A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Typically, good wins over evil, and villains are easy to recognize. In most cases, disagreements yield fighting or, at the very least, some heated discussions. That said, what drives the heroes is the desire to protect their planet.
Positive Role Models
Goku and his friends fight for peace and justice.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of fistfights and some killing; though it's not graphic, it is celebrated in some cases. Also, implied death as a result of explosions and fire. Many alien monsters that are intimidating.
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"Bastard" and "stupid."
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Products & Purchases
This series joins two previous shows in the Dragon Ball saga and the games and merchandise they inspired.
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.
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.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.