A Study of the Manga (& Anime) Classroom
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Posted 10/9/10 , edited 10/9/10
Yet another scene in the classroom, the character is daydreaming again, & staring out the window.....& for the first time it dawns on me -- every classroom scene I can think of --& their are too many to count!! -- the window is always on the left hand side of the students sitting at their desks (in anime, as well as manga) !

Has anyone else ever noticed this?
Is there a specific reason for this?
Is this a preferred seating arrangement by Japanese school systems, or a technique of artistry mangaka's use?

Maybe you know of an exception to this "rule" & could share the name of the rogue manga daring a window on the right hand side!!
How about any other peculiar patterns in the manga genre, has someone noticed others?
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That's an interesting idea. I checked over a few of of my manga to verify. So far the only one I found that contradicts this is Maria-holic. Chapter 3 shows windows on the right side of the classroom. The setting is a Catholic School in Japan though. It's seems a bit western and maybe that's the reason for the difference.

On a side note. Look up James Oscar Betelle's Progressive School Architecture and William Merrell Vories who traveled to Japan. I can't find any concrete proof, but maybe you'll get the same idea I got.
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After not having been in a classroom for years I was doing a film shoot in a high school classroom last week and the windows were on the left side. This is my guess, and it is only a guess, that it helps to stimulate the left brain activity which is the logical, rational, analytical portion of the brain.

So now the question is, when you thought of this interesting anomaly within the manga and anime mediums were the windows on your left side?
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Posted 10/10/10

darrius57 wrote:
After not having been in a classroom for years I was doing a film shoot in a high school classroom last week and the windows were on the left side. This is my guess, and it is only a guess, that it helps to stimulate the left brain activity which is the logical, rational, analytical portion of the brain.
So now the question is, when you thought of this interesting anomaly within the manga and anime mediums were the windows on your left side?


Yes, I think there must be something to that left brain activity idea..... which would explain a great deal in my own school yrs in the classroom, too much of my education being spent in schools w/ "progressive" or "experimental" ideologies often altering desk patterns, sometimes eliminating them all together. Windows were wherever I could access them for my daydreaming when "new math" left me coughing in the dust of long division. See? I could have benefited from some left side window left brain stimulation for better grades in math!! Instead, I thrive on creative imagination w/ fantasy fiction & manga.

Currently, my window is directly in front of me- a big living room picture window, & the trees are blooming beautiful reds & oranges fall leaves.........
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darrius57 wrote:

After not having been in a classroom for years I was doing a film shoot in a high school classroom last week and the windows were on the left side. This is my guess, and it is only a guess, that it helps to stimulate the left brain activity which is the logical, rational, analytical portion of the brain.

So now the question is, when you thought of this interesting anomaly within the manga and anime mediums were the windows on your left side?


be interesting if that was their exact reason... hmm... might have to look into that.
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Yes!
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