Highschool Of The Dead is definitely one of the more memorable anime’s I’ve watched over the past year, and while the ending wasn’t conclusive, it did not seem to be left on that much of a cliff hanger either. It was in a way left up to our imagination what happend to our characters at the end. It was also never clarified if the pandemic which had been effecting Japan had spread to the rest of the world. I really thought that the story of Highschool Of The Dead would continue its story as I thought the general narrative was very promising in my opinion. Im going to be referring to “Highschool Of The Dead” as “HOTD” in this blog so be aware.
The general narrative of HOTD was very engaging to me, and although I have seen alot of “Zombie” type movies and TV series I didn’t think that HOTD would be very interesting and original. However, I was very wrong and I found that my eyes never left the screen while watching it. The characters weren’t that interesting and original so to speak, but it was the stories graphic and somber nature about it that kept me watching. The whole story has a realistic feel to it whilst also not straying from its sexual and comedic side. I really liked this about it and if you haven’t already watched it I highly suggest you do. Although I know that this type of story has been repeated and repeated, I found the fact that all the main characters were highschool students kind of gave it a different edge, as we got to see a Zombie Apocalypse from their perspective, which is something I had never witnessed.
I think if the whole structure of HOTD was reworked and instead the first season consisted of 25 episodes instead of 12 that the story could have been stretched out and this would have been better in my opinion. There would have been more time to introduce characters, and there would be more time to to either build up to a cliff hanger for a second season, or to end the story fully with a more conclusive ending. Nevertheless, this isn’t what we got, and we only got 12 episodes, although the story was shown in those 12 episodes it just didn’t seem like enough time for the story they were trying to tell. However we now know that there is a more pressing reason for the stories end. It seems that the story does continue in the manga and this made a lot more sense to me when I found out.
The fan and critic response to HOTD was high and it was loved by a lot of people. So will it return for a season 2 or even a spin-off season? Keep reading this blog to find out, as we have alot to discuss regarding the story and what would happen if a season 2 was produced. Would it continue where the first season left off, or would take place maybe some time after the events of the first season.
The story of HOTD is pretty simple to say the least, but it follows the perspectives of a group of Japanese high school students during a zombie apocalypse in Japan. We are introduced to the main characters in the first episode, and although the narrative jumps from time to time it follows a mainly single strand narrative. This allows the story to flow, whilst not becoming too complicated. We see the outbreak from the first points up until the whole country is infected. Total chaos takes over and we see civilians turn on each other as the national police try to prevent civil unrest and preserve order, failing anyway. As the story ensues we see ordinary people in Japans different districts turn on each other in order to survive, and this is where the anime’s graphic nature really takes a hold of the episodes. We even get to see families turning on their neighbours by not letting them in when they need assistance.
There are about 6-7 characters who we are introduced to, and this later becomes 9 as the group grows in size as they find survivors. They 9 survivors face various challenges such as evading the infected and acquiring firearms and resources for survival. It is noted that the group and any other survivors basically receive no assistance from the military or the national police. In my opinion this is very unrealistic as the country would have been put in martial law by the time of the second episode once the military and the other government entities realised what was taking place. In facts lots of governments have plans and protocols in place for this sort of situation.
Near the end of the story we see the characters escape to a private estate which happens to be the residence of one of the charters (conveniently). And this (as far as I can remember it) is where the story ends. In my opinion, the story was neither conclusive or inconclusive, and this annoyed me very much. I kind of felt disappointed and sad after watching the final episode. This was mainly because I thought they could have done so much with this story and since there were more volumes of the manga written I just could not wrap my head around how this story was just left like this. Although I will be discussing this later on.
Takashi Komuro is the main protagonist in the series and he also serves as the main groups leader. He is pretty normal and I didn’t really pick up anything special about him when I was watching apart from his obvious lust for his subordinates and his leadership skills. Despite his undesirable nature he seems to know what he is doing and he serves the purpose of being the most logical in the group. I get that he is supposed to be the most relatable and easy to like but I couldn’t really find anyway to sympathise with him given he technically murderd his best friend, afterwards becoming sexually involved with the deceased girlfriend.
