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In Japan, the taboo of animation being for kids, while still there, is less strict and what is considered inappropriate differs compared to most Anglosphere values. Censorship is minimal for what can go on a bookshelf. But not everybody in the western world knows this and so... well... you get the idea. Their most kid-friendly animations were those deliberately written to be also exported to the west. As a result, something is always Lost in Translation.


And manga? Hoo boy, there is literally no taboo about manga being "just for kids". Manga is a completely valid, expressive art form... which means content runs the entire gamut from sweet pre-K fluff that young toddlers will think Tastes Like Diabetes to things mentally unprepared adults will struggle with.

"WARNING: Absolutely Not For Children" say their cover labels. Let's just say any and all hentai is not for kids and just leave it at that. So no examples, okay?

  • The Canadian province of Quebec's movie and video ratings board had some problems with this in the early years of anime videos, with titles such as Genocyber, Ninja Scroll and AKIRA getting the equivalent of G and PG ratings. Fortunately, actual hentai never fell through the cracks, and the board wised up relatively fast.
  • During The '90s, the major TV networks in Mexico thought it would be good to syndicate something new instead of these American cartoons. So, they looked at Japan as a new, unexplored source of kids' cartoons, and they decided to broadcast anime, thus starting the long-remembered Nineties' Anime Craze. Only problem is, they mostly took shows for teenagers and adults and marketed them for kids. The new Animax channel tried to return to a kid-friendly schedule, but Network Decay kicked in and the few animated features remaining are often... not for kids.
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  • One German distributor includes advertisements/booklets inside sets of kid-friendly cartoons like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for their anime titles, some of which are definitely not for kids, such as the ecchi titles Chivalry of a Failed Knight and Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid.
  • Name almost any Schoolgirl Series/Iyashikei Slice of Life anime or manga. You may think that K-On!, Kiniro Mosaic, and Hidamari Sketch are meant for young girls and teenagers, when in reality the targeted audience is a much older demographic of the opposite sex.
  • EzyDvd Australia lists everything animated as a children's series, which makes the "new children's DVDs" category as of January 2, 2014 full of MA15+ and sometimes even R18+ anime like We Without Wings, Queen's Blade, Monster, Fate/Zero, Is This a Zombie?, Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan, and Ergo Proxy.
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  • It would be fairly easy for a parent to mistake the Netflix series Aggretsuko as something kid-friendly, considering the adorable character designs from the same people who brought you Hello Kitty. However, unlike most Sanrio properties, the series is primarily aimed at adults and it carries a TV-14 rating with good reason—it deals with subjects such as workplace abuse and late-stage capitalism, and in the third season Retsuko is almost stabbed by a stalker in public. Retsuko in death metal mode refers to her boss as a "shitty boss" and a "dick" in the very first episode. In the UK, the series only carries a PG rating (which lots of kid-friendly cartoons carry), further confusing parents.
  • AKIRA was first released in an English dub in the late 1980s. The film managed to break Japan out of the Animation Age Ghetto in American eyes, containing a lot of violence (including a few exploding heads, people being smashed, and blown into gibs), a near rape scene, and a few utterly disturbing sequences. It even had strong suggestions of homosexuality in some characters - which back then was far less hilarious than it is today. The original manga, of course, amps this all Up to Eleven.
  • If you've ever seen an Alien Nine manga with a cheery-looking picture of the characters on the cover and thought "Hey, this must be a manga about cute girls saving the world from aliens!", don't let the cute art style fool you. Despite the young main characters, Pokémon-like monster designs, and initial appearances of a slice-of-life-esque series, this manga and its anime adaptation are very dark and filled with heavy violence, grotesque imagery, nudity, and alcohol use. During their battles with the aliens attacking their school, two of the girls get attacked by aliens and become part-alien themselves, which are shown and described in the most gruesome ways possible. Basically, even though it's about cute girls fighting disgusting-looking aliens, the series is basically a very bizarre allegory on what being lonely really feels like and how scary growing up can be.
  • Angel Beats!, despite the cute and fluffy title, features chest stabbings, multi-story falls, and gunshot wounds in the stomach. And that's just the first episode.
