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Anime Recommendations for Kids (all ages, 6+, 10+)

These are anime recommendations for all ages, slightly older kids, and preteens. By the time a kid's thirteen, you should really just let them explore anime on their own and find their comfort zone/what they like. I highly encourage you to look further then this small list! Look at shows that other people recommend tied to these shows on Anime Planet, check out IMDb Parents Guides for different shows, etc.
1 Amanchu!

Amanchu!

A heartwarming show about friendship and facing fears. I remember one use of mild language and one reference to breasts in the whole show. Very clean. Younger audiences might not appreciate the slow pace.

TV-PG. Subtitled only.

Recommended age group: 10+

2 Azumanga Daioh

Azumanga Daioh

I showed my little sister who absolutely despises most anime Azumanga Daioh when she was about six. She quite enjoyed it, referring to it as the "cake for you" anime. (That's just a random lyric in the OP.)

However, there is some occasional mild language, alcohol use, and innuendo/references to breast size among high school girls that might be objectionable for below preteen age. I know of at least one parent who watched the show with her young daughter and simply talked very loudly over some parts.

TV-PG.

Suggested age group: 10+ (can be fudged depending on your tolerance for mild language/innuendo)

3 Bananya

Bananya

Though this is subtitled-only, you don't even have to be able to read to enjoy it! I showed my cousin's eight month old baby Bananya. He seemed quite engrossed in some parts. You can also read it to slightly older toddlers/preschoolers like a storybook if you wish, or use it to practice reading with them. (Check out this adorable video of a toddler practicing her reading with the show! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSoxmB-Asok)

TV-Y

Recommended age group: All ages

4 Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptor Sakura is largely considered to be one of the best shoujo anime of all time, in part due to how fun and engaging it remains throughout its entire 70-episode run. This is definitely one to consider if you want something that'll keep a kid entertained for a long time.

The uncut version of the show (please do not show your children, or anybody who isn't masochistic the Cardcaptors version) does deal with some taboo relationships, including a teacher-student relationship and some same-sex couples, which may or may not be problematic for some parents. It's handled very innocently, but still worth noting.

TV-PG

Recommended age group: 6+ with parental guidance or 10+

5 Chi's Sweet Home

Chi's Sweet Home

An adorable series of shorts about a cat's daily adventures/mischief.

TV-Y. Subtitled only.

Recommended age group: All ages

6 Chihayafuru

Chihayafuru

Chihayafuru is not only an exceptional sports anime about an uncommon sport, but it's also exceptional in how it presents its main female protagonist: her gender isn't really presented as an issue at all. No one ever says "She's good...for a girl." or anything along those lines. Her opponents simply see her as a fellow opponent.

Some infrequent mild language and innuendo is present; one recap episode goes as far as to use a crude slang term for breasts, though this is an isolated incident.

TV-PG.

Recommended age group: 10+

7 Cross Game

Cross Game

Another exceptionally strong sports show, this time revolving around baseball. The drama and romance may not hold the attention of young children, but preteens will likely enjoy it.

TV-G. Subtitled only.

Recommended age group: 10+

8 Deltora Quest

Deltora Quest

I watched this when I was younger on The Hub channel (R.I.P.) Will surely captivate boys and girls who enjoy fantasy stories. There's also a series of children's books that the series was based off of you can get them into. There is some mild fantasy violence, including the brief presence of blood, but that just comes with the genre.

TV-Y7

Recommended age group: 6+

9 Digimon Season 1: Digital Monsters

Digimon Season 1: Digital Monsters

Some people have falsely accused the Digimon franchise of being nothing but a cheap Pokemon knockoff. The truth is that Digimon has a lot more substance to it - we get to know a group of children along with their lives outside of the Digimon battles. Different seasons have varying levels of quality, with Tamers usually being considered the best - though it's also the darkest.

TV-Y7.

Recommended age group: 6+

10 Doraemon (2005)

Doraemon (2005)

This title is quite popular in Japan and has started to take off in English-speaking territories after finally getting a dub from Disney. Kids love the wacky antics that Doraemon and Noby get into. There's a bit of mild peril, but nothing violent or bawdy.

TV-Y7

Recommended audience: All ages

11 Flying Witch

Flying Witch

Flying Witch is a very pleasant and wholesome slice of life show with a magical twist. The only objectionable content is that the older sister, a legal adult, is seen drinking/with a flushed face on occasion.

TV-PG.

Recommended age group: 6+

12 Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei is a very unique anime story and a fine introduction into Yoshitoshi ABe's work. It's a tale of friendship, discovering oneself, and forgiving yourself for your shortcomings. 

There is some infrequent mild language, depiction of adult smoking, and young children may be slightly scared by Rakka growing wings in the first episode. (It's a painful process, but it's not gruesome.)

Rated TV-14 by Funimation, but could easily be TV-PG.

Recommended age group: 10+

13 Hamtaro

Hamtaro

"Well...they are kind of cute." -TOM, Toonami

An adorable show that younger audiences will eat up.

TV-Y.

Suggested age group: All ages

14 Kemono Friends

Kemono Friends

Despite originally being aimed at otaku, this charming and educational slice of life with a slight post-apocalyptic flair is sure to appeal to kids - to the point that they reaired it in a children's timeslot due to its success on TV Tokyo and other stations. There is some mild fantasy violence/threat that might scare the youngest of viewers, but most of the show is entirely harmless.

TV-Y7. Subtitled only.

Recommended age group: 6+

15 Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service

A charming Ghibli film that at its heart is about a young girl maturing, confronting her fears, and finding her passion in life. There is some very mild threat, but everything is quickly resolved, and it shouldn't disturb even the youngest of viewers.

