Highschool of the Dead by Daisuke Sato
Release Date: August 20, 2009
Publisher: Yen Press
Series: Highschool of the Dead #1
Age Group: Age 17+
Author: Daisuke Sato
Artist: Shouji Sato
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A mysterious illness is spreading rapidly through the halls of Fujimi High School. In a matter of hours, the campus is transformed from a place of learning into a hive of nightmares, as the infected students collapse and are reborn as flesh-hungry zombies! Only a handful of students escape the initial outbreak - among them Takashi Komuro and his childhood friend, Rei. He manages to protect Rei from the initial onslaught, but how long can Takashi and the other students hope to survive when the whole school - maybe the whole town - is out for their blood?!
Zombie apocalypses are one of my favorite things to read or watch (That's why I love Zombieland so much, well, that and Jessie Eisenberg) and Highschool of the Dead really set the bar with that. I'm a big horror reader. So anything that's gory or disturbing I'm up for the read. This manga was a sure fire hit on gore.
The only thing that was difficult to get past in this manga was the Echi, or the perverted messes that that that happens every so often. And since all of the protag girls are big breasted women, there are bound to be close-ups of that and the common head-between-the-boobs moments. It's just stuff like that, you know what audience is targeted for this manga.
But looking past those things, the story concept is good. Japanese teenage students trying to survive the ever-growing apocalypse that has not only infested Japan but the whole world. The dystopian manga really shows how crazy the world and people can get when fear takes over (and zombies, don't forget the zombies).
Another thing that I should mention that was rock solid in this manga: the weapons. Baseball bats, swords, poles, nail guns, actual guns (and a whole freaking artillery at that!) It was really cool to see how the teenagers used each one to stay alive and how they had to think before they used most of them to avoid death. Even though I'm a girl, I find weapons extremely cool and interesting in these kinds of situations.