A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Kyra doesn't choose the complications that come with her new identity, but she accepts them and learns to adapt. She has good guidance from a teacher and new friends (some of whom are more excited about her presence than others), and she makes the best of a challenging situation. The story has fun with the idea of magic and magical beings living unseen beside humans. Kyra refers to the loss of her mother, but she has a strong relationship with her stepfather.
Positive Role Models
Kyra is resourceful and adaptable to new challenges. She is undeterred by Imogen's rudeness and focuses on the positive rather than the negative in different situations. Her stepfather cares deeply about her, and together the two of them manage their emotions surrounding the recent loss of Kyra's mother.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Bureau of Magical Things is an Australian fantasy series about a teen named Kyra (Kimie Tsukakoshi) who's granted magical powers after a chance encounter with an elf and a fairy transfers them to her. Kyra is a likable role model: She's an adaptable, accomplished student athlete with meaningful relationships with friends and with her widower stepfather. That said, her predicament forces her to keep secrets from them as she treads the line between the human world and protecting the existence of the magical one. Expect lots of silly humor -- a friend believes himself to be Romeo when a memory spell goes awry, a piece of furniture floats through the air by some unseen force, etc. -- and easy laughs in simple plots that even young kids can follow. Later episodes see the introduction of a threat to Kyra and her magical friends, forcing them to work together to stop it.
Is It Any Good?
This mild fantasy series is an easy watch for kids who aren't ready for actual scares and suspense yet. The Bureau of Magical Things raises the premise of magical forces beyond human awareness and has fun with the idea that there are beings and happenings that we can't see but that affect us anyway. It's imaginative and humorous with a likable central character in the well-meaning and sweet-natured Kyra, who is influenced in positive ways by her relationships with family and friends.
Some viewers may not love the contrary character of Imogen, whose grumpiness wears on the senses after a while. Presumably to offset her dourness, Lily is a hopeful, glass-is-half-full type who helps Kyra gain confidence in her new identity and with her surprising new powers. But as the stakes get higher for Kyra and her friends in both the magical and the human worlds, their differences matter less than what unites them, and they find inspiration in their shared objective.
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