Top 5 Anime Series Set in a School

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Assassination Classroom

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Assassination Classroom Anime Series. ANSATSU KYOSHITSU

In a Back-to-School sort of mood? There are entire anime series based entirely around student dramas and life on campus with stories ranging from fantasy epics to laugh-out-loud comedies. Here are five of the best shows worth checking out whether you’re still in school and yearning for the simpler times of yesteryear.

The first anime series set in a classroom, Assassination Classroom, is about a super-powered homeroom teacher who gives lessons in the art of assassination. Ironically, the students are tasked with assassinating their teacher, who is an octopoid creature that has the ability to move at 20 times the speed of sound, before the end of the year or else he’ll destroy the earth!

The anime series is full of chaotic humor in a similar style to other shows like Kill la Kill, packed with numerous shootouts and violent pranks. It’s certainly an unconventional method of schooling, but it puts the fun (and danger) back into learning. Not for kids.

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The Irregular at Magic High School

The Irregular at Magic High School Anime Series
The Irregular at Magic High School.

In The Irregular at Magic High School, having magic competitions is an ordinary day on campus for the students of Private Magic University Affiliated High School. The series follows the lives of extraordinary siblings Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba, who are newly enrolled at the prestigious private school.

The mystery surrounding Tatsuya and his mysterious abilities makes for a compelling story and the merging of magic and technology in The Irregular at Magic High School results in the kind of action-packed anime that Sci-Fi fans will love. The fact that it’s a bunch of high schoolers getting caught up in magical warfare against secret government agencies makes it even more enthralling.

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Your Lie in April

Diving into the lives of a group of young schoolchildren, Your Lie in April presents the determination and perseverance it takes to excel in both career and everyday life and focuses primarily on the character of Kousei Arima who has lost his ability to play the piano after the death of his abusive mother. It isn’t until two years later when he meets violinist Kaori Miyazano that he begins playing once more and the series truly begins.

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Say "I Love You"

Say "I Love You".

While mostly focusing on the relationship between Mei Tachibana and Yamato Kurosawa, what really sets Say “I Love You” apart is the emotional depth and sophistication given to its characters. The anime series explores a variety of themes often ignored in animation such as depression, bullying, and self-doubt and does an impressive job of showing the flip side of what high school life can be like for many students, when they’re not fighting over rivals, having near break-up fights, and experiencing all of the usual teenage drama plot points.

More than just a plain boy-meets-girl anime series, Say “I Love You” takes the time to show the ups and downs of what it’s like to be a teenager and how love is always present.

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Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!

Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!
Anime Boys Become Anime Girls in Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!.

Going to school and saving the world from wacky monsters is all in a day’s work for the magical boys of Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! Flip-flopping the gender roles of the magical girl genre, this light-hearted anime series sees five boys hesitantly take the mantle as a group of superheroes called, Battle Lovers.

With a wombat-looking alien as their guide and constant enforcer, the group of nonchalant heroes strike negativity from their fellow Binan High School students by showering them with love. They even have an entire school club dedicated to their mission, dubbed the “Do-Nothing Club” thanks to their lack of work ethic.

It’s not an anime that ever takes itself too seriously and parodies many traditional magical girl elements, like sparkly transformation sequences and elaborate battle cries that the heroes randomly make up. The whole thing is good for a laugh, as it basically combines popular anime series like Sailor Moon and Free! into a hilarious mash-up of pretty-boy defenders.

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