A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this mature animated comedy series is a parody of traditional anime shows and video games. It won't make sense to the uninitiated, but to those in the know, it's pretty funny stuff. Much of the humor revolves around iffy content that's exaggerated for laughs -- a scantily clad schoolgirl, a scandalous man who's more interested in masturbating than being a good role model, strong language, etc. -- and makes the show age-inappropriate for very young teens, tweens, and kids.
What's the story?
Is it any good?
Perfect Hair Forver, a parody of traditional Japanese anime series, was produced by Williams Street -- Cartoon Network's most popular production company. It starts off fine, but by the third (of six) episode, things start to go seriously awry -- so much so that, by the end of its run, the series' creators were publicly bored with it and announced they were moving on.
Mysteriously, the show will still pop up occasionally, usually on Adult Swim. As an absurdist romp, it's fine if you're into that kind of thing. But it's definitely got some iffy content, and most families will probably want to use their TV-watching energies more judiciously.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what this show is making fun of. Can you tell which other series or video games it's parodying? What context do you need to have to find this show funny? Families can also discuss the general popularity of anime. What differentiates "Japanimaion" from Western cartoons? How has each style influenced the other?