Anime Challenge Day 30: What anime did you think you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving?

I’ve never really enjoyed anime with a ton of fan service. Sure, sometimes it’s funny, but it’s almost never crucial to the actually plot. When I was introduced to High School of the Dead, I truly didn’t believe I’d watch it past the first episode despite it being a classic zombie horror anime. Something about big butts and bouncing boobs didn’t exactly sound like my type of anime. I was wrong.


When the dead began to rise in Tokyo, it happened faster than anyone could expect. When the undead reached Takashi Kimuro’s high school, he did something he would have never thought he would have to do. He had to kill his best friend who was bitten. Takashi and his best friend’s girlfriend, Rei Miyamoto, attempt to make their way out of the school.

Along the way, Takashi and Rei are joined by others from their school: Saeko Busujima, the president of the Kendo Club; Kouta Hirano, an otaku with a fetish for firearms; Saya Takagi, the daughter of a politician; and Shizuka Marikawa, their school nurse. Together they escape the school only to find that the rest of the city has already taken. They decide to find their family members and hope to uncover what has caused the zombie apocalypse.

If you watch HOTD (High School of the Dead) expecting an intricate plot and beautiful character development, you’re gonna have a bad time. This anime is about boobs and killing zombies. That being said, the artwork is quite good. Our characters get more than one outfit. The animation is A+. The art is overall clean and has great use of color.


Aside from boobs, we get a lot of great action scenes, suspense, and comedic relief… from Kouta, our personal MacGyver. There’s even some romance for fans like myself. HOTD is overall a simple anime about boobs and zombies but is overall fun and enjoyable to watch.

This wraps up the 30 Day Anime Challenge! Want to try the challenge yourself? Read this post here!

What anime did you think you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving? Tell me in the comments!


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13 thoughts on “Anime Challenge Day 30: What anime did you think you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving?

  1. I couldn’t agree with this answer more! HotD was going to be my answer for this question but I didn’t want to use it twice since I thought it was very fitting for the video game category.

    I didn’t think I’d like it either as I typically find zombie films boring, but I really did enjoy this one.

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  2. Nice one, completing the challenge.

    I think Kaiji is my pick. A show about a degenerate gambler playing Rock, Paper, Scissors and more absurd games for his freedom. A weird premise with an even weirder art style. But I thought it was a great anime and even it’s Mahjong focused sequel/spinoff Akagi is really good.

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  3. Log Horizon. When I found the series, I thought it was going to be another run-of-the-mill “trapped in a game” show and it became my favourite series in the genre and it’s because it changes the point of view and throws most of the tropes of the genre out the window.

    In Log Horizon the protagonist and by extension the rest of the cast go “Yes, we’re trapped in a game, so why not make something of it? Why not make a home out of this new world?” And it focuses not on being trapped, or that “you die in the game, you die in real life” aspect but instead on creating a civilisation in the game’s world, establishing government, economy and establishing relations with the people that before you got stuck, you only saw as quest giving NPCs and not as human beings with wants and needs.

    In a different way, Violet Evergarden. I came to it with no expectations and very little interest, just going to watch the first couple of episodes because Netflix kept reminding me of it, and by the third time it had me weeping like a baby, I knew I was really into it.

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