9 Times Anime Taught Better Life Lessons Than School


Anime, through all of its genres, depicts a whole range of real-life situations that we get into almost every day. The fact that these events are often portrayed through fictional characters and virtually impossible plots is nothing less than an art form, much like classical art, we are being taught in schools. 

When it comes to practical value, our school system is mainly developed to train us to become professionals and competitive job seekers, while Naruto, Clannad, Death Note, and many other series and movies offer valuable life lessons that allow us to combat real-world problems for which school just can’t prepare us at all. So, let’s take a look at nine life lessons that Anime showcases better than any school.

Both good and bad things we experience can be used to our benefit

Assassination Classroom is a pool of wisdom and life lessons displayed in such a manner that even a child could understand. Consider the character of Korosensei, he grew in a hostile environment that guided him to become a master assassin. He was experimented on, his appearance is brutal, and he’s set to destroy the planet. However, he still cares deeply about his students and enjoys simple things in life knowing that everything we experience can be used as an engine of self-development. 

Support tramps insecurity

Yuri on Ice is a story that shows how failure can create deep emotional scars and leave us in perpetual self-doubt. However, depressed, anxious, and insecure Yuri manages to build himself up back to the top of the figure skating world just by having someone pushing him forward. Victor, Yuri’s coach, was determent to help his beloved protégé get back on his feet and even compete in Grand Prix. From a third-person perspective, Yuri is strong and self-assured, but we know that he is a deeply troubled guy empowered by Victor’s support.

Own your downsides

We strive to build a positive personality, acquire constructive traits, and keep both our body and soul in their authentic form. However, sometimes life throws stuff at us that we didn’t deserve or see coming, things that can disfigure us in every way. Tokyo Ghoul has an important lesson for all of us who are wondering how to remove those broken parts of our personality. This, somewhat dark Anime, teaches us that we can’t set apart any portion of ourselves, we need to learn how to live with it and by it.

Work is hardest if you love your work

In schools, we often hear that doing something we like takes away the hardship. The truth is quite opposite, take it from me. And if you don’t want to take it from me, take it from Aoba Suzukaze from New Game. At a young age, her lifelong dream of creating video games turns into reality. However, the dream turns out to be much closer to a nightmare as she works relentless hours and deals with frustrating challenges. 

Don’t mistake passion for true love

Falling in love as a teenager is natural, amazing, and dangerous according to Toradora. The story tracks two students that decide to forget about homework and other high school study obligations to get married. Soon enough, the two lovebirds realize that, as they grew older, their aspirations changed, and getting married wasn’t the best idea.

Even misfits need a fit

Mr. Osomatsu is a comedy anime series that follows the daily lives of Matsuno sextuplets. The six brothers are lazy, socially dysfunctional but full of desire to find their fitting position in the world. Their clumsy attempts to pick up girls or seize a dream job are as funny as much as they are annoying. Still, this shows sends a clear message that even those we see as losers and indolent have hidden aspirations we should appreciate. 

Loss is a potent motivator

Besides the amazing graphics, compelling plot, and diverse characters, the anime series One Piece is filled with important life lessons to learn from. During college, I often had problems with finding inspiration for written assignments, especially literary essays so I had EduBirdie writers finishing my assignment for me more often than not. However, watching my first Anime, One Piece, taught me how loss and pain can turn into motivation through Luffy’s example when the death of his brother became the driving force behind his rise to power. 

Crying is not for the weak

It’s ok to be emotional and cry and if you feel like it, no matter if you’re a boy or a girl, young or old. Fullmetal Alchemist debunks some of the most common stereotypes through its plot and character development. Take Alex Louis for example, the guy is huge, looks like a stone-cold brute, but his heart is softer than cotton. Major Louis is not afraid to show his emotions and even cry if the situation compels him to. 

Make choices, not excuses

In the Samurai Champloo anime series, Mugen is a flamboyant character that many would consider as a jerk. However, there’s an interesting line that he says in one episode and it tells a lot about how to move forward in life. According to Mugen, we should not make excuses to avoid potential danger but rather make choices that allow us to move forward. 


These were some of the life lessons we could learn by watching Anime movies and series. Conventional education has its downsides because it can’t show us life as it is, rather the way it should be. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t study for your exams because you’re binge-watching Naruto, give the school a chance. 

Author bio:

Michael Turner is a freelance content writer engaged with several online publishers and content writing services. His work is based on deep research and authentic information. As a writer, Michael tends to bring inspirational stories that raise interest and inform the readers.

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Owner/founder and editor-in-chief of MangaMavericks.com (formerly All-Comic.com) with an insatiable manga/anime addiction

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