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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes include kindness, grief, and prejudice. The main character pushes back against other people's greed and cruelty.
Positive Role Models
Kento, the main character, shows kindness to the daemon -- creatures feared and despised by the rest of humanity despite showing capacity for human rationality and emotion. He advocates for and helps save daemon who are abused by their users.
Mild theme of rejecting social norms of prejudice. Kento treats daemon like any living creature, while the social norm is to treat them as pests or tools.
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Violence & Scariness
Violence towards humans and daemons, scary-looking monsters. People die from stabbings, explosions, and monster attacks. A child witnesses his parent die and then is on the run from adults hunting him and his daemon. Children kill and harm small daemons with excitement. Daemon are abused with electric shocks, cruel science experiments, and verbal abuse. Graphic imagery includes bloody wounds, decapitation, gunfire, possession, and frightening settings (e.g. dark rooms, abandoned buildings, laboratories). A person is turned skinless and then into a skeleton.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A scene starts with an adult peeing outside while camping; no body parts are shown, and the adult is fully clothed.
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Profanity like "damn," "s--t," "son of a bitch," "bulls--t," "hell". Children threaten harm to innocent creatures. Adult scientists describe physical abuse on test subjects during experiments. Daemon make aggressive noises, such as repeatedly saying "kill" in a threatening tone.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An adult drinks whisky at a campfire; a child provides ice for the drink when the adult laments not having any.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Daemon is a sci-fi anime about a young boy and his daemon friend on a dangerous journey. The goal of their travels: to save his mom and protect other daemon from harm. Kento (voiced by Cassandra Lee Morris) and Anna (voiced by Cristina Vee) encounter threats from people and monsters. A social norm of cruelty towards daemon leads to abuse and death on both sides. Children other than Kento delight in harming and killing daemon. There is graphic and frightening imagery around how people fight, what daemon look like, and where fights take place. Language involves profanity ("damn," "s--t," "son of a bitch," "hell") and threats of violence.
Is It Any Good?
This action-packed sci-fi anime reminiscent of a grittier Digimon Adventures is a gripping story despite sometimes being simplistic and predictable. The fast pace and straightforward dialogue make My Daemon a little cheesy, but Kento's sincerity, Anna's loyalty, and the hope for the two to succeed make it a show worth investing in. Kento's persistent goodness is an encouraging contrast to the intense violence and thoughtless cruelty. As the stakes ramp up and Kento learns about just how complex the world is, the themes of justice and non-violence become even more important.
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