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.
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!
- 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!