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15 Anime Like Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (The Asterisk War)

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Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (The Asterisk War)

Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (The Asterisk War)

About Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (The Asterisk War)

The unprecedented disaster infamously called the Invertia, which happened in the past century, turned the world upside down. The strength of existing nations vanished and a new conglomerate nation took control, known as the Integrated Empire Foundation.

Interestingly, due to Invertia, a new species of humans came into the picture as well. These species are born with exceptional physical prowess called the Genestella. The elite ones among them are selected to study at the top six schools, where they are put into duel battles called Festas for the sake of entertainment and also to find the best of the best.

Ayato Amagiri has just transferred to the prestigious Seidoukan Academy on scholarship. The academy is facing constant poor performances, though Ayato’s only concern is to find his missing elder sister. However, his skills are put to test when he accidentally watches Julis-Alexia, the most popular girl, half-naked. Julis forces him to duel but it is intervened by the student council president.

When asked by the president about joining the battles, Ayato instantly declines and shows no interest in Festas. His destiny soon takes a zigzag mode when he learns about devious plots heating up within the academy. Ayato is now on a mission to achieve victory under any circumstances while surrounded by the highly skilled Genestella everywhere.

While watching the anime, I could relate to that sentiment of traveling to a distant place for a specific purpose and then, getting occupied in another issue. I knew I have felt that emotions in some other anime too. Among them, here are the top 15 that most closely describes it.

15 Anime Like Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (The Asterisk War)

1. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (Chivalry of a Failed Knight)

2. Seireitsukai no Blade Dance (Blade Dance of the Elementalers)

3. Absolute Duo

4. Hundred

5. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (The Irregular at Magic High School)

6. Sword Art Online

7. IS: Infinite Stratos (Infinite Stratos)

8. Seiken Tsukai no World Break (World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman)

9. Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero)

10. Trinity Seven

11. Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou (Demon King Daimao)

12. Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)

13. Freezing

14. Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai (Unbreakable Machine-Doll)

15. Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan (Sky Wizards Academy)

Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (Chivalry of a Failed Knight)

Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (Chivalry of a Failed Knight)

1. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (Chivalry of a Failed Knight)

This is the world of “Blazers”, the supernatural humans who have the ability to manipulate their souls into powerful weapons. To control their incredible abilities, they need to train at the elite Hagun Academy, where they are trained to become Mage Knights.

Despite all of them having supernatural powers, Blazers aren’t created equal. In the Academy, they are ranked from A to F, where F is the lowest. There’s no F-rated Blazer except one and only Ikki Kurogane, the worst of the worst student of the academy. One day he accidentally stumbles upon naked A-ranked Blazer Stella Vermillion. Angry Stella challenges him to a duel, where the loser will have to become the slave of the winner.

Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry follows the journey of so-called F-ranked Blazer Ikki. He struggles in his own way to reach the top and prove what the weakest of all can actually do.

Seireitsukai no Blade Dance (Blade Dance of the Elementalers)

Seireitsukai no Blade Dance (Blade Dance of the Elementalers)

2. Seireitsukai no Blade Dance (Blade Dance of the Elementalers)

Areishia Spirit Academy is the most prestigious school in the country where girls, better-called holy shrine princesses are admitted. The girls are trained to work as Elementalists so they can form contracts with spirits and compete against one another.

The privilege was only limited to girls until Kamito Kazehaya, a normal guy, successfully managed to form a contract with a spirit. He’s the only man to do so in 1,000 years. Later it is revealed that Kamito actually stole the contract from Claire Rouge, a shrine princess. The headmaster of Areishia calls upon Kamito to join the academy and compete in the battle.

Seireitsukai no Blade Dance follows the journey of a single boy in a sea of princesses, who has to prove himself worthy of an Elementalist. However, the journey is not that easy as the reason behind the stolen contract from Claire is yet to be revealed.

Absolute Duo

Absolute Duo

3. Absolute Duo

Besides Gakusen Toshi Asterisk, Absolute Duo is quite similar to Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry as well. It follows the journey of Blazers, special humans who can materialize their souls into weapons. They attend the renowned Kouryou Academy High School to enhance their abilities.

However, their powers rise only when they learn to work in pairs. Those students who can successfully pull out the teamwork gain the ultimate power of Absolute Duo.

Tooru Kokonoe, a new student at Kouryou Academy, hasn’t just for the power but also carries a staunch resolution within his heart. He hopes to annihilate the person who murdered his sister and friends.

On the other hand, Tooru’s struggle starts from the very first day of school when he is coerced to duel with the person next to him. The one who loses will be expelled from the school. Though Tooru is ready to give his all, he isn’t well qualified in manifesting weapons from his soul.

Hundred

Hundred

4. Hundred

The Earth is devastated by an extraterrestrial being called “Savage”. Mankind is nearly slaughtered. The only effective weapon is “Hundred”, which is a result of technological advancements.

