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The Very Best Anime for Kids

Updated September 30, 2020 91.5k votes 13.1k voters 338.1k views105 items

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

    Action, Adventure
    Pokémon (OLM, 1997), also known as Pokémon the Series, is a Japanese children's anime series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 2
    Yu-Gi-Oh! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
    2,457
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    Yu-Gi-Oh!, known in Japan as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, is a 2000 Japanese anime series animated... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    Naruto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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    Naruto

    Action, Adventure
    Naruto (Studio Pierrot, 2002) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Masashi... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    Sailor Moon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
    3,041
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    Sailor Moon is a media franchise created by Naoko Takeuchi. The series began as a manga... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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    Dragon Ball Z

    Adventure, Comedy
    Dragon Ball Z (Toei Animation, 1989) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 6
    Digimon: Digital Monsters 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 7
    Naruto: Shippuden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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    Naruto: Shippuden

    Action, Adventure
    Naruto: Shippuden (Studio Pierrot, 2007), also known as Naruto Shippuden, is a Japanese action... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    Doraemon is listed (or ranked) 8 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 9
    Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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    Dragon Ball

    Adventure, Comedy
    Dragon Ball (Toei Animation,1986) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 10
    Hamtaro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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    Hamtaro is a Japanese children's manga and storybook series created and illustrated by Ritsuko... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 11
    Beyblade is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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    Beyblade, known in Japan as Explosive Shoot Beyblade, is a Japanese manga series written and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Cardcaptor Sakura is listed (or ranked) 12 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Yo-kai Watch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
    Yo-kai Watch is a children's anime series based on the video game of the same name developed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 14
    Sonic X is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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    Sonic X is a Japanese anime television series created by TMS Entertainment and based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    Detective Conan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
    Case Closed, known originally as Meitantei Conan, is a Japanese detective manga series written... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 16
    Sailor Moon Crystal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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    Sailor Moon Crystal

    Sailor Moon Crystal, known in Japan as Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal, is a 2014 original... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 17
    Voltron is listed (or ranked) 17 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 18
    One Piece is listed (or ranked) 18 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 19
    Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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  • 20
    My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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    My Hero Academia

    Action, Comedy
    My Hero Academia (Bones, 2016) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Kohei... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 21
    Little Witch Academia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
    Little Witch Academia (Netflix, 2017) is an anime television series created by Yoh Yoshinari.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 22
    Powerpuff Girls Z is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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    Powerpuff Girls Z

    Powerpuff Girls Z, known in some other countries as PPGZ for short, is a magical girl anime... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 23
    Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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    Fairy Tail

    Action, Adventure
    Fairy Tail (A-1 Pictures, 2009) is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the manga by Hiro... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 24
    The Legend of Korra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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  • 25
    Stitch! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Anime for Kids
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    Stitch! is the anime adaptation of the animated feature film Lilo & Stitch and the successor... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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