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Mega Man: Fully Charged

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Exciting superhero show has fresh setting, mixed messages.

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With sparkling visuals and dialogue that's more thoughtful than you'd expect from a series sprung from a computer game, this animated series is intriguing, but rife with iffy messages. The problems are articulated right in each episode's opening voice-over: "What makes a hero? Someone who fights for unity." Ah, fighting for peace, everyone's favorite oxymoron -- and Aki is always game to strap on his Mega Man suit and subdue a bad guy with sci-fi firepower, despite his dad's statement that "War is ugly. Fighting is a last resort." How are young viewers to reconcile exciting scenes of battle and combat mixed with the idea that combat is so, so wrong?

The warring messages are compounded by the show's insistence on setting up each battle as unavoidable. Aki is always forced to fight to defend helpless victims from a big baddie rampaging around Silicon City wreaking havoc, so of course, his fighting is a last resort. It just doesn't feel like it, since the fight scenes are clearly a kick for Aki-as-Mega-Man. Still, it's hard not to warm to a show in which Mega Man hands off a crime victim to the authorities with the advice to give him "lemonade and serious comfort." And the show's setting, a half-human, half-robot city in conflict, is as fresh and interesting as the jokes, with plenty of dramatic possibilities. Mega Man: Fully Charged is a winner -- but families may want to have some pointed conversations about war and peace while the credits roll.

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