I watch quite a bit of anime with my kids, especially with my 5-year-old daughter. She’s always looking for me to find something new and fun for her to watch. In the past, we’ve watched Bunny Drop, AKB48, and other, probably less suitable, shows. As a new segment on AAB, I’ll share a couple shows at the beginning of each season that I think would be a god choice to watch with your kids. And this season I have Aikatsu! and Chou Soku Henkei Gyrozetter.
Aikatsu!, which is short for Aidoru Katsudo! (Idol Activities!), is a collectible card game by Bandai. The game revolves around using collectible cards featuring various clothes to help aspiring idols pass auditions. The anime story centers around a girl named Ichigo Hoshimiya. Ichigo starts out as an ordinary middle school girl. But when her best friend, Aoi Kiriya, and brother take her to a concert of the premier idol, Her, and her future, are forever changed. She and her best friend then enroll in the Starlight Academy for developing idols. These idols utilize the Aikatsu system, in which idols select clothes to wear for their auditions using combinations of cards.
For my daughters, this story has it all. Singing, dancing, and silly antics. It is very reminiscent of the Barbie cartoons that they watch on a regular basis. The plot is very clear-cut. The underlying story, of trying your best and working hard toward your goals, sends a positive message that fits the crowd it’s trying to reach. And to that point, you wont find any panty shots, naked bath scenes, or other questionable content. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with kids 8 and under, especially young girls.
Chou Soku Henkei Gyrozetter
Gyrozetter (Super High-Speed Transforming Gyrozetter) is another adaptation of a Japanese card game by Square Enix. In the near future, artificial intelligence (AI) cars have revolutionized the car industry with their increased safety. Special schools have been set up to train children to drive the AI cars. Fifth grader Kakeru Todoroki was summoned by the school principal and given an A.I. car “to save the humanity by chosen drivers like you.” The car, however, is not just a car but also a transforming robot known as “Gyrozetter.”
Night Rider meets Transformers meets Gundam. It the kind of show your kids probably watch on Saturday morning cartoons now. Cool cars, lots of action, and the main character, Kakeru, has an onerous streak that lends itself to some humorous situations. The show has a classic “Good vs. Evil” story line, with the typical shonen power-up cycle. While this will be cliché for older viewers, younger ones wont mind a bit. As this is a fighting based show, there is animated violence between robots, so for those parents looking for a more peaceful show, this isn’t it. That being said, it’s no worse than any other cartoon widely available on TV or Netflix. This show is an overall good choice for the kids in your house.