A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes of military operations, use of child soldiers are discussed. Ethical use of exoskeletons during combat is a running theme.
Positive Role Models
Although many characters express disgust for loss of innocent lives during missions, few take any action to prevent it. Those who do often end up sacrificing their own lives. In one episode, the corrupt major of a troop of African child soldiers is killed. The new major offers the child soldiers freedom but implies that they have nowhere else to go in their poor, crime-ridden country, and their only savior is combat.
Violence & Scariness
Each episode features a battle between warring countries, mostly using bulky alien exoskeleton technology. Death is implied when the machines stop moving. Dead bodies do appear on-screen, but their faces and fatal wounds are all obstructed. Some episodes include the use of child soldiers, who are threatened with guns -- but no child is killed on-screen.
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Occasional cursing includes "s--t" and "f--k." Also name-calling, such as "idiot."
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Products & Purchases
The series was created by toy company BANDAI, and toy models of the exoskeletons in the series are available for purchase.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult soldiers are occasionally seen drinking beer and smoking cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Obsolete is an animated military science fiction series that features intense battles between soldiers operating futuristic alien battle armor. It has lots of combat sequences (including some with child soldiers) and frequent loss of life, although no blood or fatal wounds are shown on-screen. Expect some strong language ("s--t," "f--k," etc.) and occasional smoking and drinking. The series highlights themes of military tactics and international relations.
Is It Any Good?
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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