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Characters: Highschool of the Dead
The cast of High School Of The Dead and associated tropes.

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    Takashi Komuro 
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (JP), Leraldo Anzaldua (EN)

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.
  • Badass Normal: With nothing but his skill in baseball, he manages to survive & rack up an impressive kill count. More obvious given the fact that most of his other True Companions have at least some sort of combat/martial arts training.
  • Batter Up: A baseball bat is the first weapon he gets his hands on. Later chapters shift his weapon of choice to a riot-suppression shotgun.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Archie to Rei's Betty and Saeko's Veronica.
  • Caught the Heart on His Sleeve: Rei does this to Takashi before a "Shut Up" Kiss of sorts.
  • Chick Magnet: All the girls want him. note 
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Rei.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: Pinky Swears with Rei.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Likes to drop 'em all over in the English dub.
  • Combat Pragmatist: On occasion.
  • Cool Loser: Prior to the events of the series.
  • Determinator: When rescuing Alice/Arisu, as well as in basically everything else he does.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: When Takashi announces intent to leave for Shintoko Third Elementary, the rest of the gang appropriately react except for Zeke/Zero who responds by peeing on Takashi's leg.
  • The Hero: He is, after all, the main character.
  • Heroes Want Redheads
  • Idiot Hero: Good with a baseball bat. Not so good with actually thinking through the consequences of his actions.
  • Jack of All Stats: He is not as efficient of a fighter as Rei or Saeko, nor as accurate a shooter as Kohta, or even as intelligent or worldly as Saya or Shizuka, but Takashi is no slouch in any category.
  • The Leader: The one area Takashi shines in is decisiveness. Alone, he may doubt his own ideas, but after consulting with his allies, he will know the best possible course of action.
  • Love Triangle: Is one awkward situation from being literally fought over by Saeko and Rei.
  • Missing Mom: Hasn't seen his mother since the outbreak; not that he isn't extremely worried about her.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Invoked when he used a live human as zombie bait as punishment for threatening to rape Rei and kill him. He's the only one who thinks he's crossed the line at that point; in fact, he's still redeemable by the rest of his team's standards. He also notes to himself that he may have killed Hisashi (and not regretted killing him) partly out of jealousy over Rei.
  • Morality Chain: Or rather Sanity Chain, especially to Saeko. He also realizes that most of the team plays this role to one another.
  • Only Sane Man: While everyone is at least moderately sane, Takashis main advantage is that hes fully conscious of his grip on the Sanity Ball and can keep the others in line. He does constantly worry that his grip may end up slipping, and worse, knows very well that any freakout would have a domino effect on the team and get everyone killed.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: At least until "they" showed up.
  • The Plan: Does one against the gas station nutjob by throwing his bat onto the ground and shooting him. He and Rei then leave the nutjob to die, having made enough noise to attract the zombies.
  • Pragmatic Hero: He's a pretty nice guy, but make him need to stop you from hurting his friends...
    • Of course, his little girl and dog teammates attests to him having his limits.
  • Red Is Heroic: The only character to wear red, signifying his role as leader.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Saeko's blue.
  • Ship Tease: With Saeko, as it's implied that they leaned in for a kiss (and possibly more) in Episode 9 when the screen cuts to black, and later asks him to "take responsibility" (though she was referring at the time to her blood lust, not... lust lust). This scene also happens in the manga, but on the other side of the stay at Saya's mansion than it did in the anime. The manga version does not have the lean in.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: His Weapon of Choice later on.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: In the anime's English dub.
  • Sociopathic Hero: He acknowledges that a part of him actually likes the lawlessness brought about by the Zombie Apocalypse when he enjoys smashing a cash register at a gas station. Earlier on he notes to himself that he may have crossed the Moral Event Horizon when he killed Hisashi without being too bothered about it. He's able to relate to Saeko's Ax-Crazy impulses because of this.
  • Standardized Leader: Played with. Takashi himself worries that hes got no real outstanding skills compared to the rest of the (useful) members of the team, yet given the flaky cohesion and variable sanity of the group, his ability to keep everyone on a leash is quite invaluable. The kicker is that while he may be the most centred of the group, hes not completely stable either and he knows it.
  • Stripperiffic: In the OVA, he wears a very-tight fitting pair of speedos that tend to slightly show off his cheeks, along with a pair of boots.
  • Swipe Your Baseball Bat Off
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Intentional or not, Takashi grabs Saeko brutally by the breast in the park, probably to keep her from contemplating Suicide By Zombie again.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Along with the rest of the cast.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Is this at the very beginning.
  • Warrior Therapist: In some extent he becomes eventually this to his group.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Slaps Rei in the first chapter/episode, and then Saya in the OVA.

