My friend and I were bored and caught the last hour of Pokemon 2000 on TV. Wow, probably not one of the better animes I've ever seen. It made more sense than say...FLCL, but at least FLCL had some good music and the screaming was pretty funny.
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, he suffocated to death.
Did you know one time, this one kid attacked his teacher with scissors because she took away his Pokemon cards? I also heard that there would be fights on the playgrounds over Pokemon.