Nine Notable Anime Life Lessons

Life lessons from Japanese-made cartoons? You’re kidding, right?

Not really.

From a general standpoint, Japanese anime is nothing but cartoons, and cartoons are for kids. It’s a common misconception with a weak premise: there are tons of anime with mature storylines and themes geared towards adults. Discounting the fact that the best shows today provide racy fan service scenes, life lessons in anime are pretty common, and there are dozens of shows that will render you to tear up and cry a river.

Don’t worry, this compilation is as spoiler-free as possible. Let’s take a look at some of the notable characters, shows, and the lessons they’ve taught us.

The Law of Equivalent Exchange

Why not all of it, Edward?

“Humankind cannot gain anything without giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost.”

Taken from one of the best anime to hit the screens, Full Metal Alchemist, this “law” teaches us that nothing in this world is handed on a silver platter. Do bad deeds, and there will always be repercussions. Do good deeds, and you will be rewarded. Even if you did everything you can for something yet you failed, you’ve gained something (experience) of equal value. There are two versions of the anime, FMA (adaptation), and FMA Brotherhood (original), and both are guaranteed to leave you appalled.

The Best Things in Life Are always in Front of You

One of the series’ opening scenes. Majestic.

This is what you’ll learn after watching Clannad, which happens to be one of the most gut-wrenching, euphoric, and depressing series. The protagonist, Tomoya Okazaki, goes through life with his friends, and learns that whatever happens, always be happy of whatever’s in front of you.

Your Past Doesn’t Define Who You Are


A lesson taught by Jellal Fernandes’ life in Fairy Tail, one of the top-rated series today. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past, as long as you’re ready to make amends and face the future.

Words Can Give People Heart Attacks

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Or can kill. A lesson taught by the characters, particularly Light Yagami, of Death Note. An enthralling series with an interesting plot, it’s no surprise why it’s still one of the most-talked about shows despite having ended nearly eight years ago.

You Are Still You, Despite Your Imperfections


A lesson taught by the characters Persona 4: The Animation (whose game versions on the PS2 and PS Vita are one of the top-rated games ever). Your secrets, bad side, and imperfections are all a part of who you are: learn to accept them, and try to use them as a leverage to improve. WARNING: watching the show and playing the games are one of the most profound experiences you’ll ever go through.

Memories May Be Forgotten, But Love Can Never Be

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I apologize if I’m getting cornier as the entry goes on, but if you haven’t watched the romance series, Golden Time, it’s about time that you should. After doing so, you’ll agree that love conquers and unlocks everything – even the deepest, darkest rooms of your brain.

True Love, No Matter the Medium or Circumstances, is True

One of the best scenes in TV show history.

A lesson you’ll learn after watching Sword Art Online. Once you follow Kirito and Asuna’s story, you’ll realize that relationships forged in games is true in real life. Who would have thought that a series about MMOs, amazing visuals, and sword fights has its gut wrenching, lovey-dovey, and teary-eyed moments?

Your Friends will Always be There to Back You Up

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May it be violence or not.

A lesson taught by Kokoro Connect, an amazingly well-done series that deserves a second season. It’s a shame the studio involved in making it was involved in a controversy. Regardless, this series shows the true value of friendship and how it is a way in overcoming adversity.

Lastly, Always Move Forward and Don’t Get Stuck in the Past


Undoubtedly one of the best romance manga artists out there, Seo Kouji’s Suzuka delivered. This follows the story of Yamato Akitsuki and Suzuka Asahina, and their journey to excel in the Japanese high school athletic circuit. This masterpiece teaches you to move forward or else you’ll end up missing opportunities and the persons you love if you stick with the past.

Japanese anime is never childish, and although it is categorized as cartoons, it’s better than most of the stuff we see on TV nowadays. The lessons certain shows teach are treasures you will cherish for the rest of your life. Try watching any of the above, and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Remember though, you shouldn’t forget about your real academic lessons while doing so!

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Mikhail Blacer is the sports editor of Scoopfed, thanks to his passion and interest in various athletic disciplines. He plays basketball and soccer in his spare time, although he's not really good at these. Other than being a full-time writer and editor for Scoopfed, he is also an administrator of numerous basketball pages in Facebook, and was the chief editor of his college's publication. In his spare time, you'll catch him enthusiastically talking about the Philippine National Basketball team, and his favorite NBA team, the Miami Heat. He is also an avid reader of ancient history books, Paulo Coelho's novels, and superhero comics.

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  1. SAO is hart hart. It’s one of my favorite animes and yes: True love is true no matter what. Wishin’ you’ve added Haikyuu too 😀 many lessons to ponder from anime 🙂 I love this article. hahaha

    1. Thank you for reading 🙂 I think I’ll try Haikyuu – I haven’t watched it yet, so I’ll add it to my queue 🙂

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