Here's why anime definitely isn't just for kids. Anime has been around since the early years of the 20th century, but the style didn't catch on right away. The specific animation style rose to prominence in Japan during the 1960s thanks to Osamu Tezuka, who is credited with creating the first anime TV show, Three Tales. In the decades since, the popularity of anime has risen tremendously and allowed for this form of animation to diversify. Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia represent two of the most popular recent animes.
However, there is still a belief that anime content is meant for younger audiences just because it is animated. This stigma is not only true for anime but is a broader claim that any piece of animation entertainment receives. However, there are plenty of examples of animated content that are either made for adults or have ideas, jokes, and moments that are included with them in mind. This isn't just the case with the latest Pixar movie, though, as anime also offers content for more mature audiences.
As discussed in a new video from Screen Rant (featured at the top of this post), there are several reasons why anime is not made just for kids. Prominent anime like Yu-Gi-Oh and Naruto have tackled some more mature elements in the past, but they are still targeting a young demographic. Instead, the anime genre is responsible for material made for adults, including some explicit adult content.
One key reason why the notion that all of anime is specifically made for kids is not true is that there's an entire subsection of it that is geared towards older viewers. Even outside of those adult programs, several anime shows have suggestive material. Younger viewers could not notice these moments, but they signify an intent from the creators to have moments aimed at adults. Anime content can also go further than just suggesting, as there are also examples of some shows showing heavy drinking, experimentation with drugs, and extreme violence.
Anime can also often explore complicated subject matter that younger audiences may not connect to. Thematically, anime like Death Note and Death Parade are great examples of the heavy themes that these shows tackle. Death Note discusses whether or not anyone has the right to decide who dies, while Death Parade deals with the souls of people being judged in the afterlife. Beyond the themes, anime like Time of Eve shows the ethical questions that these series can raise, such what rights an artificial being should have. With the combination of these themes and adult moments, anime definitely isn't just for children.