Ju-On Origins

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Scary Japanese prequel series is is violent and eerie.

Parents say

age 18+
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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series accepts the existence of the paranormal. Family, abuse, and murder are all themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Yasuo Odajimi is willing to go to great lengths and potentially put himself in danger to learn more about the paranormal experiences people experience in the strange house. The house seems to bring out the worst in people. 


A young woman is sexually assaulted while another person takes pictures. A woman is bludgeoned to death. There are sounds of a child being beaten, and news reports about a serial killer on the loose. A woman is beaten by her husband (blood is visible). A child is bandaged and in a coma in the hospital. 


Teens are shown in partial stages of undress (no nudity). Brief discussions are had about seductions and sleeping around, but some of these conversations  are really about sexual assaults. Insults like "slut" and "whore" are either visible in the subtitles or spoken by cast members. 


Insults like "slut" and "whore" are either visible in the subtitles or spoken by cast members. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigarette smoking is frequently visible. Drinking at bars also shown. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ju-On Origins is a Japanese horror series that tells the story behind the infamous haunted house featured in the Ju-On franchise. There’s not much blood, but lots of violent moments, ranging from a young woman being raped to a parent getting bludgeoned to death. There are sounds of screams, as well as frightening images. Death, fear, and sexual abuse are also addressed. Cigarette smoking is frequent. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykaylyn22 July 12, 2020

Gorey and violent.

Child abuse, rape, prostitution. Gore and blood. No one under 18 should watch this. Very graphic.
Kid, 11 years old August 13, 2020

bruh this tv reboot sucks

I could not even get through ep 2 cus is was so disturbing, like really Netflix your gonna allow a child being beaten to death over a cd?!?!?!? come on now you... Continue reading

What's the story?

The limited Japanese series JU-UN ORIGINS is a prequel to the popular Ju-Un movie franchise. It’s 1988, and author and paranormal expert Yasuo Odajimi (Yoshiyoshi Arakawa) is writing a book about people’s ghost experiences. As part of his research, he revisits conversations he had with actress Haruka Honjo (Yuina Kuroshima) and her boyfriend Tetsuya (Kai Inowaki), whose terrifying experience at a strange house seems to follow him wherever he goes. Meanwhile, Kiyomi Kawai (played by Ririka), a high school student with a troubled past, soon finds herself frighteningly connected to the same old house in terrible ways. Throughout it all, a serial killer continues his violent streak throughout Tokyo. As the links between these events continue to unfold, the stories they yield become more frightening. 

Is it any good?

This dark, entertaining series delivers some hair-raising suspense and well-timed jump scares within the fictional Ju-On story world. Ju-On Origins provides the foundation for the popular franchise (which includes The Grudge stateside movies), and offers some explanation of why the ghost is holding a grudge against all those who come into contact with it. As the multiple dark narratives unfold and begin to connect, one soon realizes how those even loosely associated with the house are impacted by it in different, but frightening ways. The horror comes from the fact that once touched by it, later generations will be unable to escape it, no matter where they go. If you’re looking for a good spine-chilling series to plug into, Ju-On Origins is worth checking out. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of horror movies and shows. What makes them fun: the story, the scares, or both? What makes Ju-On Origins scary?

  • Why do you think there's so much smoking in this series? Would the series work if they eliminated the tobacco use?

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