10 Best School Anime (Ranked By MyAnimeList)

There is no going around with this one.

School is definitely one of the most popular genres in anime and its popularity is on the same level as shounen, slice of life, or romance. 

That is not even remotely surprising because school is a good genre to pair with the most popular huge genres like the ones mentioned above.

I used the MaL database of users’ ratings to create a wholesome list of the best school anime. 

I included one anime from the most members category (basically popularity) and alternatively one with the best rating and so on/

*cover picture by Zerg 

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These are the 10 Best School Anime (Ranked By MyAnimeList). 


10. Kill la Kill

  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Super Power, Ecchi, School
  • Episodes: 24

Synopsis

A young girl arrives at a school of superhumans to find out the truth behind her father’s murder.

What people love about it 

Hands up if you have not heard about the overhyped Kill La Kill? If you have been watching anime for more than 7 years there is a high chance you at least got a glimpse of this anime.

Its characters and the dialogues are definitely over the top. Is that a bad thing? Well, hard to judge, but considering the flashy fights, tons of fanservice, and a simple revenge story this anime definitely must be entertaining for the majority of the audience if it still managed to get a rating of 8+ on MaL.

If you don’t mind style over substance, with style being awesome and substance mediocre, this is still a wonderful choice.

 

9. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie In April)

  • Genres: Drama, Music, Romance, School, Shounen
  • Episodes: 22

Synopsis

Arima Kousei is a skilled pianist who lost his ability to play after experiencing a traumatic event a few years ago. One day, he stumbles upon a brilliant violinist at the park and she decides to help Kosei return back to the music world.

What people love about it 

I hope you have your tissues ready because this is going to be a hell of an emotional ride. If you enjoy the music genre, even better, because you are going to love the classical OST included in this anime. The characters you expect to be fleshed out are going to be multi-layered exceptionally well considering it has only 22 episodes.

Music can connect people. 🙂

 

8. Toradora!

  • Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance, School
  • Episodes: 25

Synopsis

Ryuuji Takasu is a gentle high school student with a love for housework; but in contrast to his kind nature, he has an intimidating face that often gets him labeled as a delinquent. On the other hand is Taiga Aisaka, a small, doll-like student, who is anything but a cute and fragile girl. Equipped with a wooden katana and feisty personality, Taiga is known throughout the school as the “Palmtop Tiger.”

One day, an embarrassing mistake causes the two students to cross paths. Ryuuji discovers that Taiga actually has a sweet side: she has a crush on the popular vice president, Yuusaku Kitamura, who happens to be his best friend. But things only get crazier when Ryuuji reveals that he has a crush on Minori Kushieda—Taiga’s best friend!

(Source: MAL)

What people love about it 

Just look at this little tsundere tiger (I mean this small loli on the picture). Here you go, this is what people love!

Of course, that would not be sufficient, but this anime has much more to offer. Likable and relatable characters, a lot of comedic, lighthearted situations, silly interactions, and slow development of the romance between the main protagonists of the series which starts as genuine friendship.

 

7. Kaguya-sama: Love is War

  • Genres: Comedy, Psychological, Romance, School, Seinen
  • Episodes: 12

Synopsis

The anime centers around two top-ranked student council representatives, Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomya who are both respected by their peers for their grades and elegance.

The two could be considered a perfect couple, but even though they have developed feelings for each other they are also both determined to manipulate the other party to confess their feelings first and win the love war they have started.

What people love about it 

Psychological rom-com unlike any other. Instead of focusing too much on romance, this anime centers around the lively student council consisting of four peculiar members. You can expect a lot of mind games, humourous interactions and outcomes, and of course, slight romance.

 

6. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch

  • Genres: Mecha, Adventure, Fantasy, School, Military, Drama
  • Episodes: 25

Synopsis

Code Geass is set in an alternate timeline, where the world is divided into three superpowers: the Britannia, the Chinese Federation & European Union. The Britannia is trying to conquer as many countries as they can, including Japan. Japanese people are eventually stripped of all their rights and also lose freedom and even the name Japan is removed and replaced with Area 11 name instead.

