Shin Chan

TV review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Anime series about 5 year old isn't so innocent.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 31 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPippozzolo April 9, 2008

Simply the best!

Shin is the best cartoon that I ever seen
Adult Written bySami8297 September 26, 2019

Best anime

Comedy & story
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
Kid, 5 years old August 2, 2020

for children

the show is about a 5 year old

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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