Shin Chan



Anime series about 5 year old isn't so innocent.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Over-the-top behavior and sarcastic humor are used for comic effect.

Positive role models

Characters behave in exaggeratedly negative ways for comic effect. For example: Dad and child protest when Mom won't give them allowances and beats them both up off screen. Mom talks about getting a boob job, and a girl superhero jokes about an attack being her fault because she wore a skirt.


Cartoonish violence is implied but rarely shown. TV action hero is seen after beating up enemies; kid and man are shown bruised after a brawl.


Good deal of sexual innuendo ("put your mouth on a sausage"); veiled jokes about father and mother having sex. Boy character shows his butt and penis regularly (very cartoonish, not realistic).


Frequent moderate profanity like "ass," "sucks," and "bastard." Body-part words like "scrotum" and "penis" are also used regularly.


Jokes about product placement.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this colorful anime series is about a 5-year-old boy, it's full of risqué humor, sexual innuendo, and frequent moderate profanity -- in other words, all the makings of a teen's ideal show. Of course, while the storylines contain sexually flavored humor, they're more adolescent than mature (Shin-chan frequently reveals his butt and penis, etc.). And the main character behaves badly, but it's more out of immaturity than hostility. Snide jokes about the mom needing a boob job or a woman needing a strong man like Bill O'Reilly may go over younger viewers' head, as may the dysfunctional relationship dynamics between the parents.

What's the story?

An anime series featured in Cartoon Network's adult-oriented Adult Swim programming block, SHIN CHAN follows the silly, mischievous, often-rude antics of 5-year-old Shin-chan (voiced by Laura Bailey) and his parents and neighbors. The humor is mostly adolescent- and adult-oriented, with a good dose of sexual innuendo and frequent profanity. For example, one segment begins with Shin-chan watching a TV show in which superhero Action Bastard save his young female sidekick, who has been attacked with an enema ray and squeezes her butt cheeks together until she's freed. Then, Shin-chan gets his mom to buy a particular brand of sausage so he can get enough Action Bastard stickers to win a prize. Jokes about putting a sausage in one's mouth culminate in Shin-chan baring his butt in a grocery store and doing an "ass dance" in order to collect stickers from customers.

Is it any good?


American producers wrote new scripts to accompany the Japanese show's original animation, using American voice actors and changing the dialogue to better suit an American audience. So jokes referring to popular culture figures like Bill O'Reilly and Jessica Simpson have replaced the original Japan-oriented humor. Jokes about boob jobs, penis size, crack whores, and more pepper this strange amalgam of anime and South Park. Teens won't learn anything new from the show, but their parents might want to preview the series anyway.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Shin-chan compares with Bart Simpson. What's the difference between the two mischievous boys? How is the humor in their shows both similar to and different from each other?

  • What's the appeal of these two characters? How might these shows be different with a girl character in the lead?

TV details

Cast:Chuck Huber, Cynthia Cranz, Laura Bailey
Network:Cartoon Network
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 8 years old August 8, 2009
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byaermancer April 9, 2008
I adore this show. As it's been said, Shin is mischievous in ways similar to Bart Simpson, but he never means it in a malicious way. Shin is simply a silly little boy. To me it's not Shin's exhibitionism that makes this show 13+, it's that when the writers re-write the script for Cartoon Network's [adult swim] programming, they modify the dialogue or story to be more dirty than it actually was in Japanese, which is part of what makes it so funny in my opinion.
Teen, 13 years old Written byPrensha March 28, 2013

it good, ok for smaller kids

not very much sex jokes... and they sex jokes go right over kids heads
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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