• 10 years 4 months ago
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    If it was, cartoons woulda been screwed up even earlier then they are now. I would say they came on around 1997 here in America, right about the time where everything went downhill.
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      • 10 years 4 months ago
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      I'm pretty sure Pokemon started a bit later than that. I think it may have started in 1998. Well, that was when I started watching it, and found out about the games and the eps in Japan are always about a year or so ahead of what the US shows.

      I'm trying to recall the seizure ep...and that was 1997, the show as a whole was taken off in Japan for a few months because of it, then it started up again there, then (due to the publicity) it was shown here. The ep that caused the seizure was internationally banned, though, as a result.

      And for the record, Pokemon is an okay show, if you've actually watched it (the main moral that I've noticed when I used to watch consisted of friendship, loyalty, and that "crime doesn't pay";)...only bad thing about it, is its redundancy and lack of a change in plot. At least Digimon was a bit better in that regard.
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        • 10 years 4 months ago
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        Granted Pokemon was a crappy cartoon, and Digimon was also a rather cheesy cartoon.

        But the show was made for kids like my kid brother.
        And not for us that actually remember the Transformers. I mean I showed my brother a few episodes of The Transformers and he hated them.

        It's a generation thing. :?

        I did however like that dragon in Pokemon. I think his name is Charizard.
        He was sorta cool. 8)
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          • 10 years 4 months ago
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          I'm old enough to remember Transformers (I was born in 1981), and I liked the show fine, up to a point (I only saw the first two seasons, but promised myself to keep up with the movies at least, so I get the originals with English subtitles).

          As for Digimon, I personally found the storyline better than Pokemon's. Pokemon's is about a boy on a quest to become the world's best Pokemon trainer, while encountering a dark, organization by the name of Team Rocket, who steal and exploit Pokemon (well, for the game this applies and the background story with them is a bit darker as it was implied that TR kills) and even to this day, it's still following this pattern and of course, until they stop releasing newer versions of the game over there, this show will probably never end. It was even shown more than once a week over there, as opposed to your usual once a week. Even had a show, where they would show clips from our version of the show, to help teach English. ><

          For Digimon (I really prefer the original to its bad dub), depending on the season, the story and plot was always different. Seasons 1 and 2 was mostly about keeping both worlds balanced and to keep everyone safe. In other words, it's a "save the world" type story, and being chosen to do so. Season 3 was pretty much a computer project gone wrong. Season 4...well, I didn't like season 4 much. Too Sentai-ish for me, I guess, and if I wanted to watch Sentai-stuff, I'd look at Power Rangers.

          Totally off-topic, I felt that Monster Farmer (bka Monster Rancher in the states) was better than both shows.
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            • 10 years 3 months ago
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            OOOOOOOohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh that Dreaded Pokemon, Cost me $5 A pack, i wish they never invited Pokemon it was just a trick to get people money. Like how they had 3 exactlly Identical games and they just added the color on the name. like Pokemon Blue, Pokemon Red, Pokemon Yellow, Pokemon green, Who the Fuck cares it's all the same game
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              • 10 years 3 months ago
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              You guys see that episode of South Park were thier spoofing pokemon, that was freakin hilarious. Pokemon is fucking retarded, like Derrick said it ruined cartoons. Someone tell me what exactly is the piont of that cartoon other than to sell crappy merchandise. I mean it has no story and absoutly no thought behind it. it is mind numbing

              chinpokomon

              I don't know about you, Miss Kitty, but I feel so much... yummier
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                • 10 years 3 months ago
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                I think weshould all just forget about Pokemon and how badly it messed up America.Also I think it started around 1997 myself.
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                  • 10 years 3 months ago
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                  i think it started around '94
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                    • 10 years 3 months ago
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                    why are people wastin their time trying to Remember Pokemon, It was Crap and no bodies likes it. So there the truth come out
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                      • 10 years 3 months ago
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                      Simply because people remember it and find it fun to remember the times associated with it. Whether it was good or bad times it's still fun to have a nostalgic look into the past.
                      Besides I think it's fun to rant about how much we don't like things almost as much as we like to spazz out from how cool other things were. It's nostalgia at it's best right here. 8)
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                        • 10 years 3 months ago
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                        Does anyone remember when they invited those "Pukemon" cards, they made to Laugh at Pokemon and insult the intelligance of anyone dumb enough to buy em
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                          • 10 years 3 months ago
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                          Like the Garbage Pail Kids cards? No I hadn't heard of those :? . Hmmm, although it was pretty insulting to see that plenty of those frickin cards were drawn by kids and looked like crap. They were pathetic sketches in crayon that was torn out of a notebook.

                          It was really insulting to see kids dooped into $4 for 11 of these crappy cards that didn't even look cool. I swear my little brother lost about $500 on those stupid things and then he couldn't even sell them because the rest of america realized that they're not worth jack and didn't but any when he thought he should sell them.
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                            • 10 years 3 months ago
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                            Richyrich wrote:
                            OOOOOOOohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh that Dreaded Pokemon, Cost me $5 A pack, i wish they never invited Pokemon it was just a trick to get people money.
                            I never did understand the craze with trading cards in general. Glad I never got into Pokemon to want the cards. I just liked the show, Ono's manga version of it (it doesn't go past Orange League, though), and the games (up to a point).
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                            Like how they had 3 exactlly Identical games and they just added the color on the name. like Pokemon Blue, Pokemon Red, Pokemon Yellow, Pokemon green, Who the Fuck cares it's all the same game
                            Actually, each game is different, just have similarities.

