The 10 Most Educational Lessons You Can Learn By Watching Anime

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Written by Theo J Ellis

Anime is just for kids, right? That’s what the average person who refuses to watch Anime would say.

Anime is more than just a kid shows and comedy. It’s full of all kinds of topics and subjects, just like films.

Some of these subjects will entertain you, make you laugh and make you feel good inside.

And others will teach you new things about life.

Things that have educational value, and knowledge you can use to improve an aspect of your own life.

It’s this educational part of Anime I’d like to talk about in this post.

Here are my 10 reasons why Anime has educational value. No matter what type of Anime you’re into!


1. Anime teaches you the importance of hard work

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Goku and Vegeta training

Think of Anime shows like Dragon Ball Z.

From the moment you set eyes on Goku in the first Dragon Ball series, he does nothing but train to become stronger, faster, smarter, better.

And one point that’s important is: None of it comes easy to Goku.

Goku’s such a great example of where persistence can take you, and why it’s important to work hard to get the results you want.

There are even motivational Anime videos based off DBZ, all because of how influenced fans are by the life lessons set by Goku in DBZ.

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Other examples would be Saitama from One Punch Man.

Sure it’s a parody show, but the same lessons still apply.

He worked hard, didn’t take any shortcuts, and put in the work to end up as strong as he’s become in One Punch Man.

It’s this simple concept that’s easy to ignore (because it’s an Anime), and yet is true for life in general.

Hard work beats cheating or trying to take shortcuts every time. Especially in the long run.


2. Helps you understand different types of people

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Kantai Collection anime characters.

Slice of Life Anime shows are great for this. Because they show and teach you how people are, how their minds work, and what makes them tick.

It’s the perfect example of human psychology and how we react or deal with certain situations in life.

By understanding how people work, and understanding different types of people, you become smarter and more knowledgeable.

And also, your perspective changes because the more people you know, the more the way you see things changes.

Then how you judge people and certain situations will also change. And even help you in some way or another.


3. You can learn a lot about Japan just by watching

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Gou Matsuoka.

I’m not foolish enough to say watching Anime will teach you everything about Japan. Or that everything shown in Anime reflects how Japan is or looks.

I know that. You should know that, too.

But by watching Anime you can learn quite a lot about Japanese culture.


  • Foods.
  • Traditions.
  • Dress codes.
  • How their streets/towns are laid out.
  • Cost of goods.
  • Shrine Maidens.
  • How they celebrate.

And so many more things.

It all depends on the type of Anime you watch, as not every Anime show is a good example of what Japan is like.

But there is some educational value in a lot of Anime shows about how Japan is.

Both old and new.


4. Lessons on self confidence

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Kanie – Amagi Brilliant Park.

Some of us are lacking in self confidence, and are afraid to do the things we want.

I get that. I too struggled with self confidence issues, bullying and stuff like that.

The good thing about Anime is – a lot of shows are relatable and realistic With characters who struggle with self confidence issues, and manage to overcome them.

Just by watching these types of Anime shows you’ll learn plenty of self confidence lessons.

You’ll learn how to go about building your own confidence or overcoming your confidence issues.

Good examples of Anime shows like this:

  • Bleach.
  • Barakamon.
  • My Hero Academia.
  • Assassination Classroom.
  • The Ultimate Otaku Teacher.
  • Dragon Ball Z.
  • Best Student Council.
  • Love Live School Idol Project.

And so much more. Sometimes the lessons are subtle and hard to see.

If you pay attention, more Anime shows than you’re aware of will teach you some great lessons on self confidence.


5. Learning new words and terms

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Misaki Kamiigusa.

A good example of this is the word – Synesthesia. This is basically when one part of your senses is able to stimulate another part of your senses.

I learned this by watching the Anime – A Certain Scientific Railgun. The word was quoted (and explained) by Mikoto Misaka.

Another thing I learned by watching Anime is – what Narcolepsy is. It’s a condition that causes you to fall asleep when you feel relaxed and at ease.

I learned this by watching the slice of life AnimeLittle Busters.

There’s a lot of educational value in learning new words and growing your mental dictionary.


