High School of the Dead

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The world is overtaken with a very deadly disease that turns humans into zombies. In Japan, several students of Fujimi High School, and the school nurse, band together to survive the present apocalypse. The story follows Takashi Komuro, one of the students who survived in the initial outbreak.

The following weapons were used in the anime High School of the Dead:

High School of the Dead (2010)



Smith & Wesson Model 37

Takashi Komuro and Rei Miyamoto find two Smith & Wesson Model 37s on a pair of dead police officers, though one has its handle broken (though the broken one is not seen on screen). Takashi comments on the gun having only five shots as most revolvers usually have six, and while inexperienced with firearms, knows to keep his finger off the trigger when not intending to shoot. Takashi later hands the revolver to Kohta due to the latter's expertise with firearms. Several police officers are seen firing their M37s at zombies trying to breach their roadblocks and a senior officer executes a anarchist inciting a unruly mob on live television before the officer later commits suicide with his sidearm near other officers. The author commented on how the Nambu Model 60 was no longer the official sidearm for all Japanese police officers and therefore chose the Smith & Wesson to show the unique choice of weapon for each department. This is correct since the NPA imported Model 37s from America to outfit officers who are going to be armed with revolvers.

Smith and Wesson Model 37 Airweight, right side - .38 Special
Takashi armed with the M37 in the intro. Note the incredible detail despite this shot being a fraction of a second long.
The M37 taken with a pair of handcuffs and a baton from a dead officer's duty belt.
Takashi holding the M37; note the rubber grips, which all of the M37's in the show are seen with.
Takashi opens the cylinder to examine the number of shots he has at his disposal.
Takashi presses the M37's barrel against a crazy survivor and cocks the hammer.
Kohta Hirano using the M37 to gun down a zombie.
The senior police officer aims his M37 at the mob leader before shooting him as per the order given to "Do whatever is necessary" to hold the bridge against zombies and panicked/unruly refugees.
Rei hands Takashi the M37 as he goes on a rescue mission to save another survivor. The S&W logo is visible, as is the "Airweight" inscription.

SIG Sauer P226R

In Episode 8; "The Dead Way Home", a Secret Service agent uses SIG P226Rs to gun down zombies trying to reach the wounded President and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs alongside a few remaining staff members on board Air Force One. Another staff member armed with a P226R uses it to shoot the wounded Chairman in the head upon the latter's request after he shows signs of zombification. Rika Minami uses a P226R fitted with a scope mount, small red dot sight, and flashlight as her sidearm, however because the battle at the offshore airport didn't happen on-screen in the anime, it's only seen in the opening sequence and in her leg holster.

SIG-Sauer P226R - 9x19mm
Rika's P226R in the opening sequence at the upper left and in the middle.
A Secret Service agent firing his P226R at zombies, covering his wounded colleagues.
A staff member preparing to execute the Chairman after he shows signs of turning into a zombie.

Luger P08

Saya Takagi's mother, Yuriko Takagi, hands her daughter a Navy model Luger P08 complete with a 32 round "snail" drum magazine and a stock. It is referred to as "Luger P08's Holland colonial military model". It is most likely a artillery model of P08, since it has a long barrel and a drum magazine. But it could be based off of the Luger P04 Navy model, because the sights are raised and appear to be adjustable but are on the rear of the frame, this is a feature found only on the P04. The P08 artillery (the only other luger with an elongated barre)l has it's adjustable rear sight on the barrel.

Luger P08 "Artillery" - 9x19mm Parabellum
Yuriko hands her daughter the Luger P08...
...and then the 'snail' drum magazine with an attachable stock.


A Right Wing member (or Nationalist) is seen firing a M1911A1 at the approaching zombie horde in the final battle at the Takagi estate with the zombies.

Pre-war Commercial Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
A Nationalist is seen firing his M1911A1 at the approaching zombie horde during the final battle. This shot contains a few firearm-related errors; the M1911 has its hammer down, when it should be cocked, the indent on the M16's carry handle is shown to be a hole, and the gun at the back is some sort of much-too-long pump action shotgun.

Browning M1910

Yuriko's Browning M1910 is seen in the opening sequence, and it is seen in the show proper in her leg holster.

FN Model 1910 .380 ACP
The Browning M1910 in the opening sequence at both the upper right and lower left corners.


Remington 870

Yakuza members and several civilians are seen running amok with Remington 870s. A flashback reveals that Kohta trained with one while on vacation in the U.S. undergoing a firearm's training course.

Remington 870 Police Magnum with Black Synthetic Furniture - 12 Gauge
An armed civilian holding a Remington 870.
Another armed civilian holding a Remington 870, being told of Takashi and Rei's approach.
Kohta receiving training from an "Ex-Delta Force Master Sergeant Blackwater Operator", while on vacation.
Kohta firing the 870 at an outdoor shooting range.

