As one of the most promising series airing this season I have high expectations of the adaptation, though this season may not have that much stellar in the works it’s still a decent series. The setting takes place in a typical happy-go-lucky high school where a group of four work from the home stay club and their adventures around the campus and trouble with boys!
The post apocalypse setting and the cast of usual slice of life girls clash together and create a new setting unlike any other, what I really appreciate here is how unlike any other series this is, Higurashi is the only similar series and it’s still miles from the tone that this show has created. An obvious George Romero inspiration lends well to the series, focusing more on the cast than the world around them, almost a Walking Dead series done right.
I like the cast, they use typical happy-go-lucky slice of life archetypes, the klutz, the cold, the motherly and the energetic, but the simple cast in such a different setting from the usual slice of life school is such a clash. The main character, Yuki is probably the most remarkable of the cast bringing the trauma induced view of the world around her where she sees everything as a typical school.
I’m unfamiliar with the source material so the mystery of the situation, intrigues me the entire situation is entertaining throughout, thinking which characters are just the imagination of Yuki or if everything is just happening in her head, even just thinking about which poor soul will be lost first is entertaining. (oh my god why would I think this about 14-year-old kids this is worse than wanting to fuck them)
The few scenes which have highlighted their past have been the more entertaining in the series. these are more akin to the horror George Romero inspired zombie movies. Building up the tension through background dialogue and TV broadcasts, texts from loved ones, it’s the way we’d all experience the zombie apocalypse and it really fits especially in the slice of life parody setting.
Animation quality is nothing special, some off looking frames are expected for any airing series but I feel as though Gakkou has more than expected, it’s not really a bother to me but I know a few people would be put off by this, the sound stack, or better put the lack there of during horror scenes is a nice example of how to make a tense situation feel more real, though it doesn’t always feel as exciting, but it makes it feel all the more costly to the girls.
Though it’s a little goofy and laughable at times I think the Gakkou has great potential to be a more than memorable series. The cast will be the deciding factor for myself as I think that’s whats most important in the series. The mystery is also a large factor in this so I pray it doesn’t fall flat when that appeal has left.