Parents' Guide to

Bakugan

By Fernanda Camargo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Battle-focused sibling to Pokémon hints at solid values.

TV Netflix Anime 2023
Bakugan TV show poster: Human kids and their Bakugan pairs run for attack. Main character in front flying with five others around him.

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Similar to Pokemon and other battling shows

I believe this is a rival show and game to the Pokemon franchise. There is lots of fighting (aka Bakugan battles), which is depicted in over dramatized action shots of the monsters battling where no one gets hurt. The stories hint at tolerance and team work, but it's not much (compared to say the Avatar). We limit the number of "action" shows like these that our 5 year old watches, as they can get overly excited or stimulated after a while. If you're okay with Pokemon, Power Rangers, or similar kid shows, then this one should be okay.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

With basic visuals and a simple premise, this energetic show features a sophisticated storyline that may keep viewers curious for a few hours. While Bakugan is not exactly new--it's similar to franchises like Pokémon and Digimon -- this last Netflix iteration differentiates itself with a heavily serialized story designed for binge-watching that takes a while to develop.

Bakugan brawling brings the arcade to the screen, with health points and power-ups that kids who like video games will enjoy. Despite the violence in brawling, the show has positive messages and values, although they might be too subtle for younger viewers. The kids in the show grow into powerful brawlers instead of being good from the beginning, which promotes a growth mindset. Overall, the show isn't meaningful or life-changing, but it's not damaging either.

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