A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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?
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