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Welcome to our top 50 recommendations for anime for kids! 

As every fan knows, anime is a pretty versatile medium, but it has gained a reputation for being a little... mature. It’s not uncommon to see some scantily clad ladies and barely censored fan service, with a dash of gore here and there — and that’s fine if you’re an adult who has no problem with that. 

But if you’re looking for more kid-friendly anime for your children or younger siblings, you’ll probably want to opt for safer options, and that’s what we’re here for!

Children’s anime is a unique educational adventure for kids that introduces them to new ideas, situations, and so much knowledge about Japanese culture. But as you surely know, kids can be pretty picky about their entertainment time. They tend to gravitate toward cartoons that feature characters their age and appeal to their interests. 

So, you’ll be happy to know there’s a whole world of family-friendly anime out there that is just as magical and exciting as their more adult-targeted counterparts, just with a decidedly lighter tone! 

Children and younger teenagers deserve to discover the greatest anime Japan has to offer, so you’ll have to suggest some good series. To make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best anime for kids. But don’t think they won’t be as exciting or well-made just because they’re kid-friendly. 

Whether you’re looking for an anime for 10-year-olds or a good show for teenagers, these titles are packed with action, humor, and heart, making them just as enjoyable for adults as they are for kids. And with so many great titles to choose from on our anime shows list, you’re sure to find one family anime you’ll love watching together!

#1

A Silent Voice

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2016 | 2h 10m 

Based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Oima, A Silent Voice follows a former bully turned outcast who decides to reconnect and befriend the deaf girl he had tormented when he was a kid. The movie weaves themes like disability, bullying, social alienation, and the pursuit of redemption. A Silent Voice is a little gem among anime movies and deserves all its recognition!

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Definitely not for kids, but is a tearjerker. Loved every second of this beautiful movie. ❤️

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Pokémon

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1997-Present | 1000+ episodes


Oh, this is such a classic anime for kids! Pokémon follows Ash Ketchum, who sets out on a journey through the beautiful region of Kanto, determined to fulfill his dream of becoming the greatest Pokémon trainer of all time. The show has spawned several sequels and spin-offs over the years, but they all share the same basic premise — the main character wants to get strong enough to beat the greatest trainers and become the champion. Ready to catch ’em all?

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#3

Spirited Away

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2001 | 2h 5m 


Here we are with Hayao Miyazaki’s classic anime movie, where a young girl finds herself lost in a world of spirits. This classic film is the first and only Japanese movie to receive an Oscar award for Best Animated Feature. For many years, Spirited Away held the title of the highest-grossing film in Japanese history, earning over $395 million globally. However, this record was broken by Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, released in 2020.

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Oooh one of my favorites! It might be scary for some smaller kids, but overall it's very good! I recommend!

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#4

Chi's Sweet Home

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2008-2009 | 208 episodes


Chi’s Sweet Home is a lovely anime about a kitten who gets separated from her mother and siblings during a walk outside. She gets adopted by a kid and his family, despite their housing complex’s strict no-pets policy. The story is told through Chi’s eyes as she learns about the world through her new family, people, and other pets.

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Is There Any Kid Friendly Anime?

Of course! Plenty of kid-friendly anime series are suitable for children of all ages. Even kids under ten years of age can watch these shows. They have colorful visuals, simple storylines, and positive themes, making them an excellent choice for young anime fans. These anime often emphasize friendship, teamwork, and the value of perseverance, making them not only enjoyable but also educational for children. 

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Some well-loved examples of kid-friendly anime include Pokémon, where young trainers embark on adventures with their beloved creatures, the heartwarming, sentimental masterpiece My Neighbor Totoro by Studio Ghibli, and the timeless Doraemon, featuring a helpful robotic cat from the future. 

These shows will provide your kids with a safe and enjoyable introduction to the world of anime for kids.

#5

Hikaru No Go

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2001-2003 | 75 episodes

 

A young boy, Hikaru Shindo, accidentally awakens the spirit of a deceased Go prodigy while exploring his grandfather’s shed. This ghost, Fujiwara-no-Sai, still harbors aspirations of achieving the “Kami no Itte,” a perfect move in the Go game, and chooses to aid Hikaru in developing his Go skills. In case you don’t know, Go is believed to be the oldest board game ever, still played to the present day by more than 20 million people worldwide.

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Silver Spoon

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2013-2014 | 22 episodes


Silver Spoon is the story of Yuugo Hachiken, a city boy who relocates to a rural area to attend an agricultural high school and escape the strained relationship with his parents. He has no idea what’s in store, but he soon realizes this isn’t just any ordinary school year. The series is based on a manga by Hiromu Arakawa, creator of Fullmetal Alchemist. Although it may not be as popular as other shows on this list, it’s worth checking out!

