Highschool of the Dead is a Japanese action horror anime series which is based on a manga of the same name. The manga, called Gakuen Mokushiroku Haisukūru obu za Deddo in Japanese, was written by Satou Daisuke and illustrated by Shouji Satou, and was first published on August 9, 2006. While new volumes of the manga were published up until April 9, 2013, the story was picked up for an anime show midway through its lifespan. Season 1 of Highschool of the Dead thus premiered on July 5, 2010, and saw its finale being aired on September 20, 2010. The following year, in April, an original video animation (OVA) special episode of the show was made for fans, and since then, fans of the show and the manga have been waiting for news on Season 2. Here’s everything we know about the prospects of Season 2 thus far.
Highschool of the Dead Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
Highschool of the Dead season 1 premiered on July 5, 2010, and the season ended on a note which hinted at more seasons following. However, as it stands, it seems unlikely that Highschool of the Dead will see more seasons. In an unfortunate incident in 2017, Satou Daisuke, the creator of the manga which serves as source material for the anime show, passed away, leaving the manga unfinished.
However, there is also also a chance of a new writer being brought in, but as of now, we haven’t heard any such news. Our best guess is that in the unlikely scenario of the anime getting renewed, Highschool of the Dead season 2 release date could be sometime in 2020 or 2021. We’re keeping our ears open for news on Highschool of the Dead, and we’ll update this section as soon as we hear more.
Highschool of the Dead English Dubbing:
Regardless of whether you want to watch the show in English or in Japanese with English subtitles, you can find links to watch Highschool of the Dead online on Anime-Planet.
Highschool of the Dead Plot:
The plot of Highschool of the Dead, as the anime show’s name suggests, is about a catastrophe that gives rise to the living dead. In the blink of an eye, a mysterious, lethal disease inexplicably starts to spread in Japan and elsewhere in the world, resulting in a catastrophic death rate of humans who are then reanimated as the living dead. As the disease spreads fast and decimates human society in its wake, the show focuses on a group of youngsters in a high school who try to survive the apocalypse.
When the disease and hordes of undead monsters start terrorizing the Fujimi High School in Japan, Takashi Komuro, one of the students of the school, is forced to kill his best friend after he gets bitten and joins the ranks of the undead. Devastated by his loss, Takashi then vows to protect his deceased best friend’s girlfriend, Rei Miyamoto, and after much bloodshed and effort, the duo manage to escape the confines of their high school. When Takashi and Rei finally escape the confines of their school, they are confronted by a society which has already fallen to the disease and the relentless attacks by the undead.
With nowhere left to go, Takashi and Rei then embark on a quest to find what fate has befallen their family members and uncover the source of the apocalyptic pandemic. However, the duo are not left to face the terrifying situation alone, and are joined by other survivors in their quest. Saeko Busujima, the beautiful president of the school’s Kendo Club, joins them, as does Saya Takagi, the daughter of an influential politician. Further, Kouta Hirano, an otaku with a fetish for firearms, and their attractive school nurse Shizuka Marikawa joins the team, and together the party set out across the desolate city to try and find survivors and a curse for the disease, if possible.
Highschool of the Dead Characters:
There are dozens of characters in Highschool of the Dead, but a handful among them are the main characters. Below, we’ve provided a brief background of each of the main characters.
Takashi Komuro: The main protagonist of the show, Takashi is a 17-year-old student and the main protagonist of the anime show. A friend of Rei from childhood, it is revealed that Takashi has been in love with Rei since the time she made a promise to marry him when they got older. However, Takashi’s hesitance and his ignorance about Rei’s feelings result in a rift between them, at which point Rei starts dating his best friend, Hisashi. Tensions between the two hit a new low after Takashi is forced to kill Hisashi, but later in the show, the two eventually manage to repair their damaged relationship. Although Takashi himself feels inadequate to face the crisis at hand, his drive to protect Rei at all costs helps him through many ordeals and earns him the respect of the other survivors, who look up to him as their leader. Further, Takashi, despite his impulsive nature, is shown to be an extremely reliable member of the group, and is a worthy and courageous leader.
Rei Miyamoto: Takashi’s childhood friend, 17-year-old Rei is another major character in the show. Despite having feelings for Takashi, Rei starts dating Takashi’s best friend, Hisashi, owing to Takashi’s indecisiveness about taking their relationship forward. Following Hisashi’s death, her relationship with Takashi becomes especially strained, but later in the show, the two make amends. Strong-willed and reliable, Rei is a skilled combatant and a major asset to the group of survivors.
Saeko Busujima: A senior student to Takashi and Rei, Saeko is the president of the Fujimi High School’s Kendo Club, and unsurprisingly is the most skilled combatant among the group. Equally proficient with a bokken or a sword, Saeko also excels at close quarters combat, and is one of the group’s most reliable members when they need to fight their way out of a rut. Although calm, collected, and proud about her skills, Saeko has a dark side to herself which is the result of a traumatic childhood experience.
Kouta Hirano: A 16-year-old student of the Fujimi High School, Kouta is a gun geek and knows the nitty-gritties of all firearms and other military equipment the group comes across during their quest to find their family members. Kouta is also a supremely skilled marksman, courtesy of being trained by a US military contractor called Blackwater USA, and is another major asset to the group.
Saya Takagi: The 16-year-old daughter of an influential politician in Japan, Saya is Kouta’s classmate, and when the apocalypse first breaks out, she escapes with Kouta’s help. Despite being self-conscious at times, Saya is a self-proclaimed genius, and her deductive abilities and observational skills make her a powerful think-tank who almost always finds solutions to the numerous crises the group often finds themselves in. She has a strange yet close friendship with Kouta, while Kouta has feelings for her.
Shizuka Marikawa: Another important character in the show, Shizuka is the attractive 27-year-old nurse of the Fujimi High School who managed to escape and stay alive during the crisis. Despite being the only adult in the group, Shizuka is scatter-brained and emotionally fragile, but her skills as a nurse are extremely important to the group as she tends to injuries and keeps everyone healthy and combat-ready.
Alice Maresato: Alice is the youngest member of the group. Just seven years old, Alice was rescued from the undead by Takashi and his friends following the death of her parents. Alice’s innocence makes her one of the more cheerful members of the group, and she is often seen playing around with a dog called Zeke, who was also rescued by Takashi and co. Being just a child, Alice looks up to other members in the group as her brothers and sisters, and is particularly close to Kouta, who she also plays with. She is also pretty attached to Saya, who acts like a mother to her.