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What do u guys think?
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That is a bit like asking "should kids watch Hollywood films?" I wouldn't show the terminator franchise to a 3 year old but Toy Story could be a good choice.
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So what do u think would be a good kid anime
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why not, I've been watching horror movies since I was five, don't see the big deal. also been watching scare scenes since I was two. parents watched things I roamed at night. but still, if a kid wants to watch something then watch it. it's the choice of the kid to allow that to corrupt them, it's not the fault of what they are watching. sure I'm morbid as heck, but all the kid friendly stuff I watched, out weighed all the horror stuff I watched. besides learned a lot from my parent's collection of horror...

another good point to stand on: know your kid, if they scare easy, be cautious of what they watch. such as if your kid is afraid of this or that, don't let them watch it unless you're willing to lose your sleep for the night. clowns tends to be the most feared thing with children among other things.

teenagers have no problem with American Horror Story, so they would probably have no problem with most anything.

as for things to start children out on: the dubbed version of Little Witch Academia (the subbed version isn't so kid friendly), there's also Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, The Cat's Return, The Last Unicorn, and most certainly Digimon, Pokemon, etc.

for older children, the pre tween or tween: Grave of the fireflies, Princess Mononoke, Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop, Witch Hunter Robin, Trigun, Outlaw Star, Appleseed, Dragon ball franchise, etc.

this is based on what I consider of today's average person, it will vary from person to person, but this is a personal study/research of my own.
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So why shouldn't kids watch anime?

To begin with, the market is primarily geared towards children. With tons of merch tie-ins, so hard to walk around Japan without seeing any anime references.

Depending on the age and maturity of the child, and whether they can read and follow subtitles, there's a lot of shows out there. You have the usual, Pokémon, Digimon, Vanguard Cardfight!!, Yokai Watch, Pretty Cure, Sailor Moon, Naruto, etc.

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Yeah, I mean, as long as it's kid-friendly.
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Some kid-friendly shows on CR are:

/bono-bono
/lovely-muuuuuuuco
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/sweetness-lightning


Most Studio Ghibli films are suitable for children and are dubbed in many languages if the child is too young or impatient to watch with subtitles. I'd avoid Grave of the Fireflies though; watching a couple of children fall through the cracks of society and march inevitably to a slow and painful death is not something I'd recommend to an adult, let alone a child.
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Mall0w_ wrote:

What do u guys think?


Thats a pretty good question, it depends, you could say that One Piece is for kids, but technically its not, i mean in most arc the story goes pretty deep and even dark at some moment. But yeah, in my opinion anime is not prett much suited for very young viewers, there is children show, i just don't know them. Its up to you to look at that
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You got to do research yourself, I am afraid. MAL is pretty decent with providing information about anime, particularly in regards to age ratings, but keep in mind the cultural differences. That being said, anime is loads more violent, but it is not as if Japanese Society is overrun by delinquents. I think the Folk Tales From Japan Anime is great.


THAT BEING SAID....do you also need dubbing? Reading subtitles might be a bit difficult, unless you are planning to teach them Japanese.
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As long as you're not showing them something that will give them nightmares I don't see why not. There's no "right" or "wrong" but parents should be aware of what their kids can handle. Showed my daughter Totoro and Kiki at a young age and she loved them.

Now she's 7 and she watches Sailor Moon, Pretty Cure, One Piece.and a little bit of Yokai Watch.

Since she is half Japanese we try to watch everything in Japanese. I'd like to think it helped a little since she's now fluent.
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As long as they are taught the differences between fantasy and reality. Anime is not the same as watching looney toons.
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My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away!
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:
unless you are planning to teach them Japanese.


trying to learn Japanese from subs is a horrible, horrible idea.
edit: unless it's Japanese subs, of course.
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HELL YES!!
With the exception of hentai, kids should be able to watch ALL anime, thats how I grew up on it.
Their is plenty of "kid friendly anime" or just let them watch what they think is cool to them
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Posted 9/4/17 , edited 9/4/17

namealreadytaken wrote:


PeripheralVisionary wrote:
unless you are planning to teach them Japanese.


trying to learn Japanese from subs is a horrible, horrible idea.
edit: unless it's Japanese subs, of course.


Supplement material, ignoring subs and going straight for auditory comprehension. I do not have children yet, so I am unsure how this type of parenting goes, but my basic assumption is that subtitles would not be of most interest to prepubescent children in general.
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