15 Appropriate Anime Shows For Kids And Young Teenagers

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What is an age appropriate anime anyway?

Here’s how I define it: An anime show without strong fan-service or Ecchi elements.

Of course in reality it’s all subjective. Watching an anime at a certain age doesn’t mean you’re too young to watch it (depending on your perspective).

But as far as age-ratings go, These 15 anime shows are age appropriate for both kids and teenagers.

Especially in the 12+ range.

Let’s get started. 😉

 

1. K-On

Appropriate Anime Shows For Kids And Young Teenagers

K-On’s a slice of life anime series with a focus on 5 main girls who are passionate about making music.

You won’t find any fan-service or anything else that’s inappropriate here.

It’s one of the most light-hearted anime shows in existence, with relaxing vibes.

 

2. Gamers

Appropriate Anime Shows For Kids And Young Teenagers
Gamers is an anime about misunderstandings, romance and comedy. 

With gaming elements thrown into the mix. And of course – gamers themselves.

So if video games is what you’re into, you’ll love watching this series.

 

3. Save Me Lolipop

Appropriate Anime Shows For Kids And Young Teenagers

What’s this anime about?

NIna, a young girl who accidentally swallows a magical pearl has to be protected by 2 mages. Because she becomes a target to those who seek the pearls power.

Another lightweight series you might like.

 

4. Little Witch Academia

Appropriate Anime Shows For Kids And Young Teenagers

 

The story is about the young-upcoming witch named Atsuko Kagari. Who aspires to be like her idol: Chariot.

Not to mention Atsuko’s struggles as she’s not born with talent. And doesn’t come from a family background of witchcraft whatsoever.

This is the anime I wish existed when I was growing up. Don’t skip this one!

 

5. Interviews With Monster Girls

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It’s all in the title.

A curious biology teacher interviews 4 high school students who are all demi-humans.

Each one of them is adapting to life alongside humans, and Takashi helps them along the way.

It’s a refreshing and chilled approach to school anime shows.

 

6. Barakamon

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A lighthearted slice of life series with no fan-service, pure comedy, and a relaxed vibe from start to finish.

One of the most “appropriate” anime’s that are actually really good.

What you’ll appreciate is the simple story, easy to follow characters, and the lack of cliches.

The same cliches most anime rely on which usually ruins the story with fan-service or something related.

 

7. Love Live School Idol Project

Appropriate Anime Shows For Kids And Young Teenagers

 

How does this anime started out?

9 girls get together and pursue their dreams of becoming school idols. And one character: Honoka Kousaka is the one to start kick-start the goal.

Despite Love Live having lots of characters, each one has their own uniqueness.

Making each character important to the series.

Related: Love Live Merch And Toys

 

8. Chuunibyou

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A delusional teenager – Rikka Takanashi who loves to act out her wild imagination.

And an ex-chuunibyou guy – Yuuta Togashi, who ends up becoming friends with her.

At first you might find this anime outrageous and ridiculous. You might even cringe.

But if you hang in there you’ll be surprised at the quality of this series. Nothing inappropriate either.

Related: 15 Of The Best Anime With An Introverted Main Character

 

9. Girls Und Panzer

Appropriate Anime Shows For Kids And Young Teenagers

If you want to see:

  • Friendly tank battles.
  • Military elements.
  • Strategy and tactics.
  • Plus a nice, chilled vibe.

Then this is the anime for it. It’s much more than just an anime full of “cute” girls.

Related: Girls Und Panzer Figures To Get Your Hands On

 

10. Castle Town Dandelion

Appropriate Anime Shows For Kids And Young Teenagers

A slice of life/magic anime with a large family of kids who have their own unique abilities.

And their day to day lives being the kids of a famous king.

There is a “small” amount of fan-service here, but beyond that it’s OK to watch.

 

11. Best Student Council

Appropriate Anime Shows For Kids And Young Teenagers

A slice of life anime series focused on Rino Rando, a girl who loses her mother at a young age.

She then transfers to a new school, and becomes part of the student council by accident.

Similar to Love Live, you’ll find a lot of characters in Best Student Council. But each to me is memorable and plays an important role.

 

12. Snow White With The Red Hair

Appropriate Anime Shows For Kids And Young Teenagers

A love story between Shirayuki and Zen. Which involves discrimination and criticisms, because Zen is a king and Shirayuki is a commoner.

If it’s pure romance and beautiful visuals you want, Shirayuki-hime is the anime to watch!

Related: 4 Inspiring Anime Quotes From Snow White With The Red Hair

 

13. Squid Girl

Appropriate Anime Shows For Kids And Young Teenagers

Comedy series focused on Squid Girl, who’s original mission is to conquer the earth.

Until her path takes a different turn of events…

Personally, Squid Girl is one of the most original and hilarious anime I’ve ever watched.

And the dialogue is especially unique.

 

14. Tamako Market

Appropriate Anime Shows For Kids And Young Teenagers

 

Slice of life series made by the same studio behind anime: K-ON!

If you want to relax and kick-back, Tamako Market is the anime to watch.

And best of all: No fan-service or cheap tricks.

 

15. Kanon

Appropriate Anime Shows For Kids And Young Teenagers

 

A romance anime series made by the same studio as: Clannad!

You’ll find memorable characters and a nice, relaxed pace from start to finish.

The visuals are on point as well.

 

Which anime show would you add to this list that’s appropriate?

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