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As summer continues to grow ever closer, it’s not exactly exciting to think about school in any form. However, if you’re looking for a break from real school stresses, there are plenty of amazing schools in anime to lose yourself in! From the realistic to the downright outrageous, anime has a wide range of schooling experiences. And let’s be honest – the more ridiculous a school is, the more fun it looks to attend.
Of course, since there are so many schools to choose from, we had to narrow down our options a bit! We tried to pick a good mix of new and older anime on our list, with the schools we chose being those that stood out due to their uniqueness. Most of our choices are also influenced by the setting that these schools were placed in, with several of them being fantasy-based. But in the end, school is work – so we picked the schools we would have the most fun attending!
10. The High School from Sakamoto desu ga? (Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr. 2016 – Jul. 2016
Sakamoto desu ga? shares the story of Sakamoto, who is the perfect high school student. From his very first day, Sakamoto commands everyone’s attention with his charm and good looks. Girls fall for him left and right, guys have no choice but to jealously admire him, and any attempt to trip him up proves futile. Will anyone ever be able to live up to Sakamoto’s greatness? With a series of random short stories, Sakamoto desu ga? is a hilarious tale indeed!
Though the high school in Sakamoto desu ga? is never given a name, it appears to be an average high school like any other. Its unique enjoyment is due only to the fact that Sakamoto himself attends school there. Imagine how entertaining it would be to see the various antics that this perfect student gets up to, along with the things his classmates do to try and keep up! Alongside Atsushi, Aina, Yoshinobu and the rest, you too could revel in Sakamoto’s perfection. Of course, you could always find the school Sakamoto transferred to in America, if you should arrive too late…
9. Shibasaki High School from Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Interviews with Monster Girls)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan. 2017 – Mar. 2017
Tetsuo Takahashi is a high school biology teacher with a fascination for the “Ajin.” More commonly known as “Demi,” these half-human, half-fantasy beings are what Takahashi desires to learn more about, to understand. Lucky for him, Takahashi has three Demi students in his class – vampire Hikari Takanashi, dullahan Kyouko Machi, and snow woman Yuki Kusakabe. To achieve his goal, Takahashi decides to have casual interviews with the girls in order to discover more about Demi. Yet, however unusual these students might seem, Takahashi soon observes that they are more similar to him than he expected!
Shibasaki High is similar to many high schools that we might see in our own lives. However, it includes the opportunity to study alongside Demi beings – something you definitely can’t find anywhere else! Although they are students first and foremost, attending school with these girls will yield some unique experiences. And with a teacher like Takahashi, you can get all the mentoring you’ll need!
8. Ouran High School from Ouran Koukou Host Club (Ouran High School Host Club)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr. 2006 – Sep. 2006
For the elite and rich of the world, Ouran High School is the only place to send their students! Haruhi Fujioka is unlike any other student at Ouran, having earned her place at the school based on scholarship. She is totally taken aback when, in searching for a quiet place to study, she stumbles upon the eccentric Host Club. Haruhi accidentally breaks an expensive vase in an attempt to escape, and quickly finds herself forced to work for the Host Club in order to pay off her debt. Haruhi’s school life is turned upside down as she participates in the elaborate antics of the Ouran High School Host Club!
The Ouran High School Host Club is one of the most unusual clubs you could find! Full of six unique guys (and now one girl masquerading as a guy!), each day spent in the company of this group is not like the last. The Host Club members would be a great group of friends to have. Of course, if you were a part of the Host Club, you would have to attend Ouran High School as well! Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the perks of such a wealthy school? Whether you got in due to status or hard work, Ouran High School would be an enjoyable way to attend school.
