Teachers are the heart of a society. Teaching not only number and alphabets in schools, they also become mentors and role models in our lives. They educate and plant their hope, dreams and spirits for the future generation to grasp excellent virtues in life.
As a fan of anime, I discovered some characters that were portrayed as great teachers. I’m going to share some of their stories with you.


#5 Yukari Tanizaki (Azumango Daioh)

She is portrayed as a typical high school English teacher. She is not only a homeroom teacher for class 3, but also a teacher with very unconventional methods and a rather close relationship with the class. Depending on the day, time, and her mood, she can be either a horrible tyrant or one of the sweetest, most touching teachers ever.

Her behaviour ranges from mercilessly teasing and hitting students with blunt objects to kind and gentle words and simple, encouraging notes on tests telling students she believes in them. She is often selfish, irresponsible, miserly, generally dysfunctional, and also easily angered, and shamelessly expects her friend and fellow teacher, Minamo Kurosawa, to not only tolerate all of this, but to enable it. She becomes jealous when Minamo receives nicer birthday presents from her students.

She is also a lovable, caring and cheerful teacher loved by all of her students and school staffs. She also had been advised by the principal for not to be ‘friends’ with the students.


#4  Kobayashi (The Law of Ueki)

He is a teacher at Hinokuni Junior High School and Ueki’s homeroom teacher. Kobayashi is also the one who gives Ueki his power to enter the tournament thus becoming his trainer.

Kobayashi had been carefully studying Ueki in order to judge his worth for the tournament. He became interested in Ueki after an incident during a snowy day. There was a little puppy that been left out in the snow. He observed the children passed along giving sympathy to the puppy but didn’t bother to take it. Not long after that, came a little boy who appeared to be Ueki, approached the puppy and hugged it to protect it from the coldness throughout the day.

During the tournament, Ueki fought with Robert Haydn which was the most fearful power user. Ueki was almost killed when Robert make him fall from a tremendous height. Fortunately, Kobayashi came to Ueki’s rescue although trainers were prohibited from helping their trainees. As a punishment, Kobayashi is sent to ‘Hell’.

It was revealed later, that Ueki first time meeting Kobayashi was not during the snowy day. It was long time before that, when Ueki fell from a roof of a building and being saved by Kobayashi. After that incident, Ueki admired Kobayashi and grew up by Kobayashi’s example.




#3  Eikichi Onizuka (Great Teacher Onizuka)

He is an ex-biker and gang leader who has one goal, to become the greatest teacher. After graduated, he gets a job at a prestigious private school to handle their ‘problematic class’ that made the past few teachers quit. He must handle a different sort of trouble when the trouble makers include some of the smartest kids in Japan who prefer a more cerebral approach to torturing their teacher. Onizuka slowly wins students over and deals with their mistrust of teachers while handling the distrust of his fellow teachers.

Onizuka can be very serious when the moment asks for it. To solve problems, he will surely take the most weird and unexpected way, but also the most epic. Even the school principal has a deep trust in him. As a teacher, Eikichi is definitely very eccentric, be it both his methods of teaching or the way he dresses.



#2   Sarutobi Asuma (Naruto)

He is a jonin-level shinobi of Konohagakure from Sarutobi clan as well as a former member of the Twelve Guardian Ninja. He was also the leader of Team 10.

Of all his students, Asuma spent most of the time with him and was closest to Shikamaru. He was the first one who discovered that Shikamaru had an IQ above 200. In order to assess Shikamaru’s ability, Asuma often played shogi or Go with Shikamaru on their free time. Asuma also used these times to give advices and guidance to Shikamaru. The most memorable advice was during they were playing shogi (a chess like Japanese game), Asuma pointed out that this game is about protecting the ‘king’, and then asked Shikamaru’s opinion about the king’s identity.

It was after Asuma’s death, Shikamaru was finally able to understand who the ‘king’ of shogi was in the real world. It is the next generation of shinobi, like Asuma’s unborn child, and how they would learn to care and live peacefully by the great shinobi in the present day. That was why Asuma entrusted his baby to Shikamaru, as his apprentice and future sensei.




#1  Izumi Curtis (Fullmetal Alchemist)

A master alchemist and skilled martial artist living in the southern Amestrian town of Dublith where she runs a butcher shop with her husband Sig. Her history with alchemy was rather a terrible one. She had once tried to use alchemy of Human Transmutation to revive her unborn child. The process went wrong, resulted in some of her internal organs being removed, rendering her to be both constantly ill, and incapable of ever becoming pregnant again.

Though she doesn’t usually take on students, Izumi accepted Edward and Alphonse Elric’s plea to take them as her apprentices and instructed them in alchemical theory and martial arts for six months. In that time, she grew to love them as deeply as she would her own children. She also advised them that alchemist are also human beings and have human limits to prevent them not to repeat the same mistake that she did.

After some years later, the Elric’s brothers met her again and revealed to her that they had also used the Human Transmutation to revive their mother resulting in loss of Edward’s right hand and the whole Alphonse’s body. She was outrageous for what they had done. However this incident had made her more receptive to her students and enabled them to discuss more deeply about alchemy.



And lastly, we should and of course inshaAllah would never forget that the best teacher we have is our beloved prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who taught us the best of things guided by the best book from the best Author. Let us all take valuable lessons from those characters above and most vitally his (peace be upon him) stories and of his companions (peace be upon them) to be applied in our daily temporary life on this freaking temporary world.

Towards a better tomorrow and our better selves, and with a silent thankful to our Creator for all teachers we have ever had in our life, this article is ended. Start teaching!


Written by :

Hanif Bin Khairudin
2nd Year, Faculty of Medicine,
Ain Shams University.