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Hey hey guys. So I'm a teen librarian with a brand new anime club. Just looking for a list a good Seinen that I could show my teens that aren't overly sexual of course.
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Um... not sure this is the right place for such a question,but i don't think it's a bad one!

I once frequented my Local libary's Anime Club...but it had a few problems. One of the primary rules was an age restriction, so after I graduated I was no longer allowed to attend... which isn't too bad for me, as I knew a decent chunk of the visitors....and I own a much larger anime collection than half of them have ever seen...which was odd. But I require not such a club!

We generally read manga, and people would suggest series to each other or the club leader person, in which we would then watch the opening 2 episodes of, only to switch to another persons recommendation. They also had all these odd rules like "we have to get permission to show certain shows" and yada yada yada.... I mean come on, just because the FBI Warning at the start told us not to share, doesn't mean we should listen to them! I could've introduced Ranma 1/2 to them, but nooo a gender changing lead character was too risque for 15-16 year old children

Outside of copying Genshiken and doing some of the things they did, I don't have any proper.... hmm. Actually that sounds cool.

You could have Drawing lessons, Cosplay creation lessons, conversations about local conventions, perhaps weekly episode viewings/discussions. Nothing beats watching an entire anime and going all "discussion mode" like people do on these very forums!

I WISH that old Anime Club I went to did a lesson on Cosplay creation, perhaps I wouldn't be so horribly lost half the time when working with EVA Foam and all that Rubber and Plastic molding crap. This assumes your members are interested in the more awkward and less sewing oriented side of cosplay.

If you happen to own some costumes, you could even do a thing where everybody gets to try on a costume for a day... altho you'd need a lot of random sizes and costumes.

You could also teach them some basic things of Japanese culture. Such as the differences between Hiragana, Katakana, Romanji, and kanji. Even how to count to 10 in Japanese. It's not even hard! I just spend this last week learning 8 of the 46 different Hiragana characters.


Perhaps even a lesson about Katana's parts and the names for them? Even how to pass or show another person the Katana.



Back in my day, we didn't have such knowledge available to us! It was always "lets watch Naruto, not Dub's but Sub's! But I like Dub's! I'd rather watch Girls Bravo! Forget that lets watch Sailor Moon!" BAAAAH, they don't know what they were missing!

Hell, cook and serve Japanese Curry to everyone. But make sure it's Japanese Curry! Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, and Korean curry are like, 9's and 10's on the oriental Scale, and are far too much for your average un-cultured individual! They always complain about the smell. Japanese curry however, that stuff is so much more tame, everybody can enjoy it. Make sure you've got proper rice too, if it's not from Thailand you've got the wrong stuff. Jasmine Rice or nothing.

That's all I got for now... what do you think?
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Anime club... that brings back memories. Your post reminded me of the time our club president wanted to show B Gata H Kei during one of our sessions. It was shot down by our advisor of course lol

Anyway are you looking for anything in particular or just shows that appeal to the older(ish) crowd? Also are there things you aren't allowed to show? (it is a public library after all).
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Oooh but B Gata H Kei was soooo hillarious! What club Adviser would disregard such an amazing series?

Additionally, I remembered something!

Model Building! It's rather Niche and rather expensive if you've got more than 2 or 3 people interested, but it's a fantastic hobby to get into.


You'll require tools for of course, a pair of clipper-thingys in place of Scissors to get all those model pieces off their racks. But come on, Gunpla has thousands of Gundams to model, and I guarantee you'll find a kid who'll love models somewhere. People used to build model Trains back in the 90's all the time, and why the hell would they do that? Trains? Who the hell likes trains?

Naaah, building some Mobile Suits... that's just one of the most awesome parts of being an Otaku..... that most people seem to ignore. Still, if you're really looking for things for the club to do, their are plenty.
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Omg I used to have SO MANY of those Gundam models. Dat nostalgia.
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Hey hey guys. So I'm a teen librarian with a brand new anime club. Just looking for a list a good Seinen list that I could show my teens that aren't overly sexual obviously.


To actually answer your question...

Not all of them are seinen (heck, I don't even really know how to distinguish them), but here are some of my favorite anime (for more mature type people) that are fairly low on the sexual content thing:

Blast of Tempest
Attack on Titan (careful of the gore, though-and yes, I know it's technically shounen)
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (again, yes, technically shounen, but it explores themes that are definitely more mature in nature)
Gingitsune (is this technically seinen? I think it might be...)
Kyousougiga (just wonderful all around)
The Eccentric Family
Silver Spoon

Hopefully this is enough to at least get you started!
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some of the distributors actually have Club Programs that can help with a starting Anime Club. Funimation has Anime Club support listed in their Email form so you can as k them directly about their shows.

Crunchy might have some Club support as well if you want to ask them
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To actually answer your question...

Not all of them are seinen (heck, I don't even really know how to distinguish them), but here are some of my favorite anime (for more mature type people) that are fairly low on the sexual content thing:

Hopefully this is enough to at least get you started!


