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  • Actor Allusion: Rei Miyamoto's voice actor also voiced Yoko Littner, well known for using a Sniper Rifle. While Rei's Springfield M1A has an un-magnified optic, it is still used in this fashion.
  • Author Existence Failure: Daisuke Satou, the author of Highschool of the Dead, died in March 2017 of ischemic heart disease, making the outcome of the series uncertain.
  • Banned in China: For extensive sexual content plus some graphic violence.
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  • Creator Breakdown: Due to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Daisuke Satou didn't want to continue writing Highschool of the Dead which he felt was inappropriate considering what was happening in Japan.
  • Creator Cameo: Both Daisuke Satou and Shouji Sato appear as Okada and zombie voices in episodes 2 and 8, respectively
  • Fan Nickname: The animation is airing on Nico Nico Douga. Nicknames are inevitable.
    • "Kazuki" for Takashi and "Papillon" for Mr. Shidou, from their resemblances to characters in Busou Renkin.
    • "Bitch" for Rei, which has been taken up even by her fans ("Bitch is cute~", "Nice, bitch"). Also "Roach" for her hair style.
    • "King of Braves" for Hirano. Also "Hirako" (平コウ)).
    • "Excalibar" for the crowbar Takashi uses at the end of Act 5.
    • Generally, "Awakening" (覚醒) (a Mobile Suit Gundam reference) whenever anyone gets their first moment of heroism/craziness.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: This is an odd case, as the DVDs (and manga) can be found if one knows where to look (like 3rd party sellers on Amazon, eBay, etc), it's just that few stores carry them because of its Too Hot for TV nature.
  • Name's the Same/No Celebrities Were Harmed:
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    • Kohta is pretty much modeled and named after the mangaka of Hellsing.
      • Not only that, how he reacts to seeing a gun is pretty much the same as Seras Victoria's in the second episode when they get new weapons.
      • Also, his special smile is a clear reference to Hellsing's, Anderson and Alucard.
    • Saya Takagi shares her first name with Saya Otonashi; both even share the same voice actress.
  • No Export for You: The series won't be released in China due to its graphic violence.
  • Schedule Slip: Daisuke and Shouji's regular schedule in Dragon Age Maganize began to slip after the 20th chapter or so, monthly break followed by monthly break, eventually going for a hiatus after Chapter 29.
  • Series Hiatus: Chapter 29 marked the longest break the mangaka duo ever took for their series, Kadokawa Shoten accordingly put the series on hiatus, taking their time with rereleasing the first 4 volumes in full color; meanwhile Shouji Sato (artist) is working on his other series (Triage X), and still works on what made him rise to stardom in the first place. Two years after the release of Chapter 29, Chapter 30 was published....and then the series went straight back into hiatus. And with Daisuke Satou having passed away, it's not even a given on if it'll get out of hiatus once more.
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  • She Also Did: Rei Miyamoto's voice actress also plays Armin Arlert from Attack on Titan, another anime Tetsurō Araki would later direct.
  • What Could Have Been: The end of Volume 6 showcased a few designs and ideas that didn't make the final series:
    • The original title for the series was School Zombie! KILL! KILL!
    • Takashi was designed to be more "hero-like".
    • Rei was originally designed with shorter hair and her famous hair style not present.
    • Hisashi was going to mill around a bit after getting zombiefied.
    • Saeko was going to be younger and have a different personality.
    • Shizuka was originally a clinical nurse, as well as older and more composed than her current character.
    • Hirano was named "Nagumo" and was originally modeled after Ed from Shaun of the Dead.
    • Saya didn't originally wear glasses and was meant to just be an overbearing character.
    • And finally, an unused character named Tomoe Arise, who was meant to fill the "bespectacled genius" role. Since her personality was already settled on before she was cut, the creators just gave it to Saya.
    • Kadokawa Shoten and Shouji Sato were interested in continuing the series during the second hiatus, even putting out an ad for an artist to join the project and help Shouji. There was also an announcement that the series would return under the name Highschool of The Dead: Apocalypse. But the death of Daisuke Satou put all those plans on hold indefinitely.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Highschool of the Dead Wiki.

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