"Anime is not for kids." Page 2

Started by icomeanon6 August 15th, 2009 8:45 PM
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i get the sort of thing that goes like this
"sanny, why the heck do you draw all of this crap"
well thats what my friends tell me. then i realized one thing i have more knowledge in it
they automatically asume that anime of any kind=pokemon.
one day though a while back i took a manga book to school and well i had a blast seeing all of my classmates struggle to figrure out how to read it. lol!
then when they actually started to read it they all got hooked but then pretended not to like it. that day i got so much satisfaction, maybe even too much.
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Like said, not all anime are for kids. Some are a bit over explicit in what they show and may not be appropriate to show younger kids. However, when I hear "Anime are not for kids," then I do happen to let a little laugher out as there are tons of animated cartoons not only from Japan, but from other countries as well that are more than enough for kids. For example, besides your simple Pokémon or Digimon, there is Transformers [more so the original series than the new ones], Sailor Moon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and plenty more.

However, I don't usually come across many saying anime is not for kids, but more so anime is for kids. This is where the story does get a bit different on sides, but I wouldn't need to explain that point of view.

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Yes, there are some animes that would be okay for young children to watch.

However, not all of them are good for kids. You'd have to be really careful when selecting an anime that needs to be appropriate for a child because even in some animes that seem okay, there's a little suggestiveness thrown in here and there. Of course, not all anime is good for kids. But there are some shows that would be fine.
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While Anime and even Manga's are not all generalized for kids a lot of stuff I know to be well over the teen limit over here are being aimed at them. Its the stupid generalization of Cartoons=kiddie over here that sickens me. My main example is my 6 year old Cousin reading freaking Death Note. I tell the idiot its not good for him but does he listen? No. Same thing for the Anime...

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I've actually done that as an experiment to prove my aunt wrong. She thought all anime was for kids. I showed my 10 year little cousin Elfen Lied. She watched three episodes and then didn't come to our house for almost a year because she was afraid she would have to see it again. I know it was as bad as telling a kid there is no santa, but I was so ed up with hearing "You are seventeen years old! Why are you watching this crap meant for eight year olds?!"
Omg why would you do that? :| It's one thing to prove to an adult or peer that, "hey watch this and you'll see anime isn't just for kids" but... to show a child something clearly not meant for them? What the hell, man. That's no different from sitting your cousin down and letting them watch an R-rated movie just to prove that "LOL R-RATED MOVIES AREN'T FOR KIDS." It's not your cousin you were trying to prove a point to, it was your aunt. No sense traumatizing her kid over an argument. Honestly, wow. Pro-tip: that's not the best way to get your point across.

That aside... I don't see why it's a big deal? As far as I know, anime isn't viewed much better in Japan. I mean, here we're getting more and more "not made for kids" cartoons (South Park, Family Guy, other animated sitcoms, etc.) but if you start up a conversation with someone and mention that you like cartoons, they're still going to think that's childish. It's a stigma associated with the medium of cartoons in general, not just anime. I don't understand why so many people get worked up about it, though.

I'd love to overcome the stereotype, sure, but I also don't mind it too much. I mean look at the examples they have to go by--almost all cartoons on TV today are aimed at kids. When you think "cartoon", you probably, by extension, think Saturday morning cartoon and that's definitely for kids. Even the cartoons shown later at night in primetime or later are fairly tame. They get the "viewer discretion is advised" warning but sit down and watch and it's never too over-the-top. (Though they have been going out of their way to be offensive lately.)

Eventually it won't be viewed as so weird to be watching cartoons well into your teen and adult years thanks to those American cartoons I mentioned in primetime that are slowly changing the demographics, but until then just... explain that anime isn't necessarily for kids with a few examples as needed and if people are still getting on your case about it--just ignore them. :/


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Maybe because they think that anime are associated with cartoons? My brother shuns me by saying I get obsessed over cartoons.
Hell, I AM obsessed, but with anime.

Well, I can't do anything about it...




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My childhood was ruined after finding out they edited out alot of stuff in DB and DBZ...I grew up with that show.

