Dragon’s Dogma

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Violent, sexual video game-based anime isn't for kids.

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

Positive Messages

Darkness and vengeance will destroy your humanity if you let it take over you. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ethan is a good man with a big heart who sometimes loses his way due to anger and grief. 

Violence

Lots of bloody fantasy violence, ranging from people being torn apart, chewed, or burned by dragons, as well as stabbings and other graphic injuries. 

Sex

One episode features full frontal female nudity and sexual acts.

Language

Language like "hell," "bitch," "goddamn," and "s--t" is used throughout. 

Consumerism

The series is based on a popular video game. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Ale is sometimes consumed. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dragon’s Dogma is an anime series based on a popular video game, both of which are intended for mature audiences. Like the game, this series is very graphic and violent. There's lots of bloody fantasy violence, ranging from people being torn apart, chewed, or burned by dragons, as well as characters being stabbed and subjected to other injuries. There's also strong sexual content (including full frontal nudity and simulated sex acts), particularly in one episode. Strong language like "hell," "bitch," "goddamn," and "s--t" is used throughout, and characters consume beer.

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What's the story?

DRAGON’S DOGMA is anime series based on the video game of the same name. Ethan (voiced in English by Greg Chun) lives an idyllic life with his pregnant wife Olivia (Christina Vee), and often spends time with Louis (Jeanie Tirado), a local orphan. But when a dragon (David Lodge) burns down the village and removes his heart, Ethan is resurrected as an "Arisen" by a mystical pawn he names Hannah (Erica Mendez). Together they set out to slay the dragon that destroyed his world. It’s a difficult journey, and as Ethan’s thirst for vengeance grows, he becomes less human.

Is it any good?

This dark series, which was originally released as ONA (original net anime), features the monstrous creatures and "hack and slash" violence the original video game it is known for. Each installment, the title of which is named after a deadly sin, features Ethan, once a genuinely good man with a big heart, struggling to combat his personal demons as he fights the evil forces that surround them. 

Some folks will appreciate the narrative, which shows how an individual can lose his humanity if he allows darkness to consume him. But anime purists might take issue with the series’ aesthetic, which sometimes looks more like a video game than an online series. Nonetheless, Dragon’s Dogma is entertaining, if you’re mature enough to handle it. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of anime. What is it about the genre that speaks to so many people around the world? How does Dragon’s Dogma seek to appeal to such a global audience? 

  • Does anime have to feature violent content  in order to be considered anime? What about sexual content? Is this a cultural thing, or a marketing strategy? Does it ever go too far?

  • If you're familiar with the Dragon's Dogma video game, how does the series relate? Do you think they did a good job of adapting the story for television?

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