Anime is a versatile medium of entertainment. It has everything in it be it romance or action, psychological aspects or mystery, a slice of life or adventure. While it does have a lot of diversity, it also means that it is for all age groups. That means content for all age groups is animated in there too. Parents are often worried regarding what their children watch and is it safe for their healthy mental growth. For this purpose, we have compiled a list of anime that are a-okay for kids. You won’t need to worry for them as it would contain no fan-service or mind-breaking stuff. Let’s get started.
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Anime Suitable for Children
31. Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun
33. One Punch Man
34. Tanaka-kun is Listless
35. The Royal Tutor Heine
31. The World is Still Beautiful
Starting this list with a wholesome anime. It is a shoujo themed romance anime but how the story sucks the viewer in is just purely remarkable. The princess and prince/king idea is banal, so most people don’t even reach this hidden gem. Livius is the king of the Sun Kingdom and expanded the Sun Kingdom’s influence a ton in his reign of three years. He has conquered many lands and to the outside world, he is known to be cruel, ruthless, and a demon. Sun Kingdom has never experienced rain before. For this very purpose, Livius sends a proposal to the Rain Kingdom. He will leave them alone if they let him marry one of the princesses. Nike, one of the princesses, prepares herself for the worst as she goes to the Sun Kingdom but seeing a 15-year-old throne leaves her baffled.
30. Tonari no Seki-kun
Some students want to focus on their studies but their friends distract them from it. Well, that is pretty much what happens in this anime. Rumi’s neighboring classmate is someone who obsesses over intricate setups, from domino course to making a teddy bear go on an expedition, from robots following the guidelines during a crisis to treacherous war with shogi pieces. Every single time, she is sidetracked from studying. She always ends up getting in trouble but the lessons are never dull.
29. A Place Further than the Universe
Exploration is something people have always yearned for. However, everyone fears the unknown and stops the exploration. However, our main character breaks these chains of fear that limited her. She finds a friend who aspires to do the same due to her personal reasons. Together, they gather the funds and more companions and go on a trip to Antarctica. This show is captivating. It is sure to raise your spirits and would help you to persevere.
28. Quanzhi Fashi
A universe where science no longer exists and magic has taken its place. The most capable students fight off beasts that lurk in the wild. The main character’s father is a poor laborer. He wants to attend a good magic school but his grades don’t allow him to. His father somehow enrolls him in the school. He is soon recognized as the object of fun because of his financial conditions and magical ability but he awakens the most powerful elements of magic, fire and lightning. He is the most flexible fighter.
27. Phi Brain: Puzzle of God
Kaito is your everyday guy. But there is one trait of him which makes him so unique. He is a demon at solving puzzles. A sinister group POG gets to know about his quality creates a murderous maze with a trap upon trap in it. He has to find the answer otherwise, it leads to death. Now that he finally completes this murderous maze, he rose to the rank of Solver but now he has to travel throughout the world to solve more such puzzles left by the same sinister group, POG. A very informative anime along with an air of unpredictability at every point.
26. Silent Voice
Sometimes people seek fun in the weirdest ways. Ishida finds fun in bullying. When the deaf Shouko transfers into his class, all the class thoughtlessly bullies her without caring about the repercussions. For Shouko, this was traumatic and soon leaves the school. Now for the sake of fun, Ishida is being bullied by the entire class and the teachers turn a blind eye. As a grown-up now, Ishida regrets his past actions and searches for Shouko to apologize. This anime is based on the effects of bullying and has a very good message in it. It should be shown to children for the purpose of discouraging them from this act.
25. The Secret World of Arrietty
The world is a spine-chilling place to live when you’re small. The story is about a 14-year-old girl Arrietty. She is very small and she and her family’s existence is undiscovered until the arrival of a 12-year-old boy Shou. Shou notices things go missing at times and grows suspicious. He soon meets Arrietty who strikes a bond of friendship with him. However, this friendship brings the risk of discovery too. The world shown from a much smaller perspective is a sight to behold and along with Ghibli Studio’s animation, this lifts the quality even higher.
