Education, school, studies. Some of us may not be fond of these concepts, but what if there were a way to consume them while enjoying Japanese animation at the same time?
Don’t worry, we got you covered for that. We selected 10 educational anime that span the interests of many. This type of anime not only comes with great knowledge but great storylines as well.
Think of it being in a class, minus your boring teacher’s voice, and more animations.
1. Silver Spoon
Yuugo Hachiken is studious, hard-working, and tired of trying to live up to expectations he just cannot meet. With the ushering in of a brand new school year, he decides to enroll in Ooezo Agricultural High School, a boarding school located in the Hokkaido countryside, as a means to escape from the stress brought upon by his parents.
Initially convinced that he would do well at this institution, Hachiken is quickly proven wrong by his talented classmates, individuals who have been living on farms their entire lives and know just about everything when it comes to food, vegetables, and even the physiology of livestock! Whether it be waking up at five in the morning for strenuous labor or to take care of farm animals, Hachiken is a complete amateur when it comes to the harsh agricultural life.
Gin no Saji follows the comedic story of a young student as he tries to fit into a completely new environment, meeting many unique people along the way. As he struggles to appreciate his surroundings, Hachiken hopes to discover his dreams, so that he may lead a fulfilling life on his own terms.
- Combining 2 genres of anime (slice of life and education) together which rarely happens
- The vast majority is animated cleanly, characters are easily distinguishable, the scenery is drawn beautifully and the food is at a tantalizing level of animation
- The opening theme and ending theme were really catchy as well, and really did reflect the down-to-earth nature of the anime
2. Dr. Stone
Senku has made it his goal to bring back two million years of human achievement and revive the entirety of those turned into statues. However, one man stands in his way: Tsukasa Shishiou, who believes that only the fittest of those petrified should be revived.
As the snow melts and spring approaches, Senku and his allies in Ishigami Village finish the preparations for their attack on the Tsukasa Empire. With a reinvented cell phone model now at their disposal, the Kingdom of Science is ready to launch its newest scheme to recruit the sizable numbers of Tsukasa’s army to their side. However, it is a race against time; for every day the Kingdom of Science spends perfecting their inventions, the empire rapidly grows in number.
Reuniting with old friends and gaining new allies, Senku and the Kingdom of Science must stop Tsukasa’s forces to fulfill their goal of restoring humanity and all its creations. With the two sides each in pursuit of their ideal world, the Stone Wars have now begun!
- It makes you feel as if you’re there building these scientific contraptions with Senku and his friends
- The animation/art style really catches your eyes with the different textures, lighting, colors that they use. The characters’ facial expressions really show the animations studio’s hard work
- The opening and ending themes are catchy, and the voice actors/actresses did a great job in bringing these 2-D characters to life
3. How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?
How Many Dumbbells Can You Hold? is a diet comedy centering around the main character, Hibiki Sakura, who is concerned about her chubbiness. Hibiki decides to lose weight after her friend, Ayaka Uehara, suggests that she has recently gained weight. Lured by the free admission fee, she decides to go to the authentic Silverman Gym.
There she meets Akemi Souryuin, a beautiful rich girl from the same school, and Naruzo Machio, a good-looking trainer, and together they become absorbed in the world of muscle training.
In How Many Dumbbells Can You Hold? explains in detail, with animation, the correct method of muscle training, the areas that can be trained, and the diet benefits that can be expected! In addition, at the end of the broadcast, there is a review section of the muscle training exercises that appeared today.
In addition, the calorie content of the foods featured and the recommended timing for taking protein and amino acids are also explained, making this a must-see for those who want to lose weight and build muscle.
- The animation is great, and full marks to the studio for making the best use of their budget by focusing on the scenes that needed more attention. Some of the JoJo-style stills are inserted at just the right time to make you laugh out loud
- Catchy opening and ending that makes you want to sing at a karaoke
- Lots of fanservice for the ecchi fans out there
4. Golden Kamuy
Golden Kamuy is an anime set in the late Meiji Era, when the Russo-Japanese War had just ended. The main character, Saichi Sugimoto, was nicknamed “Sugimoto the Immortal” because he did not die even after being shot by guns and shells in the war.
