High School of the Dead Episode 9

August 30, 2010

While the fortuitous arrival of Takagi’s mother has reprieved most of the bunch of feisty high school students from their fate, poor old Takashi and Saeko are left stranded from the rest of their party with little option other than to make their own way back to Takagi’s home.

Realistically, I can’t think of a better duo to be selected for this journey on-foot given their abilities, and indeed Takashi proves himself to be quite a smart thinker, stopping at a nearby motorcycle shop to find transport and provisions for them. Luckily for them this shop is stocking more than just bikes, and before we know it the two of them have a rather nifty little amphibious vehicle to make use of (available from all good bike shops in Japan, I guess), allowing them to make an escape via the river before later using the craft in a park fountain to distract nearby zombies. Some good thinking, that’s for sure, although poor Saeko gets wet on numerous occasions throughout the episode in all of the connotations which the word suggests.With just Takashi and Saeko left to their own devices, we get to learn some more about the latter, more precisely a little about what makes her tick. Despite her controlled and refined manner, it seems that Saeko is in fact a bit of a… well, psycho, enjoying the thrill of beating seven shades out of people with a wooden stick. Personally, I blame it all on video games. Anyhow, rather than admonishing Saeko’s dark side, Takashi embraces and accepts it, allowing her to unleash her full ferocity on the zombies which surround them the next morning while also allowing Takashi to tick off another “route” towards his harem ending. Then again, I get the feeling that two-timing Saeko would bring us to an ending where that amphibious vehicle turns out to be rather a “nice boat”, if you get my drift. *cough* your daily dose of fan service *cough*

For reasons that I can’t quite put a finger on, I didn’t really enjoy this episode of Highschool of the Dead as much as I was expecting – perhaps I’d raised my own expectations too high for an episode of Takashi and Saeko kicking ass (and they did on a handful of brief occasions), but more likely I think I was just let down with regard to Saeko’s revelations and the shift in dynamic of her relationship with Takashi. Our protagonist was right, Saeko was incredibly cool to watch in action and has been a pillar of the series from the very start, but it’s exactly this which makes degrading her into a borderline psychopathic sexpot unable to think for or control herself so disappointing – it doesn’t suit her, and it doesn’t add a whole lot to the series as a whole when closing any distance between herself and Takashi could have been done in any number of more believable ways. I know “believable” doesn’t sit well as a description of this series anyway, but regardless the developments of this installment just didn’t work for me.


  1. This episode was fucking EPIC
    My best guess is Saeko and Komuro had sex and looks like their together now ive been waiting the whole series for it she is sexy as hell.

  2. Great Episode, Takashi and Saeko make a great couple but what he said in the end about accepting her darkness so he could survive killed the romantic mood somewhat.

    But still I think Takashi does care deeply for Saeko. Even if he accepted her darkness to survive he was still able to understand her pain and I don’t believe he lied when he said he said the part about admiring her despite her flaws.

    • agreed that takashi and saeko makes the best couple outta the choices.
      i dont think the “acceptin her darkness” killed the mood, but who knows.. im a freak lol

  3. Wow..I didn’t think I could like Saeko this much… ESPECIALLY because of her dark personality.. It just ended up making her so much more admirable. I.. don’t know how.
    But hell, I would sure get a kick out of killing zombies. I know that doesn’t really relate to killing PEOPLE but still..

    Anyway,.. I couldnt’ stop giggling(like a tard, yes) at how kawaii Komuru was this episode~<3 I felt like a weirdo, but you must agree, Komuru is a cutie. XD
    But yeah… Can't wait for the next episode!:D

  4. The part where Saeko goes crazy with the sword was awesome and it was complete with cool music. But then the moment when she said “I’m gonna get wet” or something like that was anti-climactic I was like “WTF!?!” hahahahaha GREAT EPISODE nonetheless ^^

    p.s I agree with Panda Saeko is hawt :3

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