15 Best School Life Anime to Remind You of Good Old Days!

best school life anime

The best part of many people’s lives is their school life. We all have some good and bad memories of our school life, and some people even have love stories. For many people, it is crucial since we don’t get such a good life again and again. At least we can watch some beautiful school life anime to remind our good old days.

A school life anime mostly features friendship and love stories, but overall, you get a lot of school life moments and experiences. Even if you didn’t have a good school life, you could watch these anime to fill your grief. If you’re here to watch an anime that can bring back your school memories, then you’re in the right place.

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Best School Life Anime!

15. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya- best school life anime

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is more like a milestone in school life anime history. Like how Evangelion brought us new light to the mech genre, this anime brings brilliance we didn’t know that existed. Pure and genius comedy with a mixture of excellent character development makes you sometimes rewind just to witness those moments. The story is pretty awesome, and it’ll hook you up right away. So, make sure you watch this school life anime soon.

Kyon is your typical high school student who doesn’t believe in supernatural stuff. But when he meets Haruhi Suzumiya, he finds that she has an interest in aliens, time travelers, and other things. When she couldn’t find any club related to her interest, Kyon suggests her to form her own club. As a result, SOS club forms and a few interested people join alongside Kyon. Now, the story follows the crazy adventures of these club members. We’d recommend you watch this fantastic school life anime.

14. Hyouka

Hyouka- best school life anime

Fiction stories involving a few friends are never new in the anime industry, but what’s new is presenting it differently. That’s why we brought Hyouka into the list of best school life anime. The best thing about the anime is the interactions between the characters and how they depict the story. People with different perspectives get along well, and it takes a lot of school life setting. What do you want other than these to watch this amazing school life anime?

Hotaru Oreki joins the Classics class club at his sister’s behest even though he has no interest. Unknowingly, Oreki gets dragged into an investigation of an incident that took place 45 years ago. With his fellow clubmates, Oreki must solve the mystery as soon as possible because there are other reasons besides it being buried under the works of years. It has a lot of high school elements to entertain with a mixture of suspense. So, we hope you’ll like this school life anime.

13. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU- best school life anime

This anime has a light novel that has a rating of 4.8/5 in novel updates, which is incredibly high. So, you can already guess how good the story is going to be, but you sure need something more. Instead of solely focussing on friendship or romance, it portrays the beautiful school life of the characters and their cute moments. The characters in the show are phenomenal. It means every character has a reason for being on the screen. After all, it is one of the best school life anime.

The story follows Hachiman Hikigaya, a close-minded student who doesn’t believe in joyful youth and even contradicts others’ statements. His teacher forces him to join a voluntary club so that he can socialize a little. The only other club member is the beautiful Yukino Yukinoshita. Now their club’s motive is to help other students solve their problems. With this turn in his life, can Hachiman change his view on society?

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12. Kokoro Connect

Kokoro Connect- best school life anime

Kokoro Connect should be one hell of school life anime because its premise shows how it varies from other anime shows. In other words, the story is the strongest aspect of the series. We should also appreciate the series when it manages to ease the tense moments with comedy scenes. While its story is the best aspect, other aspects as animation and character development won’t let you down. So, if you’re looking for a good slice of life school anime, then go on with it.

The story follows five friends who realize that there are no clubs in their school that they fit in. As a result, they band together to form a new cultural club and names it “StuCS.” While the club consists of different people with different characters, they fit in perfectly. However, when strange and supernatural phenomena take place as they switch bodies, they find each others’ secrets. Could this incident tear up their friendship and club, or will it strengthen it?

11. Angel Beats

Angel Beats- best school life anime

Angel Beats is known for its heartwarming soundtracks and also one of the best short anime out there. While most of the people praised it, some of them criticized it as overhyped. However, if you’re familiar with school life anime, then you’re most likely to love it. We’d say you at least have to give it a shot to know how beautiful it is, and we also hope you’ll like this recommendation. Make sure you add it to your watch list.