Lelouch vi Britannia is an exiled Britannian prince who gets involved with a mysterious woman called C.C. and obtains from her power of Geass and decides to use it to obliterate the Holy Britannian Empire for good, sacrificing everything, even his humanity in the process.

What people love about it 

If you know Light from Death Note, then Lelouch, the main character of Code Geass is 100 times better (in my opinion).

We have romantic masterminds in our list, and here comes the mastermind Lelouch with very similar vibes as you got from Death Note if you have seen it.

He is not a simple hero character, but instead, a complex human scarred by his past presented with an unusual gift from a mysterious woman that grants him possibilities he had not been even dreaming about before.

Imagine going from a powerless human being to someone who can actually change things that affect millions of people. That’s Lelouch. Despite being highly intelligent and equipped with a mysterious power of Geass, his decision making is still not always perfect. He does mistakes, hurts people he loves, and questions himself. And that is exactly what makes him an awesome character. A relatable and realistic one.

Everyone seems to be praising the psychological aspect of this anime (mind games), the well-written plot, and the great cast of characters that are depicted realistically.

 

5. Haikyu!!

  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, School, Supernatural
  • Episodes: 13

Synopsis

Haikyuu!! revolves around a middle-schooler Shoyo Hinata who falls in love with volleybal after seeing a national championship match on TV. Although short in height, he becomes determined to follow in the footsteps of a star player, nicknamed the “Little Giant”, after seeing his plays.

However, Shoyo’s dreams are destroyed in his first official match, where his team suffers a crushing defeat against the Junior championship favorite team, which includes the so-called “King of the Court” Tobio Kageyama.

Shoyo does not give up even after suffering a crushing defeat and enrolls at Karasuno High School to defeat Kageyama. The only problem is that Shoyo ends up in the same volleybal team as Kageyama, forcing them to work and cooperate together. Now the Karasuno unlikely duo faces a new challenge – to get to the TOP together, combining and using their unique skills.

What people love about it 

A simple premise with an outstanding execution can do wonders. Pair it up with a great cast of characters, intense volleybal matches, captivating soundtracks, and you get Haikyuu!!.

Simple is sometimes better. And it’s realistic, which is right now not very popular in the shounen genre.

 

4. Angel Beats!

  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, School, Supernatural
  • Episodes: 13

Synopsis

A group of rebellious afterlife students decides to wage a war against a dispassionate adversary named Tenshi who wields supernatural powers.

What people love about it 

Angel Beats! is a well-known anime and that is not surprising at all. After all, it was created by Jun Maeda who has several notable works behind him, like Air, Clannad, Charlotte, and so on.

The plot is not breathtaking, but certainly could be considered unique. The music, art, and animation are all first class.

Despite the heavy critic this anime often receives for its story and characters, there is one thing I have to highlight. The backstory of the characters are written and executed incredibly, so there is also the melodramatic aspect.

 

3. Koe no Katachi

  • Genres: Drama, School, Shounen
  • Episodes: 1, Movie

Synopsis

As a wild child, elementary schooler Shouya Ishida used to bully his newly transferred classmate, a deaf girl called Shouko Nishimiya. What is worse, it wasn’t only Ishida – the whole class bullied her for fun in the cruelest ways.

After a sudden turn of events, Nishimiya transfers to another school, and Ishida becomes ostracized by his class and labeled as a bully.

As the years pass, Ishida becomes a completely new person, hoping to redeem himself and connect to Nishimiya.

What people love about it 

Koe no Katachi is soooo refreshing. It was anything but a cliché. I actually didn’t expect this movie to be this amazing.

I cried so many times, the bullying scenes were so emotionally raw and reminded me of my own past and my own experiences with bullying.

