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    HOTD: Plot vs. Fanservice

    Hey, RTSender here. I wanted to talk about a particular serious topic that has gotten under my skin recently, and I'd like to hear what you guys think. A couple months back I watched Highschool of the Dead; for those of you who don't know what this is or haven't seen it before, there won't be direct spoilers, but you may not understand the elements of this discussion. Anyways, this anime had some good things going for it: dark (yet vague) storyline, good mix of characters with good voice acting, plenty of blood and guts, and a reasonable plot pacing. However, there was one glaring issue that I had that would've been at least acceptable in any other setting: WAY TOO MUCH FANSERVICE.

    There isn't a single episode of this show that doesn't show the following: heavily bouncing (and physics-defying) breasts, gratuitous panty shots, and sexual advances.
    Hell, there's an entire episode that could be considerd ecchi...
    Now, this would be fine if every single character wasn't in danger of becoming zombie food!!!

    I'll back up for a second, though. This is anime. Considering the factors of running for your life in a Japanese high school uniform, they possibility of a panty shot whilst being knocked down during a zombie rampage seems inevitable, almost a given. And I'm pretty sure that the male protagonists wouldn't mind trying to "feel human again" during a zombie apocalypse by making moves on the female characters. I don't blame them. But, when the camera angles keep reminding you that this show is trying to milk any sort of mature-rated content as possible that the focus (and most likely the motivation to watch) of this show turns from kicking zombie ass to.....well.....getting some ass.

    This is my big problem with HOTD. The overwhelming sex appeal just gets in the way of the entire dark setting of a world in the middle of a crisis. Contrasting plot elements can be effective, but when one element is off balance from the other, that's when problems start. Granted, this is my opinion, and I'm afraid that I'm a bit biased against this show judging by what I've previously said, but I would like to know what you guys think of this sort of thing.
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    RE: HOTD: Plot vs. Fanservice

    yea i agree with you. I do enjoy zombie style of shows, like Walking Dead, 28 days later, etc.. and that is was why i watched it, but the sex appeal was too much and was distracting.

    but the fat chubby kid kept the comic relief going well.
    also, the show takin place in japan.. asians get a little cared away with the proportions..
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    RE: HOTD: Plot vs. Fanservice

    i have never heard it call fan service before... but now i know
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    RE: HOTD: Plot vs. Fanservice

    The only reason I watched this show was to watch Kota, the fat guy, and lil Arisu/Alice,the little girl they save who I think becomes really the heart of the show. The teacher alone, the blonde, had t*ts bigger than any woman could have without falling over constantly.Give me a few more guys and MAYBE it would have worked better
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    RE: HOTD: Plot vs. Fanservice

    I will admit: Kota is Macgyver reborn, but I don't think those characters you mentioned were involved together long enough to make a significant impact on the story. And even if they did, boobs would've gotten in the way.

    That brings up another dilemma I have with high school drama and the whole "nosebleed" quirk, but I'll save that for another thread.
    A boy has the right to dream. There are endless possibilities stretched out before him. What awaits him down the path he will then have to choose; the boy doesn't always know. At some point the boy then becomes an adult, and learns what he was able to become. Joy and sadness will forever accompany this. He is confronted with a choice; when this happens, does he bid his past farewell in his heart? Once a boy becomes an adult, he can no longer go back to being a boy; the boy is now a man. Only one thing can be said: "A boy has the right to dream.". For those endless possibilities are stretched out before him.

    We must remember...all men were once boys.

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    RE: HOTD: Plot vs. Fanservice

    To explain the fan-service in HOTD is to take a look at the source. Sh?ji Sat? the artist for HOTD spent most of his career as an hentai and adult doujin artist. He is the former assistant of manga artist Koushi Rikudou, the creator of the popular manga series Excel Saga. This might explain a few things anyway.
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    RE: HOTD: Plot vs. Fanservice

    as much as i loved HOTD, i have to agree that at times, the fanservice can be a little too much. I'll admit that when i watched the first few episodes i really didn't mind all the fanservice that much. as i continued, though, it just started to bug me more and more. while i, like some have said, can understand a bit of fanservice in an anime as dark as this, the points that it can reach in this anime are at times comical. ever hear of matrix boobs?
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    RE: HOTD: Plot vs. Fanservice

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord-Idolo
    To explain the fan-service in HOTD is to take a look at the source. Sh?ji Sat? the artist for HOTD spent most of his career as an hentai and adult doujin artist. He is the former assistant of manga artist Koushi Rikudou, the creator of the popular manga series Excel Saga. This might explain a few things anyway.
    Oh.....that explains everything.

    Still, it's not a very convincing excuse.
    A boy has the right to dream. There are endless possibilities stretched out before him. What awaits him down the path he will then have to choose; the boy doesn't always know. At some point the boy then becomes an adult, and learns what he was able to become. Joy and sadness will forever accompany this. He is confronted with a choice; when this happens, does he bid his past farewell in his heart? Once a boy becomes an adult, he can no longer go back to being a boy; the boy is now a man. Only one thing can be said: "A boy has the right to dream.". For those endless possibilities are stretched out before him.

    We must remember...all men were once boys.

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    RE: HOTD: Plot vs. Fanservice

    Never said it was, all I said was that Sh?ji Sat? as an artist were his strong suit is TNA. His brother Daisuke Sat? is the writer for the HOTD manga. However, I noticed for the last four or five years that anime recently is more fan-service orientated and shorter (as in 12 to 13 episodes). I guess when the economy took a hit they cut back and worked with the theory of sex sells even in a poor economy. Just my thoughts anyway.
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    RE: HOTD: Plot vs. Fanservice

    I guess their marketing decisions weren't necessarily bad if they knew what sells in a particular economy, and your thoughts hold significant substance. However, I can almost gurantee that HOTD could've had twice the size of its current fanbase if it had more balance between fanservice and zombies. Unfortunately, I will admit that the show probably wouldn't have such a fanbase if it had no fanservice altogether, but I dunno.

    It's situations like these that make viewers fear for a sequel.
    A boy has the right to dream. There are endless possibilities stretched out before him. What awaits him down the path he will then have to choose; the boy doesn't always know. At some point the boy then becomes an adult, and learns what he was able to become. Joy and sadness will forever accompany this. He is confronted with a choice; when this happens, does he bid his past farewell in his heart? Once a boy becomes an adult, he can no longer go back to being a boy; the boy is now a man. Only one thing can be said: "A boy has the right to dream.". For those endless possibilities are stretched out before him.

    We must remember...all men were once boys.

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