The world of parenthood is a magical, beautiful and often challenging place. It has its highs and its lows, similar to the world of anime. Of course, that’s without the magical outfit changes. Wouldn’t that make getting ready in the morning so much easier?
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As a single parent to a 12-year-old son, I sometimes use anime as a way to connect with him. Anime is something we mutually enjoy and is a great medium to discuss subjects without the pressure of feeling too serious. The aim of A Mom’s Guide to Anime is to use anime to help you navigate the world of parenthood.
This month’s focus: Career choices, the sequel! 2022 is a big year for me. My son will be thirteen this year. That’s right, I’ll have a teenager. Horror music intensifies.
As he enters the next phase of his life and moves closer to adulthood, I hearken back to his earlier year, when he told me he wanted to be a “DJ chef.” “That’s a chef who also DJs at his restaurant,” he told me confidently at 3 years old.
But through my tears of reminiscing, I thought about one of my first entries in A Mom’s Guide to Anime—Career Choices! Some time has passed since then, and my son has long put away his dreams of becoming a DJ chef. But it made me think of even more careers that our kids might be interested in!
So, consider this your sequel, and get to know more anime to help your kids chart a path toward their futures!
Voice acting like in Seiyu’s Life!
Seiyu’s Life! is an adorable series about Futaba Ichinose and her journey to become a professional voice actor. Futaba also has to worry about balancing her life as a middle school student and rival seiyu. Hopefully, your child will be older and not always balancing school with a full-time job.
Voice actors are a vital part of anime, film, video games, audiobooks and so much more! They take words and animation and join in on bringing them to life. They give characters tangibility that makes them feel so real!
They also make it easy for us to connect to what we are watching. If you have a child with a great voice or the gift of gab, maybe they should consider a career in voice acting.
Watch Seiyu’s Life! on Funimation!
Paranormal investigation like in various series
By now, you readers should know that I tend to look at the world differently than most. And while being a paranormal investigator might not seem like a viable career, it is an actual career!
Anime series like Yu Yu Hakusho, Bleach and JUJUTSU KAISEN all feature the paranormal in some way, and more specifically, spirits. Paranormal investigators don’t just go around trying to contact spirits or debunk their existence altogether, they do a lot more.
Real estate agents often use them to prepare a home before it is sold; they are sought-after experts and advisors for film and television about the paranormal; and they can even be called to assist with court cases.
Paranormal investigators can also help boost tourism and revenue, with “haunted” hotels, museums and cemeteries as some of the most visited places by travelers. While Yusuke, Ichigo and Itadori find what they do less lucrative and more dangerous, your child may enjoy a career exploring the unknown.
Art like in Barakamon
Barakamon is about Handa, a talented calligrapher who has a bit of a temper. That temper gets him sent to an island where he is supposed to be finding inner peace. Instead, he finds quirky and loud friends, and eventually, the time to focus on his art.
Calligraphy is the art of writing words; even graffiti artists are calligraphers in some sense. Tamako, who befriends Handa, also enjoys art, but they’re more focused on the art of manga.
The beautiful thing about art is that is completely individualized! Your child can express themselves in various ways, including calligraphy, drawing, painting, sculpting and even graffiti. Oh, and get paid for it too.
If your little one has a knack for coloring or drawing, consider putting them in art classes to help their talent flourish.
Watch Barakamon on Funimation!
Producing like in A3!
You probably already know about many careers in show business, like acting, singing or comedy. But you might not know that there’s someone responsible for bringing it all together and making it happen: a producer!
Take Izumi Tachibana from A3!. Izumi inherited her father’s all-male theater company. On its last legs, the Mankai Company has just one member left and a ton of debt.
But the show must go on, because if it doesn’t, the loan sharks will be back. Izumi spends the series acquiring talent to revive her father’s theater to its former glory. As a producer, you get to work with all kinds of people to create plays, movies, musicals, TV shows and even anime.
Producers can actualize a project by seeking out the best people for the job. They look over fine details like what color should fonts on the flyers be, the hairstyles of the actors, the lighting needed from scene to scene, and the list goes on.
If your child likes to take charge, is good at organizing or has multiple talents, producing could be a great fit for them. Those qualities are also found in loan sharks too, but that’s not a career!
Watch A3! on Funimation!
Real estate like in Dragon Goes House-Hunting
You’re probably looking at your kids thinking, “What child dreams of being a real estate agent?” But stick with me. While most kids don’t dream about low HOA fees and all-cash offers, plenty of kids dream of being wealthy, which is what I assume my son was going for with the whole “DJ chef” thing.
In Dragon Goes House-Hunting, Letty the Dragon requires a forever home, somewhere peaceful and with a good view. She enlists the help of Dearia, the Demon Lord of Real Estate. He’ll stop at nothing to find Letty her dream home, even if it means fighting some unfriendly villagers.
While it may seem like an easy job, real estate agents have to listen to their clients and, in a way, make sure their dreams come true. It also requires people skills, salesmanship, compromise and a bit of charisma.
I bet it makes you think of when your kids always manage to convince you to do or buy something you had no intentions of getting or doing. I own an air fryer because my son said I needed it. He was right.
Watch Dragon Goes House-Hunting on Funimation!
Above are just five more careers for your growing kids to consider as they get older! Just like in anime, the opportunities are endless. But if none of the above stand out as the perfect career choice, fret not! There is one out there.
Take a look through the Funimation catalog and see what career paths you might be interested in! And remember, if all else fails, you can always become a DJ chef.