Officially rated G by the MPAA.

Recommended age group: All ages

16 Little Witch Academia TV

Little Witch Academia TV

Studio Trigger's only kid-friendly work as of this writing; this captivating fantasy show is sure to appeal to kids with its strong main cast and entertaining story. (You can show kids the OVAs, but they might get confused when the story jumps back for the series.) There is some mild fantasy violence and infrequent mild language in the dub.

TV-Y7.

Recommended age group: 6+

17 My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

A masterpiece when it comes to anime that just make you feel good. Kids are sure to love Totoro!

Officially rated G by the MPAA.

Recommended age group: All ages

18 Nichijou: My Ordinary Life

Nichijou: My Ordinary Life

This unique anime comedy will likely appeal to kids with its dynamic cast of characters and random sense of humor. Many of them are likely to quickly find a favorite character/one that they can see themselves in.

Though it is cleaner than a lot of comedy anime (to the point that it was rebroadcast on Japan's equivalent of PBS), there is some infrequent mild language, innuendo (one character draws yaoi and tries her best to hide it, though it's never directly referred to nor is anything explicit seen), and references to alcohol use.

Rated TV-14 by Funimation, but could easily be TV-PG. Subtitled only.

Recommended age group: 10+

19 Oban Star-Racers

Oban Star-Racers

Beautiful animation, futuristic racing, love triangles...there's something in this for everybody. You may recognize the title from the show's underappreciated/often forgotten run on Toon Disney in the US.

TV-Y7.

Recommended age group: 6+

20 Pom Poko

Pom Poko

One of Ghibli's most underappreciated films, with some amazingly animated sequences that'll stick you for a long time as well as a strong message about protecting the environment. There is some mild violence and innuendo (tanuki are known for their large testicles, which Disney does try to clean up a little bit in the English dub by referring to them as "raccoon pouches").

Officially rated PG by the MPAA for "violence, scary images and thematic elements".

Suggested age group: 10+

21 Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

One of my first and favorite anime movies. Ponyo is a beautifully animated and adorable tale of a young girl's love and how it helps her father overcome his prejudice. There is some very mild peril, but it shouldn't frighten even the youngest of children.

Officially rated G by the MPAA.

Recommended age group: All ages

22 Princess Tutu

Princess Tutu

A perfect example of "don't judge an anime by its title/cover". This is a surprisingly dark fairy tale that boys and girls will both enjoy. It's a bit too dark for younger children, and there's also some mild language, but preteens will eat it up for being edgier/darker than a Disney fairy tale.

Rated TV-14 by Sentai Filmworks, but could be TV-PG.

Recommended age group: 10+

23 Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon is a classic for a reason! The show took off with young girls (and boys!) around the world due to its unique charm. The uncut version of the show does contain some mild language, innuendo, taboo relationships, and slightly darker scenes/moments of peril. It's all in a sustained, preteen-friendly way though. (Please do not dig up the old edited version; it hasn't aged well.)

TV-PG.

Recommended age group: 10+

24 Sgt. Frog

Sgt. Frog

Another anime I showed to my anime-hating sister that she loved. This hilarious comedy with lovable characters is sure to become a family favorite. It's a bit on the borderline for being on this list, especially with Funimation's dub adding a bit of bleeped swearing and bawdy innuendo for comedic effect. Skip the English dubbed version of episode 18, "Wet Hot Beaches!", with young kids.

TV-PG.

Recommended age group: 10+

25 Sonic X

Sonic X

This was a show I grew up on. Is it very good? No, not really. But it's still entertaining for young kids, especially those who are familiar with Sonic games.

The original Japanese version does have a few instances of swearing in English that come out of nowhere, but other then that nothing objectionable.

Recommended age group: 6+

26 Spirited Away

Spirited Away

The only anime to ever win an Oscar - Miyazaki managed to captivate a worldwide audience with Spirited Away. However, the overall atmosphere of the movie, as well as the presence of some disturbing creatures/scenes (such as a dragon almost bleeding to death) may be too much for younger children.

Officially rated PG by the MPAA for "some scary moments".

Recommended age group: 6+ with parental guidance or 10+

27 The Boy and the Beast

The Boy and the Beast

Mamoru Hosoda tells a beautifully animated story about family, a theme he sure enjoys. The fantasy world and action is sure to captivate children. There is some mild fantasy violence and language, but it's actually tamer than Summer Wars, which got a PG (this is a PG-13 for some reason).

Officially rated PG-13 by the MPAA for "some violence", but could easily be PG.

Recommended age group: 10+

28 There She Is!!

There She Is!!

A series of cute Web animations about the taboo romance between a cat and a rabbit. Kids are sure to love it, especially girls.

Recommended age group: All ages

29 The Secret World of Arrietty

The Secret World of Arrietty

A nice movie for anyone familiar with "The Borrowers". Has a good amount of heart and great animation, as expected for Ghibli.

Officially rated G by the MPAA.

Recommended age group: All ages

30 Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time

Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time

A very funny gag comedy that kids are sure to love about a boy who recurringly gets away with doing amazingly distracting things in class, distracting the poor girl next to him who wants her best to be a good student! Watched this at an anime club - everyone was laughing. I remember some infrequent mild language and innuendo in the sub.

Rated TV-14 by Sentai Filmworks, but could easily be TV-PG.

Recommended age group: 10+

31 Youkai Watch

Youkai Watch

Youkai Watch, much like Digimon, has been falsely accused of being a Pokemon ripoff. It has its own unique charm to it, with its focus on Japanese yokai folklore as well as slightly cruder sense of humor. (Nothing truly objectionable; just some occasional jokes about farts and butts that young kids love.)

TV-Y7

Recommended age group: 6+

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