The 10 best teachers in anime

The 10 best teachers in anime

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With so many different ones anime going on in schools, it is easy to focus solely on the students and their bragging and not pay much attention to the teachers. However, some of these teachers have been such memorable inclusions in these anime that they have shaped the future of many famous characters.

Here, the best teachers in anime are ranked, from the strict to the jovial and carefree.

10. Souichi Nishimura/Iron Man (Bake and Test)

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Bake and Test is one of the most slapstick and fun high school anime out there. Along with a number of bizarre characters is the strict and memorable Souichi Nishimura, known to the students as Iron Man. Souichi Nishimura is a man to be feared. The only teacher without an avatar, he leaves his position as narrator to ensure that Class F and Yoshi do not fail and hinder the school’s reputation even more. He is extremely strict and doesn’t go easy on any of the students, but his hilarious antics and chilling personality have made him a fan favorite.

9. Korosensei (Assassin’s Classroom)

Assassin’s Classroom follows an unconventional teacher who must prepare his students to face him at the end of the school year when he plans to destroy the world. Once the world’s greatest assassin, it was not easy for the students of Class 3E to have to kill their teacher, Korosensei, while studying for their exams. He was able to create one of the most intelligent classrooms in the entire school and improved areas they had struggled with in their personal lives. He was clumsy and troublesome by nature, but he never hid or shirked his responsibilities as a teacher. He always motivated his students, took care of them individually and refrained from having a favourite, all of which are signs of a very good teacher.

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8. Shouta Aizawa (My Hero Academia)

The homeroom teacher of UA Class A, Shouta Aizawa, is not the most powerful hero, but he is an amazing teacher. He helped Deku understand that he can’t keep breaking his body and be healed, making Shinsou a student worthy of the hero course. His door is always open and he is always ready to apologize when he is wrong. Honest, truthful and strict, Aizawa is a good benchmark of what a teacher should be.

7. Genkai (Yu Yu Hakusho)

Once the strongest mortals entered Yu Yu Hakusho, Genkai is the teacher of Yusuke Urameshi and Kazuma Kuwabara. She does not shy away from being harsh with her students, especially Yusuke, in whom she sees something. She regularly lends an ear to the problems of all the cast members, whether demon or human, and acts as a mother and a mentor to all the characters in Shounen- the anime. Genkai is even willing to fight alongside Yusuke and his team just because they have enough members for the Dark Tournament and was more than willing to put his life on the line for his teammates.

6. Kakashi Hatake (Naruto)

IN Naruto series, there are a number of amazing teachers, but none have worked as hard as Kakashi-sensei. An obvious shoe-in for the Hokage, he is the leader of Team 7 and the youngest ninja ever to reach the chunin rank. He taught his team the intricacies of the ninja world, instructed Sasuke on the Chidori, filled in for Kurenai’s squad during her pregnancy, and even took over Asuma’s squad after his passing. He is patient and open with his students.

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5. Piccolo (Dragon Ball Z)

Dragon Ball‘s Z fighter, Piccolo, is one of the most powerful members of the Namekian race in the franchise. He is also a strict and devoted teacher, practically raising Gohan after Goku’s death. Piccolo also mentored Trunks and Goten as they trained to perfect the “fusion technique” after Goku’s return to Heaven. Piccolo is a gentle fighter and would much rather spend his time alone in the hills, but when needed by his friends, he always steps up to the plate. His harsh and troublesome behavior is often a disguise that hides a very caring hero and friend.

4. Master Roshi (Dragon Ball)

The original teacher of the shonen protagonist, Master Roshi is known not only for his perversion, but for his ability to guide and train his students. He trained Krillin and Goku to become two of the strongest fighters on Earth, battled an Ozaru Goku, and when his students needed him in the Powernament of Power, he stepped out to help. His personal life might be a bit of a mess, but Roshi never compromised his discipline as a teacher.

3. Kisuke Urahara (Bleach)

The former 12th squad captain, Kisuke Urahara, was a mainstay in the Bleach series, as he and the team at his shop would always help Ichigo and his friends when a threat arises. Kisuke taught Ichigo the first things he knew about his Zanpaktou and helped him reach Soul Society and Hueco Mundo. Kisuke even stepped up and helped Ichigo defeat Aizen in an eternal battle. A calm and jovial man, he always lights up the room when he appears and is one of the most beloved characters in the anime.

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2. Izumi Curtis (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)

The Elric brothers were clever with alchemy, but despite that they still needed a teacher to guide them and ensure they remained disciplined. Izumi Curtis did just that. Despite making the same mistake the boys did, of attempting to raise the dead with alchemy, Izumi is a brave woman and one of the few people the Elric brothers actually feared and respected. She also famously lent a helping hand in a few matches, most notably the final match against “Father”.

1. Jiraiya

Naruto’s other father and second teacher, Jiraiya, is often seen as a pervert, earning the nickname “Pervy Sage.” Nevertheless, he is a great and wise teacher. He taught Minato everything he knew about the basics of being a ninja, and the famous Rasengan. He also trained Naruto for three years, as well as training Yahiko, Konan, Nagato, and several other ninja while traveling the world. A kind and powerful man, Jiraiya earned the respect of many, and his fatherly qualities cemented him as one of the franchise’s best characters.

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