Next is Rei Miyamoto who is a student at the same highschool as Takashi. She is romantically involved with Takashi’s best friend who is killed in the first episode by Takishi. In the later episodes, Rei and Takishi become romantically involved, which in my opinion is very messed up, but maybe thats just me. She has a stuck up nature and isn’t very likeable. Although all the characters are going through the same situation it’s Rei which continually expresses her emotions to the rest of the group and in particular Takishi, even leading him on with a sexual advance.
The Ending Plot
The ending plot of HOTD summarised is very inconclusive, and it centres around the groups journey to an estate who’s residents are the parents of one of the characters (Saya Takagi). As the Zombies get closer and closer to the estate, it’s realised by the group that the estate isn’t safe. They also come to the conclusion that they need to leave the residence in order to stand a better chance of surviving. Which is completely stupid given the estates size and multiple security features such as fences and cameras, but whatever.
The end plot sees all the main characters leave the estate and we see that Saya’s parents sacrifice themselves in order to give Takishi’s group time to leave the estate effectively and safely. Again this is another part of the story which very stupid and unrealistic. The group could off easily left with Saya’s parents and the other people who were held up their. And Saya does not seem to care that her parents will be left behind to die but let’s not talk about that. And that’s it, we don’t get to see what happens to Takishi’s group and the other characters in the story.
Will There Be A Season 2?
It is safe to say that High School Of The Dead was received well by both fans and critics, and it seems to have gained alot of attention due to the way the story was going. Lots of people thought that HOTD would be a long running anime with multiple seasons, just like other Zombie apocalypse TV series such as the walking dead. Hopes for a season 2 were very high among fans because of the series popularity. However, this was before the death of the original writer and creator of the manga Daisuke Satō. Sadly, Daisuke died in 2017, just after the first season of Highschool Of The Dead was released. This is one of the reasons that a season 2 of HOTD would be difficult. This is because anime series are almost all the time adapted from mangas which are written by their original creators. But if Daisuke Satō is deceased, then surely that would make it impossible for a season 2 to be produced, if there is no content for the production company in charge of the anime adaption of HOTD to make?
Well, that would be true, apart from the fact that Daisuke died halfway through writing the second manga for the second season. It’s very frustrating, but this is the situation, and we must understand this in order to realise if a season 2 is even possible at this point. Although it’s rare that another writer could carry on the story from Daisuke as he would have to buy the rights from Daisuke, this may be different as he is deceased now. What were are saying is that another writer who is maybe in some way connected to Daisuke could continue the manga and finish off where he left off. If not Daisuke, then someone (another manga writer) could take up the story from where Daisuke had unfortunately left it at.
The good news is that it is not entirely impossible that another studio could take up the production role for this series. The issue here is the rights to the actual story, which would have been exclusively licensed to Geneon Universal Entertainment for production of the anime. However, now that Daisuke is deceased, this might change. Given the popularity of the series we would be sad to see it go forever, and given recent events this is likely what will happen. This isn’t to say that a season 2 isn’t possible, but if there was to be a season 2 we can say for certain that it would take a long time to complete because of the problem with the licensing and the death of Daisuke. Some may argue that Daisuke would want HOTD to be finished but obviously we cannot know now.
When Would Season 2 Air?
Given the circumstances we would say that a season 2 is pretty unlikely, but not uncertain. We could say that if the unfortunate death of Daisuke hadn’t occurred, a season 2 would be certain. So would it be too much to assume a season 2 now isn’t such a stretch? We would think that the company who undertook production of the first season would want to carry it on given its success? Some would argue that any further production or adaption of HOTD would be disrespectful to Daisuke. A counter argument to this would be that a season 2 would be what Daisuke would have wanted.
However, like we have mentioned in previous blog posts, the anime industry is an unpredictable one. Sometimes we get new seasons for series that nobody wants, such as SNAFU for example, and sometimes we get new seasons of shows we love. For now we will have to wait, although you can take the tragic death of Daisuke at what it is.
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