A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The group works as a team to combat "evil," but there are mixed messages, as some on the team have a sordid past and use violence to achieve good.
Violence & Scariness
Guns, fist fights, someone is hit on the head with a gun, kidnapping, and more.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The main female character's shirt is open, revealing almost all of her chest.
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Quite a lot of profanity for basic cable (even for Adult Swim): "Rat's ass," "helluva," "kick in the ass," "crap," "damn," "son of a bitch," "fat head," "loser," etc.
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Products & Purchases
There are video games and a movie related to the storyline/characters.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this futuristic series is very popular with teen and adult anime fans. Based on the manga by Masamune Shirow, the show is centered on the merging of man and machine and what that merge entails for technology -- the good of mankind, or a new breed of highly advanced criminal? The dialogue can get pretty profane for basic cable, characters are constantly afraid for their lives, and the main female character is usually busting out of her shirt with cleavage. Because of its intricate storyline and its connection to a line of films, books, and videogames, the show's popularity is only growing for older audiences. Parents, meanwhile, should beware of language and violence.
Is It Any Good?
The appeal of this dark, intricate anime series is its highly complex use of technology-focused content interwoven with the plot, characters, and visuals. For the novice anime fan, it will likely be hard to follow for the first few episodes. And if you have young anime fans in the house, know that the show is part of the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim line up for good reason -- profanity and violence are both frequent, and the central female character has a propensity for busting out all over (pun intended).
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