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ValuesDissonance plays a huge part in this category, as Japan has a ''much'' higher threshold than Western cultures on what's not acceptable for kids. Any {{shonen}} or {{shojo}} {{anime}} and manga falls under this category, especially some MagicalGirl anime. This tends to happen because of the Japanese language's lack of true swearing, which results in some of the harsher words or interjections being [[SpiceUpTheSubtitles translated into English as profanities]]; therefore, it's not uncommon to find an anime series that routinely uses the equivalent of "damn" or "shit" and was intended for children.

If not that, it's usually due to violent content; graphic violence doesn't have anywhere near the social stigma in Japan as it does in the rest of the world (where it has been theorized that blood and gore in the media may desensitize children to committing violent acts in real life).

While traditional WesternAnimation have little violence, blood, sex, or swearing ([[AllAdultAnimationIsSouthPark with a few exceptions]]), the term ''anime'' means nothing more then "cartoon" or "animation" in Japan and is seen more as a medium than as a genre in and of itself, meaning that ''anime'' and ''manga'' allows for multiple, decidely not kid-friendly genres such as {{Horror}} and {{Romance}}. Furthermore, the censors and ratings are arranged a tad bit differently then in most western countries, leading to the ValuesDissonance mentioned above.

Similarly, shonen {{deconstruction}}s, those with DarkerAndEdgier contents, and those with a [[TheCynic pessimistic viewpoint]] often falls into this trope and is often mistaken as {{seinen}}. It should be noted that many manga that are technically seinen in both content and target group run in shounen magazines, as many [[{{Otaku}} more devoted readers]] frequently keep reading these magazines well into adulthood.

* Let's get this out of the way first: A lot of the anime that airs or has aired on Creator/AdultSwim or the revived Creator/{{Toonami}} block is [[ShonenDemographic shonen]], despite varying levels of gore, sex, and dub profanity. Again, an all ages rating in Japan is often a TV-14-DLSV in America due to ValuesDissonance.
* ''Literature/ArashiNoYoruNi'' is a movie about the [[{{Subtext}} arguably]] [[HoYay homosexual romance]] between two very close male friends of [[InterspeciesRomance wildly]] [[CarnivoreConfusion different]] [[StarCrossedLovers species]], and the opening scene features a wolf violently and ''bloodily'' getting his ear torn off by a [[MamaBear Mama Goat]]. [[spoiler:To say nothing of prey-friend Mei begging carnivore-friend Gabu to eat him near the end]]. However, it's still a kid's movie -- and a fairly gentle-hearted one at that.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' may be one of the most relentlessly serious, dark, violent, and horrifying manga in recent memory, easily on par with some of the grimmer {{Seinen}} out there, and yet it runs on Kodansha's ''Bessatsu {{Shonen}} Magazine''.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'''s sizable PeripheryDemographic leads some people to believe it's a {{seinen}} series -- being aimed at teenage boys, it, along with Dengeki Daioh (where the manga appeared), are actually {{shonen}}. In some countries it's lumped in with 18+ mangas because of the perverted Mr. Kimura, but perverted teachers hitting on teenage girls in Japanese children's shows is just of of those things anime fans have to accept. The anime received an [[http://www.madman.com.au/images/slicks/very-large/mmb938.png MA15+]] rating in Australia ''purely'' because of the aforementioned teacher (according to licensee Creator/MadmanEntertainment).
* ''Manga/BarefootGen'', a semi-autobiographical manga series best known for its graphic depiction of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima, was originally published in ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' and aimed at kids, complete with intermittent history lessons throughout.
* The manga ''Bastard!!''. First off, the title stopped it from hitting mainstream in the US. It ran in Weekly Shonen Jump up until volume 8 or so, but even before volume 8 it is a crazy-R-rated manga, with sex (comically-sized penises included, and one sex scene so explicit Viz wouldn't publish it uncensored - and they released ''TenjouTenge'' without edits!), gory violence and a metric crapton of creative swearing/expressions ("This fuckwad is getting cocky just 'cause he's the world's biggest ball of shit!" "I don't need help from a shit stained ass-monkey!").
