7 Of The Most Appropriate Anime For 13 Year Old Boys

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What kind of anime does a 13 year old boy like?

Shows with blood, gore or violence?

Romance shows with mellow vibes?

Or your typical Shounen series?

The truth is: nobody has the same interests. 

So while keeping that in mind, I’ll share a range of appropriate anime shows for 13-year-old boys. Based on my own experiences and deep knowledge of the anime community.

So you can decide (if you’re a parent or older sibling) if it’s worth them watching it.

Or if YOU as a 13-year-old would consider watching it.


1. Tanaka-Kun Is Always Listless

7 Of The Most Appropriate Anime For 13 Year Old Boys

What makes Tanaka Kun appropriate for a 13 year old boy?

  • No stupid fan service.
  • No foul language or inappropriate words.
  • No Ecchi elements or sexual, explicit references.

What Tanaka Kun DOES offer is:

  • A lazy main character who’s always seen with his practical best friend.
  • Each episode brings you something fresh, and takes it time. Without rushing the plot.
  • A new character is introduced every few episodes or so. Adding to the humor and unique feel of the anime.
  • A relaxed vibe to help you relax, and even send you off to sleep if watching at night.

If it’s a favorite of mine, and can be watched by ALL ages. Even with your own family.


2. Flying Witch

7 Of The Most Appropriate Anime For 13 Year Old Boys

What makes Flying Witch appropriate?

  • Avoids perverted nonsense some anime shows are culprits of.
  • All characters are represented in a realistic way. And there’s no exaggerations whatsoever.
  • Fan-service isn’t a thing here. And the camera angles aren’t weird either (which happens with fan service).

What makes Flying Witch great?

  • It’s family friendly.
  • Each episode is relaxing and moves at a pace slow enough to be understood and appreciated.
  • Considering you’re watching a “family” live their lives in the countryside, it’s a good show to watch with family as well.
  • Flying Witch focuses on simplicity instead of throwing in too many elements. Making each episode feel longer and more engaging.


3. The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K

7 Of The Most Appropriate Anime For 13 Year Old Boys

Perfect show for a 13 year old boy. The dub is exceptional. It’s about the life of Kusuo Saiki who’s a psychic.

Why The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K is appropriate:

  • No fan service. And when there is, it makes FUN of typical tropes for comedic effect.
  • No overly sexual/explicit scenes. Again, it may imply it to mock clichés found in other anime, but it never delves into it.

Why you should watch it:

  • It’s one of the funniest comedies out there with some of the best originality ever seen.
  • It doesn’t try to be like other anime shows. It simply does what it does best, even if that makes it a little more laid back and different.
  • Overall fun series with a range of different characters. All who WILL make you laugh until your stomach hurts.

Related: 7 Anime Shows That Will Make You Laugh Until Your Stomach Hurts


4. Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple

7 Of The Most Appropriate Anime For 13 Year Old Boys

Story about a teenager who goes from being bullied, to training in the martial arts and overcoming his obstacles.

There are tons of important life lessons like:

  • Stand up for yourself in spite of fear.
  • Practice makes perfect if you’re dedicated enough.
  • You have to push yourself hard enough to overcome obstacles.
  • The power of having a mentor.

And tons more life lessons 13 year old boys can benefit from. Especially when it comes to the topic of school bullying.

Admittedly there’s a little fan service later in the series, but it doesn’t make this anime less relevant.

And I’d highly recommend it.

Read: 9 Of The Greatest Motivational Anime Shows You Need To Consider


5. Selector Infected: Wixoss

7 Of The Most Appropriate Anime For 13 Year Old Boys

Anime series about a card game that turns out ugly, leading into a bigger, much deeper story the more you watch it.

Why Selector Infected Wixoss is appropriate:

  • MInimal focuses on fan-service.
  • Not incredibly gory or disturbingly violent.
  • Avoids Ecchi elements all together.

Caveat: there is a little incest between 2 characters, but it doesn’t interfere with the plot. And isn’t shown in detail.

Reasons to watch Selector Infected Wixoss:

  • A different approach to the magical girls genre (It’s the darker version of Yugioh).
  • Card battles with a twist.
  • Memorable main character.
  • The story is meaningful and easy to understand.
  • There’s a little mystery to spark your curiosity and drag you further into the series.


6. Log Horizon

7 Of The Most Appropriate Anime For 13 Year Old Boys

Gaming-related show where the players are stuck in the game, so they decide to build their own society within it for the meantime.

Why Log Horizon is appropriate:

  • Unlike gaming shows like and you never thought there was a girl online, Log Horizon has minimal fan service and NO Ecchi elements.
  • Log Horizon doesn’t use awkward camera shots and overly sexual elements to peak your interest. It doesn’t need to, because it’s a high quality show.

Why you should watch it:

  • You can learn a little about business and politics. These 2 elements play a big role in Log Horizon’s universe.
  • It takes a different approach to Sword Art Online. Building a society within their world, among other interesting things.
  • Main characters are easy to remember, as they only have first names or nick names.
  • The animation is pretty nice. Backgrounds look good, and you get to see new scenes often because the characters travel so much.
  • If you’re a gamer, then it’s a no brainer. You’ll love the RPG format, strategy and tactical battles.


7. My Hero Academia

7 Of The Most Appropriate Anime For 13 Year Old Boys

Action series with superheroes, super powers and everything in between.

This is a fresh series for its genre, and feels nothing like the everyday Shounen (or supernatural) anime show.

Why My Hero Academia is appropriate:

  • It’s an accurate representation of teenagers in general. Meaning: no nonsensical fan service.
  • It doesn’t pull cheap stunts to get your attention, like Ecchi or anything of the sort. It’s a shounen at heart, and that’s exactly what it sticks to.

Why you should watch Boku No Hero Academia:

  • Fresh shounen series with a fresh approach.
  • Feels nothing like your ordinary shounen anime these days.
  • Animation is sick AND slick (meaning good).
  • Character development is very focused and doesn’t stray from its purpose.
  • Action scenes are well-developed, without any signs of laziness or mediocrity.


Other Appropriate Anime for 13 year old boys:

  • Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto!
  • Toradora.
  • Assassination Classroom (mostly).
  • Snow White With The Red Hair.
  • Little Witch Academia.
  • Barakamon.
  • One Punch Man.
  • Scrapped Princess.
  • Inuyasha.
  • In Another World With My Smartphone.
  • Squid Girl.

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