Manga / School-Live!
aka: Gakkou Gurashi

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Meet the School Life Club!

Takeya Yuki is in love with the school. For her, it's a wonderful place, where she enjoys her school activities, especially the activities of her club: School Life Club. The club has Rii-chan as the president, Kurumi-chan as another member, and the teacher, Megu-nee, always there for them. Yes, she is in love with her school. What follows is the adventures of their club, as they live on the school grounds and mooch off from its services for as long as possible!

... Yeah, right.

Unfortunately, the truth about the situation she and her friends are currently in is much less colorful and far bleaker than Yuki can ever imagine. In reality, the beautiful school she enjoys so much is in ruins, the School Life Club is more or less barricaded in a section of their school, and she and her friends are the only living people likely left in a city that is overrun with zombies. Despite this, her friends try to let Yuki live as close to a normal school life as they could manage, and through these efforts find it within themselves to live, and not merely exist day-by-day in the hellish situation they're in.

Also known as Gakkou Gurashi!, School-Live! is what you get when you cross together some of the most unlikeliest of genres: Schoolgirl Series Slice of Life, and Zombie Apocalypse Survival Horror. Drawn by Chiba Sadoru and written by Kaihou Norimitsu of Nitro+ fame, and serialized in Manga Time Kirara Forward (which serialized, among other series, Puella Magi Kazumi Magica and Yumekui Merry), this story explores what exactly happens when the cute girls you'd normally find in the former get dumped into the setting of the latter.

An adaptation done by Lerche (the same studio that is responsible for Assassination Classroom) aired during the Summer 2015 Anime season and, with no one's surprise, the script writing is done by Nitro+.

Crunchyroll is streaming the anime, which can be viewed here for folks living in the following areas: note 

School-Live! provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Kurumi and her trusty shovel.
  • Adaptation Distillation: In the manga, Miki, along with her friend Kei, was in the mall with a small group of survivors. However, in the anime, the girls are implied to have been the last two survivors the entire time, along with Taroumaru, who was a One-Shot Character in the manga.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The first episode of the anime changes many details from the manga. For example, Miki is with the School Life Club from the very beginning note , and Taroumaru is very definitely the Team Pet note . What's more, some of her classmates are given rather distinct character designs. Too bad for the latter that they're all part of Yuki's psychotic delusions.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 22 and episode 3 of the anime focuses heavily on Megu-nee and her guilt over what happened during the Zombie Apocalypse. Additionally, episode 3 shows us what happened to the girls and Megu-nee on the day of the outbreak.
  • Adults Are Useless: Megu-nee, despite being a teacher, doesn't seem to be doing anything useful whenever she's on-panel. Obviously it's because she's not actually there, being dead and all. Subverted with the actual Megu-nee. She acted as an adult and protected the children, to the point where she got infected as a result.
  • A House Divided: It's very clear that the various survivor groups within Saint Isidore University don't always get along with each other. For example, the crossbowman that stops the group at bow-point when they managed to clamber over the wall onto the campus grounds is part of the group that the "Crew" (Touko and her friends) keep butting heads with. In chapter 47, the other faction begin the "choosing" since the food rations are getting low.
  • All-Loving Hero: Yuki really loves her school, classmates, and her club. Unfortunately, most of everyone she knew became zombies. This may be a defensive mechanism to ease her psychological trauma.
  • All There in the Manual: The Tankoubon extras add some additional information, particularly regarding the Randall Corporation, a massive pharmaceutical company whose funding helped build the city the story is set in, and is also the one responsible for printing out the emergency manual that was given to Megu-nee early on. They also dabble in bioweapon research, and are hinted to be the creators of the zombie virus. Resident Evil anyone?
  • And Then John Was a Zombie:
    • The fate of almost everyone outside the School Life club, including their club advisor, Megumi Sakura. Yuki tries not to let this bother her though with her imagination, though it doesn't always work.
    • Several characters suffer this fate later in the anime. Taroumaru is zombified by a zombie Megu-nee, who later also infects Kurumi due to her hesitation in attacking her former teacher. Fortunately Miki manages to find some medicine which delays zombification, turning Kurumi into a Zombie Infectee instead. And in the anime, the vaccine de-zombifies Taroumaru, but he dies shortly afterwards.
  • Animals Hate Him: Taroumaru doesn't seem very fond of Miki, and always turns its head from her whenever they make eye contact. He warms up to her in episode 9, even allowing Miki to pet him and later hug him.
  • Apocalyptic Log: One can be seen briefly at the beginning of episode 8. A zombie Megu-nee can also be partially seen shambling nearby as the camera focuses on the notebook, with mostly unreadable writing, though Yuki, Yuri, and Kurumi's name can be seen scrawled in there. She also seen trying to write in the diary in episode 10.
  • Apocalyptic Logistics: The school has working solar panels, clean water, a vegetable garden and at least two rooms in which the windows are left intact. As mentioned several times by the characters themselves, they could almost stay there forever if it was easier to replenish food. Megu-nee's car also never ran out of fuel while it was needed. Later deconstructed as the equipment that enables all this eventually gets destroyed by means outside their control.
  • Art Evolution: The manga's art has cleaned up over time and the characters have gotten more well-proportioned, though the anime adaptation uses the original art style. The zombies have also become more realistic and graphic compared to the shaded out, cartoony zombies of earlier chapters.
  • Artistic Age: Thanks to being drawn in a Moe art style, it's easy to think that the main characters are middle schoolers; they're actually in high school.
  • Artistic License Gun Safety: Completely averted. When Kurumi salvages a handgun from the crashed rescue helicopter, Miki immediately throws it away, pointing out that since none of them know how to use a gun, it poses a much greater threat to themselves than to the zombies.
  • Art-Style Dissonance: The manga is drawn in a Moe style, but the setting happens to be in a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Asshole Victim: Considering the various atrocities the Melee Fight Crew has committed (such as killing anyone in cold blood they so much as suspect of being infected, being very trigger-happy assholes in general and remorselessly killing several of their own members by leaving them outside the safe zone to preserve food for themselves), it's really hard to feel bad for the two MFC members who have died so far (Kougami and Takashige). The latter especially since not only was he trying to murder Kurumi, but also because it's entirely possible that at least some of the zombies who killed him were the same former members he and the rest of the MFC betrayed.
  • Badass Adorable: Kurumi, Rii, and Miki.
  • Bad Dreams:
    • Kurumi has recurring nightmares of the time the sempai she liked turned into a zombie and she had to kill him. In chapter 45, she has a nightmare of eating his zombified corpse after she had killed him.
    • She later has one in episode 10, where she finds Taroumaru, only for him to suddenly start aggressively growling at her. She then hears Megu-nee scratching at the door, begging Kurumi to let her in. Unfortunately it's spoken in broken segments, signifying her gradual descent into becoming a zombie.
  • Bait and Switch: The anime production obviously had a lot of fun in building up the series prior to its TV premiere as a happy and fun Kirara-style Schoolgirl Series from the get-go, with zero hint that there are zombies involved at all. Heck, take a look at the opening animation, and the peppy and happy pop song that plays with it. Does this look like something from a Zombie Apocalypse series to you?
    • The anime itself lives by this trope in the first episode. The opening shows a completely untarnished school and Yuki spends the entire episode in the happy series that was marketed... It's only in the last minutes that it's revealed she was imagining everyone outside her club, and the real state of the school. From Episode 2 onwards, the opening itself starts to show the facade slipping.
