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If your kids are talking about cosplay and watching shows with names such as Bleach, Naruto and Peach Girl, you're not alone. Anime is one of the most popular forms of television entertainment and the craze gets stronger every day.

But as a parent, you might be wondering if anime is appropriate for your kids to watch. Here's some tips to help you make sure your kiddos are getting the most from anime.

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June 9, 2008 at 7:28 am
(1) IM says:

I love anime and my kids do too. The most important thing in my opinion is to monitor that they are watching and reading appropriate anime and manga.

Thanks

IM

June 10, 2008 at 9:21 pm
(2) Ken says:

I would say remember a couple of things. One Japanese and American censorship rules are very different. For example there is nudity allowed in anime. Generally its not very graphic in the video version unless specific adult material. Manga on the hand is a little more detailed and the nudity tends to be geared more towards the female characters. Most manga’s have a rating on the back. If it says teen or mature I guarantee there will be at least some exposure. If the cover shows a lot of female characters and has a teen rating, then definitely. If you’re uncertain about a video anime, do a little research on online, a little patience and you get a good understanding as to whether the material has violence or high levels of female nudity. Another note on the manga if its sold at a book store and shrink wrapped its definitely high teen/mature level material. Most anime videos that are available for sale in the USA have a rating system, usually like 13+, 16+, 18+ or teen, mature and general on them. I would treat anything that is 13+ or Teen as pretty R rated in USA censorship levels. But the ultimate suggestion I would make about approving materials for your kids is just to be hinest with them, have them tell you whats its about, watch an episode or two of the video, flip thru a book or two of manga. If it has a kot of violence or nudity. It’ll be present in every episode or book.

June 20, 2008 at 12:24 am
(3) Shane says:

I’ve seen some of the most graphic anime ever made, and it doesn’t bother me at all compared to some of the things I see on the news whenever I happen to see it, not to mention that the news is real, not fake.

I wouldn’t have a problem with my son watching either really, but neither one of us ever wants to watch the news. I don’t know, then again I don’t baby him like it seems most people do anyways so we might just both be crazy.

October 23, 2008 at 11:07 pm
(4) Ashlyn says:

I wouldn’t worry.
I’m an eleven-year-old Otaku myself.
It depends on how old your kids are. For one thing, if they have any taste, they’ll watch it in the Japanese context, which usually has more blood and gore if it’s Shonen,(Boy) and some slightly suggestive themes if it’s Shojo.(Girl)
Most kids should be mature enough to watch any anime they’d be interested in. If it doesn’t catch they’re intrest, then don’t worry.
If it’s a girl, and she’s watching things like:
Tokyo Mew Mew, Mermaid Melody (Pichi Pichi Pitch), and Lucky Star, you shouldn’t worry. These are animes geared toward girls 10-15.
If it’s a boy, and he’s watching things like:
Bleach, Naruto, and Death Note, again, not a big deal. Those are geared toward boys. These animes, however, usually tend to have more blood and gore than the girl animes. I highly doubt a boy would enjoy watching those, though. Just trust me.
Basically, check the rating on the back. Usually teen mangas are okay for 9+, but it really depends. I’m eleven and I read older teen manga. (Really only Chibi Vampire, which is another clean one, by the way, but it still counts.) It really depends on your judgement. Youth manga is usually okay for all ages, although it says 10+.

Hope this helped somewhat!

October 24, 2008 at 12:53 pm
(5) anon says:

I am an anime veteran. The only people I suggest shouldn’t watch anime, are those under 10, as they have a tendency to try several techniques that are impossible to do with the human body. I would suggest that the parent read the manga or watch the anime first. Even if they don’t like it and their kid does. I couldn’t believe when a neighbor let her 4 and 6 year olds watch Naruto. At least Bleach comes on at a later time and the child is either tired or already asleep. Some anime, like Tenchi Muyo, the original series, was hardly cut and showed alot of nudity on one character, who happened to be quite the exebitionist.

February 28, 2009 at 7:28 am
(6) Freya says:

I have to say I agree with Ashlyn, for I am 11, too. I would say often, adults over-estimate how graphic anime and manga is.
For example, I am a big fan of Hana Kimi, which is rated 16+. As a general rule, nowadays, kids my age are watching and talking about stuff much more graphic than any 10+ anime or manga series could ever really portray…
But anyway, I suppose it varies greatly based on the maturity of the child.

April 2, 2009 at 11:55 am
(7) Inuyasha Fan says:

Hey. I am 12 and most animes are quite alright for ages 10+ some even younger then that. I have a great list of animes kid friendly, at anime1012345.webs.com
under the blog section. However you may want to keep little kids away fromBleach, Naruto, death Note, blood +, and other shows that before it comes on has a warning saying parental advisory needed. well other then that most animes and mangas are great for young kids to adults.

April 5, 2009 at 8:01 pm
(8) Mnaumowicz says:

You should filter what animes and manga your kids watch a little. I’m 14 and most the anime i watch is fine, but a few of the animes i watch i wouldn’t recommend for the less mature of my age.

September 10, 2009 at 5:38 pm
(9) kayla says:

my five year old watches anime and loves it. her favorite is ranma 1/2 it does show female breasts but since shes a girl i think its ok. some other animes i recommend for younger kids are “kiki’s delivery service”, “spirited away”, “howls moving castle”, “my neighbor totoro”, and ” a new one english dubbed by disney called “ponyo on a cliff by the sea” it comes to theaters in the usa august 14th! and is an anime version of the little mermaid!

September 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm
(10) Barry Slice says:

I agree, anime is definately safe for children of all ages, thier are usually age restriction warnings on the box (if DVD / VHS etc) – however, due to cultural and legal differences these should be reversed – i.e. the higher the number – the better for kids! 18 been the largest number suggesting its perfect for all ages!

Indeed, I watch anime with my kids all the time – then, as a family of course, we go out and find a stray dog and kick it’s face off with an allmighty blow before torching the body and running off into the night! Weve never had so much fun!!!

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