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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The story touches on how scientific discoveries change our world. Positive messages about friendship and perseverance exist as well.
Teens take on a big challenge in order to save the world from the hands of evildoers. Teamwork and trust are essential to their success. Most villains are easily identified.
Positive Role Models
Chase and his friends face challenges with determination and don’t let their age or inexperience affect them. They often risk their own lives to ensure that the Monsunos don't fall into the hands of those who would do harm with them, and they team up to uncover the secrets of the creatures to better understand them.
Violence & Scariness
Monsters face off in battle in place of their humans, so much of the violence is limited to them. They're usually not hurt, but the exchanges drain their life force, requiring them to recharge. Members of the STORM units shoot guns that expel lasers and fire blasts, but little injury is ever shown. Explosions, long falls, and generally perilous scenarios are common.
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"Butt," "shut up," and "heck" are common.
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Products & Purchases
The show inspired a line of action figures and games.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's a lot of violence in this anime cartoon, but the fact that battles usually take part between conjured monsters in place of humans takes the edge off the content's effect on kids. No blood is spilled, and traditional injuries are rare; instead, the Monsunos' life force dwindles until they return to their cores for a recharging session. The fact that the heroes are rag-tag teens adds to the show's allure for kids, and their ability to band together and thwart the villains has unstated messages about teamwork and courage. This fast-paced show will appeal to boys especially, but the creative storyline and compounding mysticism in the plot offer viewers more cerebral content than do a lot of shows for this age group.
Is It Any Good?
Fast-paced action, a multi-layered story, and powerful, magical beasts make Monsuno a dream for adventure-seeking kids who want to believe there's something more to the world than what meets the eye. This fun series stretches the imagination and makes the process of scientific discovery seem like a pretty cool endeavor...especially if it leads to the rebirth of alien creatures. What's more, the fact that the show's heroes are a bunch of teens who hardly look the part but who find the courage and character when it counts doesn't hurt the show's likability, either.
It's tough to tell an enticing good-vs.-evil tale without devoting some time to the violence that erupts between opposing sides, so that's something to watch for in Monsuno. The good news is that the humans -- and the heroes in particular -- don't usually get their hands dirty in the skirmishes, thanks to the Monsunos who are at the ready to defend them. There is some weapon play, mostly directed at the creatures, but even so, the imaginative nature of this action/adventure story greatly downplays the effect of this violence on its audience.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.