Anime often ignores or misrepresents college life, but when it does, it’s done well. What occurs after high school is the focus of these anime.
To suggest that many anime take place in high school would be an understatement. In fact, we have anime high schools for superheroes and high schools for vampires because of this. In contrast, there aren’t many anime options for college students. It’s common for high school anime to prepare its protagonists for college and then wrap up the plot at that point.
As a result, many people believe that college is the place to begin the journey. Students in college anime series are put in more bizarre situations than their high school counterparts since they are no longer constrained by their parents and are free to make their own decisions. On top of all that, they also deal with mature themes that will resonate with a broader audience. However, despite the fact that there aren’t nearly as many college anime as high school ones, the ones that are out are excellent for college student otakus or grownups who are looking for something to relate to.
The anime for anime aficionados is Genshiken. The anime follows college freshman Kanji Sasahara, who joins the Genshiken club at Shiiou University. All kinds of “otakus” are welcome to join the group and share their passions for all things “otaku,” including anime, comics, doujinshi, and conventions. In spite of his initial reluctance, Kanji gradually finds friends and embraces his identity as an otaku.
For those who enjoy anime, manga, and geek culture, Genshiken is a one-of-a-kind experience. Older anime enthusiasts would appreciate this show since they can identify with the characters.
2. Love Hina
Living away from home in a college dorm is one of the highlights of the collegiate experience. This experience isn’t complete for Keitaro Urashima in Love Hina because he didn’t get into Tokyo University. Keitaro, on the other hand, has made the decision to continue his education in Tokyo in order to pass the entrance exam.
At the dorm, Keitato gets virtually infatuated with the female students, who are all in their early 20s. Living in a dorm, meeting new people, and falling in love are all highlights of the college experience in Love Hina.
3. Grand Blue
It’s hard to think of anything better than attending college. Rather than a city in the middle of nothing, why not attend college in the middle of a diving mecca? In Grand Blue, incoming student Iori Kitahara leaves his hometown for the Izu Peninsula’s coastal town of Izu, where he hopes to fulfill his college aspirations. His uncle owns a scuba diving store, and he lives there with his uncle.
Members of the town’s Diving Club spend their time drinking and partying instead of practicing their diving skills. Iori will have to strike a balance between her academic lifestyle and her desire to learn to scuba dive.
4. Run With The Wind
The Run With The Wind, unlike other sports anime like Haikyu! and Free!, concentrates on university-level athletics. The story revolves around Kakeru Kuraha, a former high school runner who is now a college student.
There are several runners in this dorm room who are hoping to compete at the Hakone Ekiden relay marathon, so Kakeru ends up taking a room with all of them. He quickly learns that he is the only one of the group who has actually run before. The great things that may happen in college when people get together to work toward a shared goal are beautifully illustrated in this animation.
5. Nodame Cantabile
This anime about a band of student musicians is ideal for fans of the smash hit song Your Lie In April. Musician duo Nodame Cantabile include Chiaki, a perfectionist who is hard on both other musicians and himself, and Nodame, a free spirit who doesn’t follow anyone’s rules.
Following a random encounter, the two begin to change each other and build a connection. As a story about an artist’s journey and coping with the expectations of others, the anime touches on these themes.
6. Science Fell In Love, So I Tried To Prove It
One of the newest anime on this list, Science Fell in Love released in Winter 2020, but it is certain to be a collegiate animation classic. Scientists at Saitama University join together to see whether they can use science to answer the mystery of love.
It contains Himuro, a gorgeous scientist, and Yukimura, a serious student who is the recipient of the love confession. They execute a series of amusing experiments to find a solution with the support of their other students Kanade, a newcomer, Inukai, the RPG enthusiast, and Ibarada, the more experienced student.
7. Golden Time
At first glance, Banri Tada’s college experience doesn’t appear out of the ordinary. On his first day in Tokyo, he bumps with Mitsuo, a fellow law student, and the two become fast friends. His life revolves around going out with his pals and drinking, which leads to him meeting a girl and trying to make some money.
Is Banri any different from other college students? As a result of his amnesia, he is beginning again from scratch. His new life takes an unexpected turn when he encounters his high school best buddy and longtime crush Banri at college.
A group of college students might be brought together like never before by participating in sports. The Doshisha University rugby squad is made up of a diverse mix of college students, each dealing with their own set of problems. As a result of an injury to Natsusa Yuzuki (the star), he can no longer participate in rugby.
For the sake of his own sanity, Natsusa takes on the role of rugby team manager, and the resulting antics are both hilarious and heartwarming. Number24 is the perfect anime for people who long for the college athletics experience, thanks to its ensemble of fit, young, and amusing characters.
9. The Tatami Galaxy
What a different world we’d live in if we had the option of reliving mistakes? When Watashi, a lonely college student, is going to find out in The Tatami Galaxy. It’s clear to Watashi that his college experience might have been much better. He and his best friend Ozu spend a lot of time attempting to make others miserable.. In a split second, he’s back in the past.
Now that Watashi has a second opportunity at college, he’s beginning to see how the decisions he makes shape his life. Even though The Tatami Galaxy isn’t your average anime, it does an excellent job of illustrating how college can be anything you want it to be.
10. Honey and Clover
When you’re in college, it’s acceptable to not know what you want to do. Students can broaden their horizons, meet new people, and test their core values and beliefs in new ways during their time in college. That, as well as many other topics, are addressed in Honey and Clover.
There are five college students in Honey and Clover who are trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives. They have to make a decision about what they want to do after college for Ayumi, Shinobu, and Takumi. Even if he has time, Yuuta still has no idea where he wants to go. As a talented artist, Hagumi is under a lot of strain. Despite the fact that they don’t have all the answers, they have each other to lean on.