A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While not long, the documentary segments hosted by Yamazaki Mari offer historical and cultural information about Japanese bath culture that is both educational and informative.
Anime series offers informative insights into ancient Roman and Japanese bath culture and the role it plays in both ancient and modern society.
Positive Role Models
Lucias Modestus loves what he does, and the idea of making Rome more modern. Yamazaki Mari is both inquisitive and respectful as she explores Japanese baths and speaks with experts.
The cast is Japanese and Roman, and each behave according to their own culture. Most cast members are male.
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Violence & Scariness
Bloody fantasy violence and hitting, shoving, and bullying is sometimes shown. The death of a parent is a theme.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's some mild innuendo, but the featured nudity (bare bottoms) is mostly offered in a very natural cultural and traditional context. People are also shown sitting on primitive and modern toilets.
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Words like "stupid" and "damn" are audible, but not frequently.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some wine drinking in ancient Rome, and there's sake consumed in Japan. On occasion people are affected by the alcohol, but it's not over the top.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Thermae Romae Novae is an anime series focused on bath culture in both ancient Rome and modern Japan. There's some occasional strong language, bullying, shoving and fighting, and a few moments of fantasy violence. Drinking is sometimes shown. There are lots of naked male bottoms visible throughout as part of the bath house culture, and on occasion people are seen sitting on toilets. The overall series also includes informative documentary segments about Japanese baths.
Is It Any Good?
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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