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Manga: Highschool of the Dead
aka: High Schoolofthe Dead
Boobs won't save you now.

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

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

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

The series was licensed and dubbed by Sentai Filmworks in 2011. It premiered on The Anime Network on March 10th and for a period of time was streaming on VIZ Media's Neon Alley service.

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

Has a character sheet and a shout out page. Please list character tropes on the character sheet.

Highschool of the Dead is one of the most requested shows from Sentai Filmworks catalog to air in Toonami

Highschool of the Dead contains examples of these tropes:

  • Abandoned Clinic: Where some of the group go to collect frozen plasma and a blood transfusion kit for the old woman.
  • Action Dress Rip: Happens a couple of times to Shizuka as well as Saeko and Saya's mother.
  • Adult Fear: The first couple episodes are particularly brutal. Scores of underage teenagers are simply massacred in some of the most horrific ways imaginable with no pathos whatsoever. Imagine you were an adult survivor of whatever zombie attack hit your office, you're able to get home and you learn that you 15-year-old daughters' high school was ravaged. Your worst fears are confirmed when you learn she died slowly in agonizing pain, and not only did she come back to murder others, she was killed AGAIN by friends who knew her since grade school; shedding not one tear or giving not even the slightest shit about killing her again. Yeah. Kids in the first couple episodes are livestock.
  • Adults Are Useless: Played pretty straight throughout. With rare exceptions (like Saya's parents) anything an adult does makes the situation immediately worse.
  • After the End
  • Apocalyptic Log: The news report the students watch in one of the classrooms that ends with the broadcast abruptly cut.
  • Apologetic Attacker: The household survivor who tearfully said sorry over and over as he stabbed Alice's father, leaving him for dead and abandoning Alice to the zombies.
    • Laser-Guided Karma: ...and now they're stuck in a house with the horde right outside, while the team that "remembered they were human beings" escapes with a carful of supplies.
  • Artifact Title: Only the first few chapters take place in high school.
  • Asshole Victim: Asshole teacher Shidou, a thug who threatens to rape one of the main characters, and some really stupid protesters who were in denial of the dead coming back to life and refused to cooperate with the police or the ultranationalists.
    • Thug also counts as Tragic Villain, as he was forced to kill his entire family (including his little sister) when they turned into zombies. He readily admits that he's insane, and argues anyone in his situation would be.
  • Author Appeal: The work of the manga artist make his preference for larger breasts pretty clear. The only difference with this work is just how blatant it is. Almost every female on the page past puberty sports at least a D-cup.
    • The rerelease of the manga in full color can be seen as this too, Shouji Sato is known for making many of his works in full color, likewise the colored version of the series is also made by him.
    • Daisuke Sato is a well-known military otaku, having even written a number of straight-out wargames, and this is plainly obvious here.
    • There's also the overt favoritism displayed for the Japanese far right. See YMMV for more.
  • Badass: Practically a bare minimum survival requirement.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Averted. See Bleached Underpants.
  • Beach Episode: The "Drifters of the Dead" OVA has the gang cross the river to what appears to be a deserted island. So they decide to take some well-earned R&R from "them" and hit the beach. Ecchi and Hilarity Ensues.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Everybody gets a turn, it seems. Outside of the main cast, the JSDF actually gets one rescuing a trio of side characters.
    • The most purely heroic of which being in Chapter 7 of the manga and Episode 7 of the anime when they unhesitatingly rush out of a secure hideout to rescue a little girl at considerable personal risk, a turning point for the group.
  • Big Fancy House: The Takagi mansion.
  • Bigger Stick: During the party's raid on the abandoned police station, Takashi is given a Benelli M4 shotgun which is, as clearly stated by Hirano, an all around better weapon than the old Ithaca 37. In an oddly heartwarming twist, Takashi salutes his old gun before leaving it behind.
  • Black and Grey Morality:
    • The kids are forced to drive without a license, use guns, act strongly as individuals, rely on themselves instead of authority figures or the government and steal things to survive. It doesn't seem that bad from an American point of view, until you remember that this story takes place in Japan. Takashi's narration actually makes reference to this several times, usually in the form of "It had been just half a day, and we had already changed this much."
    • Takashi shoots a would-be mugger/rapist, but leaves him alive so he can be bait to draw off any zombies in the area.
  • Blade on a Stick: Rei was a member of the sojutsu (spear) club at school, so she's familiar with such weapons. Multiple survivors also use makeshift spears as weapons, typically a staff with a knife wrapped to the end. Rei's mother Kiriko uses an actual spear that she took from her husband's antique collection at home.
  • Bleached Underpants: The artist draws hentai, to no surprise. And by the looks of it, it seems that the artist also placed a character from one of his H-Manga in the story here (The reporter with the lightning-bolt earrings).
