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
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
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
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.
4. Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple
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.
5. Selector Infected: Wixoss
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
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
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!
- Assassination Classroom (mostly).
- Snow White With The Red Hair.
- Little Witch Academia.
- One Punch Man.
- Scrapped Princess.
- In Another World With My Smartphone.
- Squid Girl.