July 20, 2010

Coming back from the dead to talk about coming back from the dead (and boobs)

Filed under: Anime — jroxas @ 9:00 pm
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So, it’s been a while! You know the drill - school, women, making money, card-slinging, fighting epic battles in the armadas of the Southern Coalition, etc. The weather recently has made going outside a pretty terrible idea, though, and in the midst of my relative inactivity I’ve decided to start writing a little again. We’ll see how long this goes.

It seems like many of the cool kids are talking about High School of the Dead (HSotD for short from now on), with a major point of controversy being the level of fanservice. When isn’t fanservice contentious? People used to argue about this every damn season, and this seems not to have changed.

Obviously, HSotD evokes impressions of the zombie “B” movie - a genre in which blatant sex appeal is certainly not difficult to find. Seriously, go rent/download one. They’re doing a good job if emulating classic zombie movies is indeed their aim. But, is that enough to excuse the fanservicey excesses in HSotD?

We all know that the actual reason  for the fanservice is to sell the show to teenage boys. Do I care? Fanservice on its own has historically neither attracted me to a particular series, nor turned me off to it; however, it has on occasion proven excessively distracting to the point of detracting from what might otherwise have been a reasonably enjoyable narrative. This isn’t as common as one would think, as most shows with immense amounts of fanservice have the overwhelming tendency to not even try to tell a serious story.

In the case of HSotD, I’d say it’s borderline leaning towards acceptable, depending on how things turn out in the upcoming episodes. I don’t particularly mind, say, random panty flashes in the middle of the well-sequenced action scenes. Sure, they’re unnecessary and I don’t encourage them, but it’s not as though those particular scenes exist solely for those shots, nor do they meaningfully detract from the overall scene to me.

 

Not the worst.

On the other hand, almost every scene involving Shziuka and her gigantic jello-boobs infuriates me. It’s as though her entire character is in the show exclusively to demonstrate the animators’ mastery of breast physics.

…seriously?

Even so, that’s not enough for me to completely hate the show, and I don’t think dismissing a show for reasons like this is even really fair. An ADTRW poster illustrates this with what I think a great example:

“Hey guys, check out this anime, its super violent and gory as hell!”

vs.

“Hey guys, check out this anime, its super violent and gory as hell, but there are tons of T&A shots so you probably won’t like it” 

It’s such a silly thing to fuss over, really. It reminds me of all the people upset about Kick-Ass because it features a fierce warrior loli murdering people and getting piledriven over a table by a grown man. Personally, I’m turned off far more by a lack of content than this sort of excess.

Moving beyond all that silliness, there are a number of things about HSotD that I enjoy. It’s cool that they got one of the Touhou doujin bands to do the OP song. A male protagonist with a spine is always a welcome sight. The show does a great job of getting across the apocalyptic scale of the zombie infestation with elements like the images of the burning city, Rei’s conversation with her father, and the television newscasts.

P.S. Saeko is the obvious token kuudere, but I’m falling for it anyway.  I can’t help it.

5 Comments »

  1. So, it’s been a while! You know the drill - school, women, making money, card-slinging, fighting epic battles in the armadas of the Southern Coalition, etc. The weather recently has made going outside a pretty terrible idea, though, and in the midst of my relative inactivity I’ve decided to start writing a little again. We’ll see how long this goes.

    Fukken Champion!

    BTW, I can identify with this perspective on service, all good… glad to see you chattin’ more in #ab as well :)

    Comment by RyanA — July 29, 2010 @ 10:58 am

  2. In the end, would you recommend High School of the Dead as fresh and decent show? I honestly like the idea of zombies + anime. It seems new and interesting to me.

    Comment by Justin — August 4, 2010 @ 2:06 am

  3. Hello! First of all, sorry for my bad English, I’m actually from Spain ^^U I am Merlette, the image editor from Ookami Translations, an amateur group that is now translating Cross Channel to Spanish using the Amaterasu Translations base. I saw somewhere that you are the current image editor from Amaterasu Translations and well, I am having some trouble in editing some of the images; so I was wondering if you could help me with those images. I tried to contact you via IRC, but it seems that there were problems with the communication, so I’m now contacting you through your blog, I hope you don’t mind. Here’s my e-mail: mericr_1@hotmail.com. I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon. Best regards n_n

    Comment by Merlette — August 7, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

  4. lol Merlette that was funny your into about yourself….&& admin thanks for the good post, i also would recommend high school of the dead! it rocks!

    Anime

    Comment by Rick — November 21, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

  5. The breasts don’t even look THAT accurate. Okay physics of drooping breasts is one thing but in terms of the art… I’ve got two words dudes: not even. So don’t get all that excited now.

    Comment by cili — June 22, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

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