  • Blood-C, which is an original anime by CLAMP, was featured in the cover of a Philippine otaku magazine for kids back then. But just because CLAMP made cutesy and fluffy works doesn't mean it's for kids. Just imagine what would be one's reaction when they found out that there's a nude scene of Saya in the bathtub and lots of gore in it with characters being Eaten Alive including one character who got ripped in half. In Germany, the anime is rated as FSK 18, same niche as equally bloody anime such as Elfen Lied.
  • Bokurano 's opening and credits imply the show is a lot more light-hearted than it really is. The first episode doesn't help either; it looks like any shounen series about robots.
  • Cat Soup is very easily mistaken for a kid's film since the main characters are adorable cartoon kittens—except that it's a Grotesque Cute Surreal Horror that's liable to disturb most adults.
  • Chaosic Rune takes place in a world where people fight using monsters, machines, and magical spells that all come from cards! The most powerful cards are said to be the dragon cards and the main character has what is said to be the most powerful of all the dragons! Sounds like a great plot for a Yu-Gi-Oh! ripoff, right? Wrong. This is one of the biggest boobs and guts Shōnen manga out there. The most powerful dragon the main character commands? Its name is Death Rex and it comes in four parts, each qualifying as one SERIOUS Eldritch Abomination. There's also plenty of horror to go around.
  • Chobits is by the creators of Cardcaptor Sakura (which is aimed at young girls) and has a similarly pretty art style, but it's actually a Seinen series with a fair amount of Fanservice and mature themes. Barnes and Noble even put a "Not appropriate for children" label right above the Buy button on the listings for both the omnibus collections on their website.
  • Cowboy Bebop of all shows suffered from this when it initially ran on TV Tokyo. It ran Fridays at 18:00 (6 p.m.), a time previously occupied by G-rated or almost-G-rated shows like Kodocha and Akazukin Chacha. The show only made it through half of its initial run due to its strong violence and adult themes.
  • The children's manga magazine CoroCoro Comic has a Seinen spinoff publication called CoroCoro Aniki aimed at adults and teenagers who grew up reading its younger counterpart. Because it still has the CoroCoro name and popular kids' characters on the cover, to the point that some of its manga are explicit sequels to ones that ran in CoroCoro Comic, it was often placed in the children's section in Japanese bookstores anyway, until they had to include a disclaimer with each issue reminding bookstore workers to not place it in the children's section.
  • Crayon Shin-chan. Despite the cute looks, the manga was originally published in Weekly Manga Action, one Seinen magazine. The anime, however, is aimed at families, airing back-to-back with Doraemon.
    • Also, the show has been dubbed and censored in most countries to kids' show standards (meaning no ass-dancing from Shin, and no crude jokes from anyone else), but in America, it's an [adult swim] show and the dialogue is crammed with Black Comedy.
    • In Indonesia, the original manga is dutifully labeled 'mature'. The animated adaptation however, is aired on weekends on a local TV channel, and it has been that way for more than 10 years. Nowadays most people ignore the warning label at the corner of the cover and it's considered a children's classic almost on par with Doraemon (which airs alongside Shin-chan on that same TV channel).
    • An interesting case with the Vitello dub: while it was aired on Fox Kids (later Jetix) in the United Kingdom and had many scenes censored because it was aimed at children, some dirty jokes were added in by the writers of that dub, to the point where the Australian DVDs were given a PG rating. And yes, some of those jokes were occasionally censored by the British broadcasters of this show.
  • At first glance Cross Ange seems like a fun Mecha series with an Improbably Female Cast. However, it's full of graphic violence, nudity, and sexual content, including multiple instances of sexual assault - the first of which occurs in the first episode. It got rated 16+ in Quebec, the same as Saw and Game of Thrones. In comparison most R rated films get 13+ over there.
  • D-Frag! is a comedy series that pretty much parodies every highschool anime cliche you can think of. You think this is something a Shōnen audience who are into highschool comedies that would enjoy, right? Apparently, this series runs in a seinen magazine.
  • Doujin Work's box art and summary for its anime+manga combo pack and DVD case make it seem like a series about teenagers finding friends and a community through drawing their own comic books. In fact, the series is about the antics of friends drawing hard-core porn'.
  • Fantastic Children, despite its simple art style and title, isn't really for children, not so much because of explicit content (there is little) but because of an abundance of unsettling and often tragic plot twists.