* ''Manga/BlackButler''. It has {{Seinen}} written all over it, but is published in a {{Shonen}} magazine. It contains violence and gore, murder, child abuse, sex (and in the {{anime}}, rape), pedophilia, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking questionable dialogue]]. To top it all off, its protagonists are {{Villain Protagonist}}s who kill anyone who gets in the way of their goals. On the other hand, cooking competitions, dance lessons, boys put in fluffy dresses, a cast full of bishonen, and a huge female fanbase might cause it to be mistaken for {{Shojo}}.
* ''Manga/DeadTube'' packs much of there is for family unfriendly content in its ''FIRST CHAPTER ALONE'', fetishes such as a girl being filmed while peeing on a bathroom and being okay with it, said girl asking to be filmed while having sex with someone else, then the girl killing the unsuspecting lover while the other guy films it, and thatís just the beginning. This series just screams {{Seinen}}, but no it runs in '''Champion RED''', a {{Shonen}} Magazine that loves running raunchy content without no known age restriction.
* ''Manga/DeathNote''. It has all the makings of a {{Seinen}} series... but ran in Shonen Jump. Acknowledged by the authors who mention in their [[Manga/{{Bakuman}} manga about manga]] the idea of writing otherwise {{seinen}} stories in a {{shonen}} magazine. It even seems like they support {{shonen}} magazines having {{seinen}}-like manga. The author does mention in ''Death Note: How to Read'', however, that the story would've taken a different path if it ran in a seinen magazine, exploring the morality involved in using a Death Note and how society responds to it rather than putting the cat-and-mouse chase between Light and L at the front.
* The [[{{Gorn}} gory]], [[{{Fanservice}} sexually-charged]], [[ClusterFBomb profanity-laden]] anime series ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' was used as the flagship title for the revival of {{Toonami}} as part of Creator/AdultSwim. All signs point to this being a {{Seinen}} series. But in reality, it's a {{Shonen}} series whose original manga version was serialized in the same anthology magazine that housed significantly tamer series such as ''AngelicLayer'' (which is actually aimed at '''children''' in the United States), ''{{Nichijou}}'' and ''Anime/KaitouTenshiTwinAngel''.
* ''Manga/FutureDiary'' (AKA ''[[Manga/FutureDiary Mirai Nikki]]''). It was thought to be a {{Seinen}} series but was published in the same {{Shonen}} magazine as ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland''.
* It can be argued that this {{trope}}, combined with ValuesDissonance, is why ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' (a.k.a., ''Case Closed!'') failed when it was broadcast on Creator/CartoonNetwork in the United States: it was too childish for '''[adult swim]''', yet too violent for Toonami. The aged animation style was the final nail in the coffin. In fact, this anime was aired during family hours in Japan. Complete with brutal murders; complex plots involving suicide, drugs and business dealings; and of course copious amounts of sexual tension. And apparently that's why it worked in the German language broadcast. Not only has the German dubbed run more than twice the episodes compared to the English, but those extra episodes run uncut in a children's block.
* ''Manga/{{Devilman}}''. Yes, ''that'' Devilman. It ran in ''Weekly Shonen Magazine'' in 1972, and a few pages looks light-hearted with goofy-looking JapaneseDelinquents, right? No, violence, gore, and nudity abound, and has one of the most depressing DownerEnding in a Shonen series. ''Manga/ViolenceJack'' also qualify since it ran in 1973, with the same thing, but more sex and gore (until later parts were in a Seinen magazine). The former has a rather LighterAndSofter anime adaptation by ToeiAnimation (until the OVAs happen). ''Violence Jack'', not so much. Sequels to ''Devilman'' and ''Violence Jack'' are straight {{Seinen}}.
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', [[DarkerAndEdgier Digimon Tamers]], [[RuleOfThree DIGIMON TAMERS]]. Especially notable since [[Anime/DigimonAdventure its]] [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 predecessors]] had their share of darkness, but nowhere ''near'' its level.