7. Kunugigaoka Middle School from Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom)
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: Jan. 2015 – June 2015
Do you think you could handle assassinating your teacher so you could graduate? How about if your teacher was a creature capable of destroying the moon? That is exactly what the students of class 3-E at Kunugigaoka Middle School are facing! Their mysterious teacher, called Koro-sensei for his indestructible nature, is deadly beyond belief – but for these rejected students, he just might be the best teacher they’ve ever had. The students of class 3-E will learn better assassination and learning techniques, as they stand up for their own future!
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu is about a classroom that might not necessarily be ideal. Kunugigaoka Middle School rejects students to class 3-E for being on the low end of studies. In addition, the students of that same class are given the task of assassinating Koro-sensei! Despite all these hardships, being a part of class 3-E would be helpful, in that your teacher is a kind and able instructor. The students from class 3-E are individuals, people who will go out and change the world because of their experiences here in this school. A truly inspiring education, not one that many people get to have!
6. Totsuki Culinary Academy from Shokugeki no Souma (Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr. 2015 – Sep. 2015
Souma Yukihira has helped his father in their restaurant since he was a child, entertaining customers with his unique culinary creations. Souma dreams of one day running the restaurant himself. When his father closes the restaurant and sends him off to Totsuki Culinary Academy, Souma is determined to graduate and prove his skills!
Food Wars! gives us a unique school in Totsuki Culinary Academy. If you’re a fan of cooking, or even just a fan of eating, this school would be like heaven! If Souma is an indication of the caliber of chef, we know the food served at the school would be amazing. And the opportunity to compete alongside such culinary geniuses would certainly be helpful for expanding your personal repertoire. There is one caution, however – in tasting such exquisite foods, you may lose yourself!
5. True Cross Academy from Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr. 2011 – Oct. 2011
In the battle between humans and demons, demons can only get to the human world of Assiah through the means of possession. Rin Okumura finds himself thrust into this war firsthand when he discovers that he is the son of Satan. Though his distant father wants Rin to join in the fight to destroy Assiah, Rin instead joins his brother Yukio in training to become an exorcist and fight against the demons!
True Cross Academy is where exorcists go to train, hidden in plain sight on the True Cross Campus in Tokyo. Though True Cross contains a cram school for exorcists, the campus tends to favor students who can afford its rich rewards, leaving poor students struggling to eat well. Mephisto Pheles is the chairman of True Cross Academy, watching over the students of his exorcist program especially. However, the school is controlled truly by the True Cross Order. Learning to be an exorcist alongside Rin and his classmates might be dangerous, but it would also be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
4. Death Weapon Meister Academy from Soul Eater
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: Apr. 2008 – Mar. 2009
In the iconic Death City lies the Death Weapon Meister Academy, or D.W.M.A., a school for weapons and meisters to hone their skills. Lord Death himself is the head of the D.W.M.A., teaching his students to raise Death Scythes to use against the evil forces of the world. Maka Albarn and Soul Eater Evans are a partnered duo trying hard to achieve that goal, despite their differences. Alongside their friends Black Star, Tsubaki, Patty, Liz and Death the Kid, these young students must strive toward greatness while facing the worst their world has to offer…
The D.W.M.A. is one of the most eccentric schools on our list, with an unusual focus in its studies! Of course, you would need to find a weapon to be your partner, but with plenty of talented characters attending this school, it shouldn’t be too hard. Fighting evil souls and witches is certainly dangerous work. But with the help of the other Soul Eater characters, it would be entertaining, to say the least. And getting to spend time with Maka, Soul and their friends would be well-worth any hardship – just hope you don’t run into Excalibur!
3. The Pokémon School from Pokémon Sun and Moon (Pokémon the Series: Sun and Moon)
- Episodes: 43
- Aired: Nov. 2016 - ongoing
This latest Pokémon series explores the beautiful islands of the Alola region, where Ash and Pikachu encounter plenty of new friends. When the two lose their way chasing down Pokémon, they happen upon the Pokémon School, where students go to learn more about the many creatures that make up their world. After a surprise fight with some grunts from Team Skull, Ash discovers that there are attacks called Z-moves, which require the trainer and Pokémon to be in sync. Ash and Pikachu are determined to learn more about the unique things Alola has to offer!
