The Character Sheet for School-Live!.
Beware of Unmarked Spoilers.
A bright and cheerful girl who loves her school and her School Life Club. As result of a mental breakdown, Yuki deludes herself into believing that everything is normal, oblivious to the fact that she is in the midst of a Zombie Apocalypse and the "activities" of the club are survival missions.
- Adaptation Dye-Job:
- Her eyes are a brownish-pink in the manga instead of a bright pink like the anime.
- Her eyes are changed to brown in the live-action film. Her hair is also black and she's missing her hat.
- All-Loving Heroine: She really loves her school, classmates, and her club. Unfortunately, most of everyone she knew became zombies. This may be a defensive mechanism to ease her psychological trauma.
- Ambiguous Disorder: No one quite knows what's wrong with her, though Miki has tried to research mental illnesses. There's also the question of whether she really does have a mental illness or she's just Obfuscating Stupidity as a way to keep her friends' spirits up to help them cope with their situation.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: When she asks Kurumi about why she's carrying around a shovel, the latter attempts to tell her about its usage during World War I. Unfortunately, Yuki quickly turns her attention to something else while Kurumi is explaining. She also zigzags between falling asleep in class and being wide awake a moment later.
- Believing Their Own Lies: In her mind, everything she sees looks like a normal day at school - except she's seemingly unaware there is a Zombie Apocalypse, and sees everyone as alive and healthy (with the exception of the School Life Club, since they truly have survived). This is actually a defense mechanism created by her to deal with the world she's now living in, encouraged by Megumi. Her death was even the catalyst. Notably, during some of the periods, she has them do various things that normally would require a teacher's approval. Her delusions have her likely assume that Megu-nee was the one who met with, presumably, the principal to allow them to do the activity, which is why no-one else is there.
- Book Dumb: Doesn't seem very intellectual, as seen in episode 2 when Yuuri goes to the library to get math books for her. Notably, she subverts this sometimes, showing uncanny knowledge of some aspects of the school and how things work. The problem is that the school has fallen into disrepair, and she's constantly seeing it as it was.
- Break the Cutie: The Zombie Apocalypse completely broke her mental state, especially Megu-nee's death. Eventually her mental state slowly improves, and she knows her cheerful attitude keeps her friends' spirits up.
- Cat Smile: Displays one occasionally, suiting her cat-ear hat.
- The Chick: She lacks combat skills and usually needs to be looked after by her teammates because of her mental condition, but her cheerfulness and kindness always gives the team the will to go on.
- Cope by Pretending: Miki speculates that this is what Yuki is doing. She's not actually mentally ill—she's pretending that everything is fine. There are signs for both.
- Curtains Match the Window: Pink hair and eyes.
- Custom Uniform: The sailor collar and skirt of her uniform are blue instead of green. Though she should have the same uniform color as the other members of the School Life Club, there's still no in-universe explanation given as to why her clothes are this way.
- The Cutie: It is her innocence and open-heartedness that rallies and unifies the girls despite their circumstances.
- Friendless Background: Prior to the apocalypse, she didn't have friends (at least in the manga) and was teased for being unusual. Subverted in Episode 12 with Yuki's brief flashback showing the three of her classmates being clearly affectionate towards Yuki, hugging her and patting her head... while wearing the regular white-and-green school uniforms instead of the white-and-blue from Yuki's delusions, thus indicating that this time these are the real memories.
- Genki Girl: A deconstruction of this trope. She's not just "cheerful and optimistic": her mind outright refuses to see how gloomy the situation really is, to the point of hallucination. At least at first. Afterwards, she remains cheerful on purpose, but very much conscious of the reality, which could be considered a different kind of deconstruction.
- Hair Decorations: Her cross hairpins.
- The Heart: Her delusions aside (or maybe because of her delusions), her unflagging cheerfulness has served to ground both Rii and Kurumi into not giving up living. In Chapter 52, she manages to motivate and cheer up Kurumi and snap her out of her Despair Event Horizon with just her simple yet effective, optimistic and kind words and personality.
- Hidden Depths: Yuki suffers from delusions, but a conversation between her and Miki suggests she can tell Kurumi and Rii are going through much hardship for her sake, so Yuki plays up her cheerfulness in order to alleviate their burden.
- Iconic Item: Her cat ear hat, as well as her winged backpack. Both symbolize her childish nature and deep-seated delusions.
- Kiddie Kid: She's a high schooler but seems far younger because of her kitty-themed Nice Hat, backpack with angel wings on it, and very childish attitude.
- The Load: She has zero fighting ability, and what's worse, her delusions make her a serious liability when things get hairy, as unless told there was something going on, she wouldn't even know that she needed to defend herself. Kurumi and Rii waste a lot of time trying to marry her delusions with reality, in order to avoid panicking her. Furthermore, her obliviousness makes her a zombie magnet, as she's prone to squealing and running given the slightest opportunity — and the zombies are drawn to noise.As of Chapter 31, she is moving away from this trope, becoming more reliable, as said by everyone else. She still can be energetic and silly, but it is largely done on purpose now specifically to keep the group in good spirits, and extensively to help Yuuri overcome her own struggles with delusions and despair.
- Locked Out of the Loop: She is often sent on a Snipe Hunt such as going out to ask for permission from Megu-nee to do various things. The other girls then use this time to discuss more serious things.
- Nice Girl: She never seems to get mad at the other girls the way they do to each other when they have a disagreement. Consequently, this helps her in her The Heart role, as she can often be seen as the glue holding their fragile bond and sanity together.
- Nice Hat: Her cat-eared hat with its cat face pin. In the anime, it caused her to be bullied at school. She buries it with Taroumaru in the anime, which also symbolizes her character maturing.
- Obfuscating Insanity: In a conversation with Miki, it's heavily implied that Yuki is very much aware of the circumstances around her, but puts up a cheerful front in order help keep Kurumi and Rii stable and (relatively) sane. She also seems be able to conveniently know what the group needs, such as suggesting a "field trip" to get supplies from the nearby mall, a "sports festival" to help Miki bond with the rest of the group, and a "graduation ceremony" so the girls can leave the school for good.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The other girls always take note of when Yuki is acting particularly reliable and serious as opposed to her usual delusions.
- The Ophelia: Extremely cute and sweet, and prone to having delusions to escape from the cruel reality she lives in.
- The Pollyanna: Tries to maintain an upbeat attitude, which also helps the other girls as being constantly pessimistic in a Zombie Apocalypse may lead to a Despair Event Horizon, as seen with Miki's friend Kei. She does accidentally get thrown back into reality from time to time, such as when the girls were in the mall in episode 5.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Readily contrasts as the exuberant red oni to Miki's much more serious and calm blue.
- Replacement Goldfish: Rii treats Yuki like her little sister as a means of repressing her thoughts about her real little sister.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: A sweet, cheerful and innocent All-Loving Hero. This is reflected with her pink hair. Too bad her current reality is far too much for her to bear.
- Sanity Strengthening: Yuki's mental state slowly improves later in the series after she's forcibly snapped back into reality when she faces a zombie completely on her own.
- Selective Obliviousness: For Yuki, school is still mostly the way it was prior to the Zombie Apocalypse. The anime makes this much more apparent, in that a lot of things seen through her point of view shows the school more or less being normal, while in reality, it's pretty crappy. The other girls mostly go along with it, partly to help Yuki maintain her sanity, and partly as a coping mechanism for themselves as well, as she isn't the only one suffering from how bleak their situation is.
- Stock Shoujo Heroine: Deconstructed. Yuki has all the characteristics, but she's unfortunately not in a Schoolgirl Series like she thinks. It's also shown in the anime that Yuki had been bullied for some of the more common shoujo heroine aspects, such as her peppy personality.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: The wise guy to Miki's straight man.
- Supporting Protagonist: She's the main viewpoint character, but things aren't quite as she perceives them and the other girls are the ones who take care of everything to survive the Zombie Apocalypse.
- Terrible Artist: Kurumi really makes fun of her when she looks at the drawings Yuki makes for the graduation album in episode 4.
- Too Dumb to Live: She does some incredibly stupid things from time to time, such as running off by herself in the library to look for manga, while the girls aren't completely sure if zombies are still hiding in there.
- Unreliable Narrator: The story is portrayed at times from Yuki's perspective, including the majority of the first episode, showing a bright, cheerful school life surrounded by friendly classmates and school activities - none of which remains now that she and three friends are the only non-zombies left.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink hair in her case.
- You Remind Me of X:
- Yuki reminds Miki of her best friend Kei.
