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The 15 Best Anime About College Life

Updated June 14, 2019 4.4k votes 1.9k voters 73.7k views15 items

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Anime is a medium with the power to appeal to people of all ages. Despite its wide audience, the vast majority of shows center around high school students. While there's nothing inherently wrong with telling these stories, some fans might be looking for something a little different - especially those fans who have graduated from high school and don't exactly feel like looking back. 

High school anime has plenty to offer in terms of clubs, teachers, and social microcosms, but if you want to experience those things through the eyes of characters who are no longer children, there's college anime. Anime set in college is rare, but it offers a window into a life experience shared by countless anime fans.

What kinds of storylines can be found in anime about college? Just about anything. Run With The Wind is about a college student who tricks his classmates into running a marathon, while Steins;Gate is about college students who accidentally invent time travel. Whatever sort of story you're looking for, if you want to watch an anime that depicts college life there's something you'll enjoy.

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    Steins;Gate is one of the most popular anime of the last decade, and that popularity is not unearned. It tells a fascinating story about a group of science students who accidentally figure out how to send messages through time using a microwave. This leads to a series of complications that take place inside and outside the world of their school. By turns philosophically complex, emotionally meaningful, and hilarious, this anime should be on everyone's to-watch list.  

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    The Tatami Galaxy

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    A third-year college student is suddenly given an incredible opportunity by the self-proclaimed god of matrimony - he can relive his college experience, and use the time to find love. Up until then, he had been actively attempting to sabotage other people's romances with the help of his friend Ozu. What follows is a surreal journey through space and time that asks philosophical questions and explores the human mind. 

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    Honey & Clover

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    Yuuta, Takumi, Hagu, Shinobu, and Ayumi are a group of art students trying to balance school, family, work, friendship, and love. Whether it’s the pain of unrequited love, unresolved problems concerning a family business, or trying to figure out just what they should do with themselves after college, this group of friends negotiate their various troubles with psychological nuance. The series offers an excellent combination of humor and pain that will stick with you long after the show is over. 

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  • If you’ve ever participated in a college anime club, you’ll probably relate to Genshiken. This classic show follows Kanji Sasahara as he joins Genshiken, a college club that’s also referred to by its fancier name, the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture. The members of the club all have different obsessions and personalities, but they unite on one very important thing - their mutual love for manga and anime.

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