It happened suddenly. The dead rose and threw Japan into chaos. In the high school of Takashi Kimuro, the situation forced him to kill his bitten best friend and protect the man’s girlfriend, Rei. As they narrowly escape the school with a few others, they find the real survival just beginning.
The zombie genre may be played out in movies, but it is still relatively untapped in anime. While High School of the Dead isn’t so much Dawn of the Dead come again in animated form as it is mind-boggling fan service, it has its moments. If you have a thirst for perverted anime with a horror bint, perhaps it is time to move on to these anime recommendations.
For Fans of Horror Harems
Rosario + Vampire
Due to his bad grades, Tsukune Aono was unable to get into any good high schools. However, at the last minute, he was accepted to Youkai Academy. Unfortunately for him, it is a high school for werewolves, vampires, and other monsters. With the help of a vampire and some other new girl friends that take a liking to him, Tsukune tries to hide his human status from his classmates.
When it comes to cheap fan service in a horror setting, Rosario + Vampire and High School of the Dead are practically siblings. The real difference is that Rosario prefers panty shots while HSotD prefers the jiggling gigantic breast. Yet, if it is repetitive perverted situations you are after, both are great choices.
After being coaxed into helping a homeless man off the train tracks by a childhood friend, Kei Kurono is hit by a train and dies. However, that is just the beginning of his story after he turns up in a mysterious room filled with other recently deceased people and tasked with killing aliens by a giant black ball.
“Hyper-violent” and “hyper-sexual,” they are both terms that you would use to describe Gantz and High School of the Dead. However, people actually can and will die in Gantz regardless of how hot their bodies are, and there are some pretty hot bodies.
Higurashi: When They Cry
Keiichi Maebara just moved to the town of Hinamizawa, a village so small that the children of the village are all in the same class. He spends his days peacefully playing with his classmates after school, but as the annual festival approaches, Keiichi learns about the violent local legends surrounding it.
If you liked how occasionally vaguely scary High School of the Dead is, but didn’t like the fan service, Higurashi is likely just the kind of show you are looking for. While the main character does have a small harem of girls that all seem to love him, they aren’t sexualized about it, but they are terrifying.
For Fans of Zombies!
Yuki Takeya loves her school so much that she doesn’t want to leave. So naturally she joins the School Living Club where the members live in the building and make the most of their school life. Unfortunately, it is all a lie. They live at school because they are in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and Yuki’s happy school life is all part of her delusions to protect her fragile mind.
School-Live! is what non-perverts wanted High School of the Dead to be. While it flounders at times, it does tell a pretty intriguing zombie apocalypse story. Instead of big breasted beauties, you get to watch moe girls occasionally deal with zombies.
In this world, there exist creatures of darkness that prowl the night seeking to devour humanity. To stand against them, there is the Hellsing Organization, an elite private military that stands against evil. Their soldiers are skilled, but their most powerful weapon is the vampire Alucard that fights against his own kind.
While often more about vampires, Hellsing does deal with zombies on occasion. It features some bad ass weapon specialists, and takes its fighting more seriously. However, if you are still looking for eye candy, Seras can fill that role from time to time.
Michiru Kita has a special skill, she can tell when people are about to die by the color of the rings around their neck. When she sees two black rings around the necks of her classmates, she tries to warn them that death is near, only to find out that they are already dead. Chika Akatsuki and Shito Tachibana are zombies that are kept alive with a Zombie-Loan contract that forces them to hunt other zombies.
Zombie-Loan is still zombie related, but provides something a little different from your typical tale. While it can be a bit slow going in compared to the high octane HSotD, there are a few unique tidbits a bit further in that have a way of hooking you.
For Fans of Fan Service That Borders on the Obnoxious
High School DxD
Average pervert Issei Hyoudou has done nothing productive with his life save for dreaming of attracting a harem. Things are looking up when a girl asks him on a date, but unfortunately she turns out to be a fallen angel and brutal kills him. However, he gets a second chance at life when a classmate (and devil) revives him to be her servant.
While typically less brutal than High School of the Dead, High School DxD is still fairly violent. Both series are ultimately about struggling to survive in a world filled with violence (and well-endowed women), but High School DxD is more comedic and perverted.
During the day, the doctors of Black Label work at Mochizuki General Hospital healing the sick and saving lives, but at night, they adopt a more sinister purpose: viciously murdering vile criminals beyond redemption.
Triage X is yet another show to juxtapose beautiful women with gratuitous violence. While in High School of the Dead the main enemy is zombies, in Triage X, it is criminals. In Triage X, the creators also added in a healthy dose of torture to really amp up those fan service moments.
The Hachimitsu Private Academy has always been a prestigious all-girls school that is prized for its high quality education and ridged discipline. However, they are now accepting boys as well as girls. With a mere five boys in the schools, they think they are the luckiest men in the world. That is, until they get caught peeping and have their personal freedoms taken away in the brutal prison below the school.
Who doesn’t want to be one of the few males at an all-girl school? Likewise, who doesn’t want to survive the zombie apocalypse with a harem of ladies? Both Prison School and High School of the Dead take those unique premises and turn them into something wholly perverted. Both feature strong ladies fully dominating their male counterparts in every respect, but of course they all seem to love it.
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