  • Bloody Horror: Nearly every cast member is covered in blood at some point due to having to fight off hordes of zombies.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: The Takagi household storyline ends with Takagi's parents trying to fight off a massive zombie horde.
  • Bottle Episode: "In The Dead Of The Night" plays with this trope, combining it gratuitous and obscene amounts of fanservice and mood whiplash while confining the characters to an abandoned house, showing just how fast the world around them is deteriorating.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Shidou used his charms to manipulate the students into his personal sex cult.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • In Chapter 9, while trying to drive through a zombie horde, Shizuka cries out "I'm not supposed to be this kind of character!"
    • In Chapter 25, Saya acknowledges Takashi's leadership: "We get it, you're the main character."
    • A German localization changed the bathing scenes dialogue:
      Saya: Well, the manga's X-rated after all...
      Saya: Why do we have to take a bath all together?
      Saeko: You should know that Saya. One at a time would've been only half as pleasant for the reader.
      — Volume 2, Chapter 6
    • When asked why she is spacing out during a zombie attack, Shizuka breaks the fourth wall.
      Saya: Why are you dazing off?
      Shizuka: (Apologetic) That's how the author wrote me...
      Saya: Yeah, ok. Get in the car!
  • Bullet Time: Happens a lot in the anime whenever guns are involved. Taken to a ridiculous extreme in Episode 8 when Takashi fires various rounds that manage to pass between Saeko's thighs and breasts.
  • Burn The Undead: Fire seems to be effective in putting Them down, although they do shamble around for a while after being ignited.
  • But What About the Astronauts?: The crew of the ISS are shown watching the situation below unfold.
  • Car Fu: Zombies get mowed down several times over the course of the series.
  • Car Skiing: Episode 12 of the anime adaptation has the group escaping the overrun mansion in the Humvee. To get past the barricades, the Humvee leans so far over it nearly tips.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Way, way back in the high school, Saya and Hirano snatched a toolbox from one of the workshops. When they finally reach the police station, Saya lends Hirano one of the tools from that toolbox, a hand-powered drill. He uses it to break into the armory.
    • Mad the mechanic in the manga explained that the buggy was capable of water transportation but suggested sticking to the riverbanks or cutting into the nearby park. Takashi and Saeko ended up driving the buggy into the riverbank and ditched it in the park.
  • Cool Bike: The bike that Takashi and Rei find on the highway. That they operate without a license.
  • Cool Car: Rika's Hummer and the prototype buggy.
  • Cool Guns: Most of them belong to Shizuka's friend, a police officer, and get requisitioned by the protagonists.
  • Cosplay: See the "Cosplay of the Dead" subchapter, where Saya, Saeko, and Shizuka dress Rei up in different outfits. Even Zeke takes part!
  • Crapsack World: By virtue of a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Crossover: With Triage X, the illustrator's other work, in Lightning Pop.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Anyone who gets bitten by a zombie will slowly die and then turn into one themselves. And that's only if the zombies don't kill them first.
  • Dance Battler: Kendo pirouette, anyone?
  • Dangerous Windows: Zombies several times have made surprise entrances from breaking through windows to get to the survivors.
  • Daylight Horror: The series as a whole, since that's when most of the deaths are shown. Takashi's group also makes it a point to travel during daylight hours, making "them" easier to spot, reducing the risk of being caught unawares.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: Invoked by Episode 9 of the anime. This and the ending of Episode 8 are where the anime deviated from the original manga (in the manga, these events happened after the group escaped from the Takagi compound, not before they got there). The "Shut Up" Kiss between Takashi and Saeko was not shown in the manga, if it had happened at all.
  • Disaster Democracy
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Rei was martyred academically for her father's attempts at busting political corruption. This makes her so mad she almost executes the man responsible, which itself would be reasonable in her situation.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • The old couple in the mall, though it seems more like Better to Die Than Be Killed. The situation did seem hopeless and with the old woman's sickness... It would have been nice if they had been so kind as to do it before Tamaru died getting plasma for her, though.
    • There was also the gym teacher early on, who was actually doing a good job dispatching zombies with his hand-to-hand skills before jumping from the roof, convinced that there was no way it could be real and that all he needed to do was wake up.
    • The police officer at the bridge placed his pistol to his head after the situation gets out of control and he gives the final order to exterminate everyone. Even came complete with a Fatal Family Photo.
  • Dub Name Change: Alice's name in the dub is "Arisu", as in "Ar-Ri-Sue" even though her name is written and translated as "Alice" in the manga.
    • Although in "Drifters Of The Dead" Dub. Her name is now said "Alice" which is actually how her name should be pronounce instead of "Arisu".
