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.
Kids see Hanazuki's increasing awareness of her emotions and how they affect her surroundings and her friends. Positive themes exist in each story, including the importance of optimism and the negative effects of materialism.
Positive Role Models
\Hanazuki is everyone's best friend, kind to all of the Hemka and forever seeking ways to be more helpful. She mediates disagreements and works to protect her moon from a potentially evil force.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hanazuki: Full of Treasures is an animated series from Hasbro about a girl who discovers she has the power to protect her moon home from a dark force by embracing and expressing her emotions. The story's obscurity makes it a better fit for grade-schoolers and tweens than it is for younger kids, but its focus on Hanazuki's moods has positive messages about self-awareness for those who watch. Despite the presence of a villain (or rather, a villainous cloud), there's nothing scary about the story, but there are some mysteries about certain characters that only reveal themselves slowly over the course of many episodes. This imaginative series will be a hit with kids who like the nontraditional, but given that it's a Hasbro product, you can bet that plenty of Hanazuki merchandise will follow.
Is It Any Good?
Vibrant, joyful, and pleasingly esoteric, this animated series is not your run-of-the-mill cartoon geared toward the grade-school set. Its celestial setting gives it a fantasy quality that normalizes factors like talking pyramids, floating babies, and portals that connect different realms. Even as Hanazuki's adventures proceed in familiar fashion from one episode to the next, they hint at complicated backstories that evolve slowly over time and unresolved questions about the dark presence that looms over her moon and those surrounding it.
True to its name, Hanazuki: Full of Treasures delivers many goodies to kids who watch. It's an imaginative story line that only makes you want more, and the animation style suits the obscure tale perfectly. Jubilant Hanazuki is a fun female lead as well, and the story's focus on how her moods influence the treasure trees, and thus the security of their home, inspires a sense of emotional self-awareness in kids who watch.
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