Whether its in manga, games, films or TV shows, there always seems to be a lot more going on in Japanese high schools than in high schools anywhere else. The characters might just be super cute
or perhaps they just do something cool really well, like the girls' Kendo team in Bamboo Blade (which incidentally no one I've metin Tokyo has ever heard of)
Maybe the school kids are training for something amazing, like the space cadets in Kou Yaginuma's brilliant Twin Spica
Or, maybe the whole school moves itself to another planet, causing mayhem, as in Kazuo Umezu's award winning manga The Drifting Classroom
Or maybe like in Battle Royale, a whole class turns into serial killers
Despite all this fabulous hype, I wasn't exactly surprised on Monday morning when I saw this perfectly ordinary school bus queue
or a perfectly boring and ordinary high school building
BUT I have to admit that was, secretly, a tiny bit disappointed.
So, another new discovery: Japanese High Schools really are just like any others, only perhaps with even worse school uniforms. Oh well!