An argument with a coworker about anime



  • So i was telling a coworker about animes i watch and so on, when he told me the reason he doesn't allow his children watch anime and i must say i was shocked. He said animes have suggestive themes that always and i quote "ALWAYS" center around school aged children, sex of some sort and violence. To prove him wrong i looked but i couldn't find anything. DBZ was listed as family friendly but DBZ has fighting. So my question is restricted to funimationNow only. I need people to name/list any anime i can use to make an argument that does not have school aged children, violence or a play on sex. The show must be on FuniNow to be accepted.



  • @timrobasa said in An argument with a coworker about anime:

    So i was telling a coworker about animes i watch and so on, when he told me the reason he doesn't allow his children watch anime and i must say i was shocked. He said animes have suggestive themes that always and i quote "ALWAYS" center around school aged children, sex of some sort and violence. To prove him wrong i looked but i couldn't find anything. DBZ was listed as family friendly but DBZ has fighting. So my question is restricted to funimationNow only. I need people to name/list any anime i can use to make an argument that does not have school aged children, violence or a play on sex. The show must be on FuniNow to be accepted.

    Non-school aged, non-violent, non-sex? There isn't many that I can immediately think of. Steins;Gate? Excel Saga? Girlish Number?



  • @timrobasa More importantly, why do you care? Sounds like he has a serious case projecting to me. Let the man raise his kids with his tainted lenses; everyone else does. ~.^

    To be clear, he wants his kids to watch adults basically painting walls.



  • @Haildodger said in An argument with a coworker about anime:

    @timrobasa More importantly, why do you care? Sounds like he has a serious case projecting to me. Let the man raise his kids with his tainted lenses; everyone else does. ~.^

    To be clear, he wants his kids to watch adults basically painting walls.

    Which is something I don't get: why would someone want there children watching adults? How are they supposed to project themselves onto them?

    And to be honest, I wouldn't necessarily say that anime is kid friendly if your goal is to avoid sex or violence. Actually most cartoons too, they aren't as sexually pure or violent free as one would think. I mean if you don't have action you'll get some "action" and if you don't have "action" you'll have action.

    But its not like its straight up hentai or some sort of graphic war movie.

    Lets take pokemon for example: a kids show riddled with animal abuse. Everyone's okay with it.
    DBZ? Violent
    Naruto? Violent

    Now lets go to the american animation: Powerpuff girls? Violent. Teen titans? violent. Heck even the Looney Toons and even tom and jerry is just all about cartoon violence.

    Now what it sounds like is that they want like Blue's Clues or Winnie the Pooh. Which makes me think their children are like <4 years old.



  • I would go with.
    Barakamon Since the main story does not revolve around the villagers kids.

    He sounds like one of those idiots that don't understand that anime has something for all ages, just like we do in the west.

    Kinda hard to find many shows that don't have school aged people in one way shape or form



  • You would be hard pressed to find a show without kids, violence or some sexual content. Any that you do find are not apt to be appealing to children. The recent The Great Passage would fit, but dictionary making isn't appealing to most adults, let alone children.
    Shows for children has children as the main characters as that is what appeals to kids and what they identify with. Shows without children (even high school students), appeal more to an adult audience, so might not shy away from violence or sex. Even a fair number of family movies (think Ghibli films) do have some violence and probably a bit of romance.

    I honestly can't think of any shows that don't have kids, sex, or violence and would be appealing to kids. I can think of some that are appealing to adults though. Nothing on Funimation comes to mind quickly either.



  • Bamboo blade
    Ah my goddess(although will require first season knowledge)
    Dagashi kashi
    Dragonball( not z,gt, or kai or super)
    Interview with monster girls( but it's only 1 episode in )
    My hero academia
    Snow White with the red hair

    That's about all I can think of that are
    -light on the sexual innuendos if they have them at all
    -are light on violence
    -And I would even think about letting kids watch them although tbh anime really is not for kids at least the ones I tend to like if they really want to watch anime the. It's really yu gi oh or Pokémon tbh but that's not bad it's just the way I kind of think it should be



  • @sprtekid2003 When in dout 4Kids will come and get the rights to anime made "4Kids"! Oh wait...

    But anyway anime could be censer down for kids just many network or company that dub don't do it anymore... Like I said in a past posted I feel Hunter x Hunter could be censer down to be for Kids IF that do it right. There where able to do it for Naruto so that could do it for Hunter x Hunter if that wanted and still get a good feel for the anime.



