How Anime Makes You Smarter

FUJINSEI KEMPO
Achieving Enlightenment the Otaku Way
~Cross-shishou

Osu!  It’s been a while, shokun!  This is Cross-shishou presenting another set of Fujinsei Kempo lessons.  I hope that you enjoyed my previous original ONE PIECE story written entirely in haiku, a traditional Japanese poetry, titled “Straw Hats VS. Monster”.  And for my fellow anibloggers out there, I hope that you learned some helpful blogging tips about how I decided to start this Fujinsei Kempo Series in another previous post titled “Fujinsei Kempo:  Achieving Enlightenment the Otaku Way”.

Today’s lesson is essential to each and everyone of us who loves watching anime.  I’ll list some of the ways on how watching anime regularly can make us smarter.  Let’s begin the lesson now, shall we?  Osu!


How Anime Makes You Smarter

1. You Learn a New Language
These are for those who watch anime in original Japanese.  At the beginning, you’ll learn some common Japanese words like “Nani” and “Baka.”  (For more information, refer to “10 Little Everyday Things You Can Do To Be More Otaku”).  If you’re serious and persistent enough, you can even become proficient in the Japanese language.

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In addition to learning the Japanese language, you’ll also learn some specialty terminology.  Am I the only one who learned sports lingo through anime?  I had no idea about “cadence” until I watched Yowamushi Pedal.  And now I know that “love” means “zero” in tennis because I watched Prince of Tennis.  It’s not just sports anime that you can learn some new technical lingo.  I learned what a “name” is in manga-making by watching Bakuman.  If you’re into military or even mecha anime, I bet you can also learn a lot about military ranks.

2. You Gain Knowledge You Normally Won’t Encounter
Similar to my previous point, you gain new knowledge by watching anime.  It’s not only new languages that you can learn.  Even if it’s not the most accurate, anime can be a great resource.  I learned about the important historical figures in the Shinsengumi by watching Hakuouki.  Like I said, it’s not the most accurate because it’s fictionalized, but it triggered an interest within me to learn more about the Shinsengumi and its key figures after watching the anime.

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Another great example is watching sports anime.  I’ve never been a big sports girl but by watching sports anime, I don’t feel out of place anymore whenever a conversation veers to sports.  I may not know the current popular players of a sport, but I can at least understand the lingo most sports fans use.  Not only am I familiar with sports terms, but I now know how a sport is played.  Before watching Major, I had no idea how you score in baseball or that there are different kinds of pitches.  I thought that all a pitcher needs to do is to throw the ball and the batter to hit it.  I am truly grateful to anime for fixing my ignorance regarding sports.

3. You Expand Your Skill Set
In addition to  learning a new language and gaining new knowledge, you expand your skill set by watching anime.  Watching the right anime inspires you to try new things.  Watched Slamdunk?  You become interested in basketball, and this interest turns into passion.  If you work hard enough, perhaps you’ll even become the next basketball superstar just because you watched an anime about basketball.  Pretty cool, huh?

Watched Yakitate!! Japan?  Then you’re now on a quest to improve your baking skills.  Not only do you learn some cool skills from anime, but watching the characters’ struggles and triumphs inspires you to do the same.

4. You Mature as a Person
If anyone tells you that anime is only for kids, you are now mature enough to pity them and then dismiss their ignorance.

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Why?  Because if you’re a real anime fan, then you’ve watched a LOT of anime, and that means that you’re one of the most open-minded people in the world.  If you’re a real anime fan, then you know that it has one of the most diverse genre out there.  Sex, violence, homosexualism, gender confusion, incest. . .these are just some of the themes that are readily available in anime.  Now if you still think that anime is only for kids despite knowing all of these, then I’m not sorry to say that you’re a dunderhead.

