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* WouldHitAGirl: Chivalry goes out the window when fighting hordes of the undead. All zombies, male and female, get the same treatment of getting gruesomely killed by the main cast out of self-preservation.


* TwelveEpisodeAnime: The anime only goes up to the twelve count due to the series being released as a monthly manga (though it did have two [=OVAs=]). If it gets another season remains to be seen, though due to it's very extended hiatus it likely won't be for a long while.

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* TwelveEpisodeAnime: The anime only goes up to the twelve count due to the series being released as a monthly manga (though it did have two [=OVAs=]). If it gets another season remains to be seen, though due to it's very extended hiatus it likely won't be for a long while.while... if ever.


In March 2011, the manga was put on hiatus; it had fallen into {{Schedule Slip}}s before, but Chapter 29 was the final nail, as it concluded the number of chapters needed for Volume 7. Reasons for the hiatus are scarce: Daisuke Sato doesn't seem to have been writing any other manga series at the moment, but Shouji Sato was still seen working on ''Manga/TriageX'', a series that he produces by himself. Shouji was supposedly also taking his time with research on weapons, vehicles, and so on for future ''HOTD'' chapters. He even colored all seven volumes of ''HOTD'' during the hiatus. In April 2013, the ''HOTD'' team released the manga's 30th chapter, then put the series back on hiatus. Almost four years later, on March 22 2017, Daisuke Satō tragically passed away from heart disease, making it [[AuthorExistenceFailure likely the series is under indefinite]] DevelopmentHell.

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In March 2011, the manga was put on hiatus; it had fallen into {{Schedule Slip}}s before, but Chapter 29 was the final nail, as it concluded the number of chapters needed for Volume 7. Reasons for the hiatus are scarce: Daisuke Sato doesn't seem to have been writing any other manga series at the moment, but Shouji Sato was still seen working on ''Manga/TriageX'', a series that he produces by himself. Shouji was supposedly also taking his time with research on weapons, vehicles, and so on for future ''HOTD'' chapters. He even colored all seven volumes of ''HOTD'' during the hiatus. In April 2013, the ''HOTD'' team released the manga's 30th chapter, then put the series back on hiatus. Almost four years later, on March 22 2017, Daisuke Satō tragically passed away from heart disease, making disease. Shouji Sato later confirmed they would not be continuing the series, leaving it [[AuthorExistenceFailure likely the series is under indefinite]] DevelopmentHell.
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* NoHelpIsComing: When the protagonists get to a shopping mall, they find patrol officer Asami Nakaoka, who tells them that her superior officer had left the mall in order to go find help for the survivors holed up there. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the zombies got to her first, as her zombified self is seen shambling around with the rest of them.]] Because of this, all the survivors have to get out of there themselves, with no help of any kind coming to save them.


--->'''Shizuka:''' Human... [[SudenlyShouting They're not human anymore!]] ([[CarFu rams several "them" down]])

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--->'''Shizuka:''' Human... [[SudenlyShouting [[SuddenlyShouting They're not human anymore!]] ([[CarFu rams several "them" down]])


* ConspicuousCG: Large vehicles, certain packgrounds and large crowds of "Them" are animated this way. As is the infamous bullet scene in episode 8.

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* ConspicuousCG: Large vehicles, certain packgrounds Certain vehicle and background animations and large crowds of "Them" "them" are animated this way. As is way in the Anime, similar to Araki's later works. The infamous bullet scene in episode 8.8 also uses this.


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* PedalToTheMetalShot: Twice with Shizuka in episode 3, the second of which serving as an EstablishingCharacterMoment for her after realizing the students are no longer students:
--->'''Shizuka:''' Human... [[SudenlyShouting They're not human anymore!]] ([[CarFu rams several "them" down]])


* ConspicuousCG: Large vehicles, certain packgrounds and large crowds of "Them" are animated this way. As is the infamous bullet scene in Episode 8.

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* ConspicuousCG: Large vehicles, certain packgrounds and large crowds of "Them" are animated this way. As is the infamous bullet scene in Episode episode 8.


An anime adaptation by Creator/{{Madhouse}} aired during the summer of 2010 under the direction of Tetsurō Araki, who also directed ''Manga/DeathNote'' for Madhouse, and would later direct ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'' for Creator/ProductionIG, and ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' and ''Anime/KabaneriOfTheIronFortress'' for WIT Studio. The anime was licensed and dubbed by Creator/SentaiFilmworks in 2011, premiered on [[Creator/AnimeNetwork The Anime Network]], and even streamed on Creator/VIZMedia's Creator/NeonAlley service for a while.