  • The French emission for children Le Club Dorothée (which ran from 1987 to 1997) created a big polemic when it started to air Fist of the North Star. Apparently, people were too dense to understand that this story wasn't aimed at children, despite being animated. Therefore, to keep showing it, they ended up creating an (in?)famous So Bad, It's Good dub and heavily cutting scenes in each episodes in order to try to make it more kid-friendly.
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is a light-hearted comedy with a TV-PG rating on both the ADV Films and FUNimation DVDs, featuring the adorable mascot character Bonta-kun... completely kid-friendly, right? Except it's a spinoff of Full Metal Panic!, a much more serious mecha anime, and most of the comedy revolves around the main character's difficulty integrating into a modern Japanese high school due to being a Child Soldier. As a result, there's no shortage of violence and crude language, as well as some sexual situations and a whole lot of nudity just barely contained by Scenery Censor in the Hot Springs Episode.
  • Hulu has Genesis of Aquarion in the "Family" category of their site. Not only is it aimed at adults due to it being a huge love letter to 70's/80's mecha shows, it has a substantial amount of violence and sexual undertones, including implied incest.
  • The original North American VHS release of Genocyber carried no warnings or age ratings, except for a small notice on the back cover: "Unrated. Suitable for most audiences." One must question whether anyone actually watched the OVAs before letting that go to print. The second episode begins with children being slowly and graphically gunned down - not to mention the occasional nudity and the frequent strong language present in the dub.
  • In Japan, Ghost Stories is a kids anime. Yes, really. The English Gag Dub on the other hand...
  • Ginga Densetsu Weed is about talking dogs. Including a dog who castrates his enemies. You know, for kids! Don't get started on the manga.
  • Gregory Horror Show, quite honestly, seems innocent enough; sure, it has "horror" in the title, but the fact that it has an anthropomorphic mouse as the main character means it could easily be mistaken for something along the lines of Goosebumps. However, once you get to Catherine in episode 6, a snake nurse who makes orgasmic moans as she draws your blood through a syringe, things start to get a little rocky. Later on when the "splitting headaches" of Mummy Dog and Mummy Papa show up, there's plenty of Nightmare Fuel to show this is far from a show for children. Believe it or not, it was created by the same person who created Pecola. Thankfully, Netflix re-categorized the series from "Kids and Family" to "Anime Horror" after complaints.
  • On its surface, Happy Sugar Life seems to be saccharine, having a fairly cute art style. Beneath this, the manga is populated by several people with mental disorders, the main protagonist in particular being a mentally unstable psychopath who had kidnapped a young girl after "falling in love with her."
  • Haruhi Suzumiya's original novel is on the Accelerated Reading list for fifth graders. And one of the questions was about how Haruhi got possession of one of the computer club's computers.
  • Hellsing: For some unknown reason, the Dark Horse publication rated it as T for mild language and violence. Because the numerous times the word fuck is used, scenes of extreme Gorn everywhere and two rape scenes are definitely mild!
    • The first volume of the anime was rated 10 in South Africa (meaning you have to be 10 or older to purchase; by comparison, even tamer shonen usually get a 13 or 13PG). The ratings description writer notices its 'frequent' (quite an understatement) violence, but also its 'fantastical' context...basically saying "it's a cartoon, it can do whatever it wants and it's kid-friendly."
  • Higurashi: When They Cry:
    • Was listed as a "Kids and Family" series by Blockbuster video's computer system. This is a series where the very first scene, before even the opening credits, involves two (now dead) girls being brutally beaten by their deranged classmate.
    • The French release of the Visual Novel is for kids age 7+ Don't believe it? note 
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War is actually serialized in a Seinen magazine, but a lot of readers mistake it for a Shonen series. It's not hard to see why though, as despite being Seinen, there's nothing in it that makes it unsuitable for a teenage audience (Viz published the English release under their Shonen Jump imprint with a rating of T). The backstories of the main cast can be quite sad, but nothing too dark and the manga never uses any explicit fanservice elements. This is to a point deliberate. The mangaka has said that he prefers his work to be as widely-read as possible, and is occasionally critical of manga magazines' strict demographic lines in general.
