A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Role models aren't exactly strong; the characters are two-dimensional, and, for the most part, they're either really high-strung, selfish, or dumb. One exception is the sweet and generous Mitsuki, who has a crush on Mikey and does everything she can to make him feel welcome in his strange surroundings. There is one brief mention of "working as a team," though the show doesn't make a huge effort to drive that point home.
Violence & Scariness
Futuristic (probably laser-powered) weapons are fired during the show-within-a-show scenes. No one is struck or injured.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In keeping with anime style, one of the female characters wears some skimpy outfits.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this show lacks meaningful substance and has little educational value, but aside from that, it's harmless entertainment. Any violence is confined to the LilyMu scenes (the superhero show-within-a-show portion of each episode), and characters are not harmed.
Is It Any Good?
If you're looking for substance and strong messages, you'll find them lacking; Kappa Mikey's entertainment value lies more in the constant blur of color and action (and dancing sushi between scenes) rather than the script. The show is also an odd mix of animation styles; to emphasize Mikey's fish-out-of-water situation, the creators made him look very flat and two-dimensional, whereas the other LilyMu cast members are drawn in typical anime style, with their facial features becoming strangely distorted according to their mood. Speaking of those moods, two of the characters, Lily and Guano, often throw screaming temper tantrums, which grates on the nerves after a while.
Kappa Mikey might be a bit more engaging if it had stronger plotlines and more likable characters; even Mikey acts like a dumb, inconsiderate college kid at times. The show generates a few laughs here and there, but the mix of animation styles and the high-strung characters are somewhat off-putting.
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