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supasoggyrolle wrote:

Speaking of decapitations: Don't be fooled by Hunter X Hunter. He shouldn't watch that, even if it does seem safe in the beginning. Alot of people are recommending that in this thread. I don't know if they're trying to be funny, or if they just haven't gotten deep into the anime, yet. But it's far more brutal than anything a 9 year old should be watching. I think I've seen about 4-5 on screen decapitations since the Yorknew City and Chimera Ant arcs.


I will not disagree on the brutality of HunterXHunter, but I will disagree on why a child should or should not watch it.
Being debatable, your 9 year old probably shouldn't watch it in the end, as it will have a mark against it and you've got plenty of other choices.

Hmmm, the entirety of the Internet has debated this very subject.

I find the morals, themes, and characters of HunterXHunter to be extremely positive for kids, and highly suggest them watching shows with similar morals, themes, and characters. Happy go Lucky 12 year old whose not afraid to speak his mind and do whats right? Hells yeah. Gon isn't the average child protaganist, he's more honest...stupidly more honest. I'm talking suborn to the point of death honest. And I love characters like that, especially when I was a kid.

That said, the content presented within HunterXHunter does not shy away from darker tones. Death and murder are presented throughout the show, one of the two leads happens to be an assassin. Additionally, some of the villains are a bit too.....sexual. The sadistic clown who follows our protagonist ain't the kind of character you want to meet at a park.

Being younger, he can easily watch only part of HunterXHunter, and continue the series later when he's older. That tends to happen sometimes. Nothing has the same impact as realizing a show you really really like has more episodes, and cooler stuff happens in those episodes. Like when I learned Goku was an adult and went into space in the Dragonball Z sequel to Dragonball, that was freaking amazing. And when I realized Dragonball Z continued after The Cell Games with Gohan in High School, I once again flipped out in joy.

I tend to recommend and prefer shows with positive role model characters, Gon from HxH is one of them.

Hell, I'll recommend Trigun right now, have that 9 year old watch it. Vash the Stamped is such an amazing, positive, and likable character that there is no person of any age I won't recommend it to.
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9 year olds can watch what ever they are mature enough to watch. I saw Girls Bravo (lots of nudity) at 9 years old. D. Gray-man is pretty good. DBZ is timeless. If you are willing to wait Yu-Gi-Oh Arc-V comes out in April. Instead of finding anime for a 9 year old just find good anime and show him. He will like some of it and hate some of it. As long as he knows the difference between anime and reality everything should be fine.
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Don't forget, we have to sell these suggestions to the mother as well as the kid.
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Hell, I'll recommend Trigun right now, have that 9 year old watch it. Vash the Stamped is such an amazing, positive, and likable character that there is no person of any age I won't recommend it to.


Yup, Trigun isn't a bad one. Vash is a joyous character. The villains are a bit wierd, but the Anime itself stays away from alot of the brutality of the manga.

The discussions about what people watch and what people shouldn't watch is kind of an interesting one. The impressionable years are wierd. I think about what people I knew when I was in elementary liked and what they were like later, then compare to myself with my hobbies and interests. Surround with positive morals, and inherently they will grow up same way. I also prefer to recommend thought provoking and well written shows to get the mind working.

The age "W-Chan" is kind of an awkward one. 9 years old is when kids really develop their interests and own identity. I started building model kits, was watching shows like transformers and being out in the garage working on the race cars. I would watch Star Trek TNG every week when it aired with my dad. Now I do engineering, and build high performane engines.

Compare that to my brother who got only into video games and didn't want to go outside. Well, years later that is still him. We both can be classified as otaku, but now he is much more in the traditional sense of fan service and fanfic. I prefer quality storytelling and go out whenever I can.

I guess the point I am mainly trying to make with this is that a more mature rated show isn't a bad thing. Often it is because the story and concepts are mature, but not immoral. I was 6 when TNG came out and we would watch it. Saw Ghostbusters II at drive in theatre. I still remember that. Both shows by rating were above my age. I simply didn't catch the mature subtle hints, but the context and presentation did have positive affects.

I personally don't think death is a bad thing for approving or disproving a show. Remember, most of the old disney movies revolved around death or other similar theme. The difficult part comes to any attachment a child might have to the character.
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I can understand your point of view, as well, Fel. But, as you have said, there are other animes out there with characters that teach the same morals as Gon, but without seeing a guy literally eat half another man's head and use a piece of it as a bullet to blow another guy's head off, or a chimera ant swipe the heads off a child's parents right in front of them before killing the kid just to eat its brains.

Honestly, I really think Gon's virtuous values are lost in the brutal reality of HxH, anyway. I don't see them as being front in center like you might find in Naruto or DBZ. They are more like a foil to increase the impact when, more often than not, the brutal and bloody reality of his world comes crashing down on him. I don't think that could've possibly been made more clear than with the Kite/Pitou scene after his impassioned speech on going back to the nest for him.

