Manga: School-Live!

aka: Gakkou Gurashi
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 more bleaker than Yuki can ever imagine. The beautiful school she enjoys so much is in reality in ruins, the School Life Club is more or less barricaded in a section of their school, and she and her friends Rii and Kurumi 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.
    • Averted with the actual Megu-nee. She acted as an adult and protected the children, to the point where she got infected as a result.
  • 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.
  • Animals Hate Him: Taroumaru doesn't seem very fond of Miki, and always turns its head from her whenever they make eye contact.
  • Art-Style Dissonance: The manga is drawn in a Moe style, but the setting happens to be in a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bland-Name Product: In the anime, Miki is shown reading Steppen King's The Standard.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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!
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Deconstructor Fleet: The series deconstructs every single Schoolgirl Series trope you can think of by putting the girls in a Zombie Apocalypse setting.
  • 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 BSOD.
  • 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.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Yuki hums the opening song in the beginning of episode 4 while drawing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Expy: 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:
  • False Camera Effects: The film grain that bookends Megu-nee's segments in episode 3.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Four Girl Ensemble: There's four girls most of the time.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Genki Girl: Yuki is a deconstruction of this trope.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Hair Decorations: Yuki's cross hairpins, Kurumi's hair ribbons, Megu-nee and Rii's side hairclips.
  • 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 BSOD: 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 renews her determination to keep fighting, and somehow manages to deal with all the undead and survive.
  • 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.
  • Idiot Hair: Megu-nee. In a truly horrific fashion, it apparently persists despite the fact that Megu-nee's physical remains is already a rotting zombie.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Being in high school, Kurumi is obviously too young to qualify for a driver's license. She still gets saddled with driving the car during the school trip... because she played driving games a lot.
    Rii: That's right, we'll need a ride then. Kurumi, can you drive?
    Kurumi: I've only driven in games... It'll work out somehow.
  • Imaginary Friend: Megu-nee for Yuki.
  • Improbably Female Cast: There are no important male characters. 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.
  • 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.
  • In-Series Nickname: Megu-nee. Her real name is Sakura Megumi. Rii for Yuri.
  • 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.
  • Killed Off for Real: Poor Megu-nee...
  • 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.
  • Lighter and Softer: When compared to High School Of The Dead and other Zombie Apocalypse works, this series is more lighthearted since it incorporates Slice of Life Schoolgirl Series elements in addition to Zombie Apocalypse. It's a subversion in the later chapters, as the later chapters reveal the psychological impact the zombie apocalypse had on the girls, particularly Yuki. And the later chapters have scenes that are as equally disturbing and depressing as Highschool of the Dead.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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: Yuki:'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.
  • 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.
  • Mood Dissonance: The 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 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.
  • Older Than They Look: The girls are in high school, not middle school.
  • 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: They're not conscious but retain certain memories, which is why the teenage zombies stay in the school area. Mega-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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • Yuki recovered a dog, and brought it back. All seemed to be well, but then it started zombifying.
    • 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:
    • Miki is seen reading The Stand before the Zombie Outbreak, though the anime changes it to Standard by Steppen King.
    • The Randall Corporation is a reference to a character (Randall Flagg) from the aforementioned novel.
    • Kurumi's musings during the start of their "school trip" might seem to refer to Thelma & Louise.
    • A poster of The Walking Dead Season 3 appears in a Radio Station.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • True Companions: The School Life Club support ad 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.
  • 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.
    • Throwing the Distraction: After their "school trip", the girls start using cyalumes to disorient zombies while being chased.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 5: Megu-nee has been Dead All Along and the current Megu-nee we see is actually Yuki's imagination.
    • Chapter 15: According to Miki, Yuki might be faking her delusions.
    • 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 20: Rii-san holds a knife, ready to strike Kurumi, who seems to be on the verge of turning into a zombie. Until Miki returns with the medicine to delay the zombification process.
    • Chapter 22: The government did know and the school had some sort of contract involving it. The reason for Megu-nee being in the shelter was not due to trying to get medicine for herself; She briefly regained her humanity while tearing at a door with other zombies and thought to try to retrieve the supplies for the girls before going feral again. Someone else had also opened up the shelter before she got there.
    • Chapter 25: A search party on a military chopper arrives over the area the school is in. However, we are shown the reaction of the soldier within, and the implication is that Kurumi isn't out of the woods yet, and will likely have to take the serum to stave off the effects of the infection for the rest of her life, ala Dead Rising... except the cache at the school has less than five doses of serum left.
    • 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 32: The group arrives too late at the home of the person transmitting the radio broadcast, and it is implied that Kurumi had to put the person out of her misery.
    • Chapter 33: Kurumi discovers that normal zombies now ignore her, and will only attack her if she makes a racket. This, and her ice-cold temperature, leads Miki to believe that the serum they used failed, and that Kurumi is in a really awkward situation right now.
    • 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...
    • Chapter 36: The girls run into other survivors for the first time in a long while. However, it begs to be seen if they're really as nice as they introduce themselves to be...
    • Chapter 38: The girls encounter a much friendlier group of survivors. Like at their high school, the new survivor hideout has power, reserves of food, and much to Kurumi's delight, video games.
  • 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.
  • 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. Chapter 30 seems to put this to rest, however, as Miki spots a zombie sporting Kei's hairstyle shambling into the school grounds just as the Survival Club leaves it.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Episode 4 spends a lot of time on what Miki was doing prior to joining the School Life club at the mall.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s):

Gakkou Gurashi