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If you're thinking of picking up "Highschool of the Dead" and you're hoping for any sort of meaningful plot - sofar as what's behind the "not zombie" (even though they totally are, they just refuse to call "them" that for whatever reason) outbreak, or any sort of resolution - you can stop reading now and find something else, 'cuz this ain't that kinda story. Sorry.
Oh sure, they toss in a bit of speculation here 'n there to make it seem like there's eventually gonna be an explanation, but no. All you get is: 'One day things were normal, the next day zombies. Everywhere.' And apparently, there's no end to them.
For those of you that're okay with Excuse Plots, "Highschool of the Dead" can still be a fun read, though how much you get out of it will obviously vary.
If nothing else, the artwork and character designs are some of the best I've seen, and the cast may or may not grow on you. My personal favorites were Hirano, the gun toting Otaku turned specialist, and Saya, who's Insufferable Genius and Genre Savvy (which includes repeatedly breaking the 4th wall) saves the group on more than one occasion.
When deciding between the anime, or the manga, I usually prefer the former, but this was one of those rare occasions where the latter was better. The anime only covers up to chapter 17, so you'll be missing out on the entire mall arc and characters like Asami. Plus, there's a lot more character interaction though not much in the way of actual development. Aside from being a little grizzled by the time you reach the end, they're still basically the same as they were at the beginning.
In a nutshell, it's basically Dawn of the Dead with D-Cups, panty shots, and half-naked chicks. And... I'm actually okay with that.
I'd love to mention that there is a specific trope for the first point: 
@XenosHg I wasn't aware that there was a trope for that. I've made the edit. Thanks.
Man, this review actually makes me want to watch/read it.
I mean, that last line.
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