High School of the Dead
(学園黙示録, Gakuen Mokushiroku
?, "Academy Apocalypse") is a manga series written by Daisuke Sato and illustrated by Shouji Sato, published in Fujimi Shobo's Monthly Dragon Age
since September 2006. However, the manga has been on hiatus since the end of 2008 until recent news on February 9 2010, confirmed a comeback and has updated with issue 24 in March 2010. An anime adaptation to the series is showing now in Japan and is being simulcast in the US. The manga will be taking another break from May to June and will be returning on July 9th.
The series follows a group of Japanese high school students caught in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.
The manga has been licensed in Spain by Glénat España, in Germany by Carlsen, and in Brazil by Panini Comics. The first volume was released in May 2008 in Spain, in March 2010 in Germany, and in April 2010 in Brazil. In Spain, Highschool of the Dead
is called Apocalipsis en el Instituto
(Apocalypse in the Highschool).
The world is over taken with a very deadly disease that turns humans into zombies. In Japan, several students of Fujimi High School, and the school nurse, band together to survive the present apocalypse. The story follows Takashi Komuro, one of the students who survived in the initial outbreak.
On February 2, 2010, an anime adaption for Highschool of the Dead was announced, and it will be animated by Madhouse. The official release is planned for July 5th, 2010. At Anime Expo 2010, Geneon Universal Entertainment hinted that the show was licensed by an unknown company. It was later revealed that Sentai Filmworks is the licensor and will simulcast the anime through the Anime Network on July 5th, the same day it will premiere in Japan, Sentai will later release the series with a dub. The opening track will be played by "Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets" entitled "HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD", and the ending will be played by "Kurosaki Maon" entitled "Kimi to Taiyou ga Shinda Hi". At the end of the first anime episode, a track that sounds very similar to "In a Heartbeat" from the film "28 Days Later" by John Murphy is used.