School Uniform News

School Uniform is a anime/manga thing
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Mari Maya: Police Officer beats Doctor!
Mari Maya: Police Officer beats Doctor!

Hello everyone, I know it's not Friday, but I was caught by surprise when my family had me work at the restaurant in the afternoon. I keep this blog short because I got to do finish Star Trek at Screened. Plus, these crazy blogs are good for destressing oneself from work and wiki.

Let's do this!

I asked some random folks in Anime Vice, Twitter, and Comic Vine.

Anime Vice

Joy oh Joy There are two perfect girls for me
Joy oh Joy There are two perfect girls for me

BigHeart711 says this:

I'm most attached to the school uniforms more than the general work uniforms. A close second goes to the nurse uniforms.

Oh, I see BigHeart711 likes nurses, and I know why he watches Pokemon.

Bigz007 says:

Erza: Is it bad that we don't wear bras underneath our costumes?
Erza: Is it bad that we don't wear bras underneath our costumes?

If we're talking about an outfit fetish then it's probably cat girl outfit that work for me the most.

Yes, Fairy Tail and other anime make us swoon over cat and bunny girl outfits. I should know Bigz007 likes Erza's cat outfit.

Daniel Newton says:

I love the sexy librarian look. Sexy and sophisticated.

Barney: Chicks dig guys in suits
Barney: Chicks dig guys in suits

Daniel Newton didn't say he had a uniform fetish, but in the Fetish Friday: Glasses are Hot, Baby edition, he dig the librarian look. I'm taking his answer as implied.

For me, I like a woman in business attire for some odd reason. That's why I'm have a thing for teachers! You can say I'm a guy who likes suiting up just like Barney from How I Met Met Your Mother. I have a thing for suits being a waiter.

Twitter

Most folks ignored me like last time. This time, I asked Gia! Though, she didn't give me an answer. I guess I wasn't subtle enough. I should have worked on PR skills better.

Gia, tell me!

Comic Vine

The only person that replied was my buddy .

Hey you! =D How have you been? Hard to believe the year is almost over. =O Hehehe! xD Uniform fetishes? =O Hehe! xD Nothing swoons me over more than the Assassin Creed's hoodie and Master Chief's armor. =O Anime-wise though, I'd say Lelouch's outfit! =3 Hehe! xD Do you have any? Would make a great article for AV! Hehehe! Maybe it's the innocence! xD You should do a belt fetish for Nomura! =O

Tetsuya Nomura, the godfather of Final Fantasy has a thing for belts and zippers. I think she likes military men and men of stature.

Edit:

I forgot to do this. Do you know any characters in anime and manga that have a uniform fetish? Don't forget to share your uniform fetishes!

I'm not happy with my captions if you notice how many times I changed it.

Anime and Manga Characters with Uniform Fetishes

Mari Maya

She loves cops.

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In the 8th installment of ASFF I'll touch upon some of the smaller details that perhaps don't stand out as much or things you might not think about. I'll do a two part blog because I've been able to think of enough things to throw out. This will be a rapid fire version. I'll hit on a bunch of different things and keep it brief.

1st Opening Ceremony - Fact: We've probably all seen an anime where on the first day of school, or before summer vacation, all of the students are dragged into the gym, made to stand in perfect lines, wearing the complete and proper uniform and then listen to speeches from the principal and perhaps a few other people and after that leave early. This is dead on the first day of school. The first day is short and the opening ceremony is just like that. A bunch of disinterested students standing in the gym in lines with their class and just listening. You will also typically get two opening ceremonies. One for the 1st grade students, where also their parents will attend, and one for the 2nd and 3rd grade students.

2nd Choosing seats by pulling numbers - Fact and Fiction: The basic idea of each spot in the classroom is a number and the students pull a lot out of a box with a number on it and sit where it is, is something that's totally done and accurate. However virtually every teacher has their own unique way or twist on it so it's almost never just pull number, sit there. I've seen playing cards, teachers choosing at random, and many different variations of just the basic pulling numbers. So while this is very true to life, normally the teachers will add their own unique spin to it.

3rd Vastly different summer and winter uniforms - Fiction: It seems that in most anime the summer and winter uniforms are so different that they look like it could be different schools, from color changes to completely different shirts and accessories. This touches upon my first ASFF where anime tends to "fancy" up the uniforms to unreal levels. While there are different uniforms, it's usually something much more simple like, not having to wear certain parts of the uniform during the summer and lighter weight pants and skirts. It's not to the level of an almost entirely new wardrobe.

4th Summer classes - Fact and Fiction: So Japanese schools will have extra summer classes for students. The thing is, they aren't really as filled as you'll see in some shows where the turnout seems to be almost 90% or more. Also these summer classes will also sometimes just be more tutor / help sessions where students will go to a classroom and do work or study for say an hour while a teacher is in the room to help and answer questions. This will be divided up by subject so you know to study math today because the math teacher will be here.

