TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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age 7+

'80s action toon still entertains with intricate storyline.

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age 9+

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age 6+

Stellar animated series that doesn’t talk down to kids.

Watching this growing up with my family was a real event. It was taped (on a VHS) whenever it was on and I owned those tapes for years until the DVD’s hit the shelves. It’s one of the groundbreaking shows that got people into the Japanese animation genre. Including myself. It has much more mature content and themes than any other animated show I’ve seen aimed at children. All presented in a tone that tells you the issues you are seeing or loss you see are important. There’s commentary on war, bullying, friendship, gender, equality and so much more. It’s once again what I’d call a ‘gateway’ program. A transition from simple harmless shows for small children that are not complex to a more grown up way of storytelling. The themes in many adult films and series are explored here, albeit not at all as brutal. I am so glad we watched and enjoyed the stories, journeys and lessons this series presented us. My son has started watching it and the adventure and action excites him whilst the elements in it provoke some questions and thought from him which as a parent I am more than happy to explain. To list the explorations and benefits of the shoe would take up too much time and too many words. As with all media content, every individual child and parent is different with what they respond to or find appropriate. There is action violence like explosions and some of them have character silhouettes in them inferring they died. Military vehicles explode, once again, inferring those within died. There are love triangles, one character resorts to cross dressing in a later season to hide his military identity becoming a famous singer during alien occupation, main characters you follow throughout the show die - nobody is invincible. The animation is energetic, design exciting, imagination is on screen with so many different alien types through the course of the show and although the dialogue may be unconventional and childish at times, it’s harmless. I can only explain or project so much, take a look to get an idea if it’s for your family. A quick note that as this was adapted from three seperate Japanese series, there was content cut that was too risqué for the western children’s market - brief nudity and bloody violence. These scenes were reinstated in the uncut version of the DVDs. It may take some looking to find the original cut versions.

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age 14+

For mature tweens and up to watch with parents.

Even though this series may look like your typical 80's Saturday morning cartoon, it contains strong war and political themes, and other mature themes including incest and the use of wine to deal with emotional pain. Note: I have only seen episodes 1-36 of the version that is on Netflix.

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