  • Balloon Belly: Taroumaru has this in episode 7 after eating a meal.
  • Beauty Mark: One of Rii's distinguishing features, under her left eye.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Yuuri seems like the Cool Big Sis character, but when she doesn't approve of certain things, she'll have a very intimidating aura.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: In Yuki's mind, everything she sees looks like a normal day at school while seemingly being unaware there is a Zombie Apocalypse and except for the members of the School Life Club, she only sees the rest of the students are fine and not zombies. This is actually a defense mechanism created by Yuki to deal with the world she's now living which Megu-nee encouraged her. Her death was even the catalyst. Miki, however, notes that while this delusion is a safety mechanism, and that Yuki herself might not even believe it herself, it can't last forever. In Chapter 29, Yuki's delusion temporarily breaks, and she loses her shit until it comes back.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Kurumi, Yuri, and Yuki do this for Miki in episode 5/chapter 11 after they realize there was still a survivor in the mall.
    • In episode 12 of the anime, Taroumaru drives away some zombies that grabbed Yuki.
    • Yuki, when she reaches the broadcasting room and sends out an announcement to thin out the zombie horde.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The anime. The girls are alive, the zombies have left the school for now allowing the girls to leave the school and find a new place and survive, and another survivor has found a letter from them, implying that there's still hope for our protagonists. On the other hand, Yuki has broken out of her cheerful delusions, has come to acknowledge Megu-nee's death and resulting zombification, Megu-nee has bitten Kurumi and Taroumaru, Kurumi is okay thanks to the antidote (though that may not be a lasting thing), but Taroumaru suffered a tragic and tearful death. On top of that, Kei — Miki's friend whom she hoped to see again one day — is seen walking back to the school as a zombie.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • In the anime, Miki is shown reading Steppen King's The Standard.
    • Kei's CD player is a Parasol brand.
      • And so is Megu-nee's instant photo camera.
    • All the games and movies in the Saint Isidore University survivor group's possession also get this treatment.
    • Some boxes used in the barricades bear the "Umazon" logo on them.
  • Break the Cutie: Every girl in this series is psychologically broken one way or another, especially Yuki. It starts when Kurumi is forced to kill the boy she liked due to him zombifying.
  • Breather Episode: Episode 9 has the girls fooling around in the pond/pool above the school. It almost resembles a normal day for them, at least until the very end of the episode, when Taroumaru spots a zombie Megu-nee in the basement.
  • Building of Adventure: Well, the girls are holed up in the school due to a Zombie Apocalypse, so it's not like they can do much else, nor safely leave it.
  • Car Fu: Kurumi hits at least one zombie in Megu-nee's car in episode 4.
  • Cast Of Expies: The designs for each member of the School Life Club not only match with an expected Schoolgirl Series archetype, they also suspiciously (or maybe intentionally) look like characters from other Manga Time Kirara series. To whit:
  • Cliffhanger: A major one occurs in episode 10, with Miki volunteering to go down to the basement to explore it and bring back some medicine from the area. And as the zombies take shelter inside the school from the rain, they begin to attack the barricade set up by the girls. The credits begin to roll as the sound of the barricade is heard crashing down.
  • Completely Different Title: The Chinese title translates to Campus, the Isolated Island, which more than spoils the actual setting of the series.
  • Conspicuous CG: Megu-nee's car and the zombies when there's a whole lot of them in the anime.
  • Cool Car: Megu-nee's Mini Cooper s, and later, an RV that the girls find while exploring the town.
  • Cooldown Hug: Yuki does one to Kurumi in episode 3's Flash Back after she was forced to kill the boy she liked due to him zombifying.
  • Costume Test Montage: In episode 5, Yuki, Rii and Kurumi go to try out new clothes at a shop in the mall.
  • Cosy Catastrophe: Despite the Zombie Apocalypse, the cast gets to live out many of the classic School Girl Series plots. Yuki's delusions are also this taken Up to Eleven, with her mind outright ignoring that there was a catastrophe at all.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Aww, look. Another cute school girls slice of life series set in a great school... but wait! Why is that class is now dirty and there are zombies as well?! WTH!
  • Crazy-Prepared: Thankfully for the girls, extra materials reveal that their school was specifically designed to be self sufficient, with its own independent electrical grid, water purification system, gardens to grow food, and disaster shelters with months worth of supplies.
  • Credits Running Sequence: All four girls do it briefly at the beginning, then Yuki does some more throughout the credits.
  • Custom Uniform: Yuki's blue skirt and blouse. What's more unusual about this is, as a third year she should have the same uniform color as Kurumi and Rii, and yet there's still no in-universe explanation given as to why her clothes are this way. Some enterprising readers however picked up on how Yuki's uniform color is simply the same green as everyone else's uniforms... except color-inverted. Rule of Symbolism much?
  • Cuteness Proximity: Taroumaru greets several of the girls in this manner. Yuki in particular seems ecstatic at meeting him in episode 5.
  • Darkest Hour:
    • Episode 11 in the anime. Kurumi has been infected, Rii breaks down when she realizes she can't keep her Pinky Swear given to Kurumi, Miki is trapped in the bunker with the needed vaccine, and the zombie students have broken through the barricade. Add to this the storm and the power going out, and it's looking very bad indeed.
    • Chapter 48 of the manga. Kurumi's wandered off-campus to god-knows-where, and the Melee Fight Crew round up the entirety of the both the Dissolution and School Life clubs.
  • Dead All Along: Megu-nee has been dead for some time as the Megu-nee the reader has been seeing is actually an illusion created by Yuki.
  • Dead Man Walking: Kurumi. It's implied that the serum used on her isn't a permanent solution, and if she doesn't take it regularly there's a real danger that she'll relapse. The problem with this however is the cache included in the emergency shelter has less than five left (deducting the one used on her), and there's no way of replenishing their supply. This is starting to come to a head by chapter 44 as the serum seems to be wearing off, and Kurumi is already having difficulty not attacking her companions. Unless another dose of serum is found soon, it's not looking good.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: A rather sad version of the Genki Girl trope. Yuki is so cheerful and optimistic that her mind outright refuses to see how gloomy and depressing the situation is, to the point of hallucinating that the rest of the students are fine and there is no Zombie Apocalypse. Her cute, eccentric personality caused her to be bullied prior to the apocalypse. Her Nice Hat in particular was considered weird by others.
  • Delayed Reaction: The other girls tend to have this when talking to Megu-nee after Yuki mentions her. Megu-nee then often pouts or smiles after they cut her off or thank her respectively. This is a subtle Chekhov's Gun hint that the Megu-nee we're seeing here isn't really there other than in Yuki's mind. The girls are just playing along with her to avoid her having a complete Heroic B.S.O.D.. Also,before The Reveal on episode 1, Miki has this when breaking Yuki's classes and when Taroumaro, as Yuki claimed, was disturbing a home economics class. She only apologizes when Yuki told her to.
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • Miki was close to crossing it before she was found by the School Life Club. Her friend Kei, who survived the initial outbreak with her however crossed it, to the point where she didn't care anymore as she walked out of their barricaded room.
    • Kurumi sics a horde of zombies on Takashige of the Melee Fight Crew, and is shown walking away from the University into the darkness, while sobbing.
  • Destination Defenestration: In chapter 43, An infected Kougami is lured to his death with a working CD player hanging outside of an open window.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: A slight variation of this occurs in episode 12. The character that dies is Taroumaru, who dies sitting in Miki's lap after being given the vaccine. It seems to repress the virus, but as Yuri fears, he was zombified for too long.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Yuki hums the opening song in the beginning of episode 4 while drawing.
