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Does anyone know much about anime?

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llmb Tue 12-Jun-18 06:46:17

My autistic pre teen loves anime and I know there is yugioh but he doesn’t like that, said he’s seen it all and grown out of it... google obviously brings a lot of random stuff up but I woundered if anyone can help or know of any suitable for him that isn’t too adult? Other than you tube,is there anything around? He doesn’t like comics, just wants to watch it?


AjasLipstick Tue 12-Jun-18 06:56:58

Anime is tricky because some of the cartoons have very dark subject matter whilst others are innocent and wholesome.

If I were you I would look on this forum here

Some of what you read might make you think "WHAT!?" but it's important that you fully understand the genre and what is Reddit's Anime forum is a good start.

You could even make an account and ask the question there...there are lots of teens on there who will be nice and helpful.

This thread is already very below

The poster mentions that the series has no nudity and no "off colour" humour and is wholesome and nice.

So that should be ok. Read a few of the reviews and threads to learn more in general.

MrsPnut Tue 12-Jun-18 07:02:43

How about the Studio Ghibli films? My 11 year old loves all of them.

WickedLazy Tue 12-Jun-18 07:05:08

It's quite girly but I used to love cardcaptor sakura at about the same age.

llmb Tue 12-Jun-18 07:06:06

Thanks ajas that’s exactly what I’m worried about. I don’t know anything about it other than yugioh and worry he will be watching things he should’nt! I will have a look at that website thanks I appreciate it.

mrs Iv never heard of that/them, are they on you tube or can I access elsewhere? I’d rather keep him off you tube where possible as despite the restrictions on it things get through!

MrsPnut Tue 12-Jun-18 21:43:15

Here they are films you can buy on DVD, they are often on TV around bank holidays too.

My daughter's favourite is My Neighbour Totoro.

dancinfeet Tue 12-Jun-18 22:26:38

Ponyo is a nice animated kids movie

AjasLipstick Wed 13-Jun-18 06:33:12

DD has said that this would be suitable

Fairy Tail

Sounds a bit disneyish but it isn't.

llmb Wed 13-Jun-18 08:52:43

Thanks everyone.

Its hard as it’s not something that interests me so I only be know what he’s said and what Iv been googling (hence worrying about content!) he’s quite naive aswell as potentially vulnerable (asd) and worry about him. I really appreciate these suggestions, I’ll look through them all today.

NoStraightEdges Wed 13-Jun-18 08:57:17

My 13 to ds is mad about anime. He says it's quite tricky to find stuff that's suitable, so I think you're right to be cautious. He watches it on Netflix, so if you have it, you could set up some suitable ones for him to watch On that?

It's actually spurred my DC onto learning Japanese (from an app and a book that I bought him) and into loving Japanese food. He also bought (with his own money) a lovely Japanese tea set and lovingly pours himself an oolong yes after school, so maybe you could get him into some of the wider stuff too?

Lessstressedhemum Wed 13-Jun-18 09:49:30

All my kids are anime addicts (I've been subjected to it for 20 years!) You could try a Crunchy roll subscription, loads of suitable things on their. You do have to be cautious, though, because a lot of it is very dark or highly sexualised.

You could try Naruto, Fairy Tale, Prince of Tennis, Pretty Cure, all the endless Dragonball, anything by Studio Ghibli. I will get some recommendations for you from my geeks.

tryingtodateagain Wed 13-Jun-18 09:52:14

Studio Ghilbli has lovely ones

madamginger Wed 13-Jun-18 09:58:41

I agree about studio ghibli, my 3 love most of their films. Princess mononoke is quite dark though. We must have watched spirited away over 20 times!

kikashi Wed 13-Jun-18 10:10:26

Fruits Basket is a good one for pre teens/early teens funny (a little rude - clothes fall off and bits have to be covered when the characters turn into the zodiac animals).

Naruto is also very popular and has been going for ages with a few incarnations - Naruto, Naruto Shippenden (XD) as well as offshoot anime films - there are 2 versions- a straight version that follows the books and a "chibi" version that is more comedic with cute kawaii type versions of the characters. I think Disney have cleaned up/edited anything that might offend from the original Japanese versions.

A few years back my lot were very keen on Hetalia (which is a comedy)

There are so, so many anime it's hard - depends on your DS's interests. My son loved Naruto (the manga books and anime series) but disliked FairyTail and One Piece which are very famous and popular.

My DD's liked Fruits Baskets, Vampire Knight, Black Butler, Wolf's Rain, Ouran host club, Cardcaptors, Ghibli films.

They all loved Death Note (manga and anime but not the live films) but there is a lot of killing in it and a nasty kidnap of a girl. Attack on Titan is very popular but you do have to be careful as although they look like cartoons there can be a lot of gore and more adult themes cropping up. The age guides on the manga books the anime is based on can help.

