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 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 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, though it doesn't always work.
  • Animals Hate Him: Taroumaru doesn't seem very fond of Miki, and always turns its head from her whenever they make eye contact.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Costume Test Montage: In episode 5, Yuki, Rii and Kurumi go to try out new clothes at a shop in the mall.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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 pictures taken of the girls during happier parts of their life with pictures that show more despair.
  • 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:
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • 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.
  • Imaginary Friend: Megu-nee for Yuki and possibly Ruu for Yuuri.
  • 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.
    • 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 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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...
    • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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?''
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s):

Gakkou Gurashi