Do you want to learn more about the world around us, but are tired of studying them through books and memorization? Nowadays, there are lots of helpful mediums to facilitate ones’ learning. And believe it or not, anime is one of them. Below, I have compiled 10 of the most educational anime that you must watch now. There is a variety of topics to choose from. So whether you love science, cooking, or history… worry not. Because there’s always something for everyone!

So buckle up, sit tight, and let me introduce you to the list of the most helpful and educational anime you can start watching now!!

Invention: Dr. Stone

Dr. Stone Educational anime
  • Episodes: 24
  • Season: Summer 2019
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: TMS Entertainment
  • Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Shounen

Dr. Stone is an anime set out in a world-apocalyptic world. Humanity has been petrified by a mysterious green light that turned them all into stones. Approximately 3000 years later, Ishigami Senku, a young and intelligent scientist, finally woke up from his deep slumbers. Unfortunately, all remnants of civilizations were long gone. It is now up to Senku and his friends to rebuild the once advanced technology obtained by their ancestors.

If you are an aspiring inventor, then Dr. Stone will be the perfect educational anime for you. From inventing the common households items, such as electricity and telephones, to the more eccentric and unique tools, such as gas mask and antibiotics, the educational aspect of this show will no-doubt teaches you a lot. In addition, there is also one particular scene where Dr. Stone listed out the ingredients for Coke. I mean, who doesn’t like Coke, am I right?

Biology: Hataraku Saibou

Hataraku Saibou anime, teaches you about biology
  • Episodes: 13
  • Season: Summer 2018
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: David Production
  • Genre: Comedy, Shounen

Have you ever wondered about the miracles that occur inside the human body? Then Hataraku Saibou is a perfect anime for you. Set within the human body itself, the anime illustrated how each and every cell functions. Red Blood Cell, AE3803, is responsible for the transport of oxygen. While White Blood Cell, U-1146, is on constant patrol duty to get rid of foreign bacteria and viruses. You see, these cells all their own jobs in order to keep you healthy at all times!

Hataraku Saibou is yet another educational anime that will no-doubt keep the Biology lovers intrigued. Compared to your everyday Biology classes, the anime does a much better job of keeping you engaged in the biological aspects of our body. You will learn about common diseases, how our lungs work, and much more. All without the need to actively memorize such info. And for the skeptical peeps out there, I can definitely guarantee you this show’s accuracy.

Historical (Battleships): Kantai Collection

Kantai collection - educational anime about historical battleships - warships
  • Episode: 12
  • Season: Winter 2015
  • Source: Game
  • Studio: Diomedea
  • Genre: Action, Military, School, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life

Kantai Collection is set between a hostile war between the “Abyssal Fleets” and the “Kanmusu”, a group of girls who harbor the pre-existed spirits of Japanese Battleships. Fubuki, a new member of the Destroyer fleet, has joined in the ranks within the Kanmusu. Though inexperienced, Fubuki found herself amongst the rank of the Third Torpedo Squadron, and was urgently deployed for battle. Will she be able to prove herself in battle?

What I love about Kantai Collection is how easy I was able to memorize the names of these historical warships. Yes, these girls actually depicted real Japanese warships from WWII. Within Kantai Collection, you will learn the basics of naval combat, familiar yourselves with torpedoes/airstrikes, as well as learn the different types of warships. I’d say the knowledge gained from watching Kantai Collection are definitely worth it. Plus, there is also a multitude of waifus to choose from, so there’s that…

Historical (Tanks): Girls und Panzer

girls und panzer - teaches you about historical tanks - educational anime
  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Fall 2012
  • Source: Original
  • Studio: Actas
  • Genre: Action, Sports, Military, School

In the near future, “Senshadou” has become a traditional sport that showcases WWII tanks combat. Miho Nishizumi, born into a family of Senshadou specialists, has long retired from the sport due to a particularly traumatic event. She enrolled in the Ooarai Girls High School, a school where the Senshadou team was long abolished. However, events lead to another, and Ooarai’s Senshadou team was back on the map. Miho was then forced to participate in the upcoming Championship. Will she be able to get rid of her past trauma and win once and for all?

I’d say that Girls und Panzer is somewhat similar to Kantai Collection, but this time, the show is very Tank focused. As an educational anime show, Girls und Panzer actually does a great job in showcasing high level and intense tank combat –though, at times, they are somewhat too exaggerated-. In addition, you will also learn the names of common WWII tanks, as well as the countries they were associated with. Overall, Girls und Panzer is a great show if you are interested in military and tank strategies. Definitely a great educational anime show to binge.

Culinary: Shokugeki no Soma

shokugeki no soma anime - teaches you about culinary practices
  • Episodes: 24
  • Season: Spring 2015
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: J.C.Staff
  • Genre: Ecchi, School, Shounen

Soma Yukihira is a young chef with massive cooking experiences gained by helping his father run the Yukihira’s Restaurant. However, when his father decided to close down the restaurant and send Soma to Tootsuki Culinary Academy, he was shocked and confused. Arrogant and naive at the time, Soma merely thought that Tootsuki Academy was merely a stepping stone to his. He couldn’t be more wrong! With a 10% graduation rate, and a well-known reputation for “Shokugeki”, or “Cooking Battles”, Soma’s cooking life was about to be turned upside-down.

Shokugeki no Soma will teach you all you need to know about the culinary world. Since the anime showcased so many different dishes from around the world. In addition, Shokugeki no Soma also teaches you a lot about spice, umami, and cooking techniques. Some are so unique that you can’t help but drool. Be prepared for a thrilling and educational culinary adventure!

