A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some lip service given to anime culture being a safe space for misfits to find community.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Violent content from anime movies. Scenes of dead bodies, fighting with swords, a man whipped in the face whose eyeball pops out and dangles against a wooden post. Blood. Demonic imagery.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Reference to pornographic animation content.
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Narrator says "f--k" several times. "S--t-ton," "apes--t," "hell," "hella," "ass."
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Products & Purchases
Any doubt that this is little more than a Netflix promotional video for its anime content is eliminated at the closing credits, where the first words are, "All the titles covered in the documentary are available and now streaming on Netflix."
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Enter the Anime is a 2019 faux-documentary that's actually little more than a Netflix promotional video of available anime currently streaming on Netflix. The narrator says "f--k" several times, as well as other profanities ("s--t-ton," "apes--t"). There are many brief shots of violent content from anime, including a man whipped in the face whose eyeball shoots out, hits a wall, and slowly dangles downward. Demonic imagery. Scenes of dead bodies; some blood. Reference to pornographic animation content. Any potentially interesting discussion on the history of anime, Japanese culture, and the creative processes of anime's greatest artists is short-circuited by the obnoxious presentation and bombastic overproduction. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is little more than a Netflix promotional video of the anime available for streaming on Netflix. If there's any doubt that this is what's happening, that doubt is erased at the closing credits of Enter the Anime, when the first caption that comes up reads, "All anime titles covered in the documentary are available and now streaming on Netflix." Those who were hoping for an "Anime Appreciation 101"-style documentary will be disappointed; fans of anime will be completely annoyed at the obnoxious production values.
Indeed, the editing is borderline seizure-inducing. No shot lasts for more than two seconds at most, and any interesting discussion of anime's history, Japanese culture, or the creative processes of anime's most famous artists is short-circuited by the constant need for split-screens, constant cutting, and the beyond heavy-handed use of text to amplify anything the interviewees are saying. It comes off as a desperate striving for "hip," a striving almost as desperate as the narrator's embarrassing attempts at introspection through a voice-over that manages to steer clear of any real insight by throwing in a few "f--ks" and "hellas" just in the nick of time. Arguably, the biggest insights gleaned from Enter the Anime is that the streets, parks, and subways of Tokyo are free of garbage, and the Japanese are known for their work ethic. What can't be argued is that this is anything else but a shameless advertisement from Netflix.
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