When looking up information about anime it seemed that many “parent guides” appeared in my research. At first I thought it was a joke, but there are really guides for parents to read about and make sure their child is able to watch the anime that their children may be interested in. In the Anime Encyclopedia website, I found a write up about why there are guides for parents. It explains that anime is made for young children, but at the same time there are some directors that focus their film more for an older audience. I would advise parents to watch the movie the child desires to see just to make sure it is appropriate for your child’s age. The article takes time to explain one aspect of anime that may come across offensive for the American culture and not so much for the Japanese culture. For example, the Japanese culture does not take offense a little nudity, non-sexual, in the anime films, whereas most of the American culture would flip out if their children saw any kind of nudity in a movie. Rather in Hollywood films, anime is able to give a more realistic feel of life and usually present an important issue that can bring awareness to the children watching. Anime directors seem to steer towards a new direction for the view on women’s roles in the Japanese culture. For anime, many of the women characters are portrayed as strong, independent, and are represented as leaders. There are a few good and bad issues that parents can find on parent guides for anime. Many of these guides can be found online. There will be a website below for you to go see how parents rate some anime films and you can get a feel for what to look for an anime film.
Website with parent guide: http://www.abcb.com/parents/apga_00.htm
Where you can find the article: http://www.abcb.com/parents/