  • Kemono Friends is a show about cute animal girls that's part Iyashikei, part animal fact Edutainment with the occasional action scene. Its character designer even worked on a series kids are familiar with. All signs point to it being Kodomomuke, right? The game it was based on wasn't, being geared towards the moe crowd, and the show likewise aired at Otaku O'Clock. That said, they did do morning re-runs of the first season on a timeslot when kids could watch.
  • Key the Metal Idol's premise is about an android girl who wants to become human by making 30,000 friends. That sounds like something the kids can watch, right? WRONG. The series gets off to a family friendly start, then rapidly shifts into dark territory. Try not to not to get attached to any of the characters, since Anyone Can Die. In fact, it borders on Kill 'Em All. And you don't even want to know about Ajo.
  • Kill la Kill. In other countries the rating was consistent (TV-MA in the US, 15 in UK, FSK 16 in Germany) to showcase the Darker and Edgier Bloodier and Gorier Hotter and Sexier successor of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, but in Australia the anime was rated in three (from the unrestricted preteen M for the first two volumes and the last volume, to the mid/late teen restricted MA15+ for volume 3 and adult-only R18+ for the fourth) ratings that went escalated as the plot progressesnote . The stylistic violence became more graphic, and the nudity and sexual innuendos became a full blown incest, sexual violence and pedophilia thanks to the series Big Bad. The last part is something that Australian media is sensitive about enough that would guarantee to be slapped an RC (bluntly put, banning) if pedophilia is depicted graphically.
  • Kino's Journey: Oh look, a teenager traveling around with a talking motorcycle with cute character designs! Too bad it's full of some fairly unsettling material, to said nothing about the sometimes depressing ending of some of the episodes. Particularly the final episode of the anime.
  • Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear certainly looks and sounds wholesome from its description and artwork. Any viewer would be under this impression...until they got to the second half of the first episode, which proudly revolves around young children learning about bestiality. FUNimation's box set of the series also gives no help, using the same cutesy artwork and a PG rating giving no clue as to the actual content contained in the show.
  • With its bright, colorful aesthetics; the whimsical nature of its setting being a Wizarding School for Magical Girl monster hunters/idols called "Witches"; and most of the cute, slice-of-life antics, you would think that Lapis Re:LiGHTs is an anime aimed at younger audiences. Then you see the vast amounts of sexualization and sexual jokes like the school's Cabaret Club which is a Hostess Club with entirely preteen employees; the constant Black Comedy which involves the cast being injured, almost dying, or being terrorized and tortured; and the bright, colorful, cartoony "magical monsters" being responsible for the razing and massacre of entire nations if left unchecked, and you really should think again.
  • Laughing Salesman and Nosutaru Grandfather are created by Fujiko Fujio, the team that has written many manga and anime shows for children, their most popular work being Doraemon. Yeah, except for Laughing Salesman and Nosutaru Grandfather—both are horror manga that contain nudity, blood, and gore along with problems little kids shouldn't know about, and were the only two manga explicitly written for an adult audience. They are labelled seinen manga for a reason.
  • In a similar vein to Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Made in Abyss looks like it's for children with its cute artstyle. In addition to that, the character designs, backgrounds, and premise would fit right at home with E10+ RPG fare like MapleStory, Etrian Odyssey or Ever Oasis. However, Body Horror is everywhere in graphic detail, and injuries are treated with grim realism. The OP and ED for the anime may be cutesy and whimsical, but hidden under the surface is a world teeming with abominations and child-unfriendly violence. Never mind the people the heroes encounter...
    • One anime site ran an article based off the first six episodes suggesting that parents should be watching it with their young kids. They immediately received backlash from those familar with the manga and the path future episodes would be going down. The author later clarified they meant older, middle-school aged kids that were used to Young Adult fare like The Hunger Games or the later Harry Potter installments, but that's still seriously pushing it.
      • And by six episodes, the audience hasn't even got to Mitty's story. Imagine a young child watching a girl get turned into a monster, and then blown up while it screams...
    • Many fans were also upset when the Compilation Movie was advertised for before The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, as if this was a kid-friendly movie.