I suppose the kid could watch the first arc or two, but if he really gets into it, it would be cruel for the child if she were to say: "Okay, I allowed you to watch this for months, but now you can't watch it anymore until you're 13." I would just not let my kid watch it until he turned 13. There's too many other safe options preaching Gon's moral compass.



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I didn't read anything on this thread, but Spirited Away.

And everything else Ghibli made. Do it.
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supasoggyrolle wrote:

I can understand your point of view, as well, Fel. But, as you have said, there are other animes out there with characters that teach the same morals as Gon, but without seeing a guy literally eat half another man's head and use a piece of it as a bullet to blow another guy's head off, or a chimera ant swipe the heads off a child's parents right in front of them before killing the kid just to eat its brains.

Honestly, I really think Gon's virtuous values are lost in the brutal reality of HxH, anyway. I don't see them as being front in center like you might find in Naruto or DBZ. They are more like a foil to increase the impact when, more often than not, the brutal and bloody reality of his world comes crashing down on him. I don't think that could've possibly been made more clear than with the Kite/Pitou scene after his impassioned speech on going back to the nest for him.

I suppose the kid could watch the first arc or two, but if he really gets into it, it would be cruel for the child if she were to say: "Okay, I allowed you to watch this for months, but now you can't watch it anymore until you're 13." I would just not let my kid watch it until he turned 13. There's too many other safe options preaching Gon's moral compass.



Hehe, I forgot that scene, it was hilarious to me. It's odd, the very character who ate off that persons head, is EXACTLY the same character he voiced in Fate/Zero. The character, voice actor, and design are all absurdly similar here. The primary difference is Fate/Zero treated Riders greed and ambition as a positive thing, which is awesome and I can't help but love that head biting guy to death because of it.

The red text is what I specifically want to address, as I believe it's the oppoite. Gon's character is not lost in the brutal reality, that's the core theme here. Gon's character is not crushed, but accepts and rises above that brutal reality.

It's the same in Trigun. The world presented in Trigun is a dark, horrible world in which shooting, stealing, and pillaging are acceptable. It's wild wild west out here and the characters all know it. Vash himself DOES NOT ACCEPT THIS. His character knows he can't prevent everybody in the world form dying, that he can't fix every problem by talking it out, and he can't save the lives of everybody, villains included.
But he TRIES.
The best definition I was ever given about Vash the Stamped, was "Vash is a pacifist, but is NEVER a passive person, he actively promotes that pacifism every chance he gets. Being a pacifist is often considered naive, weak, and foolish, but Vash doesn't heed any of that, he believe people should live long happy lives and goes way way way way way out of his way to do every single thing he can to help.

I'll even bring up "Now and Then, Here and There" Without providing spoilers, the show is dark. The show deals with themes of an overbearing world, soldiers having to follow cruel or harsh orders such as kidnapping or killing children, it features child soldiers, and deals with both torture and rape, both very VERY visual and disturbing.

But I would really REALLY recommend children watching Now and Then, Here and There, as the core values and themes of this movie arn't "The world sucks, everybody dies"
The theme is hope, and how you should never lose it. How as long as you keep trying, things will turn out ok by the end. It's part of what makes it a GREAT show and something I feel like everybody should watch. It also reminds me of a Studio Ghibili titles. I saw it in English on Hulu right before Christmas.

Back to HunterXHunter. The entire Kite/Pitou thing is perhaps dark and disturbing, but it's telling a hopeful positive story that you can see playing out right now. Glasses-Guy is panicking right now, he noticed the overwhelming power of the foes they're going to face, and he's afraid.
What he can't understand is why Gon is going in their knowing full well what he has to face. Gon's character development is currently tied into the Kite/Pitou thing more so than the King arc, and as slow as it's moving, the arc is there. Gon's character did not shy away from the danger or concequences, he feels like defeating Pitou is something he HAS to do, and he WILL accomplish it.

His character is best explained early on during the Hunters Exam. His stubbornness with HIsoka about the badge, Killua's brother, his own Hunter License, and the fight with Ninja-guy all show who his character is. THAT is a type of character I want children to watch and know about while growing up.

It's important to watch shows which present positive role models such as this. Gons is also rather young, making him even more choice for young children.
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High School DxD...................what?? he has to learn it somewhere .......don't give me that look
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http://www.crunchyroll.com/erin

I haven't seen this one all the way through yet (only 10 episodes in out of 50), but I plan on it and highly recommend it to anyone regardless of age. It focuses on the life of a young girl named Erin and her dealing with the dragon-like creatures used by the kingdom she lives in. It has themes of nature and the positive and negative sides to domesticating animals, in this case mounts used in warfare. If anyone else has seen this and knows if gets too dark , let me know as I have been watching it with a younger kid as well. I made that mistake with
Hunter X Hunter, and now he won't stop watching it despite the...questionable choices the story has recently made.
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Felstalker wrote:

I'll even bring up "Now and Then, Here and There" Without providing spoilers, the show is dark. The show deals with themes of an overbearing world, soldiers having to follow cruel or harsh orders such as kidnapping or killing children, it features child soldiers, and deals with both torture and rape, both very VERY visual and disturbing.

