June 2018 ยท 3 minute read

Anime and Manga started out humbly as a Western mimic of American Comic strips, which thus became the books we know as Manga. Pretty soon, technology evolved, anime followed, evolving from brief graphic novels to serialized TV shows, movies, games, and music. As anime caught on in the rest of the world people began to observe a little more, about this silent genre by the land of the rising sun. Through the years there have been outstanding Anime which have caught the eye of everyone, fan or not.


Pokemon, for better of for worse is now a household name.

The franchise started out as a humble video game based on the hobbyist joys of video game developer Satoshi Tajiri. Tajiri liked to amass insects as a kid and he applied that into a video game. With the support of famous video game creator Shigeru Miyamoto the brain behind such hits as Mario and Zelda. From 1998 American children were head over heals with Pokemon Red and Blue (or at Japan Red and Green) which allowed players to accumulate and train unique verities of monsters called Pocket Monsters. Since that time, the video game has been adapted into a string, which became a smash hit in Western markets. Soon kids all around the country we’re amassing not only games, but toys, trading and combat cards, and books. Card tournaments were large and the principles were easy to comprehend. Kids would battle officially or simply in the home.

When the The TV series was started in 1997 it quickly became incredibly popular, kids loved it! Nintendo’s stock was soaring off the charts but shortly the series will find itself in warm water. Initially made as a one shot series which would conclude with the main character Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in Japan) triumphing at the Pokemon League.

On December 16, 1997 around 6:00 P.M. (18:30) Japanese time the incident known about as Electric Soldier Porygon aired in Japan with untoward effects. Though animes orion reveals there was considerably hysteria connected to the events, the episode remains engrained. The seizures caused from this episode were parodied by The Simpsons in the episode”Thirty Minutes over Tokyo” and also South Park in the event”Chinpokomon” Following the episode that the series moved into four-month hiatus for retooling. In addition further attempts were made by broadcasters to ensure something like this wouldn’t happen again. While Electric Soldier Porygon stays the most notorious of the prohibited episodes, it would not be the last.

The episode Beauty and the Beach (Holiday in Archipelago), was initially banned due to this concept of a bathing package contest, and the personality James, cross-dressing in an inflatable bikini with exaggerated sized breasts, in addition to an offensive song known as”The Best At Being the Worst.” The Legend of Dratini was banned because of its heavy gun-violence and gun related peril. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001 Tentacool and Tentacruel, Together with The Tower of Terror we’re pulled from turning. The episode”that a Scare in the Air” was changed to”Spirits in the Sky” (Though it should be mentioned that all episodes were animated well before 911).

Holiday Hi-Jynx has been pulled because of accusations of racism associated with the character Jynx. The Bicker the Better is prohibited in Aruba, Greece, Italy, France, and United Kingdom, likely due to a mature content of this incident.

Despite the controversy it’s confronted over the years you can’t keep a show down. If you want any additional proof that the series remains a global occurrence consider that the fact Pokemon Black & White sold 1 Million Units in 1 Day.