  • Don't Try This at Home: In episode 5, Yuki carries Taroumaru in her backpack while ascending the escalator. A brief cutscene then says that she was carrying a backpack, not a dog house.
  • Doomed Hometown: After the zombies (anime)/ a fire from a helicopter crash (manga) wreck various facilities in the school, the girls are forced to leave in search of a place where other survivors may have gathered.
  • Dramatic Irony: The show adores this trope, and Yuki's delusions offer plenty of scope for it:
    • In episode 2, Yuki teases Kurumi about being scared of ghosts. The viewer just saw Kurumi take down a zombie single-handedly, and, unlike Yuki, she doesn't escape her living nightmare by retreating into a world of delusion.
    • When Kurumi goes missing, both Yuki and Yuuri ask Megumi to keep her safe. They're blissfully unaware that Megu-nee's zombie is responsible for biting and infecting their friend.
  • Dramatic Wind: Of the "ominous wind" variety. The wind picks up at seemingly innocuous points in the first episode, such as the scene on the roof garden after Miki and Yuki leave. It coincides with puzzlingly tense looks on the faces of the remaining two girls. It also shows up as Miki and Yuki approach the "desk barricade" while chasing Taroumaru, which is even more confusing since they are indoors. It turns out to be a major hint that something isn't right in a literal, as well as symbolic way: the wind can be heard and felt in the corridor because, outwith Yuki's delusions, the windows of the ruined school are shattered.
  • Driven to Suicide: A few examples:
    • Whoever it was that had opened up the shelter before Megu-nee was found the following chapter after they were hinted at. He hung himself.
    • The main girls entertain this thought at various points due to increasing despair at their situation, but ultimately overcome it largely due to The Power of Friendship. Kurumi in particular tries to pick up a gun for reasons implied to be related to if she ever needed to kill herself. Miki throws it away, saying as none of them have formal gun training it's a danger to them to try and use it.
  • Due to the Dead: In episode 2, Kurumi places the female zombie's corpse in a fairly respectable lying position after killing it, and places said zombie's cellphone on top of her body.
  • Dying Alone: This is a pervasive fear in this setting:
    • Megumi suffers such a fate as she distances herself from the girls before she turns completely.
    • Miki faces this fear in Episode 11.
    • Miki later spots a zombie who looks a lot like Kei also suggesting her friend suffered this fate after leaving the mall.
  • Dying as Yourself: Occurs in episode 12, with Taroumaru, who de-zombifies with the vaccine, but is clearly not looking very healthy as he struggles to maintain his posture and eat/drink. He passes away while sitting on Miki's lap shortly afterwards.
  • Dysfunction Junction: All the girls suffered trauma as a result of the hellish world they were abruptly thrown into:
    • Yuki outright refuses to believe there is a Zombie Apocalypse and her mind tricks her into believing that everything is normal as a coping mechanism.
    • Kurumi was forced to kill the upperclassman she had a crush on when he became a zombie.
    • Miki was the Sole Survivor of a mall after the outbreak and she doesn't know if her friend Kei is still alive after Kei voluntarily left their shelter.
    • Rii initially appears to be the most stable out of the girls but later chapters shows her hanging by a thin thread. She ends up having a breakdown after the helicopter crash and it's only getting worse once the group heads towards the kindergarten where her little sister was last seen.
  • Easter Egg: The anime's main website during the airing maintains a light and fluffy look to maintain the illusion that the show is similar to most Manga Time Kirara series. However, come 0:00 (midnight) JST, the website changes to a "night version", it becomes all the more ominous as the veneer is taken off, and the true nature of the series is showcased, where the school is now dark, destroyed, and mostly abandoned, the lighting is creepy, and the girls now shown wearing worn and ratty clothes. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the character page, where instead of everyone smiling, the girls are instead shown with either with their backs against the viewer, or very morose. The site stays this way until 4:00 AM JST, at which it shifts back to its usual version.
  • Epic Fail:
    • In the first episode of the anime, Miki opens her arms in an attempt to rescue Taroumaru from the other girls chasing after him, and the scene is played up accordingly as if he got over his Animals Hate Him attitude of her. Instead he turns and runs in a different direction.
    • In episode 2, Megu-nee writes some stuff on the chalkboard. Yuki then attempts to answer them, prompting Megu-nee to say she's amazed. Instead of praise however, she says Yuki got every single one of them wrong.
    • In episode 6, Yuki attempts to throw a ball into the basket during the sports festival. Instead of going in, the ball hits the side, and flies right back into her forehead.
    • Kurumi's first attempt to catch a pigeon in episode 7. She simply tries to sneak up behind it, though her shadow gives her away. She misses her attempt, and the pigeon smacks her on the head as it flies off.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: In episode 2, Taroumaru seems incredibly scared about entering the library. It refuses to stay with just Miki however, so Kurumi keeps them company while Yuri and Yuki go in for some books. His reluctance is soon confirmed when a zombie shambles past Yuri, and nearly catches Yuki in the process. And in episode 9, it growls when spotting something, a zombie Megu-nee, in the basement.
  • Evolving Credits:
    • The opening for episode 2 has the same cheery song from the first one. However, it now shows the Zombie Apocalypse. Additionally, the scene of Yuki's silhouette shows the school looking normal within her, but everything outside of it shows the school as it really is.
    • The other characters who show up in the opening (Yuki's classmates, Miki's friend Kei, Taromaru and Megu-nee) also seem to update to reflect their current status as the episodes go on. This borders on making it a Spoiler Opening as this slow change implies that something terrible is going to eventually happen to these characters.
    • Episode 6's ending changes from the usual one shown to one with Yuki and Megu-nee interacting with each other and the other girls in various scenes seen in earlier episodes. Megu-nee then slowly fades from each of the pictures, due to the Wham Line Miki asked Yuki about who Megu-nee was, along with the revelation that the real one has been dead for quite some time. The next episode credits follows this trend, with Megu-nee's picture slowly fading away as Yuki tries to talk about the preview.
    • Episode 7 changes the title transition from teddy bears to chasing zombie arms and the pictures taken of the girls during happier parts of their life with pictures that show more despair.
    • Taroumaru is seen walking all alone through the ending credits in episode 9, he and Kurumi are also removed from the last segment when the Yuki wakes up and the girls greet her. Taromaru was bitten by zombie Megu-nee after he spotted her in the basement at the end of episode 9 and in episode 10, Kurumi has been bitten by zombie Megu-nee.
    • In the OP for episode ten, the dog bone that hits Miki isn't caught by Taromaru and his dog bowl and leash are empty and instead of Megumi's grave, we see her zombie form. At the very end of the OP Yuki's bloody hat can be spotted also. In the ending credits, Taromaru is seen walking along with Megu-nee.
    • This video compares the openings of the firt seven episodes.
      • And this one shows a more direct side-by-side comparison of all the openings. It can very clearly be seen how they gradually get darker over the episodes, to Episode 12's complete lack of any opening at all.
    • Episode 12's ending has a mix of the opening title song, combined with the ending used when the girls are walking down an artificial riverbank. Except this time Megu-nee's car is seen during this sequence, and scenes from previous episodes play throughout.
    • This video shows all differences of the openings.
  • Excited Show Title!: Because school life is so much fun in this series, right!
