学園化[gakuenka]

June 29, 2008 at 12:05 pm (doujin(同人), otaku word)

 

 If you happen to follow doujinshi[fan-made comics] or such a video game, you would be sure of this. This is a primitive method for all the doujin fans to create doujin stuff. To get to the point, 学園[gakuen] means school and 化[ka] means to change sth in the certain way. Or else, it is to transform like something. 学園化[gakuenka] means to put all the characeters in the series into school setting. Can I say schoolnize? Anyway, why is this such a rule-of-thumb? No, this is not a doujin thing anymore because even the originals use it as a side story or something like that. Above is, yes, 3年Z組銀八先生[san’nen Z-gumi Ginpachi-sensei] which occasionally comes as an extra story in Gintama. In this story, Gintoki plays a role as a teacher, and other characters show as a student. Don’t care about their age! It’s a fantasy like yaoi.

 Anyone experinces a school life. There are a lot of kind of teachers or classmates, and it is pretty easier to fix your favorite characters up with a “job.” You can arrange as you like. Who should be a teacher? What kind of subject should he teach? How does he act as a teacher? Rude or humble? DelusionImagination never ends, so that this makes it easier to make a story. 

 Even if the original story takes place in a fantasy world and the characters do a totally unreal thing, those characters naturally get close to our real life by using this method, 学園化. I assume such is a fundamental reason why this is so popular.

 So, which anime do you want to schoolnize? 

4 Comments

  1. Sasa said,

    I never expected this phenomenon actually has a name, but I suppose it is rather popular, I even remember a short story with “Blame!” in a school setting, and “Gakuen Kino”, of course.

    I think science-fiction and mystery would make the best alternative universes to schools – like Planetes or Baccano, hehe.

  2. bangin said,

    Also, period piece is to be targeted because of this phenomenon. What if those characters in olden times came to our real world? How do they act? See? There must be a lot of stories!

  3. Julia said,

    I tried reading グレンラガン学園偏… even such a mecha anime like TTGL has an official 学園化! O_O Even though I love TTGL, I don’t like the school version… though the characters are cute in their uniforms…

    • bangin said,

      It’s no wonder there is a school version of TTGL. How’s the Yoko’s uniform like?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: