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Glitter Force

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fairy-tale anime doesn't dazzle, but strong female leads do.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 6+

Saccharine, Dumbed-down and Patronizing

Despite a couple of girl-power phrases, this show and it's very overt focus on appearance is the opposite of empowering. It is every cloyingly sweet stereotype of "girly stuff" rolled into one. Makeup! Hair! Glitter! Jewels! Besides pretty things, each girl is allowed to have one interest. There's the one who reads,the one who's into arts, the one who's into sports... If you remember the Spice Girls you get the ideas. The girls spend the episode bizarrely behaving like small children, despite the fact that they are teens, then swooning over boys, and trying to defeat a literal bad egg. The bad egg is released by bad emotions, because we all know that what pretty girls only have happy emotions, they're never sad or angry or just plain frustrated that Netflix chose to insult their intelligence with this pap.
age 14+

Extraordinary heights of sexism reached

The heroines literally power themselves up with makeup.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21 ):
Kids say (71 ):

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.

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