- Yuuri states Yuki reminds her of her younger sister, and admits she especially dotes on her because of this connection.
A twin-tailed member of the School Life Club, who is often sent out on the more dangerous missions. She carries a shovel around with her at all times in case of zombie encounters.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: She has black hair and brown eyes in the live-action film.
- Action Girl: She's the one who handles most of the fighting for the club and is able to go against hordes of zombies with just her trusty shovel.
- Badass Adorable: She is very cute, but is also by far the toughest member of the School Life Club, and has killed multiple zombies without a scratch. At least until she finds herself unable to kill the zombified Megumi due to their emotional connection, and ends up getting bitten for her troubles.
- The Big Girl: She's the strongest member of the club and she handles most of the combat.
- Blood-Splattered Innocents: In the manga, she was splattered with blood when she killed her crush at the start of the apocalypse.
- Costume Evolution: She begins wearing a hoodie after she is bit by Megu-nee's zombie.
- Cute Little Fangs: To go with her gutsy personality.
- Dead Man Walking: It's implied that the serum used on her isn't a permanent solution, and if she doesn't take it regularly there's a real danger that she'll relapse. The problem with this however is the cache included in the emergency shelter has less than five left (deducting the one used on her), and there's no way of replenishing their supply.
- Drives Like Crazy: Well, given that it's a Zombie Apocalypse, and her only prior driving experience is from racing games, it can probably be forgiven that she drives slightly recklessly.
- Foreshadowing: We can see in early episodes that Kurumi is not quite as gung-ho about zombie hunting as she makes herself out to be, and sometimes her reaction time suffers because of this. Episode 2 demonstrates that she will balk at killing a zombie if she is reminded of its former humanity: she pauses before an easy kill because she sees the zombie's phone, with a picture of a girl and her boyfriend on it. It's therefore no surprise that she is almost fatally hesitant when confronted with a zombie she knew and loved personally. The incident with her senpai was a near miss, as his recent transformation gave her time to react, but she doesn't have that advantage with Megu-nee's zombie, and her shock when confronted with it gives the creature time to bite her.
- Girlish Pigtails: She usually wears her hair like this. However, she pins them in a more sensible manner (closer to her head, to keep them from being grabbed) when there's heavy shovel swinging that needs to be done.
- Gratuitous English: In the anime she says a few times "thank you" and once "okay".
- Hair Decorations: Her violet ribbons.
- Heartbroken Badass: She smashes zombies with her shovel, but she's clearly still affected by being forced to kill the senpai she liked back when Zombie Apocalypse started.
- Heroic BSoD: Her slowly worsening zombification and the fact that she killed Takashige in self defense begin to overwhelm Kurumi to the point where she wanders off on her own, aimlessly wandering amongst the zombie horde waiting for her impending demise. Fortunately, Yuki manages to find her and snap her out of it.
- Hot-Blooded: Kurumi is shown to be a very passionate person, especially when doings things that require physical activity.
- Iconic Item: Her shovel, which she utilizes for a variety of things, including as her Weapon of Choice.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: Being in high school, she is obviously too young to qualify for a driver's license. She still gets saddled with driving the car during the school trip... because she played driving games a lot.Rii: That's right, we'll need a ride then. Kurumi, can you drive?Kurumi: I've only driven in games... It'll work out somehow.
- Kill the Ones You Love: She had to kill the senpai she had a crush on after he turned into a zombie.
- Living on Borrowed Time: She is infected by a bite. While an experimental vaccine halts the zombification process, it still leaves her with a cold body temperature and seems to be wearing off over time. Kurumi believes that the vaccine won't keep her alive forever.
- Mistaken for Suicidal: The manga has an ambiguous example. Kurumi and Miki find a gun, but Miki throws it out. Miki thought the gun would be too dangerous and it's implied she thought Kurumi would use it on herself someday. The ambiguous part is that it's never specified if Miki is correct or not.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She breaks down crying over having to kill Takashige in order to save herself, and walks away from the University as a result.
- Nice Girl: Despite being a major tease to Yuki, she's one of the most kind and nicest characters in the series.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Despite being told not to, she scouts the basement by herself, stating she'd be fine. Unfortunately, her bond with Megu-nee causes her to hesitate before killing her zombified teacher, who then manages to bite her in the arm.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: She wears striped gloves. After being bitten, she wears a hoodie over her uniform.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her twintails go past her waist.
- Security Blanket: She is shown tending to her shovel when anxious, and even sleeps with it by her side at night.
- Shovel Strike: Her Weapon of Choice is her trusty shovel.
- Stepford Smiler: Kurumi sometimes plays up her gutsy personality to keep up the group's morale. In the manga, she manages to return to her home, only to find the house abandoned - except for one room that's bloody and shows signs of a struggle. When she reunites with the group, she acts like nothing happened.
- Tainted Veins: She gains these on her right arm, and the right side of her neck and face after her close brush with zombification. Though the ones on her face and neck fade away, she bandages her arm to hide the bite mark and any faintly visible veins.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Kurumi is an athletic and strong-willed tomboy, but she also has certain girly interests, like boys and getting married.
- Tragic Keepsake: Her shovel serves as this, as the first zombie she killed with it was the senpai she liked.
- Tsurime Eyes: Her eyes are distinctively sharper than the others girls, hinting at her more aggressive personality.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has dark purple hair.
- Zombie Infectee: Later in the series, Kurumi becomes infected after being bitten on the right arm by the zombified Megumi. She's seemingly cured by an antidote, but her body remains cold and if she doesn't take the serum regularly, there's a real danger that she'll relapse. In addition, zombies seem to ignore her unless she makes a lot of noise.
Yuuri "Rii" Wakasa
The president of the School Life Club.
- Adaptation Dye-Job:
- Her hair is a dark brown in the manga but a medium brown in the anime.
- She has black hair and brown eyes in the live-action film.
- Beauty Mark: One of her distinguishing features, under her left eye.
- Beneath the Mask: While she maintains a reliable and nurturing aura, Yuuri very carefully hides from the others her own anxieties and doubts that the girls can continue living safely forever.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When she gets mad, she usually has a dark aura around her. This is enough to creep out even Taroumaru.
- Big Sister Instinct: Deconstructed pretty hard. Rii has a little sister that she cares deeply about. Rii hasn't seen her since the day of the outbreak, so Rii tried to act like a big sister to the club members as a way to forget about her real sister. When she finally remembers her sister, Rii becomes filled with guilt over not going to look for her earlier and sneaks out one night to try and find her sister in a zombie-infested elementary school. After Rii finds Ruu, protecting Ruu becomes her top priority, to the point where she keeps getting everyone in trouble in order to avoid anything that could endanger Ruu. And the worst part of all this? Ruu is not even real in the first place.
- Club President: She's the president of the School Life Club and she manages food, electricity and lessons for the club.
- Eyes Always Shut: Zigzagged. She does open them from time to time. Her eyes are usually closed when relaxed but open when scared, serious, or angry.
- Gag Boobs: More obvious in the anime thanks to Gainaxing.
- Heroic BSoD: She snaps from the pressure in the wake of the helicopter crashing outside their school, and watching Kurumi and Miki getting injured in its explosion.
- In-Series Nickname: Rii.
- The Load: Poor Rii goes from a dependable leader to a burden on the team, sabotaged by her determination to protect her sister. If anything, she's worse than Yuki was: Yuki's delusions had to be accommodated, but rarely stopped her doing anything in terms of survival missions, not to mention that on some level, Yuki was aware of reality and made helpful suggestions. Rii, on the other hand, prioritizes the non-existent Ruu over her fellow club members, refusing to do anything that might endanger her "sister" and demanding that the others in the group do unreasonable and downright dangerous things in order to protect "Ruu".
- Mercy Kill: Kurumi made Yuuri promise that she would be the one to put her out of her misery if Kurumi was ever infected. In the anime, Yuuri can't go through with it and breaks down in tears; in the manga, she's nearly able to force herself despite her overwhelming horror and panic, but Miki shows up with the antidote just in time.
- Motherly Side Plait: Occasionally wears her hair in this fashion in more relaxed situations, lending to her Team Mom status.
- Nice Girl: She's always kind and supportive but that doesn't mean she doesn't feel the pressure like everyone else. As the story goes on, she seems more and more on the verge of cracking under that pressure.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: She wears a tan cardigan with her uniform.
- Not So Above It All: In episode 9, Kurumi guesses that the normally mature and serious Yuuri brought the water guns, which had limited use, up to the roof. The latter confirms it, then reveals her given nickname when tossing some water balloons at Kurumi. The nickname? "Balloon Bomb Sorceress".
