Gakusen Toshi Asterisk

The Asterisk War

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Synonyms: Academy Battle City Asterisk
Japanese: 学戦都市アスタリスク
English: The Asterisk War
German: The Asterisk War
Spanish: The Asterisk War: Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
French: The Asterisk War
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2015 to Dec 19, 2015
Premiered: Fall 2015
Broadcast: Saturdays at 20:30 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi, EcchiEcchi
Themes: HaremHarem, SchoolSchool
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.811 (scored by 378160378,160 users)
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Ranked: #50632
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Popularity: #313
Members: 663,709
Favorites: 2,235

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In the previous century, an unprecedented disaster known as the Invertia drastically reformed the world. The powers of existing nations declined significantly, paving the way for a conglomerate called the Integrated Empire Foundation to assume control. But more importantly, the Invertia led to the emergence of a new species of humans who are born with phenomenal physical capabilities—the Genestella. Its elite are hand-picked across the globe to attend the top six schools, and they duel amongst themselves in entertainment battles called Festas.

Ayato Amagiri is a scholarship transfer student at the prestigious Seidoukan Academy, which has recently been suffering from declining performances. Through a series of events, he accidentally sees the popular Witch of Resplendent Flames, Julis-Alexia von Riessfeld, half-dressed! Enraged, Julis challenges him to a duel for intruding on her privacy. After said duel is voided by the student council president, Ayato reveals that he has no interest in Festas. Instead, he has enrolled in the academy to investigate the whereabouts of his missing elder sister. But when a more devious plot unravels, Ayato sets out to achieve victory, while being surrounded by some of the most talented Genestella on the planet.

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The release of the Gakusen Toshi Asterisk anime series was first announced at an American anime convention called SakuraCon. It adapts the first three volumes of its light novel source material. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk was simulcast in North America by Crunchyroll and Funimation.

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"Brand-new World" by Shiena Nishizawa (eps 2-11)

Ending Theme

1: "Brand-new World" by Shiena Nishizawa (eps 1)
2: "Waiting for the rain" by Maaya Sakamoto (eps 2-12)

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Jun 7, 2023
I have a long-standing fascination with The Asterisk War. To most people, the series has been laid to rest these days, but I was new to anime and the anime community when it came out and was the spicy new topic to discuss. It was one of the first times I got to take a side on a hot-button topic of the day - and the *very* first time I got to take a side on a specific series. I liked The Asterisk War. I was team AssWar > Rakudai. I was all in. We got absolutely annihilated in that battle, mind you. Rakudai picked ...
Dec 19, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk is a series which starts off as one of the most uninspiring anime I've ever seen throughout its first few episodes, but past a certain point it starts improving quite rapidly. Granted that doesn't really say very much given how mediocre the opening is, but despite the lackluster start it manages to make a quite impressive comeback and eventually become a pretty enjoyable anime.

First things first though, episodes 1-4 of Asterisk didn't exactly give me a very good first impression because they are *painfully* generic. Like if you've seen any typical action/fantasy/ecchi/harem magic academy anime before, you should know roughly what clichés ...
Jan 10, 2016
[Spoiler Warning]

I'm not mad. I have only myself to blame for this, really. I tend to be more selective with what I watch. Something will be recommended, I'll hear about something popular, or it's just on my mind a lot. I've never watched anything expecting it to be bad; usually I have no expectations at all, but often I at least think it'll be something that's enjoyable enough to pass the time and get a 5 or 6.

The Asterisk War is my first exception.

I didn't watch this because I knew it'd be good. I watched it because I heard it was almost identical to Rakudai ...

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