Top 10 School Anime [Updated Best Recommendations]

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School animes are perhaps one of the most iconic genres in the anime world. Which anime fan can forego their daily dose of seifukus, school romances and interactions? Maybe it's because school life is very applicable to us from when we were young such that we form a connection with the whole genre. From comedy to romance and even action, the scenarios that can happen in school is limitless, making it an excellent location for an anime to take place.Today, we will revisit our list of school animes to bring you a more updated list or even more school animes that you may or may not have heard of! Don’t forget to scroll below if you want to see the old list.

10. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Jan 2010 to Apr 2010

This anime centers around the titular baka of the story - Akihisa Yoshii. He has failed every test since entering high school which places him in Class F, the lowest grade of the classes and the most decrepit as well. Wanting to have a better environment, Akihisa rallies his classmates in an effort to secure Class A. This proves to be difficult however as all of them will have issues passing even a single test. They can only rely on Mizuki Himeji, a girl who had a fever on that day and was placed in F. Will they eventually move into Class A?

Baka to Test occurs in a high school where all the matters is the grades you achieve in your tests. It reflects our current views of education where if you get do well, you get rewarded with the amount that is proportionate to your grades. If you're one of those who ever failed a test, maybe this anime will lighten the mood for you... Yoshii fails every test but he has a spunky personality. Typical of the high school genre, there are undertones of romance as well but never well developed. However, the main point of this anime is just to have fun as it is hilariously funny!


9. Seitokai Yakuindomo

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Jul 2010 to Sep 2010

Tsuda Takatoshi was about to start his first year in Ousai Academy. This Academy was recently integrated males into the school which should be the dreams of every guy. Soon, he was approached by the vice-president of the student council and was invited to join. Never did he realise that the student council president is an extreme pervert with a penchant for lewd topics. Now he will start his days handling the school affairs, and the affairs within the student council as well.

Perhaps dirty jokes went a tad bit far during high school days for some. Not at Ousai Academy however! Where the jokes are rambunctious and keeps streaming out. You may be thinking that high schoolers ought to be focusing on other things instead of trying to find out as many perverted methods in this world. Truth is however, this particular topic is extremely comical back in the days and it really does not hurt to know a few more references. So if you want to relive your high school days in an ecchi fashion, look no further, you can definitely give Seitokai Yakuindomo a try!


8. ToraDora

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Oct 2008 to Mar 2009

Ryuuji Takasu has often been mistaken for a delinquent. Aisaka Taiga has a fiery temper and is known as the Palmtop Tiger. When these 2 happen to meet, they realise that they have crushes on their respective friends. Now, they form an unlikely alliance to secure those crushes together. As they support and encourage each other, feeling between the two starts to blossom. Will they eventually go for their crushes or settle for each other instead?

There is no better anime to represent the high school romance culture than ToraDora. The expertly crafted plot and the eccentricities of each character makes for a wonderful love story that is bittersweet and joyful. The aspects of high school blends well in the budding relationship between Taiga and Ryuuji as well, such as taking classes together, helping each other out in their subjects... ToraDora is an anime that will definitely remind you of the dating culture back then in school! The familiarity in this anime is sure to put a smile on your face every time you watch it.


7. Sakamoto desu ga?

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr 8, 2016 to Jul 1, 2016

Cool and handsome are the words to describe Sakamoto. Even on his first day of high school, he has already made all the girls swoon and all the guys jealous. His composure is top notch and is not easily rattled. Even as the other guys try to sabotage him, Sakamoto still maintains his cool and executes his escape seamlessly. He is the embodiment of suaveness and excellence. He is Sakamoto-kun.

Sakamoto is similar to high school comedy like Danshi Koukousei with the unrealism of Nichijou. The theme of the anime is excellence and perfection, even while failing, he will look awesome in it. The usual and everyday high school interactions are all exemplified all in the name of being cool. This high school anime will make you reflect on your uncool high school life and makes you wonder why you never did try to use a bamboo pole to vault over the school gate to escape being late. So what are you waiting for? Start being cool by watching this anime right now!


6. D-Frag

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan 7, 2014 to Mar 25, 2014

Kazama Kenji believes that he is a delinquent. That is until he was coerced into joining the Game Development Club where his behaviors turn out to be the most normal one amongst the group. As he tries to find reason within this chaotic clubroom, he only sinks deeper into the insanity of the club. No matter how hard he tries to escape, he is only pulled in further. Will he ever reclaim his normal, daily life?