    Rei Miyamoto 
Voiced by: Marina Inoue (JP), Jessica Boone (EN)

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 courageous, Rei is a strong combatant and valuable asset to the group.

    Saeko Busujima 
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (JP), Taylor Hannah (EN)

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.
  • Action Skirt Rip: To both herself and Shizuka-sensei.
  • Anti-Hero: While she'll gladly euthanize zombie victims out of a sense of honor, she is pretty curt toward Shizuka on more than a few occasions.
  • Attempted Rape: In her backstory.
  • Ax-Crazy: Admits this to Takashi, though to her credit she feels enough guilt to be briefly become a Death Seeker for it.
  • Badass
  • Badass Longcoat: Gets one in one of the newer chapters to act as a rain coat.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Rei's Betty.
  • The Big Guy: Saeko is arguably the team's most capable close-range fighter, but her skill set doesn't extent much farther than that.
  • Blood Knight: Oh yes. She's worried about it at first, but Takashi snaps her out of it (since he knows a Blood Knight is damn useful in this situation), and she revels in almost orgasmic pleasure in dishing out hurt at the end of Episode 9.
  • Boobs of Steel: Although Rei actually edges her out in the bust department, Saeko is arguably the deadlier of the two.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: A warrior of her caliber is an anachronism in the technologically-advanced 21st century; more fitting for the battlefields of the Tokugawa Era.
  • Breakout Character: Though she is only one of the seven main characters, she has more fans that all the rest of the cast combined.
  • Clint Squint
  • Close Range Combatant
  • Cool Big Sis: Was this role to the party of heroes until Shizuka began taking a more assertive role in the group.
  • Combat Stilettos: Saeko trades in her rather sensible running shoes for high-heeled boots after the girls go through a wardrobe change.
  • Cute and Psycho: Chapter 17 of the manga and its anime counterpart's Episode 9 revealed she has some such characteristics, especially in her flashback scene.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Gainaxing: In the anime, her breasts dodge bullets.
  • Hadaka Apron: Worn in Episodes 6-8.
  • Heroic BSOD: Briefly contemplated letting "them" take her while thinking that she is no better than they are, but is instead inspired to accept her bloodlust by Takashi, to live on and seek redemption.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: While she was just one year from graduating, she still a high schooler and stands at 174cm or 5'8".
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Naturally, given the series.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence
  • Sukeban: While she is not in a gang and in fact president of the kendo club (something that is very respected). Her design gives off, or a least in the beginning, elements of a sukeban. E.i. The very long hair, her school skirt being longer than the other female students, and the wooden katana she had at first.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: The sword that Don Takagi gives her is an example despite Hirano's annoyed explanation that an average katana would be rendered useless after beheading, at most, four of "them". Saeko has been going strong with her sword for more than ten chapters now, and doesn't seem to be slowing down. Also, swords may be more practical than guns since "they" only hear and our heroes have to travel through hordes of "them".
    • Funnily enough, it's the resident Gun Nut that talks her into keeping and using the sword, and he specifically points out that it's of superior craftsmanship to most modern or mass-produced-infantry-quality swords, and in the right hands (which it definitely is) can maintain its killing potential with very little maintenance. Eventually Saeko does ask to be shown how to use a gun along with her sword.
  • Kimono Fanservice: She provides this when the group is staying at the Takagi residence.
  • Lady of War: Observe. At one point she throws her umbrella up, cuts a zombie and catches it again before it hits the ground. She didn't even get wet (at least not from the rain)!
  • Orgasmic Combat
  • Pragmatic Anti-Hero/Vicious Anti-Hero: The latter shows itself quite a bit in combat, particularly after a dark incident from her past is revealed.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Takashi's red.
  • Sex Is Violence: Chopping "them" up with her katana gets her a little ''too'' excited.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: In the anime, Takashi gave one to Saeko off-screen to calm her down after she confesses to her sadistic tendencies. However, this scene does not happen in the manga.
  • Slasher Smile: When she awakens her Cute and Psycho side.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Under Saeko's calm Heir to the Dojo exterior is a sadist who only recently publicly acknowledged her enjoyment of becoming stronger and deadlier. She was arrested as a young girl for being "overly enthusiastic" in her self-defense against a would-be molester. Though she had her regrets at one point.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She is exceptionally tall by the standards of her age, gender and nationality. Officially her height is 174cm or 5'8".
  • Town Girls: Being both a Lady of War and the kendo captain, she manages to run the gamut rather neatly by herself.
  • Wardrobe Wound: She has a tendency to hand them out via skirt-rip. Shizuka yells at her early on when she rips her Prada skirt (Christian Dior in the English dub) after she trips while fleeing "them".
    Saeko: Your clothes or your life? Which is more important?
    Shizuka: ...BOTH ARE!
  • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: Subverted. It can't be denied that Saeko kicks a lot of ass with a bokken, but the vintage katana supplied by Don Takagi is a significant upgrade.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She is what happens when you plug one into a Zombie Apocalypse and add Ax-Crazy and Blood Knight into the trope, which definitely are its opposite traits. She doesn't have time for flower arranging when "They" are out for blood. Luckily part of this trope involves knowing your way around traditional Japanese weaponry. (As Yamato Nadeshikos from high-class backgrounds were required to do...)
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair
  • Zettai Ryouiki

