I didn't think it really meshed with many of my parenting philosophies, this Pokemon obsession my children have. It snuck into our house quite innocently enough, with my son bringing home a Pokemon video from the library years ago. At the time, I was juggling young children and running a school and feeling a bit zoned out, and I thought 'what the heck, it's at the library so it must be educational...' What was I thinking? Well, that's the point isn't it; I really wasn't.
And so the obsession began. I watched a couple of the videos and I was impressed: Impressed with how absolutely idiotic I thought the storyline was. But my children explained to me with such earnestness how each little pokemon has a personality and told me how cute they were... (even when they're kicking another one repeatedly in the face?). In the end, we allowed it, after weighing all the factors (and understanding that not everything that's in the library is educational).
And after this, we discovered Hayao Miyazaki (do go read this interesting bio of him) movies from Japan, as well as many others. I realized that my children love anime, and almost anything from Japan. I've limited the anime watching to certain Ghibli Studio movies and Pokemon because I know that much of the anime out there is pretty needlessly violent.
And now my children have taken up drawing the anime characters. And they're good at it. They're "cataloging" all of the pokemon characters into their own book.
In the end, I'm glad we allowed this obsession into the house... even though our floors are often carpeted with cards... and now with pens next to them.