The 30+ Best Anime for Teens
The 30+ Best Anime for Teens
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You might think that all anime is good for teens to watch, but there are some very sexual and violent series out there that say otherwise. This list ranks over thirty great anime for teens, including shows that are fun and entertaining without being too graphic. If you have a teenage son or daughter, you can’t really go wrong with any of the anime on this list. If you’re a teenager reading this, don’t worry- these aren’t toned down shows for babies or anything, they’re all great shows that adults love just as much as teenagers.
Is there a good anime for teenagers that we left off the list? Please add as many shows as you want, as long as they are appropriate for teens.
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15 Kid-Friendly Anime You Won’t Have To Turn Off In Front Of Your Parents
Anime can be a dangerous thing to turn on in front of parents. One moment everything is normal and then the next scene causes embarrassment for both the child and their caregivers due to an uncomfortable situation. Perhaps the plot decides to take a dark twist and laughter is replaced by murder, or a character will suddenly have some sort of wardrobe malfunction for no apparent reason after having been appropriately dressed up to that point.
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Anime is often a mixed bag of surprises. So, it’s important to know which shows can be viewed in front of anyone. In the end, it avoids a good amount of red faces all around.
Updated on January 18th, 2021, by Rich Keller: Anime is often not 100% kid friendly even when it appears to be so, especially when it comes to titles from previous eras. Even in its earliest examples, like Astro Boy, some moments would be cringe-worthy in the 21st century. It’s why audiences need a list of family-friendly anime for everyone to watch, as its hard to judge the appropriateness of a show or movie based on premise or visuals alone.
15 Sailor Moon
Though the unedited version of the show has its moments, the American version is popular with a large swath of the viewing audience. That’s thanks to the popularity Sailor Moon gained when it was part of Cartoon Network’s Toonami schedule.
The story, which is based on a popular manga, is part of the Magical Girl genre. Its main protagonist is Usagi Tsukino— a teenage girl who discovers she’s able to transform into a superhero. She joins other girls, called the Sailor Soldiers, to fight against dark forces. Sailor Moon is a mix of magic, comedy, and family situations that anyone can relate to.
14 Sweetness And Lightning
For viewers who always wanted to combine their love of anime with cooking, Sweetness and Lightning is the right recipe. A majority of the program focuses on the recipes widower dad Kohei tries out for his daughter, Tsumugi. In fact, those who watch the show can follow the process on their own to create simple meals.
The rest of Sweetness and Lightning is based on the relationship between Kohei and his kindergarten-aged child. It details how they both work things out without a mother to help. Like other non-powered anime, the show captures the ups and downs of family encounters.
13 Snow White With The Red Hair
Disney’s Snow White is a much darker film than it seems. The evil witch tries to murder the innocent princess for no remotely sympathetic or relatable reason. Meanwhile, Snow White herself needs to journey through a menacing forest to get to the dwarves’ cottage.
Snow White with the Red Hair isn’t nearly as dark. Nor does it have any dwarves. In fact, Snow White in this family anime is Shirayuki, an herbalist with rare red hair. She runs away from her home when she’s forced to be a concubine for Prince Raji. While there is a poisoned apple, it’s not a major part of the story. Furthermore, there’s more character development with this Snow White than the original.
What if an opportunity was provided for someone to relive their life so they could fix the things they messed up? Would they take that chance with the risk that something else could go wrong in the new version that makes it even worse than the previous one? This is what 27-year-old Arata Kaizaki does in ReLife.
Through a program at the ReLife rehabilitation program, Arata becomes 17-years-old again and can return to high school. Here, he figures out what went wrong in his life. Though it might not be for younger kids, ReLife is a good anime for parents and older children to watch together.
11 Tamako Market
What made shows like The Office and Parks and Recreation so popular were their looks into nearly normal life. As a result, fans were able to bond with the characters they most resembled. Those are the viewers that should like the slice-of-life anime Tamako Market.
It’s a gentle show about a teenage girl who works at her parents’ store to make a Japanese dish known as Mochi. There are no Gundam or magical girls. It’s just about Tamako, her first year of high school, and how she balances life and work.
Haikyuu is a sports anime that is full of scenes that will make you laugh and cry without using cringy innuendos or killing off characters. Basically, it’s an anime about boys playing a competitive sport. Haikyuu directly translates to «volleyball» in Japanese. As the name implies, the sport itself and the nature of the game are at the center of the plot and the characters who grow and learn from it.
9 Flying Witch
Flying Witch is a cute and entertaining slice-of-life anime with beautiful animation and unforgettable characters. The show follows Makoto Kowata, a young and curious witch with a cute, little black cat as her sidekick.
