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    Default Is the Pokémon Anime a children's show, or is there more to it than that?

    A topic that comes up ever so often, is the Pokémon Anime a children's show, or is it beyond that? Are some of its themes more suited for older audiences? Please remember to state your reasonings for your answer.
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    Default Re: Is the Pokémon Anime a children's show, or is there more to it than that?

    It's a kids' show all right, but there are some cartoons out there that are equally appealing to teens and even adults, and Pokemon is one of those shows.

    There may be some content that is more mature than usual--particularly in Kanto--but it is an anime.

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    Default Re: Is the Pokémon Anime a children's show, or is there more to it than that?

    It does have a somewhat frivolous nature, but I don't see why anyone can't enjoy it. Sure, it doesn't have the most compelling storylines, but that's not what you watch this show for. If that is what you seek, go watch something else. Sometimes it can, though, like Chimchar or Excadrill. It can plainly be enjoyed by children, but it doesn't have to be limited to that.
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    Default Re: Is the Pokémon Anime a children's show, or is there more to it than that?

    I never really understand why people even ask this question - it IS a cartoon for kids, no doubt about that... most of us older fans aren't really part of the creators' intended target audience
    Cartoons for kids in general, not just Pokémon, aren't "only" for kids - as long as you enjoy it, you should continue to watch regardless of how "mature" or "childish" it is
    Pokémon IS usually very fitting-for-kids, but there are some deeper stuff that I think older viewers will understand and appreciate more than young kids - like the whole Ash/Paul rivalry or Dawn's character development

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    Default Re: Is the Pokémon Anime a children's show, or is there more to it than that?

    Depends which saga you're talking about. Johto felt like it was aimed at kids

    Kanto and parts of DP definitely felt like some aspects were geared toward the older crowd. Main characters actually had emotional problems, villains tried to kill people and characters like Paul felt like they were intended for fans who grew up with the show.

    As for BW, it does feel like it's aimed at a new gen of little kids first getting into the anime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gliscor'd View Post
    Depends which saga you're talking about. Johto felt like it was aimed at kids
    Please don't bring your crazy Johto hate into this... Johto had some nice stuff too like Larvitar or Ash maturing during Johto (he wasn't as "stupid beginner" anymore as he was in Kanto and during the last few eps of Johto you could note how more mature he became, like his reaction to losing the Johto League compared to Kanto, etc...)
    Johto didn't really change too much from Kanto/Orange, it was just longer and with better battles...

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    Default Re: Is the Pokémon Anime a children's show, or is there more to it than that?

    Yet Kanto's violence and physical contact was toned down by the time Johto began.

    AG felt like it was for the older fans who grew 5 years older. Ash was now mature, May's story was aimed at girls interested in romance, and even Brock looked older.

    DP did the same and as said Paul and Pokehunter J felt like they were for old fans that grew up.

    BW kind of makes it seem like this is for new kids just getting into Pokemon for the first time.
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    Default Re: Is the Pokémon Anime a children's show, or is there more to it than that?

    Obviously. It's aimed at the same audience as everything else Pokémon-based. (Dengeki Pikachu and Réburst aside)
    Sure it has its darker points (parts of DP and some of the movies with deaths), but it was always for kids, and it continues to be entertaining to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gliscor'd View Post
    Yet Kanto's violence and physical contact was toned down by the time Johto began.
    You're talking as if during Kanto we saw Ash trying to kill someone every second ep... also, I don't really count violence as "mature" and always laughed at people who do that... mature to me is stuff like character development, maturing, deep stuff that aren't as easy for kids to understand/appreciate (like Paul's story, Chimchar, Dawn losing her confidence, etc...)

    AG felt like it was for the older fans who grew 5 years older. Ash was now mature, May's story was aimed at girls interested in romance, and even Brock looked older.
    There was barely any romance really... you're exaggerating stuff to make it seem like Johto was somehow less mature than other sagas =\

    DP did the same and as said Paul and Pokehunter J felt like they were for old fans that grew up.

    BW kind of makes it seem like this is for new kids just getting into Pokemon for the first time.
    Well, TRio are acting what you'd probably call more "mature" in BW than they were in DP and previous series... yet I'm pretty sure most of older fans prefer them in their "childish" version - so I really don't get this whole "is this show for kids or not?" thing... everyone can love whatever he enjoys, regardless of that thing's target audience

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    Default Re: Is the Pokémon Anime a children's show, or is there more to it than that?

    Yes, I think it's obviously marketed at children, but I don't think there's any shame in liking it as an adult.
    The fact that it comes on with all the rest of the children's cartoons is a giveaway :P

    It's has picked up a cult following so now, I think the writers are aware that their audience goes beyond children.
    If they wanted to market it toward teens and adults they'd no doubt add elements of romance and introduce some older protagonists.

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    Default Re: Is the Pokémon Anime a children's show, or is there more to it than that?

    I think its a show for everyone, but its definently aimed at children. There isn't anything wrong with that, as it is still a good show. Its more fun to be young at heart!

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    It is more then a children cartoon, it shows friendship of how people should act to others and animals, plus it shows happiness, sadness, anger and peace. It is a top video game franchise that is around the world. It also make friends from all over the world with different gender, religion and backgrounds from the forums like this one that war is what people should not do, but look on to the future.
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    Default Re: Is the Pokémon Anime a children's show, or is there more to it than that?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piplup View Post
    deep stuff that aren't as easy for kids to understand/appreciate (like Paul's story, Chimchar, Dawn losing her confidence, etc...)
    Taking that into account, would you say that sometimes it oversteps being a children's show?

    I believe that it is a children's show most of the time, but when some major plotlines include aspects that some children may not understand, does it not defeat the purpose of solidly being a children's show? Do they target older audiences on occasion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iteru View Post
    Taking that into account, would you say that sometimes it oversteps being a children's show?

    I believe that it is a children's show most of the time, but when some major plotlines include aspects that some children may not understand, does it not defeat the purpose of solidly being a children's show? Do they target older audiences on occasion?
    I'd say that it's simply cases of good writing, not cases of them intentually trying to aim at a different age group...
    Maybe they're aware to the fact older fans exist and might take that in mind, but really, even with the cases of the more mature stuff, it's still a kids show...
    It's not an extremely childish show like the cartoons for 3 years old kids... so it's not THAT surprising to see some hints of mature or deeper stuff here and there... it happens in other shows too

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    Default Re: Is the Pokémon Anime a children's show, or is there more to it than that?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piplup View Post
    I'd say that it's simply cases of good writing, not cases of them intentually trying to aim at a different age group...
    But if these themes are difficult for children to understand, does that not mean that the writing is counter-productive, and thus, not good in a sense?

    Maybe they're aware to the fact older fans exist and might take that in mind, but really, even with the cases of the more mature stuff, it's still a kids show..
    I think that given they have some mature stuff, the Anime stands on being a family show rather than just a children's show at times. Sort of like what Shudo hoped for, but to a lesser degree.

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