Ever since my daughter was ten years old, she has been obsessed with Anime shows. For those that have no clue what that is, Anime are Japanese cartoon shows. Don’t let the term cartoons make you think that these are Saturday morning specials. They are a fun way for older teens to experience a different culture and explore something not quite mainstream in America. That’s why I had Keiran put together her 10 favorite anime on Netflix. How do I know they are her favorites? Because every time I log into Netflix, there is a bajillion Anime titles recommended for me to watch. Hope you like these titles, and hope you like the parent’s guide to anime included in each blurb. It’s an easy way to screen which shows might be appropriate for your kids.
Fairy Tail has a special place in Keiran’s heart because her very first Anime conference she got to meet her FAVORITE voice over actors Monica Rial and Todd Haberkorn. Both of them were in this cool anime.
Fairy Tail is the adventure of Lucy who’s off to join a magical guild, Fairy Tail. Along her journey, she meets up with interesting characters that she later learns are already members of Fairy Tail. As my son puts it, Fairy Tail is about “magical people kicking butt.” It’s a really fun show, but it does contain some minor swearing and violence. If you are worried about that, then I would check it out first. According to my kiddos, this show is pretty safe for kids 12 and up.
Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran High School Host Club is about a commoner girl, Haruhi Fujioka, that is attending Ouran High on scholarship. Learning the ropes in her strange new world, she runs into the Host Club, and quickly creates chaos after she breaks a nearly priceless vase. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Host club mistakes Haruhi for a guy and forces her to join the club to pay off her debt for breaking the vase. Kind of an awkward situation since the Host club is all guys that pride themselves on being the gentleman of Ouran High.
This is another one of Keiran’s favorite thanks to Monica and Todd. Things you need to know about as a parent, there are some cross dressing characters if that’s a worry for you. There’s also intermittent swearing, but it’s relatively free from violence. This one is one anime that I don’t mind my kids watching liberally after I saw the first episode. Still recommend it for 13+.
Soul Eater is a pretty cool anime show, but it’s one on the darker side. Soul Eater takes place at the DWMA (Death Weapon Meister Academy) in Death City, Nevada. Lord Death, aka the Grim Reaper, founded the academy in efforts to train the students to prevent the rebirth of Kishin. Each student is trying to capture 99 Kishin souls to get their weapon upgraded to a death weapon.
What do parents need to know? There is some blood in this show, not gory, but you know. Again some mild to moderate swearing and some blurry nudity. For this reason, I recommend this anime for 15+, and you should probably watch it first.
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan is a journey about saving the human race. Giant titans are attacking Earth and looking to stamp out the humanity. In order to survive, the humans have built a system of walls to protect themselves, and are able to live in peace for 100 years. Unfortuanetly, that peace comes to an end for Eren Jeager when titans breach the wall of his town and kill his mother.
Attack on Titan is an adventure packed anime. This show is subtitled on Netflix. Fair warning there is a lot of blood and violence, and there is mild to moderate swearing. I recommend it for 15+.
Vampire Knight is a tale that follows Yuki, the adopted daughter of a school headmaster. This isn’t any ordinary school. It’s a school where both humans and vampires learn. Separated by day and night schedules, it’s up to Yuki to keep the peace between the Vampire and the human students. That job isn’t as easy as it sounds. This anime follows her as she tries to keep order at the school while trying to figure out about her foggy past.
From what I’ve seen there is mild to no swearing in this anime, but there is some blood (um, hello, Vampires).
Noragami is about a god that is trying to become famous. He teams up with a human girl to try and gain followers and have at least one shrine to him. In order to get his groupies, he leaves his phone number for people to call when they are in need. Once summoned, he performs a service for a price. It’s this money that is going towards building his own self serving shrine. This anime follows their adventures and unlikely friendship.
There is some brief undressing scenes, mild language, and violence. Not one of the more questionable animes, but would recommend you watching an episode or two to get the general feel for it. Recommended for 14+.
FullMetal Alchemist follows the Elric brothers who dare to perform a forbidden magic to try and bring their dead mother back. In the process, one of the brothers loses his human form. This anime is their adventure to find the philosopher stone in attempts to restore the brother back to the way he was. They are trying to save him while there is a war raging on.
Parents, this one has blood (um, it’s war time), pretty heavy swearing, and not any nudity that we remembered. Definitely one for the older ones 16+.
Puella Magi Madaka Magica
Puella Magi Madaka Magica is one of the lighter animes on the list. In this anime, Kyubey tries to convince Madoka to become a magical girl in exchange for giving her a wish. These magical girls’ work to kill the witches. At first it seems like a great deal, but, after Homura tries to stop the contract, it becomes apparent Kyubey has a much darker plan.
This anime is pretty free from most major things. There is some animated violence, but not to far from a typical battle cartoon. This one I think is good for 13+.
Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online is a gamer’s dream, or is it? Thousands of people can’t wait to play this new online game until they find they can’t escape this virtual reality without beating the brutal 100 levels inside. This anime is a great one for gamers, but it just might make you think twice about whether reality is virtual or not.
This anime has some violence and blood and some mild to moderate swearing. My son Brenden says it’s one of his favorite online anime. Our family recommends it for ages 13+.
Death Note is a tale about a kid that just wants to rid the world of crime. It’s not until he discovers a notebook that kills anyone who’s name you write in the book that things get interesting. Seems like a perfect plan to get rid of criminals until chaos ensues.
The summary gives you a good idea about the subject of this anime. Death’s a pretty heavy topic so I would recommend it only for 15+.
There you have it! Our favorite anime on Netflix! Watchcing anime has really brought a lot to my daughter’s life. She’s really developed a love for the Japanese culture, and she’s even taken to teaching herself Japanese. Having said that, there are definitely some cultural differences between American cartoons and Anime. If you arent’ sure, always take the time to stream a few episodes of Anime on Netflix.
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Regarding your guide on sword art online, i recommend it for 16 and up. There are a few “sexual” scenes in it, including a girl fully undressing. The worst possible is where the girl is sexually harassed by two slug people. But if sexuality isnt really a problem for you, thats fine. I still recommend you watch it first. Im 15, so i kinda dont want younger kids to watch it and think what happens is ok. Please reply.
Ash Sears says
Cameron. thanks for the tip! We did our best to screen as many episodes as we could. We always appreciate feedback!