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  • Acclaimed Flop: Possibly the case in Japan for the anime. For all the exposure and good press it got out of English-speaking viewers, the sales of the first volume of the anime in Japan itself (which usually accounts for the bulk of a show's unit purchases) were initially very disappointing, only averaging at around ~1300 Blu-Ray + DVD units sold for its first week; however, other sources place the number at around 2400 BD/DVD sold. The manga, on the other hand, is definitely a hit, and still selling very strongly, averaging about 200K per volume, nothing to scoff at.
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  • Actor Allusion: Ai Kayano was previously the voice of Meiko "Menma" Honma another character who interacted with the protagonist posthumously.
  • Casting Gag: In episode 9, when Yuuri talks about her "water balloon sorceress" persona, she mentions "making a contract with a demon". Immediately after that line, Taroumaru whines. Even funnier when you know that M.A.O plays an actual demon in My Monster Secret, which airs in the same season.
  • Dueling Shows: With Prison School and Highschool of the Dead.
  • He Also Did: The story writer Kaihou Norimitsu is also an American Comic book translator. He is known as the translator of X-Men in Japan.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: The five leads in the dub all also played Key/Visual Arts characters: Yuki was Yuri, Miki was Kanna, Kurumi was Itou and Sakiko (Miyuki's friend and a member of Sasami's Girl Posse), Yuuri was both Nagisa and Haruko plus a ton of Kanon background voices, and Megu-nee was Kano.
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  • Sleeper Hit: Among the English-speaking anime fandom. According to this ANN article, School-Live! ended up as the top anime of the Summer 2015 anime season, which actually surprised a lot of English-speaking anime fans since School-Live! wasn't even in the top ten most anticipated anime of the Summer season and many were expecting Durarara!!, Gangsta., Prison School, or even Charlotte to take the spot.note  It even topped the popularity charts in Japan (giving a huge boost to the manga sales) and the western anime fanbase as well. note . Not only that, it's even ANN's top anime among ANN readers.
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  • The Wiki Rule: Gakkou Gurashi Wiki
  • Trolling Creator: This is coming from an author who works for nitro+. All of the promotion material, TV spots, and the OP are seen to be very trollish for those who are familiar with the manga. Heck, even the series itself is very trollish seeing that the series run in the Manga Time Kirara Forward, which normally run Iyashikei slice of life titles (Gakkou Gurashi appears to be one and becomes a complete opposite). And judging from post-Episode 1 reactions from watchers from both sides of the Pacific, all the misdirection worked — people were utterly floored by the reveal at the end of the episode.

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