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Getting accepted to a university is one of the main goals of Japanese high school students, and the majority aspire to be accepted by one of the National Universities. All tertiary schools in Japan base their admissions on competitive entrance exams, Todai's being the hardest to pass. If they did not get accepted (which is most of them, as fewer than 1 in 4 applicants are accepted each year), instead of finding another school to take them in, Japanese students often opt instead to take a year off in their studies, preparing themselves to retake the exam [[TheDeterminator for an indefinite number of times]] until they pass. These students are called ''{{ronin}}'', as students without a university to attend are deemed similar to a {{Samurai}} without a feudal Lord to serve.

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Getting accepted to a university is one of the main goals of Japanese high school students, and the majority aspire to be accepted by one of the National Universities. All tertiary schools in Japan base their admissions on competitive entrance exams, Todai's being the hardest to pass. If they did not get accepted (which is most of them, as fewer than 1 in 4 applicants are accepted each year), instead of finding another school to take them in, Japanese students often opt instead to take a year off in their studies, preparing themselves to retake the exam [[TheDeterminator [[{{Determinator}} for an indefinite number of times]] until they pass. These students are called ''{{ronin}}'', as students without a university to attend are deemed similar to a {{Samurai}} without a feudal Lord to serve.


For the American equivalent, see IvyLeagueForEveryone. {{Oxbridge}} serves the same purpose Todai does in the British Isles.

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For the American equivalent, see IvyLeagueForEveryone. {{Oxbridge}} UsefulNotes/{{Oxbridge}} serves the same purpose Todai does in the British Isles.


The University of Tokyo (''Tokyo Daigaku'', often shortened to ''Todai'') is the oldest of the National Universities of Japan, and easily the most prestigious. Considered the nucleus of higher education in the country, Tokyo University has 10 Faculties (this is roughly equivalent to an Academic Department or College in the west) and is spread around five campuses in the Greater Tokyo area. Wiki/TheOtherWiki has a full article about the University [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Tokyo here.]]

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The University of Tokyo (''Tokyo Daigaku'', often shortened to ''Todai'') is the oldest of the National Universities of Japan, and easily the most prestigious. Considered the nucleus of higher education in the country, Tokyo University has 10 Faculties (this is roughly equivalent to an Academic Department or College in the west) U.S.) and is spread around five campuses in the Greater Tokyo area. Wiki/TheOtherWiki has a full article about the University [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Tokyo here.]]


The University of Tokyo (''Tokyo Daigaku'', often shortened to ''Todai'') is the oldest of the National Universities of Japan, and easily the most prestigious. Considered the nucleus of higher education in the country, Tokyo University has 10 Faculties (this is roughly equivalent to an Academic Department or College in the west) and is spread around five campuses in the Greater Tokyo area. TheOtherWiki has a full article about the University [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Tokyo here.]]

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The University of Tokyo (''Tokyo Daigaku'', often shortened to ''Todai'') is the oldest of the National Universities of Japan, and easily the most prestigious. Considered the nucleus of higher education in the country, Tokyo University has 10 Faculties (this is roughly equivalent to an Academic Department or College in the west) and is spread around five campuses in the Greater Tokyo area. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has a full article about the University [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Tokyo here.]]


* In ''Series/Oshin'', the protagonist's best friend marries a man from Osaka who is a graduate of the ''Imperial University''.

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* In ''Series/Oshin'', ''Series/{{Oshin}}'', the protagonist's best friend marries a man from Osaka who is a graduate of the ''Imperial University''.


* In Creator/HiromuArakawa's ''Manga/SilverSpoon'', Yuugo Hachiken's older brother Shingo managed to get into the ''Todai'' but dropped out when he realized that not only it wasn't what he ''actually'' wanted, but that he only did it to please [[EducationMama their very strict father]].

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* In Creator/HiromuArakawa's ''Manga/SilverSpoon'', Yuugo Hachiken's older brother Shingo managed to get into the ''Todai'' but dropped out when he realized immediately. It's revealed later that not only it wasn't what he ''actually'' wanted, but that he only did it to please having a son at Todai was [[EducationMama their very strict father]].
father's]] dream rather than his, and he seems genuinely happy doing odd-jobs and working as a tutor.


* Kintaro Oe of ''GoldenBoy'' is a brilliant law student at Tokyo University who, while being only months away from graduating ''at the top of his class'', decides to leave college and travel Japan to find a purpose for his life.

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* Kintaro Oe of ''GoldenBoy'' ''Manga/GoldenBoy'' is a brilliant law student at Tokyo University who, while being only months away from graduating ''at the top of his class'', decides to leave college and travel Japan to find a purpose for his life.



