Parents' Guide to

Kappa Mikey

By Larisa Wiseman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

A home-grown anime series for the tween set.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 4+

Mindless but funny parody of the anime genre

I only got to see a few episodes of this during it's run on Nicktoons. Even though I'm an anime fan, I still loved this show despite poking fun at many anime shows. From the episodes I seen, there was a Yu-Gi-Oh like character sporting the Yugi hair except even more spikier and taller, an evil Hello Kitty, the LilyMu parts seem to parody Tenchi Muyo in some ways with Guano seeming to parody Ryo-Ohki and Pikachu. The fact that I knew ALOT of the shows being poked fun at just made it even funnier. It's kinda like an American made Hetalia Axis: Powers made for anime genres since each character is an exaggerated anime arch-type (Guano is your furry monster side kick, Lily is your over the top Tsundere, Gonard is your lovably stupid muscle head, etc...) I found myself amused as it's like a kid friendly version of Drawn Together which I pretend doesn't exist...
age 11+

I like Kappa Mikey,it's funny.

I really like this shout.I remember seeing it on Nicktoons many years ago.I was REALLY laughing!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (5 ):

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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