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The Very Best Anime for Kids 

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Since not all anime is intended for children to watch, we've compiled a list of series that are safe for younger viewers. This is our list of the best kids anime of all time, featuring shows with minimal violence and adult themes that are not appropriate for children. Need a suggestion for some anime your kids will enjoy? There are at least 30 great titles listed below, and they've been voted on by other Ranker users so that the most recommended shows will show at the top of the list!

What makes an anime good for a young audience? These shows are silly and fun, and most will teach a life lesson to your children in some capacity. Shows like Pokemon, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Wedding Peach are all great choices, and most can even be found on YouTube if you want to watch them for free. Vote for the anime you would recommend to other parents, or simply use this list as a guide for shows that are suitable for your own kids to watch.

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Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
1997

Actors: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart

Network: TV Tokyo

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Thriller, Adventure film, Comedy, + more

Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters, is a long running Japanese children's anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television ...more

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Naruto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
2002

Actors: Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Junko Takeuchi

Number of Episodes: 220

Network: TV Tokyo

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Drama, Anime, Comedy, + more

Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who searches for recognition from his peers and the ...more

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Sailor Moon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
1995

Actors: Terri Hawkes, Jill Frappier, Mary Long, Stephanie Morgenstern, Stephanie Beard, + more

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 159

Network: Cartoon Network, Television syndication

Genres (Tv): Anime

Sailor Moon is a media franchise created by Naoko Takeuchi. The series began as a manga published in 1991 and the anime adaptation began airing in March 1992. Since then, the series have been ...more

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Yu-Gi-Oh! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
2000

Actors: Dan Green, Eric Stuart, Amy Birnbaum

Number of Episodes: 224

Network: TV Tokyo

Genres (Tv): Animation, Anime, Adventure film, Action film, Fantasy

Yu-Gi-Oh!, known in Japan as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, is a 2000 Japanese anime series animated by Studio Gallop, based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series written by Kazuki Takahashi. After solving an ...more

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Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
Benjamin Bartuccio-Pereira added 1989

Actors: Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

Number of Seasons: 16

Number of Episodes: 291

Network: Fuji Television

Genres (Tv): Animation, Thriller, Anime, Adventure film, Comedy, + more

Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z is the sequel to the Dragon Ball anime and adapts the last 325 chapters of the original 519-chapter ...more

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Digimon: Digital Monster... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
1999

Actors: Steve Blum, Tifanie Christun, Mona Marshall

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 253

Network: Fuji Television

Genres (Tv): Animation, Anime, Action film

Digimon, short for "Digital Monsters", is a Japanese media franchise encompassing virtual pet toys, anime, manga, video games, films and a trading card game. The franchise focuses on ...more

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Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
2007

Actors: Nana Mizuki, Yukari Tamura, Kazuhiko Inoue, Akira Ishida, Jōji Nakata, + more

Number of Seasons: 14

Number of Episodes: 319

Network: TV Tokyo

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Anime, Adventure film, Comedy, + more

Naruto Shippuuden is the continuation of the original animated TV series Naruto.The story revolves around an older and slightly more matured Uzumaki Naruto and his quest to save his friend ...more

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Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
Benjamin Bartuccio-Pereira added 1986

Actors: Hiromi Tsuru, Toshio Furukawa, Masako Nozawa, Takeshi Aono, Mayumi Tanaka, + more

Network: Fuji Television

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Children's television series, Adventure film, Action, + more

Dragon Ball is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. It is an adaptation of the first 194 chapters of the manga of the same name created by Akira Toriyama, which were ...more

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Beyblade is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
2001

Actors: Marlowe Gardiner-Heslin, Alex Hood, Gage Knox

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 357

Network: TV Tokyo

Genres (Tv): Animation, Sports film, Anime, Comedy-drama, Action, + more

Beyblade, known in Japan as Explosive Shoot Beyblade, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Takao Aoki to promote sales of spinning tops called "Beyblades." Originally ...more

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Sonic X is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
2003

Actors: Amy Palant, Suzanne Goldish, Sanae Kobayashi

Number of Episodes: 78

Network: Jetix, 4Kids TV, Rai 2, YTV, TROS, + more

Genres (Tv): Animation, Drama, Children's television series, Anime, Adventure film, + more

Sonic X is a Japanese anime television series created by TMS Entertainment and based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series published by Sega. Sonic X initially ran for fifty-two episodes, ...more

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Cardcaptor Sakura is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
1998

Actors: Sakura Tange, Andrea Kwan, Junko Iwao

Number of Episodes: 70

Network: NHK

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series

Cardcaptor Sakura is a 1998 anime series based on the Japanese manga series by Clamp. An elementary school student who discovers that she possesses magical powers after accidentally freeing a ...more

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Doraemon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
Md Imteaz Alam Nisat added 1979