Remington 870 Field Shotgun

Another Yakuza gang member is seen using a Remington 870 Field Shotgun with the barrel (presumably) cut down for easier handling.

Remington 870 Field Gun with raised barrel ribbing and 28" barrel - 12 Gauge
A Yakuza member firing his sawed-off Remington Field Shotgun at nearby zombies.

Ithaca M37

An Ithaca 37 is found in Rika's household, in a firearms locker which Takashi and Kohta break into. Kohta initially uses it before handing it to Takashi, who uses it as his main weapon for the rest of the show. Kohta instructs Takashi on how to slamfire the M37 (holding the trigger down and pumping the shotgun, causing it to fire as soon as it's back in battery) when the group is cornered at the wire blockade, and Saya uses the dropped M37 later in the same scene. Takashi later uses it a melee weapon after running away from the wire blockade. The M37 is fitted with an Aimpoint CompM2, which is later disabled by the EMP due to it being powered by a 3-Volt Lithium Battery.

Ithaca 37 - 12 Gauge
Happy camper indeed.
Takashi pumps the shotgun. It's his first time handling it.
The M37 near the duo.
A closeup of the M37.
Kohta firing the M37 out of the top of the Humvee, under Saeko Busujima. Such a lucky bastard.
The M37 resting on Takashi's left shoulder.
Takashi aiming at the approaching zombies with the M37 using the CompM2.
Takashi looking astonished after killing two zombies with one shot.
Takashi stands guard on the small river island with the M37 resting on his shoulder.
Kohta inspecting the M37.
Kohta with the M37 slung over his back when he refuses to give up the firearms his group acquired to the adults.
Takashi fires the M37 in the final battle at the Takagi estate...
...only to realize that prolonging the fight brings in more zombies.
Takashi squeezes off a few more rounds at the zombie horde as the group makes their escape from the Takagi estate.

Over and Under Shotgun

A citizen is seen firing an over and under shotgun, but fumbles in loading the shells and is promptly surrounded and devoured by zombies.

Browning O/U - 12 gauge.
Cocky bastard are we?
Oops. I messed up, so I'm zombie food now eh?

Remington M1100

A Remington Model 1100 is seen during the final episode being used by a Nationalist member.

Remington 1100 - 12 gauge
A Nationalist member in charge of roadblocking against zombies is seen using his Remington 1100 at the approaching horde.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5A4

Riot Police (機動隊 Kidotai) officers are seen firing Heckler & Koch MP5A4s at zombies.

Heckler & Koch MP5A4 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Riot police officers manning a road block fire their MP5 submachine guns at the approaching zombies.

Skorpion vz. 83

Yuriko is seen fighting zombies with a Skorpion vz.83 as her primary weapon. She only uses it set to semi-auto, a wise decision considering the number of zombies, and that a headshot is required to kill them.

Skorpion Vz. 83 w/ 30-round magazine - .380 ACP
Yuriko using her Vz. 83 Skorpion against the zombie horde, while her husband Souichiro prefers using his sword.
You know this picture is totally badass.


Springfield Super Match M1A

A Springfield Super Match M1A is found in Rika's household, and is used by Rei as her main weapon. It has an OD stock and is fitted with a standard M14 flash hider (which has a bayonet mount), M14 DMR cheek riser, KAC rail system, custom-fitted lower rail, KAC QD sling mount, Surefire M900V foregrip/light combo, Aimpoint CompM2 red dot sight with a killflash, its magazines are fitted with Magpuls, and the rifle is later fitted with an M6 bayonet to complement Rei's fighting style. As with the CompM2 on the M37, this one is also later disabled by the EMP. In episode 7, Takashi handles the rifle to shoot at zombies about to eat Rei. Kohta, like in the Manga, incorrectly calls it an M1A1 with the extra number 1.

Springfield Armory M1A - 7.62x51mm NATO
Rei holding the M1A in the OP sequence with Takashi next to her. Note that she keeps the rifle on a one-point sling which is wrapped around the rifle between the stock and pistol grip area, despite the rifle having a QD sling mount attached to the left rail.
At the opening sequence.
Cocking the M1A. Note the cocking handle is extremely oversized in this particular shot.
Kohta handling the rifle. That wicked grin on his face certainly shows how much of a happy camper he is in that moment.
Far away shot of the same action.
The M1A above the M37.
The rifle among the supplies taken from Rika's house.
The M1A in Rei's lap.
The M1A tangled up somewhat, due to being attached to Rei's chest rig.
While Takashi most certainly likes his new bipod, Rei must be really regretting not using that QD sling mount right about now.
Kohta gripping the M1A when he refuses to give up the firearms the group acquired to the adults.
Rei is seen with the M1A by her side.
Rei points the M1A's M6 bayonet at her corrupt teacher as she contemplates killing him for making her fail a grade because Rei's father (who is a police officer) was investigating a scandal involving her teacher's father, who was a corrupt politician.
Rei uses the M1A in the final battle against the zombie horde at the Takagi estate. Rei apparently didn't learn from the last time she didn't use the proper sling mount, and the rifle being tied to her gets her into another sticky situation moments later.