She moves to a new town to begin her training as a witch and to hone her skills. Along the way she makes new friends and comes across the variety of challenges of being a witch. It’s a great pick if you love the world of magic and fantasy.
8 Spirited Away
This movie has been ranked as one of the most acclaimed anime by many for decades. Spirited Away centers around 10-year-old Chihiro and the quest to save her family. In the film, she has to interact and work with the supernatural realm and its unique and sometimes challenging residents.
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This movie was directed by the famous Hayao Miyazaki, who’s known for making many other highly acclaimed, kid-friendly anime. Miyazaki’s work is always a good choice when looking to show an anime that’s safe to watch in front of parents.
Pokémon is the long-running anime that has been entertaining kids and adults alike since the ’90s. It is a series that’s filled with action, lore, love, and friendship that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Not to mention the generous amount of video and card gaming that goes along with it.
The series follows the constant adventures of Ash Ketchum and his friends as he trains his Pokémon and battles the strange and various foes that stand in his way. Not only is this series wholesome to share with the family, but it’s also approached serious topics in a way that both young and old appreciate.
6 Chi’s Sweet Home
Chi’s Sweet Home is an incredibly sweet anime that can easily turn viewers into avid cat-lovers. It was created by Kanata Konami, a person known for another cat-lovers work as well, FukuFuku: Kitten Tales. It stars a kitty named Chi and follows her adventures around town with neighbors, friends, and owners.
Chi is a very curious and naive kitten. Viewers will often see her get in situations she should not be getting in, making this a great series if you’re looking for a good laugh.
5 Glitter Force
Glitter Force is a 2015 Netflix adaption of an older anime called Smile PreCure! that originally aired in 2012. Inspired by the magical girl anime, Sailor Moon, it largely revolves around five magical girl warriors called «Pretty Cures.»
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The quintet is the key to saving the place where all fairy tale characters exist. Glitter Force is very colorful and full of moments that will make viewers smile and cheer. For those who can’t get enough of Glitter Force, there is also a second series called Gitter Force Doki Doki.
This anime is an adaptation of the wildly successful manga of the same name. Originally written in the 1970s, it has been adapted into an anime series three times. There are thousands of episodes the whole family can enjoy. But what is Doraemon?
Doraemon is about a robot cat from the future of the same name that comes to help a boy experiencing failure and bullying in life. Doraemon wants to help this boy so his future generations can flourish.
3 Hikaru No Go
Hikaru No Go is an anime based on a board game named Go. It’s a two-player, strategy game with a simple goal — gain more ground than your opponent. Go has been played for thousands of years, and the anime utilizes it to tell a fun story about a boy who wants to make the perfect Go move.
The anime chronicles the main character’s journey from a novice player to a competitive threat. The story features interesting characters and scenarios that the whole family can enjoy and watch together.
2 A Silent Voice
A Silent Voice is an anime film made by the famous studio, Kyoto Animation. Their work is known for having beautiful imagery and heart-warming storytelling.
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This story is about a girl with a hearing disability. She is bullied so harshly that she ends up having to transfer schools. A Silent Voice weaves topics like love, bullying, disability, and friendship to create a story that is unforgettable and kid-friendly.
1 Silver Spoon
Silver Spoon, also known as Gin no Saji, is a manga adaption that aired in 2013. Years later, it’s enjoyed and watched by many for its interesting story, amazing animation, and a great soundtrack.
Yuugo Hachiken is the main character of Silver Spoon. The anime follows his journey at an agricultural high school. Topics like farming and animals are things Yuugo is expected to know and master. However, since he’s an amateur he ends up in lots of comedic situations. Although the anime does have a few violent moments it’s done in a way where anyone of any age can appreciate and watch it.
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10 great anime series that teenagers watch (and you should too)
Recently, the media wrote that there is information on the Internet that is better hidden from children. This time, anime was blamed for all the sins — Japanese animated series. They found propaganda of suicide and homosexual relations. The accusations are serious, but it’s too early to forbid children. First, take a look and make sure that there is nothing wrong there. We have collected for you ten old and new anime series that are worth watching right now.
A bit of Japanese classics
1. Death Note
Number one in the list of must-see series for every anime fan. The popularity of «Notebook» (that’s what fans call it) is off scale, although the anime was released in 2006. Several feature films, games, a musical and an American adaptation from Netflix have already been released (poor). You will definitely enjoy the exciting detective story and philosophical reflection on what kind of responsibility a person can take on.
