Smells like childhood memories lingering in the air, doesn’t it? Today we are going to take a quick jog around memory lane and remember those anime we used to watch and enjoy as kids. Feel the nostalgia and see if your favorites made the list and discover more other children enjoyed. We represent to you the top twelve kid’s anime that made it to our list. Now follow us!
This is by far one of the most fun, special anime shows. It doesn’t feature the usual kind of a story and animation you see in other shows. Even though the story is repetitive and it might seem that the subject is mostly about a 5-year old showing his butt practically to everybody, it isn’t the case. In fact, it has its own humor, slapstick jokes, and antics from a quirky, little boy who can change any other’s opinions and make them say what they don’t intend to in a blink of an eye. Shin-Chan doesn’t seem to behave even after his mother, Misae, gives him his daily share of spanks. That makes this anime the more and more fun. He also has some moments where his sensitive nature unveils, of course, not missing his silly remarks in the end.
What at first appears to be ”another one of those comedy anime” has actually a deeply rooted plot. Yeah, of course, it’s funny and playful, but it has a very nice feel behind it too. The story begins with Kotarou getting a new neighbor, yet what he doesn’t know is that his neighbor is actually an apprentice angel. Much to his despair, he, one day, finds the extremely cheerful Misha at his door, asking to be friends with him out of nowhere. Yet, Misha is the mischiveous type. Along with Kotaro’s school friends Takashi, Koboshi, and the so called devil, Shia, the group of friends spend their time getting into all sorts of adventures and troubles. If you want to watch a fun anime with a childish sense of humor, then give it a go.
10- Chi’s Sweet Home: Atarashii Ouchi
Having a bad day? Watch a handful of episodes of Chi and her whacky adventures! They’re bound to draw a smile on your pretty face, or heart. Even the characters you write off and get that gut feeling that you will never like, you end up loving them even just a little bit! For episodes that last for only a few minutes long, this is definitely a manageable anime for those that are “too busy.” As usual Chi, who is still as mischievous as ever, finds trouble and befriends new acquaintances. The art of an anime is never the first thing you should notice, because even though this anime has a very simple art style, it will never fail to make you spare a couple chuckles here and there. Worthy ones we must say.
9- Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko
After the destruction of their habitat due to the growth of Tokyo, a group of tanuki tries to defend their homes. They decide to use their transforming talents to try and maybe hold back the new development. Two of them, especially skilled at transforming, are sent to Shikoku ask for the help of three sages. Meanwhile, the rest of them do their best to disrupt the construction site, at first causing accidents, and then actually haunting the site. However, humans are very persistent, and soon the Tanuki are forced to use more unorthodox ways to save the day. Another Studio Ghibli masterpiece, produced by the anime genius Hayao Miyazaki. PonPoko brings something new to the table.
8- Mach GoGoGo
The Mach is a racing car loaded with a new strong engine “X,” specially developed and built by a man named Kenich Hibiki, who was a racing driver as well as a motor engineer. However, while testing the car, he was involved in an accident which led to his death. Meanwhile, his father Daisuke who was witnesed the test driving all the way, recovered the wrecked car as his son`s memento. Later on, the damaged car rebuilt by him was revived as the new Mach, which came to eventually participate in Grand Prix. Now its driver is Go, the younger brother of Kenichi, who is determined to succeed to his brother`s will. In fact, he successfully participates in Grand Prix and keeps growing up to be the best racer in the world.
Astro is a robotic-humanoid boy that posses super human powers and an artificial intelligence system that is unparalleled to any robot. Dr. Tenma created him to replace his late son, Tovio. Dr. Tenma soon destroys his laboratory after the creation of Astro and shuts down Astro. Soon after, Dr. O’Shay, the head of the Ministry of Science revives Astro, tries to give him a normal life as a 6th grade student that helps the police agency keep robots and bigot humans from causing harm. Astro faces extreme callenges for being a robot, thus pushing him forward to discover his truth by finding his creator Dr. Tenma. This show represents the pinnacle of a solid conception of fictional stories. Moreover, it achieves it brilliantly, conveying an idea of mutual acceptance, of peace and of virtues of non-violent resistance.
