Learn Japanese with Anime: “School-Live!” (Elementary Level)


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85% Brilliant

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.

  • Story/Worldview 90 %
  • Character 80 %
  • Animation/Background 75 %
  • Songs/Sound 90 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 90 %
  • User Ratings (0 Votes) 0 %


1. Information

Title (Eng)School-Live!
Title (Jpn)がっこうぐらし!
Aired Year2015
GenresDrama, Horror



2. Synopsis

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.

Source: https://myanimelist.net/anime/24765/Gakkougurashi?q=GAKKOUGU



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 Level12th grade= High School
Total Difficulty Score60.0 points= 5.0 * 12
Comprehensive JudgmentEasyin 30.0 to 69.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerElementary 


The List of Difficult Terms that Appear in this Anime (=61 terms)
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​
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​
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​
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
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
54えおかろ過filtration; filtering; percolation​
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




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