounds for a summary execution by your victim.
- Yamato Nadeshiko Whenever her husband is speaking, Yuriko can be seen maintaining a demure composure... Until "They" break into the complex and she and her husband have to fight for their lives.
One of the Fujimi High School Students who had escaped and joined Shidou's group. She helped Shidou enter the Takagi compound using her sex appeal.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Shidou and his group are able to enter the Takagi compound by using Yuuki's ample bust size to distract the guards.
- Really Gets Around: There was apparently some, "interesting rumors" about her at school...
Voiced by: Naoko Seto (JP), Melissa Davis (EN)
Toshimi's BFF, whose cowardice ends up getting them both killed.
- Death by Adaptation: In the anime, she doesn't make any further appearances after she and Toshimi get killed, so the viewer is left to assume that the zombies crushed her head instead of simply turning her.
- Death by Irony: A rather humorous one at that.
- Death by Pragmatism
- Fatal Flaw: Her cowardice.
- Famous Last Words: "Dammit, bitch, I said LET GO!"
- Heel Face Door Slam: In the anime.
- Karmic Death: Guess what happened after she kicked Toshimi down the stairs?
- Killed Off for Real: At least in the anime; in the manga, she simply gets turned.
- Off with Her Head!: At least in the anime, where she doesn't make any further appearances afterwards; in the manga, she's shown to have hooked up with Morita in (un)death.
- Red Shirt: She and Toshimi only seem to exist as examples of what not to do in a zombie apocalypse if you want to last more than minutes; Misuzu in particular is a classic case of cowardice leading to a very bad end, to put it lightly.
- Too Dumb to Live: She couldn't have picked a worse moment to be yellow in the face of danger.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Even she thought that if she and Toshimi stuck together, they'd make it through alive. Rather quickly, her cowardice gets the better of her as Toshimi gets snatched by the zombies, and you probably know what happens to them next.
Misuzu's BFF, who loses her life when she's grabbed by a zombie mob on the stairs and dragged to her fate.
- Famous Last Words: "Misuzu! Help me! Misuzu!"
- Killed Off for Real
- Red Shirt: She and Misuzu only seem to exist as examples of what not to do in a zombie apocalypse if you want to last more than minutes; Toshimi in particular is a classic case of hopeless idealism that's put down before she was onscreen for even one minute.
- Too Dumb to Live: Sure, Misuzu being too yellow (not to mention too noisy) to live didn't help matters, but Toshimi is the one who walked blindly into the clutches of the zombies.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: She and Misuzu practically skip hand-in-hand away from the zombies chasing them, harping on about how the power of their Two Girl Romantic Friendship will carry them through the dark times ahead. Then Toshimi gets grabbed, and Reality Ensues...
A leader of his own survival party who briefly joins Takashi's group. His own group scatters after he dies, except for his girlfriend Naomi, who chooses to die with him.
- Red Shirt: He dies in the same chapter he was introduced in, only minutes later, as he and his group were trying to get to the buses to escape.
- Sixth Ranger: Briefly to Takashi's group, but was killed soon after.
- Together in Death: With his girlfriend, Naomi, who chose to die with him when she saw he no longer had the chance to escape.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: In the anime version, he dies before he even has a chance to reveal his name. The manga at least had Naomi call out to him.