6- Tottoko Hamtarou
Oh, my childhood. Where did you go? He’s small, fluffy, and absolutely adorable. Hamtarou is one perfect little hamster! After moving to a new residence with his owner, 5th grader Hiroko Haruna, Hamtarou discovers other hamsters and quickly befriends them. Story wise, it’s a slice of life anime, concerning both the hamsters and their owners; the children of the neighborhood. It is episodic in nature but never repetitive or slow. Each episode jumps back and forth between the main character, Hamtaro, and his owner, often going through very similar situations on paralel scales. There are always new adventures, new problems to solve, misunderstandings to clear, and new hamsters to meet. Every episode speaks of it´s charm, and offers not only plenty of slapstick humor, but also that of a more subtle kind.
5-Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
Put on your nostalgia goggles, because watching this baby is the ultimate blast from your past! Tsukino Usagi, a 14-year-old girl, studies in junior high. She’s a crybaby who often flunks her tests and gets scolded by her family. However, after having a bad day, Usagi is surprised to encounter a black cat that can talk! The cat, Luna, grants Usagi the power to transform into Sailor Moon, a fighter who battles against the Dark Kingdom and its evil ruler, Queen Beryl.
Of course, Usagi can’t do it alone. With a great cast of characters, a lengthy, emotional series involving great and well-developed plot, Sailor Moon never disappoints. It lives up as a show that if any younger anime fans out there haven’t seen, or if the older ones thought was, too, they should give it another try.
4- Yume-iro Pâtissière
Aside from her love for eating buns, the clumsy Ichigo Amano has never been successful at anything. After an encounter with Henri Lucas, a famous patissier, Ichigo’s amazing tasting abilities are discovered. Now recognizing her talent, Henri offers her the chance to attend St. Marie Academy, a prestigious culinary school which specializes in desserts, YUMY! This story is really geared towards a younger audience. There’s the plot, simple, sweet, and easy to follow. You can easily enjoy tasting the series. The themes that it shows are very sweet and educational. This show teaches the audience how to work together, how to keep trying again and again, but, most importantly, how to be contant with what you have.
Nobi Nobita is a 4th-grader who lives in Tokyo. One day, he is approached by a round, blue cat-style robot . Nobita’s great-great-grandson who lives in the 22nd Century, sent him back in time to help prevent Nobita from making mistakes that will threaten to cause huge problems to his family . Of course this is not an easy thing to do, since Nobita is the least witty child in his class. Doraemon does, however, have the solution for everything , armed with his arsenal of multy gadgets, he is up to save the day each and every time. Unfortunately, Nobita also abuses Doraemon’s gadgets and manages to put himself in more stinky situations. YIKES! Well, we can say no more. This is a childhood classic that you all watched at some point.
In a summer camp, seven children dubbed the Digi-Destined find themselves in an alternate world filled with bizarre creatures and a peculiar ecosystem. There, they soon discover the inevitable way they must cross together. Although initially hostile, they are each partnered with one of these bizarre creatures known as ‘Digimon.’ They must work together, not only to save the Digital world, but the human world too. Digimon is best described as a coming of age tale. Each of our Digi-Destined must fight their own demons in order to progress and ultimately become more strong to defeat the “Dark Masters” of the digital world. Digimon adventure breaks the concept of being a children´s show, and showcases its strengths in a more than suitable fashion. Deep character progression, a loveable cast, and hilarious situations live as enough reasons that will make this show an enjoyable one.
Last but not least, as a top charter, Pokémon. We’ve all heard of the show that most of us have watched and probably loved as kids. It starts off with a tiny step like most other journeys. Our hero, Ash Ketchum, sets his hopes and dreams as high as the sky of becoming the ultimate Pokemon trainer. As he gets his first Pokemon, everyone’s favorite mouse Pikachu, he’s off on his epic journey! The show brings out an unforgottable adventure of friendship, harsh battles and whatnot. Everything you’d expect from a Shonen that’s aimed at younger kids.
Pokémon is the anime show which introduced many of us to the world of Japanese animation. One of the very best at that.
This is it! These are the top twelve anime from our childhood that you definitely should re-watch. Why not enjoy it for the sake of reviving all those old times. If you have any other anime you like to share with us, then please, don´t you hesitate.