I've watched anime with Dana in the room before. K-On!, Last Exile and a few other shows, but usually she was too young to actually pay attention, or she was simply asleep. Today was new: I watched Totoro with her and she was fully aware of the movie. It was the first time that she actually watched anime :)
She enjoyed it a lot! And now she won't stop talking about the catbus, about the little dusties, about Totoro and about Mei and her friends. At first she was a bit afraid of the susuwatari ("soot spreaders", black dust bunnies), but she quickly got over that. It was a lot of fun, explaining stuff to her... How Mei was being naughty and dangerous, by walking off from home. How Totoro was having a lot of fun with the umbrella. How they all made the trees grow in the moonlight. And how the catbus ran, ran, ran and ran on his many legs :)
Let's see what we'll try next! On New Year's morning of 2011 we watched Ponyo, but by then she was still too young to understand.
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