Pokémon: Sun and Moon

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Ash goes on vacation in island-set season of classic series.

Parents say

age 5+
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Kids say

age 5+
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Positive Messages

Respecting cultural traditions, being kind, and being patient are some featured themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ash and his friends are kind and want to do the right thing. The Pokémon are loyal. The Team Skull Grunts aren’t very nice. 

Violence & Scariness

Lots of Pokémon mishaps, ranging from accidental explosions to pinching people’s noses. Battles and new moves are featured. 

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Language
Consumerism

The series is based on a video game, and helps market the Pokémon franchise. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pokémon: Sun and Moon is the 20th season of the Pokémon TV series, and features all the creature-driven fantasy violence and life lessons the long-running franchise is known for. Plotlines are based on the video game of the same name, and feature the same characters, including original trainer Ash. Some of the creatures and battles might be a bit much for very young kids, but older fans should be able to handle it. 

User Reviews

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Parent of an infant year old Written byHolly R. June 17, 2018

Good show but it can be a tear jerker

This show is phenomenal despite changing the art style. There is a 2 part episode (ep 20-21 to be exact with 21 being the culprit) that deals with the on screen... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byWhyEvenBother July 4, 2018

The games are better, aimed at younger kids

Despite this being a kid's show, I expected a lot more from this season. I don't know why I expected it to be anything like the game. The art style wa... Continue reading

What's the story?

POKEMON: SUN AND MOON is the 20th season of the Pokémon television series franchise. Ash is on vacation with his mom and Pikachu on the island of Melemele in the tropical paradise of Alola. While on their way to deliver a special egg to Professor Oak’s cousin Samson, he meets Mallow, Lillie, and Sophocles, who attend the local Pokémon school. While there a group of Team Skull grunts start causing trouble, but Kiawe, another student, drives them away with his Pokemon’s powerful Z-Move. Ash finds it fun and interesting, but when the Melele Island Pokemon Tapu Koko appears to him with a Z-Ring that will help him perform the same move, he asks his mother to stay and enroll in the school to study under Professor Kukui and learn more about the Alolan Pokémon.  

Is it any good?

This fun action-packed series, based on the video game of the same name, features all the colorful storylines and Pokemon battles fans look forward to. Thanks to the new, tropical location, there’s lots of new characters and interesting creatures introduced. 

As is the tradition with Pokémon series, Pokémon: Sun and Moon incorporates life lessons into each installment. It also offers its fair share of funny moments. Young Pokemon fans will enjoy it, and older fans may find it this one entertaining, too. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why the Pokémon franchise is so popular. Is it the different creatures? The battles? The humor? How has it changed over the years? 

  • What are some of the life lessons taught in Pokémon: Sun and Moon?  Can they be be applied in every day life? 

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