A Parent's Guide to Anime
Parental Guidance Advised
Reviewed by Kira Randell:
Blue Seed is an excellent anime about a girl named Momiji Fujimiya, who learns that she is the princess "Kushinada". The Kushinada's blood has the power to put seemingly evil plant-like beings called "Aragami" into an eternal sleep. When the Aragami start to attack the human race, Momiji is put into protection by the government agency called the TAC, the members of which become her friends. She is also protected by Kusanagi, a half-Aragami man who is sworn to protect her.
I watched the dubbed version of this anime on the Action channel. The dubbing quality is very good, in my own humble opinion.
Blue Seed can be pretty scary at times. The Aragami, the plant-monsters, range in shape from actual vine-like plants to ferocious monsters. I wouldn't recommend this show for a very young child, as the Aragami could easily give him or her nightmares. For people old enough to handle it, however, Blue Seed is a very funny show with a strong environmental message about taking care of the earth.
Violence- Along with the monster-like Aragami, this show can be moderately violent at times. Kusanagi, the main male character, is often engaged in fights with the Aragami, in which he is stabbed, thrown into things, and in one episode, he even gets his arm cut off. There is some gun violence as well.
Sex/Nudity- This show has almost no nudity, but there are several sex-related jokes, most of them involving underwear. There's a running gag in the series that every time Kusanagi and Momiji meet, he ends up seeing her underpants. He teases her about wearing the kind with cute baby animals on them, and sometimes makes comments about her breasts. In one episode, Momiji wants to tell Kusanagi she loves him, and her friends at the TAC suggest that she write a message to him on her underwear. Also, one male character has a strange fondness for women's underwear.
Profanity- Mild. "Damn" is the most commonly heard word, though Kusanagi calls one character a "bastard".
Parent's Guide Rating:
yellow (parental guidance advised)
This show revolves quite a bit around Japanese folklore and legend, so some of it might confuse younger children. There is also talk about an ancient rite that some deeply religious parents might not like.
There is a brief bit about suicide, as Momiji wonders if her life is worth all of Japan. It is quickly resolved, however.
Kusanagi, the main male character and Momiji's protector, is part-Aragami, and you could say he is sort of a demon. He is also several years older than Momiji, who develops deep affections for him. Kusanagi also dies in one episode, but comes back in the next, and he is also somewhat of a pervert. Some parents may find these character points objectionable.
The storyline focuses around the fight between modern man and the environment, and the dangers of pollution and building over the earth. This provides a good lesson about conservation for children, but again, some parents may not like an anime that delves so deeply into such a controversial subject.
Overall, however, if your child can handle a bit of violence and scariness, as well as a few "underwear" jokes, you may find this anime good to watch and enjoy as a family.