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Kaitoh Saint Tail

A Parent's Guide to Anime
Rated: G

Suitable for Family Viewing

Review by Dana Marie MacSween:

Meimi is just your average Japanese school girl. But at night, she transforms to become the mysterious theif Saint Tail. Saint Tail is a super heroine who helps people who have been cheated out of valuable possessions by retrieving the object. Asuka Jr., one of Meimi's classmates, vows to catch Saint Tail. This series is part of the "Magical Girl" genre. The animation and music are some of the best I've seen.

Saint Tail has little to no objectionable content. The word "d*mn" is used repeatedly and Meimi has a "Sailor Moon" like transformation, but only the shoulders and head are visible. Meimi's best firend is a nun-in-training, and some religious references are made, but none are offensive. Some young children might find it hard to understand the love/hate relationship between Meimi and Asuka Jr. Also, this show leaves debate whether or not "stealing" is wrong, even if it is for a good cause. Saint Tail hasn't been commercially released yet, and is currently only available through fan subs.

Review by Gabriel Scott:

Kaitoh Saint Tail, also known as the Mysterious Thief Saint Tail, or Saint Tail for short, is a lovable shoujo anime. Meimi, a junior high school girl, takes on the form of the pony-tailed thief Saint Tail to help those in need. Saint Tail steals items from evil people, to whom the items do not belong and returns them to their rightful owners. Seira, Meimi's best friend and a nun-in-training, helps each person by listening to their problems and passing them on to Saint Tail so she can help. Saint Tail may help people, but she is still a thief so the police are after her. Asuka Jr., a boy in Meimi's class, heads the search for Saint Tail even though he is only 14 years old. Saint Tail's real identity can be discovered if she allows anyone to see her face. Saint Tail enjoys being followed and sends Asuka challenges. Asuka stops at nothing to find Saint Tail, but never wants to hurt her. Truly Meimi likes Asuka, but is often too embarassed to say so. This is a wonderful find for any age.

Parent's Guide Rating:

green (suitable for family viewing)

Harsh Language: The word "d*mn" is used repeatedly, mostly by Asuka when Saint Tail slips through his fingers.

Violence: There is barely any sort of violence throughout the entire series. The most you ever see is Asuka run into a pile of trash or bang into a wall.

Homosexuality and Graphic Romance: There are no homosexual couples in Saint Tail. There is no graphic romance and not once do you even see a kiss on the cheek.

Nudity: There is no nudity anywhere in the 43 episodes. Saint Tail has a Sailor Moon-like transformation, but the lowest the screen ever goes is to the top of her shoulders. Her outfit is not revealing at all and fine for little children to see.

Overall Character: The plot is interesting and sure to hold your attention. However, Saint Tail is a thief thus bringing question regarding the right and wrong of such actions.

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