When you start taking your club activities so seriously that you are blowing things out or proportions, you would probably get D-frag. D-frag as mentioned is an anime about club activities and the close bonds that club members will have with each other. That would usually be the case for most slice of life animes. Not D-Frag however. The whole premise of the anime is based upon ridiculous events that occurs during school and club activities. It is because of the nonsense and comical events that occurs in D-Frag that you wish that your very own school club could be as lively and interesting as this.


5. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan 2012 to Mar 2012

Whether it's an RPG re-enactment or some insane anime events that occurs in Japan, the boys of Sanada North High has it all in their creative imaginations. When it's after school, they will find ways to pass time. Nobody ever says that the daily life must be boring, if it is, just think up of something fun to do. From bizarre experiments to just plain dumb actions, the days of these high school boys are certainly filled with humour. Come and join these boys in their daily high school lives!

On a more gender specific anime, Danshi Koukousei really depicts the actions of high school boys to an on point level. As much as we would very much like to deny it, we more or less did the same acts as in the anime at some point of our high school lives. Danshi Koukousei is basically the high school lives of most boys but in anime form. The biggest selling point of Danshi Koukousei would be its trait to identify the behavior of high school boys and exaggerate it just a little for it to be overly humorous. If you don't believe us, do check it out and see for yourself, and for the female audiences, please don't judge us too much.


4. Nichijou

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: Apr 2011 to Sep 2011

No day is a normal day in the plot of Nichijou. Assaulting a deer or talking crows are just some of the common day events in Nichijou. Filled with comical characters, these characters just go about their daily lives. The transition from normalcy to insanity occurs in a split second, affecting all of the characters. We'll leave you to question the craziness of Nichijou but don't forget to laugh along to this memorable high school anime!

Crazy antics, characters that are totally out of this world and silly situations are just a few of the words that you can describe Nichijou as. Nichijou is set in a high school setting but the events that occur in this anime is definitely not one of a typical high school setting. Nichijou has often been hailed as one of the best slice of life, high school anime and we see no reasons to doubt it, each moment is sure to leave you laughing or crying in tears. The circumstances that happens are just too random and unlikely such that they make you question on the fact of it happening rather than why it occurred. As we have said, the school genre is extremely diverse and can incorporate many different genres, even if it seems completely beyond this world.


3. Lucky Star

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Apr 2007 to Sep 2007

Join Konata Izumi, an otaku that is going through high school. Together with her friends, the Hiiragi sisters and Miyuki, they spend their time together chatting. The conversation topics are endless. Be it the world around them to something familiar that is the otaku lifestyle, Lucky Star has it all. Join these high school girls as they muse about the issues that affects every high school student.

Lucky Star is perhaps the best slice of life anime to represent the school life culture. Most of the school interactions that occur in Lucky Star are not over-the-top or heavily exaggerated. It's focused on plain,simple and common dialogue with a slight twist at times to provide for humor. The simplicity of this anime is very relatable to most of us and the light nature of this show provides for good clean fun. As mentioned, Konota Izumi is a fellow otaku as well so most of her references may be easily caught on and understood as well.


2. School Rumble

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: Oct 2004 to Mar 2005

Tsukamoto Tenma is on a journey to confess her feelings to her crush. But she always get shot down every time! Meanwhile, the high school delinquent Harima Kenji has feelings for Tenma but is too afraid to confess as well. He knows of Tenma's crush of Karasuma and can only watch from the sidelines. Amidst this complicated love relation lies the hectic days of school, friends, activities and rivalries for love. Join this bubbly cast of characters as they begin their school rumble!

Nothing screams slice of life and school louder than School Rumble. Albeit an old anime, School Rumble lives up to its reputation as the best school slice of life anime to date, being widely known and famous as well. The simplicity of the story is perhaps what captures most of the viewers, as they are highly reminiscent to our own high school life with dealing with school crushes being the main focus point in the anime. When you try to sneak an opportunity to talk to your crush or even to sit beside him/her during field trips, School Rumble has it all! If you are looking for an anime that best represents the school genre, we would select School Rumble as one of our top picks.


1. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Apr 2013 to Jun 2013

Believing that the high school euphoria is nothing but a fake, Hachiman Hikigaya is a apathetic and narcissistic individual. He was punished to join the Volunteer's Club in an effort to change his mind set. There he meets Yukinon Yukino, a snarky and sharp-tongues girl. Along the way, they helped resolved the issues of different people. It is through this journey that his teacher hope that he is able to mend his ways and see the world in a brighter light.

Yahari is the anime that is akin to our own high school life in the real world. As pessimistic as it may sound, some of his thoughts, although rotten, are actually present in the world despite being the cold, hard truth. Yahari takes the high school genre to a whole new level, it talks about the high school situation and the students as well. Like every good high school genre, there are hints of developing romance as well and you can't help but cheer him on. If you truly enjoy the high school genre, why not take a detour and check this anime out? You may even make this your new top anime as it has that potential, it's just that good!


Conclusion

Are school animes one of your favourite genres? Which aspects of the school genre do you love the most and what makes you want to return back for more? Do you have any more school animes that you would really recommend to others? Do you just go for the school genre or for the sub-genres that the school genre usually encompass? Which of the 10 animes have you tried already and do they fit your criteria for the school genre? Leave a comment below and we will see you next time

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Writing from a little island known as Singapore. It is through my articles that I want to show that the world of anime reaches out beyond the boundaries of Japan. From different age groups to individuals coming from different walks of life, everyone and anyone can be a lover of anime. To quote from Kingdom Hearts, 'There are many worlds out there, but they share the same sky.'

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The School Anime universe is one of the biggest of anime genres and also a standard in terms of series. This is the type of anime where anything can happen to our favorite characters, even the most unlikely things. Mostly full of action, youth, passion and/or drama, this is a kind of show which can reunite every fan of anime.

Because the choice is big, some of us could be lost and find it difficult to decide what to watch. Thanks to this Top 10, you should have an idea of where to start if you are looking for a great School genre anime to watch.

But, because this genre is one of the widest in anime, there can be a lot more show which could be in this Top 10. At least, with this selection, you can have an idea of some of the best School anime possible.

Enjoy!

10. Gekkan Shôjô Nozaki-kun (Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jul 2014 – Sept 2014

Chiyo Sakura is a normal high school girl who is in love with her classmate, Umetarô Nozaki. As she confesses her feelings to him, Nozaki misunderstands her and gives her his autograph instead. Then, Sakura discovers that Nozaki is actually a shôjô manga artist who publishes his work in a famous magazine. This is how Chiyo finds herself becoming one of his assistants for his manga.

This is a pretty good school romance-comedy with a lot of crazy characters who are really lovable. The story is good and the situations lived by the characters are quite intense and enjoyable.


9. Nisekoi (Nisekoi: False love)

  • Episodes: 20
  • Aired: Jan 2014 – May 2014

Ichijô Raku is the heir to the head of a Yakuza clan called the Shuei-gumi. Ten years ago, he made a promise with the girl he loved; the promise that they will marry when they meet again. Since then, Raku always keeps the pendant from this girl around his neck.

When he first meets Kirisaki Chitoge, he looses that pendant but finds it with the help of Chitoge. The two of them clearly hate each other, but because of a peace alliance between the Shuei-gumi and the clan Chitoge is a part of, they will have to pretend to date each other.

With a slight harem atmosphere, Nisekoi is a great anime with an interesting plot and lovely characters progressing in a high school setting. The characters are touching and the same applies to the relationships between each of them.


8. Chûnibyô demo koi ga shitai! (Love, Chunibyo and other delusions!)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Oct 2012 – Dec 2012

Togashi Yûta is a boy who, when he was in middle school, suffered from Chunibyo and made everyone believe he had supernatural powers. Leaving behind him his dark history, he entered a high school where nobody knew about him so he can live peacefully. But his meeting with Tankanashi Rikka, suffering from Chunibyo as well, will disrupt his daily life.

Taking place in a high school, this is the daily lives of extravagant characters with a big dose of humour and action. Though the biggest action scenes are only lived in the imagination of the characters!


7. K-ON!!

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Apr 2009 – Jun 2009

Hirasawa Yui is a young girl who is just entering high school. In front of the billboard for the promotion of school club, she decides to join the club of music, though she cannot play any instrument. But despite her lack of experience, the music club is desperately lacking members and gladly welcome her. From now on, Yui will begin to learn the guitar in order to play with the other members.

