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Parents need to know that Pokémon: Diamond And Pearl is based on the fourth generation of the Pokémon video games. Like the other anime series in the popular franchise, it contains lots of fantasy violence. It also offers some life lessons about friendship, trying hard, and working to realize your dreams. There are a few references to romance, but nothing to worry about; this is pretty mild and Pokemon fans will enjoy it.
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What's the story?
POKÉMON: DIAMOND AND PEARL, the tenth round of the video-game inspired Japanese anime franchise, follows Ash Ketchum and his friends as they train and battle Pokémon and enter Super Contests. Ash travels up to the beautiful Sinnoh region in the far corner of the Pokémon world to meet up with his buddy Brock, and join novice trainer and aspiring coordinator Dawn. Along with their Pokémon partners, they work hard at finding Pokémon and training them well in hopes of becoming masters some day. However, they must protect Pikachú and others from the evil Team Rocket, which is looking for rare, powerful Pokémon for their crime syndicate.
Is it any good?
This fun series, which is based on the fourth generation of Pokémon video games, stays true to its roots by combining action-packed moments with life lessons. The new characters are fun, but the iconic Pokémon battles continue to remain central to the show.
Older Pokémon fans may feel a sense of nostalgia as they watch their favorite Pokémon use their unique powers and personalities to battle it out against others, and on occasion, their trainers. But no doubt that Diamond and Pearl will entertain a new generation of viewers.
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Families can talk about the Pokémon franchise. What has made it so popular? How does Pokémon: Diamond And Pearl differ from the video games?
In Diamond And Pearl, Ash, Brock, and Dawn are able to work well together despite the fact that they're at different levels of Pokémon training. How are they able to do it? What are the challenges they face when working with each other?
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