** Case in point: ''The first episode'' had two seperate Digimon killing ''and eating'' another one, and to make matters worse, Digimon who die that way are never reborn. Other [[SarcasmMode highlights]] include some of the most [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown horrifying]] and [[CurbStompBattle brutal]] battles in the series' history, one of the hero's Digimon being eaten and thus permanently killed (by a former friend, no less), someone trying to commit ''suicide'', at least two HeroicSacrifices, a good chunk of the Digital World and its residents being deleted, one of the Digimon getting stabbed nearly to death and thrown into a sea of deletion ''while his/her Tamer/s can do nothing but watch'', a heart-breakingly BittersweetEnding, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking naked children with]] BarbieDollAnatomy. The absolute worse offender, however, is a sweet little 10-year-old girl getting [[MindRape mind fucked]] by an EldritchAbomination for at ''least'' a week. If the title didn't have "Digimon" attached to it, you'd think it was intended for high school students, but ''no'', it's (theoretically) aimed at kids around that girl's age.
** Hell - a decent part of the BrokenBase for this particular entry in the franchise revolves around the MoralGuardians being ''right'' on this one, and the show being completely inappropriate for children despite being nominally aimed at the elementary-school set. In practice, showing it to that age group has proven to be a dodgy proposition, because they either won't really get it, or they ''will'' get it and end up legitimately disturbed, especially by its final act. Of course, proponents of the show like to point out this is exactly what Chiaki Konaka was trying to pull off in the first place, concerning the way most cartoons for children treat or avoid "death".
** Also ''Anime/DigimonSavers''. It like Tamers, less mindfuck, but less shy about detailed violence or blatant {{Fanservice}}.
** Willis's Story: you used to have two little friends. One is corrupted. Kill it and live with the other happily forever. It is basically VisualNovel/FullMetalDaemonMuramasa for kids. Also, the evil one has BlackFace on.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' is very clearly a kids' series, but it can get pretty violent, including one scene of [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice bloody impalement]], and [[DirtyOldMan Muten Roshi's]] hijinks sometimes run a little blue.
* The heavy amount of violence present in later episodes of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' forced Creator/CartoonNetwork to air the English dub on its Adult Swim block with a TV-MA rating. Similar to ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'', however, ''Eureka Seven'' is a show targeted for kids, as evidenced by its [[http://www.japansociety.org/resources/content/2/0/5/4/documents/sato_mcgray%20interview.pdf 7 A.M. Sunday morning time slot in Japan]]. Even the voice actors express their confusion over the timeslot during several of the more violent scenes in the Japanese [[DVDCommentary DVD commentaries]].
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'' was shown on Japan's Kids Station channel. It features, among other things, a psyhopathic SerialKiller whose Servant is an [[UpToEleven even more psychopathic serial killer]] who subverts WouldntHurtAChild in his EstablishingCharacterMoment. ([[GoryDiscretionShot we don't actually see it directly]], but there is a cut to the wall splattered with huge amounts of blood afterwards, and it's made all the more horrifying by the fact that he deliberately gave the kid a HopeSpot before killing him.) As well as Assassin getting [[BoomHeadshot rather messily impaled through the head with a thrown lance]]. ''This is just the second episode.'' The first episode just contained a child being tortured by monstrous worms. It is of note, however, that the series ''was'' aired after midnight, which is generally reserved for more adult titles.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' is textbook {{Gorn}} with blood and guts flying around and torture and sick villains... and it's also the TropeMaker for {{Shonen}} FightingSeries. It's also from the late Showa era; you probably couldn't get away with a lot of that in a modern {{shonen}} series. Its modern iterations only do get away because of the GrandfatherClause. Japan had a few scares with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsutomu_Miyazaki an otaku serial killer]] and teen murders in the intervening 22 years, prompting more scrutiny from MoralGuardians.
* ''Manga/FrankenFran'' is serialized in a Shonen magazine, but it is full of {{Gorn}}, graphic BodyHorror, [[{{Fanservice}} nud]][[FanDisservice ity]] and other suggestive scenes.
* ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' started off as a light-hearted shonen (ignoring the Elrics' backstory) with an [[MonsterOfTheWeek Antagonist of the Week]] popping up often until several episodes in. After [[spoiler:Nina's death]] the dark moments got more closer together and more frequent. By the mid-point it hit full CerebusSyndrome and by the end it resembled more of a seinen then a shonen.
* When ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'' was first brought to Finland, it received [[{{Bowdlerization}} a terrible dub and had some scenes cut out]]. It got the rating of "seven years and older" despite copious amounts of FamilyUnfriendlyViolence and HighPressureBlood (cutting out ''all'' of that would have been out of the question).
* The anime anthology ''Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics'' was clearly aimed towards small children. However, it contains many scenes of intense cruelty (such as a princess being falsely accused of killing her baby in the episode "The Six Swans", characters being beaten by abusive guardians in "Brother and Sister" and "Rapunzel", and the main character being framed by his brother's cruel trick in "The Water of Life"), as well as semi-frequent use of violence and NightmareFuel. One episode is based on the Grimms' story "Allerleirauh", which features a princess fleeing from her father who wants to marry her. The darkest episode was perhaps "Bluebeard", which features the title character killing his wives and nearly kills the most recent one until her brothers save her. Much of the dark imagery was toned down for the English dub, but the show was still quite dark considering its target audience. The catch? This show was aired on Nick Jr., which is known today for [[TastesLikeDiabetes very sugary shows]] such as ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer''.
* Related to the above, ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge Gundam AGE]]'' is targeted to a younger audience than ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed SEED]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 00]]''. Yet, despite its [[ArtStyleDissonance children's cartoon art-style]], ''AGE'' has a really dark story and it doesn't hold any punches when it comes to killing off characters and showing their death scenes. And that's before you get into [[spoiler:having a main protagonist become a genocidal, [[WellIntentionedExtremist if well-intentioned,]] maniac, [[TheWarOfEarthlyAggression the whole back-story for Vagan (also known as the Unknown Enemy),]] or even [[EnfantTerrible Desil Galette.]]]]
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' is best known for its extremely graphic gore and murder scenes. Despite this its manga, which is BloodierAndGorier than the anime, was inexplicably aired in ''shonen'' magazines.
* ''HotGimmick'', a manga with lots of sexual blackmail raunchier then most MTV shows and getting a 16+ rating for the American publication (with a few additional disclaimers about underage drinking and other such material), points towards being a josei, but somehow ran in Betsucomi, a shoujo magazine originally targeted to elementary and middle school girls (though there has been a bit of an aging up of the magazine in recent years).
* Manga/HunterXHunter, a series where almost Main/AnyoneCanDie and contains among other things a heart being torn out, beheadings, fights to the death and a floor being covered in fresh blood, and the series in general being rather graphic at times, the series is serialized on ''Weekly Shonen Jump''.
* ''Anime/InuYasha'' was aimed at boys ([[PeripheryDemographic no]], [[FanGirl really]]) in upper elementary or junior/high school, Shonen Sunday's target demographic. In the United States, it had to air very late at night on Creator/CartoonNetwork and be aimed at a college age audience. [[FullFrontalAssault The fact that a bare-breasted centipede demoness appear in the very first episode is something to say after all]].
* ''Manga/ItsudatteMySanta'''s original printing was recalled for having the wrong rating on the package, TV-PG instead of TV-MA. Despite that, nobody complained even before its recall, plus that it was serialized on a Shonen magazine.
* The American publication of ''Manga/KareFirstLove'' (via VIZ) is rated T (13+) despite Aoi's consistent pressure on his girlfriend to have sex with him. Curiously, the series' rating never increases, even after it displays a rather explicit sex scene and a pregnancy scare resulting from an affair between an adult man and high school teen. Other manga published by VIZ has been marketed to older teens/adults simply for containing frontal nudity -- such as ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.
