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The Best Anime Like We Never Learn: BOKUBEN

Updated May 31, 2019 1.2k votes 448 voters 17.1k views13 items

We Never Learn: BOKUBEN, also known as We Never Learn and Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai is one of the hottest new anime to come out of the Spring 2019 season. Nariyuki Yuiga is a hardworking student from a poor family whose goal is to win a prestigious scholarship that offers a full ride to university. He's offered the scholarship on one condition - that he tutor Rizu Ogata and Fumino Furuhashi. At first, he has no idea what he can possibly teach these brilliant girls, but he learns that neither one wants to go to school for the area they excel in - instead, they want to study an area they have no talent for at all. If you're a fan of the show, you might be looking for anime like We Never Learn: BOKUBEN. If so, this list will help guide you toward your next great watch.

Some anime similar to We Never Learn have premises that are nearly identical - if you're looking for a show about a tutor dealing with challenging female students who he experiences romantic tension with, you should check out The Quintessential Quintuplets. If you're looking for a show that doesn't necessarily follow the same plotline but features a similar vibe, you should try out My Mental Choices Are Completely Interfering With My School Romantic Comedy or Nisekoi. Whatever your tastes, there's something fun on this list for you. 

  • The Quintessential Quintuplets is probably the closest that you can get to We Never Learn without literally just watching it twice. Both shows revolve around a hardworking and studious young man who is obligated to become a tutor in order to pay for expenses that his impoverished family can't possibly cover. Both series feature beautiful girls whose assets are emphasized through fan service, and both focus on the growing relationship between the tutor and his charges. The biggest difference is that while the quintuplets resist Futaro's help and are fairly poor students, Rizu and Fumino appear to genuinely want Nariyuki's assistance. 

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      If you're digging We Never Learn, there's a strong chance that you'll appreciate what Nisekoi brings to the table. Raku Ichijou is the heir to a yakuza family, a position which forces him to pretend to date Chitoge Kirisaki, the daughter of a rival yakuza gang. This is far from ideal, both because the two absolutely loathe each other, and because Raku has his sights set on someone else. Like We Never Learn, Nisekoi combines a harem-based romantic comedy with both fan service and a compelling story. 

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    • If you're looking for another anime that puts intelligent characters in awkward romantic situations, but are looking for something that focuses a little bit more on its brilliant characters' interior monologues, try Kaguya-sama: Love Is War. This anime is essentially what you'd get if the two genius girls from We Never Learn were romantically interested in each other.

      Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane are members of the student council who are known for both their attractiveness and their intelligence. The two are madly in love with each other, but neither is willing to admit to those emotions. Instead, they use their wits to try and goad the other into confessing first. It's a hilarious and charming anime that you'll almost certainly like if you like We Never Learn.

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      • Aki Tomoya only wants one thing - to successfully create a dating sim that gives him the same feeling of emotional fulfillment that the ones he plays does. To do this, he'll have to recruit top tier talent, including the light novel author Utaha Kasumigaoka, the doujinshi artist Eriri Spencer Sawamura, and his muse, the titular "boring girlfriend", Megumi Katou. This is no easy task - in no small part because all of the girls are way more talented than he is, and they aren't totally on board with his ideas. Like Tomoya Aki, Nariyuki Yuiga is working with two girls who are much smarter than he is to achieve the desired result. He has to persuade them to stick with it, despite their misgivings. He also has to try and understand where they're coming from.

        These shows have more in common than just their themes - both of them are harem-based romantic comedies with plenty of fan service.

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