5th The big main gate and teachers locking you out if you're late! - Fact and Fiction: All schools have that big main entrance gate, as well as at least one smaller side one that the students will indeed funnel through in the morning and yes you'll have teachers standing at the gate greeting students as they enter and checking the time giving students a heads up on if they are running late and closing the gate when morning homeroom starts. But it's not like the teacher is locking the student out and they won't be able to show up for the day, I'm pretty sure that's technically illegal. You'll just have the teacher (depending on their personality and the student) joking and telling the kid to "Do their best! Hurry!" or give a little lecture to the extent of "you're late, you need to arrive sooner"

6th Cleaning the classrooms - Fact: Most people are actually probably pretty aware of this. Yup Japanese students clean the classroom and they will also clean the hallway after school. It's pretty much what you see. Probably students are lazier in real life, but hey, this is about as basic of a "what you see is what you get" as their is.

7th There's no school buses - Fact: ...There are no school buses in Japan, well preschool has buses so the kids don't have to walk to school but if you're an elementary school or JHS student you're walking to school. HS students are lucky because most HS allow students to ride a bike to school, ES and JHS students aren't allowed to ride bikes to school.

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Probably won't see that style, but the skirt length is accurate
Probably won't see that style, but the skirt length is accurate

So I've been living in Japan and teaching in the schools for a number of years now and want to try and paint a picture of just how real some of the things you see in anime are, but I'll also mention that what I'm going to say is by no means a 100% be all and end all on the subject. I've certainly been to a lot of different schools, but it'd be impossible for me to make blanket statements covering everything. I'll try and hit on some of the big things you see pop up in a lot of anime.

Anime's representation of School Uniforms - Fact but with two disclaimers

When it comes to uniforms the vast, vast majority of JHS (Junior High Schools) and HS (High Schools) have them. There are some schools that don't require a uniform however. The interesting thing about this is, even though they don't require a uniform a good number of the students will still buy a uniform and wear it to the school from time to time. Uniforms are a pretty big deal. Since you first get them in JHS (only private elementary schools will require uniforms) it's a sign of growing up, also it's easy and a lot of students think they are cute. Believe it or not when a student is deciding on what high school they want to go to some might actually take into account what the uniform looks like.

Yes there are sailor uniforms
Yes there are sailor uniforms

Most JHS for girls have a uniform issue skirt, shirt and blazer (sometimes a vest as well). Most students however will not wear the blazer and instead opt for a sweater. White socks use to be the norm, but now you mainly see navy blue knee socks. For the boys it's pants, shirt, jacket and tie depending on type of uniform. In HS a decent number of schools only have a skirt that makes up the uniform leaving the shirt and other things like a tie, jacket and sweater up to the student. Schools with a more complete uniform will also likely have different ones for summer and winter. For boys it's more similar to JHS. As you've probably seen there are the uwabaki or slippers that students have to wear indoors. Yes they have to change their shoes before entering the school and change into their slippers. They also have different PE shoes for use in the gym. Students also do wear their uniforms outside of school a bit. Perhaps they might wear it to cram school or if they have weekend events at the school they will wear the uniform.

There are rules set up about how your suppose to wear the uniform, but like with most other things in Japanese schools the rules aren't really enforced. Because of this students will sometimes wear t-shirts, wrong color shirts, perhaps just regular street clothes and take other liberties with the uniform that they shouldn't. This could also include dying hair and piercings. Normally this is something that "yankee" students will do, but others will bend the rules a bit too for personal style. There is room for students to add their own flair, but there are limits they aren't suppose to cross. Also depending on the school (more for JHS) students will wear the PE uniform during the day instead of the regular uniform perhaps because it's more comfortable or cooler in the summer. Speaking of PE uniforms virtually all schools now don't have girls wearing the bikini bottom style PE uniform. Those were pretty much completely phased out... 15 years ago and even before then. PE swimsuits though look just like they do in anime.

The one area where most anime will tend to be a bit off about uniforms is the design and colors. A decent amount of the uniform designs you see in anime you probably won't see in real life, they just don't tend to be that flashy. They're more simple and basic in design and color. Pretty much navy blue, black and grey make up most of the colors you see and most students just wear a skirt or pants, white or blue shirt and a sweater. Anime goes a bit overboard on the style of the uniforms.

A K-On club with only 4 members... now that's fiction
A K-On club with only 4 members... now that's fiction

So in closing: Not much here to really be wrong about. Yup there are uniforms and you have to wear them, but they are more basic then anime makes them out to be and PE uniforms are your typical shorts and t-shirt.

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