Kappa Mikey

TV review by
Larisa Wiseman, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
A home-grown anime series for the tween set.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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.

Sexy Stuff

In keeping with anime style, one of the female characters wears some skimpy outfits.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byHolly R. November 10, 2017

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 man... Continue reading
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 21, 2012

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!
Teen, 13 years old Written byKurdis May 26, 2015

Eh..

I was quite disappointed, it has a great premise and has many opportunities to make meta jokes relating to anime culture but the closest you get to that is ster... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byibarncat November 12, 2011

An absolutely hilarious anime parody series that tweens should find very entertaining.

Although this show has little that would makes it inappropriate for kids, it would have had its most potential on Adult Swim or Comedy Central. After all, it wa... Continue reading

What's the story?

Nicktoons' anime series KAPPA MIKEY follows American actor Mikey Simon, who wins the chance to star in the Japanese anime series LilyMu via a scratch-off card contest. Mikey delves into his new gig, suddenly finding himself living in Japan and adored by millions as the series' new superhero. His presence helps revive the show's sagging ratings, but not all of his co-stars are happy to have him around -- particularly the show's former darling, the jealous and petulant Lily. Fellow actors Mitsuki, Gonard, and furry little Guano are a bit more welcoming, helping Mikey adjust to his new life.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characters' attributes. What are their positive and negative traits? How does each one set a good or bad example by his or her behavior? How could Lily moderate her behavior to be more likable? How could Mikey be more considerate of his roommates when he first moves in? How does Ozu create bad feelings between Lily and Mikey, and how could he be more fair and helpful?

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