Hayato Kisaragi is said to be the only survivor of the “Savage” attack. He is a teenager who speaks highly of his amazing compatible level with “Hundred”. As a result, he is summoned at Little Garden to master his skills. Little Garden is an elite military academy that provides battle training.

During his training, he ends up attracting lots of female peers. Besides, he also gets involved in multiple incidents where he has to fight face to face with the creatures who now rule the Earth.

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (The Irregular at Magic High School)

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (The Irregular at Magic High School)

5. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (The Irregular at Magic High School)

Magic is a common phenomenon now. It is a technical skill and is used in every known technology. Everyone knows how to use magic, those who don’t are considered to be an outsider. The story is set in the late 21st century. One of the prestigious magic school, the First High segregates students on the basis of their magic entrance exams. High scorers are “Blooms” and are assigned to the First Course while low scorers are “Weeds” and are assigned to the Second Course.

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei details the life of siblings Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba while studying in the First High. Miyuki is a prodigy and is placed as a “Bloom”, while Tatsuya is categorized as a “Weed”. However, as the story proceeds Tatsuya is revealed to be the expert in technical skills with exceptional combat capabilities making him an irregular at the magic high school.

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Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

6. Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online is a futuristic anime set in 2022. Virtual reality is no longer a fancy toy, but a real deal, especially for youngsters. Now, everyone can transport their “Self” from the real world to the virtual world.

Popular among the youth as well as adults, the virtual reality invention, “Sword Art Online” has established a new sensation for a role-playing game. With the help of “NerveGear” technology, players are capable of handling their online avatars through their thoughts.

Kazuto “Kirito" Kirigata is among the chosen ones to try the first shipment of the game. When he logs in, he finds himself in a scenic world of Aincrad surrounded by other 10,000 players like him. All of them are waiting to figure out their first target and make a move when an announcement from the game owner startles them head to toe. Each player has to reach one hundred levels of the game. The one who fails to do so and dies in the process will die in real life too. With so many antics and disasters, how Kirito is going to survive?

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IS: Infinite Stratos (Infinite Stratos)

IS: Infinite Stratos (Infinite Stratos)

7. IS: Infinite Stratos (Infinite Stratos)

Piloted only by women, Infinite Stratos (IS) is a Japanese exoskeleton weapon. Due to its exceptional power and combat prowess, its usage is banned in the military through an international treaty. However, people still use it and study it at the Infinite Stratos Academy.

Infinite Stratos Academy is a women-only school that trains them to become IS pilots. Ichika Orimura, a 15-year-old teenager, has turned out to be the only male who can steer an IS. The academy accepts him as its students and trains him to become an IS pilot.

IS: Infinite Stratos goes deep into the life of Ichika and the IS girls who are working hard to protect their academy and maintain the legacy of IS.

Seiken Tsukai no World Break (World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman)

Seiken Tsukai no World Break (World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman)

8. Seiken Tsukai no World Break (World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman)

The anime is set in the Akane Private Academy, a place for students who remember their past and present lives. Students with strong memories of their past lives are trained to use Ancestral Arts to fight against monsters called Metaphysicals.

Called the Saviours, students are divided into “Kurogane” and “Kuroma” who can respectively use their prana to manifest offensive weapons and use magic.

The story commences with the opening ceremonies of the school year. After the ceremony, Moroha Haimura, the protagonist, meets Satsuki Ranjou who claims to be his sister in one of the past lives. She adds, Moroha was a valiant prince who could destroy entire armies with his swords skills.

He, then, comes across Shizuno Urushibara who reveals Moroha to be a dark lord in a past life. Though he was a dark magician, he saved Shizuno from slavery. Aiming for a bright future when their minds are delving equally into the past and present, how can they manage their three tenses at the same time?

Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero)

Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero)

9. Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero)

Often ridiculed as “Louise the Zero”, Louise Francoise is a self-absorbed mage and is poor at casting magic spells. Ironically, she studies at one of the most prestigious schools in the country, Tristain Academy.

Every year, new students have to perform a summoning ritual where they call for familiar, which is a type of magical creature. As expected, Louise’s summoning causes a catastrophic explosion. Her explosions are a story of daily lives, so it wasn’t anything new, but when the smoke clears, Saito Hiraga, a normal boy from Japan, appears in front of them. Due to ritual sacredness, Louise can’t deny him, so she accepts him as her familiar.

Louise starts treating him as a slave. She forces him to wash his clothes and do all sorts of dirty work. The table turns when Saito is found to have a powerful mark of familiar, Gandalfr on his hand. As the story progresses, it’s finally revealed why Louise has magic inadequacy.

Trinity Seven

Trinity Seven

10. Trinity Seven

Arata Kasuga’s hometown is destroyed because of the “Breakdown Phenomenon”. The sun has stopped shining and the inhabitants have disappeared. Everything appears like a catastrophe unless Arata uses his grimoire to reconstruct the hometown artificially, which is given to him by his childhood friend, Hijiri Kasuga.

