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.
Misfits find common ground in their love of soccer, and a leader emerges among them to inspire teammates with his positive attitude and passion for the game. Sinister foes have ulterior motives and play dirty for the glory, but Mark and his teammates value fair play. Team dynamics and friendship are common themes. Some stories touch on serious issues such as medical tragedies.
Positive Role Models
Mark is the consummate team leader, always encouraging his peers and inspiring more from them than they think they can give. He wants more than victories; he plays because he loves the game. Axel's uncertain past clouds his vision, but he proves to be a worthy team player. Opposing players can be argumentative, unsportsmanlike, and mean.
Violence & Scariness
Occasionally brief fights with bullies who kick and punch smaller kids. Some training techniques leave players physically spent.
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"Losers," "shut your face," "wussy," "idiots," "darn it," and "crap."
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Products & Purchases
The show is related to multiple video games of the same name.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Inazuma Eleven is an anime series related to soccer-themed video games of the same name. Some of the sporting matches get heated, both verbally and physically, and you'll hear players say things such as "losers," "idiots," and "wussy" to each other. Occasionally exchanges get violent, with punches thrown and kicks hitting their mark on a victim. There's also a lot of yelling in spurts, particularly as Mark attempts to inspire his players to greatness. On the upside, this underdog story centers on a group of unlikely players who find common ground in their enjoyment of the game as they learn about perseverance and overcoming fears and who are inspired by their earnest, considerate team captain.
Is It Any Good?
The visual similarities between this series and its partner Nintendo DS game series are immediately evident. The show's anime style makes a natural transition to the TV screen, and dialogue does a decent job creating backstories for the main characters. And with soccer action that oscillates between normal speed and slow motion to show off the players' mad skills, young footballers will find plenty to cheer for.
Inazuma Eleven also is a classic underdog story, and with a likable Mark at the helm of the ne'er-do-well team and his grandfather's guiding spirit behind him, you want to wish them well. The contests are marked by some combative talk ("shut your face" and "crap," for instance) and there's some bullying at play, but otherwise this is an inviting tale of team dynamics, friendship, and the joy of realizing potential.
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