The anime world is vast and diverse.  The things that you learn from watching anime can positively or negatively change you, depending on how you apply them in your life.  Watching anime where antagonists frequently transform into comrades teaches you that life is not black and white.  There is not a single right or wrong decision.  Just take Death Note as an example.  Light’s ambition for a better world devoid of evil is admirable, but his ideals are too rigid and his methods too extreme.

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Watching a lot of anime provides you with a wide array of resources you can constantly refer to whenever you need help in dealing with challenges in your life.

5. You Meet and Learn from Fellow Fans Smarter Than You
If you are passionate enough about anime, then I guarantee that you’ll find ways to connect with other anime fans to whom you can discuss anime without any shame.  I’m fortunate enough that I grew up in an environment where watching the latest episode of an anime was considered cool.  I remember regularly discussing the latest episode of Dragon Ball with my friends when I was a small kid.

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As a teenager and now an adult, I mostly discuss anime online.  When I was in my teens, I mostly talked anime in forums.  Now I mainly use this blog, Fujinsei, to share my passion about anime.  What I love the most about being an aniblogger is the community of like-minded individuals that encourages my passion instead of shaming me.  Through this sense of belonging, I learned how to be proud of my love for anime.

But it’s not only the anime community’s acceptance that I treasure, it’s also the wealth of information I constantly gain from fans that are way smarter than me regarding their anime knowledge and wisdom.

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So my advice is that if you’re going to be friends with other anime fans, find people that are smarter than you.  Find those who can spew 100 recommendations by just telling them the title of one anime you liked.  Find those who know every single anime forums on the Web.  Find those who know other anime fans that are smarter than them.  Why?  Because by regularly interacting with these smart people, you’ll learn from them, in turn making you smarter as well.  You’ll not only gain new friends to whom you can discuss anime freely, but you’ll also learn new things from them.

These are 5 ways How Anime Makes You Smarter.  Tune in tomorrow for 5 ways How Anime Makes You Dumber.


Enumerate these 5 ways how anime makes you smarter, and no one again will be stupid enough to tell you that anime is only for children.  If there are still people who tell you that anime is for kids despite telling them these 5 points, then just dismiss them.  Those people are dunderheads and not worth your precious time.  I hope that today’s lesson provided you with some tools on how to use anime to make yourself smarter.  That’s all for today, shokun.  I’ll be back tomorrow with How Anime Makes You Dumber.  Osu!

~Cross-shishou
Founder of Fujinsei Kempo


Disclaimer:  Study and follow the teachings of Fujinsei Kempo at your own risk.  Fujinsei and its main author Arria Cross accept no responsibility whatsoever for the content of this post, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided above.  Arria urges you to blame Cross-shishou for any issues you encounter while following Fujinsei Kempo teachings.  But Arria wants you to remember that Cross-shishou is a mere alter ego, someone without tangible form.  So if you want to blame someone, you might as well blame yourself.  You’ve been warned.


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44 thoughts on “How Anime Makes You Smarter”

  1. Thanks for this. The info on how to connect with my peers was invaluable. I always knew the internet was there. I tried Facebook to connect, but it failed. I like a lot of the posts came across my wall. The interactions were nothing different than talking to the “people who watch anime”. To explain, a couple of my brothers watch anime, but the passion is missing. I mean seriously how have you not ever seen all of Naruto, let alone Shippuden. I want to discuss what we learned from the War, with a passion. I might have gave up on the others out there. I guess I’m going to become a blogger now. The recommendations I’m going to ask for has evolved as well. Thanks if you read all this. I stopped myself from rambling a few times already.

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    1. You’re very welcome. I’m glad that you think so. Indeed, Facebook, Twitter–this kind of social media sites–are great for instant news real time but they can be too fast-paced. I like having a blog like this because I can take my time to formulate my opinions and thoughts about a show. If you’re interested in blogging, I say go for it. The blogging community here is great, not perfect (as there are still some douchebags now and then), but overall it’s a great place to blog about anime, in my opinion. And don’t worry about rambling. I ramble a lot as well. Thanks for dropping by and your comment. I appreciate it. Keep on watching anime. Cheers!

