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School-Live
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Living in school might be not what you think...
Genre: Apocalyptic horror
Running Time: 24 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: July 9, 2015 – September 24, 2015
Network(s): AT-X, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, BS11
Created by: Norimitsu Kaihō
Distributed by: Universal Studios Japan
Sentai Filmworks(International)
Madman Entertainment(Australia)
Animatsu Entertainment(United Kingdom)
Starring: Inori Minase
Ari Ozawa
Mao Ichimichi
Rie Takahashi
Ai Kayano
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 12


School-Live(Japanese: がっこうぐらし!, Hepburn: Gakkō Gurashi!) is an action, adventure, comedy, drama, psychological, horror, suspense, thriller, tragedy, moe blob, Japanese anime series. 

From the manga series of the same name written by Norimitsu Kaihou and illustrated by Sadoru Chiba, The series follows the adventures of the four girls from the School Living Club as they live at school to promote independence and self-determination, at the same time, surviving in the school building from a massive zombie apocalypse that destroyed their city.

Why It Rocks

  1. The end of the first episode has a major plot twist which is what initially hooked tons of people to the show and made them stay in shock.
  2. Great voice acting in both sub and dub.  
  3. Throughout the first episode there's tons of foreshadowing for the plot twist at the end, which makes the first episode worthy of multiple viewings, you might notice new things each time you watch it.    
  4. The moe blob art style adds to the disturbing nature of the show, unlike in most moe blob anime in which the only purpose is for it to be cute.  
  5. Excellent animation.  
  6. Like most moe blob anime we get a lot of time developing the friendship between all of these girls, Yuki Takeya, Kurum Ebisuzawa, Yuri Wakasa, and Miki Naoki, which makes it easier for us to accept the tragedy that takes place.  
  7. Amazing soundtrack.  
  8. The main character, Yuki Takeya, becomes incredibly tragic and sympathetic after the plot twist at the end of the first episode.
  9. Incredible pacing.  
  10. Despite the tragedy in the series, it ends rather hopeful, with the girls driving away with the hope of finding new people who survived the recent cataclysm.  
  11. Despite the ending not being perfectly conclusive, it's still decent and has some closure to the tragedy.
  12. As the series progresses, the opening song gradually changes and the way it is done is amazing.
  13. Good Easter eggs and references.

Bad Qualities

  1. Like many anime based on source material, it doesn't have a proper conclusion. It's not awful, but it isn't perfectly conclusive and there could definitely be a sequel.
  2. It never get a second season when the manga ended.
  3. The voice acting for the dub can be annoying.
  4. It spawned a very awful live-action adaptation
  5. Yuki can be very annoying and childish at times.

Reception

The series overall, received critical acclaim praising its animation, screenplay, story, tone and voice acting but criticizing its ending.

Users at MyAnimeList.com gave the series a positive review with the website citing: "Overall, a very enjoyable series and We highly recommend people to watch Gakkou Gurashi. The series is only 12 episodes so you can completely watch it within a couple of days. It was enjoyable to watch and possibly a great anime to watch over again."

Website The Lily Garden also gave the series a positive review citing: "Between the grim setting and strong storytelling, I think Gakkou Gurashi! is worth checking out even if you aren’t a fan of cute girls simply doing things"

It also skyrocket the sales of the manga as well, due of the Manga Time Kirara magazine has announced that School-Live! has two million copies in print as of March 2017. The English release of the first three volumes were also included on the American Library Association's list of 2017 Great Graphic Novels for Teens, and the fifth and sixth volumes made the 2018 list.

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