School-Live(Japanese: がっこうぐらし!, Hepburn: Gakkō Gurashi!) is a 2019 Japanese horror film and adaptation of the manga series by Norimitsu Kaihō. A live-action film adaptation of School-Live! was announced in a issue of Manga Time Kirara Forward in November 2017, and it was released by Universal Pictures and Regents in Japan on January 25, 2019.
The film is directed by Issei Shibata and starred the members of the idol group Last Idol.
A english dub of the movie was announced and produced by Sentai Filmworks and it's currently planned to be released in 2021
Like the manga and its animated adapation, It tells the story of Kurumi Ebisuzawa, Yuki Takeya, Yuuri Wakasa and Miki Naoki attending the same high school in Japan, but they also know one another because they reside in the school's dormitory and having a school club. The school girls are having fun until a zombie outbreak occurs, infecting the school population. The four girls must now learn to survive in this new world, if they want to stay alive.
Why It Sucks
- It derives heavily from the source material, such as Miki and Kei staying on the school cafeteria when the outbreak begun instead on a mall and Yuki don't having her trademark hat with cat ears, compared to the anime adaptation.
- Abysmal writing that doesn't stay true to the original material and instead feels more like a generic high schooler zombie survival action movie instead of a psychological zombie survival horror with elements from the moe anime genre.
- Horrible screenplay as they just cramped up all the first two arcs of the manga into a 2-hour movie, which resulted in not only weak characterization but also an abrupt ending.
- As mentioned earlier, it has the classic mix of lazy casting with the entire main cast are played by young adult J-Pop idols who even barely resembled the original characters, who are all implied to be either children or teens.
- Speaking of the action movie stuff, the action scenes are rushed and awful.
- There are some plot holes through the entire movie which are either explained.
- Kurumi's subplot about her senpai and past is a good idea, however, it's poorly executed compared to the manga and it feels pointless most of the time.
- Awful make up and special effects that look horrendously fake, mostly the zombies.
- Taromaru was completely cut. It is unknown if this was for writing or budget reasons.
- Some of the characters became flanderized like Miki for example, she became more cold and rude.
- Most of the characters including Yuki and Yuuri lacked depth and it may be because of the limited time the movie has to explore these characters.
- The heart-warming scenes are good and touching.
- The characters are still likeable and their personalities are actually close to match their original versions with exception of Miki.
- The acting is passable.
- The addition of a subplot about Kurumi’s senpai and give Kurumi herself a bit more depth was good, despite its poor execution.
- The ending is enjoyable through a bit confusing and abrupt.
- Nice soundtrack.
School-Live! received mixed-to-negative reviews by critics. Criticism was aimed at the screenplay, plot, inconsistent tone, lack of originality, special effects, and character development.
Matt Schley from Japan Times gave the film a negative review and a 1.5 out of 5 citing: "Being aggressively boring, in fact, is the greatest sin of “School-Live” The principle that each scene of a film should push the story forward is discarded with abandon."
Despite the movie's negative reception, the movie was surprisingly praised by the authors of the original School-Live! manga.
It currently holds a 5.1/10 on IMDb.