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High School of the Dead question
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So this is by far one of my favorite Manga to read, however recently I was searching online for when Chapter 30 will be released and read a bunch of different answers. Some of the more popular ones were:

-Creator was having health problems
-Serialization dispute in Japan
-It was serialized and continued but the scanlators dropped the project so we have to wait for the official US release

If it's the last I'm not complaining, this is more of a question if we'll ever see the story continue. I'd just love any firm info about this.

On a side not, does anyone know of another zombie survival type manga? I'd be kind of shocked if this was the only one (I'm a zombie buff, can you tell?).
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I was looking up http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Zombie_anime_and_manga and the links included Tokko (manga from GTO creator).

"Background
Officially known to the general public as Special Mobile Investigation Troops Second Division, Special Public Safety Task Force, or Section 2 under the supervision of the Public Security Intelligence Agency after the Special Mobile Investigation Troops relinquished, with some of its members recruited from the police force. It was established after the Machida massacre was secretly investigated to discover that the perpetrators were demons from the netherworld, brought into reality by the actions of alchemists creating the "Box of Dirge" (or "Druj", as the DVD English subtitles say) to summon a devil, with each of the 108 pieces being taken by a powerful Phantom to ensure the pathway remains open. Over time, the pieces were gathered and another gate was opened at Machida, with many of its residents slaughtered by the demons that emerge. Under the command of Superintendent Ryoko Ibuki, she had recruited promising members, who happened to be survivors of the Machida massacre, such as Kureha Suzuka and had them trained to use melee weapons such as swords and daggers to dispatch the greater Phantoms, along with their lesser Human Face larva parasites, that were coming out of giant holes caused by unnatural earthquakes in Japan's Kanto region since most firearms do not incapacitate or kill them.

They operate similarly to the MIB in the Men In Black movies or the Center in the Martin Mystery series, arriving moments after the demons are in the confirmed area or have left the said area. Section 2 also has a technical support staff, mostly researchers and forensic scientists that quietly dispose of bodies, either infected by the demons or were attacked by the former, or demon body organs including Human Face larvas that were killed by Section 2 members during their operations. The unit is backed by a small number of wheeled armored vehicles and have officers dressed in black suits.

Their actions have come under harsh criticism from certain officers, including Kaoru Kunikida, for conducting their operations in secretive manners and for covering up the deaths of either civilians or police officers, informing the public via news releases that deaths or injuries caused by demons were done by armed or insane criminals.

Plot
During the Middle Ages, a wealthy family had a puzzle box created in order to gain immortality, not knowing that it would in fact open a portal to the demon world. 108 demons were unleashed, shattering the device into 108 fragments which they then absorbed. Once extracted from demons and reassembled, the 108 fragments can be used to close the demon's portal, which if allowed to grow will result in the destruction of all humans on Earth.

A young man named Ranmaru Shindo lives with his younger sister. They moved from Machida (a city located in the western part of Tokyo’s greater metropolis) 5 years earlier, after the massacre of their parents in their apartment complex, which was attacked and overrun by unknown assailants who ruthlessly and brutally killed almost everyone in several buildings in the complex. But in reality, someone used the puzzle box to create a portal to the demon near the Machida apartment complex, whence came the demons who killed most of the residents. He has been having recurring dreams of a girl for some time, but they are now growing more frequent. She seems to be covered in blood holding a giant sword.

According to manga sources, the Tokko storyline takes place in the year 2011, while the massacre occurred in 2006.[citation needed] In the anime so far, the year has not been mentioned.

At the beginning of the tale, Ranmaru graduates from his cadet class to become a new investigator for The Special Mobile Investigation Troops First Division to avenge his parents' death. Later on the day of his graduation, he sees the girl from his dream wearing a police uniform. She is a member of Section 2, known officially as Special Public Safety Task Force, or Tokko for short, being under the eye of the Public Security Intelligence Agency. Throughout the story, it is explained that there are many rumors about Tokko, one of which is that they use swords to execute criminals and that body parts are often found at the crime scenes Tokko investigates. There are also rumors that they aren't even human.

