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Disgaea

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Strong language, irritating hero mark game-based anime.

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age 11+
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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show's protagonist is an egotistical, sharp-tongued demon prone to violence who's on a mission to conquer Earth and Celestia. Flonne's attempts to influence him in a positive way -- in particular by encouraging him to recognize the value of love and friendship -- are met with scorn and disgust, and Etna's loyalty to Laharl adds fuel to his fire.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite his caustic personality, Laharl is the show's hero, and those around him are happy to do his bidding. Etna does so out of an affinity for his mission; Flonne does so out of a naive effort to turn him toward good.

Violence

Characters use swords, machetes, and other weapons in violent clashes that often end in the bloodless deaths of monsters, dragons, and other villains. Other dangers include crashes, avalanches, explosions, and violent threats made among enemies.

Sex

Women wear clothes that cling to their curves and reveal cleavage. In one scene, a teen boy is distracted by a woman's breasts, which bounce as she talks and affect his ability to think. He also talks about not being excited when he hugs a young girl's flat chest.

Language

Frequent instances of "damn," "hell," "ass," "frickin'," and name-calling such as "peon," "moron," "bastard," and "wench."

Consumerism

The show is based on a video game series of the same name. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disgaea is an anime series based on a video game franchise of the same name. Even though it's a cartoon, the chronic strong language and often suggestive content aren't appropriate for kids. A female character wears clothes that cling to her breasts and accentuate her hips, which gets some notice from the teenage Laharl and hints at physical attraction. Violence is another concern, and the frequent battles show weapons such as swords and machetes, as well as some deaths. But the most prominent concern is the language ("damn," "hell," "ass," "frickin'," and name-calling such as "moron" and "bastard"), which is more appropriate for older tweens and teens than it is for kids.

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Adult Written byBranko M. October 10, 2016

Was The Review Made By a Leftist? Seriously The Anime Is really good.

"violence is a worry, too" hahaha really now. You do realize cartoons, Animes without some form of violence makes one shows completely boring and un... Continue reading

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What's the story?

DISGAEA opens as angel trainee and would-be assassin Flonne (voiced by Sandy Fox) awakens Laharl (Barbara Goodson), the son of the demon overlord who was her intended target. Laharl is surprised to discover that he was poisoned into a two-year sleeping spell and that his powerful father has been dead just as long, and Flonne wrestles with whether her mission now requires her to kill Laharl to protect Earth and Celestia from his nefarious plans. Despite that, the two strike up an unorthodox relationship that belies their warring natures, and the arrival of Etna (Michelle Ruff), a Laharl loyalist, further complicates matters. Together this trio -- along with an army of Prinnies -- battles monsters, dragons, sorcerers, and others who are out to stop Laharl.

Is it any good?

As with most of its kind, gamers will want to check out this series inspired by a popular collection of games. The content is too mature for kids, with sexual suggestions and a lot of language to contend with, and violence is a worry, too. But perhaps the most irritating quality is Laharl himself, who wakes up vexed at his situation and never really overcomes his grumpiness in his quest to become the new overlord. As a result, there's a lot of yelling and making demands of people, which becomes more apparent in contrast with Flonne's soft-spoken, wilting-daisy nature.

Disgaea may entertain fans of the game, or even anime enthusiasts in general, but it has little appeal outside that circle. It's loud and violent, and its protagonist is exceedingly grating on the senses. Ultimately, there are better options for kids and tweens than this.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the language on this show. Does it help the story in some way? Is it excessive for the show's intended audience? How does it compare to what you hear in other ones you watch?

  • Kids: Are you familiar with the Disgaea video games? If so, is this series a natural extension of their characters and plot? If not, are you inclined to check them out because of what you saw on this show?

  • Is Laharl a likable character? Are his intentions always evil, or does he have a softer side? Is it OK to root for a character who's not a great role model?

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