A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dragon Ball Super continues the story of Goku, Gohan, and the other Dragon Ball heroes first told in Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. There's a similar level of violence in this story, with cartoon-style fighting and some characters' superpowers that cause explosions and fires. Death is a constant reality even if it isn't graphic, but it is celebrated in some instances. The idea of villains bent on killing or enslaving free people might frighten some kids, as can the variety of monsters. Gateway language such as "bastard" is fairly common.
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What's the story?
The third story in the Dragon Ball series, DRAGON BALL SUPER picks up after the defeat of Majin Buu during a time of relative peace for Earth. Goku (voiced by Sean Schemmel) keeps a low profile after the heroics of his past, but a new threat looms in a prophecy foretelling the rise of Beerus, the God of Destruction. Once again it's up to Goku, Gohan (Kyle Hebert), Vegeta (Christopher Sabat), Bulma (Monica Rial), and the rest of the Dragon Ball team to join forces against this powerful new enemy and preserve peace on the planet.
Is it any good?
Another chapter in this very popular franchise is welcome news for anyone who's followed the characters' story through two previous series. With the favorites back in action, fans can once again cheer on their efforts against villains bent on domination and destruction. Thus it's no surprise that battles and violence take center stage throughout this story's evolution, making this another instance in which knowing your kids' tolerance for such content is of vital importance.
Dragon Ball Super is a complex story with many characters, each of whom brings his or her own history to the fray. Kids who haven't seen the preceding series may feel a step behind as this tale unfolds, so don't be surprised if they want to backtrack and watch the others as well.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Dragon Ball Super presents violence. Do the characters regret that they engage in fighting? Does it solve problems? Do you find any of it particularly frightening?
Is it as easy to identify enemies in the real world as it is on TV? How do you ensure your safety when you're in a public place? What rules does your family have regarding safety?
Who in your community would you consider a hero, and why? Who are some of your heroes? Can fictional characters act as role models?
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