So you find a new show and it has an all female cast
, lots of pastel colors, and Tastes Like Diabetes
levels of cuteness
. And you think "this would be a perfect show for my eight-year-old sister."
And then you discover that the show airs at three AM
and has a fandom that's mostly 16 to 40 year-old males
who consider the girls
to be lesbians
. After the initial shock is over you start to wonder why any man would even consider watching a show like this. Well, it's because men like cute girls.
Though it's not to say that this show would be inappropriate for your little sister, it's just that it's not specifically intended for little girls to watch. If fact these kinds of shows often have a size-able female fanbase
A subtrope of What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?
. Not to be confused with a Subverted Kids Show
which is meant for High Octane Nightmare Fuel
or a show that is for little girls but has an older male fanbase
See also Moe
and Values Dissonance
. Can be a problem if a Moral Guardian
shows this to a child and it's a Yuri
show. Compare with Multiple Demographic Appeal
- Lucky Star a show with lots of pretty colors, cute songs, and a mostly female cast. Except that it's a show about a girl who plays Eroge and sees her life as if she was playing one.
- I feel sorry for the parents who show Lucky Star to their kid only to have them ask "What's Yaoi?"
- Or for the parent who turns on their computer to see this◊ as the desktop wallpaper.
- Azumanga Daioh is about the lives of a bunch of high school girls. The manga is serialized in Dengeki Daioh a Shounen magazine mostly read by older males.
- Also serialized in Dengeki Daioh is Yotsuba&! and Ichigo Mashimaro. Both are about cute little girls and both are read by older males.
- Hidamari Sketch
- Hanamaru Kindergarten
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
- Subverted in Futari wa Pretty Cure a show that's intended for both little girls and adults.
- If you just saw the ending theme for CLANNAD then you would think that it's for very young little girls.
- Pretty Face
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- There's a video of a five-year-old girl singing "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir" from Moulin Rouge!, presumably the train of thought was "It's about dancing, right? Girls love dancing!". Too bad the song's title is litterally "Do you want to sleep with me tonight".
- one Canadian TV shows had kids from 4 to 10 singing popular songs. Cute eh? No so much when the songs they sing ends up translating to "I want to do the etc. with you" of the "do you want to sleep with me tonight" mentionned above.
- Koi Cupid
- Averted for Strike Witches since it's a show about girls who don't wear pants.
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni could follow this trope. If you missed the R-Rated Opening and only saw the cute parts.
- Kuragehime is called Princess Jellyfish on streaming sites. That's about a princess that's a jellyfish, right?
- The Powerpuff Girls was not originally intended for little girls. Craig McCracken created it as a parody of the Magical Girl genre, as he was getting sick of Sailor Moon playing on Cartoon Network every day. As a Take That, he set the girls' age very low, had them do very un-elegant things, and made the villains cheesier than Kraft dinners. The intended audience for it was the same as Dexter's Laboratory: Animation fans in their teens, 20s, and 30s, but had to be child-appropriate due to there being no [adult swim] yet. A show like this naturally attracted little girls though. Cartoon Network seeing this, someone there created a marketing empire catered for them.
- Tantei Opera Milky Holmes