Last week a new anime, based on the manga, Highschool of the Dead aired in Japan and it is meeting with some mixed opinions. Personally I am a big fan of the manga, and was eagerly waiting for the anime. From a critical standpoint the show follows the manga panel for panel but seems slightly slower paced. But just from the first episode I am already excited about the next one.
Most of the criticism is in regard to the overt use of fanservice in a show about teenagers being turned into and killed by zombies. So far there is no nudity in the show, and there wasn't in the manga either, just a lot of scantily clad girls, sexual situations, and jiggle. Lots and lots of jiggle.
This kind of thing shouldn't be too surprising in modern anime, as nearly every other show has this now. However, in Highschool of the Dead's case I argue that the overt sexual imagery juxtaposed with gruesome cannibalistic violence is probably more culturally significant and historically important from an entertainment medium, then any other anime being aired.
Zombie films, and especially the Dawn of the Dead type films that Highschool of the Dead is referencing were made during what my film professor called, "Hollywood's Nervous Breakdown". Cinema was failing, and something had to be done to get people back into the movie theaters. This is when the blaxploitation and sexploitation films really came into prominence as well as horror films and gore fests. They were all cheap and dirty ways to get sales back up and it worked. Cinema changed forever as a result. Sometimes you have to get your hands dirty.