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Llore 
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Sadly, I think I'll have to revisit my introduction to anime for my girls later in life. At 5 years of age, they get scared even watching tense scenes in My Little Pony.

...truth be told, so do I. Not because of the content, but because I am watching My. Little. Pony. And not just watching. Absorbing the content enough to answer any questions they have.

But I do it with a smile, because we all love what we love and try to teach that to our kids. Can't wait until they're old enough to tell them how much I loved them. Enough to willingly die a bit inside each time we had our marathon viewings.
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Posted 6/15/15

Llore wrote:

Sadly, I think I'll have to revisit my introduction to anime for my girls later in life. At 5 years of age, they get scared even watching tense scenes in My Little Pony.

...truth be told, so do I. Not because of the content, but because I am watching My. Little. Pony. And not just watching. Absorbing the content enough to answer any questions they have.

But I do it with a smile, because we all love what we love and try to teach that to our kids. Can't wait until they're old enough to tell them how much I loved them. Enough to willingly die a bit inside each time we had our marathon viewings.

I can see that. I mean, it depends on what you want to introduce them to. Something like Chi's Sweet Home is usually an easy one to sell to little kids. Also, it's adorable - and in short-form episodes, which might make it easier to keep attention and stop to explain things if they get scared/confused.

I have an almost 4 year old daughter - I've watched my share of My Little Pony. It's silly, mostly, and found some interesting references including...Big Lebowski characters in one episode I watched with my daughter.
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Posted 6/17/15
My kids have watched just about every movie that Studio Ghibli has produced (the youngest has not seen Princess Mononoke yet just due to the content...somewhat graphic for Ghibli). My older ones have seen Clannad (and after story) and Kannon, and my oldest is a big anime watcher now. My youngest I have also introduced to Aria (one of my favorites even with its slow pace). If someone in the house (well my son is 19 so he is somewhat of an exception, but he still asks about some titles) is interested in watching an anime they have to run it past me for approval

Generally with the amount of anime I have watched I usually have age appropriate suggestions (as well as titles to completely avoid) for my kids.
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I've started screening anime, after we were watching SAO and it went full on creepy sexual assault, now I go through every show I watch with her before we sit down together.

Still, I'd bet a lot of people would consider the shows we watch to be inappropriate, they do tend to be a bit violent but that includes discussions about the reasons for violence and how it is only for use defensively.
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Waldschatten wrote:

I've started screening anime, after we were watching SAO and it went full on creepy sexual assault, now I go through every show I watch with her before we sit down together.

Still, I'd bet a lot of people would consider the shows we watch to be inappropriate, they do tend to be a bit violent but that includes discussions about the reasons for violence and how it is only for use defensively.

I definitely get pre-screening shows before letting the kids watch it.

I think inappropriate depends on the kid, the parent, and the show. I wouldn't have my kids watch something super violent, because I know my children (ages 6, 4...and 13 months old, but they don't understand anything at that age) would be incredibly scared by it & have nightmares. I know my kids, I know what they can handle. I would, however, be comfortable with them playing some more violent fighting video games such as Soul Caliber. That's violence they can handle and understand without it getting too scary as opposed to some anime violence/actions.

I also tend to ensure we avoid anything overly sexual. I mean, my kids are really little and I don't really feel they need to be exposed to that. And by sexual - I mean actual displays of sex, overt discussions of sex, full on nudity, etc. That does not necessarily translate to have to do with the way people dress. Non-sexual displays of characters in clothes in less clothing does not necessarily mean I'd avoid having my kids watch the show.

Like I said, all of it depends on the kid & parents...
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My 4 year old daughter's unintended first exposure to anime was Ouran Host Club, which ended up coming on automatically after I fell asleep one night watching anime on Netflix. Middle of the night, I wake up, and my kiddo is next to me, watching OHC, fascinated. When she saw I was awake, she said, "What's this show with flowers and crazy screaming people? What's it called? I want to see more. Can we watch more?"
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Posted 11/29/15

NoxPerpetuo wrote:

My 4 year old daughter's unintended first exposure to anime was Ouran Host Club, which ended up coming on automatically after I fell asleep one night watching anime on Netflix. Middle of the night, I wake up, and my kiddo is next to me, watching OHC, fascinated. When she saw I was awake, she said, "What's this show with flowers and crazy screaming people? What's it called? I want to see more. Can we watch more?"

That's fun!

My son has gotten into the Disney-fied (Disney XD) version of Yo-Kai Watch lately. Anyone else's kids watching it?
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Anyone watching Shonen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan with their kids? It's a kid's show about a 1st grade boy and his pet seal, Goma-chan: http://www.crunchyroll.com/shonen-ashibe-go-go-goma-chan

I watched the first ep before showing it to my kids. I think they'll like it...also, I found the LL Cool J References in the closing song funny:
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I have not seen this one. What age range do you think it would be best for? I might have to check an episode or two out.
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Posted 4/18/16

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I have not seen this one. What age range do you think it would be best for? I might have to check an episode or two out.

The main character is a first grader and it's definitely aimed at younger kids. My 4 year old liked the first episode. It's definitely a younger kids show (<8, I'd guess).

But, that's just my 2¢. You can check out an episode and see for yourself, they're short so it's not bad.
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Thanks so much! It sounds like it might be targeted towards audiences younger than my own kids, but I may still check it out
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dramamama79 wrote:

Thanks so much! It sounds like it might be targeted towards audiences younger than my own kids, but I may still check it out :)

Fair enough. It's adorable & my kids are liking the show so far! Have to show them Episode 3 soon
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Posted 4/29/16 , edited 4/29/16

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dramamama79 wrote:

Thanks so much! It sounds like it might be targeted towards audiences younger than my own kids, but I may still check it out :)

Fair enough. It's adorable & my kids are liking the show so far! Have to show them Episode 3 soon


Are you watching any new shows yourself lately? I have checked out a few but not sure what else to look into now that I have actually completed a few series. Anything that might work well for young teenagers is always welcomed
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Are you watching any new shows yourself lately? I have checked out a few but not sure what else to look into now that I have actually completed a few series. Anything that might work well for young teenagers is always welcomed

Currently I'm watching 3 ongoing shows. The Goma-chan series I already mentioned, Crane Game Girls, and Ace Attorney. Ace Attorney is based heavily on the Ace Attorney game series using the plot from the games in the anime. Also making many, many references back to the games. For me, that's fun.

Crane Game Girls is a short-form anime about 3 girls told they could become idols, but first they need to work at an arcade and learn skills in crane games. Why? Because somehow statistics show that idols are better at crane games than the average person. What's actually happening is their concurrent crane game skills are being used to power a device which is saving the planet from asteroids! So...yea, the plot is a whole lot of nonsense, but it's cute and funny (and short).

How about you?
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I finally finished Fullmetal Alchemist and still watch Fairy Tail. I have a few new shows that are on the lighter side such as Haven't You Heard? I am Sakamoto that I am checking out. Sakamoto is hilarious!

It would be great to find something my 15 year old could enjoy. We have currently just been catching up on Studio Ghibli films we haven't seen. She hasn't been into much lately. I did just finish Princess Tutu that I thought she would like, but my 11 yr old ended up enjoying it so I let him watch haha.
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