The story follows Otonashi, who wakes up in his afterlife with no memories. When he encounters Yuri, she explains to him about the organization “Afterlife Battlefield” to fight against God. Even though he seems hesitant at the beginning; eventually, he joins alongside her. With other fellow members, Afterlife Battlefront encounters many obstacles, and their journey includes numerous funny and beautiful moments.

10. Orange

Orange- best school life anime

If we had to describe Orange anime in a single word, then it would be a package of emotions. It has true friendship, regret, love, and, more importantly, a school life setting. It delivers a beautiful message about our past mistakes and how we shouldn’t repeat them if we had a second chance. Even though it is a short anime, you’ll have a lot of moments to look through. So, if you’re looking for a school life anime with a sci-fi concept, then try it.

Naho Takamiya’s first day of her second-year high school is about to begin, and she wakes up late. While she hurries to get ready, she finds a strange letter addressed to her. More strangely, the message is from future Naho. At first, she doesn’t believe it, but after a few incidents happen accordingly, she has no option but to believe in the letter. When a new student named Kakeru transfers to their school, the letter conveys something about him and regrets the future Naho has. Will she be able to change her fate?

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09. Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon- best school life anime

After watching a trailer or reading the synopsis, you might think it is a slice of life anime, which can make you feel good over a short time. It makes you doubt your life and, at the same time, proves that you can change your life. While the animation is decent, music is good; the characters are the one who brings life to it. Overall, I’d say you need to watch this beautiful school life anime if you’re feeling down in your life. After all, it is one of the best school life anime out there.

Yuugo Hachiken is hard-working but gets tired of his parents’ expectations. When he decides to join Ooezo high school, which is in the countryside to escape from the stress of his parents, life becomes much more challenging. Initially, he thinks he can fit in there but later recognizes Hachiken is an amateur when it comes to agricultural life. The story tells us the comedic adventures of the MC and how he finds his dream through obstacles.

08. ReLife

ReLife- best school life anime

As the title conveys, it is re-life means re-leaving your life (school life). While the concept of the anime is pretty simple, it connects you in the end. Even though the premise of the anime seems predictable, it has its moments. In other words, it connects emotionally to some people, and to some people, it gives a heartwarming experience. But overall, you’ll love it since it is one of the best school life anime out there.

Arata Kaizaki leads a harsh life by bouncing from one job to another and always regrets his school life. When he meets Ryouka Yoake, she offers him a pill that is created by ReLife Research Institute. With the pill, Arata awakes as a 17-year-old and continues his school life. Soon he finds out that he is a test subject of the experiment, and if he succeeds, he gets a job at the institute. How’s his life going to change?

07. Azumanga Daioh

Azumanga Daioh- best school life anime

This comedy school life anime made quite a reputation since it aired back in 2002. It is literally nothing when it comes to uniqueness, but you can’t just ignore it. While it has a lot of hilarious moments, it’s setting of school life makes the most of it. The characters are simple and sweet; It doesn’t matter how many times you watch this show; it gets better each time. Thus, we brought it to the list of best school life anime.

Chiyo Mahima starts her high school career, and strangely, she’s only ten years old. Her homeroom teacher is more strange since she’s the type of person who hijacks a student’s bike for being late. Along with Chiyo, there are few other girls with unique characters. Together, these girls show you a lot of silly adventures and make you laugh out loud. Don’t you want to do that too?

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06. Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club- best school life anime

While the title suggests the “host club,” the whole story revolves around the club. If you’re looking for a school life anime with continuous laughs, then you can’t find a better one than this on the list. If you have any doubts about whether to watch it or not, just give it a shot with the first episode. I’d say you’ll get hooked up immediately and watches the whole show in one go.

Haruhi Fujioka gets into Ouran academy with a scholarship where it is filled with elite students. When she tries to find a music club and opens the door, she stumbles on the host club where the members entertain the girls in the academy. When Fujioka attempts to leave the room, unfortunately, breaks a vase of eight million yen. Since she can’t pay for it, they offer her a position in their club to clear their debt. Can she get along with the club led by male students?

