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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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).
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Frequent moderate profanity like "ass," "sucks," and "bastard." Body-part words like "scrotum" and "penis" are also used regularly.
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Products & Purchases
Jokes about product placement.
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.
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.
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