- Not So Stoic: She begins to lose her cool when Miki suggests they should snap Yuki out of her delusions, and loses her cool even more when the helicopter crashes.
- Rapunzel Hair: It goes all the way down to her waist.
- The Reliable One: Yuuri works to assure the girls of their daily comfort, keeping stock of supplies and looking out for the other girls.
- Sanity Slippage: Rii grows progressively more unstable in the wake of the helicopter crash at the school. This culminates in what might be a full breakdown once the group heads to the elementary school where her younger sister attended - and then she deludes herself into believing that Yuki's teddy bear is her little sister Ruu.
- Team Chef: She's the one who cooks for the club.
- Team Mom: As the most mature and caring member of the club, she acts as a mother/older sister figure to the girls.
- Zettai Ryouiki: She wears black thigh-high stockings.
A girl who is a year below the other girls. She was rescued by the School Life Club while they were scouting a shopping mall. At first, she hates the way Kurumi and Yuuri play along with Yuki's delusions, but later comes to understand how she helps them.
- A-Cup Angst: Miki seems to have some mild insecurity with her bust size, always reacting in awe to Yuuri's.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: In the manga, she doesn't join the girls until several chapters in, being the Sole Survivor in a mall after the outbreak. In the anime however, she is already part of the group, though her time in the mall is referenced by Yuuri in episode 2, and then shown in Flash Back during episodes 4 and 5.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Miki is far more patient and understanding to the club and Yuki's delusions in the anime. One of her reasons for joining the club was because she wanted to spend more time with Yuki since she makes the life in a Zombie Apocalypse more fun.
- Adaptation Dye-Job:
- She has purplish-blue eyes in the manga, but they are blue in the anime.
- In the live-action film, she has brown eyes and black hair.
- Animals Hate Her: In the anime, Taroumaru doesn't seem to like Miki at all, and abruptly turns his gaze away from her a few times. Taroumaru's indifference may stem from when she yelled at him when her friend Kei left her in the mall. Despite this, Taroumaru was worried for her and barked when Yuki and the others found him, trying to bring their attention to Miki, and even rushed to help her when she was swarmed by zombies.
- Audience Surrogate: Due to joining the group later than the others, it is through Miki that we learn about and understand Yuki's delusional world. In addition, Miki's behavior and thought process is also much more in line with the average high school girl's, given her situation.
- Bookworm: Miki loves to read and spends most of her free time reading. She admits one of her regrets of the apocalypse is that no new books will be made.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: In the manga, she's initially somewhat distant from the club and critical of the way they handle Yuki, but opens up after realizing that Yuki's more perceptive than she seems, and soon sees the club as her True Companions.
- Despair Event Horizon: She was close to crossing it before she was found by the School Life Club.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Starts off as the group's newcomer with criticisms of their lax nature, but grows into an integral part of the group and an irreplaceable friend.
- Foreshadowing: In the anime, Miki is often seen reading a book in her free time. Eventually, she explains the book is about a group of friends who suffer great hardship and travel with a dog, but implies that at the end of the story the dog dies. Taroumaru just so happens to suffer the same fate shortly after.
- Grumpy Bear: She's usually the last to get excited about whatever zany activities Yuki proposes and typically responds with deadpan quips throughout.
- Heroes Love Dogs: In the anime, Miki is the one out of all the girls that is attached to Taroumaru the most, even though Taroumaru isn't fond of her. She's the one hit the hardest after he gets zombified by zombie Megu-nee.
- In-Series Nickname: Mii-kun.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the manga, she can come off as brash and rude at first, especially with how critical she is of how the club handles Yuki. But she means well despite the harsh way she presents herself, and once she bonds with Yuki and begins to appreciate her intentions, she ends up becoming closer to the group and becoming a vital member.
- Living Is More Than Surviving: A major theme in Miki's character is learning to enjoy life and not lose her humanity just because of their situation.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In the anime, when she refuses to leave with Kei and then yells at Taroumaru in frustration, causing him to leave her as well. After reuniting with Taroumaru, she is committed to befriending him.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calm, serious blue oni to Yuki's childish, exuberant red.
- Sempai/Kohai: She's the girls' kohai, as she's a year behind them in school.
- Sole Survivor: She was the last non-infected person found in the mall by the other three girls.
- Stocking Filler: She wears garters to hold up her stockings.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: Serves as the straight man to Yuki's wise guy.
- Tragic Bromance: After surviving together, Miki's best friend Kei eventually leaves her and is implied to have died. It is the loss of Kei that allows Miki to realize there is more to life than simply surviving day after day.
- Tragic Keepsake: She keeps the CD player her friend Kei gave her before they parted ways.
- Zettai Ryouiki: She wears black thigh-high stockings.
The president of the St. Isidore University's Degeneracy Appreciation Society, nicknamed the "Circle."
- Adorkable: She's rather goofy, but nice as well.
- Club President
- Commonality Connection: Bonds with Kurumi rather quickly thanks to their mutual love of video games.
- Gamer Chick: She enjoys video games quite a lot. She started to play "Splatoon" with Kurumi before even introducing herself.
- Short Hair with Tail: She has short hair with a long braid that hangs off her left shoulder.
- The Cameo: She makes a brief appearance in the anime's final scene, where she finds one of the School Life Club's letters on top of a hill.
Member of the Circle.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: She admits she quitted long ago, but occasionally does it when feeling stressed.
- Letting Her Hair Down: Has her hair down during her talk that helps her bond with Miki.
- Properly Paranoid: She was very right about being uneasy around Ayaka, and leaving when they had the chance.
- True Companions: Like the School Life Club, before everything they were strangers from different careers, but now they're inseparable.
The craftsman and repairman of the Circle.
- Hidden Depths: Who would have thought the quiet girl would be the one to find a dorm with a backup generator and solar panels that allowed her friends to survive on their own.
- In-Series Nickname: Hika.
- The Quiet One: She never talks very much, nor very high.
- Shrinking Violet
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: A brief shot shows she wears them.
- Wrench Wench: A cute girl who happens to be an engineer and craftsman.
A university student in charge of the University Library.
- Alliterative Name: Rise Ryougawahara
- Bookworm: Like Miki, Rise loves books.
- In-Series Nickname: Master.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair occasionally covers her left eye.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has pink hair of a shade darker than Yuki's.
A member of the other survivor "faction" at the university.
- Action Girl: Even moreso then Kurumi, Shinou is very tough and has killed countless amount of zombies all by herself using just a screwdriver, even when she's facing off against multiple zombies all at once.
- Anti-Villain: In contrast to the other Militants members, she's shown having a sympathetic side and isn't particularly malicious about her duties. Once she gets confirmation that the School Life Club didn't kill Kougami, she not only admits that she didn't actually suspect them of doing so, but also apologizes for him firing a crossbow at them earlier, then lets them go and offers to go find "Ruu" for them while they make their escape upon being told about Yuuri's delusions.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She has a rather nice and almost gentle personality when not on duty, but don't let that fool you. She is very much a capable and tough zombie killer, who will also follow through with her superior's orders without question - at first, anyway.
- Big Damn Heroes: Pulls this off three times all within the span of a few chapters. Her first one is when she unexpectedly frees the School Life Club after getting confirmation that they didn't kill Kougami. Then later on, she saves a delusional and injured Yuuri from being eaten by zombies, and goes on to save Miki from Takahito right in the nick of time by stabbing the bastard with her screwdriver.
- Boobs of Steel: The bustiest girl in the series, and probably the most fearsome fighter.
- The Brute: While she doesn't look the part, she's the enforcer of the Militants: Takahito and Ayaka might rant about how "special" and "chosen" they were, but it's Shinou who gets her hands dirty the most. She's the one who goes "hunting," and she gets the drop on the other survivors and holds a screwdriver to their throats. In line with this trope, however, she usually just does as she's told - she's no strategist.
- Hand on Womb: She does this gesture at the end of both chapter 42 and 43, indicating that she might be pregnant with her boyfriend's child.
- HeelFace Turn: While she was already the least evil member of the group, Shinou finally leaves the Militants in Chapter 53 and starts off by saving Yuuri's life from some zombies that her superiors had let inside the university. It's further cemented in the next chapter, when she stabs her former leader Takahito to stop him from killing Miki.
- Improbable Weapon User: She occasionally goes outside with a biker protection suit and helmet, and kills zombies with... a screwdriver.
- Kill the Ones You Love: She has to kill Kougami after he turns out to have been zombified. And doesn't even manage to shed a tear after doing it.
