A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes of compassion, empathy, teamwork, and friendship.
Positive Role Models
Kotaro tries to be independent even though he's 4 years old. This sometimes leaves him lonely and stressed. But his adult neighbors always do their best to anticipate his needs and help him out. Kotaro also idolizes Tonosaman, who's "super strong and kind," and shapes his whole personality and beliefs around the character.
Violence & Scariness
Kotaro carries around a little sword to protect himself from his "enemies." He will sometimes threaten people with it out of self-defense.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Partial nonsexual nudity from time to time, when bathing.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some scenes where a character is passed out drunk, occasional social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kotaro Lives Alone is a drama anime show from Japan (available dubbed or subtitled) about a 4-year-old boy living on his own. Themes of compassion, empathy, friendship, and teamwork are explored. Kotaro carries around a plastic sword and will threaten people with it from time to time. There's occasional partial nudity in the context of bathing. In some scenes characters socially drink and are seen intoxicated.
Is It Any Good?
It's a unique premise, and Kotaro, an independent 4-year-old living on his own, is such a unique character. Kotaro Lives Alone is heartwarming and funny one moment, and then extremely sad and bittersweet the next. Kotaro is written so headstrong that it's surprising and heartbreaking when he has moments of vulnerability (which is actually him simply acting like a 4-year-old should). This is a heartwarming, sometimes melancholic watch.
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