05. Assassination Classroom

assassination classroom- best school life

In my opinion, this anime is a hidden gem, and my favorite on the list. It has a good school life environment, and I’ve never seen an anime with such a good pace and characters. Probably you’ve never seen such a concept in school life anime, and that’s how this anime operates. In every aspect, it tops, and in the end, you can’t control your emotions either. So, if you’re looking for an excellent school life anime, then watch it.

When an enormous power chops down the moon into a crescent shape, Japan discovers that it is done by a creature, and to their surprise, the creature offers them a challenge. The students of class 3-E of Kunugigaoka school are assigned with the task of assassinating the creature while the creature trains them to be assassins. They have one year to do it, and if they fail to do so, he will destroy the earth. Can these kids achieve the impossible that even one of the top nations in the world couldn’t?

04. Toradora!

Toradora- best school life anime

Nothing is refreshing than watching a school life anime with comedy and romance as its main theme. Well, if you’re looking for such anime, then you got it right here. Toradora has popularly known as one of the best romcoms, but since it involves school life, we thought it should be included on our list. So, why don’t you give this school life anime a shot and see how good it is for yourself?

In a school in Japan, there are two can’t get along characters. One is Ryuuji Takasu with a love for housework and Taiga Aisaka, who is anything but cute and innocent. She’s also known as “Palmtop Tiger” in the school. One day these both students cross their paths, and Ryuuji learns that Taiga has a sweet side, and she also has a crush on the vice president, Yuusaku Kitamura (best friend of Ryuuji). Things get complicated when he says that he has a crush on Taiga’s best friend.

03. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K- best school life anime

Probably the most hilarious show on the list and also one of the best comedy anime series of all time. Yes, we’re talking about ‘The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.’ Normally, most of the funny anime are short, or some might not continue hilarity throughout the series. But this anime is entirely amusing, and with the school life setting, it’ll bring back your beautiful days from the past.

To ordinary people, psychic abilities might seem like a blessing but not for Kusuo Saiki. With a lot of supernatural powers, including Telepathy and X-ray vision, he takes it as nothing more than a curse. He frequently gets in trouble due to these abilities and wishes to lead a normal life. Will his desire come true, or should he have to continue this cursed life? Thus, it is one of the best school life anime out there.

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02. Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Kaguya-sama: Love is War- best school life anime

Looking at the title, you probably already know the motive behind it. Imagine how great it would be if two brilliant and arrogant boy and girl fall for each other but can’t propose because of their single motive. The one who proposes first will be one to be looked down upon. Since here, Shirogane is president and Kaguya is the vice president of their school, they have plenty of time to make another one to confess.

In this silly game between this adorable couple, you find numerous funny and cute moments. So, if you’re looking for a good school life anime with lots of hilarious moments and an exciting plot, then go for it. You won’t regret it even a bit after watching this brilliant school life anime.

01. Great Teacher Onizuka

Great Teacher Onizuka- best school life anime

Here’s the #1 school life anime on our list, “Great Teacher Onizuka.” No matter how many anime surpasses the previous ones, a classic is always a classic. From conveying a message to humor, this anime gives you a beautiful experience. While it’s animation might be off from the present ones, it is superior in other aspects. Considering it as a 1999 anime, you can’t expect animation to be better than it already is.

Eikichi Onizuka is a twenty-two-year-old ex-gang leader, the conqueror of Shonan, and, more importantly, a virgin. His dream is to become the greatest high school teacher in the whole of Japan. Not because of his passion but to find a loving teenage wife to care for him for the rest of his life. But the school he’s about to teach is full of bullying, suicides, and sexu@l harassment. Despite being an ex-gangster, can Onizuka bring a change?

Final Thoughts

Well, it seems like we’re done with the list. It is a long list containing thirteen best and finest school life anime you can ever find. So, if you’re wondering what to pick out of these, just read the synopsis and choose one to your taste. What are your thoughts on our list? Do you think any other anime should be present in the list? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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