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What should I know about anime and manga?

Manga -- highly stylized Japanese comics -- and anime -- cartoons of the same style -- are pretty popular with kids. Nearly all manga and anime feature characters with large, rounded eyes, and they cover a wide range of genres, from action-adventure to science fiction to romance.

The stories often feature aspects of Japanese culture, such as martial arts, nature, and early Japanese art and history. They also can feature strong female characters, metaphysical events, and a Godzilla-like monster. The books, video games, TV shows, and movies in this style are designed for a wide range of ages. The stories are often serialized, and kids enjoy waiting for the next installment.

Manga and anime have a long, revered history in Japan, but it's important to make sure that what your kid is reading, playing, and watching is appropriate for her age. She'll get much more out of it and will avoid some of the more mature topics manga and anime can include. Learn more about picking the right comics for your kid and how comics can foster a love of reading.

Here are some lists to check out:

Anime TV for Teens and Tweens

Graphic Novel Recommendations

Best Anime Movies

Studio Ghibli Movies

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Kid, 11 years old

Okay, I am a HUGE fan of anime, and my favorites are Naruto and Pokemon. The first anime I started watching was Pokemon, and it's awesome. The first manga I started reading was Naruto, and at the same time I also watched the anime adaption. I also started watching My Hero Academia recently.
Adult written by vivianchan07

I'm not a parent but a adult anime viewer. There are many anime titles but you have to research. There are some anime titles that can be seen as innocent or sweet but beware it is not as it seems. There are some anime that kids may see like Hamtaro, Pokemon, Digimon,Doremon,Detective Connan and Studio Ghibli Films. Please research.
Teen, 15 years old written by Zeus3256

Honestly, you should just research the anime/manga you read beforehand, and watch it based on your maturity. I watched AoT and MHA at 12, Death note and TG at 13, and they didn't faze me. However, some anime are not meant for kids, berserk comes to mind as one, HellSing, Kill la kill, and others too. TL;DR: Research the stuff you read/watch before you do so
Teen, 13 years old written by edgelord

I once saw an ad about the Saiyan Arc in full color in my manga, and it said all ages. *Insert Goku with blood streaming down his face*
Teen, 16 years old written by jb18

Anime and manga are awesome. I have a whole bookshelf of volumes from various manga. I've been watching anime for years. Of course there's going to be some questionable content. You can find something questionable in just about anything these days. Many anime and manga are quite violent - but there's usually more blood in manga than anime. Anime usually tones it down a bit. I'm not fazed by violence, but if your kid doesn't like violence of any sort or blood, they shouldn't read or watch most fighting manga or anime. For kids who are 13+, Attack on Titan, Black Butler, Black Clover, and My Hero Academia are fine if they're into fantasy, action, or superpowers. More mature ones like Tokyo Ghoul and Death Note really depend on how mature your kid is and if they can handle creepy things. I'd say they're 15+ish. I was 14 when I read Tokyo Ghoul and watched Death Note. If you're a fan of romance and comedy, I really recommend Ouran High School Host Club. I'm a huge fan of this series, I have all 18 volumes. Fruits Basket is also a good one. Yuri on Ice!!! is another one of my favorites, but I'd say it's 13 or 14+. It's way more flirtatious than others, and has a lot of gay/nudity (you can't see anything, it covers everything). Any 18+ shows like Kill la Kill, Kabeneri, etc. stay away from. On Netflix, Code Geass is listed as 14+, but don't be fooled. It's honestly one of the most disturbing I've ever watched, with the "protagonist", Lelouch, becoming more and more antagonistic throughout the series, killing off his siblings one by one without any remorse. It made me sick. Danganronpa is very popular, and should be fine for 12+, it's a little psychopathic though. If you're a fan of SPORTS!!!! This is my favorite, these are almost everything I read and watch. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend for anyone 12+, The Prince of Tennis, Ace of Diamond, Kuroko's Basketball, Tsurune, Free! Iwatobi Swim Club, Yowamushi Pedal, All Out, Try Knights, The Knight in the Area, Days, and HAIKYU!!! I love these so muchhhh!!!! I'm a fan of Run with the Wind for any track people. Chihayafuru was very good as well. Even dancing sports mangas such as Welcome to the Ballroom! I liked the cooking anime and manga Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma! which is a little more mature, maybe 14 or 15+. These are my top 10 recommendations for 13+: 1. Ouran High School Host Club 2. Haikyu!! 3. Kuroko's Basketball 4. Yuri!!! On Ice 5. Black Clover 6. My Hero Academia 7. Bleach 8. Tsurune 9. All Out 10. Run with the Wind It's really up to you! I recommend looking it up and reading a bit about it before you jump on in...I was shocked a few times...ahem Code Geass... I hoped this really helped!
Teen, 13 years old written by Annapolisblueberry

