I have something that I am infamous for and I do acknowledge this myself... That is to spoil the story. Please keep this in mind when you read this review. Anyway, this anime is excelling at story/worldview, songs/sound, and originality/enjoyment. You should definitely watch this anime if you were holding it back only because you didn’t care for its character design.
Yuki Takeya loves her school so much that she does not want to ever leave! Megurigaoka High School is a unique and lively place where Yuki enjoys her carefree life as a third-year high school student and member of the School Living Club. The club, consisting of the president Yuuri Wakasa, the athletic Kurumi Ebisuzawa, the mature junior Miki Naoki, the supervising teacher Megumi Sakura, and the club dog Taroumaru, prides itself on making the most of life at school. However, this illusion of endless bliss is just a bubble waiting to be burst because Yuki is unable to perceive what is truly happening around her. In reality, all is not as it seems—the real purpose of the School Living Club is to escape from the shocking and disturbing truth: the girls are in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and have barricaded themselves inside the school as the sole survivors.
Based on the manga by Kaihou Norimitsu, Gakkougurashi! follows a group of girls who are forced to adapt to a post-apocalyptic life all by themselves. They have no means of contact with the outside world and are surrounded by hostile undead waiting to devour them. The girls must not only contend with the challenge of survival; they must also strive to maintain a false appearance of normality in Yuki’s presence.
3. Character’s Way of Speaking
Yuki (Takeya Yuki) is a girl who speaks using “xxx だよ” and “xxx なあ”. She tends to extend ends of her sentences, giving a relaxed atmosphere. She is a teenager, but her high-pitched voice and her way of speaking gives a young impression. She is always optimistic, so comparing her with other characters sometimes makes us feel sad.
Kurumi (Ebisuzawa Kurumi) uses a boyish speech style with “xxx ぞ” and “xxx な”. She speaks fast when she is talking about her specialties. Her way of speech is actually good for listening practice.
Rih-san (Wakasa Yuhri) has a big sister-like tone with “xxx ね” and “xxx よ”. When Taromaru does something wrong, her tone drops even with her usual speech. Recommended to female Japanese learners to listen and emulate.
Mih-kun (Naoki Miki) is the youngest, so she speaks politely saying “xxx です” or “xxx ます”. Talks informally like “xxx でしょ” towards Taromaru, the dog. A recommended character for both listening and emulating Japanese.
Megu-Ne (Sakura Megumi) uses feminine language like “xxx でしょ”. Though she is a teacher, she is called by her nickname “めぐねえ”. Every time she is called like this, she corrects it by saying “めぐねえじゃなくて佐倉先生でしょ”. There is a scene where she almost calls Yuki “ゆきちゃん” but fixed it “丈槍さん” during a supplementary lesson. She is recommended especially for female Japanese learners.
4. Terms and Talking Contents
An anime portraying a school club named “学園生活部”. Therefore, the conversations are based on everyday life between friends and between different ages. In addition, viewers can hear expressions involving school life. For example, Yuki says “起立、礼、着席” (きりつ, れい, ちゃくせき / standing up, bowing, sitting down) before class begins as a duty. This is very common in Japanese schools. This anime seems like an everyday usual calm anime, but…
5. Intermediate can Learn Japanese with This Anime
The contents of the conversations are easy but the terms used are difficult, so the difficult terms occurrence rate is not low at 5.0terms/episode. In addition, technical terms do not appear so often, but high-school level terms do appear, so the difficulty level is at 12th grade which is not quite low. Difficult terms barely affect the plot, but the difficult terms occurrence rate and the difficulty level are both not low, so it is recommended for intermediate Japanese learners. Besides, the story and effects are not easy and normal, so please check out this anime and see what I mean by this.
|Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate||5.0 terms/episode||= 61 / 12|
|Difficulty Level||12th grade||= High School|
|Total Difficulty Score||60.0 points||= 5.0 * 12|
|Comprehensive Judgment||Easy||in 30.0 to 69.9 points|
|Recommended Japanese Learner||Elementary|
- The List of Difficult Terms that Appear in this Anime (=61 terms)
# よみ 漢字 Meaning 1 みねうち みねうち 峰打ち 2 にっちょく 日直 day duty (of school life); day shift (of school life) 3 きもだめし 肝試し test of courage; dare 4 ほしゅう 補習 supplementary lessons 5 えんげいぶ 園芸部 gardening club 6 せいぜん 生前 while alive; during one’s lifetime 7 こころえ 心得 knowledge; understanding 8 ぶかつ 部活 club activities 9 でんしょばと 伝書鳩 carrier pigeon; homing pigeon 10 しんがく 進学 entering a higher-level school, esp. going on to university 11 しんろ 進路 route; course; path 12 こもん 顧問 adviser; advisor; consultant 13 ちょすいそう 貯水槽 water tank 14 そうじ 送辞 farewell address 15 げい 芸 performance 16 のうてんき 能天気 aid-back; carefree; easygoing; thoughtless 17 ふじゅん 不純 impurity; adulteration; dishonesty 18 ろこつに 露骨に unconcealed; undisguised; indecent; crude 19 せっせい 節制 moderation; self-restraint; temperance 20 ぜんしょ 善処 dealing appropriately (with a situation); taking proper measures 21 りゅうねん 留年 repeating a year (at school); staying in the same class for another year 22 いしょ 遺書 note left by dead person; suicide note; testamentary letter; will; testament 23 きょうとう 教頭 deputy head teacher; vice principal 24 からへんじ からへんじ 空返事 25 ていでん 停電 power outage; electricity outage; blackout 26 やぶからぼうに 藪から棒に unexpectedly; out of the blue 27 かいだん 怪談 ghost story 28 こいばな こいばな 恋バナ 29 しつれん 失恋 disappointed love; broken heart; unrequited love 30 よふかし 夜更かし staying up late; keeping late hours; sitting up late at night 31 えんそく 遠足 excursion; outing; trip 32 きやく 規約 agreement; rules; code; protocol 33 あし 足 foot, means of transportation 34 ぼうはん 防犯 prevention of crime 35 にゅうぶ 入部 joining a club 36 いのこり 居残り detention; being kept in (e.g. after school) 37 こてん 古典 classic (work, esp. book); the classics 38 ずいひつ 随筆 essays; miscellaneous writings 39 ちくでん 蓄電 storage of electricity 40 あてにする 当てにする to count on; to expect someone to (provide help, etc.) 41 あまざらし 雨ざらし weatherbeaten; exposed to rain 42 かんねん 観念 resignation; preparedness; acceptance 43 はらこわす 腹壊す stomach ache; abdominal pain 44 ばくぜん 漠然 vague; obscure; indistinct; hazy 45 すりあわせ 擦り合わせ comparing and adjusting; reconciling 46 かいけつのいとぐち 解決の糸口 key to a solution; first step toward a solution; thread to unravel a mystery 47 かくり 隔離 isolation; segregation; separation 48 そうけん 双肩 shoulders 49 びとく 美徳 virtue 50 ぐんそう 軍曹 sergeant 51 じょうとうへい 上等兵 private first-class (army); airman first class (air force) 52 ぷーるびより プール日和 fine weather of the pool; clear day of the pool 53 えんそ 塩素 chlorine 54 えおか ろ過 filtration; filtering; percolation 55 じきゅうじそく 自給自足 self-sufficiency 56 いたれりつくせり いたれりつくせり perfect; complete; thorough 57 とおりな 通り名 one’s common name; one’s popular name 58 わるのり 悪ノリ overdoing; getting carried away 59 あまやどり 雨宿り taking shelter from rain 60 あしでまとい 足手まとい impediment; burden; encumbrance; hindrance 61 とびきゅう 飛び級 skipping a grade