Kodomomuke is one of the most popular genres. It literally means “intended for children,” so under it comes the children’s anime. The Kodomomuke series usually concentrates on giving moralistic lessons, often teaching kids about staying on the right path in life. They are the best instruments to keep the children at bay from watching things outside parental guidance and unfit for their age. Children’s anime is more simple with episodic plots.
Although it leans towards the demography of kids, of course, watching a good anime regardless of its genre is our duty. So below is the list given for the 15 Best Children’s Anime that can be enjoyed by children as well as by an adult. Adults often become bored by watching children’s anime, but we can assure you this list of children’s anime will renew your childhood memory and love for these classic anime without boring you a bit.
15. Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On
This children’s anime is set in a world where both men and monsters exist. Some people hunt the monsters, known as hunters, and some bond with and coexist with monsters known as Riders. The Rider lives in secrecy with their Otomon (the monsters they make a connection with). Their Kizuna Ishi (Bonding Stones) allows them to awaken the hidden power inside monsters.
In the Rider village of Hakum, lives a young boy who dreams of becoming the world’s best Rider. Before the ceremony where he was to receive his own Kizuna Ishi, he sets on a journey to find his Otomon. His partner Naville, childhood friend Cheval and Lilia accompanied him. Together they set out deep into the forest and had a miraculous encounter with a Rathalos.
14. Astro Boy
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Astro Boy is a popular children’s anime in which Atom is a robotic boy. He possesses super-human powers and an artificial intelligence system distinctive from any robot. Dr Tenma created him to replace his late son, Tovio. But soon after its creation, Dr Tenma destroys his laboratory and shuts down Atom. Shortly after, Dr O’Shay, the head of the Ministry of Science, revives Atom. Although he faces extreme racism for being a robot, Dr O’Shay tries to give him an ordinary life as a 6th-grade student. Now Atom helps the police agency by fighting flawed robots and threatening humans from causing harm. He also tries to discover the truth about his creator Dr Tenma.
13. Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter
This children’s anime is an adaptation of a Swedish children’s fantasy book Ronja Rövardotter. The story follows Ronja, the only child of a bandit chief. She grows up in a clan of robbers living in a castle in the woodlands of early-Medieval Scandinavia. When Ronja grows old enough, she often explores the forest, discovering its wonders and dangers. She learns how to live in the forest on her own, with the occasional rescue by her parents. Ronja’s life begins to change when she comes across a boy of her age named Birk, who turns out to be the son of the rival clan chief.
12. Folktales from Japan
Folktales from Japan is a beautiful children’s anime. It teaches traditional morals to kids and the ability to see both the dark and bright sides of life. Almost half-hour episode of Folktales from Japan consists of three stories. Some of these stories are well known and some unknown, with a special focus on heartwarming stories that originate from Tohoku, the northern region where the earthquake of 2011 took place.
Like in any culture, Japanese kids grow up listening to these stories often told by their parents and grandparents. Some of these stories were: The boy born from a peach; the princess from the moon discovered inside a bamboo; the old man who can make a dead cherry tree blossom, etc. Watch this show to relive your childhood stories and to explore more about folktales from Japan.
11. Konjiki no Gash Bell!!
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural
In this children’s anime, Takamine Kiyomaro is a depressed junior high school student who thinks he is too smart for school. His “I don’t care about the world” attitude disappoints his mother. On his 14th birthday, a small naked child crashes through his window. This kid’s name was Gash Bell, and his goal was to be a mentor for Kiyomaro at the request of Kiyomaro’s distant father.
In return, Kiyomaro must help discover the secrets behind Gash Bell’s amnesia and his past, with only a red book as a clue. But Kiyomaro soon realises that Gash Bell is a demon. Gash is also embroiled in an intense fight to see who is the ruler of the demon world. Armed with the power of the red book, Kiyomaro must now help Gash Bell defend himself against other demons friendship and courage.
10. Youkai Watch
Genres: Comedy, Supernatural
Children’s anime Youkai Watch follows the life of Keita Amano who is a primary school kid with curiosity similar to any other kid his age. One day, during his visit into the deep forest, he discovered a small and mysterious capsule. Under it resided a creature, Whisper, that was captured in the capsule for 190 years and set free by Keita. Glad to get freedom, he becomes his liberator, Keita’s guardian against supernatural forces.
Whisper provides Keita with a Youkai Watch, which enables him to see and interact with all the other Youkai. From here, their journey starts as they encounter Youkai, befriend them, fix all the trouble that they so often cause. They also get accompanied by a cat spirit Jibanyan. This children’s anime gives invaluable experiences and precious life lessons.