Hey! They edited their question. When did that happen?

I'll suggest GTO(Great Teacher Onizuka) and Genshiken. Those are two great Seinen titles that are good for all ages while still holding the key draw of a Seinen title.

One of the primary aspects of Seinen is relationships, the two I suggested involve the relationship between a Teacher and his student(GTO) and the relationship of an Otaku with..other people. Genshiken has a 3rd season up on CR but starting there is a bad choice, go for the first and second seasons which are not on CR..good luck finding them.

Altho it's status as Seinen is debatable, I will also suggest Spice&Wolf due to it's great writing and content.

I have no other proper recommendations, Seinenas a whole tends to include something sexual, it is intended for an older male audience afterall. Be it straight up relationships, ecchi, or murderous Freudian logic.

I'll recommend the "Anime recommendation forums" if you're specifically looking for anime series recommendations.

and Edit; I would also like to add Hajime no Ippo, a Shounen/Seinen title about boxing, it's 3rd season currently airing. Most surprisingly, last I checked the entire first season of 76 episodes is up on Youtube. I don't believe any distribution companies currently own the right to it, Sports Anime tend to be ignored. I'm surprise CR has the 3rd season at all! But Boxing is about as far form sexual content as you can get.
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rambler01 wrote:

Hey hey guys. So I'm a teen librarian with a brand new anime club. Just looking for a list a good Seinen list that I could show my teens that aren't overly sexual obviously.

Cool!

Just out of curiosity, are you coming at this as someone who's watched a fair amount of anime before? If yes I can just throw some good titles at you to check out, if no my explanations will be fairly longer. And can I ask about the specific focus on seinen? Have you already got the other demographics covered, or is this just where you're starting?

In any case:

(All links are to legal streaming sites).


Genshiken Nidaime (link) would be a good one. It's about a college club in Japan centered around anime, manga, and videogames, and each season tackles some kind of issue related to nerd culture (Nidaime's is a practically profound look at crossdressing and gender identity and social acceptance). Plus it's a great/fun show.

Technically Nidaime is the third season of Genshiken, but the second season is out because it was done by ARMS and they inserted awesomely hilarious sex fantasies that would still, unfortunately, violate your rule. The first season is cleaner, although they talk about porn (youtube link) and the animation is harder to get into.



Ghost in the Shell is a classic: both seasons and all three movies are spectacular and the first season (English dub link) is still one of the best-animated series ever made. The Laughing Man Case is exquisitely done overall, although episode 10 is a side-story about a serial killer that's rather horrific, although I don't remember anything on screen.

It's a series about an elite counter-terrorism force in 2030 Japan following the Third World War who specializes in countering cyber-terrorism and related threats. There's a fair amount of philosophical existentialism woven in as well as most members of Section 9 have cybernetic implants of some kind and Major Kusanagi herself is a full-cyborg.




Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (link) is a movie set in the 1950s where Germany won WWII and is occupying Japan. But that's just the backdrop to a single soldier's struggles with PTSD during a period of riots and civil unrest. A variation of Little Red Riding Hood, this is also one of the best examples of hyper-realism in anime that I know of.




Sword of the Stranger (English dub link) is a straight-forward but fantastic movie about a nameless swordsman who protects a child during the Waring States Period. The animation is especially amazing, with the final fight being superbly animated/keyframed by Yutaka Nakamura (for more on animation, watch this presentation on sakuga).

It'd be pretty neat to watch a part of that presentation every time you meet, I think. It's hugely informative.




Humanity has Declined (link) is a ludicrously engaging fantasy comedy about a young UN ambassador in a world that's been overrun by crazy little elves. There's several metric tonnes of sociopolitical commentary in this series but it always manages to skip across the surface without getting bogged down by any one thing or agenda.



I'm running out of steam. But others I would mention are:

Fate/Zero (link). Very good series.
Shin Sekai Yori (link). Very good series.
RideBack (link). Technically shoujo or perhaps josei.
Eden of the East (link). Technically josei.
Ergo Proxy (link). Since I can't say Technolyze due to sexual content.
Akagi (link). Although the appeal may be limited.
Durarara!! (link). Technically shounen.
Death Note (link). Very good series.
Psycho-Pass (link). Very good series.
Cowboy Bebop (link). Timeless classic... once you see episodes 5/6+.


