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Highschool of the Dead #5

Highschool of the Dead is determined not to falter. Despite being quite ambitious in a number of ways, the production qualities have been very consistent throughout the series' run (unless you want to call them out on recap budget-saving last week!). The story remains really implausible (I just have to remind myself every so often that it's not to be believable), and the characterisation utterly obvious. But in spite of this, it's brisk pace, cinematic flare and the fact that it doesn't take itself too seriously means that it's highly entertaining! 

The episode was storyboarded and directed by Yuuji Kumazawa, and I have to say he did a really impressive job. The framing was really good, rivalling the excellent first episode, and the main action sequence was staged and executed superbly! The camera pans were pulled off so well and really took that scene to the next level. There were a surprising 4 animation directors (+ the chief animation director) on board for this episode, which hopefully isn't a signal of strained scheduling!

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