A common theme in a number of anime/manga/light novels is that the cast are students currently going to school. While some titles use this as a backdrop to show how the cast used to have normal lives before they made to fight in conflicts against aliens/monsters/gods/the military, there are some which just show the cast's daily life in school.

I am wondering: what were the first anime, manga and light novel to accurately represent Japanese school life? Did they ever get any adaptations?

  • How strict are you going to be with "accurately"? I imagine that most school-themed series are going to have some basis in truth, but for the sake of the work I can't imagine any adaptation being entirely accurate. – Makoto May 18 '16 at 20:49
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    Whaaat ? You mean it's not mandatory for every japanese schoolboys to have harem ? – Tanya von Degurechaff May 19 '16 at 2:44
  • @Makoto well when i said accurately i wanted to filter out any titles where it depicts school life but some of the events are unreal like supernatual encounters. the only examples i can think of which i would call accurate (from my limited understanding) is Toradora, Kimi ni Todoke and Maria Watches Over Us – Memor-X May 19 '16 at 6:24
  • Oh, so you're looking more for the slice of life aspect of it as opposed to anything else, right? It doesn't seem like you're interested in pure vanilla since both Toradora and Kimi ni Todoke had extenuating circumstances attached with both of them, but that does make for a decent basis, at least. – Makoto May 19 '16 at 6:32
  • @Makoto well i am interested in a pure vanilla example however i don't know what pure vanilla school life would look like. i thought the ones i named were good examples of Japanese school life with some liberates in them – Memor-X May 19 '16 at 7:19

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