15 Signs That You’re a Student in a Jdrama

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Do you ever wake up for school and wonder “why is my school so weird?” Well, perhaps you may unknowingly be a student in a Japanese drama! Check out these signs and see for yourself!

1.) Some of your classmates never speak, but they’re always around.

"Do the guys in the back even have names?"

“Do the guys in the back even have names?” Gokusen (2002)

It’s like they’re just extra people to fill up space in your classroom.

2.) Some of your classmates are super weird and quirky.

"You can tell I'm a delinquent because I dyed my hair blond." Suikyuu Yankees (2014)

“You can tell I’m a delinquent because I dyed my hair blond.”
Suikyuu Yankees (2014)

"I am definitely a high school student and not a 27 year old man" My Boss, My Hero (2006)

“I am definitely a high school student and not a 27 year old man”
My Boss, My Hero (2006)

"Kon kon" Nobuta wo Produce (2005)

“Kon kon”
Nobuta wo Produce (2005)

Between the guy who thinks he’s a yankee, the guy trying to hide that he’s too old for school, and that weirdo who flaps his arms like wings whenever he goes down the stairs, there’s no telling what will happen next!

3.) All the delinquents at your school end up in the same class.

"This fulfills our art requirement, right?"  Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou (2012)

“This fulfills our art requirement, right?”
Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou (2012)

And they’re the only ones allowed to decorate their classrooms with spray paint, those lucky devils.

4.) Your school’s always in danger of being shut down for some reason.

No money? No problem? We'll save the school! Scrap Teacher (2008)

No money? No problem? We’ll save the school!
Scrap Teacher (2008)

"We'll save our school with the power of water polo!" Suikyuu Yankees (2014)

“We’ll save our school with the power of water polo!”
Suikyuu Yankees (2014)

But it’s okay because you and your friends always have a plan to save it. And if that fails, no one can resist your heartfelt apologetic plea.

5.) Speaking of apologies, you never get detention for rule-breaking because you’re really good at saying sorry.

"SOOOOORRRRYYYYYY" Suikyuu Yankees (2014)

“SOOOOORRRRYYYYYY”
Suikyuu Yankees (2014)

Bonus points if you can muster up some tears.

6.) One of your teachers, usually the Vice Principle, is really really mean. 

"Grumpy is my middle name" Gokusen (2002)

“Grumpy is my middle name”
Gokusen (2002)

“I became a teacher because I hate kids.”

7.) One of your teachers is hiding a secret/living a double life. She’s probably like the daughter of a yakuza boss or a hostess or something else as equally scandalous. 

"Too bad my hostess outfit isn't school dress code appropriate" Misaki Number One (2011)

“Too bad my hostess outfit isn’t school dress code appropriate”
Misaki Number One (2011)

You discover the secret, of course, but keep it because the teacher is pretty cool and kinda like just another one of your friends.

8.) One of your teachers is really good at giving long-winded inspirational speeches, usually to help with a problem you’re having. 

"Listen up kids. Time to learn ya some knowledge" 3-nen B-gumi Kinpachi Sensei (1979~2008)

“Listen up kids. Time to learn ya some knowledge”
3-nen B-gumi Kinpachi Sensei (1979~2008)

They always take up a looooot of class time.

9.) Actually… you don’t ever really learn anything in class because, well, you’re hardly ever there.

"It's a good thing they weren't using this room for anything." Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou (2012)

“It’s a good thing they weren’t using this room for anything.”
Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou (2012)

It’s okay. You don’t need math in the real world anyway.

10.) If you go to a school full of rich kids, there’s always a group of students who secretly run the whole school. 

"We're more important than teachers!" Hana Yori Dango (2005)

“We’re more important than teachers! …which is why we dress like them”
Hana Yori Dango (2005)

But don’t worry, you’ll be friends with them by the end of the school year.

11.) Sometimes, the best way to make new friends is by punching them in the face.

"Just let me punch you a little. Kthnx" Risou no Musuko (2012)

“Just let me punch you a little. Kthnx”
Risou no Musuko (2012)

For reals. That’s all you need to do.

12.) Your school has some weird clubs.

"Welcome to the host club." /waits for rose petals to start falling from the ceiling/ Ouran High School Host Club (2011)

“Welcome to the host club.” /waits for rose petals to start falling from the ceiling/
Ouran High School Host Club (2011)

The school board is totally okay with a bunch of high schoolers running a host club on school grounds. Totally okay.

13.) The cultural festival is Very Serious Business. Most important event of the year. No question.

My Boss, My Hero (2006)

And, yes, there will always be singing involved.

Scrap Teacher (2008)

14.) There is occasional crossdressing.

Yukan Club (2007)

Yukan Club (2007)

Hana Kimi (2007)

Hana Kimi (2007)

Risou no Musuko (2012)

Risou no Musuko (2012)

Whether you want to or not.

15.) You get used to weird things happening. Like pudding fights in the cafeteria.

My Boss, My Hero (2006)

That’s just the way your school is, and you wouldn’t want to change a thing.

So… are you a student in a jdrama?

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7 thoughts on “15 Signs That You’re a Student in a Jdrama

  1. Hmmm…how many of these do I have to check off before I’m officially a student in a J-drama? Because I can totally check off at least five or so. Six, if I squint.

    EXCELLENT POST A+ WOULD READ AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN…and I shall.

  2. Very fun and perceptive, Jefferson…….but you’ll now have to report to that Vice-Principal’s office for getting an F in spelling. Well that’s just it, no matter how brilliant and creative you are, they are always waiting to get you for trivial errors:(

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