* American parents would be, to say the least, not pleased if they ever saw ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' presented as a kids program, although it's hugely successful amongst kids in Japan. It's even had its own Happy Meal toys.
:: The anime is a lot more kid-friendly than the manga, though both have the same target demo (probably 4th to 8th graders). Of course, very few kids are going to get the ubiquitous ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' references, especially not things like Keroro dressing up like Char Aznable's ''voice-actor''.
* ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' originally started out as a parody of Ultraman complete with action and comedy being somewhat expected of a Shonen manga. Then, the series shifted from being just a parody of superheroes to a series about ProfessionalWrestling. Despite the comedy remaining in the series, there was notably a lot more violence in the show. For one, the wrestling matches couldn't really be called matches anymore, as whenever someone won, it usually meant that they won via killing the other person, complete with FamilyUnfriendlyDeath for the defeated (One person actually got ''eaten alive'' by their opponent). Keep in mind that it was still considered a Shonen manga after the shift. The anime tried to tone down the violence, but a lot of it was still kept in.
* The same can be said for the anime of its sequel ''Anime/KinnikumanNisei'' (known in the US as ''Ultimate Muscle''). Despite being aimed at kids, it still follows in the footsteps of its predecessor with violence and loads of innuendo in both the original ''and'' the dub. The manga averts this trope, as it's marketed for adults.
* ''Manga/{{Life}}'' may be a {{Shoujo}} manga however it's considerably more mature in nature than most shoujo. From the graphic nudity, sexual scenes, and gore.. It's no wonder TokyoPop changed it from being for "Older Teens" to "Mature". One scene in volume 6 even involved showing two characters somewhat graphically having sex. It can easily be mistaken for a {{Josei}} manga.
* ''Manga/LostBrain'' is mistaken for {{Seinen}} as much as, if not more than, Death Note. It ran in Magazine/ShonenSunday.
* ''Manga/MaicchinguMachikoSensei'' is an anime about a quirky teacher who helps her students through everyday problems such as bullies and school work. Sometimes, she takes them on wacky adventures as well. It was a show aimed at middle school children. Oh, and every episode featured the main character naked due to her students' pranks. And yes, BarbieDollAnatomy was completely averted.
* Like Kare First Love, ''Manga/{{Mars}}'' deals with very dark subject matters like Suicide, Sexual Abuse and also has an explicit sex scene yet {{TokyoPop}} keeps the rating at Teen 13+.
* {{Anime}} News Network's reviewers have condemned ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' for sexually suggestive dialogue and scenes (read: [[ParentalBonus light enough that kids wouldn't get it]]) as well as its aversion of BloodlessCarnage, even though it was originally published in Nakayoshi. The {{anime}} sanitized a lot of these scenes anyway, but it's confusing that people who ought to know better would judge this way. (The same review ''also'' exemplified [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids this trope's opposite]], in that it stated that no-one that the reviewer deemed old enough to read the series would dare touch a cute MagicalGirl manga.)
* ''Manga/{{Nana}}''. With its fairly adult storyline and content, it runs in a {{Shojo}} magazine. {{Josei}} would have been more like it.
* Despite being run in a shonen magazine that also runs ''Manga/FairyTail'' and its remake anime ''Negima!?'' being run during afternoons for children on TV Tokyo, ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a lot of sexual innuendo, nudity, and fetish material, such as [[spoiler:Asuna being stripped naked and tickled on one page where we can see ''everything'' - barely managing to not become hentai with BarbieDollAnatomy]].
