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So I sitting around today, not doing much, and a random question popped into my head, relating to anime. I have a 2 year-old niece and she's going to have a baby brother this year. So I was thinking about what anime/japananifilm I would want to show her when she's a little older. And to clarify, KID-FRIENDLY anime. I'm not going to be that one smartass uncle who will say to his sister, "Hey, I just got done watching Boku no Pico with your kid." So then my mind went from thinking of showing my niece into what anime shows I'd show my children-when I have children--if I have children. My question for you guys is, what anime would you show your future child? Or your current child, if you have one.
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I'm never having brats of any kind, human or otherwise, and my nephew is too young to watch anything yet.

But with partners, I tend to have them watch Air, and I watch them bawl like babies. (myanimelist.net/anime/101)
I'm fairly certain that Air is kid-friendly, aside from complicated subjects like death and abandonment.
I suppose in that way, it would be considered educational. Otherwise it's fairly cute and lighthearted.

Some other shows that might work would be Sweetness & Lightning, and maybe Lull In The Sea?
I think they'd have to be seven or older to be able to follow plots, though, unless particularly sharp.
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Outside of the obvious ones like Ghibli, Love Live is the first that comes to mind. There are good messages there plus I'm sure even the younger kids would like the singing and dancing.

Flying Witch and Non Non Biyori are two other great choices, though Flying Witch may be a little slow for the really young audience.
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I don't care if my "kids" see non kid friendly anime.

I wouldn't show them anime about gender confused boys, however.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhod 100%. I'd show it to them at the age of 14-15.

Also, Dragon Ball Z Because every kid needs to have DBZ in their lives
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For a boy, I would start with some of the young shonen anime. For example, the early seasons of Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh.

For a girl, I don't really know. I would probably start with some of the magical girls shows, such as Sailor Moon.
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My daughter watches some anime.

She loved Totoro when she was really young. Watched it dozens of times and memorized the opening song in Japanese. She also liked Kiki's Delivery Service.

Now a little older she watches One Piece and she really got into it. She watched a couple seasons of Pretty Cure and some other magical girl show but I haven't seen her watch those for a while now. I also showed her Chi's Sweet Home which we watched but didn't finish.
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If I ever have kids they're watching School Days when they start middle school
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I'm not planning on having children, but if I was, I'd definitely be showing them Inuyasha and Wolf Children. Of course, that would be when they're around 10 or 11. SAO is pretty good too (definite bias there) but there is some really messed up stuff in that show, and by the time they're watching anime on their own they've probably already been influenced.
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I'm just gonna recommend you the anime I loved as a kid.
This is stuff I watched around the ages of 10-13
It's gonna be super old, but dang, this is what shaped me as a person. I don't know if my kids will be receptive to it, but heck, I'm gonna give them the opportunity to watch this.

Keroro Gunso is a fairly kid friendly one. It's a hilarious slice of life about a bunch of frog aliens living in japan after failing to take over. tbh I don't remember this very clearly at all, only that I loved it and watched like 200 episodes of it somehow.
A good, more recent anime in this sort of vein would probably be Nichijou. It's not as marketable, but it's incredibly funny. The humor is really simple, and easy for even kids to follow. Pranks may follow though.

For action shows, Konjiki no Gash Bell was the show that made the most impact on me. It's about 100 demon kids being sent to earth to fight for the right to be king. The main character is a happy go lucky boy who doesn't want to be king at all. However, he soon realizes that if he doesn't step up to the task of protecting both the human and demon world, someone else might take the crown and destroy everything, and resolves to fight for the sake of peace.
It taught me what responsibility and cooperation really meant. As good as the life lessons were though, it was also really funny. There were a lot of silly songs and boob jokes, and the character designs were crude but memorable. The laughs were good, the fights were good, and it's a show that still sneaks back up on me to this day.

And for things that are just plain good with kids, I loved Digimon Tamers. My aunt had a vhs with the whole season on it somehow, and I watched it again and again. It had a good balance of fun and darker elements to it. There were fights with cute and cool monsters, but there were also stories about family dynamics, about living by your ideals while still being realistic, about dealing with friends and depression and other things that sometimes kid's shows tend to shy away from.
My favorite thing about that show, was that there was an adult who was a bad guy at first. Not a villain kind of bad guy, but just like, on the other team. And when he was defeated, humiliated, and lost his job, instead of becoming hellbent on revenge like I thought he was going to be, he changed. He thought about the situation, and admitted he was wrong and the kids were right. And then he gathered up all his resources to help them.
That was something really powerful to see as a kid. When you struggle with getting adults to take you seriously and listen to you, it was really moving to see an adult in fiction do the opposite.
Digimon's kind of faded out since those glory days, but Pokemon is still strong. The new Sun and Moon season is pretty great, and the animation is delightfully bouncy. Pokemon probably will still be around when the kids are older too haha. That'll be a good one to show them.

And it might be too late by the time I have kids, but I'd like them to watch Boruto. Like many, I dropped it part way through Shippuden, but Naruto did make a big impact on me as a kid. Seeing him grow up as I grew up was incredible. He grew up too fast though lol. Now I have to catch up.

I really miss shows like this. I'm not actually watching the shows targeted at kids though, so maybe they are still making stuff like this. Maybe the corocoro stuff is as important to kids now as these shows were to me years ago. But shows that had a great narrative and identity and were still targeted at kids seem rare now.
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My oldest nephew really loves Toriko, we've watched all the English dubbed episodes several times and I still find it sad that for whatever reason they stopped dubbing about halfway through the series. Some other anime we have watched together are:

- Sailor Moon (both new and old)
- Kiki's Delivery Service
- Porco Rocco
- Ponyo
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5 Ds
- Pokemon XY and the Indigo League
- Monster Rancher

Right now I am looking for some more dubs we would both have some interest in (beside other Studio Ghibli movies). Though I do wish some older shows I grew up on were more accessible in English dub as I think he would really like some of those. I was thinking we would try Legend of the Legendary Heroes or One Piece next. I tried Naruto with him, but it didn't seem to hold his interest much.
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I think Totoro, Ponyo and Spirited Away might be good for little ones. CardCaptor Sakura, Chi, Sailor Moon and early shonen stuff like Naruto and Bleach would be okay for tweens

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mainstream tv series:

Shugo Chara!
Aikatsu!
Precure (except for Doki doki)
Pretty Rhythm: Aurora Dream
Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live
Pretty Rhythm: Paradise

Shugo Chara is about Amu, a female main character who helps people overcome their fears and insecurities, which is personalized by what is called a "bad egg".
Aikatsu! is pretty much the leading shoujo idol series. Aikatsu and Pretty Rhythm are actually "sister" series so to-speak: they're both from Ciao magazine (a magazine who's main audience is the younger female demographics)

Precure is a hero series, but all-female main cast. as you'd expect, they're (supposed to be) role-models for younger kids.

when she's a little older:
Non Non Biyori (slice of life in a farm)
Kiniro mosaic (slice of life featuring Japanese culture through humor)

Yu-Gi-Oh! has some dark elements, and appeals more to guys than girls
Spirited Away...that pig transformation scene was pretty disturbing. not too sure i'd recommend for younger kids because of it.
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Posted 4/22/17 , edited 4/22/17
I would show some classics: Speed Racer (despite Chimchim and Sprittle) and Space Battleship Yamato. so they get a look at how anime evolved. And in the teens: Maris the Chojo since it pokes fun at EVERYTHING and was the first anime (that I know of) with anime bloopers.

EDIT: Oh and Ranma 1/2 too!
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