A really important case that needs to be made is that in America, or other western countries (I'm in the UK) basically when you hit 11~ , if you carry on watching 'cartoons' (animation) you are immediately stamped BABY because CARTOONS ARE FOR KIDS HURRR
This is one of the gaps that anime fills perfectly and something that America, at least, will never ever get through it's thick skull (en masse) That animation goes beyond Nicktoons or Dreamworksssshitty animation. Also, because of the difference in culture, nothing awesome will ever happen in shows like avatar because of shitty dickfaced narutofucks who see one episode and drink sand until it comes out of their eyes. Thanks. And by awesome things I mean .. say ... the ... appearance of blood ! ... (shit!... WONT SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN) ... etc etc etc etc.
FACT. KIDS LIKE VIOLENCE. THEY ARE CLEVER ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT IT IS NOT REAL, AND IT IS BAD.
Seriously, America, get your fucking act together and stop censoring the merry fuck out of everything. On a final RAGE note, I recently got round to watching The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe which is in fact a rather awesome story and a good book, but AMERICA got shit assed confused when it arrived on Disney's doorstep packaged as something for kids, yet it had BAYD NAYSTY things happen in it like kids in danger. The final straw was the scene when the queen was meant to stab one of the kids, yet it happened just below frame, so, 1. it was confusing as to what happened 2. the impact was lost 3.they shitted it up, in short.
I would watch shows like Avatar if I knew that they had some real action and not power-rangers "sparks mean hurty" 7-year old 'action'.