* In regards to the new four part movie remake being made based on it, Hideaki Anno mentioned, briefly, that ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' was intended for youths and even kids and how the message of the series was important for their ears more so than anyone else. You know, that show where a naked teenage girl grows to the size of a planet and then falls apart, [[MindRape another character has her mind horrifically invaded and essentially violated]], and ended up squarely defining pessimism in the Super Robot genre. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids In the States, it was once the victim of the opposite trope, nowadays]] ''Evangelion'' is pretty much put on par with ''AKIRA'', ''Legend of the Overfiend'' and violent anime/hentai in general. Japanese parents (and sponsors) were just as surprised at an afterschool {{anime}} growing so violent and nightmarish so quickly, culminating in the movie being a strictly R-rating level affairs.\\\
It may have been intended to be a kids program, at least the initial idea. The creator, however, suffered from depression problems, [[CreatorBreakdown and he had something of a meltdown midway through the series]]. While the show had been dark before, there had at least been lighthearted moments, and characters seemed to be developing in a positive route; Things started to go downhill after that point, (much like a rolling stone hurling off a cliff into a pit of [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking acid, lava, piranhas, and toenail clippings]].) [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/buried-treasure/2007-05-03 This article]] shows that kids in Japan do still watch ''Evangelion'', regardless.
* Eiichiro Oda repeatedly claims that his series ''Manga/OnePiece'' is aimed at children. It is read by people of all ages in Japan and mostly young adults in the west. Oda does a pretty good job at keeping it family-friendly, however, counting aside the violence and {{Fanservice}} that's become standard in anime.
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' is a shonen manga series similar to ''Manga/BlackButler''. Like ''Manga/BlackButler'' and ''Manga/DeathNote'' it probably would be more suited for a Seinen magazine, due to its violence, characters with violent and complex pasts (quite a few involving EyeScream) and generally being quite a mature manga series. This is something that has only gotten darker and darker as it goes on, especially what with the rampant character death the author likes to pull on people.
* ''Manga/{{Pokemon}}''
** ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. It is in fact classified as a ''kodomo''[[note]]children's[[/note]] manga. However, its strong sense of continuity and characterization, as well as frequent use of violence and even occasional deaths, has people convinced it's meant for an older crowd.
** Quite a few of the other manga too, either due to violence or {{Fanservice}}. ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' can be as violent as Special at times, and features dark themes like it, but can't be above {{Shonen}}. Of course, the main reason WHY it's classified as ''kodomo'' is because the manga are based off of a MerchandiseDriven children's video game.
* ''Anime/PrettyCure''
** Toei held two all night events at a movie theater for grown ups only due to a Japanese law that doesn't allow children to see movies after 8:00PM. They showed some ''Anime/PrettyCure'' movies during this marathon.
** The show itself is primarily known for its abundance of martial arts fighting, not normally seen in magical girl anime aimed at a young audience.
* The [[MagicalGirl magical-girl]] {{anime}} series ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' is aimed at children in Japan ([[GirlShowGhetto just look at the title]]), but it's rated PG-13 for scenes with blood and violence, as well as surprisingly common [[BarbieDollAnatomy Barbie Doll Nudity]].
* ''Anime/ReadOrDie Rehabilitation'' is more risque than its {{Seinen}} counterparts ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' and ''Read or Dream'', yet is serialized on a {{Shonen}} magazine.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon''. No, it was not only for teens in Japan; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONUVMin4QoE watch the commercials]]. The first season finale deserves special mention where four of the Sailors are brutally killed (they get better). Reportedly so many children were upset about the deaths that they made themselves sick. For TheNineties Creator/DiC US dub, the deaths were censored by implying that they were merely being held prisoner and the two part finale was edited into one episode.
** The turning point for the anime was when Nephrite died. Before that it was a mostly straightforward and lighthearted super-heroine show, but that episode made it painfully clear that death was a reality and what the true stakes were. The first season's finale ''much'' further empathized it, and things were never really the same again for the entire series.
** The second Creator/VizMedia DVD/Blu-Ray set, which includes said finale completely uncut, is still rated PG like the first and gives no warning. Anyone who hasn't seen it before (including those who only saw the "Day of Destiny" [=DiC=] version) is in for quite a surprise.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' was aimed to children in Japan, as well in Europe and South America, having a lot of controversy due the huge amounts of violence, frightening scenes and religious/mythological references.
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' has a gender-bending villain, plenty of violence and death, and (in the first series) TWO attempts to destroy the planet. Its target audience was 6-year-olds.
