Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that the main character in this dark anime series is a serial killer who appears as a young, school-aged boy on inline skates; his weapon is a bent baseball bat. He strikes and kills, leaving victims dead in puddles of blood. But perhaps even more chilling, the show is a psychological study of inner human drama, observing how people suffer from despair and fear -- some real, some not. With its dark humor and plotlines and its mix of realty and fantasy, this anime is better suited for adults (and even those well-versed in this genre might have some trouble getting it).
Depends on the episode. At least one features a woman with dissociative identity disorder who has a prostitute alter ego.
Frequent, severe animated violence. Many are bludgeoned and killed. One episode centered on Internet suicide pacts. Also, characters physically and verbally attack each other.
Not much swearing, but definite name-calling -- "scum," "fool," and "monkey-brain" are typical.
The show exaggerates people's weaknesses, particularly those demonstrating power.
Drugs / Tobacco /