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Highschool of the Dead, Vol. 1 (Highschool of the Dead #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  2,010 ratings  ·  79 reviews
A mysterious illness is spreading rapidly through the halls of Fujimi High School. In a matter of hours, the campus is transformed from a place of learning into a hive of nightmares, as the infected students collapse and are reborn as flesh-hungry zombies! Only a handful of students escape the initial outbreak - among them Takashi Komuro and his childhood friend, Rei. He m ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Yen Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Kira
This manga made me feel so sick that a lot of times I contemplated just not finishing it for the sake of the meatball sub I just ate. I mean, come on. I thought the ecchi was gonna be the issue, but it was more the whole beating in zombie heads with a wooden sword, you know?

Don't get me wrong, it's an amazing manga. I've given most of the mangas I've read high ratings, because I only spend my time on the ones that come highly recommended. Most manga series are very long, and with this OCD compu
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Kaitlin
No...just no.

Why was there so many up-skirt shots of high school girls? Did we really need to see that?

I'm not sure where to begin with this. So the premise is basically a zombie apocalypse that centers around some high schoolers and the school nurse trying to survive. Now, I'm not the biggest fan of zombies but I thought I'd try this anyways.

*rubs temples*

The story line wasn't the best but it wasn't horrible. What was horrible were the characters. The girls in this manga were beyond ridiculous
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Nat
I LOVE THIS MANGA!!!
Okay...gore check
Awesome fight scenes...check
Amazing characters...check
Zombies...check
Awesome story line..check

Honestly I found this on a whim at the bookstore under the mature section, and snatched it up. Sadly I should've bought the 2nd one while I was at it.
But hell this manga was so much fun to read, the artwork was beautiful to look at, and none of the characters annoyed me. So I'm satisfied and perfectly content with this series. I kind of got sick of the ever lasting
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enh
Out of the wake of the zombie hype, those wishing to read this must bare in mind that this series has alot of weaknesses
-the first being it's fan-service, which often comes off as manipulative and/or disgusting (unless your into tits with the consistency of icing bags or bagged milk)
-the characters are despicable, tho some chemistry may arise, but the lead is just an asshole, his childhood friend leaves their moral a leg short, the swordsmen chick, though one of the best characters falls victim
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Nikki  King
This manga was ok... I liked the concept but the whole book was basically just guy fan service >.<
Iron
This review is for the whole series rather than just this issue (saves me having to write six of these) but overall I thought this series was alright.

The highlights in my opinion were that there were plenty of zombies (so if you came to the series for that then you won't be disappointed) as well as gore and hyper-kinectic fights (as well as an astonishing level of attention to detail when it comes to technical details of things such as firearms and economics). There are also quite a few interest
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Despair Speaking
I hated this and loved this at the same time. I had always wanted a zombie manga/book that revolves on teenagers and how they would cope when they're attacked with hardly, if there will be any, adult help. And Highschool of the Dead did just this. It has the right amount of action, character development (although a bit slow), and realistic psychological reactions to certain situations to get you hooked.

But this is obviously for the male audience because there is WAY too many ecchi in it. Oh yeah
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Carly
The first volume show's the story's potential, but the misogyny/male centric attitude in the first half was annoying. The strongest female character believes that the center of a woman's pride is to protect a man's honor, the main female character starts off super useless and whiny and the smart female character is a bitch...we aren't supposed to like her I assume, but I do. The main male lead slaps the female lead simply because she wanted to know what was going on before just leaping to her fe ...more
Ann
No estaba muy segura si darle 4.5 o 5, pero ya de por si solo los dibujos se merecen un 5. Me encantan las historias de zombis, y esta esta muy buena, hay escenas muy gore. Pensé que el echi iba a ser un problema, pero casi ni lo note. Ademas, la edicion es genial.
Holly Letson
I checked out the 1st 4 volumes of this from the SPL. I wanted to get into it, since I had heard that the anime was really good. The anime version has been recommended to me several times. So, I gave the manga a chance. But, honestly, I could not get into this at all, and dropped it almost immediately. I didn't even finish the first chapter.
The art is decent at best, and the storyline is stupid and unbelievable. I will be adding this series to my *Will NOT Read* list, as it just is NOT for me.
Severine Chat-cal
Cette série m'a toujours intéressée, mais je ne sais pas, rien ne me poussait à acheter la premier tome. Donc quand j'ai vu qu'un ami l'avait, je l'ai emprunté, histoire de voir si je suivrais ou pas. Premier tome fini, je ne sais pas si je vais continuer, je crois que j'aurais besoin de lire le deuxième tome pour pouvoir me prononcer définitivement.