24. Ani ni Tsukeru Wa Nai!
A 3-min per episode comedy anime which is, surprisingly, very good. Usually, such shows are not the best to recommend but this anime is literally hilarious. Miao cannot stand her lazy and unreliable brother. Miao is a short-tempered girl while her brother, Fen is very good at getting her mad with his useless actions. Though in every action, he wants her betterment. It focuses on the dynamic relationship between siblings.
23. Snow White with the Red Hair
Shirayuki is a cheerful, red hair girl living in the country of Tanbarun. She enjoys her life until the silly prince of the country sets his eyes on her is dead set to make her his concubine. Hesitant to follow his order and desert her independence, she cuts her red hair and runs away. She is then helped by the prince of the neighboring country who is a gentleman, unlike the first prince. Hoping to repay him, she sets her sights on pursuing a career in the neighboring country. A sweet romance where Shirayuki pursues a new life while the prince of the neighboring country makes himself worthy of the title his own title.
22. Little Witch Academia
Atsuko is a girl belonging to a non-magical background but she still enlists into a magical academy to become like her idol. However, before entering the school, her journey is anything but smooth. She makes some friends and even has surprises. But the tides are still rough for her. She refuses to give up and decides to compensate for magical ineptness through sheer determination.
21. Captain Tsubasa
Tsubasa is a passionate elementary school student who basically lives to play football. His life revolves around football and he considers the ball his friend. Tsubasa moves to Nankatsu for the sole purpose of playing football with good teams. He has a lot of rivals in the town and is determined to beat them fairly. His goal is to win the FIFA World Cup but it is going to take time to reach that stage. If you are a football fan, this series is the one for you.
20. Brave Story
This kid’s anime film was adapted from a popular fantasy novel. Although the main character is young, it covers a lot of heavy topics. As his father leaves home and his mother is ill and hospitalized, Wataru is on the verge to break. He decides to change his fate by traveling through a special doorway and into the land of monsters. This fifth-grader has to muster all his courage and fight monsters with his life on the line to meet the Goddess of Destiny and change his fate.
19. Inazuma Eleven
Another anime on football but this time, with superpowers. A very nostalgic series based on football. Raimon Middle School’s football club is on the verge of disbandment. The captain takes the challenge of bringing the club back into action but for this, he’ll need someone’s help and a lot of luck. They have to win from the school who is dominating the group these days. Will the determination be enough for them to pass their trials or will the club end up dismantling? Well, that’s for you to find out. This show involves superpowers as well.
Yet another anime which would surely make you smile from the heart and also belonging to Ghibli Studio. A goldfish sneaks away from home and starts living in a house with a boy. The goldfish has magical powers which she reveals when she heals the cut of the boy by licking it. Unknown to the boy, the goldfish already has a family. Her father is a sorcerer who abandoned humanity and starting living underwater. He starts looking for her and tells her to come home but she declares that she wants to become a human whether by hook or by crook.
17. Katekyo Hitman Reborn
Katekyo Hitman Reborn is a shounen anime is often dropped by the audience because the initial episodes are just plain bad. About 20-25 episodes are entirely forceful. There is no real plot until that time. After that, the show gets really good and personally, my favorite shounen anime to date. Our main character is just no good. He is the epitome of a loser. His life takes a twist when the mysterious hitman Reborn is sent to his home in order to make him a Mafia Boss. His mafia family is on the brink of retirement so a new boss is a necessity. He is reluctant about this idea but soon, things change. This show is packed with action and would highly recommend it. Just tolerate the episodes in the beginning.
16. My Neighbor Totoro
No surprise that we have another Ghibli movie on this list. In the 1950s, a family relocates itself near the countryside to be close to the mother, who is hospitalized due to chronic disease. As the girls of the family grow acquainted with the rural life, the younger sister encounters a small, bunny-like creature. Trailing it, she comes into contact with ‘Totoro’ – a giant, transcendent forest spirit. Rather than being scared, she immediately becomes good friends with it. Later on, the elder sister befriends Totoro too and soon their life is filled with magical adventures and fantastical creatures of the world. This is a movie that is sure to bring a smile to your face.
