Starting off as one of my favorite anime this season, I’ve been constantly on edge about the possible drop in quality which is always more likely than consistency. Thankfully, the most recent episodes of Gakkou have been anything but poor and have made me highly invested in the series.
Looking into the past of the group and how they came to form was the aim of the last three episodes, lied together by the idea that the girls are making a graduation album looking back on their memories. I’m unsure if the girls are actually going to “graduate” in real world terms of course this would mean leaving the school and looking for other survivors, I’m not sure this would fit the tone of the show but it would be interesting to see such a drastic change of scenery.
The backstory of Miki in particular was very entertaining, finding she adopted the dog from an old woman who was zombified and took shelter in a Mall with her friend. I really liked this story it was simple but since it’s between two children it feels fresh its own way, most notable in this episode is the special ending which really drives home how bleak the series can be, though the regular opening is making the series feel more like a comedy than a drama, I really thought it would only be around for a few episodes.
As I’ve said previously the series loves to imitate movies like Dawn of the dead and with these two episodes in particular they made it so obvious it might as well had credits to George Romero.
The most recent episode also brought about the depressing news that Megu-nee the teacher who’s been looking over the group is just in the imagination of Yuki, though it may have been fairly obvious through some clever sentence structures and scenes. But it was extremely depressing to see the way Yuki reacted to reality hitting her and the special ending where her memories of her faded away to non-existence, it’s a shame to see her go she was defiantly one of the more interesting in the cast and I doubt she will appear again.
I look forward to future episodes in the series and I really hope they drop the opening, since the tone of the show has shifted for the better and it feels kind of odd to keep something so out of place, let the innocence of the show be expressed though the characters.