School-Live!

School-Live!

School-Live! Cover Art featuring the School Living Club
School-Live! Cover Art

Overview

School-Live! is a horror anime disguised as a cute school slice of life. What you’ll learn by watching just the first episode is that everything in the anime is not what it seems.

I don’t want to write spoilers for this series, but I will have to spoil the first episode if I’m to talk about the show at all. So stop reading now if even that is spoiling too much for you.

It’s a zombie apocalypse survival anime following four middle school girls as they live in some of the classrooms in their school.

The first episode is essentially seen through the perspective of the main character, Yuki.

In Yuki’s mind, there are no zombies and no danger. Instead she’s just part of a club which lives on the school grounds called the School Living Club.

It’s the end of the first episode where we finally see what the world is really like outside of Yuki’s mind.

Characters

Yuki, as previously mentioned is the main character of the show. She has become mentally unstable since the sudden appearance of the zombies.

As a coping mechanism, she has cut herself off from reality and is living inside a world she wishes was true. Because of this, the other three girls act as her caretakers to ensure she doesn’t do anything that could put herself in harm’s way.

Kurumi is the girl with twin-tails and is often seen with a shovel which she uses for protection. She is my favorite character in the show.

Karumi with her shovel
Kurumi

As I write more and more of these reviews you may be able to notice that I generally have a “type” when it comes to favorite characters.

Yuuri is the president of the School Living Club. As the club president she is in charge of the rations and everything else that goes on in the lives of the other girls.

The final girl is Miki. She’s not as close as the other three girls because she wasn’t with them since the start of the apocalypse. Instead she joined them later on and so she does not have some of the same collective memories that hold the other three together.

Conclusion

While I do think this is a very good anime, there are a few things that make it a bit hard to follow at times.

The first is that what we see as the viewers is not always what is real as we learn from the first episode. That by itself isn’t too confusing though, in fact, I like that a lot about the show.

It starts to get confusing once you add in that the show is out-of-order. It starts at the present, but there are various flashbacks, and then there are parts that are ambiguous whether they’re a flashback or the present due to the warped point of view that we get as the viewer.

However, even with the timeline being a little confusing, this was a very good anime and so I gave it an 8/10. This show was not at all what I was expecting when I started it, but it turned out to be even better.

The OP can be found here if you want to see how the show advertises itself.

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