Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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More of Ash's journey has fantasy violence, friends, fun.

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Positive Messages

Loyalty, friendship, work hard, thwarting evil. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ash and Dawn are good friends, kind to their Pokémon.

Violence & Scariness

Fantasy violence; falls, explosions, etc. common; no one really gets hurt. 

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The Pokémon franchise extends to toys, video games, etc. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension is the 2nd installment of the Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl series (and season 11 of the Pokémon TV series). There’s lots of mild fantasy violence, but no on really gets hurt. There’s also lots of positive messages about loyalty, friendship, and being willing to continue working hard to reach your goals. 

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What's the story?

POKÉMON: DIAMOND AND PEARL: BATTLE DIMENSION is the 11th television season of the popular Pokémon franchise. As they travel through the Pokémon land of Sinnoh, trainer Ash continues to win badges, while novice trainer Dawn struggles to win ribbons. They attend Professor Rowan’s Pokémon Summer Academy to come up with new battle strategies, and to develop the necessary tools to beat their foes, including Pokémon Hunter J, Gardenia, and members of Team Rocket. Throughout it all, they must look out for the evil Team Galactic.

Is it any good?

The 2nd installment of the Pokémon: Diamond And Pearl  series follows the main characters while they work hard to win battles and try to make appropriate choices to honor the Pokémon world. And as is the tradition, it’s their loyal Pokémon, including Pikachu, Chimchar, and Piplup who fight the battles for them.  

The overall narrative flows easily through the episodes as the trainers meet long time friends and face old and new rivals. They also discover lots of evolving Pokémon throughout their adventures. If you’re a Pokémon fan, no doubt that you will be entertained by what you find in Battle Dimension.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about adapting a story from a video game to a television audience, like they do with Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension. What are some of the challenges when doing so? Can all video game stories successfully be converted to tv series? Why does it work for the Pokémon franchise?

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