* In ''SakuraGari'', Masataka Tagami goes to Tokyo intending to enter the ''Teikoku Daigaku'' aka the ''Imperial University'', the direct predecessor of the ''Todai''. In his path to education, he's sponsored by the powerful Saiki family in exchange for his work as a butler in their BigFancyHouse, and is specially doted on by the PrincelyYoungMan Souma Saiki. [[BreakTheCutie Which is the first step to a truckload of misfortune.]] [[spoiler: By the time the BittersweetEnding of the series kicks in, Masataka has been accepted in it.]]

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* In ''SakuraGari'', ''Manga/SakuraGari'', Masataka Tagami goes to Tokyo intending to enter the ''Teikoku Daigaku'' aka the ''Imperial University'', the direct predecessor of the ''Todai''. In his path to education, he's sponsored by the powerful Saiki family in exchange for his work as a butler in their BigFancyHouse, and is specially doted on by the PrincelyYoungMan Souma Saiki. [[BreakTheCutie Which is the first step to a truckload of misfortune.]] [[spoiler: By the time the BittersweetEnding of the series kicks in, Masataka has been accepted in it.]]



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* In ''Series/Oshin'', the protagonist's best friend marries a man from Osaka who is a graduate of the ''Imperial University''.


* In Creator/HiromuArakawa's ''Manga/SilverSpoon'', [[spoiler: Yuugo Hachiken's brother Shingo]] managed to get into the ''Todai'' but dropped out when he realized that not only it wasn't what he ''actually'' wanted, but that he only did it to [[spoiler: please [[EducationMama their father]].]]

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* In Creator/HiromuArakawa's ''Manga/SilverSpoon'', [[spoiler: Yuugo Hachiken's older brother Shingo]] Shingo managed to get into the ''Todai'' but dropped out when he realized that not only it wasn't what he ''actually'' wanted, but that he only did it to [[spoiler: please [[EducationMama their father]].]]
very strict father]].



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* In Creator/HiromuArakawa's ''Manga/SilverSpoon'', [[spoiler: Yuugo Hachiken's brother Shingo]] managed to get into the ''Todai'' but dropped out when he realized that not only it wasn't what he ''actually'' wanted, but that he only did it to [[spoiler: please [[EducationMama their father]].]]

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* Apparently, [[CaptainEthnic Toshio "Samurai" Eto]] from ''[[{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}} Challenge of the Super Friends]]'' worked as a professor in the Tokyo University before he was turned into a super hero by the New Gods of New Genesis.


* Police Superintendent and BunnyEarsLawyer Ryoko Yakushiji of ''LightNovel/TheCaseFilesOfYakushijiRyoko'' is a graduate of Tokyo University. Her insane intellectual level serves as a valid testament to this fact. Yukiko Muromachi also graduated from Tokyo University and she has a Law degree with Ryoko.

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* Police Superintendent and BunnyEarsLawyer Ryoko Yakushiji of ''LightNovel/TheCaseFilesOfYakushijiRyoko'' ''Literature/TheCaseFilesOfYakushijiRyoko'' is a graduate of Tokyo University. Her insane intellectual level serves as a valid testament to this fact. Yukiko Muromachi also graduated from Tokyo University and she has a Law degree with Ryoko.


* Police Superintendent and BunnyEarsLawyer Ryoko Yakushiji of ''Manga/TheCaseFilesOfYakushijiRyoko'' is a graduate of Tokyo University. Her insane intellectual level serves as a valid testament to this fact. Yukiko Muromachi also graduated from Tokyo University and she has a Law degree with Ryoko.

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* Police Superintendent and BunnyEarsLawyer Ryoko Yakushiji of ''Manga/TheCaseFilesOfYakushijiRyoko'' ''LightNovel/TheCaseFilesOfYakushijiRyoko'' is a graduate of Tokyo University. Her insane intellectual level serves as a valid testament to this fact. Yukiko Muromachi also graduated from Tokyo University and she has a Law degree with Ryoko.


* In the original '90s Japanese ''Series/IronChef'', the actress Mayuko Takata was a frequent panelist; Takata was a Tokyo University graduate, and regular commentator Kenji Fukui (''not'' a Todai grad) would frequently tease her about her "Tokyo U IQ".

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* In the original '90s Japanese ''Series/IronChef'', the actress Mayuko Takata was a frequent panelist; Takata was a Tokyo University graduate, and regular commentator Kenji Fukui (''not'' a Todai grad) grad[[note]]Which isn't to say he's an idiot, but rather that he consciously positioned himself as a "regular guy" who probably went to a good school, but not the top one in all Japan.[[/note]]) would frequently tease her about her "Tokyo U IQ".


* In the original '90s Japanese ''Series/IronChef'', the actress Mayuko Takata was a frequent panelist; Takata was a Tokyo University graduate, and regular commentator Kenji Fukui would frequently tease her about her "Tokyo U IQ".

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* In the original '90s Japanese ''Series/IronChef'', the actress Mayuko Takata was a frequent panelist; Takata was a Tokyo University graduate, and regular commentator Kenji Fukui (''not'' a Todai grad) would frequently tease her about her "Tokyo U IQ".

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