A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids are respectful of adults and each other. The main character especially works hard and is eager to learn. The students are racially and socio-economically diverse. Most adults are hard-working, patient, and all-around good role models.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon martial arts fight scenes don't inflict serious harm.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional flirting between students.
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Some potty talk like "stupid" and "barf," but no curse words of any sort.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cartoon series features racially and socio-economically diverse characters who treat each other and their elders with respect. Themes of friendship, loyalty, and teamwork dominate each episode, and the students are, for the most part, patient and diligent in their learning. The show includes facets of martial arts training -- including kicking, punching, and throwing ninja-specific objects -- but most one-on-one exchanges have very little contact and few end in visible injury (and any injuries that are incurred don't last long).
Is It Any Good?
Shuriken School's combination of action, adventure, and martial arts is sure to please the under-10 crowd. The characters are relatable, and kids will find that many aspects of the students' school issues reflect their own. And the show's vibrant animation style is engaging and lots of fun to watch.
Parents will like the positive messages about friendship, teamwork, and perseverance that play an integral role throughout the series. On the whole, the kids are smart, hardworking, and courteous to others. They rely on each other's individual talents and their own intuition to solve mysteries and wage Ninjitsu battles with Katana students.
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