As a brand new world of Pokémon appears, who wouldn’t want to explore the world that these creatures originate from? Ash and his friends go on plenty of fun adventures all over Alola, and it’s all in the name of school! Being part of the Pokémon School means you get to have adventures as well, travelling over every inch of the gorgeous tropical paradise. School work is practically nonexistent, the landscape is beautiful, and you would get to spend all your time hanging around with Pokémon!
2. U. A. High from Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr. 2016 – June 2016
Though Izuku Midoriya is one of the few in the world left without powers, he has always desired to be a hero. He admires heroes immensely, taking notes on them whenever he can, particularly his personal idol, All Might. Quite by happenstance, Izuku runs into All Might one day, and All Might decides to pass on his abilities to his young fan! With his dream in sight at last, Izuku enrolls in U.A. High, a school of rigorous training for young heroes. Alongside many of the most promising young students, Izuku will finally learn what it means to be a hero!
The ultimate in heroes gather at U.A. High, and it would be an honor to train with them on their journeys. A downside to attending school here would definitely be the villains who are out to thwart your every move. But with friends like Izuku, Katsuki and the other students, you would certainly prevail over evil! Training to be a hero, each with your own quirk, has to be the most rewarding thing you could do. U.A. High deserves its high place on our list, with its unique cast, exciting setting and entertaining style of studying.
1. Luna Nova Magical Academy from Little Witch Academia
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Jan. 2017 – June 2017
At our top spot on this list is none other than the Luna Nova Magical Academy! In Little Witch Academia, Atsuko Kagari is inspired to become a witch after seeing a show by Shiny Chariot. Though she doesn’t have a magical background, she is determined to follow her dream and enrolls in Luna Nova Magical Academy. Though Atsuko is excited, her studies at this dream school will be anything but easy for her. With the help of her friends Lotte Yansson and Sucy Manbavaran, Akko sets out to prove that with determination and a belief in yourself, anything is possible!
The Luna Nova Magical Academy, though it was down on its luck during Akko’s time attending, brought back the childhood dreams people had of attending a school like Hogwarts! Learning magic as a form of studying sounds too good to be true, and especially so in the way that Akko goes about it. There are some classes that would be less interesting than others, and some that would challenge you. However, if Akko can get through her courses, then so could anyone with a slight magical tendency! We picked Luna Nova Magical Academy as the top spot on our list for its enjoyable cast of characters, as well as the unique opportunity to learn magic as a specialty. We really think Luna Nova would be the most fun place to attend school, especially in the heyday of Shiny Chariot!
The schools on our list are some of the best around, even if they don’t always focus on traditional education. They all feature a fun atmosphere, a setting compounded by the loveable characters that would be attending with us! Though we tried to mention mostly new anime, there were a few older favorites that had to be included as well.
This list was a difficult one for us to put together, as there are so many unique schools in anime! Check out the previous version of this article below for even more of them, and let us know if we missed any of your favorites, or if you disagree with our ranking. Stay tuned for more fun articles, here at Honey’s Anime!
With back to school season in full swing, it’s impossible not to feel nostalgic for school days gone past; the nervousness of seeing folks after a summer, nay, a lifetime apart, the excitement of seeing which of your friends are in your classes, the greasy cafeteria food. But let’s be real; normal public school, no matter the country, can’t compare to the glamorous, ridiculous, overly-sexy, sometimes outright dangerous educational institutions in our favorite anime. For the following ten schools, making the honor roll is often times the least of your concerns.