  • Due to the Dead:
    • Takashi takes the time to cover Alice's dead father's face with a shirt from a nearby clothesline before making his daring escape with Alice and Zeke in tow.
    • Upon returning to the home base at the airport, Rika recommends a posthumous promotion for her dead partner Tajima.
  • Dying as Yourself: A major theme in this series that has cost many characters their lives.
    • A student named Kazu Ishii who is protecting Shizuka gets bitten from behind by zombies breaking through the windows, and Saeko offers to kill him before he turns. With a smile on his face, he replies "Please do it."
    • Hiro Tamaru gets one by Asami's hands after getting caught in the hole at the clinic.
  • Dysfunction Junction: The team has decent grasp on reality, but the horror of their current situation has made everyone a tad bit unstable, and a few of them have displayed Sociopathic / Ax-Crazy tendencies.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: The group is acutely aware of this, especially Takashi when he realizes near the beginning that their moral code is adapting to the circumstances, thereby changing their personal world forever. Saya also knows that those who try to change the world back to what it once was will be doomed.
  • Enemy Mine: The US and Russia seem to launch an all out nuclear attack on China and Korea together, though, not necessarily as allies, as theres no words on who else has launched at whom other then that, if any.
  • Establishing Team Shot:
    • Done as the group prepared to leave the school.
    • Again when the others come to Kohta's defense in keeping their guns from being confiscated by the ultranationalists.
    • Once more as the group prepared to leave the mall.
  • Evolving Credits
  • Facial Horror: Many of the zombies, and very likely some victims.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Considering the nature of death caused by a bite from "them", this trope is difficult but not impossible to achieve in this franchise. Karma seems to determine who gets to die with dignity.
    • Ishii, Officer Tajima, and Asami get rather dignified deaths in the form of assisted suicides.
    • Alice's father dies comforting a traumatized Alice and does not reanimate as a zombie.
    • Averted when Rei is about to execute Shido for what he did to her because of what her father tried to do to his father; he's clearly sweating, and when she decides he's Not Worth Killing he makes enough of a scene to be kicked off the Takagi property even though the very fact that he did such a horrible thing to his own student, thus martyring her academically, already warranted Mr. Takagi's boot at the very least.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • There are even several accounts where female zombies give a Full-Frontal Assault.
    • Shidou turns the protagonist's original escape vehicle into the ORGYBUS, and the survivors remaining into a cult revolving around free love between high schoolers.
    • Panty Shots and huge bouncing breasts on a girl who's being eaten by zombies can seriously mess with your mind.
    • Chapter 29 features a female zombie being shot through the breasts.
    • In the OVA Kohta wears a girls school swimsuit.
  • Fanservice: Loads of it. The anime really ramps it up.
    • Such as the bath scene in episode 6, which contains copious amounts of Les Yay (see the related entry on the YMMV page).
    • The bonus story in chapter 23 seems to exist for no other reason than to point out that every single female in the cast is ridiculously hot, and stacked.
    • Which is preceded by an "ad" for FujiMilk, featuring Rei and Saya in cow costumes.
    • The Beach Episode OVA has beaten out the Furo Episode for brazenly gratuitous Fanservice and indulgent Author Appeal to the point of Self-Parody.
  • Fastball Special: Takashi pulls a motorcycle-assisted version of this to launch Saeko into the fray in Episode 5.
  • Fast Roping: The JGSDF troops in Chapter 24 land on the roof of the mall in this manner.
  • First Name Basis:
    • Saeko starts calling Takashi by his first name, much to Rei's chagrin.
    • Saya wants Takashi to call her by her first name, but he usually doesn't manage it.
    • During the clinic raid, Asami asked Kohta to call her by her first name.
    • Beginning in chapter 28, Saya and Hirano now address each other by their first names. Hirano even drops the "san" honorific and Saya's shown to be okay with it.
  • Five-Bad Band:
  • Gainaxing: From the artist of the original manga: "The animation studio says they're making the characters' boobs jiggle with no mercy, so the fans should be able to rest easy." Combined with Bullet Time in one scene!
  • From Bad to Worse: Good luck finding many situations that don't start going to crap within 5 pages in the manga.
  • Genre Savvy: Everyone is quite aware that they are in the midst of a Zombie Apocalypse, even if they are pointedly Not Using the Z Word, and act accordingly.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man:
    • After Hirano suffers a Heroic BSOD from having to kill Asami, Shizuka steps up to break him out of it.
    • Saya had also given him a bright slap immediately prior to that which also counts.
    • Saya got a similar one from her mother right before both her parents went to hold off the horde.