Hehe... when you start to watch Food Wars and you think that it's just going to be an innocent show about making food like Haikyuu is to volleyball or something. *facepalms* Yare yare daze... Good review, by the way.
Teen, 13 years old written by Valkyrie512b

Okay to start off with anime/manga are not all made for kids. Actually there are many manga and anime that kids shouldn't be watching if they aren't mature enough. Though the art style makes the characters mainly look innocent. I started watching anime when I was five (Pokemon) and now recently I have been watching many others (not Pokemon got to hard to follow.) Some are crushingly sad while others make me laugh outright. It's always good to do a little research before you start watching an anime or reading a manga that way you know what you're getting into. If you're a kid/teen/or tween talk to your parent. I know a few who haven't, trust me it's better that they know. If you're confused about something you have someone to talk to. If you're just starting to read manga or watch anime I think (personal opinion) you should try out sub first. If it gets to hard to follow switch to dub. Some shows I watch in dub and some I watch in sub. Here are a couple good starter anime/manga: Himounto ! Umaru -Chan, Black Butler, My Hero Academia, Violet Evergarden, Love live. If you're more mature try Satsuriku no Tenshi, Sword Art Online, Madoka Magica, or Danganronpa . These are just some... if you find another it's great you found your thing! I could probably keep rambling a lot of others but I don't want to take up your time :)
Teen, 17 years old written by Abyss Watcher

If there is one thing I'd like to mention about anime, it's that it likes to hit you square in the feels more than other forms of media do. Even shows that seem to aim for a younger audience can and will do this. That isn't to say that they are inappropriate, merely that they can be crushingly sad. The most I've ever cried at a piece of media goes to a certain death from Clannad I won't mention. Talk to your kids about this stuff.
Teen, 13 years old written by LilyLia

The first ever Manga I got my hands on was a Pokemon manga when I was eight. Since then I have been obsessed with anime/manga. Anime caters to all ages, eg: Pokemon, 6+ Tokyo Ghoul 14-15+ (I've seen it and read it.) Personally stay away from hentai, It will stain your eyes. Oh and if you tell anyone you like anime/manga and they don't like it get prepared to get bullied, I get bullied all the time at school for even bringing manga to school and reading it. Anyway just check the classification on the manga/anime.
Teen, 13 years old written by edgelord

Anime is seen as geeky and nerdy in today's society but in some other places like my own school even have a club dedicated to anime and the library has manga in it
Teen, 13 years old written by mastershuu

I know I am 13, but I am pretty mature for my age, but don't let that change your opinion. I have seen all types of anime and I know how they all affect people. So I am a pretty good source:) So I think anime is a really generic word. Anime is just an animated show in the Japanese culture. There is a lot of different types of anime. (hentai, sci-fi, slice of life,horror,romance,comedy) I personally stay away from any romance that is MA. They tend to be very sexual. If your kid is interested in one, you should probably watch it first. Anime's that I like such as Death Note, Tokyo Ghoul, Attack On Titian, Black Butler, etc have excellent plots, but they have a lot of violence. For me, violence does not bother me. It really just depends on your kid. CERTAIN anime's such as Tokyo ghoul:re, Yuri On Ice, The Tyrant Who Falls In Love, etc have a lot of gay/sexual stuff. And definitely stay away from harem/eticchi/hentai anime's. Those are really inappropriate. Not even adults should watch it. I really think for ages 8-10 Wakfu, Pokemon, anything Studio Ghibli ( Japanese Disney) ,(maybe Naruto for the more mature) are pretty safe bets. For teens I recommend Full Metal Alchemist, Sword Art Online, My Hero Academia. For more mature/older teens Ouran High school Host Club, Assassination Classroom, Tokyo Ghoul, Death Note, Hunter x Hunter, Fruit Basket, and so on. Although there is many anime's for all ages, it is mostly aimed for older ages such as mature teens+. I recommend being able to discuss the morals and topics because some can be very controversial and change you opinion on a lot of things. I really hoped this helped:)
Teen, 17 years old written by Niconiiiii

While games like Corpse Party, Doki Doki, Danganronpa are geared more towards older people, there are games and shows great for all ages! I recommend Love Live! It is an anime and a game about music. Some fun manga for older kids (11 ish) is the series “Didn’t I tell you to make my abilities average in the next life?” Because it is so quirky and fun! I hoped this helped
Teen, 14 years old written by FourEyes