  • The Faceless: The zombies' faces are never clearly shown, with their faces often being shaded or blacked out, with only their eyes visible. One of the few exceptions is Megu-nee, where you get a very detailed shot of her mouth.
  • False Camera Effects: The film grain that bookends Megu-nee's segments in episode 3.
  • Fanservice:
    • While the actual manga doesn't have much fanservice besides a brief panel of Yuuri in her underwear during the montage at the mall, some of the covers for the individual chapters indulge in this quite a bit.
    • The anime has some fanservice in it, with the mall montage being extended to show the girls appearing in bikini's, while Episode 9 is a Pool Episode. Interestingly, both of these examples may have been inspired by one of the aforementioned manga covers, because said cover was what originally showed off the bikini's the girls ended up wearing in both of these episodes.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Before the Zombie Apocalypse started, the girls were complete strangers who only went to the same highschool. Once the outbreak happened, they were the only survivors left in the school and formed the School Life Club in order to support each other and survive. By the start of the series, they have become close friends who struggle to stay alive and together.
  • First Episode Spoiler: The story is set during a Zombie Apocalypse. There are hints shown throughout before The Reveal at the end of the episode which should clue viewers in that things are not as it seems, such as Yuki living in the school, the piles of desks blocking part of the hallway, a brief shot of a broken window, and a grave marker in the horticulture club's gardens.
  • Flash Back: Used regularly to show events that occurred earlier in the Zombie Apocalypse:
    • In episode 2, Kurumi has some about the boy she liked zombifying in front of her.
    • Megu-nee's scenes are almost entirely done in flashbacks.
    • In the anime Miki's time before she became a part of the School Live Club is done in flashbacks. In the manga they were done in real time, and Miki didn't join the club for several chapters.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Several hints were shown before The Reveal that Megu-nee is not what she appears to be like how she got into the toilet that Yuki's in even though it's locked from the inside.
    • In the first episode's opening, the only time you see other students is in Yuki's parts. Additionally, once we get to the first episode itself, any student that isn't interacting directly with Yuki is white and featureless...but most anime fans would ignore that, since that's a common way to draw unimportant characters. In hindsight, you realize that it's because Yuki probably imagines the people interacting with her more vividly than those she assigns as "set dressing".
    • Also before The Reveal near the end of episode 1, several hints are shown in Miki's facial expression when interacting with Yuki when finding Taroumaro, such as forced apologies and late reactions when breaking in Yuki's class.
    • Taromaru was removed from the episode 9 ending credits part when Yuki wakes up. In next episode, we learn that he was bitten by Megu-nee in the basement and became a zombie.
    • The knife that Rii would have used to kill a now-infected Kurumi has always been a part of the graphics accompanying her in the opening.
    • Ruu being a teddy bear was heavily foreshadowed from the get-go, such as how only Rii usually interacted with her, the bear ears on her hoodie, and the uncomfortable reactions of the others when Rii talked about her.
  • Four Girl Ensemble: There's four girls most of the time.
  • Four Is Death: In episode seven of the anime, Yuki has a Freak Out when she realizes Megu-nee's car could only seat four people, meaning that logically one person couldn't have been there— Megu-nee.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • The writing on the chalkboard in episode 1 can be seen when Yuki leaves the classroom to talk to Miki. It's also a Foreshadowing of how bad things have gotten for the girls outside of Yuki's imagination.
    • Yuki has a very brief but blurry Flash Back in episode 5, right before she runs back into the mall after hearing someone yell for help. She recalls Megu-nee holding a bloodied arm as she's surrounded by zombies.
  • Gainaxing: In the opening credits, Yuri's breasts jiggle for a moment after a flower bounces off them.
  • Gave Up Too Soon: Had Miki's friend Kei just stuck around and persisted with her, she might have been inevitably rescued by the School Life Club too.
  • Gecko Ending: The anime speeds things up compared to the manga, and adds events that didn't occur in the manga, such as having Taroumaru for more than a couple of scenes. Other notable differences:
    • In the anime, Miki ends up getting surrounded by zombies in the basement, and is saved by Yuki causing all the zombies to "go home" with her broadcast. In the manga Miki doesn't run into much opposition aside from zombie Megu-nee.
    • Almost every zombie is gone from the school when the girls leave in episode 12. However, in the manga they were still around and caused some other issues for them prior to escaping.
    • A crashed helicopter destroys much of the school's infrastructure in the manga. In the anime however, the zombies inadvertently do that instead.
    • Taroumaru reverts back to a regular dog after being given the vaccine, but dies shortly afterwards.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Kurumi usually wears here hair like this. However she pins them in a more sensible manner (closer to her head, to keep them from being grabbed) when there's heavy shovel swinging that needs to be done...
  • Girly Run: Yuri does this at the beginning of the anime op, though she's upside down when it's shown.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Used to its full effect during episode 3, where the audience is left to fill in the details with their minds on the horrific nature of what Kurumi is forced to do.
  • Government Conspiracy: Miki discovers a Government Emergency Manual for the school's staff on how to deal with the zombie outbreak which includes a map where the emergency supplies are located including medicine for anyone infected, which suggests the government knew about the zombies before the outbreak began. However, it is later subverted when it's revealed the manual was actually made by the Randall Corporation, who helped built the city the story is set in.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: During the rainstorm in episode 10, Miki asks Yuuri why she seems depressed during the rain. She then relates that it was raining the day they lost Megu-nee. Surprisingly it doesn't seem to affect Yuki as much, if at all.
  • Guns Akimbo: Kurumi dual wields water pistols in her match against Yuuri in episode 9. The latter comments on how doing that is Awesome, but Impractical due to wasting her shots and not being able to aim carefully with two guns.
  • Hair Decorations: Yuki's cross hairpins, Kurumi's hair ribbons, Megu-nee and Rii's side hairclips.
  • Happy Place: What Yuki seems live in 24/7.
  • The Heart: Her delusions aside (or maybe because of her delusions), Yuki's unflagging cheerfulness has served to ground both Rii and Kurumi into not giving up living.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.:
    • Yuki suffers one in episode 5 after spotting a zombie as they're chasing Kurumi out of a theater. She has to be led away by Kurumi and Yuri as she's unable to do anything aside from staring in front of her.
    • Rii finally snaps from the pressure in the wake of the helicopter crashing outside their school, and watching Kurumi and Miki getting injured in its explosion.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Megu-nee. From the brief flashes of memory Yuki showed, she stayed outside the audio-visual studio to both serve as bait, and prevent the zombies from breaking through the door.
    • Subverted in chapter 28. Kurumi shoves an unconscious Miki into a car and faces an entire horde of zombies on her own to protected her. Right when she's about to get mowed down, a broadcast from Yuki and Rii, distracting the zombies and drawing them away from her. This renews her determination to keep fighting, and gives her plenty of opportunity to kill the zombies that are now focussed on the broadcast.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Anyone who thinks that Chapter 31 might be hinting at a new addition to the School Life Club is going to be very sadly disappointed.
    • Not to mention the rescue helicopter that arrives at the school. Just when it looks like the girls will be rescued, the pilot succumbs to the infection and the helicopter crashes.
    • Taromaru is seen recovering from his zombie state in episode 12, after Miki gives him the antidote. He dies minutes later, while on Miki's lap.
  • Idiot Ball: As of chapter 44, the Defense Committee seems to be set to catch this. They decide that the zombification of one of their members was all the Crew's fault, and plan on attacking them on the flimsiest of pretenses.
