Pacific Rim: The Black
By Stephanie Morgan,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Violent but poignant monster tale focuses on family love.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teamwork, being brave, and taking care of family.
Positive Role Models
Men and women have equal fighting roles against the aliens. Taylor courageously stays behind and looks after his sister when his parents leave to fight aliens. Haley is brave and not scared to do things first. The siblings worry about, and verbally support, each other.
Men and women have equal fighting roles against the aliens. No characters of color.
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Violence & Scariness
The series has dark, ominous setting centering around war and a climbing death toll. The main characters spend the series fighting "titanic monsters from an unknown hellscape" with huge manmade robots. Buildings are crushed, monsters stabbed and shot (but there's no blood), and heroes are killed. Characters predict the end of the world. A boy is found trapped in fluid.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pacific Rim: The Black is an animated series based on the movie franchise of the same name. The show is dark and ominous, centering around war and a climbing death toll. The main characters spend the series fighting "titanic monsters from an unknown hellscape" with huge manmade robots. There's a lot of fighting violence and death, including heroes.
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Pacific Rim: The Black
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Good show, but very violent.
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What's the Story?
PACIFIC RIM: THE BLACK is an anime series, building on the story of the original film Pacific Rim and Pacific Rim: Uprising. The series follows a brother (Taylor) and his younger sister (Hayley), who learn to pilot an abandoned Jaeger (huge manmade fighting robot). They cross a post-apocalyptic Australia overwhelmed by monsters known as Kaiju and search for their parents who headed to Sydney in their own Jaeger. Will they find their parents? What sacrifices will be made along the way?
Is It Any Good?
Viewers will no doubt be surprised to find that this anime series succeeds where its live-action predecessors fell flat. Just as action packed and exciting as the original films, Pacific Rim: The Black also manages to be heartfelt with moments of real poignancy thanks to the underlying theme of family love. Episodes are gorgeously animated and, when combined with the series' top-notch voice actors, have an undeniably high production value. The story is also compelling, fast-paced, and delightfully interspersed with moments of wry humor.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the violence in the show. How is it different watching violence in a cartoon versus in a live-action show or movie?
How do the siblings Taylor and Hayley display courage? What do they do to take care of each other?
How does anime differ from other types of animation? What are some of its defining characteristics?
- Premiere date: April 19, 2022
- Cast: Calum Worthy, Gideon Adlon, Erica Lindbeck
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Action
- Topics: Space and Aliens
- Character Strengths: Courage
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
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