A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's doesn't offer clear lessons, but there are situations that children can learn from.
Family, friendship, and helping those in need are themes.
Positive Role Models
Ash and Pikachu are close, and Cilan, Misty, and Brock are good friends, even if they don't always agree.
Brock is depicted as someone with darker skin.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of fantasy violence, including wrestling with pokémon, and using powers like lightning bolts, energy beams, and other things to fight off aggressors. Kidnappings happen, but are usually foiled. Occasional injuries occur and are healed, but there's nothing bloody. Death is a theme in one episode.
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Products & Purchases
Not suprisingly, it features lots of pokémon, devices, etc. that are marketed as franchise toys and games.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pokémon: To Be a Pokémon Master marks the final episodes of the franchise featuring Ash and Pikachu. It's family friendly, but true to the franchise it contains lots of fantasy violence. One episode also deals with the death of a child. It also contains positive messages about friendship, family, and helping others. The overall series features lots of characters and other devices that are marketed as toys and games.
Is It Any Good?
The third installment of Pokémon Journeys: The Series marks the end of Ash Ketchum and Pikachu's 25-year anime journey. While there's some new adventures and surprising interactions along the way, it also makes sure to bring in longstanding or nostalgic characters to celebrate the end of Ash's run. Pokémon: To Be a Pokémon Master also makes sure that fans know that while Ash and Pikachu's story may cease to be told, their personal adventures continue; this creates a positive space in which new characters and plotlines can be introduced into the franchise. Like any Pokémon-themed series, there's lots of Pokémon creatures and battle devices featured throughout that are marketed as toys and games. But the overall series features positive narratives about friendship, family, and helping others. Fans of the franchise will no doubt be entertained.
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