Studio Ghibli is pretty safe (except for Grave of the Fireflies which is quite harrowing) but they are films whereas Naruto is like Yu-gi-oh - a huge ongoing series.

spiderlight Wed 13-Jun-18 10:22:14

My 11-year-old is absolutely obsessed with Initial D. It's about Japanese street drift racing so it's quite specialist (DS is a car obsessive) but there appear to be about 900 series so if yours likes it it should keep him going for a while!

Studio Ghibli films are worth looking at as well - My Neighbor Totoro is gorgeous!

NewtScamandersNaughtyNiffler Wed 13-Jun-18 10:25:09

Was going to say Studio Ghibli but see it's been mentioned a lot already. Spirited Away is our favourite.

Ds2 (11) cannot stop reading One Piece either.

FiveGoMadInDorset Wed 13-Jun-18 10:26:58

DD ia also on the spectrum and massively into anime, Naruto rates highly and also Zelda and studio Ghibli, I took her to an anime convention which she enjoyed, also have bought books and pens to help her learn how to draw anime and like PP she would like to learn Japanese and she has started enjoying Japanese food

thenightsky Wed 13-Jun-18 10:33:01

My Aspie DS has been into Anime since being about 10 years old. He is now 25 and still into it. It channelled his obsession into learning Japanese and he can now write and speak it enough to manage a 3 week tour of Japan! He also started karate at around age 8 and is now an instructor (2nd dan). He also draws his own Anime cartoons.

Lessstressedhemum Wed 13-Jun-18 10:53:12

So, Having spoken to DS2 (25) who has been into anime since he was 7 or 8 and has AS, the first thing to do is decide how you want to watch. He recommends a subscription to Crunchyroll or Funimation for streaming or a subscription to Cinema Paradiso for DVD rental (it works like Love Film used to.)

Recommended anime from him for starters -

Code Geas
Samurai Deeper Kyo
Journey to Agartha
Blue Exorcist
Tokyo Godfathers

You do need to be careful. My two older kids, both AS, read Deathnote at that kind of age and weren't fazed but I didn't let the other 3 read/watch until thet were a wee bit older.
If you could persuade him to try some of the books, it would open up a whole new world for him. I got all mine into Shakespeare through the Manga Shakespeare series and got them reading some of the bible with the Manga Bible (not that I'm suggesting anyone foist religion on their kids via manga). There are so many things presented this way now.

WickedLazy Wed 13-Jun-18 11:12:00

Also, what about pokemon? The original series is on netflix atm.

llmb Wed 13-Jun-18 18:57:31

Wow so much! Thanks everyone!

All of this is going over my head!

Right, so he doesn’t want to read it (he’s dyslexic so can struggle although he is good at reading) and doesn’t want any comics. He mainly wants to watch. I have a DVD player and his iPad which is what he really wants to use. I have an amazon prime but none of the others? What is best? How do you get subscriptions? What does that mean, do you pay per view type thing? He loves to draw, can anyone recommend anything for that aswell? He loves Japanese food!

WickedLazy Wed 13-Jun-18 21:26:25

I think netflex is still offering the first month free, then if you don't cancel it's around £7 after that. Not sure how much anime other than pokemon is on there. I know at least a few episodes are free on youtube, but they have part of the screen portioned off, so it's only a mini screen within a screen, iyswim. Maybe have a look for cheap boxsets online too? Let him choose?

For drawing, there might be some free "how to draw" apps available on his ipad.

Lessstressedhemum Thu 14-Jun-18 09:06:13

There's not a lot of anime on Netflix or Prime. Cruncyroll and Funimation you take out a subscription online, they are about a fiver a month and then he can watch unlimited stuff from their site on his tablet. Cinema Paradiso is a rental service, their subscriptions vary from a fiver to about £13 a month depending on how many dvds you want to get. I think the top level allows you 2 discs at a time and an unlimited number every month. You set this up online as well.
With a rental service, you can make a list of the stuff you want to see from their catalogue and they send you the discs. When you have watched them, you send them back and then they send you more. So, it's a wee bit like a library for film.

Blackbutler86 Thu 14-Jun-18 09:15:08

Major anime fan here at 31 smile There are some great suggestions given here so only thing Ive come on to add is a subscription service is great and if you choose one I would recommend Funimation as they are mostly English dubbed where as Crunchyroll has subtitles to read. They are both £4.99 a month.

bumfluffington Thu 14-Jun-18 09:18:59

Another vote for Crunchyroll here smile There's also a few series of Anime on Netflix but be a little bit careful, there's a couple on there that are fairly violent. Tokyo Ghoul for example is really bloody soprobably a bit old. I'd actually advise watching a bit of a series yourself before you let him smile

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