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DepEd Can Make Use of Anime as an Educational Medium to Educate Filipino Learners Amidst Pandemic

30th of June 2020, at 6:30PM

I guess most people used to, or still watching cartoons or anime, right? Michael Betio, my former student and confidante from Accounting, Business, and Management strand of grade 11(now he is grade 12), love to show me videos and share it with me about anime that talks about science fictional stories which involves chemistry, physics, and biology. He told me that he can easily remember the scientific concepts that I Introduced in our class by watching cartoons based on manga series such as Dr. Stone and Cells at Work!  Since it works for him, given the fact that he ranked 1st in my subject for all the grading periods, I have encouraged him to watch and learn, but at the same time write down factual scientific concepts and validate them, in order to critically prove if the fictional event is suported by scientific evidence.

When I watched it my self, I was amazed how the Japanese anime make use of true science in making the story more interesting and captivating for the audience at the same time. It may not be very accurate but practical application of things that has been proven to be effective and functional was executed in the plot.

Although the actual science, formulas, and theories, and principles are true, but the actual practice of how Senku (the protagonist) aka Dr. Stone, does everything and gets Kaseki and his group to create things is obviously exaggerated were too simple to be true so do not expect to build those projects the way the characters did in the series, nut you can try it as scientific projects just like the improvised battery of Senku.

As for Cell At Work!, the same exceptional impression was satisfied by this series. I conclude that, when learners of biology, physiology, or even immunology, they can make quasi-narratives inside their head about how certain fuction of the cell truly takes place. Great example, neutrophils are generally your first line of defense to any sort of inflammatory inflictions. It seems that these programmed little sentinels walking around and ready to attack anything that may invade the human body. It maybe bloody but adjustments can be made to suit Filipino culture.

The T-cell activation, the protagonist is the blood cell. Streptococcus pyogenes and staphylococcus are a really good example. One of the big differences between Staph and Strep is that Staph forms clusters and Strep forms chains. The Strep antagonist has a long tail made up of little balls, like a chain, and our Staph villains dress is essentially the classic physical image of staphylococcus aureus. Both are gram positive cocci, or turns purple/blue on a gram stain, and what are these cocci? These are cells that looks like balls. Images and design reminds me of the morphology of bacterial cells, plus Staphyloccocus causes yellowish golden exudates, so that makes the other character yellow in the series.

I am not saying that it can replace what a typical curriculum can offer but a study can be deviced in order to understand the impact of these kind of TV shows which can also support the blended learning planned by the Department of Education.

Our own Filipino cartoonist may also be interested in making educational and eentertaining animes that will allw our learners to continue with their education while watching the television free from data charges and reduced paper usage.

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