- Ms. Fanservice: She has a large chest and wears a skin-tight leather outfit that she sometimes unzips, and doesn't wear a bra underneath. In addition, she has also been featured in suggestive promotional material for the series and is so far the only character to get two nude scenes, one of which is on Chapter 43's cover.
- Pregnant Badass: Chapter 54 has her confirm that she's pregnant (albeit in the early stages) while rescuing Miki from Takahito.
- The Quiet One: She's rather quiet and doesn't speak a lot unless it's about something important.
- Token Good Teammate: Seems to be this to the Militants, as she completely believes the School Life Club when they tell her that they didn't kill Kougami and even lets them go free immediately afterwards. She's also the only Militants member who's never been shown killing a living person (in contrast to Ayaka gleefully tormenting and killing whoever she can and the rest of the Militants killing most of their own people to preserve food), and she's far less of a Jerkass then the rest of her team.
- She's also shown to ultimately be more reasonable then the rest of her team, as shown with how she not only believes the School Life Club when they tell her they didn't kill Kougami and thus lets them go, but also how it's implied that she actually believes Miki's logical explanation that Kougami and Takahito were infected by an airborne virus instead of a particular person. With this all in mind, it's almost no surprise that she eventually quits the Militants and decides to help out the School Living Club and the Fallen Girls.
The dark-haired member of the other survivor faction.
- Ax-Crazy: Chapter 47 shows she's a little too gleeful in murdering zombies. Turns out she's equally enthusiastic about killing non-zombies too. What does she do upon seeing the newly transformed Takahito opening the gates protecting Saint Isidore from zombies? Turn on the sirens with a smile on her face.
- Bolivian Army Ending: The last we see of her is when her stolen vehicle finally gives out and shes about to be swarmed by a horde of zombies. Barring an absolute miracle, its highly unlikely were going to see her again. Alive, anyway.
- The Dragon: Might be this to Takahito, unless they're both co-leaders of the Militants.
- Dragon Ascendant:With Takahito being revealed to be infected and thus promptly kicked out of the team, she is now the leader of the Militants. Not that it means much, since she and Shinou are now the only living members left.
- The Dreaded: The Circle members are shown to be terrified of her, and for good reason. Even some of her fellow Militants members are scared of her, as Aki left the group due to feeling unsafe around her, while Kougami visibly trembles whenever she walks past or scolds him. Takahito ends up finding out the hard way that he should have been afraid of her, too.
- Faux Affably Evil: Acts personable and friendly enough around her own teammates, but it just barely hides how much of a sociopath she truly is. Noticeably, she and Takahito are generally on good terms and she seems to like him to an extent, obeying his orders with little to no question, but once she finds out that he's infected, she gets disturbingly happy that she now has an excuse to kill another person again, showing that in the end he means nothing to her.
- For the Evulz: Even when she was committing all of her savagery under the pretence that she was keeping the protection of the group in mind, she took way too much enjoyment in torturing and killing, as well as being overly and unnecessarily cruel and barbaric. Then Chapter 47 revealed that before she met Takahito and the others, she murdered another survivor for no reason other than cheap thrills.
- A God Am I: Views the apocalyptic landscape as her world - one which other people are not worthy of inhabiting.
- Hate Sink: While the zombies are mostly mindless monsters who nonetheless have a tragic element to them, Ayaka has no such excuse for her actions. She's violent and very sadistic, enjoying all the chaos caused by both the zombies and the Militants, and she absolutely enjoys tormenting other people, as shown with how she sadistically taunts Rise, Yuuri and even her own leader Takahito.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: After turning on Takahito and regarding herself as too good for Shinou or anyone else, Ayaka sets off on her own, convinced what's left of the world is hers for the taking... only for her vehicle to suddenly die and be left stranded, surrounded by zombies with no friends to help her.
- Jerkass: None of the Militants are very good people, but she stands out as the worst of them due to the sheer glee she gets from killing both zombies and people as well as how sadistic she is. While the rest of the Militants might have been normal and good people before the outbreak started, Ayaka is shown in a flashback being bored and hating her life, and then reacting with complete joy upon seeing the zombies around, using the chaos to her advantage so she can do whatever she wants without consequences.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Her betrayal and eventual murder of Takahito upon finding out that he's infected is pretty terrible and shows just how psychotic she is, but given the atrocities that Takahito committed alongside her as well as his hypocritical Dirty Coward personality, it's really hard to argue that he didn't have it coming.
- Laser-Guided Karma: The last we see of Ayaka is when her stolen vehicle breaks down and shes surrounded by a growing crowd of infected, and considering that she was the one gushing over the Zombie Apocalypse as her own world to exercise her sociopathic whims unimpeded, its extremely and satisfyingly fitting that she becomes a part of it.
- Psychotic Smirk: Along with her Slasher Smile after the discovery that Takahito was infected.
- Slasher Smile: Briefly, after the discovery that Takahito was infected.
- Team Killer: Is shown in a flashback murdering another Militants member just for fun, and is implied to have helped out with killing the rest to preserve food. She also brutally murders her own leader Takahito as well.
- Serial Killer: Even before she met the group shes already murdered at least one survivor For the Evulz, and considering how utterly fucked up she is, she would have likely hit this territory sooner or later, outbreak or otherwise.
- The Sociopath: Incredibly sadistic and violent, possessing a complete Lack of Empathy for her fellows and only hanging around because it would be more fun to toy with them first rather than killing them outright, and believing that the Necropolis they struggle to survive in is her own personal playground and allows her to exercise every malicious whim unimpeded, outright hating society for forcing her sociopathic nature to behave.
- The Starscream: The first moment that Takahito finds himself in dire straits thanks to the progressively worsening sickness that is the courtesy of the infection, she turns on him and tries to kill him. She eventually succeeds just a few chapters later.
- What You Are in the Dark: Ayaka demonstrates the worst side of this trope: in a post-apocalypse scenario where there is no real fear of social sanctions (she would, quite literally, kill anyone who tried to stop her), and no way to use fear or shame to keep her true, sadistic nature in check, she lets it run wild.
Another member of the other survivor faction, and Shinou's lover.
- Asshole Victim: While his death ends up causing the Militants to turn hostile against the Circle and School Life Club, it's hard to argue that he didn't have it coming, given the atrocities he and the rest of his group committed as well as the fact that he tried to kill Yuuri earlier.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being a remorseless killer, he sincerely cares about Shinou, and the two of them are shown to be very close. Shinou is the one who is the most affected by his death. It's also implied that he and Takashige are friends too, as Takashige looks pretty sad when the Militants are discussing Kougami's demise.
- Mercy Kill: After he turns into a zombie, Shinou kills him, likely so that he won't be stuck as a zombie forever.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's killed off only a few chapters after his introduction, and thus he's the Militants member with the least amount of development.
- Zombie Infectee: Through mysterious circumstances, he somehow gets infected and turns into a zombie. Shinou puts him out of his misery by luring him out of a window, where he falls to his death.
The tall, hat-wearing member of the other survivor group.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When the zombies corner him, he completely loses his cool and fearfully begs Kurumi to save him, despite having just tried to kill her seconds ago.
- Asshole Victim: Kurumi lures several zombies right to him out of self-defense, and he's eaten alive while begging for her to save him as a result. While she is in tears over this, it's really hard to feel bad for him considering that not only was he trying to kill her, but also because chapter 47 revealed him to be a major asshole who let his own allies die similarly to how he ultimately met his end.
- Blatant Lies: When chasing Kurumi, he tries to claim that he's not going to hurt her, despite trying to kill her a few seconds ago and immediately following up on trying to "test" if she can still feel pain.
- The Brute: While not as skilled as Shinou and lacking the leadership qualities of Takahito and Ayaka, he's one of the tallest and biggest members of the group; he's shown to be quite violent, has a nasty temper, and is also not particularly smart.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He gets devoured by a massive swarm of zombies while crying for Kurumi to help him, and is implied to have been literally torn into several bloody pieces to where there's not even a full body left for him to reanimate into a zombie. Given the terrible crimes he committed and his thuggish personality, however, it's really hard to feel any sympathy for him.
- Devoured by the Horde: How he meets his end when Kurumi hits her shovel on the gate that causes a loud noise, which attracts too many zombies for him to handle.
- Dirty Coward: He's killed some of his own teammates to preserve food for himself and the other four current Militants members, is ruthless towards anyone he suspects of being infected, and tries to murder Kurumi in cold blood. Yet when something goes horribly wrong for him (Kurumi fighting back by attracting a huge number of zombies right to him), he freaks out and pleads for help from the very same person he just tried to kill.
