So School-Live! sure is an interesting show…
Yeah, that was a bit weird. School-Live! is the story of a group of young school girls who are all part of the School Living Club. Their school and their time together is fun and care free. And the show is their story told through the eyes of the 3rd year student, Yuki. And then it is something else entirely.
The show soon uncovers its real story. The ideal school that Yuki shows us is all in her head. In reality the world is being ravaged by zombies. The girls have locked themselves inside for safety. The show continues its time bouncing back and forth between these two worlds. We see all these events happening inside of Yuki’s head. And some of these are just perceptions of what is going on around her. Now when we aren’t inside of Yuki’s head, we are shown scenes from the real world. And these scenes can be bleak and harsh with the fighting off of a zombie here or the realities of being stuck in one room without access to normal facilities for long periods of time. So, it is a very odd dichotomy to watch for sure.
I don’t want to spoil too much of the story, but it is as interesting as it is odd. School-Live! is a very interesting and unique thing to watch. The show is often very light and fluffy. And then it snaps back hard to that rough experience. This can be a little weird to watch, but if you stick with it, I think you get a pay off. Also, the small group of characters and the confined space does give the characters a lot of time to breath and the viewer can really get to know them. I think getting to know them all makes this show work all the better in its relatively short runtime.
I didn’t love this and I do think that School-Live! will prove to be somewhat divisive because of how peculiar it is and how it makes one feel from scene to scene. I think it is definitely worth a watch though. I would say any anime fan can find something they enjoy out of this experience and should give it a shot.
Technical Side: 3.5/5
Overall School-Live! was a solid effort from Sentai. The video is always crisp and the colors looked true throughout the film. The darks looked very nice in all the grislier shots. The DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track is up to the task. Most of the show is dialog based, but there are a few times where the track opens up for effects and those are all served adequately.
Special Features and Packaging: 2.5/5
Clean Opening and Closing Animation
The clean opening and closing animation is included on pretty much all of Sentai’s season set releases so they must appeal to somebody. It is also all that is included with this release. Also following suit for Sentai is the typical two disc case.
While I didn’t love School-Live!, I did still like it. And I’m glad I experienced this story and how it was told. -stuff about extras and tech here- It is its own kind of show and I think that is worth seeing by any anime fan. However, due to the fact that it is so odd and probably will turn some people off very strongly, I don’t recommend a buy. Adding to that, I think a lot of people will get what they want out of it with one watch. Find it streaming online to enjoy and pick it up if it is your thing.
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