A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Glitter Force is a force for good, and the girls use positive characteristics to inspire their actions. Good doesn't always win right away, but perseverance pays off. Friendship and loyalty are valued.
Positive Role Models
The girls' positive attributes guide their efforts on behalf of people who need help. They work together and put their individual gifts to good use for a common goal.
Violence & Scariness
Flashy battles with hitting, punching, kicking, and other impact. People are hurled across the screen and crash into objects. Lives are threatened, but no one is killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The Glitter Force outfits are short and clingy, accentuating curves and long limbs in a sexualized manner, but none of the show's content amplifies it.
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Products & Purchases
The Glitter Force Doki Doki brand includes a merchandise line.
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.
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.
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