It’s not right!
For such a gripping series to finish, their world only half-explained, after only twelve episodes, it’s just not right. I protest! No doubt there will be a sequel—some day, but I feel cheated, like a delirious promise made to me was not kept. Twelve episodes, bah!
To make it worse we get a great finale. We start with the nukes. The Japanese shoot down three of them but one gets through and causes an EMP blackout. Nothing electrical is working. Right when Shizuka had gotten through on a cell to Rika. Well, at least they know the other is alive. In this show that’s a big thing. But overall it’s a minor inconvenience to our heroes. A slightly bigger one for the Takagi compound as Shido’s bus’s brakes won’t work and he slams into a barrier (and, alas, not dying), letting the you-know-whats in. Soon they’re at the main gate.
The Tagaki clan has to make some decisions and we return to the family issues Saya has been dealing with. I still don’t quite understand them. In the past couple episodes Soichiro has gone from being a autocratic, cruel, uncaring man to one who will take care of his duties at any costs, and he has gained respect for Takashi and the rest. But Saya, I guess, is not one of his duties since he gives her to our heroes for protection. It seems cruel, but it’s possible he recognizes their strength and the bond she has with them. When she leaves with them he says he now has no worries.
Apart from the brief Shizuka/Rika phone scene this is about the only quiet moment in the episode. The rest is action and setups for more action. Highschool 12 outdoes itself with the action scenes. They’re incredible. It’s all guns, katanas, last-minute escapes, humvees riding on two wheels … Each character gets a moment. Alice even saves Shizuka!
All of which makes me hate the series even more for finishing too soon. There is so much to explain! How do the zombies find people to eat (because they hinted that sound isn’t the only thing)? What the hell happened, anyway? How did they appear all over the world like that, all at once? That’s annoying enough, but the show didn’t even get a chance to flesh out all of the main characters. Shizuka did nothing but act stupid and flash her body this entire time. She’s a nurse, yet she didn’t get to treat anyone … well, Rei did mention she would see her about her injury, but that happens offscreen; besides, she was more sore than injured. The closest thing to character development for Shizuka, besides having Rika as a friend, was her breaking the fourth wall to say “That’s the way the author made me.” I had been waiting to learn more about Shizuka. I never got the chance.
No, this can’t be the last of Highschool of the Dead. You just can’t quote T.S. Eliot and call it a day. Besides, who was the girl sneaking through the closing credits? So, bitter that the first series wasn’t 24 episodes long as it should have been, I guess I’ll start to wait.