A few notes parents should know about Anime!

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Hands On Art will be teaching a few classes in the anime style soon. Is your child interested in drawing in anime? The Japanese cartoon art style has become one of the most popular art styles in children’s entertainment in the U.S.A, and they LOVE it! Anime can be a wonderful way to teach your children to grow an appreciation for a culture outside of their own. But there are things that as a parent, you need to watch out for!

What you need to know about anime as a parent:

? There are many genres of anime ranging G, PG, PG-13, and M for Mature.

? Japanese culture is different than U.S. culture. This means that some topics that in U.S. culture would be considered as inappropriate for children, is not avoided. (Ex. death, nudity, etc.)

? Not all anime is meant for children!

So what can you do to monitor what your child’s viewing of anime?

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Here is a list of helpful tips:

? Anime shown children’s cartoon networks before 9pm are likely safe for most children under 13. BUT, if it is on after 9pm, then you know it isn’t appropriate for children under 13.

? Before you let your child watch any anime or read any manga (Japanese comic books), watch or read it yourself first. No matter what the local video or bookstore says, it may not fit your personal criteria for what is appropriate for your children.

? Always look to see why an anime received its rating.

? If you rent or buy a movie from the children’s section and it wasn’t appropriate, be sure to go back and let the store manager know to help prevent other children from seeing something inappropriate.