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 young man who is among the first to notice that things at his high 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.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Takashi isn't above perving on his female teammates:
    • When he and Shizuka went riding, in chapter 5, he said she needn't hold onto him so tightly. But it was obvious from his expression that he was enjoying it; especially since her breasts were pressed against his back while her hand was on his crotch.
    • He also admitted to enjoying feeling her butt, while he was carrying her, and said it was soft.
    • Saeko also caught him staring at her boobs through her Sexy Soaked Shirt, in chapter 16.
    • In chapter 23, he had an Imagine Spot of Rei and Saeko in nothing but bath towels, when Saya mentioned sex as one of the reasons humans are willing to fight. Which was the only part he cared about.
    • And, in the "Drifters of the Dead" OVA, he hallucinatied about Saeko throwing herself at him, then having sex with her.
  • 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: Saya used to have a crush on him, he's in an ongoing Love Triangle between Rei and Saeko, and while Shizuka isn't really interested (since he's a student, plus she's 10 years older than he is), she implied she'd still be willing to give it up to him, when she thought he wanted to have sex with hernote .
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He and Rei were an item, sometime before entering middle-school.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Likes to drop 'em all over in the English dub.
  • Combat Pragmatist: On occasion.
  • Cool Loser: The first episode had Saya calling him pathetic for always feeling sorry for himself, over Rei breaking up with him. While the manga's third bonus chapter had him and Morita lamenting the fact that neither of them could get a girlfriend. Now he's got different girl problems.
  • Determinator: When rescuing Alice/Arisu, as well as in basically everything else he does.
  • The Empath: To an extent, as he can at least partially understand what drives the members of his group. He was able to empathize with Saeko's violent nature, due having similar impulses himself, and recognized Saya had become attached to Hirano to the point that she'd likely lose it if anything were to happen to him.
  • Erotic Dream: See the Sexy Discretion Shot entry on the main page.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Takashi may be a pervert, but even he draws the line at Saya and couldn't believe that his friend, Morita, actually wanted to go out with her.
  • 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.
  • Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: Invoked near the end of chapter 17, when he saw Saeko was preparing to let herself be killed by "them" because she felt she could no longer live with herself, knowing her true nature. Takashi responds by telling her to embrace herself for who she is, sins and all, and live for him. She accepts.
  • The Hero: He is, after all, the main character.
    • Idiot Hero: Good with a baseball bat. Not so good with actually thinking through the consequences of his actions.
  • Heh Heh, You Said X: When Saya told him money and sex were two of the reasons blood is spilled in human relationships, "sex" was the only part he cared about. Which caused him to imagine Rei and Saeko in bath towels and slowly taking them off...
    Takashi: (perv expression) "S-sex". Heh, heh, hahaha."
  • 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.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Takashi never knew the reason Rei had to repeat her junior year, because she wouldn't open up to him about it. So he began to ignore her, which eventually lead to their breakup. It wasn't until she confronted Shidou at the Takagi Estate, that he learned what'd happened.
  • 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 wasn't too upset by it) 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.
  • Not So Different: To Saeko, when Takashi reflected on the time he first realized that he was beginning to like the "new world" they suddenly found themselves in. Which is why he was able to empathize with her in chapter 17.
  • 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: with shades of Nominal Hero. He's aloof and willing to do whatever it takes to ensure his groups' survival, even if it means cutting loses, or abandoning others to die - as he did with Asami.
    • Though the fact that he made an exception to save Alice and Zeke shows that even ruthlessness has its limits.
  • Red Is Heroic: The only character to wear red, signifying his role as leader.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Saeko's blue.
  • The Resenter: He didn't want to admit it, since Hisashi was his best friend, but he eventually faces the fact that he was jealous Rei had chosen Hisashi over him. Rei was also aware of it and threw it in his face, during in an emotional outburst shortly after Takashi had to kill him, because Hisahi had become one of "them". Though she immediately apologized for it.
  • Ship Tease: With Saeko and Rei (see the Ship Tease entry on the main page).
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: His Weapon of Choice later on.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: In the anime's English dub.
  • Sociopathic Hero: To a certain degree. 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: Despite the promise Rei made to him, when they were kids, her feelings for his best friend, Hisashi, were stronger. Takashi didn't take it well, though he tried to keep those feelings to himself (see Moral Event Horizon and The Resenter).
  • Would Hit a Girl: He slapped Rei in the first chapter/episode to get her to listen to him, when he tried to tell her and Hisashi that they had to hurry and leave the school. And belts Saya in the "Drifters of the Dead" OVA, when she starts coming onto him, while she was under the influence of hallucinogenic smoke.
  • Would Hurt a Child: If they're zombies, they're fair game as far as Takashi's concerned so he treats them the same as any other might come across. When Saeko froze because she saw two of "them" were kids, Takashi blew both their brains out without hesitation.

