Gakkou Gurashi — First Impressions

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This one knocked me right out. I fast-forwarded to look at the end since I heard there was a twist, and yeah, it totally wasn’t worth it. Only in Japan could they make the zombie apocalypse so fucking boring.

8 thoughts on “Gakkou Gurashi — First Impressions

  1. The point of the episode was to follow the boring slice-of-life antics to their conclusion; you just robbed it of any impact by skipping to the end, losing the immersion into Yuki’s mindset that made the revelation so much more meaningful.

    This is a sad way to approach anime.

    1. Agree with this. Even in the cute slice of life moments, there are so many hints that show not everything is what it seems, giving the episode a genuinely unsettling air if you can catch them, and they gradually become more and more obvious up until the reveal, at which point it makes a second rewatch of the episode mandatory, since watching how they act with the ending in mind suddenly gives a lot of context to the strange things they do in the slice of life moments (for example Mii-chan being disrespectful of classes in general).

      This episode at least is one of the best examples of how to do non-expository foreshadowing.

  2. You do realize that was the whole point right? The buildup was meant to be as seemingly generic as possible (but with alot of very subtle foreshadowing that something is wrong), so as to maximize the payoff at the end. Skipping ahead more or less defeats the point of Episode 1 – and after this Reveal, I don’t think there’s any going back to the generic antics of the opening, except as ironic juxtaposition.

  3. Awww but I liked this one, but I’ve read the manga so that probably helped since I knew the WTF ending was coming and I keep hearing people say the moe stuff bored them? I hate to say it but yeah that was the point of this episode so you could learn that Yuki is mentally unprepared for a world filled with zombies.

    1. Makes me start to see issues with the idea that a boring anime is something you should drop. Why do we need instantaneous entertainment? Gakkou Gurashi may have required the viewer to have a longer attention span than some do, but if it’s championing staying focused on something even if you aren’t thrilled, attached or immersed by it, then that’s a plus in my books.

  4. I guess I’ll give the second episode a try. But why should I watch something that I find boring? I don’t see any particular virtue in that.

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