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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Characters try to use mercy and understanding to resolve conflicts, instead of resorting to violence.
Positive Role Models
Chakuro is sensitive and thoughtful, a devoted friend.
Violence & Scariness
A frightening group called the Murderous Angels kills many people with spears and swords; death, funerals, and grave sites are important to the story.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Children of the Whales is an anime series concerning a society of supernatural and human residents living on an isolated island in the middle of a fantastic sea of sand. Slower-paced than many anime shows, Children of the Whales has a melancholic tone and underlying sadness that may be attractive to more sensitive teens. However, it still has a fair amount of violence, frightening images, and death-related subject matter.
Is It Any Good?
This series features an imaginative, dreamlike universe with a number of little details that help it feel lived in and real. Unfortunately, the storytelling is somewhat awkward. Significant events occur with very little preceding context, leaving the viewer with questions that may only get partially answered if addressed at all.
Also, the mythology of the series is quite complicated. Keeping track of all the various factions, powers, and allegiances, many of which have unique, nonintuitive-sounding names can be very difficult. Fans of high fantasy who are used to assimilating this kind of specialized nomenclature will fare well here. Those who have less patience for intricate world-building may find Children of the Whales more frustrating than enjoyable.
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