This episode focuses on Sakura Megumi, the Japanese teacher, as she prepares a journal and recounts how the zombie outbreak began.
She’s a young teacher and her mother is worried that she’s too meek and not cut out for her chosen career. Even the vice principal warns her to maintain an adequate distance from her students, which she seems to fail at since they call her Megu-nee rather than Sakura-sensei. On the fateful day, she has Yuki stay back after a test for extra studies. Yuki says she hates the test but likes being with Megumi.
After a bit, Kurumi peeps in and goes away after Megumi notices her. Megumi follows and they have a talk where Kurumi confesses her feelings for her senpai and seeks romantic advice. Like Yuki, Kurumi also says she’s comfortable with Megumi unlike with the other teachers.
Megumi returns to Yuki and while talking to her, checks her phone and finds many more messages from her mother, most of which are urgent requests to call her. There’s also a video about random outbreaks of violence throughout the city. Just then, Yuki prepares to leave for home but Megumi stops her, saying that the trains are not running. At Yuki’s suggestion, they go up to the roof to pilfer food from the tomato garden up there.
That’s when they run into Wakasa Yuuri (Rii-san) who maintains the garden. She has them lock the door and also lets Yuki try the tomatoes and help out. Megumi uses that time to call her mum but gets no answer. She calls another teacher, probably the one that Yuki imagined teaching her in the first episode, who warns her to stay up on the roof and not open the door for anyone since everywhere else is too dangerous. The call abruptly ends with a ruckus that we all know as being indicative of something going wrong.
Just then, someone bangs on the door and Yuki rushes to open it but is stopped by Megumi. But the person on the other end turns out to be another person so Megumi opens the door and finds Kurumi dragging her injured senpai. Yuki looks down from the roof and is confused by the chaos below. Megumi joins her and sees people being attacked everywhere.
And there’s more banging on the roof door, this time from your neighborhood unfriendly zombies, and Yuki starts to panic. Megumi pushes a locker in front of the door and Yuuri goes to help but this is when Kurumi’s senpai rises as a zombie and attacks her. We’ve already seen this play out last episode. Kurumi grabs the shovel and kills him. She keeps hitting him after that too but Yuki stops her by hugging her around the middle while wailing which seems to snap Kurumi out of her shocked frenzy.
And that’s the story of how everything went to hell.
Afterwards, we’re back with the club having breakfast. Yuki suggests a camp and so they put up a tent in the classroom while Megumi stands watch. Most of this is about the girls expressing their appreciation for Megumi and Megumi resolving to protect them for as long as she lives.
We still don’t have all the answers but this episode does show us how four of the five main characters came together. It’s a familiar formula common to most zombie stories. The characters are going about their daily lives and then boom! undead bastards everywhere. Most die and those who’re lucky or competent enough to survive band together.
Of course, Gakkouguashi has its own wonderful twist on the deal thanks to Yuki’s delusions. They have to constantly act like they’re a fun school club rather than survivors desperate for help. But they seem to be making the best of it.
It was nice to see more of Megumi this episode. It’s curious to see the way she had so many doubts – most of which were implanted in her from external sources – about whether she would be a good teacher and then ended up affirming that by watching over her students during the outbreak. She may not have been the ideal, ‘distant’ teacher during actual schooling but I’d say she’s doing damn well right now.
Now we need to know how Miki came to join them and it seems like the next episode will show us that.