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Parents' Guide to

Pokémon

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

As much about marketing as it is imagination.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 34 parent reviews

age 8+

We're so used to it

The Romans gathered strong men and had them fight each other in an arena. Pokemon is the same thing. The main premise is an arena where creatures fight each other. It is hard to tell which creatures are good and which are bad, they just are always battling. The point of their life is to be owned, and do battle. The idea of a show is aimed at teaching kids that bad guys have to be destroyed but being demolished or exploded or electrocuted or some other way killed because they are on another side. This is good in teaching kids how to recognize the good and bad people in the world, and then fight with tooth and Claw until the bad people die. Being a dad I'm not that much in favor of this point of view being taught to kids were three or 4 years old. They might not yet be ready to make the distinction that all these characters are imaginary and that we do not fight evil with death and destruction all the time. I am not being harsh. The sole purpose of each Pokemon is to battle. I have not seen any kids expressing interest in the tight relationships formed, they all Focus only on their strength and ability to survive and kill. When a four-year-old uses the words destroy, kill, battle, shoot, electrocute, fight to the death, I get uncomfortable even if it's a game
age 6+

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (34 ):
Kids say (186 ):

Over the years, the energetic, imagination-filled, Japanese-inspired fantasy series has cut across cultural, gender, and age barriers to captivate a global audience of girls, boys, and even adults. But like any product that inspires obsessions, it has received its share of criticism. Folks may also find the franchise's massive commercial appeal disturbing, especially since the show is mainly geared towards kids.

The whole concept of human characters summoning subordinates to battle on their behalf may be troubling to some. This can potentially send iffy messages to children with pets, too. But despite the endless fantasy violence, Pokémon attempts to promote messages about choosing the right path in life and resolving differences peacefully--before the fighting starts.

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