Highschool of the Dead Season 2: Highschool of the Dead, the anime television show based on the manga series of the same name, aired in Japan in 2010. The show has aired only its maiden season till date, and a substantial amount of time has passed since fans last saw the students battle their way through an area struck by an epidemic. But the question remains, will there be a Highschool of the Dead Season 2?
Though the thought may seem like a stretch, there are arguments to support both sides of the case. So while it is true that six years on, we are yet to hear anything about a renewal of the adaptation, there may still be hopes as we haven’t heard anything explicit about the show’s cancellation either.
Highschool of the Dead was adapted as an anime by Madhouse and directed by Tetsuro Araki. The show originally aired on the Japanese network Anime Theater X and was subsequently broadcast on other networks like Tokyo MX and Sun TV to name a few. But quite surprisingly, Highschool of the Dead did not perform very well in Japan.
Abroad, however, the show acquired acclaim and popularity. In the US, Highschool of the Dead was simulcast on Anime Network. The series was also aired for viewers in the UK, Australia and New Zealand in an English dubbed version. The dubbed version was aired separately on Anime Network’s Video on Demand service in 2011. It was also made available by Microsoft and Apple on their respective store platforms in the same year. All this was obviously the result of a huge demand for the show on a worldwide level. This led the show to be a huge success worldwide, even though it did not meet expectations in its home country. It would be worth mentioning, however, that much of the show’s overtly violent and sexual content was censored during the worldwide broadcasts.
Highschool of the Dead Plot
The plot of the anime that spanned thirteen episodes revolves around a group of high school students who must survive what is addressed as “the Outbreak”. This outbreak has caused an unknown virus to be unleashed on the town’s population, turning them into zombie-like creatures whom the group must find shelter from while trying to avoid being infected themselves. But the outbreak has had other social implications as well, and so the group has to come face to face with dangerous fellow survivors and the possibility of their own moral corruption. In the process, they rescue a little girl and a dog and make their way towards an elementary school which is supposedly a safe zone.
What is interesting about Highschool of the Dead is that its characters are divided into distinct divisions, each with their own skills (much like what we see in a video game). For instance, the Fighters are specialists in fighting the zombies, the Magicians are those who take on the responsibility of working out difficult situations, and Priests are those who are designated to heal.
Highschool of the Dead Season 2 Release Date
The final episode of Highschool of the Dead ended with a bit of hope, which hinted at the possible continuity of the series. However, the creators or the involved production houses have not revealed anything about their plans regarding the fate of the show. But this has not stopped rumours from surfacing about the highly anticipated second season.
Fans have questioned the decision to not advance the series with a second season, especially because of the show’s worldwide demand. Several reasons have been floating around for the same, some of which cite the Japanese authorities’ unease at airing a show based on an apocalypse after the calamity of 2011 brought on by the Tsunami. Additionally, while the series has received positive feedback in the western countries, it is still to be considered that it did not fare well in Japan, its home country. In some of the other eastern countries too, the show has attracted negative feedback with many describing its content as too explicit for comfort. For all these reasons, the creators still have not zeroed in on a decision about Highschool of the Dead Season 2.
As of now, therefore, we have no news about the air date of Highschool of the Dead Season 2. If there is an announcement, we will be the first to inform you.