Takashi sèche les cours, et comme d'habitude se prépare à aller faire une sieste sur la terrasse de son lycée. Il fixe le portail, et voit deux prof
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Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
Synopsis:

A mysterious illness is spreading rapidly through the halls of Fujimi High School. In a matter of hours, the campus is transformed from a place of learning into a hive of nightmares, as the infected students collapse and are reborn as flesh-hungry zombies! Only a handful of students escape the initial outbreak - among them Takashi Komuro and his childhood friend, Rei. He manages to protect Rei from the initial onslaught, but how long can Takashi and the other students hope to survive wh
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Aly the Too Tall Giraffe
Dec 26, 2014 Aly the Too Tall Giraffe rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie Lovers
Recommended to Aly by: Tumblr
So I picked this book up because I heard about it on tumblr. I had no prior research and I didn't even bother looking at the summary for this book. So when I found it at my library, I picked it up, threw it in my checkout bag, and merrily went on my way.

Then, I started it.

Can I please address this cover? No offense, but I don't think the artist got the physics of the boobs correct. They seem to be defying any and all laws of nature.

I liked this book. The plot was interesting. The characters wer
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Courtney
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Zombie apocalypses are one of my favorite things to read or watch (That's why I love Zombieland so much, well, that and Jessie Eisenberg) and Highschool of the Dead really set the bar with that. I'm a big horror reader. So anything that's gory or disturbing I'm up for the read. This manga was a sure fire hit on gore.

The only thing that was difficult to get past in this manga was the Echi, or the perverted messes that that that happens e
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Cornerofmadness
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Kereesa
Aug 19, 2011 Kereesa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of zombie plotlines, and don't have huge expectations.
Highschool of the Dead pretty much is exactly what it sounds. Set in a highschool, this first volume follows Takashi, his long-time crush (and therefore the romantic angle) Rei, and her boyfriend as they struggle to survive when a zombie outbreak occurs at their school. As they fight off the undead, they will meet other survivors, and attempt to band together to escape the highschool of the Dead! :O

I was really interested when I first heard of Highschool of the Dead. I mean the concept isn't ver
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Rei
(Gonna leave an overall comment for the entire series here as I can't be bothered to go around personally commenting.)

I love this series, despite disliking it originally for the reasons I'm about to say, but it has a couple of flaws but in no comparison to how amazing it is. I'm also going to admit -after reading the manga and watching the anime series- the anime has had a major influence over my opinion on this entire creation although the books (I own all) are terrific in their own right.

The a
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Mike
Recently I've read a fair number of things I feel like I should've liked more than I did. They had cool sounding concepts and or were directly in my preferred genres but for whatever reasons didn't resonate with me.

Highschool of the Dead is almost the opposite - there are a variety of elements here that should have put it firmly in my "meh" category at best but to my surprise I ended up enjoying it a fair bit.