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Glitter Force

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2012-2013 | 48 episodes

 

When a kingdom where characters from fairy tales reside is attacked by the evil Pierrot, the Queen sends the messenger Candy to Earth to form a group of five magical girls. The series follows the team’s birth and the girls’ adventures as they battle their enemies, collect powerful tokens, and grow their abilities to try and save the kingdom.

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Doraemon

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1979-Present | +2000 episodes


Doraemon’s plot revolves around the life of Nobita, who is frequently bullied by other kids. Despite his best efforts, he often finds himself in trouble, resulting in Doraemon, a cat from the future, saving the day using his futuristic gadgets. The show tackles themes relevant to childhood — most episodes introduce moral lessons, teaching the importance of taking responsibility for your actions, as well as showing the negative effects of bad habits, like neglecting one’s studies or resorting to violence to solve problems.

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Doraemon runs even now. Every Friday two new episodes plus a movie every year.

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What Anime Are Suitable For 10-Year-Olds?

Whether you’re looking for an anime for 10-year-olds or anime for 12-year-olds, these series will deliver a mix of entertainment and age-appropriate lessons:

  • Digimon Adventure: Similar to Pokémon, this series features a group of children who partner with digital creatures to save their world.
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service: Another Studio Ghibli gem. This film follows a young witch as she navigates life, responsibility, and friendship.
  • Star Twinkle Pretty Cure: A magical girl anime that promotes teamwork and self-confidence as young girls transform into heroes to save the universe.
  • Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness: This series combines humor and martial arts adventures.
  • Dragon Ball Z: This anime is suitable for older kids and teenagers. It features powerful martial arts battles and adventures.
#9

Flying Witch

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2016 | 12 episodes


Flying Witch is a slow-paced, slice-of-life anime about a young witch named Makoto Kowata who moves in with some relatives after living on her own for most of her life. This family-friendly anime has plenty of heartwarming moments and some of the most adorable characters ever to grace anime screens. It also features delicious food scenes that will satisfy any food lover and breathtaking landscapes to leave you in awe!

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Haikyuu!!

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2014-2020 | 85 episodes


This series falls into the spokon genre, a type of anime focused on sports and competition. Haikyuu!! follows a high school student, Shouyo Hinata, and his journey to becoming a professional volleyball player. It’s not the easiest dream considering Hinata is pretty short for a volleyball player, but his impressive determination and ability to jump higher than most of the other characters balance it perfectly. When he meets his new teammate Kageyama Tobio, the tyrannical but talented setter who defeated him in middle school, his dream begins to feel a little more achievable. Two anime movies have been announced in 2022 and will serve as the series finale.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Eh, this one may be aimed towards a slightly older audience. Has some language and stuff but it’s definitely a good anime.

#11

Sailor Moon

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1992-1997 | 200 episodes

 

One of the most emblematic examples of the majokko genre — focused on young girls with magical powers — and a great representation of the emotional maturation of a careless teenager with a heart of gold, Usagi. The series chronicles the adventures and growth of five schoolgirls reborn as the incarnations of princesses with powerful abilities.

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Snow White With The Red Hair

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2015-2016 | 24 episodes

 

Shirayuki, always taught to hide her unusual red hair from the world, is noticed by Prince Raji, who wants to make her a concubine. With nowhere to go, she flees to another kingdom, where she meets Prince Zen. It’s the beginning of a new life at the royal palace of Clarines! A refreshing fantasy story about a cheerful heroine and a prince who cannot help but fall in love with her.

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This was a good anime, it's definitely for kids maybe 10+.

What Are The Big Three in Anime?

The Big Three is a term used to describe the three most popular anime of all time that have gained worldwide popularity and have a massive fan following:

Naruto

Naruto is a ramen-loving ninja with big dreams and an even bigger appetite. He’s got a spirit as fiery as his bright orange jumpsuit. This show follows his quest to become Hokage (the top ninja in the village). Naruto’s journey from an underdog to a hero is a wild rollercoaster ride you won’t want to miss!

One Piece

One Piece is a pirate-filled odyssey that follows the adventures of pirate Monkey D. Luffy. Luffy’s not just after treasure; he’s hunting for the ultimate treasure, the One Piece! He’s got a motley crew, including a sharpshooter, a swordsman, and a ship’s cook with a serious nosebleed issue. This anime is full of epic battles, laughs, and the search for adventure on the high seas.

