Best Anime for Kids (2022 Edition)

Introduction

Looking for an anime for your kids or younger siblings is always a challenge. But fear not, because I’m here. I have listed down the five-best anime for kids that surely will pique their interest in anime. For selecting the anime, I considered three factors – Rating, Genre and Age Group. The anime listed below are ideal for age group 12 and above. Now, these are just my recommendations, but it’s up to you, whether you want to show them to your kids/siblings or not. So, here you go.

Top 5 Best Anime For Kids – List

  1. Haikyuu – 8.8
  2. My Hero Academia – 8.5
  3. Dr. Stone – 8.3
  4. Space Brothers – 8.2
  5. Cells At Work – 7.6

There are also a few honorable mentions that did not make it into this list as these anime shows would have already crossed your mind. Honorable Mentions: Pokemon, Naruto, Sailor moon, Doraemon, Avatar: The Last Air Bender and Fruit’s Basket. Now that you know my recommendations, let me tell you a bit about their plot, so that you can make a proper decision.

Haikyuu

Haikyuu
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Hinata Shouyou, a middle school kid with short stature, gained a sudden interest in volleyball after watching a national championship match on TV. Determined to become like the championship’s star player (a small boy nicknamed “The small giant”), Hinata joins his school’s volleyball club.

But due to the lack of players and a practice area, Hinata would end up practicing by himself in different places. Despite all the odds, in his final year, Hinata managed to convince his friends and entered an actual competition.

And again, his poor luck managed to pair his team against the championship favorite and its star player Tobio Kageyama, also called “The king of the court”, in the very first round. Though Hinata’s team suffers a crushing defeat in the match, he vows to become better and surpass Kageyama.

Now Hinata is starting his first year in the same school as that of the small giant. He’s going to join the school’s volleyball team and eventually defeat Kageyama when they faceoff on the court. Or at least that’s what he had planned, until he discovers that he and Kageyama are now in the same school.

It is really fun to watch these two rivals bickering on multiple occasions. But when on court, they are a deadly combo to face against. This anime will help kids learn the important life lesson that as long as you believe in yourself, you can conquer all heights. Along with that they will also learn a great deal about volleyball.

IMDB Rating: 8.8

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sports

Certificate: TV-14

Ideal For Age Group – 13 and above

Available On – Netflix

My Hero Academia

Boku no hero academia
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In a world full of super powers known as “Quirks”, a young boy named Izuku Midoria is without any powers. This makes his dream of becoming a super hero next to impossible. One day, on his way back from school, a villain tries to attack him. But “All Might” the strongest hero in Japan and Izuku’s idol, saves him. One thing leads to another and the villain manages to escape.

The same evening, the villain wreaks havoc in the city and takes Bakugo, a classmate of Izuku who always taunts him for being Quirkless, as his hostage. All Might arrives at the scene but due to his injuries, he is unable to help.

Izuku who was passing by, notices Bakugo in danger and despite any powers he leaps forward to save him. Looking at a Qurikless boy trying to save a person in distress, All Might realizes his mistake and saves the two kids from the villain. He then agrees to train Izuku and pass on his special power “One For All” to Izuku.

Upon receiving his new powers, Izuku enrolls the U.A. Highschool – A school that specializes in hero training. But soon Izuku realizes that being a hero is not as simple as it seems. There are still plenty of things that he has to learn in order to become a hero.

The series focuses on a middle school student Izuku Midoriya and his journey to become a hero. The important take away from this anime is that “No matter what, you must never lose hope”.

IMDB Rating: 8.5

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Certificate: TV-14

Ideal For Age Group – 14 and above

Available On – Netflix

Dr. Stone

Best Anime For Kids
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One fateful day, all of humanity was petrified by a mysterious flash of light. 3700 years pass with the human race frozen in stone. Until one day, a 15-year-old prodigy named Ishigami Senku suddenly awakens, only to find himself in a world where human civilization does not exist. Senku sets up a basecamp and begins to study the petrified humans in order to determine the cause of the event, and to find a cure.

