Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo



Body-hair martial arts antics are the pits.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Afro-donned Bobobo reeks of stereotypes, but the whole scenario is so crazy, it's hard to take it seriously.


Cartoon violence is frequent (plenty of fights, some with weapons) but far from realistic. The hero's main weapon is his body hair.


Careful observers will notice phallus imagery throughout the show. Male characters wear Speedo-like outfits that reveal too much.


"Damn," "butt," and the like are used sparingly.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cartoon is so fast-paced and choppy that it's difficult even for an adult to follow. There are subtle-but-definite phallus images and mild body-part humor throughout the show, but it's easy to miss them amid the flashiness of the surroundings. As the series' only African-American character, Bobobo does suffer from some stereotyping that's just a part of the show's whole ridiculous package.

What's the story?

BOBOBO-BO BO-BOBO, which got its start as a Japanese comic book, is set in the distant future, when Earth is suffering under the terrorizing reign of the Margarita Empire. Ruler Tsuru Tsururina the Fourth, looking to strengthen his powerful grip over the world, has sent his \"Hair Hunters\" on a mission to steal hair from the heads of everyone they can reach. The fate of humankind rests on the well-chiseled shoulders of Bobobo, whose golden Afro symbolizes his dedication to protecting hair and fighting injustice. He can control his own body hair and make it grow on demand, overwhelming his enemies with lengthy weapons that sprout from his chest, his armpits, and, yes, his nose.

Is it any good?


In the spirit of the comic book world, each episode of this off-kilter cartoon ends with a cliffhanger to entice viewers to come back for more. ("How will Bobobo and his gang compete with a weapon of gas destruction?") While the show's rotating cast of sidekicks are as strange as Bobobo is, one bright spot is Beauty, Bobobo's female buddy, who seems to be the only character not suffering from some level of insanity. All in all, however, this one is worth shaving off your list.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what audience this show is intended for. Is it aimed at anime fans? People who like strange or bizarre comedy? You can also discuss the series' structure. Do the episodes' scenarios make sense? Did you understand the plot? What, if anything, can be gained from watching shows like this?

TV details

Cast:George C. Cole, Philece Sampler, Richard Epcar
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
TV rating:TV-Y7-FV
Available on:DVD

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Adult Written bynduns December 28, 2011

This isn't meant to be taken seriously

People, this show isn't supposed to make sense. It's just random nonsense making fun of various anime cliches. That said, though, as far as parody goes, there is better out there. What does harm this one, I hate to say, is that while most parodies stick to a plot, this one doesn't. Also, Beauty is a pretty annoying character. I liked the idea at first, she was the straight person reacting to every weird thing that happens, kind of like a satirical take on the cynic in the audience questioning everything presented to them, but not only does she constantly appear on the side of the screen with the same facial expression, but her commentary gets really annoying to the point where I'm just thinking 'For the love of God, you've seen how much weirdness now and you're still questioning things? Here's an idea: how about you become useful?' That said though, I do find the show strangely amusing in its own right, so in that regard, I say it's worth a look.
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Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byklaymanbill April 9, 2008

Why.....*bonk on wall*..... Do.....*bonk on wall*..... people like this

this is the worst cartoon that has spwned from anime yet, i am not a fan of anime, but i do watch an occasional naruto (but the "believe it" he syas after every sentence is very annoying) but back to this, bo-bo-bo(?) is like a dumb person or something because he wears WOMENS swimsuits dresses like WOMEN and breaks up arguments about ice cream. Ok, and the girl always appears one the side of the screen with bug eyes for like every time she talks and teh torpedo with the girly legs is so lame i would rather..... oh geez, i dont think there is something extreme enough i could do and live
Teen, 13 years old Written byschuymarch1 April 9, 2008

Another great anime show...

I like watching this show. This show doesn't make sense most of the time, but I like it. I also like watching this show online.


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