High School of the Dead 7 – Half-Naked Rescue
Pretty good episode here. The fanservice momentum is rolling along, but it doesn’t really come at the expense of the action — Operation Rescue Little Girl is executed well by our main crew, and now they are finally off to do what they set out to do at the beginning of the series. I doubt many of their family members are alive at this point, but might as well check, right? They should be fine, anyway, what with our heroes leveling up in fighting ability with each episode. Are they Saiyans or something? Damn.
Death chart time!
Takashi: Makes up for his fight with Rei last episode by saving a little girl this episode with his clumsy motorcycle ninja tactics. Little girls and puppies love Takashi. He is a true hero! Also his footsteps are apparently quiet enough to never attract the attention of zombies, even when he is inches away from their ears. Now that is some sneaky walking.
Likelihood of survival: He’d probably have to serve himself up on a silver platter to the zombies at this point. Takashi a la mode sounds good.
Rei: A Takashi boner was apparently all it took for her to get over their fight in the last episode, since she solidly supports Takashi in Operation Rescue Little Girl here even though it guarantees that they will not be able to stay in the home. Points for being a (half-naked) trooper.
Likelihood of survival: She has (almost) kissed and made up with Takashi, so danger is alleviated for the moment.
Kouta: Damn, just give the boy a gun and he will work wonders with it, huh? Pretty much a solid sniper from the beginning, and his shotgun has a bit of extra kick to it. Plus the lucky bastard finds himself in the middle of a boob sandwich on more than one occasion during the big rescue sequence. He’s living the dream, man. Living the dream!
Likelihood of survival: Here’s my theory — Kouta will not die from a zombie bite; rather, he will die from blood loss from being around these good-looking women so much. A man can nosebleed only so much, after all.
Saya: Doesn’t really do too much in this episode aside from provide a bit of fanservice, some good ol’ Gainaxing and a Sengoku Basara-esque “CHAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGE” during the “Let’s run over a bunch of zombies, hell yeah!!” sequence. But, hey, some people have to take a rest every so often.
Likelihood of survival: No change. Speaking of no change, I bet Kouta hopes she never changes out of the outfit she has on right now, amirite?
Saeko: Well, it’s clear that the maid thong costume does not impede Saeko’s fighting ability at all! She’s also the one who makes the subtle push for Takashi to regain his humanity in the wake of all the zombie and human killing. Saeko gives Takashi a cold dose of reality, and he responds by giving that reality a big ol’ Eff You. Just as planned. Also, she gives the audience exactly what it wants by bending over roughly 9,001 times through the course of the episode.
Likelihood of survival: I would like a spin-off featuring Saeko in the thong apron kicking ass the whole time. Please?
Marikawa: . . . I think the image speaks for itself here!
Likelihood of survival: The series is going to exhaust every possible fanservice opportunity with Marikawa before it even thinks about killing her off. They haven’t even scratched the surface yet, I bet.
Shido: Probably off groping some 15-year-olds right now.
Likelihood of survival: You know what they do to pedos in prison, right?
Rika: Not even a token appearance in the episode? Really? :(
Likelihood of survival: She’s going to go on a zombie-killing rampage to make up for not appearing in the episode.
Alice: New character arrives! She doesn’t really have anything to contribute to the group, and is an impediment to their success, really, but she is a cute little girl, so everyone will defend her to the greatest extent possible.
Likelihood of survival: The only ways she dies: 1) She has some sort of incurable disease, because this is anime and that is how moe little girls die, or 2) Frankenstein’s creature shows up and tosses her into a lake.