Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Epic anime adventure has frenetic violence, heavy themes.
  • PG-13
  • 2019
  • 111 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

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.


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.


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.


Strong language includes "s--t," "bastard," "idiot," "damn," "what the hell," "a--hole," "pissed off," "screwing around," "shut up," "my God," etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynduns September 29, 2019

Surprise masterpiece

Simply put, this movie is a masterpiece. I am not in the least bit sarcastic when I say this is my favorite film to come out this year so far. Coming from Studi... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byCooltiger37 September 28, 2019

Action-packed anime is stylishly drawn but way too loud

For the record, I thought that since the MPAA gave "Promare" a PG-13 rating for just SOME violence, it was going to be a lot more quiet and contempla... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySugar.Waffle January 14, 2021

Studio Trigger's Best Anime Yet

HOLY WOW. So I had known about this movie for a long time and really don't know why I waited so long to watch it. I'm in love with Lio, Galo is a himb... Continue reading

What's the story?

PROMARE opens with unknown events triggering human combustion in certain people around the world, leading to the population-devastating Great World Blaze. It then fast-forwards to 30 years later, when these fire mutants are considered the armed and dangerous "Burnish." The Burnish are kept in check by an elite team of firefighters called Burning Rescue, whose main rivals are the Mad Burnish, a group of Burnish vigilantes who want to let their flames burn and free their kind. The Burning Rescue's arrogant, fearsome young firefighter Galo Thymos (voiced by Billy Kametz) confronts Mad Burnish leader Lio Fotia (Johnny Yong Bosch), who explains that the Burnish aren't evil fire-starters and that Governor Kray Foresight (who, naturally, owns a tech lab) experiments on the Burnish in inhumane ways. As both young men learn to tentatively trust each other, they must work together to save Primeopolis -- and the world -- from being destroyed.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the amount of violence in Promare. Is it necessary to the story? Does animated violence impact audiences differently than live-action violence?

  • Anime films often depict women in a hypersexualized way. What do you think of the women characters in this movie? What role do they play? How are they viewed?

  • What do you think about the romantic tension between Galo and Lio? Is it obvious or subtle? How does their enemies-to-allies connection drive the plot?

  • Who, if anyone, is a role model in the movie, and what character strengths do they display?

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