In this world you can find teachers and lessons to learn often in the most unexpected places, and for those who haven’t realized just how good of a teacher anime can be, it can often be the most unexpected place.
However, anime isn’t always so obvious about the lessons it tries to teach its audience, but a powerful proxy for doing so is the veritable “Sensei”. Teachers and other sensei-like figures in anime not only teach the other characters something valuable like via dropping a knowledge or life bomb on them, but in turn they teach the audience a similar lesson.
However, not all teachers are good teachers. You have your homeroom teachers that often aren’t rewarded a face, personality, or even a name, and you also have teachers that have more flair, but are often unclear about the lesson they want to teach.
18. Franken Stein from Soul Eater
At his first appearance, Franken Stein seems like a terrible teacher, what with trying to harm his students. However, it is his “learn by doing” teaching style that makes him so effective.
As the series goes on, we see a softer side of Stein as he not only continues to actively teach his students, but putting his own life on the line to protect them.
17. Aikurou Mikisugi from Kill la Kill
At a glance, Mikisugi seems like your run-of-the-mill slacker and boring history teacher, but he’s actually a super cool secret agent. However, his fondness for stripping down makes him a sexual harassment lawsuit waiting to happen.
Despite this as well as his glorious glowing nipples, he’s a quality guy and teacher.
16. Noriyasu Seta from Love Hina
Throughout his appearances in Love Hina, Seta seems like a terrible teacher, but he not only urged one of his students to aim towards Tokyo University (even if was her own love towards him that spurred it on), but he managed to resist temptation of all the young women that were in love with him and opted to go for the age-appropriate Haruka instead.
It is his laid-back attitude, restraint, and understanding that make Seta a pretty quality teacher.
15. Negi Springfield from Mahou Sensei Negima
Not all teachers need to be mature adults, and Negi is proof of that.
At only 10-years-old, Negi became a teacher, but he not only had to deal with flirty young girls, but he secretly had to train to be a mage. It is his positive attitude and his use of magic to protect others that endear this teacher to students and audiences alike.