Rilakkuma and Kaoru

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Human, animal characters shine in quirky slice-of-life show.

Netflix Drama 2019

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 5+

Adorable show!!!

Love RILAKKUMA! It's such an adorable show! It may be a simple kids show, and yeah, in some aspects it is, but there's definitely so much more to it. It is pretty much a story about everyday life, centered around Kaoru, who's an adult woman who tries to live her life the best she can with her work and her little family wich is Rilakkuma and the other two little pets. She is a very believable character, many adults can definitely see themselves in her. But still, the show is child friendly due to its atmosphere and adorable characters. The overall message from the show is simply to take your time in life and everything is gonna be fine. A very refreshing and calm show to watch. Highly recommend it to your family! :)
age 7+

Nice, charming and wholesome, though not quite as innocent as western preschool shows

This is a really cute, charming, heart-warming series. The characters are likable and relatable and nothing is too frightening or hardcore. That said, though, the reason I recommend this more for ages 7 and up despite this most likely being aimed at preschoolers, because it was made in Japan, a much more lenient country, it gets away with more than what you'd typically expect from a show of this nature. First off, Kaoru is a very accurate representation of working adults. She does try to keep up a positive attitude a lot of the time, but she has very adult emotions as the show tackles very realistic issues. The first episode has her getting worried about the fact that the company she works for is suffering financially. (Oh yeah, and later she's seen drinking a beer to get over the fact that her friends couldn't make it to a picnic she set up) Because of this, even though a lot of this is very appropriate for young children in Japan, I do recommend at least knowing what you're in for if you're going to introduce a really young kid to this show. It's not inappropriate, but I'm just saying, maybe you should watch it with your kids just in case.

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