Anime has the social stigma of being nothing but fanservice highschool trash and, unless you’re new to the community and everything it stands for, you could say that they wouldn’t be that wrong, either.
Yes, we have our Highschool DxDs and fluffy Kimi No Todoke shoujo romances that go exactly nowhere (And God forbid out of the classroom), aswell as the genre we call slice-of-life which is mostly – if not always- set in some damned highschool in Japan, having the same tropes and stereotypes on repeat, season after season after season, just under a different name and characters with slightly different uniforms.
Well, I am here to tell you about 5 anime that are set in highschool and are actually original in what they do, I know, shocking. Here goes:
1. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Goodbye! Despair Teacher.
All you need to know about this show is that it’s SHAFT at it’s best and that it’s about a class of nutheads with a suicidal teacher: It’s also very, very funny and I would recommend anyone and everyone to watch it. So yeah, do it. It has suicide, and stalkers, and a fanservice character. You know you like the fanservice character.
2. Sakamachi No Apollon Kids On The Slope.
So it turns out mister Watanabe can do shows that aren’t episodic.
Kids On The Slope is definitely one of if not the best coming of age story in anime that I have ever seen, giving us lovable characters, jazz music and plenty of bromance to go with. Just make sure you have your Jazz buttons on because the early episodes have no remorse in shoving it’s musical dick down your throath, even if you don’t give a crap.
3. Danshi Kōkōsei no Nichijō Daily Lives Of Highschool Boys.
Daily Lives Of Highschool Boys is ridiculous satire of anime as a whole and man, is it friggin’ hilarious. I can’t recommend this one enough, watch it, watch it just for the scene where they talk about Obama, watch it for the toast, watch it for the boys in skirt, do it, you know you want to.
4. Paradise Kiss
I’m no cheater, Paradise Kiss is set in highschool. Fashion school, for the most part, but it’s still school, right?
While the anime is very underwhelming in comparison to the manga (Which easily stands in my Top 5 manga of all time) I still think it’s worth a shot if you’re looking for something different, because Paradise Kiss is exactly that: Different. It tells the tale of growing up, chasing dreams and all the other lusty romance and even LGBT-themes, so yeah, this story? It’s fantastic.
5.Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!
Some find it’s comedy disgusting and offending, I, on the other hand, think it’s genius. Watamote is about a girl with social anxiety who just wants to be popular but really, she’s her own enemy on this adventure. Agree with me or not, you have to admit that Watamote definitely stands out from the moe-moe-kyun-kyun crowd.