[Supernatural Schools Spring 2017] Like Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water)? Watch This!

One day, as you are watching the last episode of an anime, you come to realize that it’s finally coming to an end. You grow sad because you really enjoyed this anime. Fortunately, when one anime finishes, another one begins. Now, your only strand of hope is to find at least one similar anime. However, there are very many anime out there and at times it can be difficult to find the right one. If you find yourself in this situation after watching Gakusen Toshi Asterisk, then you are in luck. Spring 2017 had an amazing lineup of anime, and if you liked Gakusen Toshi Asterisk, then you should definitely watch Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism and Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records!

About Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Oct 2015 - Dec 2015

Gakusen Toshi Asterisk takes place in one of the six most elite schools for Genestella students, Seidoukan Academy. At these schools, students learn how to control their powers and duel against each other in battles in preparation for the Phoenix Festival. Ayato Amagiri, a transfer student, finds a lost handkerchief and in an attempt to return it, accidently walks into a female classmate, Julis-Alexia von Riessfeld, changing. Ayato is challenged to a duel by Julis, and Ayato proves to be more than capable of handling Julis. Through this encounter, Ayato and Julis, become friends and partners for the upcoming Phoenix Festival. However, things begin to take place, as the festival approaches.

Liked Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water)? Watch Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism (Armed Girl's Machiavellism)!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr 2017 - Currently Airing

In Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism, private high school Aichi Symbiosis Academy was originally intended only for girls. However, once the school became coed, the girls were allowed to bring weapons to school to protect themselves. From this, a five-member group was formed named “Supreme Five Swords.” As the years went by, the Supreme Five Swords became a group that corrected problematic students. Nomura Fudou, a transfer student, was sent to Aichi Symbiosis Academy for being involved in a brawl at his previous school. However, Nomura realizes that all the guys at this school are forced to dress and act like girls. All Nomura really desires is freedom, so in an attempt to gain that freedom, he tries to win over the Supreme Five Swords.

Three Major Similarities Between Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water) and Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism (Armed Girl’s Machiavellism)

1. Girls Who Pack a Punch

In Gakusen Toshi Asterisk and Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism, we enter a setting where the girls, at their respective schools, are trained fighters. Whether it’s to protect the wellbeing of their peers, or to become competitors in a fighting festival, both involve girls with weapons. In Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism, Nomura witnesses first hand, the deadliness of the Supreme Five Swords. However, the Supreme Five Swords aren’t the only ones who are armed. Throughout the school, girls carry batons, whips, fans, blowguns, and every girl is well prepared and trained to defend themselves.

2. Hidden Power

Does it ever irk you when you see that the main protagonist looks or acts like a dweeb? In Gakusen Toshi Asterisk and Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism, our main protagonists don’t really seem to be the most powerful characters. Yet, when our main protagonists are put into a duel or up to the test, they prove that they are not ones to be messed with. In Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism, Nomura wants to be able to leave the school when he wants to. However, in order to do that, he must get permission from the Supreme Five Swords. Each girl is reluctant to approve Nomura and instead wishes to discipline him. Nomura defends himself with metal studded gloves and one by one handles each girl of the Supreme Five Swords, though Nomura is forced to use his secret technique, Spirit Bullet.

3. Mysterious Past

In Gakusen Toshi Asterisk and Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism, we unfortunately don’t get the protagonist’s full story from the get go. Instead, we are left in shrouded mystery about the MC’s past, and little by little their mysterious past begins to unravel. In Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism, we only get small glimpses of why Nomura transferred schools. Unfortunately, we are left with various holes on who exactly Nomura is, but some of Nomura past is revealed when he opens up to some of the Supreme Five Swords or when he is remembering his previous encounters with certain characters.


Liked Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water)? Watch Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr 2017 - Jun 2017

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records takes place in Alzano Imperial Magic Academy, one of the most prominent magic schools in the world, where students are taught the highest forms of magic. After a certain class is in need of a new teacher, Glenn Radars is hired to be their new instructor. They say that first impressions are very important, but it seems like Glenn was never told this. In the eyes of his students, Glenn is a tardy, lazy, and incapable teacher. However, the students are unaware of the kind of person Glenn was before becoming a teacher. As problems begin to occur in the school, Glenn and his students are right in the middle of it.

Three Major Similarities Between Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water) and Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records

1. Strong When Needed

Gakusen Toshi Asterisk and Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records, are anime that bring us two protagonists that seem weak in the eyes of everyone. However, when they are needed the most, they truly show what they are capable of. In Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records, Glenn is portrayed as a really weak magician. On the first day of class, Glenn is challenged by one of the students, Sistine Fibel, to a duel. At this moment, viewers expected Glenn to prove himself to be an adequate teacher, but unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Glenn is soundly defeated by Sistine but as the school is attacked by an unknown group, Glenn rises to the occasion and shows everyone what he is capable of. Plus, having a card that negates all kinds of magic is a pretty overpowered ability to have.

2. Princess, Kuudere, and Tsundere

One reason why Gakusen Toshi Asterisk and Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records are very similar, is because of the kind of characters we find surrounding the MC. In Gakusen Toshi Asterisk, Ayato is surrounded by a princess in Julius, a Kuudere in Saya, and a tsundere in Julis. In Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records, we see a similar lineup of characters surrounding Glenn. Rumia takes the role of the princess, Re=L can be seen as the kuudere, and lastly, our tsundere is the lovely Sistine.

3. Revealing Past

In Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records and Gakusen Toshi Asterisk, we get protagonists, Glenn and Ayato, who both have a very mysterious past. Before Glenn became a teacher, he was part of the military that incorporated magic. As the anime progress, we get hints at why Glenn ended up leaving the military. We see that Glenn decided to leave the army because of the things he lost due to being involved in the military. And now that he has found a new home amongst the school and his students, his past begins to come out and that leaves us wondering what kind of person Glenn was before becoming a teacher.

Final Thoughts

It’s always good to know that there are so many anime out there. However, it’s even better when, once we finish an anime series, we get lucky and find another anime just like it. Hopefully, after reading this article, you’ve come to the conclusion that there are in fact two other anime like to Gakusen Toshi Asterisk. The similarities between characters are proof that this kind of anime is very successful amongst fans. Now, if you like Gakusen Toshi Asterisk, watch Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism and Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records. If you find anymore similarities between these anime or know another anime that is similar to these, please leave a comment.
Horacio Sevilla

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Author: Horacio Sevilla

Hi, my name is Horacio and I am a college student in Los Angeles, California. In my spare time, when I am not watching anime, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and going to baseball games. My dreams consist of being part of a video gaming company, making cool games, eating tons of food, and possibly living in Japan, I hope.

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