    • In the OVA, Takashi gave Saya a bright slap when she not-so-subtly came on to him, but being under the influence of the funky smoke, it only caused her to swoon over him even more.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • It only happens twice, but Shizuka seems to have a fixation with Takashi's crotch. She's seen grabbing him when they went riding in chapter 5 (notice where her left hand is). And while they were at her friend's apartment, he had to stop her from grabbing his crotch again.
    • Also the scene from chapter 11, where Rei's stripped naked with Shizuka straddling her legs to apply ointment to her back, while Takashi held her down near his crotch.
    • The 7th episode shows Saya sleeping 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. The scene only lasts a few seconds and is the closest the series comes to showing onscreen sex.
  • Godiva Hair: See here. To be honest, it seems to be an accident in this Fanservice heavy show.
  • Glass Cannon: Zombies are dangerous. One bite and that's it, but you can push them over without even trying if you are careful.
  • Go Out with a Smile:
    • Alice's father did his best to comfort his traumatized daughter before he expired.
    • Kazu Ishii and Hiro Tamaru managed to smile just before they were mercy killed.
    • The gym teacher at the beginning. Probably didn't die smiling, but the attempted mugger and rapist is smiling as one of "them" and can be seen at chapter end.
    • Asami's Tearful Smile and salute is the last image Kohta sees of her, through his sight scope, right before having to pull the trigger.
    • After being bitten, Tajima, jokes with Rika about not being able to have sex with her, when she asked if he had a last request. Then he sends her on her way and sets off of a bomb, taking himself out along with the fuel tanker and all the zombies in the vicinity of the blast.
  • Gorn: Nearly anytime you see "them", you can expect to see hapless victims being torn apart in horrific detail and in excruciating pain.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Used in the anime for particularly gory scenes.
  • Gray and Gray Morality: Found among the humans forced into conflict by "Them", such as at the bridge (desperate refugees vs police trying to maintain order) and outside the first hideout (panicked father trying to break the door down vs the already crowded group inside).
  • Gun Nut: Kohta is a self-proclaimed "gun otaku", but as he is a sixteen-year-old in Japan at the start of this series, he doesn't actually own any. He did however go to America and learn how to shoot (at a Militia camp in the translation, by Blackwater in the original and the anime).
  • Gun Porn: There's almost as many focused shots of guns as there are of breasts.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: Yamada decides his family's more important than the Orgybus and gets left to the zombies as a direct result. In the anime, Misuzu Ichijou may have regretted killing Toshimi Niki on impulse right before the zombies crush her own head.
  • Held Back In School: Rei was held back for a year due to her father tangling with her teacher's father.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Used to subvert the Adults Are Useless trope - adults can fight just as competently, if not more so, and even sacrifice themselves so that the protagonists can live on. Even the guy who tried to rape Shizuka.
  • High-Pressure Blood: In the anime.
  • Hollywood Silencer: Averted when Hirano hands an MP5 over to Saya, warning that even with a suppressor, any shots will still be audible enough to be heard by "Them".
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • Lampshaded when the team raids a hospital to acquire plasma for a dying old woman. They point out that since the woman needs regular blood transfusions and they can only bring back enough usable plasma for one, they are essentially risking all their lives to buy her an extra week or two at the most. One of them does in fact die during the raid. As if that weren't already messed up, the old couple commits suicide a short time later.
    • Played triumphantly straight when our heroes brave a veritable horde of "them" to save one little girl... and won.
  • Hot Teacher: Kyoko Hayashi, the Ping Pong Club's advisor. Her glasses add a Hot Librarian appeal.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Some survivors who have been bitten have to be mercy killed by others. Justified - if Hisashi's and Ishii's (nurse's office student) deaths were any indication, the zombie bites would have weakened them enough that they would not be able to kill themselves and would thus need outside help.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Replacing a word in a famous title or name with "dead", eg. "The Good, The Bad, And the Dead".
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: In the OVA, the ladies use this tactic to get Takashi and Kohta to gather food for them.
  • Implausible Hair Color: There is a rather large percentage of blond and brown-hairs in the cast. More so than in Real Life Japan, at any rate. These, at least, are natural hair colors. The same can not be said of pink-haired Saya.
  • Improvised Weapon: A given due to the setting, including but not limited to broom handles, power drills, and drip stands.
    • Alice is able to use a tire to knock a zombie away from Shizuka
  • Infernal Retaliation: A molotov cocktail proved that fire does not really bother "them", but does make them slightly more dangerous.
  • The Jaywalking Dead: Shizuka manages to kill a shitload of "them" via the handy process of "hit and run".
  • Just a Kid:
    • The group received this treatment from some of the refugees at the Takagi mansion.
    • The remaining mall survivors eventually reversed this view of them.
  • Karmic Death: Misuzu Ichijo. All the noise she was making to be let go earned her a Death by Irony a few seconds later.
  • Knife Nut: Two of the mall survivors.
