So you know, I don’t get the hate for high school settings. I really don’t. I personally like them. I’m sure I’ve ranted about this before but whatever. It maybe be because I like school uniforms. Or the age of the protagonists The thing is, I like high school as a starting point. In the US Highschool can last , literally, forever. So its an awkward place to start. However in most Anime, when a character starts at a younger age like Middle or Highschool they are allowed to grow up. Most will go from middle, to high, to college and such struggles are looked at if it’s not an uber fantasy setting. This is something I like. You get to have characters grow up and deal with the issues of such a thing happening.
Also high school is an easy place to put characters of different types that have to interact with each other. In my struggles as a fictionalist I often run into the issue of what my characters are doing when they have to have jobs. Plus, I really really like uniforms…a lot. Though I do admit it can be lazy. But if you ever notice, everything always gets a highschool version, either officially or a fanmade version, so its not as hated as one thinks.
Starting characters in college is pretty much the same thing, only its acceptable that they get to have guilty free not underage sex. But there is still the same drama, only its a shorter time before they have to get thrown to the shark tank that is the real world.
Of course this doesn’t apply to Uber Fantasy settings, dystopias(depending) apocalyptic and whatever, just Urban/urban fantasy settings. Personal opinion of course. Slice of life is strangely my favorite genre, though I do love magic. I think Slice of life with a pinch of fantasy is how I like my experience.
Being an old lady, such a setting was always fun for me. And I don’t care what other say, I love school settings. I love school uniforms, I love the hilarious drama that happens there, the friendships and enemies, the teachers of doom and the just utter randomness. If I wanted real school, I would just be a creepy school janitor.