10. Ouran Academy – Ouran High School Host Club
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 2006 – September 2006
Who among us doesn’t look back on high school and wish our experiences had been a bit more sophisticated, a bit more refined, a bit more… classy? At Ouran Academy, a prestigious Tokyo institution home to the heirs of Japan’s upper crust, family lineage and economic standing are the social currency. The question isn’t who you are going to go to the dance with, but rather, who are you going to invite to the private ballroom gala your family is throwing next week? Glamourous extra-curricular activities aren’t just a family affair, as proved by the unconventional Host Club, a weekly-themed after-school hang out where girls swarm to find the perfect man (in most cases) to keep them company.
If, somehow, you aren’t the scion of a multinational conglomerate, then you better study up. If you score high enough on your entrance exams, like young braniac Haruhi, you might win one of their coveted academic scholarships.
9. Ooezo Agricultural High School – Silver Spoon (Gin no Saji)
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: July 2013 – March 2014
If you’re a tactile learner who enjoys a more experiential education, and loves animals, then look no further. Set in the idyllic isolation of Japan’s northernmost island, with beautiful mountain vistas and fields as far as the eye can see, Ooezo is the school for you. At Ooezo, the time students spend outside of the classroom is just as important as time spent inside, because, as unwitting attendant Hachiken finds out, it’s all about learning through doing.
They offer a variety of courses related to (you guessed it) farm life; from animal husbandry, veterinary studies, farm management, and food processing, there are plenty of ways to get your hands dirty. And the myriad clubs the school offers might seem a little unconventional (we’re looking at you, Holstein Club), where else are you going to be able to ride horses and cultivate your own cheese?
Just try not to think too hard about where the bacon you have for breakfast comes from.
8. Cromartie High – Cromartie High School
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: October 2003 – March 2004
For those of you who are tough as nails, looking to prove you’re the king of the animal kingdom that is high school, Cromartie High will feel like home. For those of you who aren’t, just keep your head down and try not to make eye contact (especially with Gorilla). Gone are the conservative dress codes (Mohawk and leather, optional), strict codes of social and classroom conduct, and emphasis on academic performance.
But in exchange for the uneasiness that the constant threat of physical bodily harm causes, you’ll be sure to make plenty of, ahem, colorful friends; would-be comedian Kamiyama, robo-brothers Mechazawa, an older-looking student who is sure to remind you of the lead man of a legendary 80s rock band, and many more. Who needs a future with friends like those?
7. Holy Forest Academy – Great Teacher Onizuka
- Episodes: 43
- Aired: June 1999 – September 2000
Although not known for having the greatest track record with its previous teachers, Holy Forest Academy really turned its reputation around with the arrival of unorthodox teacher Eikichi Onizuka. Although it’s located in the Tokyo suburb Kichiijoji, Holy Forest is home to rather mischievous student body, to say the least.
This school is perfect for those of us who have a hard time facing our demons; regardless of how tough a nut you are to crack, Onizuka’s particular brand of tough love is sure to help you realize your potential and start loving yourself for who you really are. After all, a quality education begins on the inside.
But please, don’t let your mother go the parent teacher conferences.
6. Ayami Academy – Strike the Blood
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2013 – March 2014
Ayami Academy is the perfect school for anyone interested in a more unconventional education. Located on a man-made island off the coast of Japan, in the aptly named “Demon District” of Itogami City, the school is home to students who put the “body” in “student body,” and are all rather special.
Too often people find themselves looking back on high school, thinking about times gone by and things they would do different, or better. Ayami Academy tosses this impulse out the window, thanks in no small part to the fact that most of its students are supernatural creatures that don’t age. If you’d rather learn how to master your god-like vampiric abilities, how to cast magic spells, or how to properly control your legions of familiars, instead of algebra, then this is the school for you. Just be careful which social circles you choose to run in, because if you make the wrong choice, it might come back and bite you.
5. Totsuki Academy – Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: April 2015 - Ongoing
High school doesn’t have to be strictly about an academic education; sometimes it’s better to go to a trade school and learn a valuable practical skill for your future. Totsuki Academy is the perfect place for those who think that the easiest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. You’ll learn all sorts of cutting edge and classical cooking techniques, and regularly put your skills to the test.
But much like the culinary world in real life, Totsuki Academy is not for the faint of heart. With a 90% failure rate of its student body, and a faculty with palettes so refined they scare away most prospective students, attendees must be willing to pour their hearts and souls into the dishes they create, just like hot shot freshman Soma Yukihira. With a lot of hard work, and a little bit of luck, you might be able to create a dish that blows their socks (and the rest of their wardrobe) off.
4. North High School – The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
- Episodes: 28
- Aired: April 2006 – October 2009
North High seems like a nice, if average, high school to attend. But once you’ve settled into your classroom routine, why not check out the extra-curricular possibilities? If you’re feeling adventurous, the SOS Brigade is right for you.
Short for “Spreading Excitement All Over the World with Haruhi Suzumiya” Brigade, members find themselves, led by charismatic seeker of the supernatural Haruhi, seeking out answers to otherworldly phenomena and mysteries, from aliens and spirits, to time travel and robots. Once you’ve gotten to know your fellow members a little better, you might realize that things are a lot weirder than you thought, a lot closer to home.
Make sure to keep your energy as high as possible, and to keep things exciting. Haruhi gets some strange ideas when she’s bored.
3. Suimei University of the Arts – The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2012 – March 2013
High school is a time for young people to start really figuring out the type of person they hope to become, in between stressful exam periods and college searches, as well as sporting and social events. If you’re more of an ambitious creative type, there’s no better place to get a jump start on your future and blossom into a truly independent person than as a resident of the Sakura Dormitory while attending the high school affiliated with the Suimei University of the Arts.
Sure, some of your neighbors might seem weird, like cat-obsessed Sorata Kanda, and his brilliantly talented but woefully incapable de-facto ward, Mashiro Shiina. But once you get below the surface and get to know them for who they really are, you’ll learn a lot about yourself, and about life. Watch out for the dorm supervisor, Chihiro. They think she has a drinking problem, and she might try to hit on your dad.
2. Sanada North High/”Funky Girls” High – Daily Lives of High School Boys
- Episodes: 12 (+8 pilot episodes)
- Aired: January 2012 – March 2012
Part of the appeal of attending a high school in an international environment is how different it can be from your own personal expectations. If you’re looking for a quintessential Japanese high school experience, then look no further than the Sanada school system. While you won’t encounter any aliens, or super-powered demonic classmates here, you’ll feel right at home as you acclimate yourself to the hilarious social pratfalls of day to day life in Japan.
Trying to navigate the complex and anxiety-inducing high school social ladder leads to embarrassment more often than you’d think. Although some of your classmates might seem skeevy at first, once you get past their weird nicknames and get to know the real people underneath, you’ll be happy you did. But try not to get in fights with the girls…some of them have a tendency toward violence.
1. Honnouji Academy – Kill la Kill
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2013 – March 2014
Now, for something completely different. If you’ve a blood-hungry high schooler on the hunt for your father’s murdered, the Tokyo-area Honnouji Academy is the place for you. Join up with transfer student Ryuko Matoi on her search for justice. Grab your weapon of choice and don one of the school’s “Goku Uniforms,” woven from a special material known as Life Fiber, capable of giving even the wimpiest high schooler superhuman martial prowess, and get ready to brawl.
Outside of its terrifying student council, there are a few things attendees need to watch out for. Nudist Beach sounds like a great place, but one run in with this militant organization will have you wondering about more than just their bizarre name. And make sure you take your uniform off daily, before it reveals itself as a human-devouring alien. You’ll have to do more than make the honor roll if you hope to make it to graduation here.
I hope this selection of anime-based high schools has filled you with school pride and back-to-school spirit. Are there any schools that you would take even the most rigorous of entrance exams for that I neglected to include in my list? If there’s a particular institution that you’d like to become student council president of, sound off in the comments and let everyone know.