College Anime: The top 20 animated series to watch
Hey fans, and welcome to this new list of the best Japanese anime series that highlight many aspects of college life in Japanese animated series. We all know that the system and style of the Japanese colleges are rather unique and an experience that all teens and students across the world dream to have the opportunity to be a part of those amazing classes.
Well, cheer up, because luckily we have anime that depicts college life in a way that highlights even the smallest details of being a schooler. There are so many popular anime series that are taking place in some interesting colleges like My Hero Academia, Classroom of The Elite, Assassination Classroom, and Nichijo, those tv shows are offering both reality and fantasy at large to keep people of all ages entertained.
So, let us go to take a look at the top 20 college settings in anime series that you will absolutely love!
20. Yamada-Kun And The Seven Witches
- Genres: Comedy, Harem, Mystery, Romance, School, Shounen, Supernatural
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: LIDENFILMS
Let’s start our best college anime series with Yamada-Kun, a tv show that depicts: Attending the private school Suzaku High Ryuu Yamada wants to turn over a new leaf and lead a productive school life. In Suzaku High, there is no one who knows of his violent delinquent reputation. Due to being completely bored with his surroundings.
Yamada reverts to his old self and is now a lazy one with abysmal grades and often getting into fights. One day he falls down on Urara Shiraishi, waking up to have switched bodies by accidentally kissing. Toranosuke Miyamura, the student council’s president discovers their abilities and asks them o join the Supernatural Studies Club.
The group digs up the legend of the Seven Witches of Suzaku High School, seven female students who have obtained different powers activated by a kiss. Thus, The Club embarks on its first quest: to find the identities of all the witches.
19. The Quintuplets Quintessential
- Genres: Harem, Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: Tezuka Productions
The college anime’ Quintessential Quintuplets is a series that follows Fuutarou Uesugi, a student, who leads an otherwise tough life. His standoffish personality and reclusive nature have left him friendless, and his father is debt-ridden, forcing his family to scrape by. One day, Uesugi will argue with a female transfer student who has claimed “his seat,” leading both of them to dislike each other.
Later he will be asked to offer a private tutoring gig for a wealthy family’s daughter. He accepts the proposal, but is horrified to discover that the client, Itsuki Nakano, is the girl he confronted earlier! After unsuccessfully trying to get back on Itsuki’s good side, Uesugi finds out that his problems don’t end there: Itsuki is actually a quintuplet, so in addition to her, he must also tutor her pretty sisters—Miku, Yotsuba, Nino, and Ichika.
- Genres: Drama, School, Super Power
- Episodes: 13
- Studio: P.A Works
Charlotte is that kind of anime about a college that hosts superpowered students. The series follows Yuu Otosaka, who appears to be just another charming and intelligent teenager. And he has a secret; the ability to slip into people’s minds and fully control their bodies for five seconds at a time.
Additionally, Yuu has been using this skill for years to gain the highest grades, which allowed him to enter a prestigious high school. When the enigmatic Nao Tomori catches Yuu using his power, she coerces him and his sister Ayumi into transferring to Hoshinoumi Academy. A school for students with supernatural abilities.
The student council of the school, led by Nao, is tasked with secretly tracking down adolescents who abuse their powers. There where Yuu is forced to join the student council. They face formidable challenges that bring him closer to the shocking truth that his own, seemingly incomplete ability, might be more powerful than he could have ever imagined.
This is an original story from Jun Maeda, creator of Angel Beats and Clannad, Charlotte anime explores the supernatural lives of these teenagers and the price they must pay for being special.
- Genres: Mystery, Horror, Supernatural, Thriller, School
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: P.A. Works
Another is an anime that revolves around Misaki, a popular student who died in college. Since then, the town of Yomiyama has been surrounded by a fearful atmosphere, from the dark mysteries hidden deep within. Later, Kouichi Sakakibara transfers into classes 3-3 of Yomiyama North, and soon after knowing that a strange, gloomy mood seems to hang over all the students.
He soon will get closer to the eyepatch-wearing student Mei Misaki; however, the rest of the class and the teachers seem to treat her like she doesn’t exist. Paying no heed to warnings from everyone including Mei herself, Kouichi begins to search for the truth behind the gruesome phenomenon plaguing his class.
Another is a Japanese horror college anime series that depicts the daily life of Kouichi, Mei, and their classmates as they are pulled into the enigma surrounding a series of inevitable, tragic events—but uncovering the horror of Yomiyama may just cost them the ultimate price.
16. Kaguya Sama Love Is War
- Genres: Comedy, Psychological, Romance, School, Seinen
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: A-1 Pictures
Kaguya Sama is one of the best anime series of 2019, the story of this great romance college anime tv show is set at the famous Shuchiin Academy, where Miyuki and Kaguya, are the student body’s top representatives. They are the top student in the nation and both peers and mentors respect them.
On the first hand, Miyuki is serving as the student council president. While, the vice president Kaguya who is a descendant of the wealthy Shinomiya family—excels in every field imaginable. Therefore, Everyone at the academy envies them, as they are considered as the perfect couple. Despite that they both have sweet feelings for each other, no one has the guts to make the first step.
Hence, it seems that The first to confess losses will be looked down upon, and will be regarded as the lesser. As a result, due to their honor and pride at stake, Miyuki and Kaguya are competing in a battle of love, and waiting to see who will be victorious of this love game!
15. Ouran Koukou Host Club
- Genres: Comedy, Harem, Romance, School, Shoujo
- Episodes: 26
- Studio: Bones
Are you Looking for a good college anime series to spice things up? well, Ouran High School is a romance, comedy, and school anime that you will really love, especially due to the reverse harem theme that it offers! The story depicts the daily life of the Host Haruhi Fujioka, as she joins a school called Ouran Academy. So, while trying to find a quiet place to read, Haruhi stumbles upon a group of boys called the Ouran High School Host Club. Later on, she gets closer to the members of the host club and became a host, but she just acts like a boy.
- Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Drama, Romance, School
- Episodes: 26 / Two Seasons
- Studio: Feel.
Oregairu is a good anime about college life that focus on an antisocial, narcissistic student “Hikigaya Hachiman” with a distorted view of life and no friends or girlfriend.
A teacher makes Hachiman join the ‘Volunteer Service’ club, which happens to have the most popular, beautiful girl: Yukinoshita Yukino. Hachiman finds himself on the front line of other people’s problems—a place he never expected to be in.
Thus, Hachiman and Yukino use their intelligence to resolve many students’ issues. So, will Hachiman’s negative view of society prove to be a hindrance or a tool he can use to his advantage?
13. Classroom of the Elite
- Genres: Drama, Psychological, School, Slice of Life
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: Lerche
Classroom of the elite is a college anime that is enjoyable to watch, the story takes place at Koudo Ikusei Senior High School, which seems like a utopia. In this highly ranked Japanese Academy, the students enjoy an unparalleled amount of freedom. However, in the same way, the reality is less than ideal.
The Four classes, A through D, are ranked in order of merit, and only the top classes receive favorable treatment. Kiyotaka Ayanokouji is a student of Class D, where the school dumps its worst. There he meets the unsociable Suzune Horikita, who believes she was placed in Class D by mistake and desires to climb all the way to Class A, and the seemingly amicable class idol Kikyou Kushida, whose aim is to make as many friends as possible.
Hence, class membership is permanent, and class rankings are not. therefore, Due to students in lower ranked classes can rise in rankings uniquely if they score better than those in the top ones. Thus, in Class D, there are no bars on what methods can be used to get ahead. In this cutthroat school, can they prevail against the odds and reach the top?
- Genres: Mystery, School, Slice of Life
- Episodes: 22
- Studios: Kyoto Animation
In this refreshing college anime, the energy-conservative, badass high school student Houtarou Oreki ends up with more than he bargained for when he signs up for the Classics Club at his sister’s behest—especially when he realizes how deep the club’s history really is. Begrudgingly, Oreki is in an investigation concerning the 45-year-old mystery that surrounds the club room.
Accompanied by his fellow club members, the knowledgeable Satoshi Fukube, the stern but benign Mayaka Ibara, and the ever-curious Eru Chitanda, Oreki must combat deadlines and lack of information with resourcefulness and hidden talent, in order to not only find the truth buried beneath the dust of works created years before them but of other small side cases as well.
11. Great Teacher Onizuka
- Genres: Comedy, Drama, School, Shounen, Slice of Life
- Episodes: 43
- Studios: Studio Pierrot
Great Teacher Onizuka, as known as GTO, is a Japanese anime about college life. It tells the story of Onizuka, a former biker gang leader who now aims to become the world’s greatest teacher… in order to get closer to the hottest high school girls.
However, the strict administrator and his class of ruthless bad students will stand between his ambition and they will use any legal or illegal means to send Onizuka away. So get ready to take some classes that don’t you won’t get bored of, language you’d be slapped for speaking, and biology that would make you blush… unless of course, you’re the Great Teacher Onizuka.
10. Assassination Classroom
- Genres: Action, Comedy, School, Shounen
Episodes: 47 / Two Seasons
When a mysterious creature chops the moon down to a permanent crescent, the students of class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Middle School find themselves facing an enormous task: assassinate the creature responsible for the disaster before Earth suffers a similar fate.
However, the monster, dubbed Koro-sensei (the indestructible teacher), is able to fly at speeds of up to Mach 20, which he demonstrates freely, leaving any attempt to subdue him in his extraterrestrial dust. Furthermore, the misfits of 3-E soon find that the strange, tentacled beast is more than just indomitable—he is the best teacher they have ever had!
Adapted from the fantastic hit manga series by Yuusei Matsui, Ansatsu Kyoushitsu anime tv shows depicts the story of these students as they harness their assassination skills and grow stronger in order to face the oppressive school system, their own life problems, and one day kills the overpowered mc Koro-sensei.
- Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, School, Shounen
- Episodes: 26
- Studios: Kyoto Animation
Nichijou is a Japanese school comedy manga and anime series that depicts the daily antics of a trio of high college girls’ friends, whose stories soon intertwine with the young genius Hakase Shinonome, her robot caretaker Nano, and their talking cat Sakamoto.
With every passing day, the lives of these six, as well as of the many people around them, experience both the calms of normal life and the insanity of the absurd. Walking to school, being bitten by a talking crow, spending time with friends, and watching the principal suplex a deer: are all in a day’s work in the extraordinary everyday lives of those in Nichijou.
- Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance, School
- Episodes: 25
- Studios: J.C.Staff
Toradora! is a romantic comedy light novel and anime tv series set in a college setting and depicts the story of Ryuji Takasu, who lives in a falling-down house with his mother, and although being a gentle guy is cursed with a delinquent face causes people to avoid him.
Taiga Aisaka is a tiny, selfish, and unexpectedly tsundere girl who lives in a new apartment next to Ryuji but doesn’t know how to take care of herself. Ryuji starts to look after her, and he discovers that Taiga actually has a sweet side. Therefore, they reveal their crushes to each other, then they both attempt to help each other with their love life.
- Genres: Comedy, Harem, Romance, School, Shounen
- Episodes: 32 / Two Seasons
- Studio: Shaft
Here is an exciting college romance anime story, that follows Raku Ichijou The heir to a Yakuza Family. All he wants is to stay away from his yakuza background, in order to live a normal school life by the side of his Crush Kosaki Onodera. However, an American Bee Hive Gang invades his family’s turf, this issue forces him to be in a relationship with the daughter of the head of a gangster family, in order to avoid a gang war, much to their chagrin.
Nisekoi anime series focuses on the daily school life of this mismatched couple who are seeking to get along for the sake of maintaining the city’s peace. With many more girls popping up in his life, his search for the girl who holds his heart and his promise leads him in more unusual directions than he expects.
6. Fruits Basket
- Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Fantasy, Shoujo
- Episodes: 51 / Two Seasons
- Studio: Deen
Fruits Basket is a college romance anime that follows Tohru, who After her mother’s death, finds herself living with the Sohma family consisting of three cousins: Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure. Tohru finds out the Sohma family secret that when a member is hugged by the opposite gender or they are tired out, they turn into the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Filled with many lovable anime characters and many plot twists along the way, life at the Sohma house will never be the same again.
5. Angel Beats
- Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, School, Supernatural
- Studios: P.A. Works
- Episodes: 13
Angel Beats! is a good action anime series that kicks off its story with a boy named Otonosahi waking up only to realize he’s dead. Luckily for him, a rifle-carrying girl named Yuri explains that he’s arrived in the afterlife and that she is the leader of a name-changing battlefront that rebels against Tenchi, who is the student body president Angel who possesses supernatural powers.
4. The Irregular at Magic School
- Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Magic, Romance, School
- Episodes: 26
- Studios: Madhouse
Welcome to the world of magic in this college anime, which is set in the 21st century, where magic, long thought to be folklore and fairy tales, has become a systematized technology and is taught as a technical skill. In First High School, the institution for magicians, students are segregated into two groups based on their entrance exam scores: “Blooms,” those who receive high scores, are assigned to the First Course, while “Weeds” are reserved students assigned to the Second Course.
spring is the beginning of high school courses, and a very peculiar brother and sister enroll as new students. The brother is an underachiever with some deficiencies and enrolls as a “Weed,” while his younger sister is an honor student, who enrolls as a “Bloom.” The brother, with a somewhat philosophical expression, and the younger sister who holds feelings a little stronger than sibling love for him – Ever since these two have entered through the gates of this prestigious school, the calm campus was beginning to change.
3. Highschool DxD
- Genres: Comedy, Demons, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, School
- Episodes: 48 / Four Seasons
- Studio: TNK
High School DxD is one the most popular anime of all time, it’s a good ecchi, harem college anime filled with pretty females, especially the hottest anime girl I have ever seen “Rias Gremory”. the story follows the student Issei Hyoudou who is a pervert. He does nothing productive with his life, peeping on women and dreaming of having his own harem one day.
Things seem to be looking up for Issei when the pretty Rias ask him out on a date. although she turns out to be a fallen angel who brutally kills him! However, he gets a second chance at life when Rias Gremory, who is a top-class devil, revives him as her servant.
Now, Issei must train and fight in order to survive in the violent world of angels and devils. Any given adventure leads to many hilarious and epic moments with his new comrades. all the while keeping his new life a secret from his friends and family in High School DxD!
2. Food Wars
- Genres: Ecchi, School, Shounen
- Episodes: 61 / Four Seasons
- Studios: J.C.Staff
Here is a good anime about a college that teaches cooking and culinary stuff. The story follows Souma who ever since his childhood, helps his father by working as the sous chef in the restaurant his father runs and owns. Throughout the years, Souma develops a passion for entertaining his customers with his creative, genius, and daring culinary creations. His dream is to someday own his family’s restaurant as its head chef.
Yet when his father suddenly decides to close the restaurant to test his cooking abilities in restaurants around the world, he sends Souma to Tootsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only 10 percent of the students graduate. The institution is famous for its “Shokugeki” or “food wars,” where students face off in intense, high-stakes cooking showdowns.
As Souma and his new schoolmates struggle to survive the extreme lifestyle of Tootsuki, more and greater challenges await him, putting his years of learning under his father to the test.
1. My Hero Academia
- Genres: Action, Comedy, School, Shounen, Super Power
- Episodes: 88 / Four Seasons
- Studio: Bones
Yay, this is Boku no hero academia, and without any doubt, it is a great anime tv show to watch because you’ll learn the meaning of being weak and living in a world where only the strong fit. So to know more Read the following anime summary.
The appearance of “quirks,” newly discovered superpowers, has been steadily increasing over the years. With 80 percent of humanity possessing various abilities from manipulation of elements to shape-shifting.
This leaves the remainder of the world completely powerless, and Izuku Midoriya is one such individual. Since he was a child, the ambitious middle schooler want nothing more than to be a hero. Izuku’s unfair fate leaves him admiring heroes and taking notes on them whenever he can.
But it seems that his persistence has borne some fruit, as Izuku meets the number one hero and his personal idol, All Might. whose quirk is a unique ability that can be inherited, and he has chosen Izuku to be his successor! After enduring many months of grueling training, Izuku enrolls in UA High, a prestigious high school famous for its excellent hero training program, And this year’s freshmen look especially promising.
Therefore, With his bizarre but talented classmates and the looming threat of a villainous organization, Izuku will soon learn what it really means to be a hero.
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