Old School Building

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One of the staples of school settings in anime and manga is the Old School Building (Kyuukousha), an old wooden building (or wing) on the grounds that is often used as storage, for clubrooms, or just left abandoned, seemingly left behind when the rest of the school was at some point renovated or rebuilt. If derelict it is most likely haunted (or believed to be), so will be the subject of at least one of The Seven Mysteries and may be used for Kimodameshi.

Not related to building things the old way, without concrete and lift cranes.

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     Anime and Manga  

  • Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
  • Ghost Hunt - Mai meets Naru when he is investigating the OSB at her school.
  • In Ghost Stories, the old school building is located behind the new one and it becomes a center of paranormal activities.
  • GJ-bu - School clubs are located in one of these. As a result, the GJ Club's clubroom has no cooling nor warming, and leaks when it rains.
  • The Kindaichi Case Files - In "Smoke and Mirrors", someone trying to hide a Dark Secret in an old school building commits several murders to keep the truth from coming to light.
  • Maburaho - Destroyed in episode 13.
  • Manabi Straight! - The student council re-opens and renovates the OSB after the original council room is destroyed by lightning.
  • Nurarihyon No Mago
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! - In the first anime this is the setting for the "kiss catch" game.
  • Ore-sama Teacher
  • To Love-Ru - an extremely dilapidated version used for an illicit kimodameshi.
  • Uta Kata - The show starts with Ichika and friends cleaning the OSB (which is rather pointless since it is demolished not long after).
  • Comic Party Revolution
  • The climax of the sixth Kara no Kyoukai movie takes place in the abandoned school building of the Reien Girls' Academy.
  • Haunted Junction has a whole story where the Supernatural Student Council deals with one, which in reality is a very old school in Aomori, which is about to be closed down and destroyed. Since the school ghosts know that this is a death sentence for them, they fall in despair and decide to start kidnapping students from Saitou High to forcibly enroll them in the school and survive. The Student Council manages to convince them otherwise, and the whole building is taken to the Saitou grounds.

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  • Another - this is where the Apocalyptic Log from the only class that stopped the disaster is located. The building itself is actually in active use for art lessons etc., but the classrooms moved to the newer part of the school some time after Reiko was a member of the Class 3 that stopped the Calamity.

     Video Games  

  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky has the Jenis Royal Academy's old school building, which is in a spooky forest behind the main campus. The old school building used to be the main school, but it was eventually abandoned in favor of a larger campus that was constructed closer to the road. In First Chapter, there's nothing special about it. You visit it again in SC, where you discover that it has an ancient, monster-infested Zumerian ruin buried underneath it.

     Visual Novels  

  • Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni - This is the building where Marie is raped by her teacher in the first story ; and her "house" after she becomes a yōkai.
  • Corpse Party has a haunted old school as the main setting. That school itself contains two buildings, one of which (the wing that disappears and reappears seemingly at random) is in a noticeably older architectural style. It's where Sachiko and her mother were murdered in 1953.
  • A plot point in Kindred Spirits on the Roof. One of the school buildings was rebuilt after Sachi (one of the titular Kindred Spirits) died and as such she can't enter the new school building unless possessing Yuna. And since the old building houses the third year class rooms Megumi, who died while she was still a first year can't enter the old building since she never went there in life. The roof of the new building serves as neutral ground of sort since it's the same height of the older structure from when Sachi was alive so she can visit it.
    • Just for visual flavour the school also sits on the grounds of an old castle and several of the surviving structures have been incorporated into the school. The athletics clubs have their clubrooms on the lower floor of an old watchtower and the castle's main entrance gate now serves as the school's main gate.


Alternative Title(s): Abandoned School

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