Anyways, when people say anime is for kids...that is one of my biggest pet peeves (another is when people call anime "cartoons" and manga "comics")I will go into it in another post.
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I think people stereotype it as cartoons and think that it's for kids, but I think really it's for mature audiences. I mean, even kid-shows has some ecchi moments.
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My childhood was ruined after finding out they edited out alot of stuff in DB and DBZ...I grew up with that show.

Anyways, when people say anime is for kids...that is one of my biggest pet peeves (another is when people call anime "cartoons" and manga "comics")I will go into it in another post.
Anime is cartoons, and manga is comics... Just the simple truth there.

And it depends on the specific program whether it is for children or not. Afro Samurai - for example - is definitely not for kids, while Pokemon is.
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I do not think flipping people off because of there "puny power level" is kid material, even though I started flipping people of at 10.

But yeah, a lot of anime is for kids. But shows like Full Metal Alchemist, Inyuasha, Ghost in a Shell, are not. Even though I watched them at a young age :3
Different standards, bro. What we may think is for adults, or older kids, may be for young teens/older preteens over there. Dragonball was serialised in a kids' magazine (Jump)

Anyways, when people say anime is for kids...that is one of my biggest pet peeves (another is when people call anime "cartoons" and manga "comics")I will go into it in another post.
No you won't, because they're correct. Even the Japanese call their manga comics. "Comiket", "Jump Comics", etc. They're not pedantic for a good reason, because who really cares?

Anime is cartoons, manga is comics. Simple as that. :)

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One thing that really gets me is how many people say "Anime is not for kids." To me, that sounds like saying "Books aren't for kids," or, "Movies aren't for kids." For one thing, I've seen plenty of anime that most definitely are for kids. Examples: Pokemon, Digimon, Dragon Ball, etc. Wouldn't it make more sense to say that not all anime are for kids?

It seems to me that a lot of people are mistaking anime to be a genre, when it is actually a medium. There's really nothing in common between the movies My Neighbor Totoro and Akira besides the fact that they're animated. I think one of the reasons why anime isn't mainstream in the US is because the name groups together too many unlike genres. When I mention Ghost in the Shell and say that it's an anime, my friends automatically associate it with stuff like Pokemon and Naruto, which wouldn't make them more likely to watch it, much less take it seriously.
I believe any anime can go for any age group... Its a freekin cartoon. Why shouldnt it be for kids? I started watching porn when I was like 8... Im not Scarred. Back in the 60's and 70's, Fathers would take their 14 and 15 year olds to get laid by a hooker. These days these parental controls are Psycho.

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Just because someone thinks anime is "just for kids" or "just for adults" doesn't mean they're stupid. They just don't know a lot about Japanese animation. If I start talking to my Grandpa about Fruits Basket. There would be a long pause, then he would be like, "....wut?"

But most of the manga (comics) I've seen are for teenagers and adults, rather than kids. Like Fruits Basket, Vampire Slayer, Metroid, Bleach, ect...

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Pretty much getting tired of the “anime is not for kids” and the “anime is for kids” argument. Like cartoons, it depends on the series and the content. Now these days American cartoons are getting more edgier, and I have seen a few of those.

It seems the problem is that with those that don’t know too much anime, they think it’s either only geared the adults or the children. Yes, there are ones rated teenagers, but I don’t think my friends who aren’t into anime would know that. Most of the anime I watch are actually middle ground or teenaged rated, I guess. The shows would have violence, language, and such, but nothing too intense, so to me a pre-teen can be able to watch a teenage rated one if occupied with someone older or if they’re mature enough to handle the content and know what they’re getting into. In fact, I think most of them are rated that.

