Parents' Guide to

Obsolete

By Amanda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Animated military drama has violence, sci-fi elements.

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This series combines the beloved Japanese anime staple of advanced battle armor with real-life military strategy for a thought-provoking yet dialogue-heavy fantasy. The first half of each episode of Obsolete is dedicated to expository conversations between characters about the international use of exoskeletons in battle. Although informative, these scenes tend to be stagnant, and younger viewers may struggle to focus or understand the subject matter.

The second half of each episode normally features a battle of some kind that highlights the exoskeletons' increasing versatility. Teens may be fascinated by some of the intense fight scenes and explosions. Although there's no apparent gore in the series, parents may find some of the loss of innocent life and questionable military ethics disturbing, especially in regard to the use of child soldiers.

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