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B: The Beginning

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
B: The Beginning TV Poster Image
Violent anime mystery has cursing, convoluted storylines.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Murder isn't justifiable, even if the people being killed are evil criminals. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Killer B is young and troubled. 

Violence

Solving serial murders is a central theme. Chases, bloody knives, blood spatters, injured and dead people visible. Female victims allegedly raped. Car crashes, explosions, etc. Descriptions of victims being "sliced up," suffering other gruesome wounds. 

Sex
Language

"Crap," "bastard," "s--t." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that B: The Beginning is a dark anime series meant for older viewers. The series revolves around solving serial killings and other crimes. There are lots of chases, violent attacks, weapons, blood spatters, and dead people. A female victim is allegedly raped, and there are descriptions of brutal injuries. There's also some cursing. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySummerhlm July 21, 2018

It’s good

There is a lot of blood, death, depression and some scenes with girls in underwear/bikinis. If your fine with that, it was a good show with good action.
Teen, 16 years old Written byvioletknight December 16, 2018

Amazing Stoyline + Extreme Gore

While the storyline for this anime is gripping and engaging, the gore is quite intense. Multiple murders are shown on screen, as well as bodies afterwards. A... Continue reading

What's the story?

B: THE BEGINNING is an anime series about a fortified, technologically advanced city under siege by a serial murderer. Cremona is a nation powered by advanced technology, but law enforcement can't get a handle on some major crimes in the area. But it's the mythical serial killer known as "Killer B" that legendary Royal Police Force (RIS) investigator Keith Kazama Flick (Ray Chase) is interested in stopping. The surly detective is paired up with Lily Hoshina (Faye Mata) in hopes of finding him. But Killer B, who is responsible for the deaths of at least 15 evil criminals, is not who or what people think he is, which makes everything much more complicated. 

Is it any good?

This violent series offers a mythical fantasy world filled with an array of characters and multiple storylines that are both dark and dramatic. However, there are so many of them packed into each episode that it's often convoluted and hard to follow. 

Some folks will be drawn into the mysterious worlds that emerge as the narratives unfold. But thanks to the weak writing, many will find that there's just too much going on to fully commit to it. All in all, B: The Beginning leaves you feeling more frustrated than entertained. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about anime. Did you know that "anime" is the Japanese term for all animation? What does it refer to specifically in the U.S.? 

  • B: The Beginning features a character who kills bad people. Does the fact that his victims are evil justify his actions? Why or why not? Why do you think antiheroes are so popular? 

TV details

For kids who love anime

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