Bleach

This show is for the older teen audience. Bleach follows the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, a teenager who can see ghosts. One day, he gains the powers of a Soul Reaper and is tasked with protecting the living world from evil spirits. It’s a ghostly adventure like no other!

#13

Tamako Market

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2013 | 12 episodes


Tamako Market is a sweet and heartwarming anime that follows the daily life of Tamako, a cheerful and clumsy girl who works in her parents’ mochi (sweet rice cake) shop in a busy shopping district. Along with her friends, family, and a diverse cast of characters, Tamako navigates the ups and downs of growing up, all while maintaining her love for mochi and her strong sense of community. With its lovable characters, lighthearted storytelling, and wholesome themes, Tamako Market is an ideal choice for viewers looking for a feel-good anime.

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#14

ReLife

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2016 | 13 episodes


ReLIFE follows the life of 27-year-old Arata Kaizaki, who is given a chance to relive his high school years through a mysterious program called “ReLIFE.” With the help of a pill that makes him look like a 17-year-old student, Arata returns to high school, where he tries to figure out what went wrong in his life. The series explores themes of growth and coming of age, making it a touching and inspiring anime for teenagers.

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this was a good show. I liked the notification tone, that everyone's phone's made. I actually recorded it myself to use.

#15

Sweetness And Lightning

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2016 | 12 episodes

 

Sweetness and Lightning is a heartwarming anime about a teacher and single father named Kouhei, who is struggling to raise his daughter, Tsumugi, after the loss of his wife. When one of his students convinces him to try cooking for the first time, Kouhei and Tsumugi discover the joys of homemade meals, and their bond becomes stronger than ever.

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K-On!

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2009-2010 | 39 episodes


K-On! is a slice-of-life comedy anime that follows the lives of four teenagers (later five) as they join their school’s music club to keep it from disbanding. Join Yui, Mio, Ritsu, Tsumugi, and Azusa as they navigate high school and make memories that will last a lifetime! With a mix of humor, sweet moments, and an infectious soundtrack, K-On! is a must-watch for fans of the genre and those looking for a lighthearted and enjoyable show.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It’s a good anime there’s also a movie (also a good first anime)

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What Is A Kid-Friendly Anime On Netflix?

Netflix offers a variety of anime for kids. Check out these current anime titles on Netflix for Kids:

  • Spirited Away
  • Molang
  • Whisper of the Heart
  • Howl’s Moving Castle 
  • Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop
  • The Cat Returns
  • Child of the Kamiari Month
  • Ponyo
  • Only Yesterday
  • Stand By Me, Doraemon
#18

Your Name

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2016 | 1h 47m 

 


If you’re an active member of the anime community, there’s a 100% chance that you’ve heard about this movie. It follows a high school boy from Tokyo and a high school girl from the Japanese countryside who suddenly and inexplicably begin to swap bodies and live each other’s lives. This is the perfect anime for teenagers and has everything you can look for — outstanding graphics, a catchy soundtrack, and a breathtaking plot.

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#19

My Neighbor Totoro

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1988 | 1h 26m


Produced by Studio Ghibli, My Neighbor Totoro follows two sisters as they move to the countryside to stay with their sick mother and then meet the magical spirits who live in the nearby forest. It’s not only a classic of Japanese animation, but the movie is also partially autobiographical. When Hayao Miyazaki and his brothers were children, their mother suffered from spinal tuberculosis for years and spent much of her time hospitalized. He once said the movie would have been too painful for him to make if the two protagonists were boys instead of girls.

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#20

How To Keep A Mummy

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2018 | 12 episodes

 

The last gift Sora Kashiwagi ever expected to receive from his adventurous father was… a mummy! Not the scary type, though — Mii-kun is so adorable and is tiny enough to fit in the palm of a hand! As he struggles to look after this miniature creature, Sora discovers the joys of caring for someone and the challenges that come with it. With a cast of quirky characters, this anime will surely leave kids and adults smiling!

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#21

Laid-Back Camp

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2018-Present | 25 episodes


Laid-Back Camp, also known as Yuru Camp, is the epitome of slow, outdoor adventures. We get introduced to a group of girls who explore the stunning landscapes of Japan’s countryside and discover the joys of spending time in nature. With breathtaking visuals and a slow-paced, calming atmosphere, Laid-Back Camp is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A third season has been announced.

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This sounds like a great one to watch when experiencing sensory overload

#22

Howl’s Moving Castle

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2004 | 1h 59m 

 

This is one of Studio Ghibli’s most beloved films and for a good reason. The story follows Sophie, a teenage girl who spends time at her late father’s hat shop. After meeting Howl, a powerful wizard, she ends up cursed by a witch to look like an old woman. Howl will use all his talent to return Sophie to her former youth and beauty.

