It has been a couple of weeks since Netflix dropped Nippon TV’s long-running variety show “Old Enough!,” but the world remains smitten with the bright and cute kids of the TV series.
The show’s premise is actually simple yet very entertaining. Kids as young as two years old were sent for errands by their parents for the first time while camera crews follow them.
Each short episode shows how the child follows instructions like shopping at a local market, making fresh-squeezed orange juice, and taking a dirty laundry to the washer. All these tasks may seem like a giant responsibility for the toddlers, yet they manage to accomplish everything with some funny and sweet interactions with strangers.
One of the interesting points of this documentary-style series is the distractions faced by the kids. One of the young kids failed to find the watch shop to get her mother’s watch. Her neighbors cheered her up after crying due to the setback by giving her treats and showing her the right direction. After finishing her task, viewers will see the sense of relief felt by the child.
After Netflix premiered the show in late March, viewers all over the world had mix opinions about its theme. It ranges from delight and awe to concern and disbelief. Others criticized the parenting styles depicted in the show.
Not all countries like Japan has a very low crime rate and exceptional city planning strategies that makes the environment safe for kids to walk without adult supervisions. It is also the norm in the country to let kids walk to school by themselves.
For those who are worried about the safety of the kids featured in the show, they should keep in mind that it is typical in the Japanese society to raise independent and self-sufficient individuals.
Viewers who are tired of watching troubling crime documentaries or shows showing troubled teens must watch the episodes of “Old Enough!” on Netflix.