- Dumb Muscle: As shown in the Too Dumb to Live entries, he's pretty moronic and relies solely on brute force and following orders in order to accomplish his tasks. It's what ultimately gets him killed when he doesn't think about how following a lone infected girl out into the zombie-infested streets is a horribly stupid idea.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He and Takahito actually first appear in Chapter 37, being the two guys chasing the School Life Club, but their faces are covered up by helmets and we don't get a proper introduction to them until a few chapters later.
- Eaten Alive: He's cornered by a large amount of zombies who were lured to him by Kurumi, and while he tries to fight them off he's ultimately defenseless as they tear him to shreds and devour him. Noticeably, as shown in the background near the end of the chapter, all that's left of him when the zombies are done with him are his hat and his chunky, gooey remains on the ground.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It's not outright stated, but he and Kougami are implied to have been pretty good friends, as Takashige looks quite sad when he and the rest of the Militants are discussing Kougami's mysterious demise.
- Flat Character: Doesn't get very much characterization beyond being an asshole and fairly idiotic.
- Gory Discretion Shot: We don't see him get devoured alive by the swarm of zombies who attack him, but the gruesome sounds and his futile pleas for help are shown, and the only result actually shown when we last see him is his hand sticking out of the horde, followed by his chunky remains that you have to look really closely in the background to even see.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: There's a fairly likely possibility that at least some of the zombies that kill him are the very same ones that he and the rest of Militants used to kill their own teammates.
- Jerkass: Is overly aggressive to anyone outside of the Militants, and also doesn't look too kindly upon those who can't kill zombies if his interactions with Hikako are any indication. He's also perfectly willing to do horrible things, such as killing some of his own allies to preserve food or attempting to murder Kurumi. As a result, his gruesome demise comes off as karmic and well-deserved.
- Karmic Death: He's ultimately left for dead by Kurumi and spends his final moments begging her for help only to be ignored and eaten by several zombies, just like the former Militants members he and the rest of the team betrayed.
- Kick the Dog: A flashback showed that he tried to get Hikako to kill a zombie, and when she couldn't bring herself to do so, he kicked her in the leg for no good reason.
- Not Enough to Bury: By the time the zombies are done eating him, all that's left of his corpse are his hat and small bloody chunks of human flesh on the ground. A very noticeable example because you'd have to be looking really closely in the background when the zombies leave his spot to even see that there's anything left of him.
- Oh, Crap!: When Kurumi attracts several zombies to his spot, he completely loses his uncaring demeanor and freaks out. He also has an earlier one when he briefly mistakes Kurumi for a zombie when he first sees her.
- Too Dumb to Live: While we don't know much about Takashige, it's easy to gather that he was a complete idiot who was bond to get himself killed sooner or later, as evidenced by these two examples:
- When Kougami gets infected and the Militants are trying to figure out who did it, he randomly yells that he didn't do it despite nobody accusing him of it, a fact quickly pointed out by Ayaka. Considering the Militants' paranoia and ruthless brutality that he is well-aware of and has participated in, he's very lucky that this didn't get him killed by his teammates.
- When he tries to kill Kurumi, she climbs over the gate that's keeping the zombies outside of the University. He knows that she's infected because he felt how unnaturally cold she was when he tried to capture her. You would think that he would just wait on the safe side of the gate to watch for her possibly coming back, or he'd just figure that she doesn't have long to live and he can just leave. Instead, he decides to keep chasing her and attempt to kill her again despite her being outside of the safe university walls, and unlike the above example, this time his stupidity actually does get him killed when she attracts a horde of zombies to his location.
- His actions in Chapter 46 become even more idiotic in hindsight when later on, the newly-infected Takahito also lures zombies to the university without hesitation or fear, meaning that the Militants knew fully well that zombies ignore infected people and yet Takashige still chose to chase Kurumi into the zombie-infested city.
- Underestimating Badassery: Takashige thought that killing Kurumi would be an easy feat since she's just a high school student. Unfortunately for him, not only is Kurumi far tougher than she appears to be, but thanks to her increasing zombification she was also in the middle of a Despair Event Horizon when he attacked her. It ends horribly for him.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Just as he starts to show some personality traits and has a chapter focusing on him, he's killed by Kurumi in self-defense.
The leader of the Militant survivor faction.
- Alliterative Name: Takahito Tougo.
- Ambiguous Situation: While he's certainly dead either way, it's ambiguous if he had died from the fall or if he had survived but was heavily injured until Ayaka lit him on fire, especially since Yuuri had fallen from a much bigger height earlier and had survived.
- Arc Villain: For the University arc until his demise in Chapter 54.
- Asshole Victim: He gets infected by the airborne virus and ends up suffering the painful physical and mental effects of it. He then proceeds to go through a massive Humiliation Conga that ends with him being brutally murdered by Ayaka. To say that Takahito absolutely deserved all of this due to the atrocities he's committed is an understatement.
- Bad Boss: While he does have respect for the other four remaining Militants members who are still alive by the time we first see them, he's also shown in flashbacks to not hesitate about having his own group members killed, either to preserve food or out of paranoia that they might be infected.
- Beauty Mark: Has one on the left side of his mouth.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Thinks that he's a responsible leader that can bring in order to the chaos that the outbreak caused, and he is the main antagonist of the university arc, except that he ultimately accomplishes nothing in the end and gets a unceremonious death, while the very people he tried to kill happily reunite.
- Bullying a Dragon: When Shinou betrays him, he starts antagonizing her and tries to attack her with his bare fists, without thinking about how she is easily the toughest member in his group, who has killed countless zombies by herself, and he's already injured and extremely ill. He almost gets stabbed right in the eye because of this, but fortunately for him, she just tells him off and threatens him instead of actually killing him.
- The Cameo: He makes a very brief appearance in Chapter 58 as a hallucination to Miki, taunting her that she may have to stoop as low as The Militants did in order to survive.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He will betray and kill his allies, even his own people, if it suits his own needs. Ironically enough, his death occurs when Ayaka decides to betray and murder him purely for fun.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: It's ambiguous if the fall into the zombie graveyard killed him or if he was just badly injured, but if it's the latter then his demise absolutely fits this trope: First he gets infected with the virus, which has already been shown to be a slow and agonizing death for other virus victims. Then. after getting stabbed by Shinou, he's later pushed from a big height that ends up injuring him greatly (assuming that the fall itself didn't kill him), and then he's burned alive by Ayaka and is implied to also get eaten by his zombified former teammates.
- Dead Man Walking: Due to being infected with the virus and how he's even closer to zombification than Kurumi is, it's only a matter of time before the virus finishes him off and fully turns him into a zombie. Surprisingly though, when he does die, it's not due to the virus, but instead Ayaka pushing him into the zombie graveyard from a tall height.
- Death by Irony: He ultimately dies in the same "zombie pit", where it's implied many of the former members of the Militants ended up after he abandoned them to the zombies. In addition, he ultimately gets killed by one of his former allies betraying him, just like he betrayed the other members of his team.
- Devoured by the Horde: It's implied that his flaming corpse gets eaten by the zombies nearby, as they are seen approaching it and it has been implied that zombies will eat dead zombies. If you go with the interpretation that he was still alive when this happened, it gets even more disturbing.
- Dirty Coward: He's perfectly willing to kill several of his own group members in order to preserve food for himself and the other Militants members he still considers useful, but also doesn't seem to be willing to actually do some of the dirty work himself, since Kougami and Takashige are the ones who block out the Militants members he betrays while he just stands and watches. He gets even worse upon Chapter 50, where it's revealed that he got infected and was somehow able to hide it from the rest of the Militants, meaning that he killed other people for breaking the group's rules that he put out and ultimately did not follow, on top of also putting his own group in potential danger just to save his own skin.
- Driven to Suicide: This is implied to be the reason why he was standing so close to the edge of his zombie pit, due to having lost his one possible chance at getting a cure. He ultimately decides to not go through with it and instead keep on living, but unfortunately for him Ayaka decides to finish him off anyway.
- Dumb Blonde: Has yellow hair and is unbelieveably moronic.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He and Takashige actually first appear in Chapter 37, being the two guys chasing the School Life Club, but their faces are covered up by helmets and we don't get a proper introduction to them until a few chapters later.
- Epic Fail: Pretty much everything that he attempts throughout the University arc ends up failing miserably and blowing up right in his face. One moment that stands out is when he attempts to run over Miki with his car, but the virus's effects interfere with his driving and end up causing him to instead crash right into a wall. See Humiliation Conga, Nice Job Fixing It, Villain! and Too Dumb to Live below for details.
