Bungo Stray Dogs

TV review by Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
Bongo Stray Dogs TV Show poster.

Common Sense says

age 15+

Dark, violent, humorous anime has suicide talk, innuendo.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 12+

pls take my word for this my sillies

i absolutely love the show! im 14 and i think its really good. you should definitely watch it. people literally overreact for the age rating. sure,, it has some violence and chuuya loves curse words but its not even bad smhhh. i believe in dazai slander !! TBH I LEARNED MORE ABOUT LITERATURE FROM THIS ANIME THAN ENGLISH CLASS HADSKJAKDSDKH :D
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age 16+
Most of the reviews are skewing 13+, and ordinarily I would agree with them if it weren't for one factor. One of the characters in this show is constantly trying to commit suicide and it's played for laughs. The way this show treats the subject of suicide is typically used for comedy but it can be almost glorified if taken the wrong way. Ordinarily, I wouldn't see suicide comedy as being too dangerous for 13 year olds, but this show does it in a particular way. While the suicide itself is never glorified, the character IS. The character is very cool, the kind who kids might want to emulate considering he's just that awesome. Combine that with how the show does not treat his suicide attempts with care, and you've got a dangerous cocktail. I am of the opinion that young teenagers could easily take it the wrong way mostly because I have watched them do it. I have seen a lot of young fans of this show adopt suicidal tendencies so they can be like this character. While children are going to be mentally ill regardless, I still think it shows that this should be kept away from them. I think this show should be watched when your brain is decently developed so you can properly understand how how this show treats the subject of suicide. Children under 16 are, from my experience, very susceptible to misunderstanding it and seeing it as cool or glorified. This is a seinen anime. It's target audience is adults, and in many countries it's rated 17 or 18+, and it is my belief that this is for a reason. Besides that, though, it isn't terribly dark or disturbing and there isn't really any sexual content. That is why I leave it at 16+

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