To learn about the mysterious phenomenon, Lilith Asami, a highly-ranked sorcerer, appears in front of Arata. She offers him to choices: hand over the grimoire or die. Arata chooses none and instead, decides to join the Royal Biblia Academy, the top-secret magic school. Lilith is a teacher at the same academy. After a small fit, she accepts Arata in the academy, where the seven unique magical users form the elite Trinity Seven.

The anime follows his journey with other magical users and how he puts his life at stake to save his friends and prevent his hometown from destruction.

Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou (Demon King Daimao)

Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou (Demon King Daimao)

11. Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou (Demon King Daimao)

Akuto Sai dreams of making the world a better place. For which, he transfers to Constant Magic Academy to improve his skills and save other lives. He befriends a ninja clan member named Junko Hattori. Together, they vow to save the world no matter the cost. Within no time, their friendship soon smashes to smithereens, when a prophecy reveals that Akuto is going to be the Demon King.

As the news spreads, everyone starts fearing Akuto and Junko starts to distance himself. It’s not just the prophecy, Akuto’s actions also suggest his evil intentions. However, he is still pure by heart and has no evil intentions, yet circumstances lead others to believe he is certain to become a Demon King.

Moreover, Akuto is constantly surrounded by beautiful girls, who have their vicious plans for him. Some of them want to bring him to justice while others just want to shower him with love. As Akuto’s power is on the rise, he has to constantly deal with misfortune and prove that his fate is not set in stone.

Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)

Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)

12. Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)

More than 80% of humanity is empowered with the superpowers named “quirks”. The power is on an exponential rise. It has endowed humans with various unique abilities such as elements’ manipulation, shapeshifting, and so on. Only a few humans lack these superpowers and are disregarded by the gifted ones. Izuku Modriya is one such individual, who is often ridiculed by his acquaintances.

As stubborn as he is, Izuku doesn’t care what others think and despite his lack of power, he is determined to become the greatest hero ever like the All Might. He has carried this dream since he was a child and it still stands strong.

As he trains hard to prove himself, it ultimately starts offering him some fruit. He gets the chance to meet his idol, All Might. All Might’s quirk has the ability to transfer its power and he has selected Izuku as his successor.

After many months of rigorous training, he is accepted at the UA High, a prestigious training school. Surrounded by incredibly talented classmates, it’s worth a watch how Izuku prevails over them and proves himself to be the best.

Freezing

Freezing

13. Freezing

Freezing is a futuristic anime, where the human race is overpowered by aliens called Novas. They are known to cause severe destruction wherever they appear. To defend them, a new group is formed known as “Nova Clashes”. Women as “Pandoras” and men as “Limiters” are implanted with stigmata giving them superpowers. They are then, trained in military academies to learn to work in a team and save humanity.

Kazuya Aoi is set out to attend the West genetics military academy. On his first day, he witnesses a Battle Royale is taken on by the Pandoras. Amid the ongoing battle, he embraces Satellizer el Bridget, a powerful Pandora called the “Untouchable Queen”, mistaking her to be his deceased sister. This results in her defeat, however, she isn’t annoyed by his misconduct and instead, accepts him as her Limiter. The only issue is if their partnership can survive the test of the time.

Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai (Unbreakable Machine-Doll)

Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai (Unbreakable Machine-Doll)

14. Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai (Unbreakable Machine-Doll)

“Machinart” is an advanced machine that injects life and intelligence into the robotic dolls, which are later called “automaton”. To train people in using it flawlessly, The Walpurgis Royal Academy of Machinart is established. Its mission is to train skilled puppeteers on how to control automatons as militaries across the globe have adopted this technology into their armies.

Raishin Akabane and his automaton Yaya miserably fail in the academy’s entrance exams. The only way left is to defeat one of the top hundred students to participate in the Evening Party, a battle between puppeteers along with automatons to prove one’s supremacy. The winner is honored with the title of “Wiseman” and granted knowledge of the powerful forbidden arts.

To ensure his participation, Raishin duels with Charlotte Belew, but before they could begin, Charlotte’s Sigmund is attacked by the students. As a result, Raishin now has to find another way to enter into the party and claim the title of Wiseman.

Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan (Sky Wizards Academy)

Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan (Sky Wizards Academy)

15. Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan (Sky Wizards Academy)

The huge magical insects have brought humanity to near extinction. Their strength is growing day by day and is becoming aggressive to handle. Due to their brutality, humans have run away from Earth and now live in floating cities. However, the battle for survival is still on as wizards from prestigious academies are regularly fighting these heinous creatures.

Once praise as “Black Master Swordsman”, Kanata Age is now criticized as a traitor. He is given a chance to atonement by regulating the team E601 as it’s facing some serious issues. The team includes three girls who have problems of their own kind. Though Kanata is determined to clear his name, dealing with the team’s problems is nothing less than a havoc for him.

Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan follows the story of Kanata and his team and how he trains them to obliterate the swarm of insects once and for all.

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