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Japanese Fans Rank The Anime They’d Like Their Parents To Watch

Anime pollsters, it appears, are on a parents kick. Last week we featured a controversial poll about anime’s worst dads, and this week the question posted by ranking site Charapedia asked Japanese fans, “what anime would you like to show your parents?”

As many fans can surely attest, introducing your anime hobby to your parents can be a tricky endeavor – how do you pick the film or series that will convince them all the time and energy you’ve been pouring into these strange Japanese cartoons isn’t a waste? Here’re the titles chosen by Charapedia’s readers:

20. Fate/ series
19. Haikyuu!!
18. Durarara!!
17. Sword Art Online
16. Steins;Gate
15. Fullmetal Alchemist
14. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
13. Hyouka
12. Tokyo Ghoul
11. Natsume’s Book of Friends
10. Code Geass
9. Kuroko’s Basketball
8. Psycho-Pass
7. One Piece
6. Madoka Magica
5. Your Lie in April
4. Angel Beats!
3. Gintama
2. Clannad
1. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Here are some translated comments about the choices:

Code Geass: “It’s an anime that really makes you think, especially about parent-child relationships.”

Kuroko’s Basketball: “I want my parents to understand the appeal of sexy 2D men.”

Psycho-Pass: “I want my parents to think about the irrationality of rules.”

One Piece: “The bonds of friendship in the series are really moving, so I’d like them to see it.”

Madoka Magica: “I want my parents to see that there’s anime like this out there.”

Your Lie in April: “I want them to know there’s anime that can make you cry.”

Angel Beats!: “It’s a combination of light and deep emotions – something that’ll help my parents understand me.”

Gintama: “It’s full of laughs, so it’d be fun to watch and laugh as a family.”

Clannad: “Because it’s a story about a family.”

Anohana: “It’s a show that’ll make anyone cry. It’s not like I want my parents to cry, but it’s a show even people who don’t like anime can enjoy.”

How about you, OUSA readers? Are your parents understanding of your anime hobby? What series or films have you tried to show them, and why?

Source: Charapedia

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.