March 09, 2012

Kid-friendly anime

Aziz needs recommendations for kid-friendly anime to show his girls, ages four and nine.

Read the requirements before you do a title-dump, OK? Seems like every time I ever see anyone ask for recommendations, they get handed a huge list of titles which directly violate the requirements. Ever eager to help, people simply list every title they've ever heard of, whether it makes sense or not.

So, for instance, it's true that Puella Magi Madoka Magica features young protagonists, has a life lesson, and induces a sense of wonder. But it ain't a kid's show, is it? So don't list that one.

I suggested Shingu but I'm not actually sure it would be a good choice, especially for the 4 year old. The story is just too complex for a little kid to keep up with.

I thought about suggesting Ichigo Mashimaro, but there's no life lesson, and no sense of wonder. That's pretty much the case for any gag series, I think.

And I'm sure he doesn't want to show Naruto to his kids. Or Gundam Wing. Or Evangelion.

Seems like Azumanga Daioh is marginal. Chiyo-chan could be the identification-character for his daughters, and though it's a gag series it does have a long term sense of progress, and the characters do change. (At least some of them, Sakaki-san and Chiyo-chan mostly.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in linky at 10:57 AM | Comments (9) | Add Comment
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1 Shame there's no Yotsuba anime; that would be perfect.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 09, 2012 05:27 PM (PiXy!)

2 Naruto would be great for the 9-year-old, but not for the 4-year-old.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at March 09, 2012 06:04 PM (5OBKC)

3 I proposed AzuDai before I finished reading your post.  Whoops.

Pixy has the right of it with Yotsuba, though.  What sort of demands could Kiyohiko Azuma be making???

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 09, 2012 08:30 PM (Ds9fh)

4 I understand that he doesn't want it to be made into an anime in the first place.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 09, 2012 09:13 PM (PiXy!)


I have a suspicion he's a bit like Waterson. He doesn't want vast wealth, and he doesn't want the hassle. Having been through the production process once, he doesn't seem to want to go through it again.

It's his choice; we have to respect it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 09, 2012 10:54 PM (+rSRq)

6 Respect it, yes.  Believe it's wrong and pray every night that he comes to his senses, also yes.

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 09, 2012 11:13 PM (Ds9fh)

7 Tell you what, every time I get a new volume of Yotsuba&! I am flat-out amazed at the artwork.

Having made my own silly attempts at drawing manga I can see how much work has gone into just about everything.  The guy hardly uses any screentone; just about everything is drawn!

I vote for "hope and pray he comes to his senses" too.

Posted by: atomic_fungus at March 10, 2012 03:18 AM (si27V)

8 I suggest Ultra Maniac. It's pretty light, there's magic, inanity, and save for one scene with an over eager butler, there's nothing scary about it. Tried and tested with my daughters, who were about 8 and 6 at the time. The show's maybe 4 or 5 years old now, but it'll hold up well enough.

Posted by: scotaku at March 10, 2012 06:17 AM (qr1SC)

9 Don't tell me, tell him!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 10, 2012 10:14 AM (+rSRq)

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