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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this anime adventure series is heavy on fantasy violence, although without excessive detail or gore. The show's anime stylings mean it's more intense than superhero series aimed at a younger audience; while teen viewers should be able to handle it, younger viewers may find it too complex and immersive. As they have in films and previous TV series, the lead characters act as an allegory for misunderstood teenagers, with mutant powers that make them both remarkable and repugnant to society at large.
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What's the Story?
Based on the Marvel Comics team of misunderstood mutants, X-MEN finds the team in shambles following the destruction of Jean Grey (Jennifer Hale) at the hands of the evil galactic entity Phoenix. Professor X is compelled to bring his team back together after one of his students is abducted and taken to Japan. The X-Men gather once again to face their past and their demons even as they must also take down the diabolical U-Men.
Is It Any Good?
Some Marvel Comics franchises lend themselves more easily to an anime-flavored interpretation, where heightened action and emotion are the order of the day. X-Men is one of those properties that fits into anime stylings like it was always meant to be this way. It helps that the X-Men have always been one of the more angst-filled concepts churned out by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the sixties, alongside such iconic superheroes as the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and the Hulk.
Fighting for a humanity that is confused, ashamed, and frightened of their very existence, the X-Men translate to anime with their essential natures intact. The character designs for the series take their cue from the original franchise, and the battles push the outer limits of cartoon violence and action -- this is an intense series in some ways. It is faithful to the X-Men characters, however, and provides yet another medium for the deathless mutants to conquer.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the show's attitude toward violence. Does it send a positive message about how to solve problems?
How do you think mutants would be treated in the real world? What are some of the metaphors in this series that translate to real life?
- Premiere date: October 31, 1992
- Cast: Jennifer Hale, Scott Porter, Steven Blum
- Network: G4
- Genre: Action
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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