- A Father to His Men: Subverted. He at first gives off this attitude with how well he gets along with his crew and his angry reaction to Kougami's death and later on Takashige's death as well, but then it's revealed in his backstory that he killed several of his own people just to preserve food, and he still ultimately has no problem killing his current allies, or at least putting them in danger if he benefits from it.
- Faux Affably Evil: He tries to be polite to other survivors who he doesn't find dangerous and also acts like a good boss to his team, but it doesn't change the fact that he's the leader of a ruthless and overly paranoid gang who will viciously and unhesitatingly beat anyone to death that they so much as suspect of being infected, and that he is remorseless about the countless people he has killed to keep himself alive, including his own allies. Once he's infected by the airborne virus, he drops the facade entirely and shows what a cold-blooded and selfish murderer he truly is.
- Foil: He can be seen as this to Kurumi, in regards to how they handle their infections. Kurumi has become increasingly suicidal due to both the trauma she's endured and her increasing zombification, but she still cares about her friends so much that she handcuffs herself when sleeping so that she wouldn't be able to harm any of them if she does turn. She also feels a large amount of remorse upon killing Takashige, and later goes on to save Yuki despite her despairing mindset. Takahito, on the other hand, is a remorseless murderer who only truly cares about himself despite acting like a good boss to his teammates; he hid his infection from his entire group, and is willing to kill everyone at the university - including his own allies - in a vain attempt to keep himself alive.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He used to be a normal college student who was well-liked by his peers. Once the outbreak happened however, he changed into a vicious, manipulative and ruthless gang leader who will do anything for his own benefit, no matter how horrible.
- Hate Sink: While not quite as bad as Ayaka, Takahito is a very despicable character who manages to be far more of a monster then the zombies themselves, having done terrible things to keep himself alive, including killing half of his own group to preserve food for himself and the Militants members he finds valuable, condoning Ayaka's sadistic tendencies, hiding his own infection from the rest of his team and thus putting them in potential danger, and letting zombies inside the university in an attempt to keep himself alive. Even without those crimes, he's still a massive Jerkass who enjoys asserting his authority on others and shows no remorse for his terrible actions. As a result, watching him get betrayed by his former allies, failing at everything he tried to accomplish and then suffering a brutal death is very satisfying to watch.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He's ultimately killed as a result of being pushed into his own zombie pit, as well as potentially eaten by his own zombified teammates that he kept in there.
- Humiliation Conga: Goes through a very satisfying one over the course of the arc. First, Kougami and Takashige are both killed, resulting in him having even less people on his side. Then, while he and his crew do end up capturing the School Life Club and the Fallen Girls, one of his own people (Shinou) ends up freeing the former while the latter easily escape. Then Takahito finds out that he's infected and accidentally reveals this to the Militants, resulting in them betraying him due to the zero-tolerance rule regarding infected people that he put out. He ends up getting deathly-sick to the point that he throws up, then goes on to let a massive swarm of zombies inside the university, which ends up killing absolutely nobody. Then he tries to run over Miki and then shoot her with a crossbow, with the former failing due to his sickness interfering with his driving and the latter because Shinou stabs him in the arm. He tries to attack her in a fit of rage, only to almost get stabbed in the eye by Shinou and then told off by her, showing that he's lost all authority that he had over her. The girls he tried so hard to kill all happily reunite, and he walks away defeated and contemplating suicide while being mentally stressed by hallucinations of his dead teammates, but right when he decides to try and keep living, he's killed by Ayaka pushing him off a high ledge into the zombie graveyard. To add insult to injury, she also lights his corpse on fire for pretty much no reason.
- Hypocrite: Has a zero-tolerance policy on infected people and will violently kill them without hesitation, yet when he gets infected he tries everything he can to keep himself alive and breaks his own rules in the process.
- Criticizes Rise for her idealism and very likely would have done the same to the School Life Club had he known more about them, but when he's infected he gets ridiculously optimistic that there's a cure he can use to save himself even though as far as he knew anyone who's infected is a goner, and while he is correct, he had absolutely no way of actually knowing this given his lack of knowledge about the Randall Corporation.
- Karmic Death: He ultimately ends up being a victim of his own brutal policy to kill any infected person.
- Knight of Cerebus: Takahito brings a much darker tone to the manga, due to being the first human antagonist in the series and how serious the University arc gets when he's involved, and there's little to no comedy in any chapters featuring him. Tellingly, once he's eventually killed off, the series goes back to having more comedy and lighthearted moments.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He formed the Militants with very strict rules that involve violently killing anyone who may be infected, and is also a Manipulative Bastard who'll gladly kill his own allies if it benefits him. When he gets infected, Shinou and Ayaka instantly betray him, and he is eventually killed by the latter, who was technically enforcing his own rules in the process.
- I Did What I Had to Do: How he feels about leaving several Militants members outside to die so that he and the remaining four could preserve food. However, he may be lying to himself: he views himself as superior, and it's strongly implied that he enjoys being the one to make decisions about who lives and who dies.
- Irony: Given that the School Life Club does have some samples of the Cure that was used to save Kurumi, it's very likely that they would have helped Takahito if he had been levelheaded and nice about wanting the cure. But his rude, paranoid, murderous and hostile attitude and no less than three attempts to murder them end up driving them away from this, and this is what would have ultimately caused his death if Ayaka hadn't gotten to him first.
- Jerkass: He's not as blatant about it as Ayaka or Takashige, but he's still an asshole who has no problems with doing terrible things in order to save his own skin and shows no remorse about the people he and his group have killed, including his own allies. While he pretends to care about his fellow teammates, in the end, he cares only about himself and does not care who he hurts in order to keep himself alive. And he's also a massive hypocrite too, as shown with how he handles his own infection and impending demise as opposed to how he normally treats infected people.
- Lack of Empathy: With the exception of feeling bad about Kougami's death, he shows no signs of remorse for the horrible actions he and the rest of the Militants have committed, and only views other survivors as tools to be used.
- Manipulative Bastard: He'll fight when he needs to, but he doesn't revel in the "dirty work" as Ayaka does - even when he decides to leave members of his group for the zombies, he's not the one who actually blocks their escape (Takashige and Kougami are the ones barricading the door). Instead, his most dangerous attribute is his ability to get people to do what he wants. It's implied that he starts capturing survivors because he needs to be forcing his will on someone (which he can no longer do with the much diminished Militants, who are on his side), so he hunts down prisoners rather than killing them. It's deconstructed later, because once he's not able to get anyone to do what he wants (be it through manipulation or threats) and also loses both his weapons and all of his allies, he's ultimately unable to achieve what he wants and walks away in complete defeat.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His attempt at getting one of the girls infected so that he can snatch a "cure" he thinks they have by letting a bunch of zombies inside the university ends up leading directly to Shinou and Kurumi snapping out of their Despair Event Horizons (Shinou due to killing a zombie who resembles Kougami and being motivated by this to keep on living, and Kurumi because the zombies he let in almost kill Yuki, leading to Kurumi saving her and soon afterwards being motivated by Yuki's pep-talk), which comes back to bite him when the former stabs him in the arm and prevents him from doing any further damage, and the latter ends up being one of the people who gangs up on him so that he won't try anything else.
- Not So Stoic: He has a complete mental breakdown while interrogating Touko, freaking out at her and rabidly calling bullshit on her claims of what happened. This is part of what tips Ayaka off that something is up with Takahito, and it turns out that he's infected and is very close to becoming a zombie.
- Oh, Crap!: Has a couple of these moments, most notably when everyone finds out that he's infected, when Shinou almost stabs him right in the eye, and finally when Ayaka pushes him into the zombie pit right before he hits the ground and dies.
- Pet the Dog: While he has a severe case of Lack of Empathy towards other people, he is shown feeling bad about Kougami's demise, even regretting having left him alone at all. However, he might be only upset about it due to pragmatic reasons (losing a valuable member of the group who Shinou, an even more important member, is emotionally attached to), which would make this a subversion.
- Sanity Slippage: After he gets infected, his sanity starts to take a turn for the worse, to the point that he has hallucinations of the former Militants members he betrayed and even hears the zombies in his graveyard "talking" to him.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: He has a rather cynical mindset, and when Rise tries to suggest the Militants work together with the Circle and the School Life Club, he promptly shuts her down by calling her idealistic mindset "childish fairy tales".
