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Synonyms: Gakkou Gurashi!
Japanese: がっこうぐらし!
English: School-Live!
German: School-Live!
Spanish: School-Live!: Gakkougurashi!
French: School-Live!
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 9, 2015 to Sep 24, 2015
Premiered: Summer 2015
Broadcast: Thursdays at 21:30 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Lerche
Source: Manga
Genres: HorrorHorror, MysteryMystery, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Themes: PsychologicalPsychological, SchoolSchool, SurvivalSurvival
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.621 (scored by 202724202,724 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #12922
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #461
Members: 414,807
Favorites: 5,097

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Preliminary Spoiler
Sep 24, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Gakkougurashi! (School-Live!) was a surprise for many viewers of the 2015 summer season lineup. With a 1st episode that threw all convention out the window, it didn't take long for it to garner buzz within the anime community. While I entered with some second-hand knowledge of the involvement of zombies in the show's plot—due to the inescapable whispers coming down the grapevine—I assumed that the subject matter would have merely been treated as a backdrop for cute girls to get involved in silly, tension-less slapstick; with the overbearingly cutesy aesthetic that it was sporting on its cover photo being used as my basis for assessment. ...
Sep 24, 2015
If you have no idea what this show is about, you’re one of the lucky few that can still dive into this quirky ‘slice of life at school’ show blind. It’s mostly centred on antics and club events thought up by Yuki, guided by the athletic Kurumi and motherly Yuuri. You’ll either love Yuki, (she’s so crazy~) or empathise with Miki’s level-headed reactions to her; Miki acts as a foil to Yuki, providing some gravitas to the show. After one episode you will likely either want to drop it or watch the rest. If you don’t know anything about it, watch an episode before you ...
Sep 24, 2015
Out of most of the anime of summer 2015, the one that keeps popping up time to time is the one and only "Gakkou Gurashi". I don't usually watch anime that is currently airing and most of the time I would watch it in English Dub, the reason why is because I would like to see the animation instead of the subtitles (however, some anime series, I do watch in English Sub such as this particular one). However, one of my friends recommended me this anime "without any research" (which I usually do) and after watching the first episode, I was completely glued to the ...
Sep 24, 2015
Some people like school. Some people dreads it. Then, there are some others that just goes there to get an education and nothing more. What about Takeya Yuki, a petite girl who just happens to be in love with school? If you think about it, there’s nothing really wrong with liking school. What’s wrong about this show is that the school Yuki is attending isn’t exactly what it seems. Welcome to Gakkou Gurashi (School-Live!), a show that comes with a bizarre twist. And by all means, it’s not exactly what it looks like…

Or maybe it does at first. The animated series adapted by Lerche comes ...
Nov 29, 2015
First things first. If you haven't watched this, Don't read any reviews, don't read the synopsis, don't read the genre tags. Don't read any more of this review. Just watch it! At least the first episode. Twice. Now! BEGONE! No questions, go just watch it!


...Are they gone? Ok.

I was hooked after episode one. Weren't we all? It's not my typical anime, at. all! But I couldn't not watch it. Even when I got a bit freaked out by the library scene in episode 2. Usually I can guess the twists and turns but maybe since I was so scared out of my wits, I ...
Sep 24, 2015
I am not english, so i apologize if i make mistakes.

Gakkou Gurashi is surely not your typical Slice of Life anime. The first thing that you can think after seeing its genres will be: "Slice of Life + Horror? What's that troll?", and it's here that you are wrong, my friend; Gurashi Gakkou is probably the second anime (Puella Magi Madoka Magica the first one) that manages to use 2 genres completely different so well. It could be called Slice of Horror. The new generation of anime has begun! ╰༼=ಠਊಠ=༽╯
That is why i like this anime so much, unique genres and characters. Don't get fooled ...
Sep 25, 2015
The idea of having cute girls in dark settings is nothing new to the world of anime, but especially after the record-breaking commercial success of Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica way back in 2011, there has been a particularly big outbreak of new anime trying to ride the same wave and get a good bang for their buck. But the problem with that is that it generally only results in the final product feeling similar yet inferior in comparison to earlier works following the same idea, as was made evident in shows like Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru and Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou for example.

Gakkou Gurashi ...
Nov 22, 2015

Gakkou Gurashi (School-Live!) is an interesting anime that blew up in the Summer 2015 season. Many people praised it for being unique, dark, and a fresh new take on the zombie genre. It has moe girls and zombies. 2 things to bait the anime community in. So how does this "masterpiece" hold up?

Story: 4/10

The story in this is so average. The story changes in tone shift from being a cute, moeshit, slice of life show from a dark and depressing Madoka Magica take. However, it does it horribly. There's no weight to either of these sides to the anime and it just ...
Oct 28, 2015
After Watching School Live, I noticed that in terms of story and characters, it's just like watching a cute, less violent & graphic, less erotic, but most importantly, more annoying version of High school of the dead. In addition to that with the story, it's sort of like School Live borrowed lots of the shock and suspense elements from High School of the Dead and dulled it down a few levels to make it easier to watch. I think it was done that way so everything is not all in your face at once. School live takes things one step at a time and that's ...
Sep 24, 2015
"Anime is for kids" they say...
Ask them to watch this anime. They say "okay"...
Looks at Gakkou Gurashi Poster "Another Moeblob Slice Of Life Anime" they say..
Watches the first OP "Why do they put Horror tag?! For sure it’s for kids again" they say...
Well, this is Madoka Magica version 2.0, where Promotional Posters and OPs will mislead you.