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An anime adaptation by Creator/{{Madhouse}} Creator/{{Madhouse}}[[labelnote:*]]with assistance from Creator/AsahiProduction and Creator/{{Dogakobo}}[[/labelnote]] aired during the summer of 2010 under the direction of Tetsurō Araki, who also directed ''Manga/DeathNote'' for Madhouse, and would later direct ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'' for Creator/ProductionIG, and ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' and ''Anime/KabaneriOfTheIronFortress'' for WIT Studio. The anime was licensed and dubbed by Creator/SentaiFilmworks in 2011, premiered on [[Creator/AnimeNetwork The Anime Network]], and even streamed on Creator/VIZMedia's Creator/NeonAlley service for a while.


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* ConspicuousCG: Large vehicles, certain packgrounds and large crowds of "Them" are animated this way. As is the infamous bullet scene in Episode 8.


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%%** The overuse of {{Panty Shot}}s in the series as a whole, even from the main girls, can easily make one think this.


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** A similar instance happens in episode 3 when the minibus busts down the gates of the high school and catches some air as a result.

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** [[spoiler:Asami herself]] gets one with a little help from Hirano.


* TwelveEpisodeAnime: The anime only goes up to the twelve count due to the series being released as a monthly manga (though it did have two [=OVAs=]). If it gets another season remains to be seen, though due to it's very extended hiatus it likely won't be for a long while.



* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Takashi and Rei have been noted for their similarity to [[Creator/{{Aniplex}} Aniplex's]] [[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline Kirito and Asuna]], with anime fans considering the former pair to [[http://ifunny.co/fun/ryU3PRAy1 look like]] [[http://icrescent.tumblr.com/post/99963874114/am-i-the-only-one-who-thinks-rei-from-hotd-and older versions]] of the latter. There's even a comparison vid showing they've also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXizxLnR_dM shared similar scenes.]]

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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Takashi and Rei have been noted for their similarity to [[Creator/{{Aniplex}} Aniplex's]] [[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline Kirito and Asuna]], with anime fans considering the former pair to [[http://ifunny.co/fun/ryU3PRAy1 [[http://img.ifcdn.com/images/f1cbccdce243ed2a1537948a86dacab32e3fbdf6c35b373be81913300e3d33f6_1.jpg look like]] [[http://icrescent.tumblr.com/post/99963874114/am-i-the-only-one-who-thinks-rei-from-hotd-and like older versions]] of the latter. There's even a comparison vid showing they've also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXizxLnR_dM shared similar scenes.]]



** In the ''"Drifters of the Dead"'' OVA, Kohta wears a ''girls'' school swimsuit.

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** In the ''"Drifters of the Dead"'' OVA, Kohta wears a ''girls'' ''girls''' school swimsuit.



** During the clinic raid, Asami asked Kohta to call her by her first name.

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** During the clinic raid, Asami asked asks Kohta to call her by her first name.



** Kazu Ishii and Hiro Tamaru managed to smile just before they were [[MercyKill mercy killed]].

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** Kazu Ishii and Hiro Tamaru managed to smile just before they were [[MercyKill mercy killed]].{{mercy kill}}ed.



** {{Lampshaded}} when the team raids a [[AbandonedHospital hospital]] to acquire plasma for a dying old woman. [[spoiler:They point out that since the woman needs ''regular'' blood transfusions and they can only bring back enough usable plasma for one, they are essentially risking all their lives to buy her an extra week or two at the most. One of them does in fact die during the raid. As if that weren't already messed up, the old couple commits suicide a short time later]].
** Played triumphantly straight when our heroes brave a veritable ''horde'' of "them" to save one little girl... and won.

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** {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when the team raids a [[AbandonedHospital hospital]] to acquire plasma for a dying old woman. [[spoiler:They point out that since the woman needs ''regular'' blood transfusions and they can only bring back enough usable plasma for one, they are essentially risking all their lives to buy her an extra week or two at the most. One of them does in fact die during the raid. As if that weren't already messed up, the old couple commits suicide a short time later]].
** Played triumphantly straight when our heroes brave a veritable ''horde'' of "them" to save one little girl... and won.win.



* ImplausibleHairColor: Several members of he cast have brown, or blonde hair, which is uncommon in RealLife Japan. Still, at least those are natural hair colors. The same can't be said of [[RosehairedGirl Saya's pink hair]], or [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair Saeko's purple hair.]]

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* ImplausibleHairColor: Several members of he cast have brown, or blonde hair, which is uncommon in RealLife Japan. Still, at least those are natural hair colors. The same can't be said of [[RosehairedGirl [[RoseHairedGirl Saya's pink hair]], or [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair Saeko's purple hair.]]



** 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.
** Shimada[[note]]the mall survivor, who had tried to rape Shizuka[[/note]] 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 [[spoiler:the remaining mall survivors]], after gunning down the advancing horde.
** After Kohta suffered a HeroicBSOD [[spoiler:from having to kill Asami]], he nearly broke off from the group to suicidally take down as many zombies as he could until [[spoiler:Shizuka]] talked him out of it.

