A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Encourages us not to discriminate against the "other," not to assume the worst about people, to recognize humanity in all people, even if they're nothing like us. Promotes teamwork, collaboration.
Positive Role Models
Galo Thymos is impulsive, headstrong but also courageous, empathetic. He learns from his mistakes, is willing to change his mind when shown the error of his ways. Lio is a fierce warrior but also a leader of his people and willing to die to protect them. The Burning Rescue team is close-knit and works together to save innocent civilians.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent, frenetic action violence. Much of it takes the form of the flames from the Mad Burnish and battles between the Burnish and the rescue team. Most of the Burnish don't purposely kill people, but their flames do cause mass deaths, destruction, damage, injury -- including a population-devastating event known as the Great World Blaze. Many big, loud mech fights between the Burnish and the outfitted rescue squad. A couple of impactful deaths.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Galo is shirtless a lot of the time. A couple of the women characters wear revealing tops. Romantic tension between Galo and Lio, as well as between Galo and Aina.
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Strong language includes "s--t," "bastard," "idiot," "damn," "what the hell," "a--hole," "pissed off," "screwing around," "shut up," "my God," etc.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Promare -- the first feature-length film from Japan's popular Studio Trigger -- is a fast and furious action adventure that's sure to appeal to anime fans. Expect lots of death-defying action sequences, particularly between the fire-wielding Burnish and the Burning Rescue team (and the mechs in which they fight). Human combustion results in countless (non-gory) deaths. There are also plenty of one-on-one or two-on-one fights that leave destruction in their path. Many characters are injured, and a couple of deaths make an impact. Occasional strong language includes "s--t," "a--hole," "bastard," "damn," etc. In a couple of scenes, it looks like people are about to kiss, and there's simmering romantic chemistry between two of the main characters. With themes of courage and teamwork, the film encourages recognizing the humanity in all people, even if they're nothing like you. 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 adrenaline-packed anime adventure isn't just for established genre fans -- it's a substantive story about prejudice and teamwork. It's also just a blast to watch, with death-defying battle sequences, colorful animation, charismatic protagonists, and enough humor to keep audiences engaged for the full 111 minutes. Galo and Lio are fabulous foils, opposites who claim to despise each other but have an obvious chemistry that permeates all of their scenes together (they often look like they're on the verge of either fighting or kissing). Younger viewers may not pick up on that tension, but adults will see it straightaway, adding to the humor of their dialogue.
The animation is vibrant and thrilling, with a pace that's fast but not confusing. The only downside is that viewers don't get to know the entire Burning Rescue team as well as Galo, because they all seem like compelling characters. There's also not quite enough exposition to explain the circumstances and conditions in which the Burnish live. But considering this is Studio Trigger's first feature, it's likely that they'll return to this universe in future films, which would be welcome.
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