    • In the OVA Hirano seems to be about as comfortable with knives as with guns.
  • The Last Dance: The Nietzsche Wannabe mall survivor was surrounded by zombies and nursing a stab wound, so he opted in his own words to go out like a badass. He failed. Badly.
  • Laughing Mad: Many are reduced to grinning and/or laughing right before and during their rather undignified deaths.
    • When one of the pro-infected protesters met "them" up close and personal Hilarity Ensued.
    • The survivors in the city who attacked Takashi and Rei. They were a bit off.
    • Two mall survivors descended into mad laughter, with one of them shanking the other.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Gee Hirano, you sure do look a lot like Link right here. This could probably also qualify as a seiyuu joke.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Oftentimes some of the characters have claimed that the Zombie Apocalypse feels like it's from a movie or a Manga.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: The results of the Funky Smoke Shizuka and Saya waking up naked on top of each other, Saeko and Rei kissing each other in the nude thinking the other was Takashi.
  • Lighter and Softer/Denser and Wackier: The OVA, compared with the rest of the series. Still Hotter and Sexier and not kid-friendly, though.
  • Love Triangle:
    • Takashi and his best friend, Hisashi, both had feelings for Rei, but her feelings for Hisashi were stronger because he was such a Nice Guy. Or was, before he was bitten and became one of "them"; leaving Takashi no choice but to put him out of his misery, thus ending the triangle.
    • Takashi soon found himself in another triangle, this time, between Rei and Saeko. It's made more explicit in the anime, particularly in regards to the additional amounts of Ship Tease between him Saeko, which isn't present in the manga.
    • The mall arc introduced the none-too-subtle triangle between Kohta, Saya, and Asami, though Saya had decided to step aside so Kohta and Asami could be together, and even suggested taking her with them. Until Asami got taken out of the picture.
  • Luminescent Blush: Happens to many of the characters in various situations.
  • Male Gaze: Seriously. This manga is made of this trope. The anime even more so.
  • Megane: Hiro Tamaru, one of the mall residents.
  • Mercy Kill:
    • Takagi's father makes a very public demonstration executing a zombified friend, and justifies it with this trope.
    • Saeko also does this for a bitten classmate.
    • Asami for Hiro Tamaru after he got bitten in the Abandoned Clinic.
    • Hirano does this for Asami.
  • Moment Killer:
    • Usually done by Saya. She lampshades this in Chapter 28 where she promises not to ruin the hug between Takashi and Rei upon finding the possibility that Rei's father may still be alive.
    • In the same chapter, Takashi is the one to kill off the moment between Kohta and Saya when Saya briefly lets her deredere side slip to him.
  • Mood Whiplash: Scenes of zombie violence feature constant cuts to pantyshots and gratuitous Gainaxing. The effect swerves between jarring, sad, and hilarious.
    • Episode 6 is interspersed with scenes of the girls bathing together, offset by depressing conversations and people dying horribly, and back again.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Nearly every female character, really, but special mentioning goes to Shizuka Marikawa.
  • Mushroom Samba/Love Potion: The gang (minus Alice) inhale some funky smoke in the OVA and have some rather sexy hallucinations. Saya sees her mother (Shizuka), Shizuka sees her best friend Rika (Saya), Rei and Saeko each see Takashi (each other) and Takashi sees Saeko and later the other three girls (a bunch of scantily clad female zombies).
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: One of the mall survivors.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
  • No Ending/And the Adventure Continues: The anime stops abruptly, with the main characters escaping and continuing the search for their parents.
  • Nonuniform Uniform: As the students make their way across the city, some of them only wear part of their school uniform with other clothing. Saeko got the biggest response from the group from her own adaptation.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: A major recurring theme. Some characters die trying to save others, while some kick them to the ground.
    • Subverted with the Misuzu and Toshimi in the beginning. When Toshimi's leg gets caught by "them" on the stairs, Misuzu kicks her and abandons her to die, in a desperate attempt to save herself. But her screams attracted "them", so they both die anyway.
    • Also subverted with Shidou kicking in one student's face, who'd been asking for help after twisting his ankle. Then he left him to die, believing him to be unfit for survival in their new world.
    • Played Straight when Takashi told Shizuka to wait for Shidou and his group of students to get on the bus, despite Rei's insistence that they should leave them behind. She was right, they should've.
    • In chapter 7, Hirano disregards the "no shooting" agreement in order to keep Alice safe, long enough for Takashi to get to her.
    • During their escape from the mall (chapter 25), the group took the time to escort one of the mall survivors to the rooftop where the others were.
    • Shimadanote  and Asami split off from Takashi's group and died while saving the kid responsible for letting "them" into the mall.
    • The JSDF arrived in time to save the remaining mall survivors, after gunning down the advancing horde.