- Small Name, Big Ego: Secretly brags to himself about how he was "chosen" to survive and lead his group, when in reality he's just an asshole and a total loser who got lucky. Even in his pathetic final scene, he still rants about how he was "chosen" because somebody has to make the hard decisions he makes; Ayaka replies by promptly killing him and smugly claiming that she was chosen instead.
- Smug Snake: Not as noticeable as with most examples due to his stoic personality, but this trope still very much applies to him because of how he views himself as superior to others, as well as the fact that he clearly enjoys having authority over others and being the one in charge of who lives and who dies. He even brags to himself about how he was "chosen" to survive. Which makes it all the more satisfying when everything falls apart for him and he's unable to save himself when the virus starts slowly killing him and he eventually completely fails at everything he tried to accomplish. And outside of a flashback, he's only ever shown smiling when he thinks he's in complete control of the situation.
- The Stoic: He generally has a very serious and calm personality, and only smiles when he's being smug and thinks he's in control of the situation.
- Stupid Evil: A lot of his terrible actions come across as him being evil for the sake of it even though there were other viable options, such as killing most of his own people to preserve food when starting up a garden to make more food rations would have been far more pragmatic. Or how him letting the zombies inside the University just to screw over everyone else completely clashes against his current goal of getting an antidote to save himself from turning into a zombie.
- Tainted Veins: When he eventually reappears a while after letting zombies in the university and trying to run over Miki, we see him with veins covering his face and neck, another sign that he's infected and doesn't have much longer to live.
- Taking You with Me: Upon failing to get the "antidote" that he thinks the girls have, he opens up the gates and lets a bunch of zombies inside. While he does this in a vain attempt to make the girls get bitten and try to use the antidote so he can steal it, it's also very likely a final "screw you" to the people he thinks are causing his demise. It ends up failing when both he and the zombies he let inside ultimately end up killing nobody.
- Team Killer: Has murdered several of his own people in order to preserve food for himself and those he considers useful. Ends up a victim of this himself when Ayaka has a disagreement about him being "chosen".
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: First he gets infected with the virus, which already puts him at death's door and leaves him with only hours to live. Then he gets stabbed by Shinou and bleeds heavily from the wound. Then he's pushed into the zombie pit by Ayaka and is implied to have cracked his head open in the process (there's a ton of blood under the spot where his head is at from what we get to see of his corpse), and she also burns his corpse too. To top it off, the zombies are seen approaching his flaming body and it's been implied that zombies will eat deceased zombies, so his corpse might have gotten eaten, too.
- Too Dumb to Live: Takahito makes a ton of utterly stupid choices throughout the University arc, but his worst moments of stupidity are in chapters 51 and 54, detailed below.
- First off, when he gets infected by the airborne virus, he refuses to believe Miki's explanation and still thinks that she poisoned him even though there's no possible way for her to have done so. Then when she escapes, he decides to let dozens of zombies inside the university in the hopes that someone will get bitten and try to use a supposed "antidote" on themselves, so he can snatch it to use on himself. Even if he was correct, his actions could have easily lead to everyone at the university dying, which would mean no cure for him, and even if he had succeeded he would have been surrounded by zombies thanks to his own actions. Neither of these scenarios ever seem to occur to him.
- Secondly, when Shinou betrays him and stabs him in the side, Takahito gets pissed off and tries to attack her even though she's the absolute toughest member in his group, he's already injured and deathly sick and had also just lost his only remaining weapon. All things considered, he's lucky that this only resulted in her threatening him by pointing her screwdriver right at his eye.
- And his final idiotic choice that finally gets him killed is the fact that he still trusts Ayaka and thinks she's on his side, even after she had already betrayed him earlier and was very excited at the prospect of killing him. In a not-very-shocking turn of events, she murders him and burns his corpse just for fun a few seconds later.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: It's implied that prior to the outbreak, he was fairly well-liked by the other students and was probably a decent guy, to the point that he's actually shown smiling in a non-smug manner. But whatever he went through when the outbreak started ended up changing him for the worse, and he's now just a cold shell of his former self.
- Villainous Breakdown: He completely loses his cool in Chapter 50 and freaks out at Touko and everyone else, demanding to know how the Circle supposedly poisoned Kougami, and gets increasingly desperate to where he's asking where a supposed antidote is located. This ends up causing Ayaka and Shinou to realize that he's been infected this whole time and somehow managed to hide it, and he freaks out even more to the point that he just runs away instead of fighting them.
- Zombie Infectee: It turns out that he got infected and was able to hide it from the rest of his team, as he has a mental breakdown when trying to find out how the Circle supposedly killed Kougami and desperately asking where the antidote is located, which ends up giving away his secret to everyone else. He is eventually killed by Ayaka, thus ending up as a victim of his own zero-tolerance rules for infected people.
A "researcher" who stayed holed up in a dark lab in St. Isidore to study the zombies, and seems to know more about them than the others. She joins the main group after learning they plan to go to the Randall Corporation.
- Ambiguously Evil: No one is really sure what she's after or if her intentions are any good. At the very least, she is prone to smile creepily and has been shown to experiment on zombies.
- Day Hurts Dark-Adjusted Eyes: She probably hadn't seen the light of day for a long time when Rise came to pick her up, and it's implied she pulled a few all-nighters too.
- Exhausted Eye Bags: Part of her appearance, for all the reasons mentioned above.
- Messy Hair: Her front hair, at least, is all over the place, showing that looking clean isn't exactly a priority for her.
- Lab Coat Of Science And Medicine: Her white coat makes it look like she's some sort of professional scientist, but she's apparently just a student using the facilities.
- Tainted Veins: She has them on her face right as she turns into a zombie.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: She turns in chapter 68 from the aerial infection. Fortunately, she recognizes that it's coming; she handcuffs herself to a lamppost so that she won't attack the School Life Club. Unfortunately, before she turns, she requests for someone to kill her - and because Kurumi has gotten too weak, the job falls to Miki, who had taken a liking to Shiiko.
A teacher and the adviser for the School Life Club.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: She has black hair and brown eyes in the live-action film.
- Adaptation Expansion: While the anime did cut out the flashbacks where we see her reading the Emergency Manual and her zombified form briefly regaining her humanity, it also heavily expanded on her role to where Episode 3 is entirely about her and what was going on with her when the zombie apocalypse started, and she's given an overall greater value of importance then what she had in the manga.
- Ambiguously Christian: Is implied to be Christian by her rosary but is never confirmed. In the anime, her aunt is a Christian, which supports her being one too.
- Blinding Bangs: Has this look after becoming a zombie.
- Butt-Monkey: Is treated like one occasionally, such as being interrupted in episode 2 when explaining what a Kimodameshi was by Yuuri, who then also explains it, and in general being completely ignored by everyone except for Yuki. It's subverted because the reason why she's ignored is because she isn't actually there and is only one of Yuki's many hallucinations, due to the real Megumi dying before the series even starts. In flashbacks, her mother suggests that she isn't cut out to be a teacher and she's lectured by the vice principal for being too close to the students.
- Cherry Blossom Girl: Her family name is Sakura and she's related to death since she was Dead All Along. The anime includes cherry blossoms petals in her appearance in the opening and her ending in episode 6. Interestingly, though, her name is written with different kanji.
- Cool Big Sis: The girls in the club, especially Yuki, see her more like a big sister than a teacher, something Megumi isn't too fond of. They even refer to her as "Megu-nee".
- Cute Ghost Girl: In terms of Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane for those who think Megumi may be this rather than just Yuki's Imaginary Friend. Either way, she is quite cute.
- Dead All Along: She died and zombified long before the series started. The Megu-nee seen with Yuki is just a figment of her imagination.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She's a fan of the Guma teddy bear. Yuki calls her childish for it.
- Hair Decorations: She wears a grey hair clip.
- Idiot Hair: She has one. In a truly horrific fashion, it apparently persists despite the fact that her physical remains is already a rotting zombie.
- Imaginary Friend: The current "Megu-nee" is just one of Yuki's delusions. Subtle hints to this are dropped in the anime in how she doesn't seem to interact directly with any of the other girls aside from Yuki, and the girls only ever acknowledge her "presence" by thanking her at Yuki's prompting. The real Megu-nee was killed and zombified before the story starts.
- Important Haircut: According to a flashback in the anime, Megu-nee cut her long hair after she and Rii decided to form the School Life Club because she wanted to look more mature.
- In-Series Nickname: Megu-nee.
- Insistent Terminology: She always tries to get the girls to stop calling her "Megu-nee" and call her "Sakura-sensei".
