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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Guava Juice is a YouTube channel hosted by high-energy 20-something Roi Wassabi, who tries absurd products and challenges. Parents need not fear; the challenges are not dangerous (though they make a terrible mess of his apartment, particularly the bathtub), and though Wassabi tries out products, he's not trying to sell anything. His language is mild ("What the heck?" or "Oh, crap!" is as fierce as it gets), and though he's usually not talking to viewers on a personal level, if the subject of friends or family comes up, he has positive and loving things to say about the people in his life. Humor is absurd but not mocking, even when Wassabi tries out lipstick, high heels, or other traditionally feminine accoutrements. The only violence comes in when Wassabi occasionally plays first-person shooter games; he also frequently hosts "ghost-hunting" videos where he tries out objects that are said to indicate the presence of spirits -- it doesn't get scary, though. This channel is a good choice for young viewers who want to watch challenge videos, as Wassabi and his videos are good, clean (if messy), well-intentioned fun.
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What's the story?
Roi Wassabi spends a lot of time in his apartment playing with toys and attempting messy challenges -- good thing he turns on the camera and documents it all on his YouTube channel GUAVA JUICE. Every day at noon he uploads a new video, usually starring himself trying something fun and strange: filling his bathtub with 100 bath bombs, putting his hand into a mystery box to discover what animal's inside, letting his dog walk him for a change. Viewers probably wouldn't want to clean up after one of Roi's challenges -- but they sure are fun to watch.
Is it any good?
Energetic, imaginative, and always up to try some odd new challenge in his apartment, YouTube host Roi Wassabi has the vibe of a friendly and manic older bro. He's been putting up videos since he was in middle school, and now, more than a decade later, he posts a 5- to 10-minute video every day, often some type of challenge: filling his bathtub with slime, oobleck, or Jell-O, trying weird products from the "As Seen on TV" section from his local big-box store, experimenting with weird DIY projects. An entire series of videos involves Roi mixing together weird foods and drinks (100 different energy drinks! Every flavor of ice cream at the store!) and giving them a try; another series sees Roi getting up at 3 a.m. to play with toys and look for evidence of spirits with ghost-hunter gadgets.
It's all very silly, but it's harmless fun, and kids will love watching for vicarious thrills. Roi is generally cracking up all through his videos, and clearly having a great time making a mess of his bathroom or covering the floor of his kitchen with scores of fidget spinners. When he fills his (much-abused) bathtub with duckling-yellow fluffy slime, he plays in it like a preschooler. "Wow! Wow! This is so fun, dude! If I slap it, it makes a handprint! Look at that!" he says through his giant grin, yellow slime coating his clothes (and his face! And his hair!). His language is mild and his challenges are safe and non-threatening, and though he doesn't talk a lot about his personal life, when he does, he has loving things to say about his friends and family. Wassabi is one host parents won't mind taking up residence on their kids' YouTube feed.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it takes to make a video every day. How long do you think it takes Roi to prepare for each video? What type of setup, shopping, and preparation do each take? How long do you think it takes to record and edit each video? How long to clean up afterward? Is it possible Wassabi is working 8 hours a day or more, like he's at a real job?
Does Wassabi film his videos alone? How can you tell? Is there ever anyone else featured in the videos? Or someone behind the camera? Consider the edits and camera angles in each video in your reply.
Do you think Wassabi is ever sorry that he tried certain messy challenges? How would your parents react if you made messes like he does? Who helps him clean up? Do you ever see evidence of past challenges left over in his space? Is watching someone else make a mess a vicarious thrill?
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