Usually blended into genres like:
And sometimes horror or fantasy.
With the school genre being one of the 5 or so biggest
Here are some
1. The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K
Saiki K is where I’ll start because I don’t know too many school
It’s about a psychic who’s introverted and wants to be left alone to do his own thing. But one way or another people are drawn to him.
The funny thing about this slice of life/comedy is Saiki K speaks telepathically, without once using his mouth. But no one pays it any mind because he’s causing them not to with his abilities.
No outrageous fan service, lewd episodes or dumb over the top humor that tries its best to make you laugh.
Everything flows naturally in Saiki K, and it’s special considering how clean it is in general.
Later I came back to it and gave it another try, and haven’t regretted it ever since. That’s what makes
It’s the type of
It takes a lot for an
3. School Rumble
School Rumble is an old school classic by today’s standards. Made in the early 2000’s. Even now the comedy is still refreshing and the characters are legit.
You have Tenma, who’s an air head, simple, but has a big heart and makes the comedy light up.
And there’s Harima, a
Misunderstandings, daft humor, character progression, twists, it has it all. And with 2 seasons with a 3rd in need of adapting.
Hyouka is a reflection of the boring things you can get up to in school. Except Hyouka makes those “boring” topics interesting and entertaining.
The main characters turn the silliest sh*t into mini investigations they all work together to uncover and find out the truth of.
One character: Eru Chitanda is extremely curious, and the other: Oreki is the mastermind.
Hyouka is one of Kyoto Animation’s best
5. Daily Lives Of High School Boys
Daily Lives Of High School Boys is about the dumbest sh*t boys get up to in school. And that’s obvious from the first episode. the 2nd episode and everything beyond that.
The comedy is gender specific, after all it’s about high school boys and how they live their daily lives. But that’s not to say you can’t see the humor in it if you’re a woman.
I’d call it the “male” version of something like K-On, but without the Moe and
Kill La Kill
Dragon Ball Z. With the other major difference being it’s based in school, but the action is just as flashy. If not better animated and detailed.
Studio Trigger outdid themselves. It’s one of the best action/school
7. Kaguya Sama
Kaguya Sama shares similarities with Compulsive Gambler. But it’s nowhere near as crazy or extreme.
K-On is just a classic at this point.
It’s one of the major “Moe”
Definitely Kyoto Animation’s best works of art (one of). And with no plot to speak of the
- Making you laugh
- Questioning what you’re watching
- Warming to the characters personalities
- Anticipating what will happen next
It’s a daft slice of life/school
9. Assassination Classroom
Assassination Classroom is a school series you don’t come across too often.
For the main character for one (the teacher) isn’t human to begin with. And he’s one of the best teachers a student could ask for.
The story is focused on training students to KILL and assassinate their teacher because in a certain amount of time he’s gonna “destroy” the planet.
That might sound contradictory to the point of Koro Sensei being a good teacher, but that’s why you need to watch it if you haven’t. The beauty in finding out will surprise you and you’ll walk away impressed with the
My Hero Academia
anime of the last few years. Or the opposite.
So far I’ve watched 3 seasons and am waiting for the 4th to finish. But the
The school aspect is only one element of
It’s one of the greatest school
11. Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends
Haganai, as the title implies is about friendship and loneliness. Being a teenager in high school and not being the best at socializing.
How do you make friends? How do you talk to people and get to know them?
The main characters start a group called The Neighbours club to fulfil that goal.
And has strong profanity (F bombs and what not) plus some Ecchi elements too it as well.
It’s the type of slice of life that’s
Charlotte is another superpower/school series. The power system in this
- Too strong
- Over the top
Or anything like that. Each ability has its limits, and that’s what makes Charlotte more grounded and even realistic in some ways.
The story is about teenagers with superpowers, and how the main characters patrol the city to stop other teenagers with powers from abusing those abilities.
13. Engaged To The Unidentified
Not the best
It’s about Kobeni Yonomori who’s pressured to “marry” someone she’s never met before. But the plot starts to change and reveal secrets the more you get into it.
Romance is subtle in this
Danganronpa, adapted from a video game is a psychological series about students locked inside of their…. school.
It’s not a facility for education, but a sick twisted prison-like school where the characters lives are on the line.
Not a gory
It’s the perfect example of what happens when people are forced to do what they have to, just to survive. Even if that means working against each other, instead of with each other to achieve the same goal.
ReLife is about getting another chance at life. And having the opportunity to start over again.
That’s the long and short of what this
The main character: Kaizaki Arata is a NEET and is struggling in life financially. Plus he hates his job with a passion, morally.
He meets a guy who’s able to give him a “magic” pill so he can relive and start his life again – 10 years younger (18-19 years old). So you can imagine the episodes focus a lot on life lessons, personal development and self-improvement.
For this reason ReLife is a
Gamers is all about misunderstandings, and the comedy that comes with that. Made in 2017 by Pure Jam, a new studio with a small catalogue.
