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    Review by Chris Beveridge

    Content Grade: A+
    Audio Grade: A-
    Video Grade: A
    Packaging Grade: B+
    Menu Grade: B
    Extras Grade: B-

    Released By: Sentai Filmworks
    Release Date: June 28th, 2011
    MSRP: $69.98
    Running Time: 300 Minutes
    Video Encoding: 1080p AVC
    Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

    In Summary:
    This show was my favorite simulcast of 2010 and seeing it in complete form over the course of a day reinforces that choice. This is a top shelf production in just about every regard and this release captures it beautifully. This is a show I can easily see myself revisiting once or twice a year to enjoy as it offers up so many details and story possibilities. It truly demands a second season and is the only anime series in the last half decade that has made me want to pick up the original manga to get more of the story. This is a world that I want to see a new season for every year to take us down the path of more adventures for these kids. I’m already feeling the need to re-watch it again and am looking forward to sharing it with others. Very highly recommended.
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    Chris said:
    "There’s plenty of overt sexuality here. And when you put a group of teenagers, hormones already in effect, and put them in a world ending situation, they’re going to get very sexual. Nobody actually does the dead, but I loved how they used the sexuality of it all to work the show because it feel like natural responses to things."
    I believe the correct word was "deed." Dr. Freud to see you, Mr. Beveridge.
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    • #3
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      I'll concede some of the designs of the girls have potential. Yet, I was never able to get into the show. Mainly because of the first episode just being way too forced in some regards. Hint, camera angles. Plus for some reason, it's a lot harder to enjoy fanservice when you have "gore" as a distraction...

      Yeah, I know "Sexy and Bloody" for some are like Peanutbutter and Jelly, but for me it's more like using Ketchup on Icecream instead of Chocolate.

      Still, I do know the feeling about anime inspiring one to read the manga. I've reached the point of wanting to both read the manga and watch the anime of multiple series. Go figure on that one.

      On a final note, what I'd like to see is Zombie stories that don't treat being a zombie as nothing more than an overglorified disease. Call me crazy, but I prefer the idea of "rising from the dead" as opposed to "I just caught a cold" for lack of a better term.
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      • #4
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        As one of those who though all the fanservice was a missed opportunity... Yes, I'd have to admit that toning it down a little would make it a little less appealing to us "core" anime fans. But when there's an opportunity to try and reach a wider audience with this sort of show, it's a shame to pass it by.

        That said, I wholeheartedly agree with the A+. Have my UK Blu-ray preordered, and August can't come quickly enough.
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        • #5
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          See, that's the thing though, I do find that the fanservice/sexuality is very integral to it because by their very nature, zombie shows are exploitation shows and always have been when done in theatrical mode. Walking Dead goes a different route, but it's an exploitation of emotions to deal with a more real-world aspect of it and TV standards. Most horror movies, and that's what these tend to fall under, are all about exploitation so it's just being true to its roots.
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            Mine just arrived today, And I'm halfway through watching it. It remains not merely good, but damn good. As to the fanservice aspect, yes, zombie shows have always been exploitation shows, and this is not only no exception, it goes over the top with that fun aspect of it.

            Sex and violence are often linked. It's not just in the media, but throughout human history. When people are in great danger and survive, or facing great danger, the sexual urge can become desperate. I can't count the number of times in going through the Eisenhower Center archives that I've seen documentation about how one of the most common thoughts of young American soldiers during WWII was that they not die a virgin. People want to reproduce before they die, or before they lose a loved one. Women who under many rules of society would have ordinarily remained widows for at least a substantial period of time, have often remarried quickly (though not always, of course), in war time situations, especially if they'd not had a child from their deceased husband.

            In short, there are numerous documented cases throughout history that when a population is undergoing extreme stress from violence, the sexual mores and rules of that society loosen. Sex is great fun, but people seem to forget that the reason sex feels so good is so that we will reproduce. Violence and the stress from near death or imminent possibility of death causes the human to have the instinct to reproduce.

            So, here we have a situation where society's falling apart, with almost certainly 5 virgins, Takashi, Rei, Hirano, Saeko, and Saya thrown together, along with Shizuka. Trust me, if the end of the world were happening, people who weren't fighting for their lives would be humping like bunnies on viagra when they weren't. It's not a coincidence that the Baby Boom took place right after WWII.
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            2) Mikuru-chan is an excellent combo of smoking hot and super sweet cuteness; and
            3) It makes it easiier for me to find my own posts in threads.

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            • #7
              Re: Highschool of the Dead Complete Series Review

              Originally posted by General Hentai View Post
              Mine just arrived today, And I'm halfway through watching it.
              Whoa ... how did you score a copy already? Are you a reviewer like Chris too? Just curious.

              Amazon (where I ordered my copy) says the release date is June 28.
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                Originally posted by Garrett Jax View Post
                Whoa ... how did you score a copy already? Are you a reviewer like Chris too? Just curious.

                Amazon (where I ordered my copy) says the release date is June 28.
                I got mine yesterday. TRSI often ships stuff as early 3 weeks prior to the street date.
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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by cress2000 View Post
                  I got mine yesterday. TRSI often ships stuff as early 3 weeks prior to the street date.
                  That would make sense then. Serves me right for shopping all in one place and trying to pinch pennies
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                  • #10
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                    I preordered this along with Angel Beats. I'm not a fan of over the top fan service, but this show makes it work somehow.
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                    • #11
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                      This is one I have REALLY been on the fence about. If it were not for the simulcast reviews from last year along with the full release review here, I would not have given HSotD a second look. I have seen episode 1 already.

                      I freely admit my thinking is likely jaded. However my first reaction to extensive fanservice is not "Wow, look at that! " (what ever the fanservice happens to be). My first reaction is "Okay? What are you trying to hide? "
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                      • #12
                        Re: Highschool of the Dead Complete Series Review

                        I actually found the over the top fan service distracting, but I do think the series was strong enough in other areas for it not to be too much of a problem.

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                        • #13
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                          Wow, when's the last time Chris gave a perfect A+? My copy arrived yesterday, and now I'm glad I chose to get it from TRSI's sale.
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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by FUNiOP View Post
                            Wow, when's the last time Chris gave a perfect A+?
                            I believe it might have been the DVD release for RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Highschool of the Dead Complete Series Review

                              Originally posted by WTK View Post
                              I believe it might have been the DVD release for RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~.
                              Yeah, that's what I thought. That was so long ago (about a year and half apparently)!
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