Thanks to Madman, we got the chance to see Lerche’s School Live! on Blu-Ray.
Four cheerful girls and their cute dog Torumaru, from the recently created School Living Club (whose function is to help other clubs at school) seem to enjoy their daily chores. Especially young naive Yuri who is full of energy and, despite struggling with her studies, she gives her best, thanks to her beloved teacher and club representative Megumi Sensei.
Yuri sees the world like a regular teen. However, there is a dark reality that she is unable to perceive due to a recent traumatic experience, a shocking truth that her club friends try to hide from her in order to keep her safe.
“Wow! What a twist” is how School Live! could be described, as after a quite formulaic first 20 min of school-girl-type-of-anime the series changes radically into a post-apocalyptic version of itself that is shown through the eyes of the innocent lead character Yuri.
It’s quite hard to explain more without giving away what’s really going on, but one thing is for sure, School Live! will hook you with its clever and original plot, its likeable characters, stunning animation, comedy and drama.
Overall, School Live! Is one of the best and most original series in recent years. Expect few laughs and shocking twists and tears.