Today’s post is going to be a short one. I’ve mentioned before, but I enjoy magic / fantasy highschool anime. Many anime that use this setting are eerily similar, but I still enjoy them. It’s sort of nice knowing what you are going to get for the most part before starting a fantasy highschool anime.
I think that having a school setting allows an anime to easily take breaks in-between conflicts as well as expose the protagonist to a wide variety of characters. Sometimes the conflict is between schools / students, sometimes it’s an outside threat. Either way the setting is a nice tool to “ground” the anime so to speak.
The combination of a school setting that we can relate to, and a fantasy setting that we cannot also works well. At least it does in my opinion – the ratings are generally average / slightly below average for these anime, and I think part of that is because these anime are usually pretty cliché and predictable.
That’s pretty much all I’ve got for now, the fantasy highschool genre is a lot of “same, but different” and I have a feeling you either enjoy them or you don’t. Here are some examples of this genre that I enjoyed:
The Irregular at Magic High School. Not only does this one have an overpowered main character (which I love) but I think it is one of the best in the genre. This one is more of a futuristic magic high school setting, as opposed to fantasy so it does contain more tech-based setting. I still think it fits the bill for the genre despite that.
Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor. Again this one has a little deviation as the protagonist is an instructor as opposed to student. This anime just recently came out and I really enjoyed it. Lots of magic and a nice fantasy setting.
Chivalry of a Failed Knight. I think that this anime is a good example of the sort of cliché in the genre. While the previous examples had some cliché elements, this one has most of what you can expect from other anime in the genre. Still an enjoyable anime in my opinion.
Also here is a list of some other anime that fit this genre:
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (extremely similar to Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry)
Don’t expect any of these to be a masterpiece, but they can be fun if you enjoy the genre.