    Saya Takagi 
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (JP), Maggie Flecknoe (EN)

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.

    Kohta Hirano 
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (JP), Mark X. Laskowski (EN)

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.
  • Adorkable
  • 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 medium-sized South American republic, and can deploy all of it to deadly effect at a moment's notice. After finding out that Kohta got training from a Blackwater mercenary, Takashi states that he is so glad that Kohta is 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.
  • Big Fun
  • Break the Cutie: Meeting Asami was perhaps the best and worst thing to happen to him.
  • 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.
  • 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: Kohta begins showing signs of PTSD following his Mercy Kill of Officer 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.
  • 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 lying around and strangling one of the hostile parties.
  • 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?
  • Long-Range Fighter
  • 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: An unusual example as he's a gun otaku.
  • Promotion to Parent: Has promoted himself to be Alice/Arisu's new dad.
  • School Swimsuit: A bit Squicky but hey it could've been a Speedo.
  • 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: Kohta has 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.
  • Specs of Awesome
  • 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".

    Shizuka Marikawa 
Voiced by: Yukari Fukui (JP), Monica Rial (EN)

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.

    Alice/Arisu Maresato 
Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN)

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.

    Zeke/Zero 

Alice/Arisu's pet dog. He and Alice/Arisu were almost killed but for Takashi's intervention. He accompanies the gang as Alice/Arisu companion and can differentiate who are the living and who are the undead.

    Koichi Shidou 

Voiced by: Kissho Taniyama (JP), Illich Guardiola (EN)

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.

    Rika Minami 
Voiced by: Junko Takeuchi (JP), Melissa Davis (EN)

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.

    Hisashi Igo 
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (JP), David Matranga (EN)

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.

    Asami Nakaoka 

A female police officer that Takashi's group had met in the mall. She has a kind heart and a rather timid personality, often referring to herself as "this officer". As an inexperienced rookie officer, she tends to overcompensate when helping civilians.

When her superior officer left the mall to go for help, she was left in charge of overseeing the other mall survivors. Keeping the survivors in check proved to be a difficult task until Hirano and the others came to her aid. She and Hirano quickly develop feelings for each other, creating an uncomfortable love triangle between them and Saya.

    Soichirou and Yuriko Takagi 
Voiced by: Joji Nakata (Soichirou - JP), Yoshiko Sakakibara (Yuriko - JP), Andrew Love (Soichirou - EN), Shelley Calene-Black (Yuriko - EN)

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.

    Miku Yuuki 
Voiced by: Airi Sakuno (JP), Emily Neves (EN)

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...

    Misuzu Ichijou 
Voiced by: Naoko Seto (JP), Melissa Davis (EN)

Toshimi's BFF, who turns on her when the zombies attack them.

    Toshimi Niki 
Voiced by: Kaori Shimizu (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

Misuzu's BFF, who loses her life when she's grabbed by a zombie mob on the stairs and dragged to her fate.

    Takuzo 
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (JP), David Wald (EN)

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.


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