  • Imaginary Friend: Megu-nee for Yuki and Ruu for Yuuri.
  • Improbably Female Cast: There are no important male characters for dozens of chapters and the entirety of the anime. They are either nameless, such as the boy Kurumi liked who succumbed, or not important enough to even have a name, such as the group the girls run into during chapter 37. The next set of survivors they run into after that is also an all female group. Eventually, we finally have 3 male characters introduced as members of the Melee Fight Crew, with one of them being the group's leader. They're still out-numbered by the sheer amount of female characters, but as of Chapter 46 two of those guys are dead, leaving the leader the only male character currently around.
  • Improvised Weapon: The only tool any of the girls have to defend themselves is a common gardening shovel. And unlike the Lobos in World War Z, the shovel isn't even sharpened, but suffice to say the girls get a lot of use out of it.
  • Infant Immortality:
    • Averted. Indeed, a lot of the zombies wandering around the School Life Club's stronghold happen to be their old schoolmates.
    • Later in the manga, they even go to an elementary school after finding a zombified kid with a message written on a board hanging from his neck. When they arrive, they find the place overrun, though in the end Rii does (possibly) find a surviving girl.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • Megu-nee. Her real name is Sakura Megumi.
    • "Rii" for Yuuri.
    • Ruu's full name isn't stated.
    • Yuki refers to Miki as "Mii-kun".
  • Instant Bandages: In episode 4, Yuki sports one on her head after Kurumi karate chops it due to her waking up the latter in the middle of the night, then saying she'll reveal her idea in the morning.
  • Irony: The more standard variety, as well as Dramatic Irony, is all over the place:
    • In her flashback, Megumi is lectured about how she's not cut out to be a teacher, and "tougher" characters, like the Vice Principal and her mother, are always on her case. Turns out, she's the best teacher the girls could hope for — she's the only teacher with the luck and common sense to survive the initial outbreak, she manages to implement a scheme to preserve her students' shaky morale/sanity, and she's prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the children in her care.
    • Megumi again, but not quite so positively this time: her decision to gather supplies for the girls while she's zombifying/zombified, while touching proof of her prioritization of the girls above everything else, leads her to be in the worst possible area she could be in when those supplies are actually needed. To get to the supplies, they need to get past her. Her need to protect the girls led to her becoming their main threat.
  • Iyashikei: Subverted. The series looks like it's going to be one of these... until the Wham Shot at the end of the first chapter. The anime plays up the subversion even more. The first episode would be very nearly a straight example of the genre if you removed The Reveal.
  • Japanese Christian:
    • The old lady who was made into Taromarou's previous owner in the anime is one.
    • Implied with Megu-nee. She has a rosary, makes religious comments, in the anime is related to the aforementioned woman (she's her aunt), and her grave is marked with a cross.
  • Kimodameshi: One is done in episode 2. This also gives the girls a good excuse to resupply at the school's store, as well as gather some books from the library.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • The Zombies themselves qualify, not only due to destroying any expectations that this will be a normal Iyashikei series, but also because they're played very seriously, with no comedy being in any scene that has them in it.
    • The zombified Megumi in particular is a special example, as not only is it both sad and disturbing seeing the group's Big Good and original Team Mom now rendered a frightening shell of her former self, but she also bites Kurumi (who couldn't bring herself to kill the zombified version of someone she knew and loved dearly) and very nearly kills her as a result. In fact, she still haunts the girls because Kurumi appears to still be infected and in the stages of becoming a zombie. The anime takes this up even further by Having her infect Taromaru as well, while the girls' Darkest Hour begins right when Kurumi is infected, due to the zombies breaking into the school only minutes after this happens.
    • The later chapters have introduced The Melee Fight Crew, the first human antagonists in the manga. They're ruthless, hostile and overly paranoid survivors who will viciously kill anyone they suspect to be a threat without remorse, and Chapter 47 reveals that they've even killed several of their own members in order to preserve all the food for themselves. The chapters with heavy focus on them feature absolutly no comedy at all and further highlight how dark the series truely is. This is further examplified with the group's leaders: The currently unnamed Blond Man is remorseless about leaving several of his own allies to die as well as the aforementioned murders the group has committed, while also viewing other survivors only as tools to be used, while Ayaka is utterly psychotic and actually enjoys the Zombie Apocaylpse and all the deaths and suffering it has caused.
  • Letting the Air Out of the Band: In episode 6, Yuki is showing Miki the music room, and starts up some music on a stereo player. While Yuki argues with Megu-nee, Miki looks on in confusion, the music slows, it's revealed that the stereo player is actually broken, and the music finally stops when Miki asks who Megu-nee is.
  • Lighter and Softer: The manga and the anime initially seem like this compared to other Zombie Apocalypse works, focusing more on the Slice of Life moments at the beginning, and the girls get along and don't compete for limited resources, and there's little zombie slaughtering, but later chapters/episodes grow darker, showing more of the physical and psychological effects on the girls, such as Kurumi being attacked and Yuuri's gradual breakdown, and soon the girls even lose their school shelter altogether - in the manga, an helicopter meant to rescue them crashes, while in the anime the zombies themselves eventually break through the barricades and wreck the school.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Invoked. The girls are literally wearing the clothes that were on their backs when the zombie apocalypse hit, and it is hinted that what extra clothes they use for sleepwear were scavenged at the school's store.
  • Living Emotional Crutch:
    • Without Megu-nee, Yuki would have a breakdown and her delusions that she isn't in a zombie apocalypse would shatter. Megu-nee actually died a while back and Yuki is only deluding herself into believing Megu-nee is still alive.
    • Yuki herself is a subtle one to Rii, who starts becoming more mentally instable once the helicopter crash destroyed all their survival equipment. Yuki's optimistic attitude helps keep Rii (along with everyone else) going.
  • Living Is More Than Surviving: In episode 6, Miki realizes she and her friend Kei were only focused on surviving when they locked themselves in a storage room in a zombie-infested mall. Once she starts interacting with the School Life club, she sees they try to make the best out of their situation and organize "school activities" to have fun.
  • The Load: Yuki has zero fighting ability, and what's worse her delusions make her a serious liability when things get hairy, as unless told there was something going on, she wouldn't even know that she needed to defend herself. This decreases after the helicopter crash causes the school to burn down and they're forced to leave and head into town. Even in-character it's noted by the rest of the cast that she's become more dependable and often spots trouble before anyone else.
  • Loophole Abuse: In episode 4, Yuki says they should go on an school outing. Yuri says they can't leave the school grounds, but then Yuki replies that official school functions don't count as "leaving the school".
  • Lyrical Dissonance: It's an upbeast theme, but the lyrics is all about corpses and zombies.
  • Magic Antidote: Not quite. Everything seems like the 'cure' to the zombie virus works like this, but in chapter 25 the reader gets a bone chilling quote that any zombie trope reader will recognize as very bad: "Hey, Kurumi, your hand is kinda cold." Then the chapter reveals that the 'cure' requires regular injections, by one of the rescuers needing to take a regular injection of the 'magic' cure and failing.
  • Magic Skirt: The girls' main uniform consists of a short skirt that never reveals anything despite all the running, climbing and jumping they end up doing.