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I can understand how ignorant people get, but lately the ignorance seemed to have gone away. My mother watches anime...not on her own,though, only if I'm watching it. Earlier today, she continued to watch Darker Than Black, asking questions to grasp what was going on. It was amusing to see her so into it. Bloody gore and all. Last week, she watched the Naruto movie. She watches Case Closed. She watches InuYasha. I guess what I'm trying to say is...SIT YOUR PARENTS DOWN AND MAKE THEM LOVE IT!!!! Not really, but I guess anyone can have a change of heart when they realize the...genius...of anime.
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Just because someone thinks anime is "just for kids" or "just for adults" doesn't mean they're stupid. They just don't know a lot about Japanese animation. If I start talking to my Grandpa about Fruits Basket. There would be a long pause, then he would be like, "....wut?"

But most of the manga (comics) I've seen are for teenagers and adults, rather than kids. Like Fruits Basket, Vampire Slayer, Metroid, Bleach, ect...
That's probably because a lot of the Japanese kid franchises weren't ever really brought to America, manga or not. I'd like to see Doraemon brought over here, :3
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A lot of Japanese kid franchises haven't been brought over to America? Many have been aired on channels that most people in America can watch and have had store releases. Some are listed below:

Pokémon
Digimon
Tokyo Mew Mew
Bleach
Naruto
One Piece
Fruits Basket
Ruroni Kenshin
Yu-Yu Hakusho
Yu-Gi-Oh!
Bo^7
CardCaptor Sakura
Megaman
Ponyo
Dragon Ball Z
Sailor Moon
Rave Master
Beyblade
Bakugan
Zoids
Hunter x Hunter

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A lot of Japanese kid franchises haven't been brought over to America? Most have been aired on channels that most people in America can watch and have had store releases. Some are listed below:

Pokémon
Digimon
Tokyo Mew Mew
Bleach
Naruto
One Piece
Fruits Basket
Ruroni Kenshin
Yu-Yu Hakusho
Yu-Gi-Oh!
Bo^7
CardCaptor Sakura
Megaman
Ponyo
Dragon Ball Z
Sailor Moon
Rave Master
Beyblade
Bakugan
Zoids
Hunter x Hunter
Sure, I'll accept that those were licensed. I stand corrected, but the amount of kids' properties compared to properties for older kids/ adults is a much, much smaller fraction.
Why is that? Do people feel like kids aren't a very good market?


On another topic...

But it really doesn't help that you have a bunch of weeaboo animu nerds who complain about how <insert dub company here> 'ruined' a 'masterpiece' because they 'Americanised' it too much. It's a freakin' cartoon for little kids, not some kind of mozart pinnacle of animation.

Sorry if I don't make much sense. I need some sleep, and I hope my incoherent rambling makes at least a teeny bit of sense.

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Sure, I'll accept that those were licensed. I stand corrected, but the amount of kids' properties compared to properties for older kids/ adults is a much, much smaller fraction.
Why is that? Do people feel like kids aren't a very good market?
Most likely, yeah. You know, something interesting. Back when I was in high school, my computer animations teacher told the students how anime is actually before not meant for kids. All the violence and such put in there comes from the upset the Japanese have over WWII. So yeah, there are a lot of anime for kids, but most of the anime shows are marketed towards the older audience due to the content.


On another topic...

But it really doesn't help that you have a bunch of weeaboo animu nerds who complain about how <insert dub company here> 'ruined' a 'masterpiece' because they 'Americanised' it too much. It's a freakin' cartoon for little kids, not some kind of mozart pinnacle of animation.
Yeah, I hate that too. Even though I don't know too much about 4Kids, am getting tired of the complaints and such. The anime and cartoon shows I watched that were created by 4kids that I watched weren't so bad. A few flaws, yeah, but nothing to be worked up too much.

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I've never actually gotten that question before (I'm still a kid though, that's my excuse) but sometimes people ask me, why do you like anime? I always tell them either: 'I like anime because I like anime, got a problem with that?' or 'at least I don't have to listen to a yellow sponge with a totally unsuitable voice'.

Anime is not for kids, nor is it for teenagers and above. It's for all age groups, or I would be in soo much trouble, I would not be alive.

Though, the art is usually more sophisticated. I think maybe some kid's animes should be advertised more, the word 'anime' is associated with 'blood' or 'teens' more than 'happy' and 'kids'.

...Those are my thoughts, anyway.