A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Scissor Seven is a Chinese animated series geared towards older teens. Murder for hire is a major theme, and there’s lots of fantasy violence to go along with it (much of which is part of humorous gags). There’s also cursing, beer drinking, cigar smoking, and strong sexual innuendo, including crude references to genitals. Teen anime fans will find it funny and entertaining, but it's not intended for younger viewers.
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What's the story?
SCISSOR SEVEN chronicles the adventures of a fourth-rate assassin who attempts to use disguises and a pair of hairdressing scissors to complete his missions. Wu Liuqi (Ronny Chieng) lost his memory two years ago, and he wants to recover it. However, he’s stuck working for Dai Bo (Jas Patrick) a gangster-like chicken who incurred medical expenses when he found Wu washed up on a beach and paid for his care and recovery. After making him work a series of odd jobs, the bird pushes Wu into becoming an assassin for hire in order to make more money. Now known as Scissor Seven, he uses a hair dressing salon as a front for the business, and is armed with a pair of sheers so powerful they can cut through anything. But Scissor Seven isn’t very good at his job, and most of his gigs don’t go as planned. A chance encounter with a strange robot and a female warrior makes him believe that he’s on his way to recover his past.
Is it any good?
This irreverent Chinese series mixes comedy with animation as it follows the journey of a boy, a bird, and a murderous business venture gone wrong. It features enough genre-specific character types and fantasy violence to categorize it as an anime series. However, the quick banter and well-timed gags create lots of off-beat humor. This, combined with the show’s hand-drawn scenes, give it a cartoon-like quality. If you’re looking for something entertaining and different from the usual anime fare, Scissor Seven will fit the bill.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the way Scissor Seven combines elements of two storytelling genres. Does it successfully combine aspects of anime with comedic devices? What other genres of TV shows can be combined effectively?
Do you think watching fantasy violence, like how it's portrayed in this anime series, reduces the viewer's sensitivity to it? Explain.
What are some of the ethical concerns about Scissor Seven’s work as an assassin? Is Seven’s inability to complete the jobs he’s hired to do a result of feeling bad about what he is doing? Or is he simply incompetent?
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