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A subgenre of Slice of Life, Schoolgirl Series tend to revolve around a group of female classmates and their antics and adventures during and after school. Depending on how comedic they are, such series may feature a rather unusual school where highly unrealistic things happen. Expect a very immature teacher in control of a Wacky Homeroom, though a Straight Man educator may also be thrown in, both to add a friendly adult perspective and act as a foil to the childish antics of the heroines or their teacher.

Schoolgirl Series can also have more serious or romantic elements, but are similar in how their main focuses are on the day-to-day activities of a group of girls in school and the friendships that grow through them. Sometimes there is a main heroine in the story and if that is the case, the series may have some Coming of Age elements.

Male characters may appear, but they rarely enter into the main cast and if they do they are outnumbered by female ones. Occasionally, this element is used to such a degree that one may wonder why Everybody Is Single and yet people rarely mention relationships or dating in many of the more comedy-centered Schoolgirl Series.

In Japan, these kinds of series almost always have men as their target demographic. They generally focus more on moe than outright fanservice. The Genre Popularizer is the shonen series Azumanga Daioh, which featured many of the tropes that later examples would follow. Though the anime-centric language may lead you to believe otherwise, the schoolgirl genre is also present in the West, with 1931 German film Mädchen in Uniform the Ur-Example.

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    Comic Books 
  • Blue Monday is an American take on the genre, though it features at least two male main characters alongside the three female leads.
  • The Four Marys, a long-running strip in the Bunty girls' comic paper in Britain. It's about four girls named Mary that attend a girls' boarding school, and have (usually) age-appropriate adventures. Named male characters come from outside the school and generally appear for one story arc only.
  • Lumberjanes has many of the tropes and character archetypes typical of the genre, but is set at a girls' summer camp rather than a school.
  • W.I.T.C.H. is a mix between this and the Magical Girl genre, as the comics focus as much on the five main characters' lives at home and school as their saving the world. The show focuses a little more on the "fighting evil" side while mixing in the Slice of Life elements as B-plots.

    Fan Works 
  • A.A. Pessimal's Discworld fic:
    • A series of works are set in the Assassins' Guild School, a boarding school with a reputation. They're not all about the girl pupils (Word of God is that the author finds girls are more fun to write). Several close pairings of best friends happen. Jocasta Wiggs and Millie Mountjoy-Standish; Mariella Smith-Rhodes and Rivka ben-Divorah; and most lately Johanna Smith-Rhodes Maaijande and Emma "Piles" Roydes. Intense animosities come into it too: Catherine Perry-Bowen and Deborah Rust; Rivka ben-Divorah and Pamela Eorle. The teaching staff manage this carefully. Fights and feuds of the intense sort that happen between teenage girls are not good in a school where the pupils have access to lethal weaponry.
    • Elsewhere, the canonical setting of the Convent School of the Spiteful Sisterhood of Seven-Handed-Sek (SHS) is expanded upon and is revealed to have the Discworld's equivalent of Catholic Schoolgirls. Compared to the Assassins' School, SHS is more mainstream and typical of the sort of general education the Disc gives to its daughters. Who are tended by kindly and caring nuns with a deep commitment to educating their charges and turning out well-adjusted young ladies. It's not their fault they get girls like Shauna O'Hennigan and Rebecka Smith-Rhodes-Stibbons.
  • Tokimeki PokéLive! and TwinBee is a series of crossover fanfics and one shots that takes place in an alternate version of the Love Live! universe that focuses on certain female characters from the Pokémon games, Love Live! School Idol Festival, Love Live! Perfect Dream Project, Tokimeki Memorial:Forever with You and Twinbee with occasional appearances from other female characters from other franchises and it also combines this with various Mon series tropes.

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    Web Comics 
  • Destiny Fails Us revolves around a group of girls making their way through their final years of high school.

    Western Animation 
  • My Little Pony Tales could essentially be described as this. It was a Slice of Life with Funny Animal ponies about characters who were regularly seen attending school. There were a couple of token guys, but most of them were girls.