15. Silver Spoon
Expectations are something that every parent has from their child. Unfortunately, Yuugo couldn’t meet them appropriately, and to escape from stress, he decides to enroll in a boarding school located in the countryside. He is a studious guy so labor is something he hasn’t even heard of. Initially convinced to do well but immediately proven wrong by his classmates. Yuugo is a complete amateur when it comes to the harsh life of a farmer. He tries to fit in the new environment and hopes to discover his dreams so that he can live a fulfilled life.
14. Spirited Away
By this time, you should realize that every Ghibli movie adequate for kids as it has many actual life lessons in them and should be watched by them. This movie is admired for its radiant art and animation along with the creativity of the studio. On to their way to their new house, Chihiro’s family stops midway to discover an abandoned amusement park. Cautiously venturing inside, it seems that there is more to it than meets the eye. Fantasy elements. Tick. Ghostly apparitions. Tick. Unique characters. Tick. Everything is there. A girl getting whisked away to a fantasy world is a common cliché these days but this anime gave new meaning to it.
As kids are enthusiastic about sports, this is an anime involving boys playing competitive volleyball. Haikyuu itself translates to “volleyball’. Hinata is a small-statured guy who is inspired by a player nicknamed ‘Little Gigant’. He revives his own school’s volleyball club in order to play in tournaments and they even make it there but his team is absolutely stomped on by the opposing team or to be specific, their setter Tobio. Hinata vows to surpass Kageyama in middle school but there was something else in store for him. His sworn rival, Tobio, is now his teammate!
This one is my personal favorite in the slice of life category. A lighthearted slice of series with no fan-service, pure comedy, and a relaxed vibe from the beginning to the end. What you’ll appreciate is the simple story and easy to relate characters and the lack of clichés. A soon-to-be-famous calligrapher Handa is very talented in his field but he is a narcissist to the core. While being judged once, his style was labeled as ‘unoriginal’ which made him lose control. As punishment, as well as self-reflection, he was exiled to an island. In his new environments, he longs for inspiration and tries to develop his unique art style but that won’t happen because boisterous children are all over this island. They keep barging into his house but he learns so much more from them than he ever hoped to.
11. You are Umasou
You are Umasou is based on a picture book. An egg drifts down the river and a herbivore dinosaur picks it up. She takes it up and puts it together with her own eggs. After an attack by other dinosaurs, most of her eggs were crushed with only the egg she picked and one of her own eggs remaining. As the eggs are hatched, she faces peer pressure from her kind to abandon the child but she leaves the herd to raise that dinosaur. That dinosaur is a Tyrannosaurus (meat-eater) named Heart. The herbivore makes Heart eat red berries but that doesn’t stop his craving for meat. When Heart grows up, he also comes in contact with an egg and decides to raise it. I’ll stop here to avoid spoiling and hope this is enough to ignite your will to watch it.
10. Chocolate Underground
Chocolate Underground is a very different anime where the newly elected government has BANNED CHOCOLATE! In this world that I consider dystopia, chocolate is nowhere to be seen. The government says that it is for the peoples’ betterment and enforce this law immediately. Smudger and Huntley are two teenagers who love chocolate to the point that they are willing to deal with bootleggers for this purpose. Eventually, they start their own underground chocolate distribution system.
9. Kiki’s Delivery Service
This may sound hilarious now but guys, this is another Ghibli movie. Kiki’s Delivery Service is a Ghibli studio’s classic. This movie revolves around a 13-year-old witch-in-training named Kiki. Every witch should live a year on her own in a distant town to be recognized as a full-fledged witch. Following this trend of her ancestors, she sets off on her broom along with her cat. She settles down in a town near the sea. Unable to adapt to such an extreme and immediate change in her lifestyle, she ends up wandering the streets with no place to stay. Finally, she finds Osono, someone who offers a room to Kiki in exchange for making deliveries for her bakery. This sparks an idea and she opens her courier service, in an attempt of independence. This is an essential movie for kids to watch as it promotes independence and responsibility.
