Had a sexually-tense George A. Romero set Dawn of the Dead in a Japanese school, it would probably resemble Highschool of the Dead -- a new anime from Japanese production company Madhouse (Chobits, Death Note) based on the manga of the same name.
On the surface it’s same as any other zombie film or tv series, different day: pandemic sweeps city, inhabitants become zombies, group of survivors must escape by any means necessary. But there are several other aspects that make this series uniquely entertaining.
Mix them together and you get an overly-sexualised and wonderfully violent production -- beautifully presented and horrific, even if it doesn’t, in its component parts, contain a single original element. And far be it from me to wonder if the ratio of zombie decapitations to shots of the lead girl’s underwear is a solid 1:1. (I've always believed movies should contain at least two decapitations for every shot of naked under-lady.)
A friend introduced this series to me recently after it began airing in Japan and the US and as such I’ve seen all the episodes so far. Enough to reassure me that titillating zombie-based horror isn’t lost within the Japanese high school genre.
I’m looking forward to a Blu-ray release in the UK hopefully not too far down the line. For now, it’s airing on the Anime Network in the US and on various channels in Japan. For online streaming check out zomganime where its posted every monday. Let me know what you think of it in the comments if you’ve already been enjoying it.