High School of the Dead 3 – Democratic Problems
Again, story is pretty standard, but it’s good that there’s a bit more action with each episode. Also nice to finally see another element of conflict enter the picture with Shido taking the opportunity to usurp authority from a bunch of kids and a busty nurse. Any way you can get some power, right? Did lol at the bus physics (not that I expected anything other than crazy Hollywood stunt driving) and Takashi being a good motorcyclist despite not being licensed (although that’s forgivable; just because he’s unlicensed doesn’t mean he couldn’t have learned from somewhere).
On to the death chart . . .
Takashi: More skills to pay the bills? Vehicle versatility certainly helps with outrunning the zombie horde. He’s becoming an ace with the aluminum bat, is able to man up and face fear when needed and doesn’t bitch and moan about being cut off from everyone else after the bus explosion. Doesn’t appear as though Rei will drag him down either. He’s in about as good a situation as one could hope for right now.
Likelihood of survival: He is going to God Mode destroy the zombies at this rate.
Rei: She shows that she would rather plunge headlong into unknown territory than hang out with a creepy teacher; who knows what that could mean for her survival? She’s certainly warming up to Takashi, although whether that’s real or a troll as one Mr. Halfadeckshort suspects is unknown. (I’m learning toward the former because I’m biased in favor of Marina Inoue.)
Likelihood of survival: As long as she keeps growing in confidence and working well with Takashi, I think her chances of survival will be on the rise.
Saya: After last week’s freakout, she is back to her cold, analytical approach to the zombie apocalypse. Not very optimistic, but a realistic way of looking at things that prioritizes survival above sentiment. She still needs other people to watch her back, but at least her experiments helped everyone (almost) escape the school unscathed.
Likelihood of survival: Decreased a bit, actually, if only because the obvious path for her arc is to get an injection of emotion from Kouta; emotion and zombies do not mix well.
Kouta: Much like last week, he is running around nailing zombies (and wishing he were nailing Saya). He’ll need a weapon upgrade soon, however, because his nail gun is a more impractical than the simple, effective weapons wielded by Takashi and Saeko. Can’t stand in confusion for too long on the zombie battlefield.
Likelihood of survival: Plateaus after last week. Too easy to see him sacrificing himself to save Saya.
Saeko: More impressive work from her in this episode. Aside from her kickass fighting, she also has a solid mix of logic and compassion; she again stresses that the group attacks zombies only when absolutely necessary, but she also will not coldly leave people who can be saved (because you never know when someone might be helpful to the group). She seems like an ideal leader to me, but she’s also the type of person who wouldn’t grab that position for herself.
Likelihood of survival: She’ll go on for a long time unless the zombies aim a flaming bus directly at her.
Marikawa: She actually presents some impressive skills in this episode! Marikawa drops a bit of historical knowledge (albeit common knowledge, but admit it, that’s more than you expected from her), and she knows how to drive a bus. Not really an easy task, especially under the stress of staring down a horde of zombies. Well done.
Likelihood of survival: Japan might just invent a new storytelling format for her at this point.
Shido: Challenger approaching! A new foe has appeared! Shido is cold as ice; you get the feeling he helped save a bunch of students so that he would have a lot of disposable followers who would clap maniacally for his grand gestures. He’s not afraid to cut people down for his own benefit, but this is fiction, so of course this will bite him in the ass as he pisses off more and more people.
Likelihood of survival: He’s a villain, so not that high. His only shot is to be such a power-grabbing jerk that he evades death through sheer audacity.
A quick plug: Jubbz of Chocolate Syrupy Waffles is putting together a fantasy football league for anibloggers. I tried fantasy football for the first time last year (after playing fantasy baseball for three years and fantasy basketball for two), and it’s not tough at all to grasp, even for someone like myself who might not necessarily have a ton of football knowledge. It’s not a huge time sink, either — really, the draft is the longest part of the process. It only takes a few minutes a day to set lineups, scour the waiver wire for players, etc.
I had a lot of fun with it, so I hope this takes off!