    • After Kohta suffered a Heroic BSOD from having to kill Asami, he nearly broke off from the group to suicidally take down as many zombies as he could until Shizuka talked him out of it.
  • No Koreans In Japan: Averted, a zombie resembling Bae Yong-Joon (a Korean actor well koown for his role in Winter Sonata) gets sniped in the head.
  • Not a Game: Hisashi said this in regards to the zombies at the school.
  • Not Quite The Right Thing: Takashi, Takashi. If only you had listened to Rei and abandoned that monstrous teacher...
  • Not Using the Z Word: "Them" is the word used for the undead in the story. An early character specifically says that they can't call them "zombies" or "the undead" because then it would be too much like, well, a fictional story.
    • Played straight in the dub but there are a few slips.
  • Nuke 'em: Attempted by several nations' governments at once, for reasons that are vaguely-explained at best.
  • Obligatory Swearing: The countries in which the manga received a mature rating, decided to "prove" the rating by having the main characters swear more often, and of course by spewing the strong ones.
  • Oddly Visible Eyebrows
  • Ordinary High-School Student: All of the students in the group, as Takashi tells the mall residents upon their departure. When combining their talents, however, they become anything but ordinary which the mall residents then acknowledge to their rescuers.
  • Otaku: Mall survivor Hiro Tamaru showed hints of being a gun otaku like Hirano.
  • Outrun the Fireball: Anime adaptation only. Takashi and Rei rush down a tunnel after an overturned bus that had caught fire exploded, separating them from the others.
  • Paint the Town Red: Things get icky during a zombie invasion.
  • Panty Fighter: The series makes frequent use of upskirt shots during tense scenes, or simply has the girls' skirts flare dramatically both in and out of combat situations. In fact, you'll be seeing seeing as many girls' undies as zombies.
  • Panty Shot: See the preceding entry.
  • Papa Wolf: Inverted. Rei almost kills Shidou because he made her father cry.
  • Parental Substitute: While Takashi's group has essentially 'adopted' Alice, Hirano and Saya are the ones she's latched onto as her new 'parents'. Which was lampshaded and used as Ship Tease in Chapter 29.
  • The Power of Friendship:
  • Power Walk: As the group prepared to escape the school.
  • Precision F-Strike: When Takashi does his Steve McQueen imitation in Episode 5 (see below), Saeko and Kohta watch in awe then say, in perfect unison, "Holy shit."
  • Ramp Jump: Done a couple times with Takashi on the bike. The first time occurred at the bridge where he and Rei reunited with the others. The second time occurred when he went off to save Alice. Both times involved use of improvised ramps and abuse of Slo-Mo Big Air.
  • Reckless Gun Usage:
    • This occurs somewhat often due to the main characters being perfectly normal high school students (in Japan) during a Zombie Apocalypse. However, since there's a resident gun otaku, their errors are quickly pointed out and Gun Safety is properly followed... eventually.
    • Except in the anime's infamous "boob dodge" sequence where Takashi repeatedly narrowly avoids gunning down Saeko instead of the zombies.
  • Refuge in Audacity: And how. Episode 8 of the anime actually combines Fanservice and Bullet Time to form what is quite possibly one of the most gratuitous sequences ever animated.
  • Redemption Equals Death: The mall survivor who earlier attempted to rape Shizuka-sensei goes off to try to save the twerp who let the zombies into the mall in the first place. He gets bitten for his trouble.
  • Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain: As with most zombie stories, it's the only sure-fire way to kill "them".
  • Rule of Cool: The anime runs on this, often to ridiculous extremes.
  • Rule of Three: The manga covers cycle through Rei, Saeko, and Saya in that order.
  • Sanity Slippage: See Laughing Mad.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: The raid on the clinic ended with one able-bodied survivor killed and the old woman that they were trying to save committing suicide anyway.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: Used once in the manga and anime respectively:
    • During the bath scene in chapter 6, Rei gropes Shizuka's boobs to see if they're real, due to their enormous size. The very next panel shows Saya's reaction, while Shizuka's cries of "No more! ♥" and "Not THERE! ♥" are seen from just out of frame, along with various sound effect hiragana.
    Saya: (deadpan) "It sounds like an H-Game over there..."
    • Midway into the "Drifters of the Dead" OVA special, Saeko and Takashi flee to a secluded area of the island in an attempt to escape the effects of hallucinogenic fumes. While they're alone, they begin making out with Takashi lying on top of her. From there, the camera pans downward until only their lower legs remain in the frame, stopping just as Saeko spreads her legs for him, with her barefoot resting next to her discarded bikini bottom. The scene then Fades To Black. Sadly, it was all in Takashi's head, as the real Saeko and the others find him still hallucinating while surrounded by a group of bikini-clad zombies.