Armalite AR-10(T)

An Armalite AR-10(T) modified to resemble a Knight's Armament SR-25 is found in Rika's household, and due to the aftermarket parts Kohta initially mistakes for the latter rifle. It is fitted with a Knight's Armament rail system and rail covers, Leupold M3A scope with a sunshade, and a bipod; Kohta uses it as his primary weapon. The author comments Rika seduced an American soldier to import the illegal rifle into Japan via the American military air service, avoiding customs. An error in the English dubbing caused Kohta to misidentify it as an "AR-110" instead of an AR-10.

Armalite AR-10(T) - 7.62x51mm
Knight's Armament - SR-25 7.62x51mm NATO
Closeup of the AR-10(T)'s markings.
Kohta's such a happy camper.
The AR-10 in front of the duo.
A closeup of the AR-10.
Another closeup of the AR-10.
Sniping a zombie, earning a headshot.
Firing the AR-10.
Kohta firing at zombies from in the Humvee near the wire blockade.
Kohta grips the AR-10 when he refuses to give up the firearms his group acquired to the adults.
Kohta prepares to 'Rock-'N-Roll!'
Kohta takes aim...
...and fires at the approaching zombies during the final battle at the Takagi estate.
Kohta with the AR-10 as the group prepares to make their escape from the Takagi estate.

Howa Type 89

JGSDF soldiers are seen wielding Howa Type 89s as their service rifle, an well as one being used by Kohta in his imaginary FPS. Rika's personal rifle is a highly customized Type 89 with an entire M4A1 front end, including the barrel, front sight, and rail system, as well as an M4A1 LE stock, and is fitted with an Aimpoint CompM2 and Surefire M900 foregrip/light. However, due to the airport battle, where she used this as her primary, not appearing on-screen in the anime, it's only seen in the opening credits.

Howa Type 89 - 5.56x45mm NATO
JGSDF soldiers protecting the roadblock from zombies in Saya's explanation of the zombie outbreak in Japan.
Another shot of a JGSDF soldier with a Type 89.
Kohta pretending to see himself firing a Type 89 at an enemy soldier.
Rika's customized Type 89 in the intro
The stock of one can be seen at the bottom right, while the bottom part of another can be seen up top.


Members of the Right Wing (or Nationalist) group are seen firing M16A1s at the approaching zombie horde during the final battle at the Takagi Estate in the final episode.

M16A1 with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm.
A Nationalist member guards the remaining survivors with an M16A1 as the zombie horde approaches.
The two Nationalist members alongside Takagi's father are seen armed with M16A1's as they prepare to take on the zombie horde.
Another Nationalist fires his M16A1 at the approaching zombie horde in the final battle at the Takagi estate.

Steyr AUG

If you look at the left, you can see three different rifles, where there's a AK variant, AR variant (I think?) and a Steyr AUG.

Steyr AUG - Austrian Army Version - 5.56x45mm
Seen in the opening sequence. the guns located at the left.

Sniper Rifle

Heckler & Koch PSG-1

Rika uses a Heckler & Koch PSG-1 fitted with a Harris bipod in her role as a Special Assault Team sniper, clearing an airport of zombies wandering around its runways. Very notable is that she correctly fires the full load of six rounds in this scene; proper magazine capacities are usually the first thing ignored in fiction, however attention to detail in this regard is seen throughout the show.

Heckler & Koch PSG-1 - 7.62x51mm NATO
The H&K PSG-1 at the bottom in the opening credits.
Rika aiming the PSG-1 at zombie stragglers.
Another shot of Rika with the PSG-1.
The PSG-1 resting on its bipod after being fired.

Machine Guns

Sumitomo Minimi

A Sumitomo Minimi, the Japanese-licensed version of the FN Minimi, is seen mounted on a JGSDF Type 82 reconnaissance vehicle.

FN Minimi - 5.56x45mm NATO
A Sumitomo Minimi mounted on top of a Type 82 at a roadblock.

Sumitomo Type 74

A Type 74 is mounted on a JGSDF Type 10 MBT as its coaxial machine gun.

Vehicle-mounted Type 74 machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
The port for the Type 74 is seen beside the main cannon of a Type 10 MBT manning a roadblock in Saya's explanation of the zombie outbreak in Japan.

Sumitomo M2

A Sumitomo M2, the Japanese-licensed version of the Browning M2, is seen mounted on a JGSDF Type 10 MBT.

Browning M2 - 12.7x99mm NATO
Sumitomo M2 mounted on a Type 10 MBT.

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