09. Tottoko Hamtarou
Genres: Adventure, Comedy
Tottoko Hamtarou (Hamtaro) is a cute children’s anime that can teach them the lessons of friendship, honor, glory and teamwork. Hamtarou is a small, fluffy, and adorable hamster. On moving into a new house with his owner Hiroko, Hamtarou discovers other hamsters and quickly makes friends. These hamsters explore everywhere and call themselves the Ham-Hams. When their owners are away, the Ham-Hams go on crazy adventures all around the city. They also help Hiroko and her friends on several occasions.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
We all can agree on the fact that there is no children’s anime as popular as Pokemon. The show covers the journey of Pokemon trainer Ash/Satoshi, as he embarks on becoming a “Pokemon Master”. His two friends Misty/Kasumi and Brock/Takeshi, accompany him in this endeavor. The rebellious Electric-type Pokemon Pickachu was Ash’s first Pokemon. They all together travel across beautiful, sprawling regions, but danger lurks around every corner. The infamous Team Rocket is always nearby, seeking to steal powerful Pokemon through shady schemes. However, this chance encounter would mark the start of a lifelong friendship and an epic adventure!
07. Shugo Chara!
Children’s anime Shugo Chara is about shy girl Amu Hinamori who struggles to make friends in school due to the rumors about her “cool and spicy” personality. With the wish that she could show everyone her “would-be” self, Amu wakes up to the presence of three colorful and ornately decorated eggs in her bed. Each of these eggs houses a “Guardian”. With the aid of Ran, Miki, and Su, Amu is now able to express who she truly is.
But the sudden appearance of Amu’s Guardian Characters stirs the Seiyo Elementary Guardians to take notice of her. Amu roped into being the Guardians’ “Joker”. They asked her to help in finding X Eggs, and she becomes entangled in this Guardians’ quest.
Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi
There is no way you have not heard about this children’s anime. A cat-shaped robot travels back from the future to the 20th century to help a lazy kid Nobita Nobi, for whom nothing is really going well. Nobita is bad at sports and has terrible grades. He can’t even win a match of rock paper & scissors and sleeps almost all the time.
Although it is a hard task for Doraemon to help Nobita, he is prepared with a huge garage of the most inventive and funny gadgets. The only problem is that he’s not the most competent robot cat helper out there either, and the pair gets in constant trouble because of it. Thus, one of the most interesting friendships between a human and a robot begins.
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05. Chi’s Sweet Home
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life
This children’s anime covers the adventures of a kitten Chi and her human family. One day, a kid Youhei and his mother found Chi by chance. Although their apartment has strict rules against keeping any pets, they decide to take Chi to their home. Chi, Youhei, and Youhei’s parents cherish their time together. They make new friends, good memories, and have fun times together. Chi and her family end up on short adventures too. But no matter what trouble Chi ends up getting into, she knows that her family will always love her!
04. Digimon Adventure
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
A group of seven children goes to summer camp, but what they get there is snowfall. Following this, they receive an odd device that transports them to another world. After coming into this new world, they meet unfamiliar creatures who call themselves “Digimon.” They told kids that they landed in the “Digital World,” far from home.
Now, these seven children only have Digivices and Digimon as their protection here in this world. Led by the hasty Taichi Yagami and his hungry Digimon partner Agumon, the children set off to find their way home. In this journey, they have to fight unknown evils of this Digital World, discovering the reason that is what brings them here.
03. Yume-iro Pâtissière
This is the only food-related children’s anime on the list. Ichigo Amano is an unsuccessful clumsy girl who only has a passion for eating cakes. Her fateful encounter with Henri Lucas, a famous patissier, changed her life. Henri discovers her amazing tasting abilities and talent and offers her the chance to attend St. Marie Academy, a prestigious culinary school that specializes in desserts.
Although she was a beginner, Ichigo was placed in the topmost group with the “Sweet Princes” due to Henri’s recommendation. Sennosuke Andou, Satsuki Hanabusa and Makoto Kashino were the other sweet princes, famous throughout the school for their magical treats. Ichigo and the Sweets Princes, each accompanied by their “Sweets Spirits”, work towards their goals in the competitive world of sweets.
02. Cardcaptor Sakura
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Cardcaptor Sakura follows the story of a fourth-grader, Sakura Kinomoto, who stumbles upon a mysterious book containing a set of cards. Without the proper knowledge, she accidentally prompts up a magical gust of wind and scatters the cards all over the world. Suddenly awakened from the book, the Beast Keroberos, tells Sakura that she has released the mystical Clow Cards created by the sorcerer Clow Reed. Each card possesses incredible powers and poses a grave danger to the world.
Keroberos appoints Sakura as the Cardcaptor and grants her the sealed key. Now it is her task to recapture all the cards while balancing her new secret duty with the everyday troubles of a young girl. Her best friend Tomoyo Daidouji will help her in this magical adventure as Sakura the Cardcaptor.
01. Pui Pui Molcar
Children’s anime Pui Pui Molcar is a Kawai, creative and downright surreal anime of recent years. The stage sets in a world where guinea pigs became cars known as ‘Molcar’. These cars relax you and explore the world. They have big round eyes, curvy butt, and speedy limbs. Even during traffic jams, everyone eased just by looking at the butt of that Molcar in front of them. Even when they cause trouble, everyone forgives them due to their furry cuteness. Surrounded by situations only met by cars, it’s a Mol-animation filled with the cure, friendship, adventure, and furry actions.
We hope the above list of 15 Best Children’s Anime justifies your liking. Please do comment and tell us your suggestions.
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