Whether it’s time to get back to school, or you just want to reminisce about your school days, try some amazing anime suggested here. Not just romantic-comedy, but there are some fantasy, thriller, and dark themes too. So here are the best high-school ones!
On a busy morning, 16-year-old Naho receives a bunch of letters from her 27-year-old future self. The future Naho’s life is regretful and she tries to guide her past self through the letters. The letter tells her some upcoming incidents in advance, and also tells to keep a close watch on the new transfer student Kakeru. But why? Along with her own life, she now has the responsibility of Kakeru’s life too. The anime is very emotional and portrays true friendship. And both Naho and Kakeru are in a group of close friends which are true friendship goals.
While most high-school anime focus on romance and comedy, ‘Another’ is the opposite to it. It is a dark, horror, and thriller-themed anime. A teenage boy named Kouichi Sakakibara transfers to a new school and is unaware of the fact that a popular girl died there many years ago. He is allotted the class 3-3, where a girl named Mei Misaki with an eye patch is ignored and treated as if she doesn’t exist. Kouichi gets curious and tries to get closer to her, because tragic events happen and he is ready to uncover the curse & horror of Yomiyama North High-school.
This thriller anime is about an elite school, where students are taught normal subjects in the daytime, but ways of gambling at night. The school has mostly rich students who believe money is power. Therefore, they are taught how to deal with money and manipulate people. The boys and girls of this school are very smart and cunning. Meanwhile, Yumeko Jabami, a transfer student who doesn’t play to win, but plays for fun, is ready to play poker, blackjack, roulette, and more!
Kimi Ni Todoke/From Me To You (2009)
This sweet and touching anime is about Sawako, a shy, lonely, awkward girl. People get scared of her and call her by the name of a ghost named ‘Sadako’. But her life changes when Kazehaya, the most popular boy of school takes interest in her. Afterwards, two girls also befriends her. It is worth watching how her life changes when she makes ‘friends’ for the first time in her life.
This anime is similar to the movie ’17 Again’. A lonely, jobless 27-year-old man is offered a mysterious pill. He agrees and takes the pill, but wakes up as a 17-year-old high school boy the next morning. It is all a part of an experiment which is going to last for 1 year. After going back 10 years, the man is still a loser. He tries to change his life while learning new lessons and making friends.
Kaichou wa Maid-Sama! (2010)
Misaki is a hardworking, strict and the first female student council president of her school. She is strict especially to the boys and is ready to save girls if someone dares to harm them! Although she’s a stellar student, she has hidden the fact that she works as a maid at the maid café to pay her struggling family’s bills. But her reputation is at risk when the popular boy named Usui walks into the maid café one day! Watch him mess around with Misaki and use his chance to get closer to her!
GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka (1999)
This classic anime tells about Eikichi Onizuka, a 22-year-old virgin who was a gangster at one point of time. But now he’s a teacher and has an aim of becoming the greatest high school teacher in Japan. With his rowdy teaching style and weakness for pretty girls, will he be able to become the greatest teacher ever?
Fruits Basket (2019)
This anime has both old and new versions – a 2001 and 2019 version. Tohru, a high school girl whose mom is dead, is taken into the Sohma family. This family includes 3 cousins Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure. Tohru comes to know the fact that members of Sohma family transform into one of the 12 animals of Chinese Zodiacs when they are suddenly hugged by the opposite gender! With many plot twists and amazing characters, this anime is worth your time.
Assassination Classroom (2013)
After destroying the Moon, a creature that resembles an octopus threatens to destroy Earth too. But he promises not to do it if a student from class 3-E kills him first. Things get even weird when he becomes the teacher of that class. Watch those students try to assassinate the creature, along with managing things like lectures, homework, and exams! The anime has loads of comedy, with interesting characters and a gripping plot.