Scan2Go

Common Sense Media says

Just OK anime series has strong product tie-ins.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

This title aims to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

Taking part in the races requires the kids to strategize, weighing the risks and benefits of the cars' velocity, the opponents' tendencies, and other factors. Girls and boys race side by side with little difference in skill.

Positive role models

Most of the kids are good sports about wins and losses, and some mentor relationships develop among them. Characters take ownership of their mistakes and make amends for them.

Violence & scariness

Toy cars are involved in crashes during races, but there's little emotion attached to them.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

"Shut up" and name-calling like "punk."

Consumerism

The show is accompanied by a product line of toy replicas of the Scan2Go cars and the show serves as a commercial for the toys.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Scan2Go is an action/adventure series tied to a line of toys marketed toward kids, much like Bakugan or Pokemon. If your kids are susceptible to wanting the toys they see on TV, then this show will just fuel that fire. Happily, though, this series changes up the format in small ways that make a big difference in the messages that reach your kids, focusing on a race rather than a head-to-head battle that's riddled in violence. There are also some positive take-aways in the characters' relationships with their friends and respect among their competitors, as well as in watching kids learn a new skill. Expect some playground-style language ("shut up," "punk," etc.), especially during the races, as well as a few car crashes without injury.

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Kids say

What's the story?

SCAN2GO is an anime series about teams of kids who face off in an intergalactic competition using toy race cars. Central to the story is Team Jet, a foursome of novice competitors who have traveled from the distant planet Earth to take part in their first races. Led by Kaz (James Beach), Team Jet's members are ready to take the Scan2Go world by storm . . . once they perfect their skills, that is. Being surrounded by the universe's top teams can be intimidating, but it also has its benefits, and Kaz and his friends find some guidance in unlikely places on the circuit.

Is it any good?

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Scan2Go joins the ranks of Pokemon, Beyblade: Metal Fusion, and Bakugan, yet another action/adventure series that's geared toward kids (boys in particular) and serves as its own best commercial for an accompanying merchandise line. It's nearly impossible to expect kids to watch the thrill of the car race and see the relationships evolve between each character and his or her respective vehicle without wanting to feel that firsthand, at least as much as buying a toy replica will allow.

On the plus side, this story is less violent than its genre predecessors, thanks to the fact that the plot's focal point is a race rather than a battle. There's also time for the characters to strategize, reflect, and learn from the outcome of each contest. Parents will notice some instances of mentoring and respectful relationships between competitors as well. Ultimately, as this type of show goes, Scan2Go isn't a bad choice for kids, but it's still a well-conceived marketing tool designed to influence your kids' buying habits.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about this show's intention. What role does advertising play in the design of the show's characters and plot? Does watching the show make you want your own Scan2Go car? In your experience, do toys from TV usually live up to your expectations?

  • Kids: What do the characters learn from their competitions? How do their experiences help them improve their skills? How does experiencing a loss encourage a player to do better the next time?

  • The kids in this series are celebrities because of the popularity of the Scan2Go game. How does our culture assign star status? Is it always deserved?

TV details

Cast:Carol-Anne Day, James Beach, Michelle Molineux
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Cars and trucks, Adventures
TV rating:TV-Y7-FV
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 16 years old Written byMr. King December 19, 2012
AGE
7
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Yawn!

Is it me,or everytime I watch this show,I get bored?! I hate Scan2Go because it is SO boring!

Teen, 14 years old Written byHainesama123 July 20, 2013
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Something New

Well, this show is something new to me. I think the anime in this show is great and all but since i think anime is for something 10+, keep away from anyone under 10.

What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byTheBombFunn August 4, 2013
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Yawn!

I get bored whenever I watch this show.

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