  • Majokko Tsukunechan: Despite the show having a cute art style and being an Affectionate Parody of the Magical Girl genre, it has a lot of Black Comedy, with lots of graphic violence (things blowing up, blood spraying, characters being killed off only to be magically resurrected), bad language, and some nudity.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid has cute character designs and a Slice of Life setting, but it's still a seinen series with a fair amount of Fanservice (with much of the fanservice coming from Lucoa, who's also portrayed as a Comedic Shotacon). Seven Seas Entertainment rated the first volume of the English translated manga as all-ages before correcting it to a teen rating in later reprints and every other volume afterwards. While the anime is Tamer and Chaster and focuses more on the found family theme than the manga does, it still has some fanservice.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans drew complaints from Japanese parents over a scene where the Child Soldier protagonists rebel against their abusive bosses/"owners", with the main character shooting some of them execution-style. It seems that they thought the series was kid-friendly based entirely on the title; this lead to speculation that they saw the word "Orphans" and assumed it was something like a Kids' Wilderness Epic...completely ignoring the word "Blood".
  • Monster has an in-universe example using a Fractured Fairy Tale or two. Those stories are such that most people would be seriously disturbed before a certain age if they were actually in print.
  • Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water seems family friendly enough at first glance, and, for the most part, it is. Yet there are many scenes, as well as several episodes, that are decidedly dark. Several characters are executed on screen, a family and their dog are gunned down, the heroine tries to commit suicide at one point, and later, guns down her own father, Nemo whilst under Gargoyle's control. There's even a brief instance of racism. ADV Films themselves made this mistake when they were early on in the series, putting promotions for it on the same tape as Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie. So a bunch of 8-year-olds who love Sonic the Hedgehog would be convinced to watch a show with all the aforementioned lovely bloody deaths.
    • This makes the matters worse, in Italy where it is originally first dubbed, the series was censored to make more suitable for children, aired in children's block Ciao Ciao (last 12 remaining episodes were aired on I Cartonissimi). Thankfully, an much more faithful and uncensored dub closer to Japanese version was produced years later.
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind also qualifies, particularly its original manga. In addition to the melting God Warrior, Ohmu stampede, and a goodly dose of violence, the manga shows people blown or chopped to bits left and right. Oh, and some freaky psychic stuff.
  • Surrounding Ninja Scroll is a particular story from Acts of Gord about a man who rented the infamously gory anime movie with explicit rape for his ten- and eleven-year-old kids, all whilst Gord himself tries to tell him that it's really not appropriate for his kids. Of course, not more than one hour later does the same man barge in demanding to know why he gave them porn.
  • It's quite easy to mistake Noein for a children's series due to the main characters being a bunch of twelve year olds. ...And then someone gets their arm sliced off. And later on someone is stabbed in the eyeball. And two kids attempt suicide. There's also a lot of (completely inaccurate) babble about quantum mechanics that would confuse or bore most kids. Then you realize why it aired at one in the morning
  • Now and Then, Here and There. Animation? Check. Kooky fantasy adventure? Check. Child protagonist? Check. Desolate, dying world, horrific brutality and a king who makes The Joker look at most mildly deranged? Check, check, oh God check.
  • One-Punch Man seems to be innocent (it's a comedy superhero series about the struggles of a Invincible Hero), but the manga version is considered a seinen for good reason. It has plenty of intense violence, as most of Saitama's foes end up as bloody messes. There is also a fair bunch of sexual humor, what with the hero Puri-Puri Prisoner, and his love of other male heroes.
    • Ironically enough, when the manga got released in North America, it got published under Viz's Shonen Jump imprint. Though it isn't hard to see how it got mistaken for a shonen series considering how most of them contain similar content anyway.
  • Osamu Tezuka developed his characteristic cartoony style drawing manga for younger kids, but maintained it well into his later career when he started drawing more mature manga like Adolf (a story about WWII, told mainly from the perspective of characters from the doomed Axis nations) and MW (a tale of a Catholic Priest who is tormented with guilt because he has a gay lover who is also a murdering sociopath planning to commit genocide with a stolen American chemical weapon).
  • Osomatsu-san is based on Osomatsu-kun, a classic kid-friendly Shōnen manga, but has plenty of sex jokes and other adult material. It airs late at night as a result, with the manga adaptation considered a josei. However, it keeps -Kun's cartoonish, Doraemon-like art. This had caused controversy in Japan, with a masturbation joke attracting complaints.
    • The show was featured in Ciao, a manga anthology aimed at elementary school girls.
