From anime innovator Satoshi Kon comes this unique, 13-episode television series intended for mature audiences. The Tokyo populace goes into panic mode after a string of seemingly random attacks by a bat-wielding lad on golden roller blades. As a pair of detectives probing the case attempt to discover whether the youngster is real or a malevolent specter, they become absorbed in an intricate web of circumstances and characters.
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NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Japanese: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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).
- Sexual Content
- 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.
- Social Behavior
- The show exaggerates people's weaknesses, particularly those demonstrating power.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it