  • Meaningful Echo: Yuki's speech at the beginning of the series (both in the anime and the manga), where she describes the reasons she likes the school, is like this, though the context and tone of its use varies between media. In the anime in particular the tone is much hopeful and positive, and is used to send the zombie students "home". However in the manga (specifically chapter 29), it instead serves to underscore the irony of Yuki's thoughts to her current situation where she is violently jolted back into sanity after encountering a zombie on her own, and her own delusions come crashing down around her.
  • Mega Corp.: The eponymous Randall Corporation, who while not directly named in the series itself, helped build most of the city through its funding. They're also an expy of the Umbrella Corporation, which means their research into using diseases as bioweapons helped cause the Zombie Apocalypse in the setting.
  • Message in a Bottle: In episode 7/chapter 6, the girls send a variation of this trope via helium balloons, and in Kurumi's case, a pigeon.
  • Minimalist Cast: The human characters are Yuki, Kurumi, Yuuri, Megu-nee, Miki (and her friend Kei in flashbacks), Taroumaru in the anime, and that's it (and Megu-nee turns out to be Dead All Along). Other living humans aren't introduced until much later.
  • Mood Dissonance: The first ending for the anime, which has a fairly upbeat and cheery sounding song, while the girls walk through the destroyed remnants of a city. They even pass by things such as a wrecked vehicle as they walk down the riverbank. The opening is likewise similar, with a cheery song while showing bits of the Zombie Apocalypse in episode 2's Evolving Credits onward.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • The first chapter/episode tries its darnedest to fool you into thinking this will be another generic Slice of Life high school girl comedy show. Then reality starts setting in when we're shown what the school really looks like outside of Yuki's imagination after a Zombie Apocalypse.
    • Episode 9 of the anime is a lighthearted one where they clean out the water storage tank. Then at the end of the episode, Taroumaru flees to the basement and encounters zombie Megu-nee, all backed by some creepy music.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The second trailer makes the anime look like a fun, zombie-themed romp.
  • Nice Hat: Yuki's cat-eared hat with its cat face pin. She stops wearing it in the final episode as she buries it with Taroumaru, though in the manga that doesn't happen and she still wears the hat after leaving the school.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • The leader of the mall survivors that Miki was part of hides that he got infected, which led to the deaths of the others except Miki and her friend.
    • In episode 2, Yuki runs off alone while in the library with Yuri. Unfortunately a zombie is still lurking in the area...
    • Miki finding the school's emergency survival guide is pretty much the direct cause of Kurumi getting bitten when she goes to scout the emergency shelter. Miki even admits it's partially her fault. The anime also adds Taroumaru to the mix, as he escapes from his leash, and explores the basement, where Kurumi finds him now zombified. When she later says she'll be fine on her own, and that she won't be reckless, Yuuri immediately tells her that's what Kurumi said too before getting bitten.
  • Nondescript Club: The School Life Club is a pretty standard version of this, being a club that doesn't seem to have any purpose other than an excuse for its few members to hang out and have fun. However, it turns out that the reason the club is so small and nondescript in the first place is that they're the only students in the school left alive, and its simple goal is meant to help the girls cope with their situation.
  • No Sense of Direction: While they have a perfectly functioning sense of direction when on foot, apparently neither Kurumi nor Rii can read a map properly, which quickly gets them lost in the city while taking turns driving the car during the "school trip". Luckily for them, Yuki does. However, it doesn't help that a lot of the routes are blocked or impassable due to crashed vehicles on the road.
  • Not a Morning Person: Yuki is late for breakfast and falls asleep in class, much to the anger of her teacher and the shock to the other students. The second example becomes subverted once we're shown that none of the other people in her class are alive any longer. Episode 3 reveals she was like that even when school was normal.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Ironically, some of the more suspenseful chapters happen to be the ones where the girls don't encounter any zombies — like the one where, during the club's "school trip" they coincidentally pass by Kurumi's (abandoned) home.
  • Not So Above It All: In episode 2, despite being on heightened alert, Miki sees Yuki eating a candy stick while they're at the school store. Kurumi then talks to them, and sees Miki eating one as well. The scene then switches to Yuri, who puts some money on the counter, and after she moves, Kurumi is eating one with the other two. Yuri then eats one as well as they go to the library.
  • Not So Stoic: Rii loses her cool when Miki suggests they should snap Yuki out of her delusions. She loses it even more in the manga when things go From Bad to Worse after the helicopter meant to save them crashes, and the ensuing fire left the School Life Club's sanctuary uninhabitable.
  • Not Using the Z Word: Similar to Highschool of the Dead, the zombies aren't referred to as such. Instead they are called "them" or by other indirects. There are in-series implications that zombie fiction exists, so the characters are deliberately avoiding the term.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Near the end of the first episode in the anime, Yuki is describing someone that her classmates assume is a guy. Then she starts adding some weird details such as him jumping on her and trying to pull her skirt off, making them understandably shocked. When they finally ask, she tells him Taroumaru is a dog, prompting them to mention not leave that little detail out next time.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: While at first glance they seem to be similar to your typical zombie-flick shambler, the zombies in School-Live possess residual memories, to the point where they seem to repeat the habits that they held while they were still alive. Although this is glossed upon in the manga, in the anime this becomes a plot point, explaining just why the streets of the city seem to be free of zombies when the girls leave on their "school trip"; the former-adults were at "work", and the former children and teenagers were at "school". In the anime they're also fairly content to leave the girls alone as long as they aren't startled (see how Yuki and her friends are able to run through a mall lobby filled will groups of them), and in general seem to act like people in a constant psychotic daze. Megu-nee was able to regain her humanity for a period despite very much being past the point of no return, to hide herself far from the kids so she wouldn't hurt them. Just to show how important a plot point the residual memories are in the anime, it's used in the finale to help diffuse the Darkest Hour situation of the series. Yuki tells the zombie students through the PA system that school was closed, and it was time for everyone to go home. They promptly do so, emptying the place of zombies, and allowing Miki to return to the clubroom with the experimental serum for Kurumi.
  • Pinky Swear: In episode 5, Kurumi tells Yuri not to hesitate if she gets infected, not wanting to end up like the kids she ran into in the theater earlier. Though initially hesitant, Yuri does this with Kurumi.
  • Pool Episode: Episode 9, where the girls clean an artificial pond/pool in swimsuits, is the closest we'll get to this in the show.
  • Raising the Steaks: Humans are not the only ones that can be zombiefied. As Megu-nee discovered, any mammal can be infected, as evidenced by the puppy that Yuki brings home turning into a zombie.
  • The Reveal: The First Episode Spoiler which shows that everyone outside of the School Life Club was just a figment of Yuki's imagination, and the school is in much worse condition than seen from Yuki's point of view.
  • Resist the Beast:In truly horrific fashion:
    Megu-nee:Yuki, Kurumi, Yuuri, I'm so hungry. Open the door... I love you all so Why WHY WHY WON'T YOU OPEN THE DOOR
    Yuki:Megu-nee!
    Megu-nee:NO No NO! THIS ISN'T WHAT I SHOULD BE DOING! I'M HUNGRY BUT.. I'M HUNGRY BUT...! (Going towards the shelter were the medicine is stored) THANK GOODNESS IT'S OPEN... JUST A LITTLE FURTHER- YUKI, KURUMI, YUURI... I'M SORRY EVERY-ONE THIS IS AS FAR AS I GO... I WONDER IF I'LL EVER SEE THEM AGAIN...(flash forward, a now fully zombie-fied Megu-nee, meets one of the girls with tragic results.)