Outdoor Camping: Yuru Camp

yuru camp - teaches you about camping
  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Winter 2018
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: C-Station
  • Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy

Rin Shima is an avid lover of outdoor camping. She has done everything by herself and has no plans to change her peaceful solitude life. However, one day, she came across a strange girl who fell asleep on the road. As Rin calms down and listened to her story, she soon realized… That this weirdo could become her next best camping companion!!

As an educational anime, Yuru Camp does a great job of educating you on multiple different camping techniques. Obviously, the anime will teach you the inside out of outdoor camping. However, it does so in such a laid-back and entertaining way, that the new knowledge seems to come naturally. In addition, it also shows you the great camping locations in Japan. Hopefully, now, you can finally get to see Mt. Fuji in its full glory.

Economics: Ookami to Koushinryou

ookami to koushinryou - teaches you about economics and business
  • Episodes: 13
  • Season: Winter 2008
  • Source: Light Novel
  • Studio: Imagin
  • Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Romance

Holo, a God in the disguise as a wolf girl, is slowly but surely, being forgotten by her own Villagers. One day, a traveling merchant leisurely passes by, and Holo found the opportunity to sneak into the man’s wagon. When the merchant, Kraft, soon discovered the Holo, he went on a rampage of shock and confusion. After their heated exchange, however, Kraft quickly picked up on Holo’s wittiness and people judging skills. He then brought Holo along his business journey in the hope of making a name for himself. Will the duo be able to survive the harsh and deceiving world?

Ookami to Koushinryou will teach you all you need to know about the fundamentals of economics. As the duo travel through the vast country, be prepared to learn about currency, stock market, and negotiation skills. However, the anime does have a hefty amount of dialogue, so be prepared to sit through multiple long-winded explanations. The rewards are definitely worthed it though. Because you will definitely learn more about the art of business through this educational anime show.

Weight Lifting: Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru?

dumbbell nan kilo moteru anime - teachdes you about weight lifting
  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Summer 2019
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Doga Kobo
  • Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Slice of Life, Sports

One day, Hibiki Sakura, a gluttonous high-schooler, decided to sign up for a membership at the newly open Silverman Gym. There, Hibiki runs into the student council president and school-girl idol, Akemi. When the staff shows the two girls the training room, Hibiki was grossed out by the scene of muscle heads. Fortunately, as Hibiki was about to leave, she was approached by the personal trainer, Naruzou. Dazzled by his handsome appearance, Hibiki immediately signed up for the Gym’s membership. Watch as she embarks on a journey of hellish training to become more fit.

Are you thinking of beginning a gym workout routine, but don’t know where to start? If so, then this educational anime will teach you the proper ins and outs of weight lifting. Their technique showcases are quite accurate and on-point. In addition, the anime will also teach you how to eat, give you a proper diet plan, and much more. There are just so many benefits that can be gained from this anime. So why wait on your journey to becoming more fit and healthy? Watch this anime out now!

Sports: Haikyuu!

haikyuu - teach you about how to play volleyball (sports anime)
  • Episodes: 25
  • Season: Spring 2014
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Production I.G
  • Genre: Comedy, Sports, Drama, School, Shounen

Shouyou Hinata, a short boy, began his volleyball career and team in middle school after watching “Little Giant” – a volleyball ace. Despite being short and not having the resources to hone his skills, Hinata did not give up. He brought his team to a tournament where he first meets Tobio Kageyama – his sworn rival. However, this soon changes as Hinata and Kageyama become teammates in high school. This is the story of how the duo learns to balance out each other’s weaknesses and strengths and bring their team to become Japan’s best!

Watching Haikyuu will not only teach you about the basic rules of volleyball, but it will also showcase sportsmanship, team-work, and determination. The opponents that Hinata’s team will face creates the intensity of the anime, showing the team’s dynamic and will-power to overcome tough situations. This is an exciting educational anime for those who are interested in sports, especially volleyball. What else is better than also seeing full course meal husbandos?

Anime Production: Shirobako

shirobako - educational anime about anime production and making anime
  • Episodes: 24
  • Season: Fall 2014
  • Source: Original
  • Studio: Sentai Filmworks
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

After their high school graduation, the five best friends – Aoi Miyamori, Ema Yasuhara, Midori Imai, Shizuka Sakaki, and Misa Toudou – have a wishful ambition. And that is to create the best animated show ever!! However, two and a half years later, and out of the five, only two have obtained a job at a large anime studio.

Misa, a 3D designer, is working an unsatisfying job at a car designing company. Shizuka, a voice actress, is unable to earn the recognition she deserved for her voice. Midori is still a university student working to become a story-writer. Will the five friends be able to accomplish their goals? Perhaps yes, but only with persistence, and a spark of their own creativity.

Though I watch a lot of anime, this does not mean I know where they come from, or how they were produced. Fortunately, Shirobako breaks down and explains this process down in detail. There is actually quite a lot of planning involved before the release of an anime – months, even years. You will be introduced to phases in making an anime, such as pre-production, storyboard, animations, and much more. As an avid anime lover, seeing the movies I love being produced right in front of me was definitely a blast. Hopefully, so will you!


And that concludes the list of 10 educational anime you must watch now. As you have seen, there are lots of anime out there that cover many different topics. Whether you are a lover of sports, cooking, science, etc… there is always something for everyone. And hopefully, this list will provide you the anime that can teach you all you needed to know about your favorite topics.

For those who have, indeed, watched these educational anime shows, what did you think? Would you add something different? What would you replace? Feel free to share in the comment section below!!

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