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Ingress: The Animation

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Cyberpunk anime has violence, some clunky storytelling.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The exploitation of power can lead to the demise of the human race. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Special agent Makoto is young but determined to do the right thing. It's not always clear who the enemies are. 

Violence

Gunfire, crashes, explosions, physical altercations. People are hurt, burned, and disappear. 

Sex

Some key female characters have cleavage-revealing shirts. 

Language

Words like "hell," "damn."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ingress: The Animation is an anime series based on a popular mobile game of the same name. As is common in the genre, there's lots of fantasy violence, with people being gunned down, chased, physically assaulted, even incinerated. There's also lots of discussions about taking over (and potentially destroying) the world. The series is dubbed in English, and the word "damn" is used frequently. 

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What's the story?

Based on a mobile game of the same name, INGRESS: THE ANIMATION is an animated series that features a unique battle whose winner will control the world. After scientists discover a mysterious substance called "Exotic Matter," or XM, two rival factions, the Enlightened and the Resistance, seek to control and exploit its power. When a laboratory researching XM explodes under strange circumstances, a young psychic investigator named Makoto (Yoshiki Nakajima) is called in to work the case. But nothing is what it appears to be, and he soon finds himself caught up in a massive conspiracy, leaving him, and researcher Sarah Coppola (Reina Ueda), the only accident survivor, caught between the two sides.

Is it any good?

This intense cyberpunk anime series combines science fiction with the suspense of a cat-and-mouse thriller chase. Like many shows in its genre, it contains lots of fantasy violence, and characters often use fantastical powers to navigate their way through the story world. But the story's transition from mobile reality game to a series is a little clunky, and it requires a lot of explanation from the characters, especially during the first few episodes. The rivalry between the factions is never fully explained, either, despite the fact that this is what drives much of the show. But anime fans who enjoy the game or who are entertained by these types of story worlds will find Ingress: The Animation worth streaming.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about adapting video games to TV shows. What do you think are some of the challenges?

  • Does Ingress: The Animation have to be violent in order to stay true to its story? What can the impact of this be on viewers, especially kids?

TV details

For kids who love anime

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