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The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you watch this, be sure to watch The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, then The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan.

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Dr. Stone

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2019- Present | 35+ episodes

 

A mysterious flash petrifies all of humanity, and everybody spends the upcoming 3,700 years as stones. A fifteen-year-old prodigy named Senku Ishigami is able to revive himself and finds other living humans in hopes of starting a new society. And that’s what you need to know! The series is full of interesting factual information on chemistry and engineering (come on, it’s always nice to learn something new!), memorable characters, and most of all, tons of fun.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really liked this series. Plus, you could learn something!

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Magic Knight Rayearth

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The ending of S1 is very sad. And S2 deals with the lingering remorse and grief after S1. Therefore I would recommend for only 10 and above.

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Yu-Gi-Oh!

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1998 | 27 episodes 


The very first series from the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, and an ideal watch for teenagers. Yugi Mutou is a shy boy who has finally completed his grandfather’s ancient Millennium Puzzle. Little did he realize that the puzzle unleashed an alter ego who challenges anyone who hurts Yugi to dangerous games. The Shadow Games reveal the true nature of someone’s heart, and the losers are often subjected to dark punishments. The author initially wanted to make Yu-Gi-Oh! a horror anime and, despite the change of plan, some horror aspects still influenced the story as we know it.

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the card game was more popular with most of my friends, when we were kids. especially this 1 kid, who's parents didn't let him watch it, he even kept his card deck hidden.

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Clannad

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2007-2008 | 24 episodes 

 

The rebel student Tomoya Okazaki and the shy girl Nagisa Furukawa couldn’t be more different. Treated like a delinquent by everyone, Tomoya’s fateful meeting with Nagisa will change everything. Tomoya begins to open up, enjoying and appreciating life so much more. It’s widely considered one of the best anime series of the 2000s.

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Izumi Curtis
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great, but do not let teens near After Story. I won’t spoil, but it deals with grief and trauma in a very heartbreaking and adult way.

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#35

The Swiss Family Robinson: Flone Of The Mysterious Island

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Log Horizon

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7 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This should be way higher!! A very clever and interesting storyline and great characters, it's my favourite anime and my 11-year-old sister loves it too! There is one character who says somewhat inappropriate things but other than that it's not sexual at all and violence is very rarely graphic

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#37

Ascendance Of A Bookworm

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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Uhhhh….. yeah once again, maybe for older middle schoolers? Deals with some slightly more adult topics.

#39

The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K.

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2016 | 120 episodes

 

Saiki Kusuo is a student with strong psychic powers who hates attracting attention. Yet, he’s surrounded by colorful characters who always find a way to remove him from his ordinary life. It may sound like a cliché plot with high school students having funny adventures in their daily lives, but trust us when we say this anime is everything but ordinary!

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My Love Story!!

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Mob Psycho 100

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2016-2022 | 37 episodes


A series worth watching! Mob Psycho 100 follows the story of Shigeyo Kageyama — a pretty average schoolboy with a lack of presence. Although he looks like a meek person, he’s actually a powerful esper with vast psychic abilities. A train of miseries follows Shigeyo and his suppressed emotions threaten to unleash his hidden powers, but he meets other espers right at the tipping point. The series was praised for its unusual visual style, character story, and the concepts of heroism and society. The third season aired in 2022.

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A Place Further Than The Universe

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it was one of the first anime i ever watched but there is a scene where the four girls were having a bath together no nudity or anything but some parents might not like this.

#44

Those Snow White Notes

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Black Clover

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2017-2021 | 170 episodes 


Asta is a boy who lives in a world where seemingly everyone has a magic power but him. One day, Asta gains a powerful grimoire and sets out to become the next Wizard King despite having no magic in him. In January 2021, Crunchyroll revealed that Black Clover was its most-watched series of 2020, and if that’s not a quantifier for an excellent watch, we don’t know what is!

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Toradora!

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2008-2009 | 25 episodes


Who would have thought that one of the best romance anime of all time would be a story about a tiger and a dragon? If you’re looking for a teenager-targeted love anime that combines humor, romance, and sheer hilarity, then Toradora! is the show for you. Ryuuji may look like a criminal with his sharp eyes and intimidating aura, but he’s actually a nice guy. On the other hand, Taiga is a tiny, doll-like student with a foul temper and an even fouler mouth. When their lives become intertwined, they decide to help each other out in order to pursue their own romantic interests.

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd say for middle schoolers, it's a romance to difficult to understand for small children

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is quite a dramatic anime, I dont think young children should see it.

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