After the war, Sugimoto becomes involved in a struggle over a large amount of gold that is hidden somewhere in Hokkaido, in order to fulfill the only request of a childhood friend who died in the war.
In Golden Kamuy, you can learn how to survive in the extreme cold and about Ainu culture. Sugimoto’s Ainu daughter, Asirpa, whom he travels with, practices a series of Ainu dishes and hunting methods.
Asirpa also teaches us that “to live is to feed on other lives”. She said that by making the most of every animal you hunt, you leave behind proof that the creature lived.
- The soundtrack and music overall create the sensation of a survivalist show. The opening theme contains electric beats and montages of characters in action
- It was so faithfully recreated that they have even become a favorite at the Ainu Folk Museum!
- One of the rare instances where the anime stuck to the source material of the manga and did not cut any corners
Kingdom is an anime set in ancient China around the 3rd century B.C., and allows viewers to learn about the history leading up to the unification of China. The main character, Xin, is modeled on the great Qin general Li Shin, and the king of Qin, Zheng, whom Xin serves, is modeled on the future Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of China.
Xin, a war orphan, and his childhood friend Drifting are “servants,” but they train together with dreams of becoming generals. One day, however, Drifting was taken somewhere and returned to Xin mortally wounded.
Drifting was a shadow warrior because he looked exactly like Zheng, the king of Qin Dynasty, and he lost his life. Xin met Zheng and threw himself into the war to carry on Drifting’s will and protect Zheng.
In Kingdom, many great figures from Chinese biography appear. You can feel what kind of thoughts and feelings each historical figure had in his or her life.
The book also depicts the roles of supporting characters who appear only briefly in history lessons, so it is recommended for both those who enjoy Chinese history and those who do not.
- The animation style (3D and high detail) complemented the war and action theme of the anime. The 3D aspect evoked a vibrant experience
- Most of the sounds were appropriate, and the soundtracks were superb
- History that does not bore you, but rather gets you more involved with its lore
Moyashimon is a school comedy centering on the main character Sawaki Soemon Naoyasu, who possesses the mysterious power to see germs.
Ever since he was a child, Sawaki has been looked down upon by those around him because of his ability to see germs. So he goes to college at an agricultural university where his grandfather’s friend, the eccentric Itsuki Keizo, who loves fungi, is a professor. However, some people do not believe in Sawaki’s special abilities, and others try to use him to make money, and he himself has to confront his own abilities.
There are many fungi in “Moyashimon,” so you can learn their names and where to find them! For example, the same “mold” has different names for black mold and blue mold, and the same can be said for yogurt.
Incidentally, the word “kamosu” is frequently used in the work, which in kanji (Chinese characters) means “to brew” and means to ferment or putrefy.
- The character designs are very good in this show. Each character is very clearly an individual, however the real stars of the show are the microbes themselves. Their design was pure genius as they are both cute and funny at the same time
- Sound is another good area for this series. The effects are well used and serve to enhance the various scenes. The thematic music is nice and quirky, and is often highly reflective of the fact that this show isn’t really meant to be taken seriously
- Stellar animation and has a 2nd season as well
7. Cells at Work!
Cells at Work! is a new anime set inside the human body, and all the characters are the “cells” in the body.
The main character is a red blood cell that moves through blood vessels and carries oxygen to various organs, making him a character that is always moving around and carrying cargo.
Other characters with names as they are are white blood cells for virus-fighting fighters, dendritic cells for transmitting viral invasion to other cells, and so on!
When a character appears, there is an explanation of what kind of function the cell performs, and each story has its own theme, such as “influenza” or “abrasions,” so you can learn about them one at a time.
The animation shows how cells stop blood when you are injured, or why you sneeze when you have allergic symptoms due to hay fever. We recommend this animation as an entry point to learn how the body works.
- While not following a direct linear plot, there are common recurring themes with pathogens invading the human body. The major selling point of the show is examining how our body works, with an innovative way of storytelling
- When the show deploys its character cast well, it’s definitely hard to take eyes off of them. From the variety of cells to the foreign pathogens, there’s colorful cinematography.