A cheerful comedy full of emotions through the activities of a school club. The characters are funny and full of life, so it's very enjoyable and fans of music should not be deceived by this one.


6. School Rumble

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: Oct 2004 – Mar 2005

Tsukamoto Tenma is an ordinary high school student. She is in love with her classmate, Karasuma Ooji, but she is unable to confess her feelings to him. Nevertheless, she tries to get noticed by him at least. On the other hand, Harima Kenji is the delinquent type of student and is in love with Tenma, who doesn't notice him. Altogether with their friends, they will go through crazy adventures.

The story can seem simple at first, and it is actually simple, if we set aside all the unlikely things which happen in the school. But this show is full of humour and crazy adventures and this is why we are captured and moved by this anime.


5. Free! (Free! Iwatobi Swim Club)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jul 2013 – Sept 2013

Nanase Haruka is a boy who quiet and discreet and likes the water more than anything else. A member of the swimming club since he was in elementary school, he won a relay race with his friends just before they went their own way.

In high school, because of the sudden reappearance of one of his comrades, Haruka and his friends decide to create the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club in order to swim together once more.

This is the story about the members of a school club and contains all the passion and emotions that we can expect from high school characters. The characters themselves are deep and touching and the story is catchy.


4. Little Busters

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: Oct 2012 – Apr 2013

Devastated by the death of his parents when he was a child, Naoe Riki is rescued by a group of four children who called themselves the Little Busters. Now in high school, all of them are still friends and search for new members, for they want to create a baseball team in order to express their youth before graduating from high school. In addition to that, they are receiving strange missions delivered by a group of cats.

In this show, we follow a group of cheering high school students who wish to do a lot of things to enjoy their youth while they are still in school. An enjoyable comedy filled with all passions of the youth.


3. Tari Tari

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Jul 2012 – Sept 2012

Sakai Wakana, Okita Sawa, and Miyamoto Konatsu are friends as third year students in high school. They are at a period in their lives where they need to make decisions for their future and are full of doubts. For two other students, they will be reunited in a school choir during the last summer of their high school days. With their union around music, they will try to deal with their own problems in becoming adults.

Based on a school and music environment, a touching and refreshing series which show us a difficult period in time where the characters are becoming adults and chasing after their dreams. Every character is deep and lovely, and following their adventures is attractive.


2. Angel Beats!

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Apr 2010 – Jun 2010

Otonashi Yuzuru wakes up and learns that he is dead. Actually, every person around him is also dead as they are progressing in a realm between the real world and heaven. All the teenagers are living, what seems to be a normal high school life, but they are fighting against a strange girl named Tenshi, who they all claim to be evil.

Otonashi will be part of the fight, trying to remember who he is and how he died.
A really nice comedy full of action and emotions, and takes place in a high school. Because all the characters are actually dead, there are a lot of drama aspects connected to the way they died, or aspects of their life in the real world, and this is why it is a touching and charming anime.


1. Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu ( The Melancoly of Haruhi Suzumiya)

  • Episodes: 14
  • Aired: Apr 2006 – Jul 2006

Kyon is the typical ordinary high school student who lives peacefully. One day, he meets Suzumiya Haruhi, a strange girl who is transferred in Kyon's high school. She is a cheerful girl interested in every form of supernatural occurrences, such as aliens, espers and time travelers. Because of Kyon's idea, Haruhi decides to create a club, the SOS Brigade, and she recruits members in her quest for supernatural events, driving Kyon and the other students in some crazy adventures.

Everything is present in this show which makes it a great anime. With the activities of the SOS Brigade, Haruhi and the others are living crazy adventures with a lot of supernatural aspects and humour.


So, what are your feeling about this Top 10? Do you agree with it?
The selection and ranking were tough, but I think we mostly get the point. But, as I already said, this genre of anime is really wide so don't stop with this list. Try to see beyond it! If we had to mention some other series, which sadly didn't make it, you could talk about GTO, Bakemonogatari, or even Lucky Star!

If there is another series that you think could have been on this Top 10, let us know with a comment below!

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I am a French girl of 23 years old. I was 7 years old when I saw my first anime and since then I couldn't stop watching anime. This is also the reason I decided to learn Japanese so I entered the university. Just before graduating, I had an opportunity to do an internship in Japan and I was clearly the otaku type, spending a lot of time and money on my passion for anime. As soon as could, I return Japan and here I am now !

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