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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
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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.
Talk to your kids 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?