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Posted 6/19/17
I am not sure of the worst than can happen in this specific case. We usually want to put strange or stressful events out of the picture to avoid kids having negative feelings or reactions, and in the aftermath, put it into context to alleviate their feelings from a painful confusion. That being said, I agree with the notions that some parents need to be proactive, and anime isn't an entirely a child friendly media, if Family Guy and such didn't make it clear cartoons weren't capable of inappropriateness.

On the other hand, I am not sure there is anything that needs to be done. While studies show aggressive media can make the easily influenced or already aggressive more "aggressive", it should also be noted that Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.

A nice reminder to said parents may be nice, but you are right, it comes off as a moral pissing contest.

But I have no problem with teenage manga in libraries, although the cultural differences are quite high in terms of what is PG-13.
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Ultimately it is up to parents to decide what they want to let their kids watch/read until they're old enough to leave home, but I don't think that means we can't be concerned about our society and how it treats these things, or be concerned about what particular kids are getting into, particularly if their parents don't know (As others have mentioned, many people simply aren't aware that manga and anime are by no means all for kids). Porn, whatever form it's in, has some scary effects on the brain (as in, not only able to be seen through surveys of viewpoints and behaviors, but in brain scans), and kids aren't mature enough to be informed about all the consequences and implications of those kinds of things. Violence in media also has its own problems, and while certainly the world is cruel and sometimes hard decisions have to be made and violence committed in order to protect others, it's still something we should be careful of, especially for young kids who can't necessarily understand the weight of those things and the general unacceptableness of violence as a solution. So, I would definitely support some attention being paid to what we put in libraries that are specifically built for kids and youths, and encouraging parents to have some idea of what their children are getting into. Yes, kids these days will probably find some exposure to these things anyways, but that doesn't mean we can't do what we can to limit it and/or discuss the issues associated with such things with them. I won't pretend to know at what age it would be okay for a kid to watch/read a particular series or thing--it probably depends on the kid to some extent, as kids mature at different rates--but I don't think that precludes a discussion on general guidelines and discussions about these issues.
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Posted 6/20/17

CronoT wrote:

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Would you bat an eye if a 12yo. boy was watching AoT or reading TG? I was watching serious horror movies at that age and earlier.

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Nogara-san wrote:

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.


I wouldn't want them watching SAO or WD either, but just because they're terrible.
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MadeDragon wrote:


CronoT wrote:

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Would you bat an eye if a 12yo. boy was watching AoT or reading TG? I was watching serious horror movies at that age and earlier.



The gender of the child would make no difference in my concern. I laid it out as it all happened, then provided my viewpoint. It's called responsible journalism. I didn't try to affect anyone's opinion. I presented my own, then waited. I would have torn apart any purposely obnoxious redponses, but none came up.
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To think; in the Victorian era and earlier, it was common practice for fathers to take their 12 year-old boys to a brothel, for their "first time." Nevermind that; we have child soldiers today. Honestly, I'm not worried about kids reading things like AoT and such, especially given how tame they are in comparison to many other manga. I'd be more concerned with something akin to "Wolf Guy," which has multiple chapters of non-stop, graphic gang rape. Still, we live in an awfully cushy society, if manga is alarming.
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Really, I would be more concerned about Tokyo Ghoul, because it's terrible.
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Posted 6/20/17

CronoT wrote:

The gender of the child would make no difference in my concern. I laid it out as it all happened, then provided my viewpoint. It's called responsible journalism. I didn't try to affect anyone's opinion. I presented my own, then waited. I would have torn apart any purposely obnoxious redponses, but none came up.


It's interesting what people consider "age appropriate". As far as I can tell, it reflects their own experience more than anything else. I'd personally be far more comfortable with a twelve year old watching AoT than Tsugumomo, for example.
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