    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 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.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Done in the 11th episode, while they're at the Takagi Estate, which plays out differently from the manga version, where she simply tells him instead.
  • 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.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Zigzagged in the 11th episode, when Takashi pins her to the bed after she confesses her feelings for him. But when he doesn't go any further, she asks him why he's hesitating. Takashi replies it's because he wasn't sure how to feel about it, or whether she was being honest with him. Rei tells him she doesn't know how else to be with him, so he accepts and leans down out of frame, which is soon followed by the sounds of their lovemaking. But they're forced to stop moments later, since she hadn't fully recovered from her back injury.
  • 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: See the Violently Protective Girlfriend entry.
  • Girl Next Door: While the other females in the group are meant to cater to different fetishes, Rei's look and her manner invokes a tomboy quality, befitting the "childhood friend" type.
  • 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.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot: Invoked twice between her and Takashi:
    • First seen in the 6th episode, where she gives Takashi a "Shut Up" Kiss (see the related entry in both their sections). Seen again while they're at the Takagi Residence, after she confesses her feelings for him.
    • It's used only once in the manga (chapter 10), after Rei's love confession. The next panel shows them silhouetted as they makeout with each other.
  • 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:
    Rei: (incredulous) "What the heck is THAT!? Aren't you embarrassed showing off like that!? I can't believe you're walking around like that!!"
  • 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.

