When a comedy show spans just a dozen episodes, its setting can dictate its identity just as much as the actual gags and satire behind it. Modern anime turns to academic locales so routinely that every season brings a handful of shows set in this same backdrop. The overexposure is logically sound; school life resonates strongly with anime’s demographics and leaning on tradition can mean one less component to worry about when the aim is to highlight characters or a spread a message. Of course, this also means long time viewers look upon standard settings with jaded eyes.
– Clark A.