Actors: Kazuya Tatekabe, Kaneta Kimotsuki, Megumi Oohara, Yumi Kakazu, Kotono Mitsuishi, + more

Network: TV Asahi

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Comedy, Fantasy

Doraemon is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by the manga writing team Fujiko Fujio. The series has also been adapted into a successful anime series and media franchise. The story ...more

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#454 of 717 The Best Cartoons of All Time #76 of 133 The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before

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One Piece is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
Benjamin Bartuccio-Pereira added 1999

Actors: Mari Yaguchi, Kappei Yamaguchi, Mayumi Tanaka, Akemi Okamura, Kazuya Nakai, + more

Number of Episodes: 923

Network: RTL II, Fuji Television

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Comedy, Action, + more

One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. The manga has been adapted into an original video animation produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series ...more

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Hamtaro is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
2002

Actors: Jillian Michaels, Tabitha St. Germain, Terry Klassen, Samuel Vincent, Kelly Sheridan, + more

Network: Cartoon Network

Hamtaro is a Japanese children's manga and storybook series created and illustrated by Ritsuko Kawai. The manga is serialized in Shogakukan's all girl's magazine Ciao in 1997, focusing on a ...more

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Sailor Moon Crystal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
Tuan Cao added Sailor Moon Crystal 2014

Actors: Jessica Gee, Kotono Mitsuishi, Ryô Hirohashi

Network: Niconico

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Animation

Sailor Moon Crystal, known in Japan as Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal, is a 2014 original net animation adaptation of the manga series Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi. Upon obtaining the ...more

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Dragon Ball Z Kai is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
2009

Actors: Masako Nozawa, Jôji Yanami, Mayumi Tanaka

Dragon Ball Z Kai is a revised version of the Japanese anime series Dragon Ball Z.
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Powerpuff Girls Z is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
Powerpuff Girls Z 2006

Actors: Chiwa Saitō, Hideyuki Tanaka, Ryūsei Nakao, Naoki Tatsuta, Masashi Ebara, + more

Genres (Tv): Animation, Anime

Powerpuff Girls Z, known in some other countries as PPGZ for short, is a magical girl anime series based on the American animated television series The Powerpuff Girls. The anime is co-produced ...more

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Yo-kai Watch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
animetrain0 added 2015

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Anime

Yo-kai Watch is a children's anime series based on the video game of the same name developed by Level-5. Nate, a young boy, stumbles upon the mysterious Yo-Kai Watch. which allows him to see ...more
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Voltron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
CosmicCastaway added 1984

Actors: Jack Angel, Michael Bell, Peter Cullen

Network: Radio Philippines Network, USA Network, Southern Broadcasting Network, Living TV Group, Foxtel, + more

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Adventure film, Science Fiction

Voltron: Defender of the Universe is an animated television series that features a team of space explorers that pilot a giant super robot known as "Voltron". Initially produced as a ...more

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Case Closed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
Case Closed, known originally as Meitantei Conan, is a Japanese detective manga series written and illustrated by Gosho Aoyama. The series is serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday ...more

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Stitch! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
WayneBell added 2008

Actors: Kappei Yamaguchi, Kōichi Yamadera, Unshō Ishizuka, Hisako Kyōda, Shōzō Iizuka, + more

Network: TV Tokyo

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Anime, Science Fiction

Stitch! is the anime adaptation of the animated feature film Lilo & Stitch and the successor for the Lilo & Stitch series by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It takes place after Leroy ...more

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My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
NinjaKasper106 added

Genres (Tv): Anime, Manga

My Hero Academia is a 2016 anime series based on the superhero manga series Boku no Hīrō Akademia, written by Kōhei Horikoshi. Izuku Midoriya is a regular middle school student in a world where ...more

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Shugo Chara! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
Chloe Hamilton added 2007

Actors: Nana Mizuki, Miyuki Sawashiro, Mitsuki Saiga, Yuichi Nakamura, Nanae Katō, + more

Number of Episodes: 51

Network: TV Tokyo

Genres (Tv): Animation, Magical girl, Anime, Shōjo manga

Shugo Chara!, also known as My Guardian Characters, is a Japanese shōjo manga series created by the manga author duo, Peach-Pit. The story centers on elementary school girl Amu Hinamori, whose ...more

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Avatar: The Last Airbend... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
PhoebeRomero added 2005

Actors: Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 61

Network: Nickelodeon

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Steampunk, Romance TV, Children's television series, + more

Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which ...more

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Go! Princess PreCure is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
-1451474948890 added 2015

Actors: Jonny Rees, Masumi Asano, Yu Shimamura, Hibiku Yamamura

Genres (Tv): Animation

Go! Princess PreCure, also known as Go! Princess Pretty Cure, is a 2015 Japanese magical girl anime series, and the twelfth installment to Izumi Todo's Pretty Cure franchise. Haruka forms the ...more