A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Honor, respecting elders, team work, friendship all themes.
Positive Role Models
Main characters are good sports, good friends, and value their Pokémon.
Violence & Scariness
Pokemon characters are fighters; laser shots, explosive battles, punching, kicking, humorous explosions common. No major injuries or bloodshed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
As is typical with anime, female characters wear short skirts, breast-enhancing tops.
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Occasional name-calling like "twerp" and "knucklehead."
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Products & Purchases
Characters featured in endless games, toys, etc. all over the world.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the long-running Pokémon series is based on characters from a popular video game, and is part of a giant licensing juggernaut. The Pokémon are kid-appealing, but the series features lots of fantasy violence, and pits the cute, monster-like characters against each other on behalf of their trainers. There are some positive messages (teamwork, sportsmanship, respecting elders), but it may be too intense for younger children.
Is It Any Good?
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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