9 Powerful Benefits Of Watching Anime That Makes You Smarter

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Written by Theo J Ellis

I believe there are benefits to watching or listening to anything. Anime or not.

What matters most is if you pay attention. That’s where the secret sauce is which benefits you in some way.

Here’s a quick list of 9 solid reasons anime will make you smarter, and add meaning to your life.


1. You learn unexpected things

If you watch Jormungand, you learn about the realistic lives of arms dealers. And how they travel the world, surround themselves with bodyguards, and end up in dangerous situations.

Not to mention how they’re the reasons wars break out in the first place.

If you watch School Live, you learn about mental health issues like PTSD.

If you watch Little Busters, you learn about a real life condition called: Narcolepsy. A condition that causes you to fall asleep whenever you feel relaxed or happy.

If you pay attention, the anime you’ve watched have taught you something valuable, useful, or interesting. Making you more knowledgeable in the process.


2. You learn about Japanese culture

9 Benefits Of Watching Anime That Makes You Smarter
This one is obvious, and while it might not always be 100% right, it mostly is accurate.

Anime is made by the Japanese after all, and gives you insights into their culture. Even if a little!


3. You learn about Japanese food

9 Benefits Of Watching Anime That Makes You Smarter
This one’s a given. It’s anime after all.

If you watch Ranma 1/2 you learn about a dish called: Okonomiyaki, which is made on the island of Okinawa. In the anime a character called: Ukyo runs her own Okonomiyaki restaraunt.

if you watch Shakugan No Shana, you learn about a type of Japanese food called: Melon bread (Melonpan).

And if you watch Pokemon or School Rumble, you’ll learn about Onigiri (a type of rice ball).

This list is endless…


4. You learn life lessons

Too much arrogance leads to losses eventually, and your self-esteem gets crushed in the process.

Bullying others has its implications later in life, no matter how subtle it is.

Not being thankful for your parents may lead to regret one day if they die suddenly.

All 3 of these life lessons happen in 3 anime series:

  • My Hero Academia.
  • A Silent Voice.
  • Orange.

No matter the anime, there’s always something to learn that will help you. And this is even true for comedy series which are more subtle when it comes to life lessons.


5. You learn about relationships

9 Benefits Of Watching Anime That Makes You Smarter

Not all anime relationships are realistic. Let’s be real about that.

But when they are realistic you learn about the hardships, pains, tragedy, and even the benefits of being in a relationship.

And depending on the anime, it’ll walk you through all the struggles that come with it.


6. You learn about hard work, patience, and team work

9 Benefits Of Watching Anime That Makes You Smarter
Watch Haikyuu and it’ll teach you about team work, and why it’s so crucial.

Watch DBZ and you learn about hard work, setting goals, pushing yourself and practicing.

Watch New Game and you learn about the struggles of pursuing what you love. And starting out as a beginner.

Unlike Films, anime has life lessons of all kinds because of the amount of genres and topics it has.


7. You learn about the ugly side of human nature

9 Benefits Of Watching Anime That Makes You Smarter
Watch Elfen Lied and this picture is painted perfectly. The anime deals with rape, child abuse and violence after all.

Tune into Black Lagoon and you’ll see the dark-side of how the grittiest places on earth tend to be (even if a little exaggerated).

Watch Akame Ga Kill or Psycho Pass and you’ll learn corruption in society. And the dangers of having too much power when you have the wrong intentions.

A lot of these dark lessons are sprinkled throughout the anime industry. And some of them are hard to swallow.

Related: 20 Dark Anime Series You Should Consider Watching


8. You learn about communication 

Watch ReLife and you’ll understand this. Or even watch Kokoro Connect.

Lack of communication always leads to misunderstandings and problems. When we don’t understand each other, friction is caused.

Next thing you know violence, madness, pain and tragedy are soon to follow.


9. You learn how to have fun

9 Benefits Of Watching Anime That Makes You Smarter
Watching anime is a fun activity by itself. But when you watch:

  • Comedy.
  • Parodies.

Or anything similar, it teaches you how to have fun, chill, relax and not take life too seriously.

A life without fun is no life at all.


In a nutshell: The main benefit of anime is learning!

I’ve learned about culture, historic facts, conditions, and too many things to count on both hands from anime.

It’s like an adventure. The more you watch anime, the more you discover. Because there’s so many shows, you’l never run out of new things to watch and new thing to learn.


Related: 10 Reasons Why Anime Has Educational Value

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David Adolphus
David Adolphus

This is beautiful, non anime fans might find it silly and untrue but it’s the truth. Good work Mr Theo.


I sent this to a friend who was writing a research paper on how anime is good for you. She got an A

Reply to  Catrina

I am doing the same… 🙂 and I am also including this site…

Reply to  Theo J Ellis

It has impacted me! I am a geek and i am proud of it!

Darrell F.
Darrell F.

I extremely love anime, something also told me that I was getting a little bit smarter by just watchin’ anime. I knew that anime can teach you life lessons, everything about anime actually teaches you about something, ya know, has a moral lesson every now and then. Anime has always been a huge part of my life, and that’s why anime is my favorite type of cartoon.


I need the year this was made for my research paper, can someone please tell me? Thanks! in advance.

star brooks
star brooks

thanks you because im righting a essay on why you should watch anime


OMG, this helps so much in school I just started talking about why anime is important to our culture and this helps a lot I would also suggest http://www.politeasflannels.com/blog/2017/2/4/why-anime-is-important but it is very expressive but also funny. Also, this Is beautiful, non anime fans can now understand why anime is so important and amazing.


you dont do stuff like a maneick


I wrote an essay how anime affects the human psychologically and I used many of statements. Very much true. Thank the gods for this! 😉 I enjoy your posts (read regularly)!

Reply to  Harley...

Can I see your essay?


Not all anime is made by the Japanese though! I am a weeb and I may know a thing or two but I know that not ALL anime is created from Japan…look at Camilla D’errico as one example! I am not trying to be rude but I thought I should bring that up as a point. 🙂 Please don’t take this the wrong way. I know animes like Fruit Basket…possibly a Japanese anime same with Sailor Moon (I still love Sailor moon…the first anime I had ever watched).

Reply to  Theo J Ellis

You are welcome. My brother (whom watches anime too) made that point made to me and I thought to bring it up because it was a great point! ^^

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