* One might think that a plot involving three guys who's goal is to hunt down every female elf maiden they can find in a fantasy world in order to strip them all naked - the plot of ''Manga/ThoseWhoHuntElves'', in a nutshell - would be some [[{{Hentai}} porno]] with gratuitous sex and nudity. Actually, it's a comedy satire with barely enough mature content to rate a PG in the United States. (And it ''did'' get that rating, actually. Maybe not ''made'' for kids, but still can make them laugh their butts off.)
* ''YoKaiWatch'' has some really disturbing backstories for the characters, and has occasional swearing.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' itself has always been this, but its [[Anime/YuGiOhArcV fifth series]] takes it {{Up to Eleven}}. Lets see, we have: an interdimensional war, a genocide, {{Child Soldiers}}, who, willingly or not, fight in the war, complete with a broad range of brutality each soldier shows in battle; from the reluctant wobble who doesn't want to hurt anyone to the psychopathic sadist who takes pleasure in tormenting others. The main protagonists philosophies are repeatedly proven false, and his character gets thoroughly deconstructed. Then there's the Akaba family, which consists of: a child with possible autism, who sees the world as a grey place and strives to become a copy of [[spoiler: adopted]] his brother [[spoiler: and grew up in a war zone]], an Abusive Mama who uses said child as a test-subject for some unknown project, her other son, who is a complete MagnificentBastard and can at best be called ALighterShadeOfGrey, and the father himself who began the interdimensional war. We also have a lot of crazy faces from everybody, starting with the protagonist [[http://kh13.com/forum/uploads/profile/photo-45471.jpg?_r=1431136573 (Just Look)]] and ending with minors, traitors, {{Heroic BSOD}}s, etc. The second season introduces huge economical and social inequality, the causes of said inequality being supported by many of its victims, a prison mini-arc, slavery being publicly accepted, and more psychological turmoil. In case it wasn't clear, this show also includes some HumansAreBastards and GreyAndBlackMorality. Yes, a childrenís anime indeed.
* In France, ''Anime/YumeNoCrayonOukoku'' is aired on the preschool channel Tiji. It may look like a colorful series for children, but contains a few things that would scare the target audience. It was also aimed at young girls in Japan.
* ''Anime/ZatchBell'' actually does feature Victoream-Sama saying "[[GratuitousEnglish very shit]]". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TawoZ3AjbeM&feature=related Also, the Japanese version has this]]. It's not considered offensive in Japan.
* ''Manga/ZekkyouGakkyuu'' is a shoujo horror anthology aimed at ''elementary and middle-school girls.'' Stories in said anthology feature murder, stalking, mentions of rape, torture, grade-school girls planning to kill classmates [[DisproportionateRetribution over petty trifles...]] Oh, and AnyoneCanDie and most of the stories contain [[DownerEnding Downer Endings]], and aren't shy about showing the victim's blood pooling on the floor. That's not even getting into the narrator's backstory: being bullied so badly she committed murder-suicide by blowing up both herself and the bullies, and now wanders the town as a disembodied, ghostly torso.
** However, due to complaints sent in by parents, the stories have altered a little bit. They still contain the same horrible moments of intense bullying, suicide and implied torture of and to ''elementary and middle-school girls'', but several of the stories tend to end on [[HappyEnding happier]] notes than before.
* Blockbuster, a company which rented out videotapes.
** It once had a point where they rated every anime "Youth Restricted Viewing", even relatively kid-friendly titles like ''Anime/TenchiUniverse'', ''Anime/ProjectAKo'', ''Anime/KOBeast'', basically, every anime that wasn't ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''; however, Blockbuster's system for the "Youth Restricted Viewing" rating was all messed up; on your account, you either had to allow it all or none of it. So, you either can have none of the anime section, or you can have all of it, including the hentai, with the same rating, showing no difference between the two; you could end up with a "Youth Restricted Viewing" title that has a "damn" or two and maybe a drop of blood, or you could end up with an also "Youth Restricted Viewing" hentai that has everything but the kitchen sink in it, with no warning. A rather difficult system to deal with if you've got a young kid into anime, so it's no wonder they went out of business.
