Magi-Nation

Common Sense Media says

Fun fantasy, but battles are consequence-free.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The show is intended to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

With the help of new friends, a teen discovers inner strength he didn't know he had. The show could also spark kids' imagination. But battles between good and evil are always decided by physical duels.

Positive role models

Good guys and bad guys are clearly delineated, with the good guys always fighting for what's right. The main character must cope with lots of life changes, which, for the most part, he does well. The main character's friends are always there for him.

Violence & scariness

Fantasy violence in flashy battle scenes includes collisions, punches, and falls from heights, none of which results in injury.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Based on the 2001 video game.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this fantasy cartoon series often evokes the feel of a video game (likely not a coincidence, since it was based on one). Characters engage in physical battles (which include punches, flashy/noisy collisions, and extensive falls) but are rarely injured, can summon specialized creatures to duel those of the enemy, and, when the altercation is over, can send them away to recover for the next time. All of that said, the series may spark kids' imagination as they watch the main character explore a new land and learn to use the powers he assumes once he arrives there.

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What's the story?

In MAGI-NATION, 15-year-old Tony Jones is summoned to the ancient, mystical realm of Magi-Nation, where he finds himself in the middle of a tense battle between the world's warring powers. A beautiful and peaceful place, Magi's Moonlands are being threatened by the Shadow Magi, a nefarious group bent on domination. Desperate to save their home, Magi warrior Orwin and his young trainees, Edyn and Strag, call on the fabled Final Dreamer, whom prophecies say is the land's last hope for the future. In other words -- Tony. With guidance from his new friends, Tony learns to use his new magical powers, including the ability to conjure Dream Creatures with his ring. Each creature has specialized talents and defenses that allow it to battle those summoned by the Shadow Magi and protect the humans from harm.

Is it any good?

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Much like Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh, Magi-Nation's format is reminiscent of video games in which fantasy violence rarely results in realistic injury and players have an unlimited source of ammunition (in this case, Dream Creatures) to use against each other. Kids may need to be reminded that in the real world, fighting can hurt living creatures of all shapes and sizes.

But, cartoon violence aside, there's little to worry about in this fantasy series, and grade-schoolers may enjoy letting their imaginations run wild as Tony explores his new powers in a far-away place.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about violence on TV. Kids: Do the battle scenes in this show seem real? Why or why not? If something like that happened in real life, would people get hurt? Do you watch shows that are more violent than this one? Does it ever scare you?

  • Ask kids how they think Tony feels about discovering he's connected to another land. How would they feel in his place? What big life changes have kids had to deal with (moving to a new school, a new sibling's arrival, etc.)? How did they feel?

TV details

Network:CW
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 12 years old June 28, 2011
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13
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good tv seires

i think this tv show teaches kids about loilty, and the right thing to do.
Adult Written byCloonetroop April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Created for learning turned into big battles

The TV show was created for learning but later turns into quest for life. Tony the main character has a crush on a girl that lives underwater.
Teen, 15 years old Written byAlmazTheHero September 21, 2012
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9
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Magi Nation The Best

The show is probably one of the best adventure cartoons i have seen in along time. The story neat it's not too over the top which makes it easy understand and enjoy but sometimes the events maybe too complex for a child under 9 probably could understand. As character look & personality is great my favorite character Edyn because Really cute, has alot of courage he look amazing. While Tony personality is just normal.

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