Anyway, here is the review what I’m thinking about. *MINOR to MAJOR SPOILERS ahead

I also feel the same way, thinking that this anime is just going to talk about slice of life and moeness at a world where people are infected and gone, but I was wrong, ...
Sep 25, 2015
I am extremely disappointed with the way this show ended. Seeing as that is the case, this review will basically be all spoilers, so read at your own risk.

I'm gonna admit, this was one of the more enjoyable shows for me this season. I rate heavily on personal enjoyment, so for the most part, this series was high up on my seasonal watch queue. No, I did not like the characters although I do understand that they were meant as a contrast of the world they were living in. No, I didn't like the sudden, out of the blue tone shifts that the show presented. ...
Sep 28, 2015
Mixed Feelings
To the reader:
-~- I feel it's absolutely best to go into this show with no prior knowledge. The synopsis here is vague for a reason. Go in with an open mind and no expectations, and I think the viewer will have a much better experience. -~-

I first encountered Gakkou Gurashi about 6 months ago- when it was announced as a Summer series anime. Reading the description, I got absolutely nothing from it- but a little more digging led to the discovery that it was a cross between moe and post apocalytpic with some emphasis on psychological narrative. I was immediately interested- as I'd never ...
Oct 13, 2015
Everyone has different coping mechanisms.
At the same time, putting others at risk for your selfishness is beyond me. It's stupid. You're hurting them.

I understand what the story is trying to do. I know the point they're trying to make but I can't agree with what this is trying to force. It's cliche but bad. Yes the animation and songs are catchy but to me, no. It's not a "definite" watch of this season. It's overhyped only because of the moe characters.

Found myself just skipping through parts (Yuki's annoyingness) and yup, sure enough, it just became ok.

And for everyone else saying this is a ...
Feb 8, 2016
Gakkougurashi! (School-Live!) is not your average Slice of Life style anime. Following the life of Yuki Takeya, it seems that this would appear to be your average anime of a cheerful girl who enjoys school. However, this is but an illusion. In reality, society and humanity has fallen due to a zombie apocalypse. Four girls have banded together in their school to survive this ongoing nightmare, while trying to maintain their daily lives of being students. As the story progresses, each episode will mess with your thoughts and emotions gradually until the very end where it destroys you. The art is graphic in some scenes, ...
Dec 20, 2015

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To give you a brief overview of this Anime’s dimension, the story starts off with a calm, and peaceful setting, as most programs do. The main characters given to us are as flat as Paper Mario, and show no sign of difference to them, while being compared to the MOE narrative form of “cute girls, doing cute things” for some explicit reason. These characters are also a part of School Club called “the School Living Club.” (Let that sink in for a minute or so.) However, ...
Sep 25, 2015
i stumble upon this anime because of the hype. i must say this type anime is not what i usually watch, and i cringe for 90% of the first episode, until BAM it hits me in the end.. such plot twist, much wow.. and the curiosity just wont stop.. it's like watching the kawaii version of the walking dead to be simplified.. i havent read the manga but from the 12 eps, the story can be finished like this and i can be satisfied enough.

some eps can stir up your emotions; it has many moments of thrill, sad, funny, and relieve..
the opening and ending ...
Nov 21, 2015
Gakkougurashi is an anime that takes two aspects from opposite spectra and juxtaposes them side-by-side, hoping to blend them together well. The two aspects being zombies and moe.

However, in just the first episode, it shows how hard it is to coalesce moe and zombies together. Heavy symbolism and foreshadowing come into play to show just that. The star character, Takeya Yuki, cracks jokes and makes a fool. The other characters laugh at her as if they aren't in their current condition. In fact, the entirety of the cast doesn't show realistic reactions to their situations until late ...
Oct 9, 2015
Hope, a bright warm light shinning across a dark room where freezing water is flowing. Sometimes the light grows weaker or stronger. What makes it change is the will of mankind, the will to believe that it is not over or that are things in this world worth struggling for everyday.

If i were to compare our tale to a scenery I would say, an ocean of tears moved by a gust of happiness and laughter and lighted by the rays of hope that come and go as the day-night cycle goes on.
Our protagonists are trying to resume their normal lives which they had ...
Dec 7, 2015
*THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE FIRST EPISODE*. So watch it if you haven't. It might seem boring and stupid at the start, but trust me, it's worth.

Gakkougurashi was an anime that I had to finish. It was underlyingly twisted, which made this anime quite enjoyable, for the most part.

Story: 7.5-ish
Well the concept of the anime was pretty basic, however, it sure as hell did not start off that way. I was trolled really bad. But breaking it down, when you do get past episode 1, it's pretty much a zombie apocalypse and a bunch of girls trying to survive. What ...
Sep 26, 2015
Note: Light spoilers but spoilers are written vaguely as to not fully spoil the reader.

Gakkou Gurashi started out with potential. The manga it was adapted from juggled harrowing tension along with moe slice of life moments pretty well and the anime started out quite strongly. However, as the series dragged on it also began to fall apart, both as an adaptation of the manga and in terms of plot structure.

I will first highlight how the anime compares with the manga as an adaptation before moving onto reviewing it as its own entity.

The series had a very strong bait-and-switch episode 1, it lures you into ...