During a normal day at school a man acting strangely shuffles up to the front gate and
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Walter Schaffer
I've read the entire H.O.T.D series and watched ( and re watched ) the anime series and found it to be a fantastic manga! I've been trying to find out when the next installment will be seeing as act 30 was released on April 10th 2013. As for the "up tbe skirt" statement, the reason for it is the artist shoji sato ( the authors brother) is also a hentai artist for a company called digital accel works. kind of a project bridge I guess. lol
Miranda Merrill
My review for the whole series (or at least what's published as of April 2013)

I like the concept, the whole zombie apocalypse theme can be really overdone, but this is the first series I've found that focuses on highschool students. I like that about this manga. Being a teen is hard enough but have pretty much all of the adults wiped out and you're left in charge for maybe the first time in your life. Very action packed and the story kept me interested, HOWEVER, I only give the series 3.5-4 star
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Matthew
I was at a Horror convention once and an author explained the difference between good zombie stories and bad zombie stories. Bad zombie stories focus solely on the blood, gore and shuffling mindless monsters. The good ones focus instead on a group of people, how they interact and the choices they make as they try to survive. Sato really seems to get that concept by assembling a mismatched bunch of teens and one school nurse as they try to figure out what happened, where to go and how to avoid de ...more
Vicky
This is a non-spoilery blanket review of the first three editions of Highschool of the dead, since I read them so closely together.

The best thing about Highschool of the Dead was the art. It's very well illustrated with a wide range of facial expressions, well designed action scenes and convincing zombies.

From there it was pretty mundane.

The story is pretty much The Walking Dead with teenagers, I didn't find anything unique or exciting about Sato's approach to the zombie apocalypse (at least n
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Flying Sandals
I am amazed by how little fan service there is. Don't get me wrong, it's still there. Just not as far as the anime took it. It makes the manga better, but just somehow not as good as the (dubbed) anime. The anime had a certain fun charm to it, while this takes itself way too seriously. I came here for boobs, blood, and zombies, which I got.

But then they start throwing all this serious shit at you, which makes the question: Do you want this to be a fun time or be very serious? You can't take thi
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Bradley3
I am really liking this Manga series. Also, the characters are enjoyable and sometimes very lifelike. This series almost spawned my liking of manga/anime. Also, I enjoy zombie stories, so this was a great book all in all!
Erin Pallott
I actually watched the anime first. I buy the manga really because I collect it but I love reading it.

I loved the story. I am all for the violence and ecchi. Sometimes it is nice to read something straight forward and full of action. I definitely don't regret spending money on the books. Even as a straight girl, I am not bothered by all of the overly large breasts and panty shots. It is all just a fun read for me.

I love the story line and all of the characters. I am able to read it multiple time
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Mark
First of all I want to make it clear to everyone: this is NOT a manga series for children. Not just because it contains many horrifying drawings or too much bloody violence. It's more to the too explicit gender biased visuals that scream SEX! SEX! SEX! However, I like how Daisuke Sato developed its character and gave them emotions and nuances. Some characters were also given lines that showed them having knowledge about zombie infection outbreak, so you as the reader, won't feel restless while r ...more
Joao Batista
I simply love it! There's a lot of fanservice ( one of the biggest reasons for some people not like it).... But i think its awesome. I've read this volume about 6 times
Federiken Masters
Oootro tomo que leí hace mil, marqué hace mil, y se borró misteriosamente cuando el sorete que anduvo borrando ediciones en castellano eliminó la edición española. Esta vez marco la argentina porque si algún día sigo la serie, es mucho más probable que junte esta.
Lynnsey Wisdom
I discovered this manga a few years back. At first, I wasn't very interested because it didn't seem like a manga that would ever be finished, so I forgot about it over time. When I saw it published in English at my local book store, I was quite surprised and picked it up. I have to say it was money well spent.

This isn't for those who dislike fanservice. I don't personally mind it and think that it's called for in this instance. Boobs, boobs, and more boobs.

If you enjoy American zombie movies,
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Emmy Lou
Apr 03, 2012 Emmy Lou rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie fanatics who crave bloodshed and gore, with a side of fanservice
Gritty and dirty, HOTD is the story of a world spinning out of control. An infection is traversing the world over, killing hundreds of millions. Too bad for the survivors - the dead don't stay that way.

In this volume, we meet a group of high school kids who have banded together to brave this hell of a world they are forced to live in.

If you're left craving more, be sure to check out the anime. It's just as (maybe even more so) delicious as the manga!

Note: I own the Full Color Omnibus 1-4, so I
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