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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
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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Sailor Moon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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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Naruto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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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Yu-Gi-Oh! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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
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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
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
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
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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
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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Cardcaptor Sakura is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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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Sonic X is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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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Doraemon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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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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One Piece is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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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
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
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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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Powerpuff Girls Z is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
Powerpuff Girls Z
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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Case Closed is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Yo-kai Watch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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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
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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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Dragon Ball Z Kai is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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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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Stitch! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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Avatar: The Last Airbend... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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Shugo Chara! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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Dragon Ball GT is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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