As a person who has watched anime almost my entire life (started at around 3-4 years old), I think you should know that anime can differ very much from one series to the next. People think all anime is the same, but it's not. There are all sorts of genres like romance, action, mystery, and many more. If your child is starting to get into anime, please monitor them. While some anime can be kid friendly (ex:Doreamon, Youkai Watch, Barakamon [maybe], etc.), others can be quite inappropriate (ex:Elfen Lied, Corpse Party,Ajin,Boku No Pico [don't you dare look this up],etc.). Some can also be watched by tweens/teens (ex:Pandora Hearts, Katekyo Hitman Reborn, Mushishi, Madoka Magika [if your little kid comes up and says that they're watching this, try not to let them get past episode 2 or 3.], Karneval, Kuroshitsuji, xxxHolic [despite the name, it has nothing to do with any xxx stuff.], Hamatora, Danganronpa:The Animation [more for teens], etc.) So while I find anime to be quite amazing and diverse, please monitor your kids if they do watch it.
Adult written by Sandra D..

Some anime are really good for kids. I let my daughters watch one called Hetalia (which is a bit of a ridiculous show about personified countries whose episodes are five to eight minutes long) at the end of eighth grade. It didn't have much of an effect on the younger, but on the elder, it was pronounced. She and her best friend went DEEP into the fandom and while it was a little irritating at times, she displayed an interest in the global community, geography, and history that I had never seen out of her. It influenced her decision to apply for the nearby IB magnet program- and her newfound appreciation for the world outside of America helped her to get admitted.
Teen, 13 years old written by Girlteen13

Honestly, this is helpful, but I mean anime and manga is a hard topic to discuss when it comes to being inappropriate. I haven't read much manga, but I'm watched a ton of different animes. I don't think violence is something to really worry about, I mean, it's up to the child to decide if it's scary not the parent. Because, violence isn't technically inappropriate, I mean maybe the gory stuff could be but it's just the child should decide if he/she isn't terrified of the scenes. But, I do understand why a parent may be concerned. I watch more of the drama, fantasy, slice of life animes like Your Lie In April and Beyond The Boundary which don't have violence but do have romance that can lead to dirty jokes and actions mwant for amusment ( Which I don't find amusing much) In conclusion, really you just need to be mature and deicde if the anime is of your style. There are so many genres and types of animes out there.
Teen, 14 years old written by superkijker

Hey, I've basically been watching anime/reading manga for a couple of years now, and I don't think my parents really care. They know it may be gory, but they also trust me not to watch stuff I will have nightmares about. I don't think age matters, there are anime for all kinds of ages. I think that if you say you don't like anime, you simply haven't tried watching or you haven't found the right one. There are so many genres, not just for kids, which is a common misconception. I don't think Tokyo ghoul for example is recommended for children, and not only because of the violence. That is not to say anime can't be enjoyed by children, there are dozens of good examples that children will like, I did when I was a kid (7-8 years old) as well. I have to say, if you have trouble deciding which anime is suitable for your kids to watch, keep in mind that sometimes, a mature 10-year old is more suited to watch (eg) Tokyo ghoul than an immature 14-year old.
Teen, 13 years old written by animeheart7

i'm just about to go 14 and i have watched over 250 anime's. i have seen some very violent anime's such as another , attack on titan, elfen lied,future diary and many more but i do not think this should put kids and teens our age of of anime. there are different types of genres and for that every genre u chooses u are going to get what genre u pick such as if u pick a anime that's a romance and a slice of life then u are most likely going to get a bit of romance with a more real setting if u all know what i mean. yes some anime's are not for younger ones but eventualy they will find stuff like that and there is nothing we can do about it. for younger kids i would suggest stuff that inspires kids like sports and adventure and stuff that fill there imagination. there is nothing wrong with a good fight every now and then as long as it is not over the top so don't sheeled young kids away from it too much because its those unfoggetabl fights thats make the show more intersting and brings the whole show to life it also teatches kids not to give up even when things are ruff. so in retrospect let kids watch more of a variaty but not too over the top if ya get what i mean.
Teen, 16 years old written by Will6897

I have seen animes like Tokyo Ghoul or Parasyte The Maxim, believe me, they are not for kids, i can recommend some anime for kids: Avatar The Air Bender Legend Of Korra Boruto Next Generations (Naruto, Naruto Shippuden, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z ARE NOT FOR KIDS! They are too strong for them, if you let them because you havent seen them, search in youtube "'The Anime You want' Gore Scenes").
Teen, 14 years old written by plyinglocket5

