A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some Japanese words are used.
Listen to your inner voice. Talk about your feelings. Defend your people. Be courageous. Awaken your power.
Positive Role Models
Characters model positive behaviors like sharing, being true to self, and demonstrating courage even when afraid.
Japanese stories and myths are shared. The creatures of the village come in a variety of shapes, colors, and types. Each has its own powers and abilities. The voice cast is also diverse, featuring many Japanese-American actors.
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Violence & Scariness
The village awaits an attack from the Oni, which leads to notable suspense. A fight erupts between characters at school. There's bullying at school.
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Some bullying language – for example, students at school make fun of Onari's dad, calling him a "weirdo. Some language may be deemed "gross" -- in one scene, Onari says, "Your farts are stinkier than natto."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that ONI: Thunder God's Tale is a series based in Japanese mythology. It blends stop-motion and computer-generated graphics to create a visually stunning viewing experience. It addresses important social emotional skills, like talking about big feelings. This is especially important because the main character, Onari (voiced by Momona Tamada), is still grieving the death of her mother. There's no strong language, but there are some gross displays like farting and burping in someone else's face. Expect some suspense, since Onari's village is preparing for an impending attack, as well as scenes with fighting and bullying.
Is It Any Good?
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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