Suggested Anime for Children

Many parents and older anime fans get asked this question, “What anime would you recommended for my child?”  This is one of those tricky questions and it’s an easy answer to say to go by the age rating that is on anime series now, but even then, it’s tricky.

If you prefer to go by ratings or just want to know ratings of a series, we have the ratings listed next to our Anime of the Week shows, http://hras.studiojab.com/anime-of-the-week/.  You can also visit http://myanimelist.net/ and type in the name of the show in the search block to find information as well as ratings on a show.

The majority of Anime and Manga series are geared for preteens and teens. It’s mainly for young adults and older. A lot of series have the characters at the ages of 12-16 years old and it’s easier for children of this age range to relate to characters of their same age. An easier way to remember it is that most anime/manga is set for young adults who are in middle school and high school.

Our members have compiled a list to help you out with those decisions!  We also have included the age rating on our Anime of the Week series to also aid you in your research. This will be a guide to help out parents and guardians who are not familiar with anime, but the kids are, and find a way to get them introduced to the fandom in a better way instead of throwing them right into the fanservice and such.

Here are some suggested anime series for children in the age ranges of 5/6 to 11/12 years of age.  A lot of it depends on their maturity level as well. Many of these series are great for all ages.

  • Pokemon – Geat for all ages! 
  • Digimon
  • Hamtaro
  • Hello Kitty
  • A Little Snow Fairy Sugar
  • Card Captor Sakura (original Japanese version) or Cardcaptors (English Version with lots of story edited out)
  • Tokyo Mew Mew
  • Magical Do-Re-Mi
  • Angelic Layer
  • Zoids
  • Yu-gi-oh
  • Beyblade
  • Astro Boy
  • Kimba, the white lion
  • Gigantor
  • Smile Precure
  • Gundam SD (super deformed)
  • Voltron
  • Dragonball, Dragonball Z, Dragonball GT – more for pre-teens to teens
  • Blue Dragon
  • School Rumble – ok for all ages, but does have a love triangle going but nothing more than crushes
  • Hetalia – more for pre-teens to teens; has history and stereo types of the countries
  • Azumanga Daioh – more for pre-teens, but kids can watch also. It has a character that has a lesbian crush and it’s very ambiguous.
  • Squid Girl – more for pre-teens
  • Kaleido Star – more for pre-teens
  • Magic Knights Rayearth – more for pre-teens
  • Ah! My Goddess – more for pre-teens to teens; some sexual content with other Goddesses and Demons flaunting what they’ve got
  • Full Moon- more for pre-teens
  • Sailor Moon – Good for mature pre-teens, but recommended more for teens. In original Japanese version, 2 of the female characters are actually lesbians. It all depends on how comfortable you and your children are with this subject.
  • Naruto – geared more towards teens
  • Bleach – geared more towards teens
  • Little Nemo (adventures in slumberland movie)
  • Taro the Dragon Boy
  • Miyazaki Films / Studio Ghibili, which most are put out by Disney here in the USA, so you know how that goes. They are great family films for all to enjoy.  Titles such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Secret World of Arietty, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, Whisper of the Heart, Porco Rosso, and The Cat Next Door are all great ones. Pom Poko is more for teens due to certain aspects of the characters.
  • Puss N’ Boots –  There is a beautiful 1969 adaptation of “Puss N’ Boots” that was so successful, the title character is now the symbol for Toei Animation. It’s very much like the Disney fairy tale films. Miyazaki also had his hand in the animation direction of that film and even drew its manga adaptation.:>
  • Summer Wars – great family film and is highly recommended for all to watch
  • Majority of the stuff from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s are great for kids to watch.  Most anime back then did not have heavy adult themes or content.  They highest rating most of them ever reached was PG-13.

Our article was originally published Dec 2012-Feb 2013.

An article that was published on Anime News Network 11/26/14 – http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2014-11-26/japanese-film-pros-ranked-their-top-movies-to-show-kids-with-ghibli-titles-sweeping-the-top-3/.81484

If there are more series that should be added to this list, please post in our forums and share your thoughts. We will add them to this list.

Article Contributors: Christy-chan, James I.,

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