  • Outlaw Star is a Seinen anime with graphic violence and an explicit Hot Springs Episode... and yet it aired in America on Toonami at a timeslot where many kids under 15 would be watching. It should be noted that the episode underwent many edits, such as changing guns into blasters and cutting swears, as well as excising the Hot Springs Episode entirely.
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. "Wow! Two girls in pretty dresses fighting ghosts and other nasty bad things? Why haven't I shown this to my children yet?!" Yes, the show does carry an art style reminiscent of shows like The Powerpuff Girls. Still, the title alone should clue you into the kind of subject matter the show possesses. Funimation's complete set release even has a TV-MA rating on its cover, not unlike the box art of Conker's Bad Fur Day, in case you still somehow think the show could somehow still be kid-friendly.
  • Pokémon Generations is meant to be for adults and older teenagers and as such the content is much more adult than any other Pokemon related media except for the uncensored edition of The Electric Tale of Pikachu, as well as Pokémon RéBURST. It reaches its breaking point in Episode 10 where it has possibly the most disturbing content in the entire franchise. Considering this is a Pokémon show and it has no age restriction on YouTube, kids will watch it still. The fact that the episodes are labeled as "For Kids" on YouTube following the COPPA update in 2020 doesn't help.
  • Pop Team Epic was mistakenly listed on [adult swim]'s on demand feed as being a Cartoon Network series. It has since then been corrected to being one on [adult swim] but considering it's a show that has the characters constantly swearing, flipping the bird, performing terrorist attacks on their creators and murdering people it was a little concerning that on demand was implying it was kid-friendly to begin with.
  • The Pop Wonderland series of illustrated fairy tales were released in English by Dark Horse Comics and marketed as children's books. The books are easy to read and perfectly suitable for kids, so what's the problem? Well, Dark Horse's website PROUDLY stated that the artist, Pop, is also known for the popular Moetan series, which they claim is "designed to teach Japanese children English". ...Let's just say Moetan is SO not for kids that it's not allowed on this wiki, and leave it at that.
  • Potemayo: Even though the show is really cute and sweet, the B-plots in every episode are very weird, disgusting, and pretty much unsuitable for young children to watch.
  • Princess Mononoke certainly qualifies for this trope, being Bloodier and Gorier than most of Hayao Miyazaki's films. It's an animated movie featuring pigs and wolves and nice-looking forest spirits, with "Princess" in the title, but it's also a movie that shows people's heads and limbs being shot off, open wounds bleeding profusely, and Eldritch Abominations covered in icky purplish wormlike things. Disney released their dub under their Miramax label, perhaps so people wouldn't confuse it with its own kid-friendly productions. Many parents brought young children to see the film anyway, especially as Pokémon: The First Movie arrived in theaters around the same time.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica. It's a genre commonly for pre-teen girls. The character design is Puni Plush. One Swedish seller classified the series as "For all ages", rates it as TV-PG. and The Japan movie rating system classifies both Madoka movies as "Suitable for all ages"... NOT! The story is all about the characters being pushed beyond the Despair Event Horizon and one of them gets eaten alive.
    • Speaking of the movies, a review on Common Sense Media of the movies claimed that the friend of the user who wrote the review went to see the first Madoka Magica movie in a Canadian movie theater and saw a lot of toddlers at the showing. When Mami blew up the witch barrier during the part of the film based on the first episode, many toddlers got frightened and had to leave.
    • The series was rated on DVD by the Ministry of Culture in Spain as suitable for all ages, when most anime are rated for at least ages 13 and older. One must wonder if they weren't misled by the cutesy artwork on the DVDs...
    • The ABC (in Australia, not the USA) has aired it multiple times, on a children's channel (but relatively late at night, on an anime block aimed towards young teenagers) with minimal censorship (only profanity censored). Either someone didn't do their research, or this says something about the resilience of Australian kids. There were no complaints from parents. Also, they got away with airing Vampire Knight and Ouran High School Host Club on that same channel without any problems.
      • In Australia, that series is rated as M (Mature), in which still in the unrestricted category unlike in MA15+. So Australians might be aware of the mature themes of the series as well.
