Blood of Zeus

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Compelling, violent anime series explores Greek mythology.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Themes include the battle between good and evil, loyalty, rejection, and vengeance.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Heron is protective of his mother, attempts to do the right thing. Gods of Olympus want to defeat the Titans, but they have their own faults. King Zeus is a womanizer; Queen Hera is jealous, vengeful. Other gods and demigods have their issues too. Alexia is a brave warrior. 

Violence

Contains brutal, bloody fantasy violence that includes decapitations, stabbings. Physical assaults, fights, and burning of flesh are shown. Marital rape is alluded to with stories of a merciless king forcing himself on his wife.

Sex

Strong sexual content and nudity (including bare breasts). Zeus is not apologetic about fathering many illegitimate children. 

Language

Heron is often referred to as a "bastard." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and drunken behavior is sometimes visible or alluded to. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Blood of Zeus is a Greek mythology-themed anime series about one of Zeus' many sons. It contains brutal, bloody fantasy violence that includes decapitations and stabbings. Physical assaults, fights, and the burning of flesh are also shown. There is some nudity (bare breasts) and sexual content, and marital rape is alluded to with stories of a merciless king who forces himself on his wife. There is also some drinking, and the word "bastard" is frequently used. Mature teens who are interested in either mythology or anime will be intrigued by this unique crossover. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bypanda02panda November 1, 2020

Amazing but brutal

I absolutely loved this show. There is a lot of gore- beheadings, murderous rage and a lot of blood so this definitely isn’t a show for people who are squeamish... Continue reading
Adult Written byJakel33 March 28, 2021

Gory, violent and burning of flesh

It’s okay for 16-year olds and older.
Teen, 14 years old Written bythunderstar October 31, 2020

A Pretty Alright Show

I’ve always been a fan of greek mythology and this is a cool show for people of the same interests. The characters and like able and some are complex. A lot of... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byrainbbow10 June 16, 2021

13+

I watch it with my mom and it's really only MA because of the gore and as well as some titans breast which you see like twice in the inter sires.

What's the story?

BLOOD OF ZEUS shows what happens when you combine Greek mythology and anime. Heron (voiced by Derek Phillips) is a commoner living as an outcast with his mother, Electra (Mamie Gummer), in ancient Greece. When a demonic army begins to take over the village, Heron eventually discovers that he is a son of Zeus (Jason O'Mara), and comes to realize that his purpose is to save the world. But the demons, who are working on behalf of the Titans, aren't easy to defeat, and Queen Hera's (Claudia Christian) anger over Zeus' relationship with Electra creates even more drama. 

Is it any good?

This compelling series successfully combines all the fascinating drama from Greek mythology with the bloody fantasy style of Japanese anime to tell a classic story in a new way. While Heron isn't an official character in traditional Greek myths, his presence among Zeus' many illegitimate children feels credible. The connections made between classic Greek tales and the common demonic enemies of humanity are nearly seamless, too. 

Anime fans won't be disappointed by the series' content, which features lots of violence, nudity, and mature themes. But even those who don't usually tune in to this kind of entertainment may find themselves easily drawn into the story world, too. Overall, Blood of Zeus is a fun, intense, and binge-worthy series for viewers old enough to handle it. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difficulty of combining two culturally different storytelling traditions. How does Blood of Zeus combine elements of mythology and Japanese anime? Is there anything about the way the series is produced that doesn't work well?

  • What role did Greek mythology play in ancient Greek culture? What do these stories tell us today about ancient Greek life? How do these stories inform our popular culture today?

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