Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors

TV review by
Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
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Pokémon trainers meet fun new creatures, evade villains.

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Positive Messages

The Pokémon trainers work well as a team, encourage one another, and try to do the right thing.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The villains of the show are treated as a joke, while the good guys are shown as honorable people who don't give up easily.

Violence & Scariness

There are battles, but it is all extremely fanciful and cartoonish. Nothing too scary.

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There are apps, toys, and books available for sale that all feed into Pokémon mania.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors is the fourth and final installment of the Diamond and Pearl series (and, confusingly enough, also marks Season 13 of the anime series). As always, viewers can expect to see variety of whimsical and adorable creatures, a nebulous and ongoing battle of good vs evil, and the power of friendship and teamwork.

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What's the story?

POKEMON: DIAMOND AND PEARL: SINNOH LEAGUE VICTORS follows the intrepid Pokémon trainers Ash Ketchum and Dawn (along with their pal Brock) as they continue their adventures through the Sinnoh region, where they meet new friends and learn new training techniques. As they travel, they compete in tournaments, collect badges and ribbons, and try to evade the ever-annoying members of Team Rocket, who continue their efforts to steal the good guys' thunder (and their Pokémon!).

Is it any good?

One of the strengths of this mega-popular anime series is that it appeals to kids of various ages, genders, and cultures. Although the storylines can be convoluted and meandering, the themes of loyalty, friendship, and teamwork are positive ones.

Although each episode of Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors features at least one battle between Pokémon, there's nothing actually graphic or violent about it—the creatures "fight" using moves like the "Thunder Fang" and "Hydro Pumps" (basically a mystically-powerful blast of water). The villains of the show, Team Rocket, are your typical cackling bad guys, complete with a wisecracking animal sidekick (Meowth). They aren't very scary, and actually provide comic relief in the way they are portrayed as ineffectual buffoons.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about who their favorite Pokémon character is, and why. How is being a Pokémon trainer like owning a pet? How is it different?

  • What do the characters on Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors learn while they travel the world? How does traveling teach us about other people, and ourselves?

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