** Blockbuster had this problem in general. It was especially galling that Drama and Horror were filled with soft-core porn that a child could rent with no restrictions, but ''Anime/ProjectAKo'' was restricted. Complaints fell on deaf ears and employees could do nothing [[ExecutiveMeddling because corporate was insane]].
* {{CLAMP}} is good at this. Case in point being ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' which starts off as a fluffy GottaCatchEmAll romantic comedy drama. Later you can just substitute "fluffy" and "comedy" with "violent" and "depressing" and you're all set.
* Many works of Creator/GoNagai could be considered way too frightening and violent to be for children, but are aimed to children in Japan (Like for example: ''Manga/DororonEnmaKun'' and ''Anime/MazingerZ''.)
* Some of Creator/OsamuTezuka's {{anime}} and manga aimed at children/young teens tend to fall under this. The first episode of ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' for example can pretty much be summed up as one massive BreakTheCutie for the eponymous character, and [[DownerEnding the ending for the manga and movie is one of the most infamous endings in the industry]].
* YoshiyukiTomino's early career is littered with examples of shows that were marketed to kids but were ''not'' so kid-friendly in their content:
** ''Anime/{{Zambot 3}}'', which earned him the nickname "KillEmAll Tomino", looks like a typical Saturday Morning cartoon, with a bunch a school age kids saving the day with a colourful CombiningMecha, but quickly turns into something much darker; the property damage and civilian casualties are depicted much more realistically than in the typical Super Robot show, the public turns against the kids and tries to murder them several times when it becomes apparent that they're the whole reason Earth is getting attacked in the first place, and most of the main characters die a bloody death in the finale.
** The original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' had a similar effect at the time it first appeared, as the term RealRobot hadn't been invented yet and HumongousMecha were still widely considered the stuff of children's programming, Mr. Tomino's earlier work not withstanding.
** And let's not even mention ''Triton Of The Sea'' or ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon''...
** [[Anime/GundamReconguistaInG His return to Gundam ]] after a 14 year absence was also stated by himself to be "for kids", but with [[KilledOffForReal certain developments in the show]], some fans have called "bullshit" on that claim.
** [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/gundam_sousei/c017/13.html Played with hilariously in]] ''Manga/GundamSousei'' with regards to ''[[Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon Ideon's]]'' conception [[spoiler:and cancellation]].
* ''Anime/GhostStories'' (a.k.a. ''Gakkou no Kaidan'') is an anime about a group of prepubescent children who chase ghosts, which is targeted at kids. Notable ghosts they encounter are an incredibly scary and unstoppable GrimReaper lookalike, a grotesque HumanoidAbomination with a giant eye for mouth and a [[Literature/TheRing Sadako]] relative (who even comes out of a TV) who almost strangles the female lead to death. All of the ghosts are played seriously, albeit the English GagDub makes the series quite silly.
* Manga/DamekkoDoubutsu is a SliceOfLife style anime/manga about animals (Humans wearing animal costumes Peter Pan style) [[RagTagBunchOfMisfits who are very different from what they are usually well-known for]]. [[SuperDeformed Despite the art style]],[[EarWorm upbeat opening]], [[SliceOfLife and laid back feeling]]. [[JerkAss Usahara]] one of the main characters, [[SmokingIsCool is a chain-smoker who is very agressive]]. There's also a Tobacco store, and Yunihiko is first seen drinking tons of alcohol which Usahara would later join in. Resulting in them getting drunk, and passing out in the process. Doesn't help that this aired on "Kids Station" which airs the majority of Japanese children's shows.
* Anime/NyanpireTheAnimation based on the ongoing manga series "The Gothic World Of Nyanpire" is mostly following a day in the life of a vampire cat who befriends a samurai cat,a fallen angel, and has a Siamese brother. However, the character Masamunya has a crush on Nyanpire and he along with Nyatenshi are sometimes flirting around him.