  • Rewatch Bonus: Several hints are throughout shown in the series that can't be seen watching it once. An example is a FreezeFrame Bonus of Taroumarou's death was foreshadowed at episode 9 preview where Miki asked if what Yuki meant was ghost stories. The book was titled Taroumarou of the Dead[1].
  • Rule of Symbolism: The barricade constructed from "All of our hopes and Megu-nee's love" falls when a zombie Megumi attacks Kurumi, and the girls begin to despair as things go from "terrible" to "even worse."
  • Sanity Slippage: Rii gets progressively unstable in the wake of the helicopter crash at the school. This culminates in what might be a full breakdown once the group heads to the kindergarten where her younger sister attended. Later she's shown to be hallucinating that her sister is alive and that a teddy bear is her.
  • School Festival: Or the best that four girls can come up with amidst a zombie-infested school campus anyway.
  • Schoolgirl Series: Well, it's about girls at a school, at least.
  • Scream Discretion Shot: Used in episode 10. As the Eye Catch comes on, a biting sound is heard. Said bite was from zombie Megu-nee against Kurumi, who hesitated attacking due to her bond with her former teacher.
  • Series Continuity Error: The manga has one involving Megu-nee's hair. In Yuki's delusions, she has long hair, but flashbacks depicting the real Megu-nee show her with short hair. However, when Kurumi finds zombie-fied Megu-nee, she has long hair, but then when Miki confronts her, she has short hair. The anime clarifies that after the zombie outbreak started, Megu-nee cut her hair for a more mature look, and probably for safety reasons as well.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: The Zombie Apocalypse has not been kind to the girls' psyches.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: The Survival Club drives around town to find the origin of a radio broadcast and hope to find someone there. They only just miss her by minutes after obstructions and small roads waste their time, the operator already sealed herself away and zombified. Kurumi has no choice but to kill her.
  • Shoot the Dog:
    • In the manga, Yuki recovered a dog, and brought it back. All seemed to be well, but then it started zombifying. In the anime, it's more or less the Team Pet thanks to Spared by the Adaptation. For now at least...
    • When Kurumi discovers the zombified remains of Megu-nee, Miki takes it upon herself to be the one to deal with the situation as the one with the least emotional connection to the other person.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shovel Strike: With their only reliable weapon being a gardening shovel, what else do you expect the girls to use against zombies? Kurumi becomes really good at it too.
  • Social Darwinist: What Chapter 47 is about. Since rations were getting low, the warrior faction of St. Isidore begun the "choosing".
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Taroumaru the dog. In the manga he was a One-Shot Character mainly meant to show that other mammals were susceptible to the zombification. However, in the anime he survived with Kei and Miki in the mall, and then runs into Yuki, Yuri, and Kurumi in episode 5. But only until episode 10 when he gets bitten by Megu-nee. He is supposedly recovering in episode 12 after being injected with the experimental serum...only to die minutes later on Miki's lap.
  • Special Edition Title:
    • Episode 4, in which Kei leaves Miki to fend for herself, has credits which are more somber in tone, and has scenes of the two together in place of the usual.
    • Episode 6, where it's revealed that the current Megu-nee is a figment of Yuki's imagination and the real one is long dead, has a different credits sequence as well, with different scenes, and Megu-nee slowly fades out of every shot.
  • Spirit Advisor: It transpires that Megu-nee is one, usually for Yuki. They function to guide the girls out of trouble, occasionally demonstrating knowledge that the School Living Club are not aware of (at least, not consciously). It's possible that they are a true spirit, as they are unusually helpful and more than one person has seen them, but they could also be the non-delusional part of Yuki's mind, which actually has noticed what's going on around her and takes appropriate action. The other girls may have copied this coping strategy, and see Megu-nee when they note an escape route/safety. The story has not yet clarified which theory is accurate.
  • Start My Own: A Flash Back dream Yuki has in episode 7 reveals that Yuri and Megu-nee started the "School Life Club" as a way to help them cope with their current situation. It seems to have worked, as Yuki seemed quite depressed when Megu-nee was telling her about it, but for the most part seems upbeat and cheerful now, so long as she doesn't see any zombies close by.
  • The Stinger: At the end of episode 12, a non-zombie woman comes upon the drawing the girls drew and sent out via balloons and pigeons. Manga readers would recognize her as Touko, one of the survivors that the girls meet once they arrive at Saint Isidore University.
  • Tainted Veins: Kurumi gains these on her right arm, and the right side of her neck and face, after her close brush with zombification. The veins go away a few days after the medicine takes effect.
  • Teenage Wasteland: All of the characters are teenagers, and unless one counts Megu-nee who is dead, there's no recurring adult character. Even later on the characters meet college students who may or may not be under twenty.
  • Tender Tears: Done from time to time, but especially during events in episode 12, such as Taroumaru's death, and the girl's graduation ceremony.
  • Tempting Fate: Yuuri's assertion that their barricade won't fall easily.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Yuki hums a snippet of the theme song in episode 4 of the anime.
  • Throwing the Distraction: After their "school trip", the girls start using cyalumes to disorient zombies while being chased.
  • Title-Only Opening: Episode 12 uses this, just showing the show's title without the usual opening credits. The opening song plays at the end however.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Yuki in episode 12. Though her attempt to hit a zombie with a bat doesn't do much to it, she at least shows much more courage than before, particularly as she was alone at the time.
  • Tragic Monster: All of the zombies, but especially Megu-nee. We keep getting little reminders of their humanity — the zombie with the cell phone has pictures of her and her boyfriend on it, all zombies seem to have a vague sense of the timetable they used to keep (the mall is less dangerous during the week when people were less likely to be there, and the school has fewer zombies at night), and, worst of all, Megumi's thoughts are never far from the girls — even as a zombie. She somehow manages to keep herself away from them until they come blundering into the basement.
  • True Companions: The School Life Club support and protect each other as they struggle to survive the Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The story is portrayed at times from Yuki's perspective, including the majority of the first episode, showing a bright, cheerful school life surrounded by friendly classmates and school activities, none of which remains now that she and three friends are the only non-zombies left.
  • Villainous Rescue: Yuki is saved from the zombies in episode 12 by Taroumaru. Except he's zombified now, so he attacks her shortly afterwards as well. Fortunately a base instinct in him remembering Yuki's hat saves her from getting bitten when she uses it to trap him.
  • We Need a Distraction: Something the girls have to do regularly. As their redoubt isn't a hundred percent fortified, the girls usually need to get the zombies in the school away from wherever they need to go to, like the school store or the Library. When stealth isn't possible, they make use of the music player to draw the zombies somewhere else.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 5: Megu-nee has been Dead All Along and the current Megu-nee we see is actually Yuki's imagination.
    • Chapter 18: The school was given a Government Emergency Manual on how to deal with the zombie outbreak, revealing the government knew about the zombies beforehand. Also Kurumi gets infected after she was attacked by a zombified Megu-nee!
    • Chapter 26: The search helicopter crashes in the school grounds. Kurumi and Miki go to see if there are survivors, but once they get there, Miki is convinced that there are none. Before the two are able to turn back though, the fuel leaking from the helicopter catches fire, which then causes a massive explosion that catches both girls in the blast. And as they lay stunned, burning figures can now be seen shambling out of the wreckage...
    • Chapter 35: Rii loses it, and sneaks out one night to try and find her sister in a zombie-infested kindergarten. While she returns safely at the end of the chapter with a little girl with her, the odd looks Miki and Kurumi give each other point to something very amiss. It's worth noting that the tie the little girl wears looks very much like the moustache of a certain teddy bear, and in the last panel she even seems to have bear ears on her head...
