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15 Exciting Anime That Explore The World of Science

Updated July 24, 2019 6.7k votes 2.1k voters 48.6k views15 items

Whether featuring immunology, space travel, genetic engineering, or time travel, science anime is a fascinating genre. Shows like Cells at Work and Dr. Stone allow viewers to learn about science while still being entertained by great stories and great characters. 

Not every anime about science is totally realistic: many of them involve applying the scientific method to magical phenomenon. So while these shows might seem like fantasy, they still qualify - because what science is really about is explaining the unexplained by uncovering the governing rules about the universe. Sometimes, that includes psychic powers or people turning into stone. 

Which scientific anime is your favorite? Vote it up to let the world know what you think.

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  • Dr. Stone
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    After a mysterious event leaves humanity encased in stone for 3,700 years, civilization has crumbled to bits, leaving a wild world in its wake. The first person to awaken is Senku, a teenage scientist who immediately gets to work creating the building blocks for his own survival, and performing experiments to figure out how to free the rest of humanity from their stony prisons. It's only through his knowledge of science that he survives at all - and once his brawny classmate Taiju wakes up, he'll be able to put more of that knowledge to practical use with Taiju's manpower. 

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    Cells At Work

    Cells At Work
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    If you want to learn about human biology - particularly as it pertains to the immune system - Cells At Work is for you. The characters are anthropomorphic cells who each have a role to play in maintaining a human body, whether it's carrying oxygen to other cells or fighting off pathogens. It's actually received plenty of praise from professionals for its scientific accuracy, so if you're trying to study for a biology test, it's actually a pretty good study aid. That is, as long as you can remember that real-life platelets aren't quite that cute. 

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  • Steins;Gate
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    A list about science without a shout-out to Steins;Gate would be like a list of grumpy dads with no mention of Vegeta. This incredible series follows Rintaro Okabe, a neophyte scientist who accidentally develops time travel via a microwave - he and his team now possess the ability to send messages backward in time, altering the timeline. This discovery leads to some serious problems - one that will take every ounce of Rintaro's intelligence to overcome.

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  • Fullmetal Alchemist may not focus on real science, but its approach to alchemy is quite similar to what can be expected from genuine scientific disciplines. There are clear rules that govern alchemy, which have been discovered through rigorous testing. To learn more about alchemy and improve their techniques, the characters perform rigorous experiments - that's actually what led to Ed's failed attempt to use alchemy to revive his deceased mother. It's a scientific show in method if not in content. 

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