21 Anime That Are Surprisingly Educational About Certain Topics

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Vote up your favorite anime series that make learning fun.

Watching anime is definitely entertaining, but it can be educational, too! Whether you're a student looking to break up your studies with something a little more engaging than your notes or just somebody who wants to boost their brain power through anime, there are a lot of great shows out there to help you do just that.

What can you learn from the best educational anime? By watching series like Kageki Shojo, Golden Kamuy, and Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, you can learn about elements of Japanese culture and history that you might not have considered before. Shows like Shirobako, Bakuman, and Keep Your Hands Off Eizoken! will give you insight into how anime and manga are made. And shows like Space Brothers, Cells at Work!, and Dr. Stone spotlight different kinds of science. Fascinated by the art world? Blue Period is the show for you. No matter what you want to learn, there's probably an anime to match.


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    Cells at Work!
    Photo: Cells at Work! / David Production

    The characters in Cells at Work! are anthropomorphized versions of the cells that make up the human body. Together, they work to get oxygen and nutrients to the right place, fight off germs, and do whatever else needs doing. This show is a great way to brush up before a biology exam, or to just have fun.

    If you find Cells at Work! to be a little too wholesome, you can also check out Cells at Work! Code Blackwhich takes place in the body of someone who drinks, smokes, has unprotected intimate encounters, and otherwise does not take care of themselves.

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    Dr. Stone
    Photo: Dr. Stone / TMS Entertainment

    After being encased in stone for thousands of years, boy genius Senku Ishigami wakes up with a mission - reinvent all the technology that existed during his time, and restore all the stone statues to human form. No matter what kinds of obstacles he encounters, he always finds a way to get around them.

    But you can learn more than just persistence from Senku - you can also learn a lot about how basic things work. Whether he's reinventing ramen and cola or trying to create a working cell phone, there's always a clear explanation for how he does it. Some of his methods are extremely dangerous, though, so don't try them at home.

  • How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?
    Photo: How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? / Doga Kobo

    Interested in getting absolutely ripped? How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? is a slice of life comedy that follows a high schooler who vows to lose weight after gaining some extra unwanted pounds.

    The series does a great job at explaining a number of workouts, proper form, and even some dieting tips. Although the anime is extremely informative, it's also super hilarious with tons of gags that makes learning the material not so bad. Not to mention, it has sprinkles of fan-service in between. Hey, maybe working out isn't so bad after all!

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    Food Wars!
    Photo: Food Wars! / J.C. Staff

    Food Wars! isn't exactly realistic when it comes to depicting the average person's reaction to a good meal, but when it comes to teaching viewers about cooking, it's on point.

    While you probably shouldn't try to imitate the characters who cook with chainsaws, there are a lot of dishes that Yukihira Sohma and his friends serve up that you can learn to make yourself. Not into cooking? There's plenty of interesting food science to learn.

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    Spice and Wolf

    Spice and Wolf
    Photo: Spice and Wolf / Imagin

    The economy can be challenging to understand sometimes, but Spice and Wolf makes it just a little bit easier. The story follows a merchant named Kraft Lawrence and a harvest god named Holo as they travel together. Lawrence wants to sell his wares, and he finds Holo to be surprisingly helpful. That's why he agrees to take her to her hometown of Yoitsu, where she feels she'll be properly worshipped.

    On the way, the two form a bond that they don't expect - but not before Holo learns a ton about economics, helping viewers learn along the way. 

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    Photo: Haikyu!! / Production I.G

    Good sports anime nearly always teach viewers the fundamentals of the sport in question. Haikyuu!! is far from the only example, but its popularity makes it a good stand-in for the genre as a whole.

    By watching Hinata's journey to achieve his volleyball dreams, viewers get to learn a lot about how the sport actually works. It's almost totally accurate to the real sport - at least, according to real world volleyball player Yuji Nishida, who said, "It's as realistic as it gets. Although, we can't really spike with our eyes closed, so there's that."