    • Episode 10 of the anime: Kurumi is bitten after looking for Taroumaru, and the zombies storm the school to get out of the rain, knocking down the barriers in the process. It's at this point where things become deadly serious.
    • Chapter 42: The crossbowman is revealed to be infected, and is starting to turn at chapter's end. In addition, the scientist in the secret lab under the university reveals to Miki that since she hasn't received any satellite or radio communications from the outside world, it is very possible that the entire world has fallen to the Zombie Apocalypse.
    • Chapter 46: Due to her worries, Yuki starts to see Megu-nee again. Also, Kurumi is attacked by one of the Defense Committee's goons, but after leading him around leaves him to die surrounded by zombies. Shaken by the experience, she walks off into the night, away from the university's buildings.
    • Chapter 48: The ending reveals that Rii really has undergone a Sanity Slippage and that "Ruu" is a teddy bear. It also implies that the real Ruu turned into a zombie.
  • Wham Line:
    • One is spoken by Miki in episode 6 when Yuki is showing her the music room. Made much, much creepier as the lively music playing from the radio suddenly starts slowing down, and the nice and clean music room starts morphing from Yuki's fantasy into reality.
    Miki: "I don't understand what you're saying. Who is Megu-nee?''
    • The manga has an off hand comment by Yuki that really sinks it in that Kurumi is not actually cured.
    Yuki: "Hey Kurumi, your hand is kinda cold."
  • Wham Shot:
    • The very first chapter lifts the curtain and reveals the bleak situation only a few pages before the end. The anime likewise does it similarly, revealing how bad things have gotten once Miki comes to retrieve Yuki lest she talks to her imaginary classmates for too long while getting her backpack.
    • In episode 6 of the anime, Yuri and Kurumi explain to Miki about Yuki's unique relationship with Megu-nee. The scene then switches to Megu-nee standing out in front of a door with the three girls locked in it. She is bleeding and holding her arm while zombies surround her. Yuki's mind somehow blacked out this incident, and she acts as if this never happened, and they've been playing along with her to keep all of their sanity intact. And in the ending credits, Megu-nee slowly fades from each of the shots seen.
    • At the end of episode 9, Taroumaru goes wandering around the school after managing to free himself from his leash. He then proceeds to the basement, and sees the zombie Megu-nee down there.
    • Chapter 48 of the manga ends with a shot confirming the heavy implications that Rii's sister Ruu is in fact the stuffed bear Yuki left behind in the elementary school, meaning that Rii has become completely delusional.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • What ever did happen to Miki's friend Kei? The assumption is that she got killed after she left their sanctuary, but the series gives no definitive answer after Miki is rescued. A special, written by the author after the anime aired, details what happens to her after she leaves the mall: she doesn't get far, and in trying to escape the zombie crowds she sprains her ankle. She manages to find shelter again, this time in a place with a working radio, but she has no food or water there, and what's more she's not sure if she was bitten. She still tries to radio for help. What happens after that is left unclear, but judging from Chapter 30 and the end of episode 12, Kei eventually succumbed.
    • In chapter 23, the girls explore the basement and find a treasure trove of supplies in there, including some much needed food. However, Miki killed the zombie Megu-nee by the entrance where the desk was propping up the door. Due to the urgency of bringing the medicine back to Kurumi, who was currently a Zombie Infectee, it's not likely Miki had time to remove the body, clean the floor, and place her body somewhere where the other girls wouldn't have seen zombie Megu-nee. Yet they never run into her remains, even when Yuki turns on the lights into the basement. So what happened to Megu-nee's body?
    • Anime only: Taroumaru is given a motive for his reckless behavior in the final episode, as the girls discover evidence of another, smaller animal living in or near the school — probably a puppy, possibly a cat, which Taroumaru presumably went to investigate (or assist). However, despite spending a whole segment of the episode puzzling this out, the girls promptly decide that it's too risky to do anything about it...only for the closing credits to show an animal standing over Taroumaru's grave. The anime introduced a new character, only to have them left behind at the school as the girls fled. So...what happened to the little guy? And is there a reason they survived this long?.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Episodes 4, 5, 6 spends a lot of time on what Miki was doing prior to joining the School Life club at the mall. Episode 5 then shows how she first met Yuki, Kurumi, and Yuri after they save her life. And episode 6 reveals her early interactions with the girls, along with getting used to the quirkiness Yuki has that's helped them through these tough times.
  • Why Don't You Marry It?: In chapter 8, Yuki teases Kurumi about her attachment to her shovel and tells her to marry it already. Likewise, in episode 8 when Kurumi says she would like to marry after graduation, Yuki asks her if she's going to marry her shovel.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: These girls have appalling luck — when something good finally happens, expect it to go very wrong, very quickly. To the point where they seem to be harbingers of doom, as survivors who've dodged death for months promptly turn into zombies just as the girls reach them.
    • In the manga, the girls receive a message from a helicopter pilot. Readers can see him scanning the area for survivors and holding Yuki's balloon message. At the exact moment when he would have seen them...he starts zombifying. The real kicker was that he had the antidote with him and he loses control of himself just before he can inject it — it was sheer carelessness, not a lack of means, that doomed him. There was absolutely no need for him to die (and ultimately destroy the girl's safety zone by crashing). If he'd just been a bit more vigilant, the girls could have been out of there.
    • Another manga incident: After abandoning the school, the girls hear a message over the radio. The DJ is playing upbeat music and making jokes in an attempt to communicate with other survivors. They're able to locate her fairly easily...only to find out she started turning into a zombie just before they arrived. She was nice enough to leave a note warning them of her fate, along with her minivan, though.
    • Yuuri discovers the school her younger sister (supposedly) attended. When they go to investigate, Kurumi notices that some child zombies have "help us!" messages around their neck, directing them to the school and informing them that the survivors have food and water. It looks hopeful in terms of adding to the group — possibly some of the teachers will be there too! They get in easily enough, and even have a clear run up to where the survivors are holed up...but opening the door to their hiding place reveals that there are only zombies beyond the barricade. Looks the like an infected survivor doomed the rest of the group.
    • In the anime, Taroumaru recovers from his zombie bite, and goes back to his kind, if tired, self... only to die minutes later.
  • You Can't Go Home Again:
    • Initially, it seems odd that Yuki is living at school and never thinks to go home in the first episode. But once The Reveal shows that there's a Zombie Apocalypse going on, it makes perfect sense that none of the girls will ever have a normal life ever again.
    • Later on, a rescue helicopter crashes near the school, starting a fire that destroys most of the girls' supplies and survival gear. With the school no longer being a viable shelter, the girls decide to "graduate" and leave the school to find a government safe zone.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Aside from Rii's, none of the girls' hair colors can be considered normal. See Yuki's pink, Megu-nee's light violet, Kurumi's dark purple, and Miki's silver
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Rii sports a pair.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Not exactly the focus, but it informs everything that happens.
  • Zombie Infectee:
    • The leader of Miki's survivor group was bitten, told no one, and turned overnight. Miki and Kei only see the aftermath, where the floor they were on was set on fire.
    • Later, Kurumi is infected, which is when we learn that there is a serum that stalls the effects of zombifying.
    • Later still, Kougami, the crossbowman stopped the group when they clambered over the wall onto the grounds of Saint Isidore University is revealed to be infected.

Alternative Title(s): Gakkou Gurashi

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