Zatch Bell!

TV review by Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Demons + kids = violent and scary for youngsters.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 17+
age 5+

Equally heartwarming as it is heartbreaking.

The official review of Zatch Bell on this site is outrageous. Really, no positive messages? As for the user reviews, it's too violent, seriously? The "violence" in this series consists of flashes of light and the occasional pained groan. That's on top of the fact that this series is action/adventure – if you’re not in favor of cartoon violence, bar your child from those genres entirely. As for the person who mentioned the "breasts" song – why is that relevant if it's only in the Japanese dub? Besides the fact that it is culturally relative, we don't hear it in the American version, so why is it "wrong"? And another thing: when a book is burned, the character does NOT die – he or she is sent back to the "mamodo" (contrast this with "demon," another ridiculous accusation from the official review) realm. If you don’t understand this, you don’t understand the entire premise of the show. I loved Zatch Bell when I was younger. It moved me. All the characters were lovable and funny, and all the book-burning moments were heartbreaking. Definitely recommend this, with all my heart, to kids of all ages.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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