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    1. Ahahaha! I guess it depends on the person. Not all anime fans have open mind because then we wouldn’t have the “toxic” part of the fandom. But yeah, I guess we’re pretty much open-minded, especially if we watch a lot of series from different genre.

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    1. Ahaha! It’s true. I didn’t know how you score in baseball before watching Major. Same with tennis. I didn’t understand why the scoring scheme didn’t just simply increase by 15. But thanks to “Prince of Tennis”, I finally understood.

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  2. Anime is another form of media, and just like with any other form, how much you extract from the experience, is really up to you. I enjoy conducting research to understand something about the world. Reading or watching something, may make me want to learn more about some aspects, and by interacting with others I may learn something completely unexpected. It is the latter part that I enjoy the most because it constantly broadens my perspective on the world.

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    1. Exactly. It’s great that we learn new things by reading/watching on our own, but there’s only so much that our own interpretations can reach, so interacting with other people can really broaden our perspectives. Thanks for dropping by!

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      1. I like cartoons and anime, but I feel that anime has a serious approach and some do not shy away what is true. Sorta like One Piece where they describe the World Government.

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      2. Oh my gosh. I love everything about ONE PIECE! You’re right. Depending on the anime you’re watching, the themes can get so serious that it starts to feel “real” and not just anime. Good example.

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      3. Thanks. Even though One Piece is mostly comedy, Oda really knows how to show us what is the truth. For example, in Nico Robin’s childhood flashback, the government sent out troops to get rid of the scholars just because they have some knowledge of a gap in history and whoever solves it will change the future. This could help people understand censorship and how the government regulate it.

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      4. Exactly. Another good example. The world of ONE PIECE is definitely a fantastic world, but if we look closer, we can see that it reflects a lot of our real society, especially the power dynamics between those who have authority and those who have not. That’s why I love this series. And of course, even if it’s a lough-out-loud comedy series, Oda-sensei sure knows how to make us cry and he does it very well.

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  3. Anime or not, I enjoy conversing with people smarter than me such as teachers because I like the feeling of being fresh, then passing on my info to others less educated on the subject.
    I loved reading this! Looking forward to seeing what you have to say tomorrow 🙂

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    1. Same here. High-five, Takuto! I included it here because I observed that there quite a lot of people who don’t like to admit that there are people smarter than them. Perhaps it’s pride. Just like you said, it feels more beneficial to converse with smarter people like teachers because we learn new things from them, in turn making us smarter as well.

      Thank you very much!

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  4. Amazing topic as usual my dear! The forever struggle of making people around you understand that anime is not all bullshit. I remember when I was in grade school, my father use to say that I can’t learn anything from watching anime ..that I just need to focus on my studies. Well true [for a parent perspective] however it never stopped me.

    I’m a nurse but [unfortunately], [some of us] don’t know every single diseases that has existed in the planet. I have no idea about “Stockholm Syndrome” not until it was mentioned in Psycho-Pass season 2 and after that I remembered years ago that Takumi [Nana] had cited that as an example to Reira. Then I was like damn, really!? Made me literally to research about the said syndrome.

    I personally learned or tried to learn Japanese because of Anime OF COURSE [that had to be emphasized xD]. Not just the language tho but the entire culture, both the negative and positive sides of it.

    I was never a sports person but I do really really love watching Sports themed anime..probably a compensation o.o Haikyuu made me understand how important a libero is, before I only believed that spiker and setter is the key to an epic victory. Shame on me >_< poor Nishinoya-senpai.

    I appreciated more and gotten interested with JSL after reading Koe no Katachi and now Gangsta. .

    And apparently learned to not give a single fck to those who still, wont, or ever understand Anime. Peace be with them.

