European alien, mad scientist and deranged psychiatrist, I just left Sydney after 4 years there,and now back home to the French Riviera... I am glad to have found this website which review a wide variety (maybe the widest!) of animes and make you discover anime you never heard of. It is also a great opportunity to share what we all love here : animation.
Growing in the eighties, as all children of this generation I was massively influenced by Japanese-French coproduction such as Ulysses 31, the mysterious cities of gold, other DIC productions (Gadget, minipouss, Jayce and the wheeled warrior), and by pure japanese anime (Grendizer/Goldorak, Albator/captain Harlock, Captain flam/future, Cobra, Tom Sawyer...).
Hence, I do believe that a wise choice of Japanese anime for a child to watch can have a positive impact on their development by stimulating their curiosity and imagination. Highly likely it did influence my own mind during my childhood as I became very interested in the future, science and Psychology and as an adult I became an active researcher in virtual reality and psychology (cyberpsychology) and that brought me to the Carribean, then to China and Australia and now that as a psychiatrist and a researcher, I carry on research about Virtual Reality.... ghost in the shell is not very far ;-).
Lastly, I am always glad to discuss about (worldwide) animation. You are welcome to drop a line about your thoughts if you pass by.