  • Queen's Blade initially appeared through Netflix streaming in the Fall of 2010 with a Y7 FV rating. Yes, that implies the series is suitable for children age 7 or higher, but has a cautionary rating for "fantasy violence". By the end of the first volume, the viewer will have seen nipples that swell and spew a corrosive fluid, a disrobed woman wetting herself, and one scene of virtual lesbian rape.
    • The front cover for the first volume of the series has four relatively attractive characters in standard "Sword and Sorcery" poses, but nothing to clue the viewer into what the series involves. Needless to say, the online reviews for the series quickly swelled with the reactions of angry parents.
  • Read or Die's OVA (ignoring the title) seems like a delightful children's story. It's about a happy and sweet woman who loves to read and has amazing adventures! It's actually a pastiche of spy films in the James Bond vein with more High-Pressure Blood.
  • School-Live! looks like a sweet anime about an adorable group of teenagers and their precocious dog. Perfect show for your children to watch, right? Wrong. At the end of the first episode, it's revealed that their happy life at school is a carefully constructed delusion to let Yuki cope with the zombie apocalypse. Prepare for things to get very dark, VERY quickly. The manga is even worse as it contains more graphic gore and a lot of mental breakdowns.
  • A very, very good example is the anime (and visual novel) School Days. Looks like a cutesy, cheesy romcom. Is reality usually much closer to a mature-ish romance (sex scenes and all) at best, or a demented slasher film at worst.
  • School Rumble aired on Momo Kids' TV, the same channel that airs shows aimed at young children like PAW Patrol and Magical Doremi. Despite the cute looks, the show has adult themes, like a scene in which some of the characters watch what appears to be an adult video. This resulted in the station being fined.
  • selector infected WIXOSS has been mislabeled by some as a shoujo meant to sell cards to young girls. While there is a tie-in game to the series, it's actually a late-night anime, with all the manga spinoffs running in seinen magazines. And understandably so, considering there's an incest plot with one of the main characters as well as one villain who basically mind-rapes her opponents.
  • Shadow Star. Amusingly enough, one review actually described Shadow Star as being acceptable for preteens. A scanlation group that re-released the Dark Horse translations of the manga and finished up what Dark Horse didn't get around to before discontinuing it made fun of this in their summary and updates. Just goes to show how bloody deceptive that first volume is...
    • Glenat's French release of Shadow Star was cancelled after two volumes under similar circumstances. Once they finally tried again, the series was given their Seinen label in order to avoid another fiasco.
    • The anime's deceptively cutesy opening depicts many horrors in a family friendly way, but first-time viewers wouldn't know that. The show was originally broadcast on Kids Station.
  • The Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs referred to Strike Witches as an example of cultural excellence, and as such had public screenings of the show in events where families with young children were heavily in attendance. Never mind the fact that it's a fanservice-heavy seinen show.
  • Super Milk Chan has an adorable cartoony art style and is about a five year old superhero. It's perfect for kids, it must be just like The Powerpuff Girls, right? Well, as long as you don't show your kids the Gag Dub...
  • Tenchi Muyo!, is, as of this writing, listed as an anime suitable for children/all ages in both a children's magazine website and Several ratings boards also passed the show G or PG in the beginning, and the original OVA series does start out tame. A lot of people have memories of the old Toonami version and likely think the show is just fine for kids, but the more readily-available uncut version today...not so much, to the point where it earned a "TV-MA" on a recent rerelease. To jog your memory, OVA 4 has Ryouko showing her naked body off to Tenchi throughout, with Barbie doll anatomy averted, and The Night Before the Carnival special has Washuu demanding a semen sample from Tenchi - and offering to use her mouth to help!
  • In America, Wandering Son has won at least one adolescent-geared award and is commonly spoken of when referring to teens. The series is considered relatable to transgender youth and it's not particularly graphic or inappropriate, but it's actually a seinen series.
  • The Wind Rises is about the aerospace engineer protagonist building planes that are used to fight in World War 2 while his wife is slowly dying of tuberculosis. There's plenty of war imagery to go around and she coughs up blood on a couple of occasions. To avert this trope, Disney decided to release the movie under its adult-orienented Touchstone banner in North America so kids wouldn't get their hands on it.
  • Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life: Don't be fooled by the cute main character and the cute designs of the humans fool you, as the cute little bunny acts perverted around girls.


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