In the review it states that kids are waiting for the next seasons. As someone who has read manga such as Tokyo Ghoul and Attack on Titan , waiting to buy Another and watched Attack on Titan I can tell parents this: don't just let your kids watch or read every type of anime and manga without checking the age rating. Don't show your 10 year old child anime and manga such as Tokyo Ghoul or Another as they can be extremely violent. Tokyo Ghoul is about ghouls who live as humans but they eat humans and at some points cannibalisation of other Ghouls is shown as well as loss of limbs and violent mutilation scenes, while Attack on Titan (as I mentioned earlier) is about humanity hiding in 50 foot walls and being attacked by titans ranging from 3,4,7,15 and finally a 60 foot titan, and finally there is Another which, from what I've read and seen, is about a curse in a school where the students and teachers end up dying. If you check somewhere on youtube you can find some clips from these anime series so check them to make sure its alright for your teenage kid to watch. Do not let any children under the age of about fourteen watch or read any of these I just listed. The first time I bought manga it was Tokyo Ghoul and it says on the back of the book that it is for older teens, so is Attack on Titan and Another, so, and I repeat, DO NOT LET CHILDREN WATCH THE SERIES I JUST LISTED. Spoilers ahead for Another so continue reading if you don't care. In one of the scenes during the form period of the day, the curse takes over Class 3-3's homeroom teacher. Mr. Kubodera, and so he takes a knife out if his duffel bag and proceeds to stab himself in the neck, which cause him to spew blood over most of the class while his is still pressing the knife into his neck. For those who want to watch this here is the link that you will probably have to copy into the search bar This will take you to a video of the scene I have been talking about and show you that anime is not aimed at children. some of them are like Pokemon but the majority of anime and manga ranges from young teen to older teens to adult. I hope this review will help you so you will actually check the back of the book or the DVD the next time you are in a bookstore, DVD store or CEX so you don't introduce you child to the extremely violent extent of anime and manga.
Teen, 15 years old written by wizardortitan

I wish you guys reviewed more anime since no other parental site does. It's hard for parents to get information about the constant new titles coming out that are streaming online.
Adult written by Hainesama123

Common Sense Media, I think you should stay away from reviewing anime and manga because most of the reviews you give out are heavily biased and it doesn't seem like you watch the shows thoroughly (Example: Yu-Gi-Oh!) You guys are probably the reason why parents don't allow their kids to watch anime or read manga.
Teen, 13 years old written by SubaruNatsuki

It's important to watch or research the anime before letting certain children view it. Sensitive topics are easily shown in some anime due to the cultural differences between the United States and Japan. When it comes to certain anime, Yu-Gi-Oh for example, the subbed version is a lot more inappropriate than the dubbed version, so that should be kept in mind too. When letting your child read manga, you can easily view the age rating on the back. Sometimes, it includes why it's rated this way. When you learn more about anime and manga, it really is an incredible form of media and can teach your child a lot about many different things. For young children, popular anime I would personally recommend seeing are: Pokemon, Digimon, Hamtaro, Chi's Sweet Home, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Doraemon. For tweens: One Piece, Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, Haikyuu!!, Ouran High School Host Club, Fruits Basket, Black Cat, Naruto and Bakuman. And finally, for teens: Angel Beats!, Attack On Titan, Death Note, Sword Art Online, Bleach, and Gintama. If you, as a parent, are looking for a more mature anime series for you or even your child: Code Geass, Monster, Berserk and Neon Genesis Evangelion would be good and popular choices.
Teen, 14 years old written by TheChocolateQueen

I personally like anime and manga. They have strong female characters, example Sailor Moon was the first show that presents a all female superhero cast. In anime you have different stories that you won't really see in american TV shows. You can learn a bit of Japanese culture by watching anime or reading manga. NOW THE THINGS THAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW: Anime can be fun but sometimes a bit inappropriate if your kids are not the right age. It might be a cartoon but sometimes there is some nudity and inappropriate language like Hell, Crap, Asshole or Jackass. Sometimes anime can tackle serious topics, example: divorce. If your kid is 7 years old Introduce them to Pokémon or Sailor Moon. If your kid is about 12 or 13 years old introduce them to shows like: Soul Eater, Fairy tail or FullMetalAchemist. But in the end anime or manga is something decided by how mature the kid is. The show that I mentioned are reviewed on this site.
Kid, 11 years old

I mean it depends on what manga/anime your thinking about. For example a "starter" anime would be something like Pokemon. Then Salior Moon would be a choice for tweens/teens. I would suggest in your free time to watch a few episodes of the anime or pick up the manga in the library before allowing your children to read it. Also it depends on how mature the child is,like if a child acts extremly in-mature do you really think anime will help ? My parents are very picky so i can only watch certaint animes and read certaint mangas.