A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lost Song is a fantasy anime series about a young village girl named Rin who dreams of becoming a singer. She's caring, brave, and resourceful but still reacts believably as the dangers of her situation increase and stakes get raised. Unfortunately, the other female lead is depicted as a beautiful but clumsy and dumb character whose power is taken advantage by evil prince. Exciting and easier to follow than some anime series, young teens and parents who enjoy medieval fantasy stories will enjoy this.
What's the story?
LOST SONG tells the story of Rin, a girl from the country who dreams of one day singing in the capital city. Her Grandpa, however, forbids singing because Rin has the rare enchanted power of song -- when she sings, she's able to heal any wound. Meanwhile, in in the capital, the famous enchanted singer, Miss Finis, uses her songs at the bequest of evil Prince Rudo. Finis can use her singing to heal, produce water or even move the stars. When pacific knight, Leobolt discovers that Finis is being used to make Rudo’s army invincible during an aggressive attack on a neighboring nation he flees to the woods and meets Rin and her brother Al. Soon the three of them are on run from the prince’s men as the try to make their way back to the capital to keep Finis from carrying out Rudo’s plan.
Is it any good?
Fast moving and full of vibrant, if familiar, characters, this anime series combines fairy tale motifs, beautiful Japanese songs, and some unexpected plot twists to deliver a very binge-worthy viewing experience. Rin is a wonderful female role model who embodies strength, bravery, sacrifice, and caring. The one drawback in the characterizations though is the other lead female, Finis. She's beautiful and ethereal when singing her enchanted songs, but otherwise is depicted as childlike, clumsy and dumb as a stump. The reason for some of this behavior is explained in later episodes of Lost Song, but its presence early on is so prominent it leaves a black mark on a show that for the most part does right by its female characters.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the different ways music is used in Lost Song. How is music is used as a plot element, a storytelling device, and as a metaphor?
What are some ways Last Song is similar to other fantasy shows, movies or books you’ve encountered? How is it different? Does having similar elements to other stories affect your enjoyment of it?
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