Parents' Guide to

Thermae Romae Novae

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Comedic, informative anime has partial nudity, drinking.

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The comedic anime series combines humor with a celebration of the role baths and bath houses play in both Roman and Japanese cultures. Thermae Romae Novae highlights how communal baths are a celebration of a way of life that allows the body to relax, heal, and rejuvenate. Yamazaki Mari's informative segments at the end of each episode offer viewers the opportunity to learn more about the history and rituals surrounding ancient Japanese bath culture, and how it continues today. But thanks to the cultural and generational differences between Lucias Modestus and the people he meets in Japan during his visits, there's lots of fun moments, especially since the cultural misunderstandings are offered in a way that is respectful of differences. Overall, Thermae Romae Novae is both creative and culturally significant; it's both fun and unique.

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