All members of Section 2 bear a tattoo ( except for Ibuki who is not a symbiont). This is their "symbiont tattoo", which marks them as carriers of a "phantom", one of the 108 demons. Not all of the symbionts are with Section 2. A symbiont may be good or evil, but the spirit's alignment is unknown until it is awakened within the host. The tattoo also imparts a type of protection from other phantoms and expands after the phantom’s awakening. Only symbionts have the strength, speed and endurance to kill the demons with bladed weapons. Using the symbionts, Section 2 hunts down the other Phantoms, dismembering them to get the 108 fragments to close the Machida hole before it expands and the entire world is covered with Phantoms."

The female protagonist, Sakura, is voiced by Fumiko "Rukia" Orikasa in the Japanese. Her English voice is done by Philece Sampler; you probably know her best as Mimi and Cody from Digimon.
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Posted 5/16/12

MillerTime45 wrote:

On a side not, does anyone know of another zombie survival type manga? I'd be kind of shocked if this was the only one (I'm a zombie buff, can you tell?).

Not sure about the zombie genre related to survival but if you're looking for just survival in general:

Mirai Nikki
Cage of Eden


Two of my favorites especially the later.


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Thanks to the both of you. Guess I have a few more manga to pass the time now haha.
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zombie loan , sankarea, another.Kore wa Zombie Desu ka i dont know if all these are mangas but they are anime.

zombie loan not survival but comedy and zombies

sankarea zombie lover guy and meets zombie chick/lives with

another lots of gore death no zombies but highly eye catching students dying left and right .

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka i love this funny but zombie perv guy lots of laughs

high school of the dead needs more episodes....i gotta catch up on the manga
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CAGE OF EDEN

SHINGENKI NO KYOJIN

GAMBLE FISH

GANTZ

EMERGING (MANGA)

UZUMAKI (MANGA)

CODE BREAKER (MANGA)

TORIKO


Manga that is so interesting to read are listed here!

CHECK THEM OUT YOURSELVES and share it with others!
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Cage of Eden

my fav


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Ya I just started Cage of Eden and it's amazing how much H.o.t.D. took from it (no idea if it's the same writer or what). Seems to follow many of the similar character archetypes (the somewhat ditsy nurse, childhood friend that causes romantic tension, nerdy guy with glasses).

Eden is very good though so that was a nice suggestion. Going to probably check out Uzumaki next then Code Breaker.
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If you're looking for survival and good old-fashioned horror, try Shiki.

It's about vampires!

But it's not just any vampire series, oh no.

It is a rare, nay, endangered breed of vampire series called "a vampire series that is actually scary."
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watch the walking dead on AMC truly a masterpiece of zombie survival/horror. (it's also a graphic novel and i think a video game is out for it now as well)
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its on hiatus....has been for over a year, and at this rate i doubt it will resume. no, they're no other manga/anime like it, sry
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Wait i take that back.....i 4got about Cradle of Monsters and you also might wanna check EX - Shounen Hyouryuu.
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timmay0000 wrote:

its on hiatus....has been for over a year, and at this rate i doubt it will resume. no, they're no other manga/anime like it, sry


Ah that kind of sucks. I'm seriously surprised there aren't more zombie survival/horror manga out there. Thought H.o.t.D. was a good seller, but maybe it's not as popular in Japan as it appears to be here (even Netflix has the anime listed as one of the most popular atm).

And I love The Walking Dead even back before the show started (from the comics). This next season is going to get pretty crazy if they follow the story from the comics.

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I actually found out about this show from some random guy in an xbox live match. He told me to youtube it, then I bought all the shows on XBL, now i'm looking for the manga.

I've never really like manga but I'm willing to try.
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I doubt that the guys will have an Another Chapter coming Because I think fans knew what was going to Happen anyway
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