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    1. Thank you very much, Bubu-chan! Indeed, just like you said, its often exhausting to make non-watchers understand that anime is not all “bullshit”. It’s understandable that your father wanted you to stop watching anime when you were younger to concentrate on your studies. I’m just so lucky that my parents never stopped me from watching anime, although they were still strict about my studies. That’s how they show their parental love to us. It’s for our own good, anyway.

      Oh! Your story about learning about the Stockholm Syndrome from anime is a great example on how anime makes us smarter. That’s awesome.

      Ahaha. High-five to that. What others think about anime is none of our business. I think we should focus on enjoying anime and not give a damn about what others think. 😉

      Anyway, thanks for dropping by. I appreciate you sharing your opinions. Keep on watching anime. Cheers!

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  5. I Like how you mention how applying these elements from anime can either affect you positively or negatively. That is true. I respect that you included both sides of the story.

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    1. Thank you very much. As a huge anime fan, I know the positive and negative effects of it on my personal life. I think as anime fans, we constantly struggle to balance these. In today’s post I focused more on the positive effects anime have on us, but tomorrow I’ll be focusing on the negative effects. Anyway, thank you for dropping by. Keep on watching anime. Cheers!

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      1. Yes, no problems Arria Cross. Speaking of negative things in any field is shark waters. I’m sure as a writer Arria you are well aware of how controversial that article may be and I applaud to for something that many don’t come to speak about.

        Good job on the website you have going for yourself here on Fujinsei.

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      2. Yes, it is controversial and like any controversial topics, people’s opinions vary. What do you think about that issue?

        Anyway, thank you very much for your kind words. I appreciate them. You, too. Have a great weekend. Cheers!

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      3. It definitely is hard for people to accept others opinions. Well for example I believe anime really glorifies otaku and neet life styles, incest, loli-con and etc. That’s just some topics that come to mind and I hope whatever happens it goes smoothly.

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      4. Exactly. It’s sometimes hard to accept other people’s opinions especially if they greatly differ from your own. Thanks for sharing your opinion. Have a great weekend!

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  6. Many of these I’ve seen happen in my own life during the last year of watching anime, so I can heartily agree! I love knowing pieces of a second language, and more of Japan’s culture! 2 and 3 are also very true; I’ve found 4 to also be true, at least for my life–my thinking has matured a lot since watching anime as I’ve become WAY more open-minded then I was a year ago.
    And I feel lucky to say I can also relate to 5 as well–my best friend who got me into anime is an incredibly smart guy and overflowing with so much more knowledge than I do, so I learn a lot from him whenever we talk about anime or Japan. 🙂

    Looking forward to your next post! 😀

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    1. Oh wow. That’s great to hear, Jamie. I’m happy to hear that this post resonates with your anime habits. And I just want to say that you’re best friend sounds amazing. I think you’re very lucky that you have him to whom you can have anime discussions freely and without shame. Good for you.

      Thank you, Jamie. I’m also very excited about tomorrow’s post. Have a great weekend. Cheers!

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  7. Point #1, #2, #3 I agree. I am sure most non-Japanese otaku(s) learn a bit about Japanese. Sometimes they even use mixed language by combining random Japanese language with their native language.
    Depends on the anime, you might learn many new things and inspired to do something like that.
    I don’t quite agree with #4 & #5. It depends on ones personality more than the habit of watching anime. Unfortunately, I see more otaku(s) aren’t mature, even the adults.

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    1. Indeed. You’re right. Many anime fans learn Japanese words by watching anime, and even combine some Japanese with their native language.

      Fair enough. But these 5 points are just possibilities, and not facts. And yes, I agree that there are otaku who aren’t mature, even the adults. This post are for those who use the things that they learn from anime positively and know how to balance their anime habits with the other aspects of their lives. Today’s post is actually the first part of a two-day series. Tomorrow I’ll be posting “How Anime Makes You Dumber” in which I discuss 5 ways on how anime can affect our lives negatively.

      Anyway, thank you for dropping by. Keep on watching anime. Cheers!

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