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** During their escape from the mall (chapter 25), the group took takes the time to escort one of the mall survivors to the rooftop where the others were.
are.
** Shimada[[note]]the mall survivor, who had tried to rape Shizuka[[/note]] and Asami split off from Takashi's group and died dies while saving the kid responsible for letting "them" into the mall.
** The JSDF arrived arrive in time to save [[spoiler:the remaining mall survivors]], after gunning down the advancing horde.
** After Kohta suffered a HeroicBSOD [[spoiler:from having to kill Asami]], he nearly broke breaks off from the group to suicidally take down as many zombies as he could until [[spoiler:Shizuka]] talked talks him out of it.



* ParentalSubstitute: While Takashi's group has essentially 'adopted' Alice, Hirano and Saya are the ones she's latched onto as her new 'parents'. Which was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and used as ShipTease in [[http://www.mangareader.net/high-school-of-the-dead/29/32 Chapter 29]].

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* ParentalSubstitute: While Takashi's group has essentially 'adopted' Alice, Hirano and Saya are the ones she's latched onto as her new 'parents'. Which was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}d and used as ShipTease in [[http://www.mangareader.net/high-school-of-the-dead/29/32 Chapter 29]].



-->'''Saya: ([[DeadpanSnarker deadpan]])''' "[[LampshadeHanging It sounds like an]] [[HGame H-Game]] over there..."

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-->'''Saya: ([[DeadpanSnarker deadpan]])''' "[[LampshadeHanging --->'''Saya:''' (''[[DeadpanSnarker deadpan]]'') [[LampshadeHanging It sounds like an]] [[HGame H-Game]] HGame over there..."



* TwelveEpisodeAnime: The anime only goes up to the twelve count due to the series being released as a monthly manga (though it did have two [=OVAs=]). If it gets another season remains to be seen, though due to it's very extended hiatus it likely won't be for a long while.


[[caption-width-right:240: Boobs won't save you now.]]

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[[caption-width-right:240: Boobs [[caption-width-right:248:Boobs won't save you now.]]


* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad: Shido
** TheDragon: Yuuki
** TheBrute: Tsunoda and Miura
** TheEvilGenius: Kurokami
** TheDarkChick: Kawamoto and Taniuchi
** SixthRangerTraitor: Yamada
** LivingProp: Both of the other boys in Takuzo's group


** Mizusu quickly turns on her [=BFF=], Toshimi, when zombies attack her, and abandons her "friend" to a brutal end to [[DirtyCoward save her own sorry ass]].

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** Mizusu Misuzu quickly turns on her [=BFF=], Toshimi, when zombies attack her, and abandons her "friend" to a brutal end to [[DirtyCoward save her own sorry ass]].


* NoEnding[=/=]AndTheAdventureContinues: The anime stops abruptly, with the main characters escaping and continuing the search for their parents.
** And with the Mangaka's passing in 2017, the manga abruptly ended with the characters about to meet a group of survivors at a near by elementary school and Minami being redeployed into Japan's main land to stay with survivors.

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* NoEnding[=/=]AndTheAdventureContinues: The anime stops abruptly, ends with the main characters escaping and continuing the search for their parents.
** And with the Mangaka's passing in 2017, the manga abruptly ended with is put to an indefinite hold: Chapter 30 has the characters are about to meet a group of survivors at a near by nearby elementary school and Minami being is redeployed into Japan's main land to stay with survivors.them.


In March 2011, the manga was put on hiatus; it had fallen into {{Schedule Slip}}s before, but Chapter 29 was the final nail, as it concluded the number of chapters needed for Volume 7. Reasons for the hiatus are scarce: Daisuke Sato doesn't seem to have been writing any other manga series at the moment, but Shouji Sato was still seen working on ''Manga/TriageX'', a series that he produces by himself. Shouji was supposedly also taking his time with research on weapons, vehicles, and so on for future ''HOTD'' chapters. He even colored all seven volumes of ''HOTD'' during the hiatus. In April 2013, the ''HOTD'' team released the manga's 30th chapter, then put the series back on hiatus. Almost four years later, on March 22 2017, Daisuke Satō tragically passed away from heart disease, making it [[AuthorExistenceFailure highly unlikely the series will ever return from hiatus.]]

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In March 2011, the manga was put on hiatus; it had fallen into {{Schedule Slip}}s before, but Chapter 29 was the final nail, as it concluded the number of chapters needed for Volume 7. Reasons for the hiatus are scarce: Daisuke Sato doesn't seem to have been writing any other manga series at the moment, but Shouji Sato was still seen working on ''Manga/TriageX'', a series that he produces by himself. Shouji was supposedly also taking his time with research on weapons, vehicles, and so on for future ''HOTD'' chapters. He even colored all seven volumes of ''HOTD'' during the hiatus. In April 2013, the ''HOTD'' team released the manga's 30th chapter, then put the series back on hiatus. Almost four years later, on March 22 2017, Daisuke Satō tragically passed away from heart disease, making it [[AuthorExistenceFailure highly unlikely likely the series will ever return from hiatus.]]
is under indefinite]] DevelopmentHell.

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