  • Your friend is correct...

    Doesn't mean a bad thing, but yes. BTW every show listed by others above violates such.

    Don't worry about it. Unless his kids are smart, I doubt they would "get" anime. Many "adults" still don't. Anime is a cultural shift to Asian understanding that takes ages to discover; anime is not good first step on "path to enlightenment". Start with Nintendo b4 anything.

    Or u just end up with bad result.



  • so, when you ask for something that's not school aged, do you mean from Kindergarten through high school? if that's the case, then there isn't much we can recommended. with that kind of restriction, you've got:

    Ah my goddess, season 2: college age protagonist has three Norse goddesses living with him, shenanigans ensue
    Barakamon: Professional calligrapher gets sent to an idland to cool down after punching a judge and just learns to relax and not stress as mush as he does. Gains a primary school aged sidekick while on the island
    Cheer Boys: They are all in college and trying to form a men's cheering squad
    Chobits: Main character is trying to get into college and finds an android and attempts to teach it stuff
    Haibane Renmei
    Planetarian: post-apocalyptic earth, random guy comes across an android who's sole purpose in life is to run the planetarium in a department store. he hangs out with her before her battery eventually dies
    Seiyu's Life: three girls are trying to become voice actors. one of them is in middle school, but I believe the other two are at least high school grads

    those are the only shows I can think of on this site that don't focus on school kids, violence or sex. If you'll allow at least high school characters, then there plenty more options.



  • another issue here is in Japanese culture school age differs from American school age if I remember what we consider high school in America is not what they do.

    But at least we sort of have a consensus on Ah! My Goddess.

    I think Snow White with the Red Hair would also work if we only limit it to post High School characters. And while the shows characters are probably of high school age there is no such thing as high school in medieval to renaissance times. However it is a good love story but I feel as if some of the underlying themes involving court politics would limit its true enjoyment with a younger audience.



  • Ok let me clarify somethings. First he said the main character(s) should not be in school of any form be it high school, college or post graduate. Secondly I should have mentioned this from the start, that growing up in Japan he remembers a serial killer who was an otaku. Apparently the dude kidnapped high school girls and ate them (YIKES!!!). So that shaped his out look. Third he said he does not feel it accurately portrays the Japanese people or life growing up in Japan especially with the short skirts in anime. He said the short skirts is a relatively new thing that came about thanks to the popularity of anime. Lastly when anime became popular there we no child protection laws so high school girls were taken advantage of/molested by older men. He admitted today that not all animes are bad but the high school/ school and violence theme is a problem for him because of what he experienced growing up. And while he can't control his children being exposed to it eventually, he can control it for now



  • @sprtekid2003 said in An argument with a coworker about anime:

    But at least we sort of have a consensus on Ah! My Goddess.

    I disagree. As being my favorite anime all time, I would know....

    U forget the constant "sexual situations" of Urd, Peorth, and others. Plus u have to be adult to even have hope to understand that show.



  • @thegrandalliance i guess your right now that I think about but for the most part the show is pretty pure and if you wanted you could probably sensor those parts which are few and far between for an anime it is by far tame compared to most



  • @timrobasa said in An argument with a coworker about anime:

    Lastly when anime became popular there we no child protection laws so high school girls were taken advantage of/molested by older men.

    Actually I don't think there are any laws saying that cartoon boys or girls must be aged X in order to be in like a hentai or something. I am positive this is also a thing in America too. And iirc the age of consent in Japan is not the same as in America.

    And who cares if it accurately portrays the japanese people? Its fiction and I'd make a very similar arguement about media portayal for the american lifestyle. I don't expect a high school kid to eventually start a rebellion and start a war with his dictator father, or for a walking dead scenario but with walls or for someone to cause the world to die for being aroused.



  • @darthrutsula163

    Depends on country. If u take ur naked pictures of Nep Nep to Australia, they will lock you up at customs. Or, supposed to, anyways. Anime porn is concerned real porn; child anime porn is same as Dateline NBC.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_pornography_laws_in_Australia

    In August 2007, an Australian was sentenced to pay an A$9,000 fine for attempting to import eight DVDs of Japanese anime and hentai found to contain pornographic depictions of children and 14 found to contain depictions of sexual violence. No images of real children were involved. "Customs National Manager Investigations, Richard Janeczko, said that it was important to understand that even cartoons or drawings such as those depicted in anime were prohibited if they contained offensive sexual content."


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