The main setting of Tanaka-kun Is Always Listless appears to me to be extraordinarily fancy, at least by my American experience of going to high school in Wisconsin.


outside view of high school

Do those poles along the building support a net, maybe to protect windows from stray balls? The surrounding area is beautiful, with a rural forested feel and located near a river.


inside view of high school

It appears as if one end is open, and there are other shots of small patios upstairs. Apparently they do not air condition the middle area -- it is sort of a breezeway, albeit with one end partially closed off. I am impressed by the sunroof, the middle downstairs area which appears to be some sort of courtyard or atrium, and the upstairs walkway which reminds me more of an indoor shopping mall than a high school. I don't remember other anime where the high school itself was so interesting.

Wow, a Google search for Japanese high school architecture starts off with 5 more affluent-looking schools. Maybe the word architecture tuned the search for high end samples. It gets even more impressive if you click over to Images. This ain't Wisconsin.

  • I've always gotten the impression that the Japanese government spends a lot more money on schools than the US government does. It's also apparently common for parents to send their children to expensive private middle schools and high schools.
    – Torisuda
    Commented Jan 1, 2017 at 22:09
  • In the USA school spending in most states is supported locally. So some schools can barely afford books for the students, while others can give each student a computer. I'm sure we have some very fancy public schools, but the current political anti-tax climate is probably starting to strangle even affluent districts.
    – RichF
    Commented Jan 1, 2017 at 22:21
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    The school in Tanaka-kun is heavily modelled after Motomachi High School in Hiroshima, which is just about as fancy. You can find pictures of it by searching for "広島市立基町高等学校". Google Maps has Street View around it as well. Hiroshima Castle (not the original; a replica was built after the atomic bombing) is just across a moat from Motomachi HS.
    – senshin
    Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 6:39
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    It's worth noting that the adult:child ratio is high and growing faster in Japan than probably anywhere else, which (combined with Japan being one of the wealthiest nations in the world) I would imagine means relatively more tax dollars for education per child in Japan than in most places. (And if you think you've seen impressive anime schools, wait 'till you watch Madoka or Bakemonogatari!)
    – senshin
    Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 6:45
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    If you've seen the film "Your Name" (Kimi no Na wa), Taki's high school is also modelled on the Hiroshima Motomachi HS, despite it being located in Tokyo.
    – ConMan
    Commented Jan 9, 2017 at 3:58


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