    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: See the Dark Action Girl entry.
  • Attempted Rape: As part of her backstory (see the following entry).
  • Ax-Crazy: She admits this to Takashi while they're alone at the Shinto shrine in chapter 17, by recounting the time she'd been accosted by a would-be rapist. She dislocated his shoulder and broke his femur, adding she had enjoyed his suffering and how it was empowering to know she had the upperhand. Though it left her burdened by self-loathing and nearly caused her to allow herself to be killed by "them" the next morning. But Takashi snapped her out of it, by telling her to accept herself for who she was and live.
  • Badass: Her skills as the former captain of the Kendo Club and her insatiable bloodlust makes her one of the most lethally efficient members of Takashi's group. A fact he acknowledged himself, by encouraging her to embrace that part of herself, to better ensure his own chances of survival.
  • Badass Longcoat: In chapter 29, she dons a rain slicker that resembles the trenchcoat worn by Vash the Stampede.
  • Betty and Veronica: As the "Veronica" of the duo, Saeko prefers to let her sex appeal do the talking and has no reservations about flaunting it in front of Rei. She's even modified her school uniform to include a lacey pair of black thigh-high stockings and stiletto-heeled boots, along with a matching mini-skirt that has a split seam so high that it flashes her panties (also black) when she walks.
  • The Big Guy: Saeko is possibly the team's best close-range combatant, thanks to years of training in Kendo, and relishes any opportunity to cut loose (see directly below).
  • Blood Knight: It used to burden her with self-loathing, but Takashi snapped her out of itnote . From then on, she revels in almost orgasmic pleasure from cutting down zombies, as it allows her to indulge in her violent impulses without restraint. Which makes her the polar opposite of Rei.
  • 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: As captain of her school's Kendo Club, she naturally favors her bokken instead of firearms.
  • 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: Seen in chapter 17 of the manga, which is the anime's ninth episode (covered in the Ax-Crazy entry).
  • Dark Action Girl: Saeko's well aware of her violent impulses and gets to indulge in it whenever she's cutting down waves of zombies. Which is best seen here and here.
  • Dodge the Bullet: Seen in episode 8, during her now memetic bullet time sequence, where she narrowly avoids being shot twice. The first one passes directly between her legs, making it a literal Panty Shot, due to the gratuitous close-up. While her boobs dodged the second shot independently of each other!
  • Gainaxing: In the anime, her breasts move fast enough to dodge bullets.
  • Hadaka Apron: In the anime version, she dons one in episodes 6-8. The same arc takes place in chapters 6 and 7 of the manga. Enjoy.
  • Heroic BSOD: She briefly contemplated letting "them" take her while thinking that she was no better than "they" are, but was inspired to accept her bloodlust, by Takashi, who told her to live for him.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: While she was just one year from graduating, she still a high schooler and stands at 174cm or 5'8".
  • Immodest Orgasm: She either had one, or was close to it, at the end of episode 9. After being turned on by Takashi's speech, she goes on to cut her way through the attacking horde. At the end of which, she smiles and exclaims, "YES!!"note 
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: See the Immodest Orgasm and Orgasmic Combat entries.
  • 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: Saeko's skill with a sword is matched by her grace and beauty. At one point she throws a bamboo parasol into the air, sprints forward and cuts down a zombie, then catches it before it has a chance to hit the ground.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Saeko makes up the dark half of the duo (see the related entry in Rei's section).
  • Luminescent Blush: Seen in chapter 16 of the manga, when she notices Takashi staring at her breasts through her Sexy Soaked Shirt.
  • Lust Object: The anime plays up Takashi's attraction to Saeko far more than the manga does. Such as when he first sees she's wearing nothing but an apron and a thong in episode 6, and slips up twice while staring at her breasts. But the "Drifters of the Dead" OVA cranks the UST Up to Eleven, by having Takashi hallucinate about her throwing herself at him, then spending the night having sex with hernote .
    Dream Saeko: (panting, blushing) "Komuro, I... I don't want you to think that I'm a loose woman, but I've always wanted to be with you and I can no longer resist the urges of my body."
  • Ms. Fanservice: After Shizuka, she is the second main source of fanservice.
  • Necessary Evil: Takashi regards her as such in both the manga and the anime, where he admits to needing Saeko to embrace her darkness in order to better his own chances at survival.
  • Orgasmic Combat: Saeko literally gets off on inflicting pain and having it inflicted on her:
    • In the ninth episode, she gets turned on by Takashi almost crushing her breast, during his rousing speech. Her back not only arches in ecstasy, she moans deeply and blushes (linked in the Immodest Orgasm entry).
    • While still present in the manga, it's more subdued. Her back doesn't arch and she doesn't moan. Instead, she simply blushes and tells Takashi "she consents" to his terms. Though she still becomes sexually aroused from cutting a swath through the attacking horde.
  • 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, though with heavy shades of read when she's in combat.
  • Sex Is Violence: Mowing "them" down with her katana gets her a little ''too'' excited.
  • She's Got Legs: The manga showcases hers just as often as Rei's, along with copious amounts of 'baby got back'.
  • "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: Only to a certain degree. But keep in mind that under Saeko's calm Heir to the Dojo exterior is a Blood Knight 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".
  • Stocking Filler: Saeko wears a lacey pair of black thigh-highs, along with stiletto-heeled boots.
  • Sukeban: Subverted, since she isn't actually part of a gang. Rather, she's the captain of her school's Kendo Club. It's her character design and general attitude which creates the impression - from being tall and darkhaired, the skirt of her school uniform being longer than the other girls, and the bokken she carries at her side (which is eventually replaced with a real katana).
  • That Didn't Happen: See the related entry in Rei's section.
  • Token Evil Teammate: She's easily the most amoral and violent character of the main cast.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Shizuka's girly girl.
  • 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: First seen when she stopped abruptly in the midst of one her psychotic episodes. The moment she saw two of "them" were children, she froze because she couldn't bare the thought of harming them, even though they'd been about to kill her. Takashi didn't have that problem and dispatched both without hesitation.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Subverted. While Saeko exhibits several of the qualities you'd expect (i.e. her loyalty and supportiveness of Takashi, taking care of the household, etc.) her violent tendencies and thirst for combat are a stark contrast to the trope.
  • 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.
  • Badass: He uses his guns to a good advantage, and is one of the few to not lose their cool around zombies.
  • 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:
    Saya: (at Hirano) "YOU LECHER!!"
    • 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.
  • Gonk: Refreshingly Averted. Even though he's a bit on the hefty side, his face is slightly bishoneny, and he wears glasses.
  • 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".

    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.
  • 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:
    Shizuka: (one hand covering Takashi's crotch) "Whoa! It's been so long since I felt something like this!"
    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:
    Rei: (absolutely incredulous) "Th-THEY'RE HUGE!!"
    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 5'9".
  • 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.

    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.


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.

    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 

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.

    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, 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.

    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.
  • 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...

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.
  • 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.