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ONI: Thunder God's Tale

By Stephanie Snyder, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Beautiful Japanese mythology series has suspense, fighting.

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age 6+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 7+

simply put, a lovely film.

The story is amusing without feeling childish or mean, it's light-hearted with a smidge of complicated sadness and mild suspense. The messages are lovely, from positive relationships to dealing with emotions, to the environment. Unlike many family films, all the characters seem like people, no cardboard cut out villain, nor generic sidekick. It manages to have a couple of twists -- one which I didn't expect -- a rarity in family films for me. On two technical points the animation styles mesh nicely and the acting pulls through some subtleties. The only minor complaint I have is that they leaned on the message a bit too hard.
age 5+

Families shouldn't be afraid to show this to kids, life lesson involves, accepting differences and diversity in Asian culture of the folk lore kids stories. Learning a few Japanese phases from the animation, speaking of animation! It's like San-X animation rillakuma and Kaori for its stop motion CGI animation of clay, fabric and fantasy realism landscape. The voice actors in English and Japanese are perfect, I have yet to watch in other languages yet, last but not least, soundtrack is beautiful, if anything I learn from this cartoon, always give in your all! Btw all ages should see this!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (2 ):

A beautiful story and a stunning portrayal of classic myths set this limited series apart from the rest. ONI: Thunder God's Tale is captivating, not only with its hybrid use of stop-motion and computer generated graphics, but with its positive messages about courage and knowledge of self. The show's sophisticated plot may be too heavy for the youngest viewers, but kids who are into mythology, fairy tales, or adventure will be easily hooked. Grown-ups will be invested by the sweet portrayal of the father-daughter relationship. The notable use of suspense will have the entire family rooting for Onari and her village -- and internalizing some positive messages along the way.

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