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What is Anime and is it Appropriate for My Children?
Anime: A Brief description
The word "Anime" is the abbreviated pronunciation of "Animation". Sometimes the meaning changes depending on the context. "Anime" is most commonly used in the U.S. to describe Japanese animated cartoons.
Anime started at the beginning of the 20th century. The first recorded "Anime" was of a samurai who tried to test his sword on various targets , only to suffer defeat.
There are many different kinds of anime to choose from and if you're wondering if anime is something you should allow your child or teenager to delve into, you've come to the right place.
Being a Parent
With all the technology in the world its becoming increasingly difficult to keep tabs on everything your children are being exposed to. If your children have seen shows such as Pokémon, Digimon, or Dragonball Z, they may already be an anime fan. If that is true they are possibly part of online groups where they discuss these shows (or whatever shows they are into) and write/read fan fiction and even possibly create their own fan art.
This is not at all a bad thing, a, online fan base is a wonderful way to make friends and have intelligent conversations and discussions. It is your job as the parent to look into any show your child is watching and see if its something that you want them seeing. It is easy to discover your child watching an anime you don't approve of and just dub all anime as unsuitable.
Do your research and know what your looking for. If there's an anime on cable during the day its most likely not something you should be worried about, anime on later at night may be unedited and contain cursing and darker themes but these are rarely any worse than most pg-13 movies out today and really aren't of much concern (honestly kids see worse things these days and hear more foul language in school). Use your best judgement there, your 8 year old probably shouldn't be watching any anime on after dark, but if you allow an older child watch pg-13 or even rated R movies then there shouldn't be any reason to keep them from the shows that play later in the night, which really aren't near as dark as those movies i mentioned earlier.
Nudity in Anime
Sometimes there is slight nudity in anime. As long as you make sure your child is watching an anime appropriate for his or her age this won't be an issue.