A high school student named Yagami Light finds a black notebook that fell from the death god’s hands. If you write the name of any person in this notebook, he will die. Light understands that he has incredible power in his hands.
A still from the series «Death Note»
One of the most popular anime, with an almost endless number of episodes. True fans, however, will tell you that half are fillers, that is, episodes in which there is no plot development. Calm down: you don’t have to watch them all to get an idea of the show. This is an adventure comedy that really has a lot of repetitive situations: mission — fight — win/lose — new fight. If you’ve ever been a 12-year-old, you’ll understand why kids love it.
Naruto Uzumaki, a noisy and restless teenage ninja who dreams of achieving universal recognition and becoming the head of his village and the strongest ninja. On his way there are not only exams, but also powerful villains and even ancient demons.
A still from the Naruto series
3. Attack on Titan
A relatively new series that still deserves a place on the list of classics. The series has gathered an army of devoted fans in five years, and new episodes are coming out right now (the third season). You may be struck by the brutality and realism of both actions and emotions. Difficult topics, situations, solutions. Just watch the first episode. It is immediately clear that you are not in a fairy tale — this is a real epic story.
Mankind is almost destroyed by a race of huge carnivorous titans. The survivors built three high walls and took cover behind them. For a hundred years, the inhabitants felt safe, until one day the first wall fell.
A still from the TV series Attack on Titan
4. Fullmetal Alchemist
At first, strange jokes (seemingly inappropriate) and vivid emotions of the characters can scare you away. But these are the features of the genre. Be patient and the series will open to you. This is a wise story that asks many universal and social questions. Yes, anime is serious. What did you think?
Two brothers, sons of a great alchemist, decided as children that they knew enough to bring their dead mother back to life. But there is a ban on resurrection. After all, the main law of alchemy says: you can get something only by giving something of equal value in return. The brothers paid a terrible price for their mistake.
Still from Fullmetal Alchemist series
The most complex, confusing, incomprehensible series that has won cult status. Understanding the ending of Evangelion is a difficult task, even for someone who has watched every known anime (and the butt of constant jokes).
The typical story about huge robots that protect humanity from a strange threat takes on a new development here. Teenage heroes not only engage in anime-friendly battles, but also reflect. The series is permeated by a line of misunderstanding of what people are fighting for and whether it is necessary to participate in the struggle. Nothing black and white. If at the beginning the series keeps itself within the genre of «Giant robots against other giant robots», then by the end it becomes a philosophical statement about loneliness.
Shot from the series «Evangelion»
6. My Hero Academia
A Naruto-inspired story about a boy who wants to become a hero. He was born in a world where many people have their own superpower (quirk). Superheroes are commonplace. And he has nothing, he is ordinary. Until we meet the #1 superhero — All Might.
A frame from the series «My Hero Academia»
7. «Cells at Work»
Here is a completely unusual anime about human insides. Yes, yes, the main characters are a leukocyte and an erythrocyte in human images. Together they fight against microbes, deliver oxygen to all organs and make sure that a person lives. Everything is like in a biology textbook, only more interesting.
A frame from the series «Cells at Work»
8. «Darling in the Franks»
Combat robots and child pilots in the post-apocalyptic future again. Humanity gained immortality and refused to bear children. Children are raised for one purpose — to fight mysterious biomechanical monsters.
Shot from the TV series «Darling in the Franks»
9. «Chef Fighter Catfish»
Haven’t you already got used to the fact that anime characters must want to become the best in their field? Here is a story about a boy who dreams of becoming the best cook. To do this, he will have to go through a harsh school at the academy. Only 10% of students survive to graduate. This is not the exam for you.
Shot from the TV series «Cook Fighter Soma»
An ordinary yakuza lives his life until a box falls on him. Inside is a girl with paranormal abilities. He understands that such a gift can be useful in his business. What is a drama, thriller? No, a good and funny comedy.
A still from Hinamatsuri
A still from Cells at Work
10 anime series for teenage girls
Anime is a very popular type of animation. And not only at home in Japan, but throughout the rest of the world.
Thanks to such a huge fan base, anime creators divide cartoons into separate genres that can resonate in the hearts of viewers of different ages.
In this top we will pay attention to the genre, which is called shojo, which means it is intended not just for the beautiful half of humanity, but specifically for teenage girls.
- 10. That was us | 2006
- 9. Oran School Host Club | 2006-…
- 8. Rainbow days | 2016
- 7. The student council president is a maid! | 2010-…
- 6. Touching complex | 2007
- 5. Don’t give up! | 2008
- 4. Sailor Moon | 1992-1997
- 3. Getting through to you | 2009-2011
- 2. Special Class A | 2008
- 1. Vampire Knight | 2008
10. That was us | 2006
This anime is said to be sad and bright at the same time. But what exactly everyone agrees on is its incredible touchingness.
