The concept of “high school anime” never fails to entice otaku all over the world. Relatable characters, heart-charming scenes, and reverse plot twists go above and beyond your imagination.
Amongst many series out there, we decided to showcase the top 10 best high school anime that deserves a spot on our list, so check them out.
10 Best High School Anime To Watch
1. A Silent Voice
The storyline is mostly about Nishimiya Shouko and Ishida Shouya. Nishimiya is transferred to one school and joins Ishida’s class.
The classmates discover a secret that Nishimiya is a deaf girl. She tries to be adaptive and friendly with her friends, however, it turns out to be the start of trouble.
Meanwhile, to satisfy his curiosity, Ishida leads some friends to bully this poor girl. When the words of bullying reach the principal, Ishida is identified to be the culprit by his teacher and becomes the class’s bullying target. Ishida blames Nishimiya for this and they involve in a physical altercation.
After that incident, Nishimiya is transferred to another school and what she has left behind is a notebook, which is later taken and kept by Ishida.
The shadow of his past – being an outcast in middle school, continually haunts his high school life. Sincerely regretting his reckless actions, Ishida is ready for the upcoming redemption: to meet Nishimiya again and correct his mistakes.
Despite having some dark scenes about bullying and suicide, A Silent Voice portrays a heart-warming union of Nishimiya and Ishida. What moves us to tears is how Ishida makes progress to step out of his dark past and redeems again.
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Nisekoi plays stories about high school students, Raku Ichijou, the son of Yazuka faction Shuei-gumi, and Chitoge Kirisaki, the daughter of the Beehive boss. Two young children meet unexpectedly. After the farewell, Raku realizes that he has lost the key to unlocking the pendant.
Years later, Raku has grown up and become a typical teenager and has a crush on Kosaki Onodera. He wants to remain uninvolved in his Yazuka family background and lives a normal life.
However, when the Beehive gang invades his family’s turf, Raku’s romantic dreams quickly shatter into pieces since he is dragged into a new frustrating conflict. He has to pretend to be in love with Shuei to cool down the tempted relationship between the two families.
Unfortunately, Raku and Chitoge fall in hate at first sight rather than fall in love. But first, make friends, then make love. Will they get along with each other in the end? What will Raku do with his crush?
This is a romantic comedy anime showing hilarious interactions of this mismatched couple that makes you laugh out loud.
3. Assassination Classroom
If you look for series that follow students with powers or render high school adventure anime, Assassination Classroom is a brilliant choice.
After the invasion of a powerful tentacled creature, Earth is left in jeopardy, and Moon is now in a crescent shape. This creature aims to destroy the next planet within a year. He even arrogantly challenges mankind to turn the table and change fate.
The creature then starts working at a teacher at Kunugigaoka Junior High School, teaching regular subjects as well as assassination skills.
Since this creature posses an enormous dominant power, the Japanese government guarantees a reward of ¥10 billion if there is any students killing this “Koro-sensei” successfully.
Don’t be surprised when the weakest student in the class, Nagisa Shiota, is the one who finds out weaknesses.
4. Tsuki Ga Kirei
So, if you are fangirling about high school anime with cool male lead, Tsuki Ga Kirei is a typical series for you.
Kotaro Azumi and Akane Mizuno are classmates for the first time at junior high school. They are responsible for a sports festival and the relationship slowly grow closer.
The storyline is not only for this two main characters but also for their fellows. Yearning gazes, fluttering hearts – all of bittersweet moments throw back nostalgic high school memories that gives butterflies in your stomach.
One day, a second-year high school student – Naho Takamiya suddenly receives a written signal sent from herself 10 years in the future. Future Naho desperately begs the present one not to let biggest regrets happen.
This situation involves the newly transferred student named Kakeru Naruse. What the future Naho mentions in the letter is how regretful she has been when witnessing Kakeru loses his life on Valentine’s Day.
The theme covers bright school life with dark moments about suicide and tragedy. With a mix of emotional perspectives and the highlight-time traveler, it’s highly recommended by many international otakus.
6. High School DxD
The series follows Issei Hyoudou, an idiotic and perverted high school student who is asked out on a date by a girl named Yuma Amano. She reveals herself as a fallen angel and tries to kill him.
After death, Issei’s soul is summoned and revived by a buxom third-year student named Rias Gremory. Once he wakes up in the morning, he notices Riak naked in his room. After revealing her real identity as a devil, Riak has reincarnated Issei as a devil and made him her servant.
The virtual world here is about the war between the three main myths (Angel, Devils, and Fallen Angles). The anime is preoccupied with school life, love-comedy, and fantasy genres. You also encounter characters with legendary breasts that goes beyond your expectation.
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7. Classroom of the Elite
Koudo Ikusei Senior High School is a utopia with different classes from A to D. The students are informed to be given high amount of freedom, however, it’s such a shame that only top rankers receive favorable treatment from the school.
The story follows Kiyotaka Ayanokouji from class D, the lowest rank – where the school is no longer giving any attention to it. He encounters a meeting with Suzune Horikita, who has a strong desire to be in class A; and the amicable Kikyou Kushida, who aims to be friend with every student at school.
Students in lower rank can make a progress to get a rise in their current rank. Challenges and hardships are still waiting for them. Will class D be able to follow their dreams and reach the top?
8. Angel Beats!
Angel Beats! is about high school afterlife setting. The storyline follows Otonashi, a boy who loses his memories and learns out he is dead.
In his afterlife, he meets Yuri – who leads the Shinda Sekai Sensen to defend against the attack of Tenshi. Otonashi is not an easy target to be deceived by some words, he attempts to speak to Tenshi to figure out whether she is a real evil. Things don’t go as planned.
After that, he decides to join Yuri’s team, however, he is unexpectedly drawn to Tenshi. He works hard on reacalling his memories and trying to understand Tenshi.
9. Ouran High School Host Club
Haruhi Fujioka has recently enrolled at the prestigious Ouran Academy. One day, while wandering around to look for a peaceful place to study, she falls down in front of the door of an unused music room.
To satisfy her curiosity, Haruhi decides to enter into the room and is welcomed by the famous Host Club: a club full of boys over flowers that makes girls of the entire school fall head over heels.
Unfortunately, when Tamaki Suou tries to scare this scholarship student, Haruhi breaks an expensive vase. The amount of reimbursement causes a huge burden on the poor.
The boys come with up a perfect solution to the girl’s problem: run errands for them and become the ultimate member. With her short hair and beautiful face, she is mistaken by the hosts for a male student.
10. Fruits Basket
This female lead is Tohru Honda who experiences a family tragedy and becomes an orphan. Since her relatives don’t want to help out, she decides to move to a tent and carry her mother’s photo everywhere.
Unfortunately, she builds up her new home on private land belonging to the mysterious Soma clan.
After being taken in by the Soma family, she quickly finds out the secret or sadly the curse of the whole family – when the opposite gender touch or hug them, their human form disappears and turns into the Chinese Zodiac animals.
The curse reveals the dark history of heartbroken truths, frustration and abuse that many Somas have been through for years.
However, Tohru is an optimistic girl and always looks at things on the bright side. She gives out her love to heal their wounded souls and perhaps break the curse once and at all.
The storyline is based on a school life setting with a mix of supernatural and romance genres. You’ll see bickering moments between the three peers Kyo, Yuki and Tohru that absolutely are spotlights of this anime.
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You have been scrolling our list of best anime about high schools ranging from various genres of action to romantic comedy. These anime series can be found on Netflix. Are you ready to grab popcorn and enjoy this chilling-out time with friends?