Glitter Force

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Fairy-tale anime doesn't dazzle, but strong female leads do.
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Parents say

age 7+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 21 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show entertains rather than educates. 

Positive Messages

Friendship, perseverance, and a positive attitude are keys to Glitter Force's success against their monster foes. This team of five shows there's power in diversity, as each member brings valuable characteristics that make the group stronger. Emily learns that fairy-tale endings are harder to come by than stories would suggest, but by adapting her expectations and keeping the faith, she's rarely disappointed. On the downside, there's some gender stereotyping in how the story equates makeup, accessories, and the girls' overall appearances with their powers. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Glitter Force members are strong figures even without magic's help; each excels in some unique way -- athletic prowess, academics, empathy -- that makes her stand out from her peers. In particular, Emily's determination to always see the good in a situation helps her battle her rivals' seemingly insurmountable strength. 

Violence & Scariness

Some falls, bumps, and other accidents but no visible effects. Monsters chase and stalk the girls, but they're not scary in appearance. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Glitter Force is an anime series with strong female role models, a fun fairy-tale twist, and generally happy endings. Villains can be intimidating, but they're not often scary to look at (an inflatable bouncy house sprouts legs and walks around, for instance), and their goal is to cause "unhappy endings" for the general population rather than anything more sinister. The heroines' appearances change immensely when they're in save-the-world mode, which they instigate by giving themselves a magical makeover that lengthens their hair, shortens their skirts, and adds some sparkle to their eyes. Overall they're likable leads, but this attention to their appearances can instigate conversations about body image with your daughters. 

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 year old Written byKareena M. September 30, 2016

Glitter force review

My daughter is 6 years old and we both watch this show together. I think 'The Glitter Force' is a great show for young girls! It exemplifies strong fe... Continue reading
Adult Written byBrandon C. August 6, 2016

Extraordinary heights of sexism reached

The heroines literally power themselves up with makeup.
Teen, 16 years old Written bya girl February 4, 2016

Enough of complaining about stereotypes

Please commonsenes media, the message of a serise should not be lowered just because the lead girls like girly things. This show is great for girls, and somethi... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 20, 2016

The furry scared me

The furry in the first episode emotionally scarred me. Protect your children from this truly HORRIFIC anime. Apart from that it's fine.

What's the story?

GLITTER FORCE is the story of five warriors foretold to save Earth and the magical fairy-tale realm of Jubiland from various evil villains. It centers on Emily (voiced by Laura Bailey), an optimistic teen whose encounter with a pixie named Candy (Debi Derryberry) identifies her as Glitter Lucky, the legendary leader of the powerful Glitter Force, sought by Jubiland's queen to fend off the villains. Together she and Candy gather four of her classmates -- Kelsey (Colleen O'Shaughnessey), April (Danielle Judovits), Chloe (Kate Higgins), and Lily (Alex Cavares) -- to assume their own powers and to join their fight to preserve happy endings for both Jubiland and Earth. 

Is it any good?

With an all-female cast of heroines and some fun tweaks on the standard good-vs.-evil story line, this Japanese anime tries hard to stand out in a populous genre, but it often comes across feeling silly and superficial. Kids, and girls especially, will like Emily's determination and ever-upbeat attitude, and the show does a good job casting each Glitter gal as a positive role model academically, athletically, and/or socially. As the girls' friendship deepens, their strength as a unit grows as well, giving new impact to the term "girl power."

As for flaws, the show's "glitter" shtick grates a bit. Between the glitter packs the girls use for their magical makeovers, the bedazzled boots and brightly colored baby-doll costumes that match their voluminous hair, and the constant references to all things glitter and sparkly, the show is a mild assault on the visual and auditory senses. It's too bad, really, since even without the overblown theme, it's a decent story with strong, appealing female role models. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characteristics that make the Glitter Force girls good role models. Which special trait does each one have? How are these traits prominent when they're playing the heroines? 

  • Kids: What is meant by a person's destiny? Do you believe that your future is already decided for you, or do you have control over it? Would being a superhero be fun? Which real-world heroes exist in your community? 

  • Kids: Do you think much about how you look or what you wear? Is a person's appearance indicative of who he or she is inside? 

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