A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
As is the case with anime series, there’s a hero’s journey that needs to be completed. Friendship is a major theme.
Positive Role Models
The main protagonists are black. Philly the Kid is flawed, but still a decent person. S.A.M. is aggressively friendly.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of violent and bloody fantasy killings using weapons ranging from axes and knives to laser guns and other technology.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Features some strong sexual innuendo, like a visible Playboy-type magazine and women in tight skin-revealing clothing.
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Words like "hell," "ass," "crap," "bastard," and "g--damn" are frequent.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking visible. There's some fights in a saloon.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cannon Busters is an edgy, adult-oriented animated adventure series. No doubt that it will appeal to teens, but it features strong language, strong sexual innuendo, and lots of fantasy violence that makes it a questionable choice for younger viewers. There's some smoking, too.
Is It Any Good?
This quirky series, which was created by The Boondocks' LeSean Thomas, offers a story world that combines elements of classic anime fantasy with black culture. Folks who enjoy the traditional anime experience will certainly find it here, including the hero's journey, the fight against evil, and the relationships between person and machine. But it also creates a unique viewing experience that allows for some interesting, well-developed characters that drive the show's dark humor and fast-paced action. Cannon Busters is edgy and fun, and if you're fans of the comic book series, or like Thomas' cutting-edge work, you will not be disappointed.
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