- It's All My Fault: Doesn't take it too well when she reads the emergency documents given to her by the principal. She never gets to tell them about the stuff hidden away in the basement while still human, either.
- It Can Think: Upon fully succumbing to the infection, she regains her humanity for a moment and isolates herself in the basement to both look for the serum in a last ditch effort to save herself and make sure that she doesn't hunt and kill her students. She still has shades of this as she's attacking Kurumi and Miki, pulling off a particularly psychotic Slasher Smile, and considering the other zombies can't emote, that's saying something.
- Knight of Cerebus: Her zombified form ends up bringing a much darker tone to the series, due to her being the first main character we see as a zombie and because she ends up biting Kurumi (who couldn't bring herself to kill Megumi due to their close bond when she was alive). It's taken up even further in the anime, as she also infects Taroumaru, and the girls' Darkest Hour starts right when Kurumi is bitten, as the zombies break inside the school shortly afterwards.
- Living Emotional Crutch: She acts as Yuki's main emotional support and is the one who helps her stay aware of reality to some extent. It's implied it was losing the real Megu-nee that drove Yuki to stay trapped in her own delusions.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: While not so explicit, there are hints that the Megumi who interacts with Yuki may not be a hallucination and actually could be her ghost acting as the Guardian Angel-esque Spirit Adviser and to get Yuki to get her friends' hopes up, while the zombified Megumi in the basement still retains some (if not little) of her spirit to guide her to the basement and prevent her from attacking her students (as the majority of Megumi's soul guides them to survival).
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: In a Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane perspective, there are subtle hints that she may not be just a delusion created by Yuki.
- Posthumous Character: We only get to know the real Megu-nee through flashbacks. The one Yuki talks to is an illusion.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her ponytail reaches her hips.
- Sensei-chan: She's cute, kind and her students, especially Yuki, see her more like a big sister than a teacher. However, flashbacks show that while she was very close to the students, she wasn't a complete Womanchild like most examples of the trope and was capable of being a very mature and responsible adult, even to the point of sacrificing herself to zombies so the girls in her care would be safe. It's worth noting that almost all of her childish Butt-Monkey moments only apply to the version of her that Yuki imagines is still alive, and not to how she actually was in life.
- Short Hair with Tail: Her hair has a short part in a bob haircut and a long part tied in a ponytail that reaches her hips.
- Slasher Smile: Her zombified form has a particularly feral, predatory, murderous grin plastered on her face. It slightly helps that part of her lip has been chewed off, exposing teeth.
- Tragic Monster: When we see the actual Megu-nee in the flesh, it's revealed that she's nothing more than a reanimated shadow of her former self, lurking in the basement and stalking the waterlogged halls looking for victims.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has light violet hair.
A Shiba Inu puppy that is taken care of by the School Life Club.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His fur is different between the manga and anime.
- Ascended Extra: In the manga, Taroumaru was an One-Shot Character that only appeared in a brief flashback. In the anime, he's the club's Team Pet who is with them from the beginning. He was even given the experimental serum along with Kurumi after both of them start to zombify. And while the serum worked and brought the old Taroumaru back, he still dies few minutes later, on Miki's lap.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: In episode 2, Taroumaru seems incredibly scared about entering the library. His reluctance is soon confirmed when a zombie shambles past Yuuri, and nearly catches Yuki in the process.
- Foreshadowing: Taroumaru's habit of running off is one of the first things established in the series, and it's initially played off as endearing doggy hijinks. The consequences of that kind of behavior come back to bite him...or at least, Megu-nee's zombie does.
- Posthumous Character: In the manga, he only appears in a flashback of the time when Megu-nee was still alive.
- Precious Puppy: An adorable Shiba Inu puppy.
- Reality Ensues: Aw, look at the cute puppy! Oh, and he led them to a survivor! He's clearly got a nose for trouble, and can be relied on to get the girls out of any scrapes! Nope. He's a willful, restless and curious dog cooped up in the only safe zone in a terrifyingly dangerous area, with little opportunity to wear himself out with exercise. Any dog owner who lives near a main road will tell you how that is likely to end...and they don't have zombies on the ground floor.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the manga, he was just a One-Shot Character who was there to show that animals can get infected too, and that zombies retain some memories from their lives. In the anime, he survives and ends up becoming one of the main characters. He still dies at the end, but his death is far past the point where he originally died in the manga.
- Team Pet: Acts as one in the anime.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In the anime, because he runs off at night and goes to the basement out of the secured area, he gets zombified by Megu-nee and Kurumi gets infected by Megu-nee after she goes to look for him.
- Zombie Infectee: In the manga, Taroumaru was a dog that Yuki found. She wanted to keep it, but then Megu-nee saw he was bitten and had to throw it away once it started zombifying. It then shows up later, having been drawn back by the memories of its former life and forcing them to put it down.
Miki's best friend who was with her at the mall when the zombie outbreak occurred. They locked themselves in a storage room to survive, but Kei eventually grew impatient of spending her life indoors and set out on her own.
- Adaptation Expansion: Due to the other mall survivors being Adapted Out of the anime, her and Miki's relationship is given much more focus in the anime then in the manga. As a result, her off-screen death and zombification is even more tragic in the anime and further rubs in the anime's Bittersweet Ending.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: She was claimed by the infection as well in her attempt to escape.
- Boom, Headshot!: Her zombified form is put down for good by an Randall Corp. operator putting a few rounds of rifle fire into her head.
- Death Seeker: It's implied, but her Despair Event Horizon spurred her decision to take her chances with the infected, which were pretty much everywhere in the mall. She ends up getting killed as a result, as shown when Miki sees her zombified form as the girls leave the school.
- Despair Event Horizon: After her original group both succumbed to the infection and burned alive, she pretty much lost all hope.
- Killed Offscreen: The zombies eventually get her. The next time we see her, she's along with the other reanimated unfortunates traipsing home from her former school.
- Posthumous Character: She only appears in Miki's flashbacks. Her fate is unknown, until Miki finds her already zombified when the group leaves the school.
- Reality Ensues: Generally whenever a character vanishes from the story for a while without being shown to have died, they are expected to make a big dramatic return later on, no matter how dangerous their situation is. But Kei was last seen in a mall infested by dozens of infected, and is killed entirely off-screen since unlike Miki she had no one to luckily come by and rescue her, and her ultimate return is just her zombified form walking back to the school.
Yuuri's little sister who is seemingly rescued by her from an zombie-infested elementary school.
- Animal Motifs: The bear. And said motifs look suspiciously like the teddy bear that Yuki left in the elementary school, a hint that Ruu is not real.
- Baby-Doll Baby: Sibling variation. Ruu is actually Yuki's teddy bear. Rii sees it as her sister as a result of a mental breakdown and guilt over not going to save her little sister.
- Cute Mute: At first, but after a while she starts to respond and become more lively. It helps that Yuki is good at playing with children. And it also helps that she's good at talking with people who aren't really there. It's her way of cheering Yuuri up, continuing her initial role in the group, as she knows very well what she's going through.
- The Cutie: A cute and innocent child that the club has to protect.
- Family Theme Naming: Her nickname goes with her sister's.
- Imaginary Friend: Much like Megu-nee to Yuki, Ruu is a delusion Rii created in order to convince herself that her little sister is still with her.
- The Load: Yuuri's obsession with protecting her imaginary sibling means that she avoids anything that could endanger Ruu...even if those activities could mean the difference between survival and death. It even leads her to decide that it's better for the School Life Club to be split up for the first time since its foundation (among "allies" who are still an unknown quantity) rather than risk Ruu's safety. It also damages the School Life Club's status in the eyes of those same allies, as they can clearly see that Rii's priority is, to their eyes, an inanimate object.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Her full name has yet to be given.
- Tagalong Kid: She takes this role to the club after Rii saves her.
An artificial intelligence found by the heroines at Randall corporate headquarters as they attempt to investigate the cause and/or any other useful information. In addition to being the party's point of access to data contained within the abandoned building's master computer, it is also capable of voice recognition and psychological analysis.
- Artificial Intelligence
- Do Androids Dream?: Before the heroines flee Randall headquarters in order to evade the upcoming firebombing of the region by Randall corporate security forces, it confesses to Yuki that prior to being visited by the heroines, it was convinced that Humanity has been killed off by the outbreak and content with the idea of being the last sentient being on Earth; however, now that it has just found out there are still survivors out there but none is likely to come to visit, it has begun to feel left behind and therefore lonely.
- Lie Detector: it can analyze the voice pattern of a speech for stress level and other anomalies of the speaker, using the information to assess if the speaker is likely to be lying or not.