Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this anime cartoon is heavy on violence, and characters wage war on -- and often kill -- each other with weapons and with their own superhuman powers. Although some do perish, many of the characters enjoy an unrealistic tolerance of the violence (they emerge unharmed from explosions or catch bullets in midair), which has its own set of issues for parents of impressionable tweens. Many of the characters will be frightening to kids, and the show favors action and entertainment over any meaningful content, so don't expect your tweens to glean anything worthwhile from the fast-paced adventures.
Violent exchanges are commonplace, both with weapons (guns, sticks, and the like) and with some characters' superhuman abilities. Warriors are tortured and many people die (including a main character), but some of the characters' powers protect them from everything from bullets to explosions of energy balls.
Occasional use of cursing stand-ins like "heck," and some name-calling like "idiot."
Evil is clearly defined, and benevolent characters fight to protect Earth from domination. Violence is the only means to an end, however, and some well-meaning characters die in the process. Recurring messages about standing up for what's right and depending on the people you trust.
The original series spawned a line of books, games, toys, DVDs, and video games.
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