                            Pokemon Green = Pokemon Blue (in the states). Why they changed it for here, I have no idea. I actually used to have Pokemon Green...kind of hard to read all the Japanese, though. lol

                            For the others, there are some Pokemon you can't encounter. Like with Gold/Silver, you can catch Houou in Gold, but can't in Silver. For Silver, you can catch Lugia, but can't for Gold, that kind of thing (and if I'm wrong about these particular two, sorry).

                            Hope what I said made sense. As for Pokemon Yellow, it had some new features, and was a bit more like the anime. It was also compatible with the N64 game, Pokemon Stadium, which was a bit fun, and your Pikachu could "talk" so to speak.

                            Pokemon Crystal featured the Crystal Onix (I think) and some other Pokemon, and also, the main character wasn't Satoshi.

                            Gold/Silver, more Pokemon which included Houou and Lugia and had the phone option and a bunch of other stuff.

                            Ruby/Sapphire, I'm not sure what the difference is. I can barely figure out the Gold/Silver Pokemon. These two also had it set up so that you can battle two Pokemon at a time, and the main character to start with wasn't Satoshi, but Haruka.

                            Fire Red/Leaf Green: Pretty much a re-release of Pokemon Red/Green for the GBA [I think].

                            Pokemon Emerald...no idea. >_>;

                            Like I said in my first post, as long as they keep coming up with new game ideas and it remains as immensely popular as it is currently in Japan, this show will never end, more than likely.
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                              • 9 years 11 months ago
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                              Pokemon wasn't around in the 80s. Pokemon originated as a Japanese Nintendo Game Boy game called "Poketto Monsuta" (japanese for "pocket monster";), originally released in 1995 in Japan, based on creator Satoshi Tajiri's childhood memories of collecting insects and watching monster movies, that became so popular in japan that it got it's own trading card and anime cartoon series. Then the seizure episode occured, sending almost 700 Japanese kids to the hospital, and then while the seizure clip was being shown on the news and more kids got seizures, and all the Japanese TV companes were forced to put Pokemon off the air. Then Nintendo found out that the seizure was aused by flashing red and blue lights that flashed so quickly that it triggered seizures. Despite the controversy, Pokemon was put back on the air in April 1998 with a new season, and just six months later, Pokemon went to America and became an even bigger smash hit there. By next year, Pokemon became one of the biggest phenomena of the turn of the century, and by November, Pokemon: The First Movie (it was called "The First Movie" because a sequel was already in the works in Japan) was released on Veteran's Day, and became the highest grossing movie of the year, and Burger King managed to get a lot of business by selling Pokemon toys in their new Big Kids Meals, and at some Burger King locations, there were long drive-thru lines and toy shortages. At one Burger King location, a customer tried to order 500 kids meals, and so he was denied service. There were also rumors about new Pokemon being added. Despite Pokemon being popular in America, it also stirred up controversy. Weeks after the movie came out and became a smash hit, many religious people were bashing Pokemon for their supernatural powers, their ability to "evolve", and their "ability" to warp young childrens' minds, and schools across the nation were banning everything that had to do with Pokemon, from game boy games to trading cards to Burger King toys to all other kinds of Pokemon merchandise. Meanwhile, Burger King had a safety recall on the plastic Pokeballs that the Pokemon toys came in because a half of a plastic ball went over a baby's face and he suffocated to death. And over the years, Pokemon has been dying out, and everyone is back to their normal lives.
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                                • 9 years 11 months ago
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                                Like it or not in ten years or so Pokemon is going to inspire the same nostalgia in todays kids that things like Transformers and Care Bears inspire in us. It is enevitable.
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                                  • 9 years 11 months ago
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                                  Pokemon Just f@#$ed up the world
                                  all the show did was start a japanese envaision of pure monkey shit like yu gi oh

                                  that all i use to find around my f@#$ing house were f@#$ing pokemon and f@#$ing yu gi oh cards cuz of my stupid brother i just got pissed off and started lighting them on fire
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                                    • 9 years 11 months ago
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                                    Badkitty wrote:
                                    You guys see that episode of South Park were thier spoofing pokemon, that was freakin hilarious. Pokemon is fucking retarded, like Derrick said it ruined cartoons. Someone tell me what exactly is the piont of that cartoon other than to sell crappy merchandise. I mean it has no story and absoutly no thought behind it. it is mind numbing

                                    chinpokomon



                                    That episode was hilarious, that is one of there best episodes ever.
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                                      • 9 years 11 months ago
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                                      Sorry I don't regard Pokemon as a classic cartoon. Its shite. I used to like it and I used to collect the trading cards but that got boring when they kept adding another 100 pokemon.

                                      I could spend all day complaining about Pokemon. Games became dull, The Tv series was full of annoying characters and all Pokemon films get my vote as worst movie ever and the worst thing is no matter how crap they are they keep making them. All Pokemon films make other films like "Batman and Robin" and "Mortal Kombat Annihilation" look like a cinematic masterpiece.
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                                        • 9 years 11 months ago
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                                        i loveddddd pokemon!!!!! {obviously} :D
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                                          • 9 years 11 months ago
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                                          I saw the seizure episode in it's original form before they fixed the flashing. Ah, back in the day with the fansub group. Back then we had to physically distribute VHS tapes of anime fansubs instead of just serving them on the internet. People used to charge $5-10 a tape. Insane... much better now when you can download a bunch of eps in a few hours and burn them to a 50ยข DVD yourself.
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