Pokemon Chronicles



Latest Pokemon spin-off is for fans only.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Characters value loyalty, honesty, and valor -- but send their pets out to do battle on their behalf.

Violence & scariness

Pokemon trainers train their pets to battle one another, and athough the outcome is never lethal, the creatures do strike each other directly and sometimes with weapons.

Sexy stuff
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Pokemon is a product, there's no getting around it.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while the human characters don't fight themselves, they "battle" using their Pokemon, and the Pokemon do strike and apparently hurt one another, although they always stagger up to fight another day. Good Pokemon trainers are kind to their Pokemon and praise and reward them, while bad ones do not -- but all send them out to fight. Both boys and girls participate, although the Pokemon belonging to female characters tend to be cutsier than others. Finally, Pokemon was once a serious marketing phenomena, and there's still significant Pokemon merchandise out there.

What's the story?

POKEMON CHRONICLES follows the adventures of a number of minor characters from the original Pokemon series. The stories are fairly typical superhero action adventures -- saving mythical creatures, kidnappings, journeys through peril -- with the old "crash!" "pow!" fights replaced by hurling small, oddly cute creatures to battle on the hero's behalf.

Is it any good?


Pokemon was, in its time, a deeply commercial enterprise and a serious fad, but those days are gone. While kids may enjoy the cartoon and appreciate the video games, the huge desire for the collectibles is over, making the show that much more acceptable to parents who don't mind junior anime but draw the line at 22-minute-long commercials. Without the frenzy fueling the marketing juggernaut, it's just a cartoon, and one that promotes pretty decent values as well as encouraging an attitude of equality between the sexes, at least on the playing field.

Pokemon Chronicles is more story-oriented than the original Pokemon and less focused on the "gotta catch 'em all" theme that pervaded the first program. There's certainly some cartoon violence, and watching such cute creatures attack one another may be momentarily confusing for young children, but overall even the most explosive scenes are fairly mild when compared to other programs in the genre.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the values of the program, discussing the importance of loyalty to friends, learning from mistakes and lost "battles," and living up to your responsibilities. They can also talk about the difference between owning pets and training Pokemon. Is it OK for the characters to encourage other creatures to fight, even if the outcome is never lethal? As always, what's OK in a cartoon is more than iffy in real life.

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Kid, 11 years old May 8, 2011

Might be best Pokemon ANIME ever (the Special/Adventures MANGA is best of non-game-media, though).

You know what? This anime is really closer to the Adventures/Special manga, with the switching of protagonists makes it closer to those manga than the main anime featuring Ash, though being that it's still a side story anime, it's clearly in the anime continuity, with stories centering on the people Ash meets, while they're not with him, with episodes centering on Team Rocket's (in)famous silver trio, Brock, and Misty. But it's just too sad that what maybe one of the best Pokemon anime is just a one-season-side-story-type-thing. This *season* (I really wish I could call it an anime, or a series, but they only made it as a side story anime showing how people had lives outside of Ash) is maybe one of the best Pokemon things to air on TV ( I said that because you could do *much* better with a decent idea of The Dewey Decimal System, and a big/fancy/crammed/out of print focused/rare library/book store) other then Destiny Deoxys (though that may just be nostalgia, after all, it was my first Pokemon movie) and maybe Lucario And The Mystery Of Mew. All that praise being said and done, this maybe one of the most violent Pokemon seasons(the violence is in league with Mystery Dungeon, and the original Japanese Pokemon Special, and maybe the reason I like this season more then the rest of the anime), with Cassidy and Butch (a pair of much more competent members of Team Rocket) being the the main villains of the only 3 episode with ANY clear continuity. And, as always, remember that Pokemon is Pokemon, and that there is ALWAYS an uncountable number of tie-ins (except for Adventures and Special, yet another reason why I LOVE them, I wish that you could review them, so by extension I could give them more praise, but that would be another review entirely).
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 14, 2012


This show sucks.I love Pokemon,but this show is terrible.The acting is cringe worthy and the animation is terrible.If you want to watch this show let me help you! You won't laugh,you won't have fun,instead you'll wish that your were in prison! Yes,it's that bad! Aviod,avoid,avoid!
Teen, 17 years old Written byposter56art January 27, 2011

it never changes

this is possibly the cheapest anime show ever created.the plot is always the same (some random person trying to be champion or whatever)all they do is create and delete charecters,and tada!you have a cheaply made shohen (for boys anime) show.don't watch this because you will get tired of the plot.


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