Anime and Manga began humbly as a Japanese imitation of American comic strips, which became the books we know as Manga. Pretty soon, technology evolved, anime followed, evolving from short graphic novels to serialized TV shows, movies, games, and music. As anime became popular in the rest of the world, people began to notice a little more about this silent genre from the land of the rising sun. Over the years, there have been exceptional anime that have caught the attention of everyone, fans or not.


Pokémon, for better or worse, has become a household name.

The franchise began as a humble video game based on the hobbyist pleasures of game designer Satoshi Tajiri. Tajiri liked to collect insects when he was a child and applied it to a game. With the help of renowned game creator Shigeru Miyamoto, the mind behind such hits as Mario and Zelda. In 1998, American kids were crazy about Pokemon Red and blue (or in Japan Red and green) which allowed players to collect and train different types of creatures known as Pocket Monsters. The game has since been adapted into a series, which became a huge hit in the US markets. Soon, kids across the country, we’ll be collecting not just games, but toys, battle cards and battle cards, and books. The card tournaments were big and the rules were easy to understand. The children would fight officially or simply at home.

When The TV series was launched in 1997 it quickly became extremely popular, kids loved it! Nintendo’s stock was soaring, but soon the series would find itself in trouble. Originally created as a one-shot series that would conclude with main character Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in Japan) triumphing in the Pokémon League. However, runaway success

On December 16, 1997 at around 6:00 PM (18:30) Japanese time, the episode roughly known as Electric Soldier Porygon aired in Japan with early fallout. About 685 children were rushed to the hospital suffering from epileptic seizures, convulsions, dizziness and even blindness. Although hindsight shows that there was a lot of hysteria associated with the events, the incident remains entrenched. The seizures caused by this episode were parodied by The Simpsons in the episode “Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo” and South Park in the episode “Chinpokomon” After the episode, the series went into a four-month hiatus to reorganize. In addition, broadcasters made more efforts to ensure that something like this would not happen again. Weather Electric Soldier Porygon remains the most infamous of the banned episodes, it wouldn’t be the last.

The episode beauty and the beach (Archipelago Holidays)It was originally banned due to the idea of ​​a swimsuit contest, and the character of James cross-dressing in an inflatable bikini with oversized breasts, as well as an offensive song known as “The Best At Being the Worst”. The Legend of Dratini it was banned due to its heavy gun violence and the danger associated with guns. After the attacks of September 11, 2001 Tentacool and TentacruelWith the tower of terror we are taken out of rotation. The episode “a scare in the air” was changed to “Spirits in the sky” (although it should be noted that all the episodes were animated long before 9/11).

hi jynx vacation was removed due to allegations of racism associated with the character Jynx. The more we discuss, the better. it is banned in Aruba, Greece, Italy, France, and the United Kingdom, likely due to the episode’s mature content.

Despite the controversy it has faced over the years, you can’t keep a show going. Today it has lasted more than 500 episodes and has spawned 14 feature films and short films, making it the longest-running animated series based on a video game. If you need more proof that the series is still a global phenomenon, consider the fact that Pokemon Black & White sold 1 million units in 1 day.

In the late 90s, Pokemon broke ground for a number of other series like Digimon, monster rancher Y medabots; shows still fondly remembered among their fans today. The games continue to delight new and old gamers, regardless of age. Through controversy through criticism, the series remains on top of the world. Today Pikachu has become the most recognized and iconic figure in video games. In the 90s, anime was still a niche market where purchases were limited to expensive imports. To many anime watchers today, Pokémon is fondly remembered as an entry series and arguably began the process of Japanese media’s growth in the Western market.

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