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So, I was at Church today, & sitting in the Congregation Area after the Sermon ended, I overheard a young girl talking about Attack on Titan. She also pulled a Tokyo Ghoul large manga volume out of her bag. So, I asked her how old she was. She told me she was twelve. I was SO TEMPTED to ask where her parents were, to make sure they knew about the kinds of manga & anime their daughter was getting into. But, I held my peace, because I didn't want to expect a pissing match in Church.

That leads into the topic I wanted to discuss: I'm seeing more & more teen & even mature aged manga in middle & elementary school libraries. I'm not a prude by any means, but I really don't think that stuff like Attack on Titan & other mature stuff should be that easily accessible by children.

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When I was 9, all the kids in my class were watching R-rated horror movies and made fun of me for not wanting to watch them (and I still don't watch horror movies, and most people still make fun of me for it, but I don't find them entertaining, and it's stupid to do something you don't like just because people make fun of you for not doing it).

So I don't think it's anything new, or unique to anime. I do think, though, that saying it about that particular kid with anime would make it look like it's unique to anime, which is not something that anime's reputation needs, even though all the kids in her class are probably watching the Saw movies.

On whether it's good or not - this isn't my opinion, it's a scientific fact - people are born with their brains being able to recognize and accept anything. That acceptance become limited, over time, by what they're exposed to. So, this is the science behind the concept that children are impressionable. Children don't think anything is weird unless adults hide it from them - whether intentionally, e.g. "adult" content, or because it's something the parents themselves don't know about, e.g. some style of music that's virtually absent in their part of the world.

As for whether it's good or not... well, modern violent media is a replacement for things like public executions and gladiator battles that previous eras used to watch. People today tell themselves they're so much more civilized - their great grandparents liked watching real people get killed (from a long distance, maybe once a month), while they only like to watch the murder of fictional characters (up close, in lushly rendered, gory detail, multiple times a day).

Either way, most people probably wouldn't be there if it weren't considered normal. But... unless people actually become a whole lot more intelligent than they are now, enjoying violence in some form or another will likely stay normal. I don't think it's a good thing, but it blaming it on anime would only make the problem worse.

Because Attack on Titan has a lot more going for it in other areas than live-action media.
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I don't really see any problem with a 12 year old reading Attack on Titan. 12 really isn't that young, and AoT really isn't that objectionable.
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My biggest concern is just that parents know what's going on with their child and the media they are consuming. In general I do feel that there is content appropriate for certain ages (or, more specifically, maturity levels) but what is good for what child should be a decision involving the parent and the child not me as an outside observer.

I grew up watching some fairly violent media and playing things like the original Mortal Kombat, but I did so with my parents knowing full well what I was up to. Heck, they would often watch or play with me.
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This is indeed a topic for debate...

What is appropriate What society tolerates for the youth, what parents tolerate
I believe there are parents out there who are not so involve in their kids when they are almost teens.

Taking about anime at church... Tokyo Ghoul manga at church. By the time that preteen becomes a teen, church or religion doesn't mean anything anymore not unless someone dies in the family.

Well this is a challenge for parents.



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Attack on Titan is a shonen manga...it's for 12 year olds. Plus, it's really none of your business what someone else's kid is interested in.
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CronoT wrote:

So, I was at Church today, & sitting in the Congregation Area after the Sermon ended, I overheard a young girl talking about Attack on Titan. She also pulled a Tokyo Ghoul large manga volume out of her bag. So, I asked her how old she was. She told me she was twelve. I was SO TEMPTED to ask where her parents were, to make sure they knew about the kinds of manga & anime their daughter was getting into. But, I held my peace, because I didn't want to expect a pissing match in Church.

That leads into the topic I wanted to discuss: I'm seeing more & more teen & even mature aged manga in middle & elementary school libraries. I'm not a prude by any means, but I really don't think that stuff like Attack on Titan & other mature stuff should be that easily accessible by children.

Opinions...?


I've never read the AoT manga and I've only seen the first season so far, but when you got tweens watching things like GoT or Walking Dead, AoT or SAO or TG are probably nothing. But I'd probably would leave those titles more for high school

Elementary School though? No way would I want AoT be carried. There's plenty of nonviolent manga that's out there that a library can get for kids.
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SirBacon24 wrote:

Attack on Titan is a shonen manga...it's for 12 year olds. Plus, it's really none of your business what someone else's kid is interested in.


Honestly, this pretty much. I mean, my mom let me watch certain things that I probably shouldn't have when I was younger....

Each parent is different.
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With media exposure being what it is, there is no longer any such thing as an innocent twelve year old. I will never understand this desire to revert to some Waltons~style puritanism. It wasn't until a few centuries ago that average life expectancy barely exceeded thirty. Let us not concern ourselves with one (cool) youth's media preferences
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LavenderMintRose wrote:

When I was 9, all the kids in my class were watching R-rated horror movies and made fun of me for not wanting to watch them (and I still don't watch horror movies, and most people still make fun of me for it, but I don't find them entertaining, and it's stupid to do something you don't like just because people make fun of you for not doing it).


When I worked at a summer camp, there was that one kid who was always bragging about playing M rated games and watching R rated movies.

Reality is, he was just watching his cousin play and looking up trailers on youtube.

Freaking kids man.


To get back on topic, there are plenty of things to like about Tokyo Ghoul and AoT that don't involve the gore and if kids can enjoy the series because of them, more power to them.
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why are you trying to get a 12yr old grounded?
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This is a free country (...or so they say) I wouldn't give a crap if my 8 year old son (DISCLAIMER: I don't have children, nor do I plan to have any!) watched Death Note or Sword Art Online as long as he isn't influenced by them...just my opinion
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I personally just leave it to the parents who (ideally) know their kid best. Watching Attack on Titan can't be as bad as being a child soldier at least.

The most important thing is that the parents should have a general idea of what media their kids are consuming and discuss with reason why they would not want them to watch something if they do oppose something.
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i teach 3-6 year olds and they all watch superhero movies and star wars so i think a 12 year old with AoT isn't too bad. That said I think the parents at least need to know what their children are reading.

although i had a friend who bought her 15-year old friend the first vol of AoT, which he liked, but then his mom told my friend not to get him anymore of that manga. now that's kinda ridiculous
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I was in a Books A Million with a friend and they put all manga in the children's section. Two of the more objectionable ones I saw were Dance in the Vampire Bund and Monster Masume. Those, in my mind, really probably don't need to be accessible to children. As for shonen manga, Naruto was marketed to that group and at some point Jiraya gets his throat caved in, Zabuza gets impaled by dozens of sharp objects, and the list of gory deaths goes on between the original and shipudden arcs. Gore, at least in my mind, is a bit more ethical.
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