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Musashi makes the legitimate point that anime still faces the challenge of animation's perception as "kid stuff." While Japan produces anime aimed at a variety of demographics, much of the product offered to American audiences seems aimed squarely at kids (check out the list above). It's refreshing to see cable channels like Cartoon Network offer more divers programming like the wonderful Cowboy Bebop, but by and large anime in the U.S. is still aimed at children.
Still, my own appreciation for anime dates back to my exposure to Speed Racer and Battle of the Planets when I was young. (Indeed, as those two are hardly shining examples of the excellence the genre is capable of, I was surprised and delighted when exposed to superb anime like Kimagure Orange Road, Vampire Princess Miyu and Bubblegum Crisis, and their quality only made me hunger for more.) Exposure to adolescent anime action may only reinforce the notion that cartoons are for kids, but hopefully some children will have their horizons expanded enough to demand more of the diverse types of stories anime offers.