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For Families

Animarathon is a family-friendly event; however, there will be materials geared towards older audiences as well. We leave it mostly up to the parent's discretion as to what material is appropriate for their child, however we make sure to include children-friendly events during the convention. In order to help you decide what may or may not be appropriate viewing material for your child, the program will include descriptions and ratings of all anime being shown and all panel discussions taking place at the convention.

Animarathon does not contain any NC-17 material, and any R-rated panels will require an I.D. check at the door for the duration of the discussion. If your child is over 13 years old and you agree to accompany them to the R-rated panel, it is up to the panel discussion leaders to decide if they are comfortable admitting you and your child.

If you would like to know more about anime, or would like to find a place where you can find other parents of children that like anime, several members of ANO (the college anime group on campus) will be hosting a panel to give you a place to ask questions and give our honest opinion on specific anime you may be wondering about.

The best way to stay involved with your child, is to know their interests. With this in mind, here are several links to articles that talk about anime and child-appropriate material in the anime genre. It is important that you acquaint yourself with these anime terms so you know what we're talking about when we give warnings for specific material such as "yaoi" or "shojo-ai."

  • A Parent's Guide to Anime by The Anime Cafe provides an extensive list of anime appropriate for different age groups.
  • Anime: What's Safe For Kids? by Nancy A. Cavanaugh writes about the cultural differences to take note of when deciding appropriate anime for your child.
  • Anime and Manga Terminology by Gille's Service to Fans Page
  • What do you think? Is anime a bad influence? by Katherine Luther