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Showing posts with label Zombie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Zombie. Show all posts

Zombie Apocalypse Challenge Survivors

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
          I know, it's been a while since the Zombie Apocalypse Challenge ended, but I had things to do and I kind of neglected the blog. On the bright side, I have some reviews to write and post and a couple of new projects that I want to present to you, which involves books...of course and a couple of random posts.

          Anyway, until then I present to you all the survivors of the Zombie Apocalypse Challenge. I had a lot of fun and to be honest I still had ideas for special zombie posts, but I couldn't find time.

          Thank you all for participating and I hope to see you next time in a challenge.

          Congrats to all of you!!!

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I will e-mail everyone's badge tomorrow. I hope you all like them.

Zombie Apocalypse Challenge #5 - Anime Review: Highschool of the Dead

Friday, March 29, 2013
"On the day everything came to an end, I killed my best friend, and held the girl I loved for the first time." 

 Highschool of the Dead

          A mysterious, lethal disease is on the loose worldwide, resulting in a catastrophic death rate of humanity, and the increasing rise of attacks, caused by the living dead.

          In Japan, several high school students and a school nurse have banded together to escape Fujimi High School shortly after it was attacked by zombies. The group now attempts to figure who or what was responsible for this plague, and in the meantime, attempt to survive the present apocalypse.

          The story is initially narrated through the eyes of Takashi Komuro, one of the students who had survived in the initial outbreak.
My Review:

          I finished Highschool of the dead in a couple of days and that is because this anime was so addictive. It was the first and only anime with zombies I heard of and I loved it. I also plan to read the manga since what is was released in anime version was just a part of the story and it has a long way until it properly ends.

          It’s a little hard to place this anime in under just one category. It had drama, horror, action and comedy. It is not that I didn’t enjoy the comedy part, but it bothered me a little that the parts in which nudity was not necessary. I have nothing against ecchi in anime, but I think that Highschool of the Dead would have been scarier and would have been taken more serious if there were less breasts or panty sights.

          Other than this I liked the story, it was a classical zombie story, somehow predictable. The zombie apocalypse bursts out in the middle of an ordinary day and in a matter of minutes creatures are literary everywhere. Panicked students try to run for their life, but just a few are skilled enough to fight them. I was shocked on how fast the world has come to an end, but I guess that in the case of a virus like that is normal.

          The graphic was great and the action scenes well done. The part that was not realistic at all, although I liked a lot (I am full of contradictions), was that in which everyone had a useful skill. Everyone in the group seemed to be good at something; they all of a sudden knew what to do in case of a zombie invasion. So here we have Takashi Komuro, the bad-ass leader and the hottest guy in the group that every girl has fallen for, Rei Miyamoto, the damsel in distress, but only at times because she is pretty good when she needs to fight the zombies.

          Saeko Busujima might be my favorite character from this series. I really liked her background story and the darkness behind her fights. I don’t have enough words to tell you how cool she was. I would watch the entire show just because of her and I think that she is the one with witch Takashi should end up. 

"It made me feel good to make him suffer! After realizing I had the overwhelming upper hand with my wooden sword, his frightened movements seemed inviting... I attacked without any hesitation!"

          Saya Takagi is actually the brain in the group, a little annoying and not at all useful in stressful situations.  Kohta Hirano my second favorite character and that is not because he is just funny, but I love what they’ve done with him. How he suddenly transforms from the scared geek into a gun expert, which is totally opposed from how he’s usually. 

"Without guns, I...I'll go back to what I was! I'm done with the old me! I thought I'd found something I was good at!"

          Shizuka Marikawa was the weird part of this anime. Yep, not the zombies, but her. She is weird. She is a nurse which I guess is useful in that kind of situation, except in case someone gets bitten. I don’t think I ever saw her taking care of anyone. She is supposed to be the adult in the group although she is anything but responsible. I guess that she was useful as a driver.

          I am still hoping for a second season and see the end of the story.
And I'll leave you with an AMV I simply love. Enjoy

Zombie Apocalypse Challenge Update (#2)

Friday, March 15, 2013

It's been 16 days since the apocalypse started and most of us have made it, but we still couldn't reach some of the survivors. Who knows, maybe they are alright and they will contact us in time. There is still hope. Meanwhile we received some links from the others. Enjoy!

