Drifting Dragons

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Ethereal anime has hunting and fantasy violence; weak plot.

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Positive Messages

Teamwork and friendship are themes, as is killing animals for trade. The ethical dilemmas associated with dragon killing are minimal, but Takita does grapple with her new role as a hunter.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Takita is new to the crew and naive, and she's torn between loving to eat dragons and respecting them as creatures. The rest of the crew is committed to their work of dragon hunting. Mika is quirky and narcissistic, and takes his role as a chef to creative heights. The airborne dragon hunters face some discrimination by those who live on land.

Violence

There’s lots of bloody fantasy violence. Dragons are killed using bomb lances and knives, and their meat is harvested in a variety of ways.

Sex

As cast members get closer to one another there is some romantic interest and mild innuendo.

Language

Words like "hell" and "damn" are used. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink alcohol. Wine is traded for dragon meat, and grappa is used for cooking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Drifting Dragons is a manga anime series that features dragon hunters killing and selling the creatures for trade. Told from the point-of-view of a new crew member aboard an airborne ship, the story evolves as she becomes embedded in her role and faces internal conflict over killing graceful, mostly peaceful, dragons. Hunting scenes feature bloody fantasy violence, including the use of bomb lances and knives. Words like "hell" and "damn" are audible, and alcohol (wine, grappa) is consumed or used for cooking. There's some mild innuendo and romantic interest between characters. There isn't much of a story arc, but parallels could be drawn to whaling and even the story of Moby Dick.

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What's the story?

Based on the popular manga series of the same name, DRIFTING DRAGONS is an anime show that follows a group of career dragon hunters. Takita (voiced by Cassandra Lee Morris) is new to the "drakers," a crew dedicated to hunting the graceful dragons that drift among the clouds for their oil and meat. But their airship, Quin Zaza, isn’t registered as an official vessel and has no port, so the crew lives independently and basically hand-to-mouth. Land dwellers have their own fears and superstitions about the dragons and the people who kill them. Takita has to learn to get along with the team, including more hardened drakers like Mika (Billy Kametz) and Vanabelle (Colleen O’Shaughnessey) as they sail through the air searching for their next hunt. 

Is it any good?

This flighty series chronicles the antics of the Quin Zaza’s crew from the point-of-view of newbie Takita. The hunting action offers some entertainment, but the rest of the narrative is filled with quirky conversations designed to keep the viewer interested until the crew chases the next dragon. Parallels can be drawn to Moby Dick and the seabound team of hunters trying to harpoon whales. There’s not much of a story arc here, but the premise and characters are intriguing, and Drifting Dragons is fantastical enough to keep audiences interested. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way dragons are depicted in Drifting Dragons. Are they like the fire-breathing creatures featured in many fantasies? Do any characters have ethical dilemmas about killing them?

  • Do you think a TV series can be poorly written and still be entertaining? Other than the storyline, what other things are used to hook audiences? Can those tactics compensate for weak storylines? 

  • What are some ways Drifting Dragons reminds you of Moby Dick? How does the hunting and killing of dragons compare to whaling, from the practice's origins thousands of years ago through today?

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