  • Sex IS Violence: For Saeko, who literally gets off on inflicting pain, or having it inflicted on her - judging from how she responded to Takashi almost crushing her breast, near the end of episode 9.
  • Sexy Soaked Shirt: Saeko gets soaked twice in Episode 9. The first time she's wearing her white uniform shirt, giving a clear view of her lacy purple bra. The second time, all that could be seen were the protrusions of her nipples through her T-shirt.
  • Shipper on Deck: Rei, Saeko, and Shizuka get really sly grins after observing a Ship Tease moment between Takagi and Hirano.
  • Ship Tease: Seeing as they're a group of highschool kids in the midst of a Zombie Apocalypse, it's only natural that they'd develop UST, since any of them could die at any moment. Which isn't to say their feelings for each other aren't genuine.
  • Shoot the Dog: Must be done often if anyone wants to survive or does not want to turn into one of "them".
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The scenario of getting medical treatment for the old woman. In the clinic, one of the able-bodied survivors dies. Later, when the zombies get into the mall, the old woman and her husband commit suicide by jumping off the roof anyway, meaning all that came of it was one less survivor and conflict between the characters.
  • Shoot Out the Lock: Averted. Hirano stops Takashi from attempting to shoot out the lock of the police station's armory, worried that the bullets will riccochet and hit one of them.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • The guns are amazingly detailed, and are shown to have actual limitations. Kohta Hirano also makes sure that everyone who even touches one follows strict gun safety, as American gun enthusiasts are generally taught to do.
    • The author shows a decent understanding of how the American government works, although that's a bit more subtle.
  • Sixth Ranger: Takuzo and his party briefly serve as companions to Takashi's party.
  • Skinship Grope: Sure, flesh-eating ghouls are overrunning the earth and civilization is crumbling. No reason not to throw in some scenes of the girls feeling each other up in the bath, right?
    • Made even more ridiculous by the fact that the last broadcast of a radio station is playing over the scene of this going on.
  • Smug Snake: Shidou can order people around, but anybody who can stand up to him knows he is actually a sniveling coward who does not even live up to his own ideals.
  • Something Else Also Rises: Note the positions of Hirano's gun and Zeke's tail.
  • Spoiler Opening: For those who have not read the manga, they may be confused as to who the little girl in the anime's OP is. She does not appear until Episode 7.
  • Spreading Disaster Map Graphic: In the anime adaptation a map of the globe is shown with red being the zombie infection spreading from Asia to Europe and the Americas at a fast pace.
  • Stealth Pun: This page. See Alice in the background on the bottom panel? "A flag was raised" for Kohta and Asami.
  • Straw Character: The protestors on the bridge and the woman in the Takagi compound who somehow connect the zombie apocalypse with government repression and Japanese repression of the rest of Asia, respectively. They all also think that the zombies can be cured of their disease. It's notable that they all die horrible deaths.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: That one mall survivor didn't need to go out like a badass. As Shizuka pointed out, his stab wound was not even serious.
  • Sweat Drop: Common. It is a rather tense situation.
  • Taking You with Me: After officer Tajima is bitten he stays behind to blow up the fuel tanker taking as many zombies with him as he can.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Oh boy, where do we begin? Nearly all of the protagonists have their issues:
    • Takashi admits that a part of him enjoys the lawlessness of the post-apocalyptic world. He also seems disturbed by the fact that he murdered his best friend - partially as a Mercy Kill, partially out of jealousy for Rei - and doesn't seem too bothered by it. He also has very little issue with wounding a living human (a violent nutjob who tried to kidnap Rei, sure, but still a living person nonetheless) and using him as bait.
    • Saeko's extreme Blood Knight tendencies. Several times, when she fights, she revels in orgasmic pleasure.
    • Kohta is so thoroughly traumatized through years of bullying that he has no qualms with murdering the living people who made his life hell. The instances where his darker side comes out are all prime Nightmare Fuel.
    • Mizusu quickly turns on her BFF, Toshimi, when zombies attack her, and abandons her "friend" to a brutal end to save her own sorry ass.
  • Tempting Fate: On the way to Saya's house, Rei noted that the group hadn't run into any of "them" so far. Guess what was waiting for them as they got closer?
  • That Didn't Happen/Kissing Under the Influence: The gang (minus Takashi) agreed that the hydrangea smoke episode never happened.
  • The Thing That Goes Doink: The Takagi mansion has one, naturally.
  • This Is a Drill: Saya makes like Reno when confronted by one zombie early on.
  • Title of the Dead
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • The people who were utterly convinced that the dead were just people with a disease looking for help and that everyone else was just bloodthirsty maniacs.
