High School of the Dead is a very popular Japanese Horror Anime and it has been almost eight years since the first season aired.
‘High School of the Dead’, also known as ‘Apocalyptic Academy: High School of the Dead’ is a Japanese Horror anime based on the manga of the same name. It is created b Daisuke Sato and the illustrations are done by Shoji Sato. The publication of the anime was done in Fuji Shobo’s Monthly Dragon Age, from September 2006 to May 2013, but the work was not entirely finished after Daisuke Sato passed away in 2017. Seven Tankobon volumes were published by Fuji Shobo and Kadokawa Shoten from March 2007 to April 2011 in Japan. The anime series in North America is published by Yen Press.
The first anime adaptation of this manga was taken in 2011, and it was widely loved by fans. In fact, the series was so popular, even to this day, it is regarded as one of the most popular Television Anime series. But sadly, like a lot of brilliant anime series out there, ‘High School of the Dead’ did not yet get renewed for a second season.
The first season premiered on July 5, 2010, and the finale aired during September 20, 2010. In the same year, an original video animation special episode for ‘High School of the Dead’ was released for the fans. But since then, there have been no new development and fans have been waiting eagerly, for almost a decade to know anything about the second season. Here is what we know so far.
Well, all of us are waiting for the show to be renewed and to come back to our screens. When the show first aired, it became very popular among the fans of the manga and anime lovers alike. But sadly, unlike many other shows, 'High School of the Dead' is facing a lot of problems. Hence, it is complicated for the series when compared to the other ones. When the show first came out seven years ago, it was loved by everyone and it was an instant hit. The anime series is loved by everyone and since then, a release date has always been in speculation. But, going by the looks of it, it seems unlikely that the show will get a second season. The creator of the manga passed away in 2017 and, as a result, the manga was left unfinished. But, all hope is not lost as there could still be a new writer. Even though it is an unlikely scenario if a new writer is appointed, the second season of the anime would be released at the end of 2021, or early 2022.
As we have mentioned later in the article too, the second season of the anime is said to be produced by a US-based anime network since the original creators of the series did not want to proceed with the series anymore. The manga series, that inspired the anime, has been incomplete since the author passed away in 2017. But fans are still keeping their hopes up and believing that a second season will be airing by end of this year.
The second season of 'High School of the Dead' is presumed to be aired by a US-based Anime Network since the original creators did not want to continue with the series. It has been speculated that the decision has come after Japan was hit by devastating tsunami and earthquakes. Hence, there was not appropriate time and resources to take the series forward. There have been a lot of foreign networks that own the rights to the first season of the series and the series has a huge fan following. Some of the networks that own the rights are VOD, Sentai Filmworks, Microsoft’s Zune Marketplace, and Madman Entertainment in Australia.
For those who want to watch the show in English, or if you want to watch the show with English subtitles, you can find all your preferred link on Anime-Planet.
The plot of this Japanese Horror Anime mainly revolves around an apocalyptic catastrophe that rises he dead. The Zombie outbreak happens after a mysterious disease starts spreading in Japan and all over the world. Because of the disease, humans started dying catastrophically and then are becoming zombies. Humans are being decimated at an alarming rate and the disease keeps spreading faster and faster. The show focuses on a group of youngsters who try to protect each and survive the apocalypse.
There have been a lot of rumors revolving around the series. One of the ongoing rumors suggests that the second season will be produced by a US-based anime network. But, the Japanese authorities are a little apprehensive about the entire situation and they are giving it a second thought about it. Another rumor suggests that the fans won't have to wait too long for the second season and it will air by the end of this year. Some earlier reports indicated that the anime has already been in works for a while, but there have been no official news or announcements in this case. Some ardent fans are also confident that the second season of the series will air sooner than we know and a 2-minute trailer for the second season will begin streaming pretty soon.
Even though there are a lot of characters in this popular anime, we will be discussing the primary characters and the roles they have played in the first season. Below, we have provided a short description of each of the main characters.
Takashi Komuro- He is the 17-year-old protagonist of the series and goes to Fujimi High school. Takashi and Rei are childhood friends who made a pact to get married when they grow up. But, since their decision was taken in haste and they were immature, Rei, later on, starts dating Hisashi. At the very starting of the series, he notices that the teachers are being attacked by the zombies and he rushed to help Rei, who was helping the teachers. Unfortunately, during the fight, Hishashi turns into a zombie and Takashi kills him. This makes Rei believe that Takashi killed him out of jealousy. As Takashi proceeds to leave after the incident, Rei holds him back and apologizes and the two of them hug each other.
Rei Miyamoto- Rei is described to be the girl with orange-brown hair and reddish-brown eyes. She is Takashi’s classmate and before the series started, she promised Takashi to marry him, but later, she starts dating Hishashi. After Hishahi is killed by Takashi because the former turned into a zombie, she gets really upsets and blames Takashi for everything. Takashi, feeling bad about the entire situation, proceeds to leave, but Rea stops him and they both reconcile. In the 12th chapter, Rei tells Takashi that girls fall for guys who are adorable and care for their partner. Hearing this, Takashi tells her that he’s neither of the two, but Rei proceeds to tell him that, that is exactly why she likes him and does not want him to be anyone else. She also hates Mr. Shido since he held her back for a year at school and caused problems between her and her father.
Saeko Busujima- Saeko is a third-year student who is described to have dark violet hair and bright blue eyes, She is the president of the school’s Kendo club and she always carries a wooden sword with her. Saeko takes a lot of pride in her skills and in the series, she is shown to kill an infected student out of mercy. Later in the series, it is shown that Saeko confides in Takashi that she was once almost sexually assaulted but she was able to fight back with the help of her wooden sword before the police came. She struggles with the violent side of her character and even considers giving up to the zombies before Takashi helps her regain her confidence.
Saya Takagi- Saya is a second-year student in the same high school and she is the daughter of an influential right-winged politician. She is a self-proclaimed genius who uses her knowledge to help a group of people to escape from harm. Even though she comes from an affluent family, she hates her parents, but later on, reconciles with them, during the raid of their family estate.
Kohta Hirno- He is a 16-year-old student, who, on the surface, seems to be just a wimpy, overweight guy with glasses, but secretly, he is a gun enthusiast. Later in the series, he develops feelings for office trainee, Asami Nakoaka, after helping her to subdue an angry mall survivor. But, their friendship is short-lived as Asami becomes a zombie and Kohta had to kill her.
Shizuka Marikawa- Shizuka is a nurse at the high school who is nearly killed by a zombie and is saved by Saeko. She has a charming personality and her large bust sized is often serve as a comical relief in the series.
Alice Maresato- Alice is a 7-year-old girl, who is rescued by Takashi after her father is killed when they were denied shelter. In the English dub of the anime, she goes by the name of Arisu.