A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's intent is to entertain rather than educate.
While the show sometimes touches on heavy themes for a kids' series -- including family dysfunction and the death of a parent -- overall it promotes teamwork and strong family relationships.
Positive Role Models
The main characters generally show respect for one another and work as a team. The series' heroine is a strong female who takes a leadership role and makes decisions that could affect the future of the human race.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent animated fantasy violence: aliens attack humans, space vehicles crash in a ball of flames, etc. Injury or death is implied but not shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fun, engaging series occasionally deals with serious themes, such as the death of a parent, a teen's dysfunctional relationship with a parent, and taking dangerous risks for the sake of winning a competition. But the show also presents the main characters as three-dimensional and human (which makes them very approachable and sympathetic), and it focuses on the characters, their emotions, and their relationships almost as much as it does on the entertaining sci-fi action.
Is It Any Good?
Oban Star-Racers combines engaging plotlines and thrilling sci-fi action -- and the pace is moderate enough to make the story easy to follow. The interesting combination of Japanese anime and Western sci-fi helps draw in the viewer.
According to Disney, the target audience is ages 6 to 11, but the show is better suited for ages 8 and up (one episode deals with a parent's death, and some of the violence -- a space vehicle crash resulting in injuries and deaths, for example -- may be slightly disturbing to younger viewers. That aside, as anime series go, this one is decidedly palatable (even for viewers who aren't huge anime fans), with a nice balance of thrilling action and characters you grow to care about. Kids will surely be rooting for the young heroine as she fights to win the big race -- and save the human race.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.