Shin Chan TV Poster Image

Shin Chan



Anime series about 5 year old isn't so innocent.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

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

Premiere date:April 13, 1992
Cast:Chuck Huber, Cynthia Cranz, Laura Bailey
Network:Cartoon Network
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD

This review of Shin Chan was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

  • Clever, fast-paced cartoon with edgy humor.
  • Outrageous, shocking humor carries a message.
  • Quirky animated series is too edgy for young kids.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 8 years old August 8, 2009
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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
Parent of a 10 and 15 year old Written byALunarLight April 28, 2011

Kids being kids

A lot of the young characters in this show seem to go about thing with a bit of older then should be and child like innocence of just over hearing the adults, that bring this comedy to a realistic start. shins exposing of him self is the only thing i see to be the bit controversial, but it is true to life, as i remember baby sitting my cousins son at 5 he pop-ed his pasts right off and peed on a near by tree.(much to my dismay). It's just kids being kids


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?