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Parents' Guide to

Children of the Whales

By Mark Dolan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dreamy anime fantasy hobbled by awkward storytelling.

TV Netflix Drama 2018
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

A bit gruesome for younger kids

At the start of the third episode a whole bunch of people are killed, including several children.
age 11+

Has many positive messages and good for mature kids!

There is nothing inappropriate about this show and no curse words. I believe it is TV-MA because of it's violence. It does show blood, but obviously it's just an anime. It isn't real, so no need to fret! It was actually a nice show and many characters are helpful and kind!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (11 ):

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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