HAPPY NEW YEAR! Another year, more animes to come :). Hopefully it will be another good year with lots of good animes. Okay, maybe that is not possible but let’s hope for the best. And what a way to start the brand new 2012 with of course another anime blog.

Teachers. They come in all shapes, sizes and attitudes. One of their main roles is to nurture the minds of the future generations. Of course there are good teachers and there are bad teachers. They primarily influence the way we think and how we end up. Unless you don’t really go to school or spend most of your childhood days outside school. As such, we expect teachers to be a role model and a learned person. However, what happens when your teacher looks much younger than you? Say, a kid? It’s going to be hard for the class to take the little teacher seriously, right? He/she is young enough to be your baby brother or sister. Furthermore, some may find it an insult because it’s like saying the class is stupid in order to have somebody younger than you doing the teaching. But you know, it’s not the size of your body that matters, it’s the grey matter that counts. So listed below are the few anime teachers that look like a kid.

Rebecca Miyamoto (Pani Poni Dash)

A child prodigy that graduated from the famous MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) at the age of 10. Now a maths teacher at Momotsuki High School to a bunch of weird students who enjoy teasing her (they nicknamed her Becky) and seeing her act like a little girl or child with her “Hau, hau~” crying trademark when cornered and frightened. Otherwise, she dons a lethargic and half-hearted expression to keep her genius reputation. Well, it’s going to be hard since everybody would love to hug a cute little girl instead of seeing her as a teacher.
Pet: A rabbit, Mesousa.
Seiyuu: Chiwa Saito.

Komoe Tsukuyomi (To Aru Majutsu No Index)

Despite her petite and small stature, Touma’s homeroom teacher is actually an adult who lives in an apartment by herself and loves chugging down beer and yes, smoke cigarette packs. In addition, she has a very high squeaky voice and her speech that ends with “~desu” may have many people think that she is a 12 year old kid. In spite of this, she is regarded as 1 of the 7 mysteries of Academy City. Though she has no esper abilities, she is quite a competent teacher highly knowledgeable in the esper field and at times is able to assist in performing certain magic spells.
Field major: Pyrokinesis.
Seiyuu: Kimiko Koyama.

Negi Springfield (Mahou Sensei Negima)

A 10 year old wizard in training who is assigned to be the English and homeroom teacher of the all-girls Mahora Middle School. He is the son of the hero Nagi dubbed as the Thousand Master who mysteriously disappeared. In order to find his father, he enrolled in a magic academy and as part of his training, he is sent to Japan whereby he is in charge of a class of 31 girls. Kind-hearted and caring (though child-like in some of his habits), how can you control a class with girls fawning over a teacher cute enough to be their little brother? Yeah, but that unwarranted cuteness has earned him lots of respect and admiration.
Specialized magic: Wind and lightning.
Seiyuu: Rina Satou.

Mika Suzuki (Doki Doki School Hours)

Just like Komoe, despite her cute child-like appearance, Mika is actually an unmarried single 27 year old woman who still lives with her parents. It doesn’t help much when she sometimes act like a child (did I mention that she’s lazy too?). It’s no surprise that her class doesn’t take her too seriously (partly her students are a bunch of weird and colourful personalities too). She is after all a kid at heart, right? That’s why her tall lolicon student Kitagawa loves teasing her so much just to see her cute reactions. Maybe she should just adopt Mikan, eh?
Dreads: Physical examination day.
Seiyuu: Omi Minami.

Yui Nonohara (Hani Hani Operation Sanctuary)

Naoki’s homeroom teacher. She is so short that she needs to stand on something to be at least by her students when she talks over her teacher’s desk. Once again, which class doesn’t love their teacher small and cute? She has a yellow car called Marupin and it does bugs you how the heck her legs can reach the peddles.
Car: Marupin.
Seiyuu: Yuka Inokuchi.

Ink Nijihara (Moetan)

She lives next door to Nao and is infatuated with him. Too bad it is a one-sided love. However she is devastated when she finds out that he is doing badly in his English and this means he won’t be able to enter university and she won’t get to be with him ever! So how? Transform into a magical girl heroine teacher called Pastel Ink! Yeah, I guess this counts too. It’s bad enough that 17 year old Ink already looks like a kindergarten kid so when she becomes Nao’s personal English tutor, can that guy take her seriously? He’d better. She’d better. Or else. And why is it hard to see that his childhood friend and magical English teacher is the same person? Must be the blue hair and duck-like outfit. Just concentrate on your English lessons, please!
Other job: Helping her fellow citizens!
Seiyuu: Yukari Tamura.

Professor Sagami (Macademi Wasshoi)

I’m not sure if he is human or some sort of a robot because he can separate his head from his body and still live. Otherwise apart from being a professor at the Magician’s Academy’s teaching faculty, he is also part of the discipline committee and has an army of golem droids as his army.
Army: Golems.
Seiyuu: Omi Minami.

Litte Ratus (Prism Ark)

A powerful magic user who is also a teacher at the Rozenburg Knight Academy. She is the homeroom teacher for Hyaweh and despite looking and acting like a child at times, she prefers to be treated as a teacher. That’s going to be hard, isn’t it? Late in the anime, she is seen as a spy working for Judas of the Templeritter.
Weapon: A couple of floating spheres called Bud and Fys.
Seiyuu: Kimiko Koyama.

Reborn (Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn)

Your life must be screwed if you are going to be the next head and successor of a mafiaso family. You’re even more screwed if your personal tutor turns out to be a baby! But you can’t easily take this baby’s candy away because Reborn is one of the strongest babies known as Arcobalenos and he is going to make Tsuna’s life a training hell and buck up. Ciaossu!
Weapon: A shape-shifting chameleon, Leon.
Seiyuu: Neeko.

And the lesson of the story is…
Never judge a book by its cover! Even if your teacher looks like a kid, you should still respect him/her because he/she is your teacher departing you with knowledge and life experiences. Okay, maybe for some they are hard to take seriously and also act childishly. But hey, it’s cool to have that kind of teacher instead of an evil brooding one or one that is always missing from class, right? There may be more child-like teachers out there as this list is not meant to be exclusive. So maybe in time I may just find more of them because well, they may be too small and short for me to see. Or even mistaken them for somebody’s kid. But if you still think that the idea of having a kid-like teacher is making you feel stupid, so ask yourself, if you’re that smart, what the hell are you doing in school in the first place?