Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo TV Poster Image
Body-hair martial arts antics are the pits.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 21 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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

Violence

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

Sex

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

Language

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

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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, mostly from Shonen Jump. I think it d... Continue reading
Adult Written byyakaboskib April 9, 2008

Ever heard of a tan?

First of all you say that BoBoBo suffers from some sterotypes because he is African America....ever heard of a tan people? Its a tan. Bo Bo Bo is not african... Continue reading
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.
Teen, 16 years old Written bySamurai 2.0 May 6, 2011

Only grade-school boys will enjoy it. I only enjoyed it then.

This show used to play on Toonami. I loved it. I decided to rewatch it a few months ago. It was confused and bounced off the wall. I hated it. Grade-school boys... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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