Parents' Guide to

Pokémon

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Meaningful life lessons amid barrage of marketing hype.

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age 7+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 10+

Things to consider before watching with your kids

Pokémon can be a fun show to watch at times but before you watch it with your young ones there's a few thing you should know. Pokémon contains themes of: -Theft -Tax evasion -Stalking children -Identity theft - Child neglect/Absent Parenting - Deceiving authorities -Animal abuse -Domestic abuse - Brainwashing - and body shaming The supporting characters Jessie,James and Meowth evade taxes, lie to authorities, stalk children commit identity theft and theft and stalk children on multiple occasion, almost regularly one might say. They even go as far as impersonating medical personnel in order to poach animals and pulling guns on innocent elderly passerby's and joining gangs. James from team rocket also shames a pre-pubescent girl for having smaller breasts than him. The mother of the main character neglects him and sends him away to catch animals in the forest indefinitely without any regard to his safety or th safety 0f the animals when her son is only a mere 10 years old. One of the Supporting characters is running away from his abusive fiancée who is creepily obsessed with him and has chased him around with a whip to try and make him "conform" to her and his parents wishes All characters on this show call themselves "Pokémon trainer" when in reality they are poachers hunting down wild animals with the intention of hiding them captive and torturing them by forcing them into too small plastic balls and then making them fight animals owned by other poachers until they lose by fainting from exhaustion. Some of the animals appear to have Stockholm syndrome and seem to love, respect and defend the people who ripped them from their homes and families. One of the more intelligent animals even seems to have been brainwashed by his captors Jessie and James so much that he aids his captors in hu ting down and capturing more animals believing it's the right thing to do. Even though there can be alot of negative aspects into this show it's not a completely lost cause thanks to some positive aspects seen in the show. For example, the main characters Ash,Misty and Brock form close friendships and treat each other like family seeing as they only have each other to depend on instead of their neglectful parents, which can show children that found family cab be just as important as blood relatives. The supporting characters Jessie and James from Team Rockêt are seen by many fans as queer icons thanks to their normalizing of crossdressing as well as finding new friends and having a good time even when you don't fit in. Jessie and James are also another good example of realistic friendships and found family, and even though they have many flaws and the occasional fight they really go to show how teamwork can be. With all this being said I would still recommend the show Pokémon to chdren of an appropriate age range no kids below 14 unless they are extremely mature for their age. In the end I really enjoyed this show. Now signing off, yours truly -Avocado Toast 4 Life P.s.: The Creators of Pokémon and I will take no legal responsibility if your children start to emulate the behaviors shown by attempting to capture Squirrels, Raccoons or others pets with the intentions to make them fight each other
age 6+

the more magnifical anime of my childhood

I really loved pokemon when I was kid !!! :D

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (14 ):

Clear simple games, seasons' worth of Pokemon shows and tons of information on the hundreds of Pokemon characters create a one-stop shop for all things Pokemon. If kids can tune out the sales pitch and get through the marketing hubbub, they may actually learn from the organization and negotiation skills that Pokemon play requires. Even better, they can get info on in-person events to meet more Pokemon fans in their area.

Website Details

  • Genre: Fan Sites
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: December 1, 2016

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