But I would really REALLY recommend children watching Now and Then, Here and There, as the core values and themes of this movie arn't "The world sucks, everybody dies"
The theme is hope, and how you should never lose it. How as long as you keep trying, things will turn out ok by the end. It's part of what makes it a GREAT show and something I feel like everybody should watch. It also reminds me of a Studio Ghibili titles. I saw it in English on Hulu right before Christmas.

The rape takes it off the table for kids automatically, regardless of other factors.

Fiction works like a meta-language, you have to have a certain amount of prior understanding to translate it into something meaningful. It's like the gradual difference between a picture book and a scientific text. Children (let's say, roughly, 12 and below) shouldn't have the prior understanding of rape for it to be understood in a meaningful way.

I wouldn't give a 3rd-4th grader a story about rape just like I wouldn't give them a technical scientific paper, they're not equipped to get anything meaningful out of it with their current toolkit. Especially in this case, when the focus was as much on the man committing the rape as the girl who gave birth to his child later in the series and hated herself for it.

(This conversation is really good though, I hope the OP doesn't mind the minor derail).
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inuyasha is pretty good. I watched that with my mom and she loved it. I figure a 9 year old boy would like it and it be appropriate.
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I actually haven't gotten to Fate/Zero yet. I hear it's beautifully animated. But, right now, I'm stuck on episode 6 of Fate/Stay, but I did go ahead and watch half of Fate/Kalied Liner Prisma ILLYA, because I didn't realize it was connected to the other Fates. (Brain fart, when its obvious by the title.) I'll get to it though once I finish Stay and IILYA, though. But the name of that guy was Uvogin. I will always remember him for that scene. He was a serious beast and it was a shame he didn't get more time on the show. The next paragraphs are pretty spoiler-rific, so I'll hide them for the benefit of others.



Plus, I just think Vash had the luxury of being more powerful than the vast majority of his enemies (outside of his brother at the end.) Gon doesn't have that luxury. He's as in over his head, power wise now, as Luffy was at the War at Marineford in One Piece. Going into the King's Castle, I think he's going to have to fight to kill just to survive. He's the weakest fighter on the invasion team outside of the Chimera's they brought with them for support. I don't know what will happen, but just going in to face Neferpitou seems insane for Gon to do right now. I figured it would be a long time before they faced off. But, if he does win, I don't see how he does it without killing her. She's too loyal to the King, too powerful and too insane to lay down without dying. It's just two different situations between the two, even though both worlds are hardcore that they live in.

On an aside, I LOVED Now and Then, Here and There and consider it one of the greatest animes ever made. It was the very first anime that taught me never to judge an anime by the animation style. I was a younger fan back then, so I was shocked when I first saw scenes of Torture and children being gunned down. I still have a little hate in my heart for Hamdo and the Hellywood regime.

In the end, though, I do agree with you, that (for now) Gon is a positive role model for kids. But, I just don't think promoting his goodness is a key theme for the creators of the anime. His indomitable will? Yes. His courage and willingness to face down insane odds, (Honestly, how the hell is he going to beat Pitou?), is key to the story. But, I don't think his morality is. I think if we have this discussion again two years from now, Gon won't even be mentioned in the same breath as Goku, Naruto, Shu or Vash. I think he's going to be a hardened killer like the rest of the good guys. Because I think that they want to go in a completely different direction from the usual Fairy Tail, Naruto, Bleach format and make it more for adults and older teens.

Which is why it's my favorite. We need more Shounen characters who are willing to kill people and are skilled with the opposite sex. I mean, seriously...does every major Shounen protagonist have to act like the women surrounding him don't have vaginas? I mean, how do you sail on a pirate ship with girls who look like Nami and Robin and NOT try and hit that? Come on. I was so happy when Gon and Killua were talking about Gon's dating past. LOL!





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mate really suggesting black lagoon to a 9 year old that show is full of blood gore and a shit tone of swearing
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i highly recommend hunter x hunter and mushibugyo both really fun anime s to watch although hunter x hunter can have its dark moments but not enough for it to be inappropriate. also if anyone suggested black lagoon i guarantee you should not listen to them
Posted 1/5/14
I recommend Beelzebub.


in all honesty, when I was 9, I watched anything and everything; all animation seemed fun and exciting back then. but I never got into looney tunes.
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