Time-travel anime series has some scary scenes.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main character is a young girl who is very kind, friendly, and has a special power, though she acts rather timid at times. Parents aren't always good. Typical good vs. evil of cartoons, though darker.


Amount and severity depends on the episode; some include scary threats between cartoonish characters -- as well as battles with swords, knives, and magic -- while others show things like scenes of a young girl's death. Some other scary imagery as well (voices, shadowy figures, etc.).


Some young female characters are slightly sexualized and wear very short skirts.


Some use of "hell" and "damn."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this complex sci-fi anime drama includes superhero-type battle scenes with swords, knives, and magical powers that injure. Tween characters have difficulties with parents, including an absent father and a high-pressure mother, and a young boy and girl decide to run away together. There are some scenes of death (though not in every episode), and they're more realistic than cartoonish. Scary voices, shadowy figures, ghostly images, and the possibility of the world ending mean this probably isn't the best choice for younger anime fans.

What's the story?

NOEIN is a sci-fi anime drama about a gifted young girl named Haruka (voiced by Melissa Fahn) and her friends, who exist within a world at risk. Mystical forces -- employing quantum physics -- battle for control over the future of the world as we know it. One force in the battle is La'cryma, which fights to protect humanity. The other, Shangri'la, aims to destroy the conventional time-space continuum. And young Haruka may just be the key to saving the world.

Is it any good?


With its complicated mythology and action taking place in several different worlds, Noein can be difficult for newcomers to follow. But those with a love of anime, sci-fi, or science as applied to pop culture might get a kick out of unraveling the storyline. As is typical in some kinds of anime, young girls are both powerful and somewhat sexualized. There are lots of scary scenes, with ominous voices, superhero antics, injuries, sadness, and some violent fighting -- but overall there's less blood than in some other mature anime programs.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the difference between watching fights and other violent acts in real life versus in cartoons. Does it have the same impact? Why or why not? Families can also discuss the space and time issues the show deals with. Can you imagine time working differently from how we experience it now? Have you ever felt time seem to move more slowly or quickly? What would it be like to be able to travel back and forth through time?

TV details

Cast:Crispin Freeman, Melissa Fahn, Yuri Lowenthal
Genre:Science Fiction
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 14 years old Written bySilentAngel February 9, 2009

Probably the Best Sci'Fi Anime!

My favorite Sci-fi anime (& one of my favorite animes)with a combination of animation & computer animation. An amazing story about the past, present, & the future(mostly the future) and how there are different dimensions then our own and how each is connected to another. Very intriguing and brilliant. 9/10
Teen, 16 years old Written bySamurai 2.0 May 6, 2011

Great anime; tweens and up.

This is a great anime. It's a shame Syfy canceled it (though it's available on Netflix Instant Play). There are some scary scenes and mild violence, but it's bloodless and not all that bad. Seven and up (which is pretty much my way of saying mostly all ages).
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