K-On! isn’t something which kids long for but it isn’t bad once in a while. A fresh high school year means a new club to join and basically, Yui is trying to find just the right club. She joins the Light Music club, which she probably thought was just playing simple instruments. Unable to play an instrument, she decides to apologize and quit. But she doesn’t know that this club is on the verge of disbandment due to a lack of members. They insist Yui to join but she denies. Seeing her rebuttal, the club plays a piece for Yui which sparks the passion within her and she joins the club. What comes next is just them messing around with bits and pieces of practice. This anime contains no fan-service.
7. My Hero Academia
Now having its fifth season announced, My Hero Academia is the next big thing after the Big Three. The series is perfect for kids, especially for those who love superheroes. In the age where superpowers are pretty common, Deku is a powerless average boy. His dream of becoming a superhero like his idol is shattered. One day, he saves his friend from a villain and his heroic sacrifice was witnessed by his idol. Impressed by this, the idol chooses Deku as his successor. What comes next is Deku getting a grip around his newly gained powers, the drama which comes with training with his fellow heroes, life and death situations for him, and equally powerful villains terrorizing the world.
6. Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball is the very reason why the anime industry became famous. Goku is a boy who lives all alone in the woods until a girl named Bulma runs up to him. She is in search of the legendary objects ‘Dragon Balls’ which summons a dragon and grants a wish of the one who summoned. They are total seven in number and apparently, Goku owns one while not having a clue about its use. Bulma wants a perfect boyfriend so she wants it desperately but Goku refuses to part ways with it. In the end, they make a deal: Goku may tag along with her if he lets her use the Dragon Ball’s power. Having such a powerful artifact, many organizations, with ulterior motives, try to gain the Dragon Balls. Goku trains to become stronger so that they can’t steal the Dragon Balls from them.
5. Astro Boy
Being the oldest show on this list, Astro Boy is a very special anime with a distinct plot. We advance into the future where artificial intelligence has developed to the point that they hold a major role in diplomatic and social realms. Astro Boy covers the story of a young robot named Atom. The inventor made him in remembrance of his deceased son. Atom has a high sense of justice. He doesn’t let criminals go without punishment. While fighting the criminals, he comes in clashes with several factions and meanwhile, comes face to face with the harsh realities of the world.
Digimons are digital creatures. The creatures can actually talk and put their sentiments into words. A group of seven children goes to summer camp and what they experience is snowfall in the month of July. In the midst of confusion, they receive an odd device through which they and transported to another world. They wake up and get to know from weird creatures that they are in the ‘Digital World’. These creatures are called Digimon. Along with Digimon, the children try to find a way back to their country and also, try to answer the question that why were they brought here.
3. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Ranked #1 on many platforms, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a masterpiece. The name is kind of bland but the anime certainly isn’t. Human transmutation is a forbidden rule of alchemy and should never be practiced. After their mother’s death, Edward and Alphonse bring human transmutation into practice and the results are drastic. Edward loses his left leg and hand while Alphonse is deprived of his physical body. Then these brothers are in seek of the Philosopher’s Stone but in doing so, they come across their country’s gloomy history, and then they have to think whether what they are doing will make them human or rob them of their humanity. It is a remake of the original series, Fullmetal Alchemist.
Naruto is a very well-known anime series, bringing Masashi Kishimoto’s manga to life. Naruto has many things for kids to sink their teeth into. It involves a notorious brat, Naruto, who is known in his village because of his pranks. He has faced many toils in his life and no one was his friend because he harbors some power. Isolated because of that, he resorts to pranks and wants to be recognized as a friend, as a rival, and as a ninja. If you can persevere through his mischievous nature in the early stages, you are in for a roller coaster ride. You’ll be seeing him in his childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. You’ll be so mesmerized that you’ll cry and smile along with the characters at times.
Ending with my personal favorite, Pokemon is an anime which is mostly considered as a gateway to the anime industry. This series also has a companion video game franchise. Pokemon are basically mysterious and fictional creatures. Pokemon trainers catch them, train them, and then try to battle through them as a sport. This may sound brutal and something which a kid definitely shouldn’t watch but that certainly isn’t the case. It exhibits the theme of friendship and focuses on trust. We follow Ash Ketchum on his journey to become a Pokemon Master along with his friends and of course, Pokemon. It is very similar to Digimon but the beings cannot talk. It is an easy recommendation for kids and a must-watch.