- Since the producer of this anime is David Production, which is the company that made Jojo’s art phenomenal, you can see some instances that the art is reflected in Jojos’
8. Yuru Camp △
Yuru Camp△ is an anime that depicts the loose and cute camping life of high school girls who belong to an outdoor activity circle.
The main character, Shima Rin, is a girl who loves to camp alone (solo camping). One day, Lynn meets Nadeshiko Kagamihara, who has dozed off until sunset and is unable to return home.
After spending the night in Lynn’s tent, Nadeshiko became completely hooked on camping and decided to join the “Outdoor Activities Circle” at her high school! The outdoor activity circle gradually grows to include more and more friends, and even Lynn shows up from time to time, although she is not a member of the club.
In Yuru Camp△ you can learn about camping and how to make simple and delicious camp meals. For example, pine cones are excellent igniters, what kind of firewood you should choose for a campfire, and other trivia!
They also tell you how to cut ingredients at home in advance to reduce the amount of stuff you need to bring, and even give you recipes for cooking. The food looks so delicious, you’ll want to try it!
- The story is straightforward and easy to follow, it is fun, fresh, and entertaining to watch
- The art and sound are good. One exciting part is how they care about the landscapes. It is a plus because most of the scenes are outside. The camera angles and the camera movement focus on the main characters
- 2nd season, special episodes, and a movie to fulfill your binge-watching needs
9. Space Brothers
Space Brothers is the story of the main character, Mutta Namba, who aspires to become an astronaut. When they were young, Mutta and Hibito saw a mysterious object that looked like a UFO and vowed to become astronauts together. Years later, Hibito has become an astronaut, but Mutta has suffered a setback and even lost his job. However, Mutta has another chance to grasp his dream.
In Space Brothers, you can learn various things such as the technical and mechanical skills of JAXA, NASA, and other space-related facilities, as well as astronomy.
In addition, since astronauts need physical strength, intelligence, and teamwork, you can learn what kind of exams they had to pass and what kind of rigorous training they had to endure to become astronauts.
- A-1 Pictures does a great job in the animation department. In terms of art style, Space Brothers uses an interesting blend of intrinsic “anime-ness” along with the natural proportions and appearances of… well… real life
- Practically every character is memorable due to the depth in which each is described. Their motivations and actions logically follow the person that they’ve become. You can easily fall in love with any number of them, and palpably feel heartbroken if things don’t go their way
- Space Brothers is an excellently constructed anime that combines a heartwarming story with delightful comedy, using realistic characters to show the audience just how difficult it is to become an astronaut
It all started in Kaminoyama High School, when five best friends—Aoi Miyamori, Ema Yasuhara, Midori Imai, Shizuka Sakaki, and Misa Toudou—discovered their collective love for all things anime and formed the animation club. After making their first amateur anime together and showcasing it at the culture festival, the group vows to pursue careers in the industry, aiming to one day work together and create their own mainstream show.
Two and a half years later, Aoi and Ema have managed to land jobs at the illustrious Musashino Animation production company. The others, however, are finding it difficult to get their dream jobs. Shizuka is feeling the weight of not being recognized as a capable voice actor, Misa has a secure yet unsatisfying career designing 3D models for a car company, and Midori is a university student intent on pursuing her dream as a story writer.
These five girls will learn that the path to success is one with many diversions, but dreams can still be achieved through perseverance and a touch of eccentric creativity.
- The art in Shirobako is lovely. Although vibrant and dynamic, it is never flashy nor exaggerating. It is clean-cut and simple but more than enough to bring the story into fruition and to distinguish one character from the other
- The sound is also kept simple, evoking the right feeling at the right moment
- The giant cast of characters actually does not pose a problem for character development and, in general, for the series. During their respective screen times (no matter how little they had), they are well fleshed out
Whether you want to learn about a new concept or want to mellow out to educationally fun content, these 10 anime we listed are great picks for you to enjoy.
Diving into these concepts can be boring if you hate reading textbooks or are too busy with life to dedicate time to your studies, these picks are well fleshed out they don’t skip details and are very true to detail with what they teach you.
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