A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Glitter Force Doki Doki is a Japanese anime series about human girls who team up with a representative from a royal kingdom to assume magical powers and battle an evil force that threatens them. There are many short-lived battles in which the girls face off with other people and with gigantic creatures born of people's negative emotions, and physical contact like punching and kicking is common. Injuries are rare, but characters often are in peril. The Glitter Force members represent individual character strengths like wisdom and compassion, and viewers see how those influence their actions for the better. On the downside, there are some body image issues to consider in how the girls dress to go into battle, with very short skirts and tight bodices that accentuate their thin frames.
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What's the story?
In GLITTER FORCE DOKI DOKI, when the kingdom of Splendorius is attacked by the evil Mercenares, Princess Marie (voiced by Yuka Imai) goes missing, leading a warrior named Mackenzie (Stephanie Sheh) to travel to Earth to look for her. With magical Glitter Charms, Mackenzie (aka Glitter Ace) seeks out compatriots to become the Glitter Force and help her find the princess and end the cruel grip on her homeland. She finds kindhearted Maya (Debi Derryberry), who becomes Glitter Heart; Rachel (Cassandra Lee Morris), who becomes Glitter Diamond; and Clara (Melissa Fahn), who becomes Glitter Clover. Together Glitter Force faces off against Mercenare generals and the Distains they create with people's negative thoughts.
Is it any good?
This anime series is big on girl power and emphasizes how a group benefits from individuals' positive characteristics being put to good use. The most prominent example is in Maya, a do-gooder who puts others' needs before her own even before she assumes a Glitter Force alter ego. Once transformed, she's able to act fully on her compassion and throw herself into the cause of finding the princess and restoring peace to Splendorius.
Glitter Force Doki Doki has a lot of what young girls tend to like: fantasy, magic, powerful female characters, and the idea of far-off kingdoms and royalty. Unfortunately, though, it also has some images that are less than perfect for impressionable girls, including twiggy teens whose outfits are designed to show off their long legs and tiny waists. Ultimately, you must decide whether the good outweighs the questionable in this generally well-conceived anime series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why character is important. Are you influenced by first impressions when you meet someone new? Are you a good judge of character? What positive qualities do others respect in you?
How do the characters in Glitter Force Doki Doki demonstrate the importance of teamwork? Is every member of the group on equal footing, despite their differences? Which Glitter Force member is the leader? Is leadership essential to success?
Kids: Are you affected by how characters in TV and movies look? When they're cartoons, is their appearance always realistic? Do you think very much about how you look or the clothes you wear? What are your favorite features?
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