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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