Update #1 (Day 5 of the challenge)
Update #2 (Day 16th of the challenge):

Fantasy Books - Review: The Walking Dead[RO]
Fantasy Books - Plants vs Zombies (The Game)
Valsul Fluturilor - The Cranberries - Zombie (A Song)
Valsul Fluturilor - Review: The Walking Dead[RO]
My Passion for BOOKS - Amazon Free Zombie Books
My Passion for BOOKS - Strange Angels - the Zombie issue[RO]
Meduza Blanda - A brainy song + A photo of a real zombie
Amina Black - Highschool of the Dead (Anime)

Zombie Apocalypse Challenge #4 - Highschool of the Dead (Anime)

Friday, March 15, 2013

 Highschool of the Dead

          For those that don’t know already, anime are cartoons, but not all of them are suitable for children. Not if you want them to have nightmares. Highschool of the dead is really disturbing with all the zombies and blood and like many of the respectable anime around there they have light nudity. So nope, no, no way…not for children.
          I actually wanted to see this anime for a while now and I managed to watch the first episode and I think I like it. I like the concept:
          The zombie apocalypse seems to start out of nowhere and a couple of walkers enter in a school killing everyone, except a couple of students that were smart or strong enough to survive. I am guessing now, but I think that most of the action will be settled in the high school surrounded by zombies. I got the chance to watch a couple of AMV and the action scenes are really good.
          So if you are an anime fan with an undying love for zombies or at least for disturbing, bloody things I recommend you to watch it. 

Zombie Apocalypse Challenge Update (#1)

Tuesday, March 05, 2013
          We have just started and people have already submitted their Zombie related posts. I am happy to see that everyone is enthusiastic about this Challenge and don't forget that there is room for everyone so contact me and I will add you along with your blog on the list. 


Update #1 (Day 5 of the challenge):

Corvidophile posted a great article about zombies today
Bianca2b - An interview with Donna Burgess, author of Solstice
Bianca2b - About Warm Bodies
Fantasy Books - Review: Warm Bodies, the movie
Meduza Blanda - Review: Zombieland, the movie
Amina Black - Zombie Art
Amina Black - The Zombie Song - Stephanie Mabey
Amina Black - Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Zombie Apocalypse Challenge #3 - Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

“I am Dead, but it's not so bad. I've learned to live with it.” 

          R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.

          And then he meets a girl.

          First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.
 Where to buy:  Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

My Review:

          I’ve wanted for so long to post this review. 
          It all started with some well-known zombie movies that I started watching and a tv show. This is in fact the first zombie book I’ve read and giving the fact that originally zombies were brain eating monsters I was not that sure if I would like Warm Bodies. Everybody kept saying how much it resembles with Twilight. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Twilight. I tried to read the first book, but I found it to cheesy, I’m just not a fan of these kind of books. So, with doubt in my soul I started reading it and … I loved it from the first page.

          Warm Bodies was funny, surprising and had the right amount of action. 
          I will jump right in the middle of the romance part, since everyone seems to have a problem with it. First of all, my reaction to a relationship between a human and a zombie was: no way!!! I mean, R is a zombie, he eats brains for breakfast and he is slowly disintegrating and that is not a very nice image. But R has reasons to feel something for Julie and part of those feelings aren’t even his, but they do affect him. I loved the fact that the books was written from a zombie’s POV. We don’t get that many chances to know what motivates a zombie to eat people or why. Also, for a zombie, R has a lot of existential questions, he doesn’t remember anything from his previous life, but seems very interested to find out more about how to become…well normal.

“But it does make me sad that we've forgotten our names. Out of everything, this seems to me the most tragic. I miss my own and I mourn for everyone else's, because I'd like to love them, but I don't know who they are.” 

The Zombie Community
          I was surprised to see how well organized the zombies were. They were living as a community in an airport, they were socializing (if growling can be categorized as socializing) and they even got married (I guess this was symbolical), but the funniest part was that in which the author described the relationship between them, those that were more…ehem…intimate. 

          Julie seemed to start of as strong and feisty, but being in a zombie world she had to relate on R most of the time, even though she was still skeptical about his good intentions. There was no love at first sight because that would have been really stupid. I don’t see many girls falling in love with a corpse that could anytime eat you so yeah, I was happy about that.

The Ending
          I loved the story, I loved the characters, but I feel like we were still left in the dark regarding the cure. It couldn’t have been love, right? I mean, R consumed Perry’s brain and it had a different effect on him. I presumed that Perry’s brain was the cure and I was fine with it. I just couldn’t and still can’t understand how on earth did all the other zombies got the cure. Was R contagious and gave it to the others?

“We smile, because this is how we save the world.” 
          Anyway, I need to say that this might have been the only zombie story with a happy ending. Every other I’ve heard of or seen usually ended with a bunch of people being dead and the Apocalypse still happening. 
          Warm Bodies was definitely a different twist on zombies and I would have loved it to be a stand-alone book. I heard that there will also be a second volume, but at least maybe we will get the answer on how did the cure happened.

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