Nishimiya’s inner turmoil is in absolute contrast to her inability to communicate properly because she is deaf. The whole karma catching up to Ishida’s action makes him realize his action and is a foundation stone for his personality change and growth.

Shouko and Nishimiya reconnect in a very special and real way that really impressed me.

This anime resonated with me so intensely I couldn’t believe it. I honestly can’t recommend a better anime movie to you than this one.

2. Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)

  • Genres: Comedy, Superpower, Action, School, Shounen
  • Episodes: 13

Synopsis

Boku No Hero Academia follows the story of a young boy called Izuku Midoriya, who is well-known as a boy without the Quirk. Being without the Quirk can mean only one thing – he is considered completely useless in the current era because it’s fairly common for people to have some kind of Quirk, a special, superhuman power unique in nature.

The world is fairly chaotic because of the rise of super villains and a new profession emerges – Pro Heroes, extremely strong individuals with the most powerful Quirks who protect the cities and their citizens.

While idolizing the Pro Heroes, Izuku sets his mind on becoming a Pro Hero despite having no Quirk.

What people love about it 

Boku No Hero Academia’s fourth season seems to be one of the hottest airing anime of Winter 2020. The popularity which BNHA has gained over the years is truly drastic. Good for BNHA!

Now back to the explanation. I can already say that the main reason why BNHA is so popular is that there is no new shounen anime matching the “Naruto” standards. BNHA is as close as you can get to Naruto, so it’s basically a successor to Naruto (yes, I am excluding Boruto because Boruto is in my opinion horrible).

BNHA is an absolute prime example of a traditional shounen done right. It has everything that you need if you want a typical shounen. Superpowers (called Quirks), power of friendship, a lot of action, and the approach of an underdog main character developing immense strength/ powers after his hardcore training. The characters of BNHA are likable and each has a unique personality and flaws. The action/battle scenes are enjoyable and creative with no motive to drag them excessively.

 

1. Kimi no Na wa.

  • Genres: Romance, Supernatural, School, Drama
  • Episodes: 1, movie

Synopsis

Imagine waking up in a completely different body and place – scary, right? That’s exactly what happens to Mitsuha Miyamizu and Taki Tachibana. The two swap their bodies unwillingly, with no understanding of what happened or how.

To understand this strange phenomenon and find the answer they need, the two start searching for one another.

What people love about it 

I loved the art, the whole switching the body thingy, and also their ways and attempts to communicate. I think that this anime has a solid emotional depth, astounding and fitting music which heightens the vibes of the anime and non-obtrusive romance.

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Misaka

Hi, my name is Mia and I'm the founder of 9 Tailed Kitsune. I love anime, games, and esports (I am also a bit weird). My passion for anime sparked when I was about 7 (Phantom Thief Jeanne, hello!) and has never stopped.

4 thoughts on “10 Best School Anime (Ranked By MyAnimeList)

  • July 9, 2020 at 9:15 pm
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    Pretty good post Mia 😃. I personally don’t like tsun characters so you can expect tigre to get the boot 😅

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    • July 10, 2020 at 4:11 pm
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      thank you ❤️ haha I actually don’t like them that much either (except for Misaka Mikoto, but she is just a slightly tsundere)

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  • July 10, 2020 at 7:34 am
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    Pretty good list! “Toradora!” would be my favorite on it. “Koe no Katachi” and “Kimi no Na wa” are pretty good movies.

    There are a lot of anime that are almost as good. If I did a list like this I’d be unable to pick between choices. There’d be numerous ties for every position.

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    • July 10, 2020 at 4:12 pm
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      Thanks! ❤️

      I loved the movies. I have seen a few episodes of Toradora and need to still finish it. Taiga’s screaming is putting me off though, lol.

      Yes, it’s always hard to do these lists so I am usually creating them according to MaL or other databases. Although I do have some lists that are purely mine because I could not find the specifics for them in any other database.

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