A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Friendship, survival, teamwork, and the role of technology in our lives are themes. The prejudices that exist about moon dwellers are discussed.
Positive Role Models
The kids aren't perfect, but they aren't bad. Touya is trying to help himself and Konoha. Taiyo has a strong sense of justice.
The human anime characters come from different walks of life and different life experiences, but the moon children have a history of being perceived as different due to their specific use of technology.
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Violence & Scariness
A comet destroys the station. The children must face the dangers of living in space, which are life threatening. A scary prophecy suggests problems with artificial intelligence and its impact on humanity.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nudity (bare buttocks) is occasionally visible.
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Words like "damn" are occasionally audible. References to going to the bathroom, but nothing crude.
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Products & Purchases
No logos, but some obvious plays on popular companies and products like Google and Uniqlo.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Prescription drugs are taken to cope with gravity and other issues.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Orbital Children is a space- and technology-themed Japanese anime series (available dubbed and subtitled in English) that features fantasy violence, brief nudity (bare bottom), and some occasional strong words. It also features lots of tech-driven crises. Prejudices against people from different locations are discussed.
Is It Any Good?
The six-part series, which is released in Japan as a two-part film, offers a futuristic space adventure that feels relevant in today's digitally-driven world. The young protagonists must rely on their wits, courage, and savvy to survive, especially when facing the dangers of space, failing technology, and machinery that's turning against them. But throughout it all there's a very compelling human narrative. The Orbital Children offers anime fans a solid story, and one that is sure to entertain.
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