I picked this up after reading the first couple of D’s (D Talks Anime) write ups on this series last month. While I’m not overly keen on slice of life stories set around clubs of cute girls in high school, zombie stories tend to fascinate me and the mix of the two seemed pretty irresistible so I had to at least give this one a go. Fortunately it was available on Crunchyroll.
If I didn’t know what this show was about and hadn’t read what the twist was for the first episode, I don’t know how far I would have watched. But much like Life (movie reviewed here) knowing where this was going actually helped because it made me a more alert viewer. Small details that may have been overlooked were everywhere in the early parts of the series as we watched Yuki go about her ‘normal’ school day.
There’s so much deliberate irony in this episode and it works really well. I liked how background characters were frequently out of focus or pretty much just outlines, the way we lingered on shots of the window, the table barricade (wait, why is that there), the classrooms. I loved the way her friend reacted every time Yuki mentioned a class and the way she hesitated before calling into the room to chase the dog. Even smaller things like the book being read in the club room that is an obvious Stephen King knock off (I think the one decent look I got at the author had it written as Steppen King). It’s really well done so even though you are watching cute girls run around a school chasing an excessively cute and overly dexterous puppy, there’s plenty to engage you. And then there is this:
Yep, Yuki is delusional and the end of the episode pulls the veil off of the school and lets the audience see things as they are. Now I’m stuck with questions such as how did these girls manage to barricade themselves in the school when whatever caused the zombie outbreak occurred and how many of the other characters we’ve met are actually real? Very intriguing beginning.
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