Six months later, Senku’s friend Taiju wakes up and Senku learns that nitric acid undoes the petrification. With this discovery, he develops a compound that can instantly revive any petrified human.

They revive Tsukasa, a famous martial artist and their classmate to defeat a lion. With his superhuman strength, Tsukasa easily defeats the lion. They also revive Yuzuriha (Taiju’s crush). The four then begin their mission to restore human civilization with a focus on science. But Tsukasa ultimately reveals that he opposes Senku’s idea of building a scientific civilization, believing that the old world was tainted and hence, should not be restored. Instead, he desires to create a world where power and strength rules. He even goes so far as to destroy the petrified adults who could interfere with his goals.

The anime center’s around Senku and his love for science. Even with odds stacked against him, he solves all the problems with the help of science. This anime is a great remainder of Nelson Mandela’s quote “Education is the strongest weapon which you can use to change the world”.

IMDB Rating: 8.3

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Certificate: TV-14

Ideal For Age Group – 13 and above

Available On – Netflix

Space Brothers

Best Anime for kids
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One evening, in the summer of 2006, two brothers Hibito and Mutta Nanba see what appears to be an UFO. This sparks an interest about space in the minds of these two brothers. Now many years later, Hibito has become an astronaut and is due to on his first mission on moon.

Mutta on the other hand has lost his job in an automobile company for head-butting his superior and had to move-in with his parents. Upon hearing about Mutta’s job loss, Hibito emails him and asks him to listen to the tape they recorded back in 2006.

In the tape, the younger brother Hibito expresses his desire to go on the moon. Hearing this Mutta decides to go a step further and aims for Mars. Back in the present time, Mutta realizes that he had deviated from his original aim and hence decides to correct his mistake. One month later, he receives a letter from JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) saying he has been accepted for an astronaut program.

The anime showcases the struggles and hardships a person has to go through to become an astronaut. This anime teaches us that with enough hard work and dedication one can realize his/her goals.

IMDB Rating: 8.2

Genre: Comedy

Certificate: TV-14

Ideal For Age Group – 12 and above

Available On – Crunchyroll

Cells At Work

Cells at work
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The story follows a world of human body which is represented as a city, where trillions of cells reside. Among them is a rookie Red Blood Cell, joining her duties of delivering oxygen and other nutrients all over the body. During her work, she meets a White Blood Cell, who save her from a bacteria attack.

She soon realizes that the body they live in is not in a good state and so they have to work twice as hard to maintain it. Due to its poor state, the body is often under attack by various bacteria and viruses. But the White Blood cells and the others, always defend it with their lives.

This anime gives a detailed picture of what goes on inside a human body. So, I believe it is a good pick if your kid/sibling has an interest towards biology. Though this anime has some gore content, it gives a good learning experience. And if you are fine with it, this can be a great educational anime.

IMDB Rating: 7.6

Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Certificate: TV-14

Ideal For Age Group – 14 and above

Available On – Netflix

IMDB Parent’s Guide For The Best Anime For Kids

Below are links to Parents guide for the listed anime. This will give you a rough idea on what the contents of the anime are and which episodes to avoid.

  1. Haikyuu
  2. My Hero Academia
  3. Dr. Stone
  4. Space Brothers
  5. Cells At Work

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Summary – The Best Anime For Kids

Finally, here is a recap of the article.

Anime NameRatingsMain GenreAgeAvailable On
Haikyuu8.8Sports13 and aboveNetflix
My Hero Academia8.5Action14 and aboveNetflix
Dr. Stone8.3Adventure13 and aboveNetflix
Space Brothers8.2Sci-Fi12 and aboveCrunchyroll
Cells At Work7.6Action14 and aboveNetflix
Best Anime for Kids – Guide

I hope this article helped you in choosing the right anime for your kids/siblings. All of these anime shows are available on Netflix (except Space Brothers). And are selected with a focus of imparting wisdom on young minds in an entertaining way.

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