To this day it’s still one of my all time favorite comedy
If you’re into Gintama, My Bride Is A Mermaid, Nozaki Kun or similar shows then try this one.
Nichijou, made by Kyoto Animation is a comedy series almost everyone knows about, or you’ll know someone who’s recommended it.
Expect extreme comedy and some of the most ridiculous episodes, silly characters and dialogue you’ve ever seen.
Related: The Most Relatable Nichijou Quotes
18. Himouto! Umaru Chan
Himouto! Umaru Chan is made by Doga Kobo. If you’re familiar with their style of
Umaru Doma is two-faced.
In school she’s the perfect student and inspires others. But at home she’s a lazy little sh*t who plays video
19. Food Wars
Food Wars is in a league of its own when it comes to school
The food, the dishes, and each meal in Food Wars looks gorgeous and there’s nothing as stunning as far as quality.
Kakegurui is like Food Wars in the sense that it’s different and in its own lane for these types of
It’s about gambling in school, which means a lot of people lose
This is what makes Kakegurui a little more dramatic and tense during battles between relevant characters. And the consequences that come with losing.
21. Maid Sama
Maid Sama is a classic rom com by J.C Staff. And one of the earlier
The main protagonist: Misaki Ayuzawa comes from a family buried in debt. And she’s doing whatever it takes to pay it off to take the burden off her mother. It gets to a point she works herself to exhaustion.
Usui Takumi, the male protagonist is the guy who brings humor to Maid Sama. And balances everything out.
Shimoneta is an
Easily one of the freshest
Haikyuu is a stellar sports series, and one of the latest ones to hit it big in the success department. And it manages to do it all without following Kuroko No Basket (and using fan service).
You get your typical main characters, one of them being energetic and hype. With dreams, goals and a serious work ethic.
And the other protagonist being the opposite in some ways, which gives them both a healthy balance. Making their roles dynamic.
Haikyuu is nothing like most school
Nisekoi is made by Studio SHAFT, the studio known for:
- Madoka Magica.
- Arakawa Under The Bridge.
Nisekoi has the familiar “shaft” art style that I love more than any other comparable studio. It knows how to make its characters shine artistically.
It’s about two main characters with family members who are gangsters. And their “relationship” that’s forced on them to because of the rivalries of each family’s gang.
25. Monthly Girls Nozaki Kun
Monthly Girls Nozaki Kun is about a
Sounds like a cliché Shoujo doesn’t it? And the irony is Nozaki Kun (the
It’s a bit of a gag
Depending on who you ask, fans either LOVE this
Another is a horror series produced by P.A Works, and is an
It’s not just students, it’s teachers as well.
The horror at times might seem dramatic and overdone, but Another is a decent show when all is said and done.
27. How To Raise A Boring Girlfriend
Saekano: How To Raise A Boring Girlfriend is about Tomoya who wants to build a dating sim game. And along the way “cute” girls help him on his journey of creating one.
One of the main characters: Megumi Kato is a literal cliché character, and the
Not your typical harem. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would have.
28. Kokoro Connect
Kokoro Connect is one of the most complex school series on this list. And in general.
What’s more surprising is how it’s not even labelled as a psychological anime when it should be.
Each of the main characters is forced into situations against their will. Like having them act on their instincts by force, even if that means violence, sex, or anything you can imagine.
Throughout these trials and tribulations there’s:
- Friendship problems
And by the time you finish the
More so on a psychological level.
The characters are relatable.
Oregairu is an
The usual tropes and characteristics of rom com and slice of life
Each episode and the story being told is with quality in mind.
The plot itself isn’t simplistic but the running theme of Oregairu is about friendship, society, and everything that falls in between.
Orange doesn’t get a lot of shout outs, mostly because it’s not a popular or mainstream romance/Shoujo. But the meaningful plot and story helps it stand out from an average school series.
The main character is depressed and has suicidal thoughts. And he keeps pushing away his friends because of the depressed state he’s in.
This character’s name is Kakeru Naruse.
It’s a short
31. Sukitte li Na Yo
Sukitte li Na Yo is a recent Shoujo I watched in 2020. And like a lot of Shoujo – it has elements to it that are likable.
No brainless fan service, or unnecessary tropes (unless it’s in context). And the main theme involving friendship, loneliness to an extent and relationships has layers to it anyone can relate to in school.
The characters will either piss you off or you’ll warm to them. It depends on how you view what’s happening.
32. Gakkou Gurashi
Gakkou Gurashi is another unique school series with horror and comedy when it’s within context.
It’s about 4 girls who are some of the last survivors after a zombie apocalypse breaks out.
Each one of them is stuck inside a school with some rations, food and supplies to help them survive.
It sounds and looks like a gentle
- Mental Illness.
- Emotional breakdowns.
And similar circumstances that push the characters against the wall, leaving them with no option but to adapt and persevere.
- Little Witch Academia.
- Classroom Of The Elite.
- Prison School.
- High School DxD.
- The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya.
- My Bride Is A Mermaid.
- Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto!