Hey how’s it going everyone! This is The Anime Man. The world of anime and manga really has no bounds when it comes to storytelling, they can follow the craziest characters doing the craziest
set of things in the most fantastically unimaginable places in the world. And yet, even though there are so many fantastic anime series that do manage to do that, We still see a lot of goddamn high school anime. Now look, I’m absolutely not opposed to high school anime, to a certain extent. There have been countless anime series that have been able to take the high school setting and turned it into something unimaginably cool. And also if you think about it, it actually makes a lot of sense that there is a lot of high school anime. I mean most anime watches nowadays- Do tend to fall into this age bracket Starting as low as in the teens and going all the way up into the 30s and 40s, where the middle of that age bracket just so happens to fall into the adolescent umbrella and what better place to explore the Adolescent shifts in people’s minds and the puberty driven development of a certain person Than a place that most people if not all people in the world have been to an experience at least once in their lifetimes High school. unless you just happen to drop out of middle school in which case just just pretend for argument’s sake okay, but today I’m not here to talk about the roots of high school anime or why high school anime exists in the first place Rather, I’m here to point out some clear discrepancies between high school that is portrayed in anime and actual Existing Japanese high schools because if you’re one of the many people who have ever dreamed of going to a high school in Japan Because you watched a bunch of high-school anime series, (and I know you’re out there, don’t lie) Then rejoice as I Joey the crusher of weeb dreams is here to do exactly what the title of this video is saying And of course to help your boy. I had to bring along our weeb culture expert Gaijin Goombah to help spread the damage Well jeez man. I don’t know if I’m supposed to take that as an insult or a compliment But either way hey everyone Gaijin Goombah here Now firstly let me just clarify in saying that I think everybody watching this video knows And I think most people who watch high school anime know that how high school is portrayed in anime is Clearly over the top to what you actually experience in real life you know I’m talking about the obvious points that don’t even need to be explained why they’re fiction stuff like The protagonist is the sole male character in an all-girls high school All the students in the school have magic powers and have to train every day in a fighting suit robot Every student in the school has pastel colored hair that has its own goddamn gravity But that’s a completely other different thing because today we’re gonna be talking about the more realistic representation of high school and animate with things like Romance, drama, and slice of life because while real high schools might be the model for these anime high schools When it comes to these anime high schools, they don’t even come close to the actual thing and the photos are only just a few examples The rooftops are closed In a lot of anime there are scenes where the characters go onto the roof of the school and do all sorts of activities Some of them go up there to eat lunch or watch the sunset or confess their lovers or just have full-blown budge mix I mean I’m not lying It’s just not really an anime but more in hentai Unfortunately though in almost all Japanese high schools this rooftop area is actually Completely closed off to all students some anime that I’ve seen have actually been able to Represent this quite accurately to real life by either completely locking the doors to the rooftop or just having no access to the rooftop whatsoever But the general consensus from a lot of people who do watch those kinds of anime are “Oh, I can go onto the roof and confess to my waifu. Coolio!” Unfortunately due to many safety reasons This is a completely no-go zone and for most part very inaccurate to real-life high schools We don’t want a Katawa Shoujo thing happening in real life now do we? Grade Advancements in a handful of anime We’ve seen super genius students who have actually jumped up a few grades, and the most famous example being Chiyo Chan from Azumanga Daioh, who left from kindergarten to freakin high school. And while the Japanese education system does encourage intelligence and hard-working students, the system doesn’t really reward or even help advanced students. It isn’t rare to hear about students jumping grades in Western schools because of their exceeding levels of intelligence But in Japan this notion is almost unheard of and this goes for students who require additional attention too. No matter how smart you are, if you’re in the fifth grade you’re staying in the fifth grade like everyone else. Everyone grows together, period. Student council authority. In almost all high school anime you’ll see a certain group of students who are treated as the quote unquote “most powerful students in the school”. They’re usually part of groups like the student council, the discipline committee or that one rich kid who just so happens to be the child of the school’s chief director aka the principal But in reality these kinds of students very rarely exist at all and if they do They’re treated like every other student in the school. While yes, student councils are more likely to exist in Japanese high schools They’re not really this all-powerful deity of a group that is made out in a lot of high school anime But rather a bunch of students who take care of all the boring paperwork that nobody else wants to really take care of. They do everything from organizing school group activities and events, handling all the paperwork in organizations for school clubs, You know, all the tedious chores that no one wants to touch with a 10-foot stick. And concerning things like the discipline committee that you tend to see in a lot of high school anime, there are probably more Japanese high schools out there that don’t have such committee than those that do. it’s usually more of the strict private schools that would maybe have those kinds of committees because they’re so well adjusted when it comes to mannerisms, But even if they do it’s more the teachers that would take care of that kind of stuff rather than some kind of student body I’m assuming the reason why these kinds of student bodies are so powerfully interpreted in anime is because of the real-life hierarchy between students in a school – the whole senpai and kohai hierarchy that exists and you gotta admit that kind of interpretation of these so-called student bodies definitely makes a lot of high school anime way more entertaining to watch Crazy hairstyles I think it’s pretty obvious that when we say “crazy hairstyles” We’re not talking about the contemporary grandiose artwork masterpieces of hair in series like Yu-Gi-Oh but in most anime high school characters have different colored hair and styles so that the viewers can quickly distinguish the different characters just by looking at them, but in real life Oh you better believe that everyone’s gonna have the same hair color. Black, unless you’ve got foreign blood in you. It’s all about what your natural color is. Oh and makeup, long nails, piercings, facial hair, kiss those goodbye I remember the very beginning of the semester kids would get rounded up and looked over in detail If anything was out of place or against school code. They got sent home immediately Love letters in the shoe box I wouldn’t say this is exactly an outdated element in high school life But it certainly is a lot more glorified in anime. I’d say the main reason why most real-life high school students would ever put love letters in shoe boxes is because they were actually influenced by anime to do so and not the other way around. Especially concerning that nowadays since a lot of high school students have things like smartphones and other technologies it certainly seems like an outdated thing from a technological standpoint. In fact are even cases in anime where they show characters putting love letters in a shoe box but they actually make fun of the fact that it’s an outdated thing, and there are even some other anime series that take that in a more positive light and actually glorify it because it’s outdated so basically there are anime series that make fun of putting love letters in a shoebox for being outdated when anime was the thing that started the whole outdated thing that is so meta and it hurts my brain. But I don’t blame them, I feel there’s a lot of people especially around our age bracket that really does yearn for that very simplistic way of showing romance like putting love letters in a shoebox I mean, I’m just gonna say I would have loved it if I was back in high school And I found a love letter in a shoebox I thought it would have been really charming and cute except for the fact that uh I went to an all-boys school So that’s a whole lot of no homo After-school clubs As much as we’d love to be chilling out with our friends and your duties amusement Club trying to make friends and hug a nice friends Club Or even unknowingly trying to stop the world from imploding on itself in Suzumiya Haruhi’s SOS brigade, the rather boring reality of Japanese high schools is that, well, they don’t quite allow that. I know that kind of sucks and trust me if there was an occult club in the school I worked at you’d better believe that my job would have been a lot more interesting But the fact of the matter is is that these clubs really are no different from the club’s that we form here in the West There’s clubs for sports, culture, music, but sadly no clubs for the supernatural. Also, fun fact, if Haruhi Suzumiya tried to establish her SOS Brigade in real life, Yeah, that crap would have gotten shut down immediately Teacher sponsors are absolutely critical for the formation and continuation of clubs Vividly colored school uniforms One thing I see a lot of people praising especially in the more casual cosplaying community is the awesome looking school uniforms that a lot of anime tend to have. Think of any color palette and I guarantee there is at least one anime school uniform that fits it in any possible way. Some of them look awesome just as a basic fashion point while there are others that make me question if the designer of the uniform was legally colorblind But unfortunately real Japanese high school uniforms are very bland in comparison They generally only have a tiny selection of color palettes usually consisting of rather plain and darker colors like black, white, navy blue and gray which some people may argue is still cute enough to wear in some circumstances, and I absolutely agree, I think there are some regular Japanese school uniforms that exists in real Japanese high schools Which I think look really cute just as themselves But if you’ve thought about attending a Japanese high school after watching your favorite high school anime with the most wackedly colored and wackedly designed uniforms you’ve ever seen then I suggest you don’t go and you just stick to cosplaying them Or you can wait to go to a Japanese university where you can wear whatever the hell you want So if you wanted to cosplay as those wacky anime high school uniforms Then go ahead, or if you don’t want to go to school then just come to Japan go to Harajuku Which is called Fashion Street over here, and look at all the crazy Harajuku fashion that probably will blow your mind. Look I’m no fashionista or anything But sometimes when I walk down the streets of Harajuku and I see those wacky costumes and clothes that some people wear I’m just thinking to myself, y’all need Jesus, or a cosplay career. So there you have it guys, that was just some of the discrepancies between anime high schools and real life Japanese high schools. Look I mean there are obviously some other smaller discrepancies that are really specific towards a different series But let’s just say for the most part I think a lot of anime high schools do quite accurately show what a real Japanese high school looks like so long as it’s not completely over the top. So let us know in the comments below what you thought of these discrepancies, and if you had your own discrepancies about high school anime versus real life. 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