I would also STRONGLY recommend the movie Wolf Children, but you'd have to purchase it. Its overwhelming focus is on family and motherhood, so it's probably josei instead of seinen, but but it's a truly extraordinary film. The director, Mamoru Hosoda, also did another great movie called Summer Wars which is also really, really good.
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http://myanimelist.net/anime.php?genre[]=42
Look for the Seines that are rated PG-13+
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Acchi Kocchi
Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova
Arakawa Under the Bridge
Blood Lad
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
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Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
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Your reply was extremely helpful.......I thoroughly enjoyed the recommended club activities. My early game plan was to feature such things as a manga book club, discussion groups where we talk about and debate things within the culture, play related games, and of course the anime. I'd like to more so focus my group on highlighting the newer shows and giving a spotlight to the lesser known shows that are highly regarded among viewers.
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Genshiken Nidaime (link) would be a good one. It's about a college club in Japan centered around anime, manga, and videogames, and each season tackles some kind of issue related to nerd culture (Nidaime's is a practically profound look at crossdressing and gender identity and social acceptance). Plus it's a great/fun show.

Technically Nidaime is the third season of Genshiken, but the second season is out because it was done by ARMS and they inserted awesomely hilarious sex fantasies that would still, unfortunately, violate your rule. The first season is cleaner, although they talk about porn (youtube link) and the animation is harder to get into.




Not to argue against this show, as it is indeed amazing. But without the first two seasons, you should stay away. I've only recently(within the past week) finished Genshiken Nidaime, and despite the new cast, it's still 100% reliant on it's previous two seasons. The shows climax relies heavily upon events and characters introduced within the first two seasons, the flashbacks alone aren't nearly enough.

I even had to pick up the 8th and 9th Volumes of the manga(which was efficiently within Omnibus 3, the only one I didn't previously own) to be properly caught up to the opening episode of this 3rd Season. So much relationship drama! The 3rd season also focuses on it's characters writing and producing yaoi doujinshi AND includes a wholesome crossdresser, it's probably the best yet least recommendable season of Genshiken. Far harder for it's male-demographic to get into if they didn't see the previous seasons.

all 3 Seasons were animated by different studio's, but they all stick to the Manga's art style and content nearly exactly, so if you'd rather pick up the Volumes and talk/read about those, go for it.
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Lol show them berserk...

No im Jk try full metal alchemist but there is some gore in it so be aware.
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Not to argue against this show, as it is indeed amazing. But without the first two seasons, you should stay away. I've only recently(within the past week) finished Genshiken Nidaime, and despite the new cast, it's still 100% reliant on it's previous two seasons. The shows climax relies heavily upon events and characters introduced within the first two seasons, the flashbacks alone aren't nearly enough.

I even had to pick up the 8th and 9th Volumes of the manga(which was efficiently within Omnibus 3, the only one I didn't previously own) to be properly caught up to the opening episode of this 3rd Season. So much relationship drama! The 3rd season also focuses on it's characters writing and producing yaoi doujinshi AND includes a wholesome crossdresser, it's probably the best yet least recommendable season of Genshiken. Far harder for it's male-demographic to get into if they didn't see the previous seasons.

all 3 Seasons were animated by different studio's, but they all stick to the Manga's art style and content nearly exactly, so if you'd rather pick up the Volumes and talk/read about those, go for it.

Not to argue back, but I watched Nidaime first and had no problems whatsoever.

You see things from a different angle and get different things out of them, but the series isn't worse for it.

I think Nidaime is the best possible season; it has the best art, the best characterization, the best comedy, and the best topics for discussion. Personally I found the first and second seasons to be much less accessible, as well as their being inapplicable due to content. So they can either have Nidaime (which is fine on its own) or nothing at all that's Genshiken.

It also has more relevant pop-culture references (Bakemonogatari, Attack on Titan, etc.).
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Not to argue back, but I watched Nidaime first and had no problems whatsoever.

I think Nidaime is the best possible season; it has the best art, the best characterization, the best comedy, and the best topics for discussion. Personally I found the first and second seasons to be much less accessible.

As well as their being inapplicable outright due to content. So they either get Nidaime (which is fine) or nothing at all.


They compensated very well for the 3rd season. The new characters are used to ease in the new veiwers, while the older characters like Madarame and Sasahara are how the old viewers see it. As far as a season goes it is indeed the best animated.

Now, I've just finished reading the manga for all of it, so I'm biased, but the entire thing is spot on. I'm talking direct direct translation here. I believe the 3rd season takes the most liberties, but studio I.G. has the money to do that. The characterizations, the storytelling, and the writing are all the same as it's manga counterpart. You just get the joy of a whole lot of anime reference humor.

I can see how hard it would be to return-watch the first and second seasons, but I find the first in particular a far better piece. It was about Otaku being Otaku, with acceptance, tolerance, and understanding all over the damn place. Half the cast of Season 3 is still the early cast, even if they're no longer in need of character development.

Oh, I don't think I'm getting anywhere with this argument. Hopefully whoever read it will have enough information to decide on their own.

Edit; Oh my god I forgot the Attack on Titan joke in the simi-last episode! That's also the episode in which I had to look to the Manga to see what happened, not all of Genshiken's original Manga was made into an anime, specifically the last 2 books before Nidame. But....that Attack on Titan moment WITH A CHUN LEE SUPER ART REFERENCE FINISH! Ooooh it was amazing.
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