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What 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.
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What's the story?
HANAZUKI: FULL OF TREASURES centers on a young moonflower named Hanazuki (voiced by Jessica Di Cicco), a recent arrival to a far-off celestial world filled with magical beings. Hanazuki befriends the colorful creatures that inhabit her moon home and Little Dreamer (Colleen Villard), who brings her treasures that she nurtures to grow into powerful trees. Like everything else in Hanazuki’s world, the treasures respond to her emotions, so she has to learn to channel her feelings toward helping them grow to help protect her home and her new friends from a threatening presence.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the benefits of a story that's set in a fully imagined universe, like Hanazuki: Full of Treasures. What rules, if any, dictate how the characters will look and act? Is there such a thing as a story that's too fantasized?
Hanazuki's moods affect everything and everyone around her in some way. Kids: Are you always aware of your own emotions? Is it necessarily a negative thing to be in a bad mood? Why is it important to acknowledge our emotions rather than to shrug them off?
What other shows feature strong female characters like Hanazuki? What positive qualities help them stand out to you?
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