Gakkou Gurashi is more relevant than ever if you’re aware of how its universe works. And the #pandemic that follows in the story.
It’s a horror anime about survival, in a world where 4 characters are all alone. Without any help or assistance while stuck in a school.
Here are 5 life lessons you can learn from School Live.
Gakkou Gurashi Life Lessons:
1. Glass half full
School Live (Gakkou Gurashi) is a deep anime series. It even highlights mental health, PTSD, Psychosis and depression.
Yuki Takeya is one character who’s mental state is anything but healthy (in some ways). But she see’s the world with a glass half full mentality.
This helps Yuki Takeya deal with:
And even stops her from losing her damn mind. And not because she’s forcing herself to.
No, it’s that Yuki Takeya is an optimistic person by nature. She’s able to see the bright side of things where others can’t.
Even when disaster is staring her in the face, she’s able to flip it and turn it into something positive. By seeing the “good” in the situation.
She makes the school life club more positive and upbeat day to day. Even in the middle of a zombie pandemic. And in a world where they’re all alone, with no one to help them.
The lesson is – if you look on the bright side of things, you’ll get through it easier and a lot faster.
Pessimism will only make the problem worse and last longer than it needs to.
Plus it’s better for your own well being anyway.
2. Do the best with what you have
Everyone’s stuck inside a relatively big school. With rations and leftover food + supplies to live off.
No one can go outside since the outdoors is full of zombies and dangers.
The main characters are basically in a massive prison, and are forced to live inside like they’re caged animals.
And yet…. each one of them does the best with what they have. And they never complain about it since they’re grateful they can do anything at all.
It’s not an ideal situation to be in, and not one they have much control over.
They can’t decide what food to eat except what’s available. And they can’t go to buy more food if they run out without putting their own lives in danger.
It’s almost suicide to attempt it.
And yet they make do with what they have, take one day at a time, and do whatever it takes to make each day the best they can make it.
While making progress little by little until they can finally crack the code and make the changes they need.
3. Have something to look forward to
If you were stuck in a building, similar to how we’re stuck in a lockdown, except if you walk outside you’ll be eaten to death and die, what would you do?
How would you take it?
What mindset would you be in if you could barely walk down the hall without putting your life at risk?
Yuki Takeya in Gakkou Gurashi is an optimistic character as I’ve said. Because of this she has something to look forward to.
And that’s even in the middle of a zombie pandemic where the future is uncertain!
Yuki makes a graduation album with all the characters (her friends) in the album.
Miki Naoki is the character who designs it if I remember right.
Even in the crisis of Gakkou Gurashi, Yuki’s thinking about the future. And how she’ll be able to graduate with her friends and all the good stuff that follows from that.
If you have something to look forward to, even if you find something to look forward to, the present becomes easier.
The life you’re living and the problems within it is easier to bear with since you’re mind will be in the future. Instead of what’s happening right now.
4. Have a disaster plan
The school in Gakkou Gurashi is no ordinary facility. It’s weird as F considering the zombie pandemic that comes into play.
There’s a gardening club on the rooftops, hence so many vegetables.
There’s solar panels to convert heat from the sun into electricity. And there’s a wealth of other resources.
It’s as if the school was prepared for the pandemic before it happened. That’s why there’s enough rations and tools for the main characters to survive on.
Without going too heavy into spoilers if you haven’t seen it, the lesson here is to plan years ahead.
When planning, always consider the worst and what could happen to you, or to society in general.
Because of this forward-thinking the characters find themselves lucky to have a good amount of resources to live on for the time being.
In other schools across Japan (in Gakkou Gurashi) the same thing can’t be said. Everyone’s dead, and anyone who was alive wouldn’t have lasted long without basics like food and water.
The way the world in School Live is set up is surprisingly relevant to #coronavirus and how some countries have handled it.
5. There’s always something to do
Even in the middle of a pandemic, Yuki Takeya manages to find something to do. Even if it seems a little strange, odd, or risky to Yuuri, Miki or Kurumi.
Yuki wants to spontaneously go on a “test of courage”. Walking through the school at night and doing some exploring.
In the words of Kurumi and Yuuri when speaking to Miki: “She always knows when it’s the right time.” (paraphrasing).
Yuki finds things to do even during the lockdown while they’re all stuck in school with nowhere to go.
Yuki finds some balloons and later out of the blue decides everyone should “send letters”.
Balloons are used as a method to theoretically “send off” those letters, hoping they’ll reach someone wherever they end up after letting the balloons fly.
Letters each character wrote out is attached to the balloons.
Somehow Yuki gets everyone on board and does it all with a smile and not a care in the world.
There’s always something to do, even if it feels like there’s nothing to do because you’re “normal” schedule has been taken away.
And it’s not just things you can do for entertainment, there’s practical, productive things you can do as well.
Gakkou Gurashi’s 5 life lessons:
- Glass half full.
- Do the best with what you have.
- Have something to look forward to.
- Have a disaster plan.
- There’s always something to do.
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