6 Anime Series That Teach Actual Science

Juliet D'cruz

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Let us face it, studying science with textbooks or educational videos can be boring. It is hard to understand complex scientific concepts just from reading or watching examples especially when there are a lot of technical terms. Often, it leads to confusion when learning tons of scientific terms and processes. 

Luckily, there is an alternative way of studying scientific concepts: watching anime. It’s innovative and a fun way to learn. There are many anime series that explains science well that can be streamed on these best anime sites. Below are just six anime series that explain scientific ideas well.

  1. Cells At Work

Science: Biology

If you are interested in learning about cells and how they function in a comedic and fun way, then cells at work are the anime for you. Many viewers praise cells at work for accurately explaining the role of cells in our body and how they help us in our daily life.

The anime follows two protagonists: red blood cells and white blood cells as they interact with each other and the other cells in the body. Throughout the anime, they explain the scientific interactions of the cells with one another in easy-to-digest dialogue coupled with comic animation to make it easier to understand. Cells at work have a total of 17 episodes and an upcoming season 2.

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  1. Hetalia: Axis Powers

Science: History

History as science studies one of the most complicated concepts ever: relationships between society and people in time. Understanding history is a gateway to understanding why certain groups of people interact the way they do. And that is exactly what Hetalia: Axis powers try to teach in a way that is comical and without the memorization.

Hetalia’s storyline mainly covers World War II, but it encompasses also other historical events across the timeline. The characters are personifications of the countries involved during world war II like Germany, Italy, and Japan, as well as other countries that are involved in major historical events.

Though Hetalia covers many historical events in a comical and satirical way, it remains historically accurate in its narrative and cultural trivia. Because of Hetalia: Axis powers’ accuracy and comic representation of events, its manga version topped The New York Times bestsellers manga list in 2011. The Anime has a total of six seasons and may have another season this year.

  1. Beautiful Bones -Sakurako’s Investigation-

Science: Osteology

Though one of the least known medical sciences, osteology makes for a good anime. If you have never had any interest in understanding the study of human bones and skeletal structure, Beautiful Bones -Sakurako’s Investigation- might be the anime that changes your mind.

Beautiful Bones follows the adventures of Sakurako Kujo, a young, beautiful Osteologist that has a crazy love for bones. And her new assistant Shoutarou Tatewaki, a high school student who gets dragged around on her investigations. Throughout the series, the pair stumble upon various unsolved crimes and Kujo must use her knowledge of bones to solve them. Though the plot sounds ridiculous, real-world forensics experts do this, too. The anime has a total of 12 episodes.

  1. How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?

Science: Human Kinetics

Want to know the basics on how to get shredded? If you are, then How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? should be on your list of anime to watch. It has lots of episodes filled with knowledge on how muscles are formed and what exercises you can do to tone up specific muscle parts. It is an anime for muscle-buffs who love to hit the gym.

The anime follows the story of Hibiki Sakura and her journey to losing weight. Each episode covers a set of exercises and drills down on the science behind the exercises and what muscles it targets. It also covers other trivia on fitness and healthy living that will be useful to anyone who wants to understand human kinetics. The anime has 80 episodes and was nominated for the Shogakukan Manga Awards in 2019.

  1. Comical Psychosomatic Medicine

Science: Psychology

Mental illnesses have been in the spotlight for a while, especially because of the ongoing pandemic worsening its effects. For those interested in better understanding mental illnesses but want to talk about it in a less serious setting, Comical Psychosomatic Medicine is the anime for you.

The anime follows psychologist Ryou Chinnai who, along with nurse Asuna Kangoshi, talks about various mental health illnesses. The anime tackles these sensitive topics light-heartedly with pop-culture references to help make it digestible for the viewers. Each episode is only 5 minutes long, and each episode talks about a specific mental health illness in detail.

  1. Planetes

Science: Planetary Science

We humans have always been interested in living in space. Since the Apollo 11 lunar landing, experts have predicted numerous times that we will one day live in outer space. This idea is the backdrop for the anime Planetes.

The anime follows the story of the crew of Toy Box, a space debris collection ship. Because space travel has become common in the universe, it is essential to clean up space trash. Along the way, the crew drops interesting trivia about planetary travel and life in space. The viewers applauded its sci-fi concept, and it was one of the best sci-fi anime in 2005.

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