Parents' Guide to

Spider Riders

By Larisa Wiseman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Warriors battle evil bugs in fun anime series.

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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Arachnophobes, beware!

I'll admit it, a show about warriors that battle insects and creepy bugs freaks me the heck out, but for some strange reason, I actually enjoyed this series growing up. I remember when this series first came out in 2006 and I was in grade 8 at the time. For some reason I just fell completely in love with it. The villains are hilarious and so mysterious, they don't ever appear too scary and evil, and the warrior heroes are so full of positivity and enthusiasm, it just warms my heart. This show openly displays how protagonist Hunter Steele learns to cope with his new powers and duty as a Spider Rider, as well as learning how to settle his differences and opinions with his partner and spider, Shadow. This show is filled with many positive messages, and openly displays the importance of teamwork, friendship, enthusiasm, and several other great things. It really is a great anime and it's not filled with negative messages. Young teens working together to accomplish a goal. No sex, drugs, alcohol or any of that nonsense. The only thing you have to be cautious of, is the fact that there are giant spiders in the series (arachnophobes beware!) and the warriors' excessive overuse of the words, Arachna Power, Spider Rider(s), and Let's ride! Hahaha other than that, this show is awesome!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Spider Riders is sure to captivate the tween set with its compelling mix of action, fantasy, sci-fi, and comedy, with elements of everyday teen life thrown in to keep the story ever so slightly grounded in reality. Some of the dialogue may seem a bit silly and stilted, but the story is engaging, the action/battle sequences are entertaining, and the animation is dazzlingly colorful.

Overall, the series is lighthearted fun, with teens portrayed in a positive light as caring and responsible human beings. Even the evil insects -- one of whom actually sounds like Jerry Lewis at his slapsticky best -- are fairly non-threatening and provide some unexpected humor here and there. Kids who are bug-phobic might not be the series' biggest fans, but those who love fantasy cartoons and anime should enjoy it.

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