6. Personal growth

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Vegeta thinking about how to become stronger.

In the Anime show – Barakamon, Seishuu Handa punches his director after Handa’s Calligraphy work is criticized.

Afterwards he’s sent to live on an island far away from Tokyo to change his behavior and rid of his anger issues.

As you watch the Anime you see a guy who was once too angry and emotional for his own good, become a completely different person through personal growth.

It’s inspiring to watch, and will even make you think.

It’s these types of Anime shows that can teach you the power of personal growth and improving yourself.

There’s tons of educational value in that.


7. How to deal with hardships

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Here are a couple of Anime‘s that teach you how to deal with hardships:

  • D.Gray Man.
  • Bleach.
  • Kokoro Connect.
  • Gunslinger Girl.
  • Slayers.
  • Clannad.
  • Scrapped Princess.
  • Claymore.
  • Sunday Without God.

No matter what you do, life will give you hardships to deal with. We all have the choice to face those hardships and do our best to overcome them.

Or give up and accept defeat.

Lots of Anime shows have educational value when it comes to hardships, dealing with life, and learning how to overcome the obstacles we face.

And that in itself is priceless. No school can teach you that.


8. The importance of planning and strategy

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Lelouch Vi Britannia.

Anime shows that teach you about planning and strategy:

  • Code Geass.
  • The One Being Sung.
  • Oda Nobuna.
  • The Asterisk War.
  • Guilty Crown.
  • Danganronpa.
  • Amagi Brilliant Park.
  • Assassination Classroom.
  • Akame Ga Kill.
  • Pokemon.

If you don’t plan or strategize, then your results will end up sloppy and unpolished.

If I were to choose one Anime to watch for planning or strategy, it would be Code Geass or Assassination Classroom.

There’s so much educational value in this because without it, you won’t be clear on anything you do.

That’s for life in general.


9. How to laugh and not take yourself too seriously

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Nichijou Hakase.

Comedy Anime shows are one of the best examples of this.

Here are a few characters who do this well:

  • Hikari Takanashi.
  • Yui Hirasawa.
  • Tsumugi Kotobuki.
  • Saori Takabe.
  • Goku.
  • Bulat.
  • Natsumi Tsujimoto.

Why does this have educational value?

  • It helps you defeat stress.
  • It helps you focus on what’s important.
  • It keeps you focused on the positive, rather than negative 24/7.
  • It helps you become a happier, more positive person.
  • And also makes you more likable and clear minded.

Every year kids, teenagers and adults stress themselves out over exams and GCSE’S.

If you learn how to tone down the stress, your results will always be better. That’s true for anything that you do in life.

You can’t drive a car with a stressed mind for example. You won’t be focused on the road if that’s the case.

So there’s a lot of educational value with comedy anime shows (and Anime‘s in general).


10. Economics and Business

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Holo the Wise Wolf and Kraft Lawrence.

This world revolves around money, no matter where you go or what you plan to do.

Though not taught in school (even though it should), economics is one of the most important topics in the world.

The educational value for it is obvious

And there are Anime shows that are based around economics, business, or at least have some educational value with both topics.

Examples of Anime shows that can teach you about economics or business:

  • Spice and Wolf.
  • Nabiki Tendo from Ranma ½.
  • Best Student Council.
  • Amagi Brilliant Park.
  • Log Horizon.



Education is a word most associate with school, college, degrees, academics, etc.

But education is anything that can teach you something.

Anime has lots to offer when it comes to teaching you something new, different, helpful or even academic.

It all depends on what you watch, and what you’re interested in!

Anime Teaching Resources:

9 Powerful Benefits Of Watching Anime That Makes You Smarter

The Greatest Motivational Anime Shows You Need To Consider

17 Powerful Life Lessons You Can Learn From Anime In Less Than 7 Minutes

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Brilliant article once again Anime Motivation. I also love the anime recommendation for each situation. Will definitely have a look into them.

p.s. the falling snow flakes are a nice touch on the site

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Syncere or Dallas doesn't matter

I love this article it really thought me a lot thank you


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nice topic i really respect you because you overcame your problems, hardships and you gave me new thoughts and informations about anime