The main character, Nanami Takahashi, enters her first year of high school. And suddenly he runs into a charming and popular guy named Motoharu Yano. He is adored and recognized as the first handsome man by almost all the girls of the school. But Nana, unexpectedly, is not among them. Or is she lying?
9. Ouran School Host Club | 2006-…
In the Oran school, for the most part, only children of very rich and wealthy parents study. Since they entered this school at the expense of money, they don’t have to strain themselves during training.
Outstanding among the rich boys and girls is the nondescript Haruhi Fujioka, the only one who entered Ouran High through knowledge.
By chance, he breaks a vase in the host club of the school, where several rich and attractive boys are busy entertaining young girls with socializing and flirting.
The president of the club, Tamaki Suoh, decides first to turn the unsightly Haruhi into a servant, and then into another member of the club who will spoil the girls with his communication.
But Tamaki has yet to find out that Haruhi is actually a girl.
8. Rainbow days | 2016
This anime will delight lovers of romance. In the center of the plot is a charming and restless boy named Hashiba Natsuki.
On Christmas Eve a big trouble happened to him — he was abandoned by his beloved. He would have grieved for a long time about this if by chance on a winter evening he had not encountered a stranger Anna, who, like an angel, appeared before him to support him in difficult times and give him a box of handkerchiefs.
From that moment on, Natsuki decided that he had seen his fate and now he was determined to win the girl’s heart at all costs. And how fortunate that she studies in a parallel class.
7. The student council president is a maid! | 2010-…
This anime will certainly appeal to lovers of unexpectedly twisting love lines and funny awkward situations.
The main character Ayuzawa Misaki, in pursuit of establishing equality between boys and girls at school, managed to earn a reputation as a man-hater.
Having assumed the position of Student Council President, Misaki intends to end the bullies who interfere with girls’ studies.
At school, Misaki is very formidable and dangerous. But no one guesses that in the evenings she moonlights as a waitress in a cosplay cafe, where she is forced to wear a maid costume and flirt with visitors. If anyone finds out about this, the Student Council President’s power will end!
6. Touching complex | 2007
Risa and Atsushi are close friends. And their friendship is already beginning to enter that phase when the guys begin to look at their union with closer attention than at a friendly one.
Risa is the first to realize how much she cares about Atsushi. The girl makes desperate attempts to get close to the guy and let him know how important he is to her.
At first, Atsushi can’t even look at Risa as a girl, plus his girlfriend’s gigantic height is a real hindrance.
The drama of the school years is in full swing. Will Risa be able to make Atsushi look at her differently?
5. Don’t give up! | 2008
Kyoko Mogami, a sweet and confident 16-year-old girl, moves to Tokyo with her boyfriend Sho Fuwa.
Kyoko works tirelessly to help Sho achieve his goal of becoming a superstar. At the same time, Kyoko herself does not see white light. And he runs around the house with an electric broom, and works hard at two jobs, while not forgetting to support and help Sho in every possible way.
But at some point the girl finds out that Sho is just using her as a housewife who doesn’t even have to pay. Very comfortable position! The deceived Kyoko becomes furious and decides to take revenge on Sho, to expose him to ridicule.
4. Sailor Moon | 1992-1997
Sailor Moon is a golden-haired sailor suit warrior who, along with her crew, will save Tokyo and the rest of the planet.
Thanks to their own superpowers, the girls will fight demons and other nasty creatures that are trying to attack people and steal their life energy.
To help Sailor Moon in the fulfillment of her mission, in addition to her warrior friends, there will be two cats, Luna and Artemis, as well as a beautiful stranger in a tuxedo named Tuxedo Mask.
But in addition to saving the world, one must not forget about ordinary life, because Sailor Moon and other warriors are ordinary girls who go to school.
3. Reach out to you | 2009-2011
It’s hard to be an outcast. Especially when a person has done nothing wrong, but at the same time no one is eager to communicate with him. Sawako Kuronuma found herself in just such a situation. Around her at school, legends and prejudices hover that the girl is engaged in black magic, talking with ghosts, and in general, looking into her eyes, you can die on the spot.
It’s good that there was at least one person who decided to go against stereotypes and other nonsense. The most mischievous and popular boy in school, Shota Kazehaya, decides to make friends with a girl and prove to everyone around that she is not at all what everyone thinks.
2. Special A | 2008
Love can be born from anything. And even from confrontation.