Ok, a little late to the party on this one "Gakkou Gurashi"
-(School-Live!), but very impressive given the mashup or juxtiposition of the usual moe girl group SoL in high school with zombie apocalypse. I just finished the 12 ep series... the craftsmanship of the production crew here is really good... rather exceptional... I didn't think much of it originally, I like SoL's but the whole moe thing isn't my style... came across this in a search for post-apocalypic or distopia themed animes... read the Wikipedia writeup and was running down the list... the first episode seemed to start off with the usual moe stuff that I was getting a little tired of until the ending shocker.... there were odd background stuff going in the anime, but I wrote that off to a small budget... as I don't usually watch zombie stuff either, so some of those were most likely hints and not an attempt to save money on production costs.
The zombie stuff is pretty much all background in the beginning, for a reason... as our MC has a problem dealing with the reality of her situation... PTSD like delusional moe world of 'before'... really adds an extra dimension to this SoL.... and that zombie background starts invading the foreground 'fantasy' more and more in each episode. I'm reading the blog on animesuki now... and there are some good hints others have pointed out along the way that are subtle and interesting, as others have more interest in these types of animes, so they can see some of this stuff coming, especially those that read the manga it's based on... which is ongoing, so I would guess another season when enough material/chapters/volumes are ready... the wikipedia entry has already pointed those chapters out... the new characters/settings etc.
So many of these animes have character drawings that look and sound so much alike that I can't tell the difference or remember them.... but the way the mangaka and the others that cowrote/directed/produced this one have really worked the storyline in a rather unique manner given the limitations/expectations of the format of SoL/zombie attack... it's just very well made, edited, the use of our MC illusional/delusional world vs the real one, how they are mixed in the artwork etc... very well done.... with minimal fan service... as it seems that is a given in Nippon.
but it is easily excused here because of our MC's issues... and the groups situation vis a vis their zombie 'friends'.... I may have to take a look at the manga, which I hardly ever do... just to catch up their storyline, which has continued since this anime was made last summer.
Highly recommended... and I never gave it a thought beforehand, as the poster looked so typical and the concept so
It's a rather eclectic mix, very well done.... rather impressive.
Edited by gdpetti, 23 October 2016 - 09:44 PM.