    • At the international level, the US, China, and Russia decided that a Zombie Apocalypse would be a great backdrop for open nuclear combat. Against each other, that is, not the zombies. They probably killed a good deal of zombies too, but they ended up paralyzing parts of Japan with an EMP in the process.
    • The small band of punks who attempted to cross the bridge knowing full well that it was heavily guarded by officers in full riot gear that would open fire on anyone who dared to defy them. They got washed out for their trouble.
    • The Nietzsche Wannabe mall survivor who attempted to knife several zombies but did not even scratch one before getting swarmed and devoured. The dumbest part was that Shizuka pointed out that his knife wound was not even critical, making his actions senseless.
    • Shizuka qualifies for this, by taking her time to gather supplies while there was a horde of zombies right outside, breaking through the windows. Which ends up costing Ishii his life, when he'd been urging her to leave. Then she stands idly by asking him his name while he's being Eaten Alive.
    • A special mention to the would be mugger who tried to rape Rei, OUTSIDE, in the middle of a Zombie Apocalypse. You know where the zombies are going to most likely to hear and then eat you. This idea is not only despicable but beyond stupid. Even if Takashi had not been there, the mugger's actions would have gotten both, him and Rei killed. Good thing Takashi rescued her, shot the guy, and left him alive to be zombie bait.
      • For this mugger, he was more like Too Crazy To Live. Both Takashi and the mugger agree that he's gone insane due to the zombie outbreak.
  • Too Hot for TV: Technically, as the English dub of the anime can be purchased on DVD in the and was watched on Time Warner's "Anime on Demand" channel, so aside from those things, it is otherwise too hot for TV.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Hirano goes from a nerdy, awkward doofus to Rambo once he gets his hands on some guns.
  • Twelve Episode Anime: Due to the manga's current brevity. Another season will presumably emerge once the buffer's built up again.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Gender Inverted. The team consists of four females and two males. Later this gets bumped up to five females with the addition of Alice/Arisu Maresato (though there are three males if you count Zeke/Zero).
  • Undead Child:
    • The undead children Takashi and Saeko encounter in the park.
    • The kid who zombified its own mother on the bridge.
    • When Takashi says his mother is a teacher at another school we cut to a shot of it and a few zombified children.
  • Updated Re-release: When the series began with the erratic schedule for its releases, Kodansha decided to have Shouji rerelease the previous volumes in full color, it stopped at the 4th volume after a regular release between each new volume, it's unclear if the project will go further than that.
  • We Need Some Zombie Bait:
    • A morbid example with Takashi wounding a thug at the gas station and leaving him for dead. His screams of pain attracted the zombie horde, allowing Takashi and Rei to escape with little notice.
    • On a less grotesque note, Takashi and Saeko used the prototype buggy to lure some zombies away from the rest of the group and into the river, eventually ditching it in the park's water fountain.
    • In Episode 8 of the anime, Takashi and Saeko attempted this by making noise to draw attention away from the others. Unfortunately, they were too far away to distract any of the zombies. Then they get separated from the others and have to find an alternate route to Saya's house.
    • Asami and Alice made excellent use of fireworks.
    • Asami started yelling at Kohta to draw as many zombies to her position as possible, leaving Kohta to finish her off.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 28 - What?! Shidou and his cult are still alive?
  • What You Are in the Dark: The positive and negative aspects of this trope as the zombie apocalypse allows some people to discover the depths of their hidden courage and ability while others show the depths they're willing to sink to just to save their own hides.
  • Wilhelm Scream: In Episode 1, as the Outbreak begins and students flee in a panic.
  • Wingding Eyes: Appears to various cast members in various forms.
  • World of Action Girls: While Takashi and Kohta are definitely no slouches themselves, the general rule of thumb is that if you're a female suvivor, you're an Action Girl.
  • World of Buxom: The guy from Honest Trailers would have a field day with this series, since practically every female is a D-Cup and above. "Heh, heh. BOOOOBS."
  • Wrench Whack: The preferred weapon of Mad, the Takagi mansion's mechanic.
  • X Meets Y: Dawn of the Dead meets Lord of the Flies meets School Rumble.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Saeko Busujima, emphasis on the 'wild flower' aspect.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Occasionally Rei, Saeko, and Alice.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: This story seems to follow the Romero rules, but "they" have a very strong grip. Also the zombies start slow, but if they hear a sound nearby they can move quicker. The fact that it's played as realistically as possible is also notable. The protagonists test and figure out that "they" must find things through vibrations. No circulation also means that in Japan's humid weather, the dead will probably decompose to the point of uselessness in a little under a month. Nobody has a clue how the dead are still capable of moving, though.
  • Zombie Infectee: Happens several times off-panel, like how zombies got aboard Air Force One and the "Curtis Wilbur" or how they breached the airport island.

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