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Pokémon (Japanese: ポケモン Pokemon, pronounced Poh-Kay-Mon, although it is frequently mispronounced "Poh-Kee-Mon") is a video game franchise, created by Satoshi Tajiri and published by Nintendo for several of their systems, most importantly the Game Boy. It has been merchandised into anime, manga, trading cards, toys, and much more. The name Pokémon is a portmanteau of the words Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター Poketto Monsutā), which is its Japanese name. Second generation Pokemon logo This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Satoshi Tajiri Satoshi Tajiri (田尻 智 Tajiri Satoshi, born August 28, 1965) is the creator of Pocket Monsters, which became known in English-speaking countries as Pokémon. ... Nintendo (Japanese: 任天堂; Ninten is roughly translated as leave luck to heaven or in heavens hands. ... The original Game Boys design set the standard for handheld gaming consoles. ... A scene from Cowboy Bebop (1998) Anime (アニメ) is Japanese animation, sometimes billed in the west under the portmanteau Japanimation. ... Rurouni Kenshin manga, volume 1 (English version) Manga (漫画) is the Japanese word for comics; outside of Japan, it usually refers specifically to Japanese comics. ... A trading card (or collectible card) is a small card which is intended for trading and collecting. ... Green Razor Scooter This article is about things that people play with. ... A portmanteau (plural: portmanteaux or portmanteaus) is a word that is formed by combining both sounds and meanings from two words. ...


Pokémon is also the collective name for the fictional creatures within the Pokémon games. The franchise has 386 unique monsters that lie at the heart of the Pokémon series (391 including currently known Pokémon from future games). These figures have grown from the 151 monsters (including the secret one, Mew) from the original games. Saint George versus the Dragon, by Gustave Moreau (1880) Monster (lat. ...

The logo with the "Gotta catch 'em all" slogan.

The Pokémon games are strategy games with a small RPG element which allow players to catch, collect, and train pets with various abilities, and battle them against each other to build their strength and evolve them into more powerful Pokémon. Pokémon battles are based on the non-lethal Eastern sport of fighting insects, but the Pokémon never bleed or die, only faint. The game's catchphrase used to be "Gotta catch 'em all!", although now it is no longer officially used. (In an "in-joke" used in the English version of the Pokémon anime movie "Destiny Deoxys," Brock says this as he catches hot dogs from a machine in mid-air.)The games have sold over 100 million copies to date, not counting the ones released for consoles. This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... A strategy is a long term plan of action designed to achieve a particular goal. ... A role-playing game (RPG) is a type of game where players assume the roles of fictional characters via role-playing. ... PET, see PET. A pet or companion animal is an animal that is kept by humans for companionship and enjoyment, rather than for economic reasons. ... Orders Subclass Apterygota Symphypleona - globular springtails Subclass Archaeognatha (jumping bristletails) Subclass Dicondylia Monura - extinct Thysanura (common bristletails) Subclass Pterygota Diaphanopteroidea - extinct Palaeodictyoptera - extinct Megasecoptera - extinct Archodonata - extinct Ephemeroptera (mayflies) Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) Infraclass Neoptera Blattodea (cockroaches) Mantodea (mantids) Isoptera (termites) Zoraptera Grylloblattodea Dermaptera (earwigs) Plecoptera (stoneflies) Orthoptera   (grasshoppers, crickets... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ... An in joke is a joke whose humour is clear only to those people who are in a group that has some prior knowledge (not known by the whole population) that makes the joke humorous. ... The main characters of the Advanced Generation: Brock, Ash, May, Max, along with Mudkip, Treecko, Pikachu, and Torchic. ... Overview Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys is a movie about the arrival of Deoxys to earth in a meteorite. ... A hot dog is classified as a type of sausage or, alternatively, a sandwich on a suitably shaped bun with the sausage and condiments on it. ...

Pikachu, numbered 25 in the national , is probably the most well-known Pokémon.
Pikachu, numbered 25 in the national Pokédex, is probably the most well-known Pokémon.

The Pokémon characters have become pop-culture icons, with a Pikachu balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, thousands of merchandise items, and in 2005, a theme park in Nagoya, Japan. The satirical cartoon South Park spoofed Pokémon in Episode 312, entitled "Chinpokomon", in which the bosses behind the creation of the toys were revealed to be Japanese ultranationalists bent on avenging Japan's defeat in World War II. Shows such as the Simpsons have made mild references to Pokémon and other anime in their cartoons. © This image is copyrighted. ... The Johto Pokédex The Pokédex (Zukan in Japan), a portmanteau of Pokémon (itself a portmanteau of pocket and monster) and index, as well as a play on the term Rolodex, is an electronic device featured in the popular video game and anime series Pokémon. ... Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in a modern society. ... Pikachu (ピカチュウ Pikachū) is an electric mouse Pokémon. ... The Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, originally called the Macys Christmas Parade, is an annual parade sponsored by Macys Department Store. ... South Park is a comedy animated series created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km (over 11 miles) into the air. ...


Because of the unprecedented popularity of the franchise, Nintendo formed a subsidary company called The Pokémon Company to handle the franchise. The subsidary handles everything from publishing the games in Japan to running the official merchandise stores, the Pokémon Centers. The Pokémon Company in turn has a U.S. based subsidary called Pokémon USA, which a minority owner is 4Kids Entertainment, the international distributors outside Japan of the popular Pokemon anime series. The current 4Kids logo Previous logo used to 2005. ... The main characters of the Advanced Generation: Brock, Ash, May, Max, along with Mudkip, Treecko, Pikachu, and Torchic. ...

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Video games

Main article: Pokémon (video games) Main characters from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire © This image is copyrighted. ... Third generation Pokémon This article deals with the Pokémon video games. ...


The Pokémon franchise originated with a series of Japanese video games created by Satoshi Tajiri for the Game Boy. The first games in the series were the RPGs Pokémon Red and Blue (Red and Green in Japan and a subsequent special edition known as Blue). These games were nearly identical, save for the fact that each version had a select group of Pokémon that the other version did not. The ultimate goal of these games was to catch at least one member of all the different species of Pokémon (150 at the time, 151 including one that could not be obtained during regular gameplay), and to do so, players had to trade for Pokémon not available in the version they had. While battling monsters is nothing new to RPGs, many players found themselves nearly addicted to finding, fighting, and capturing each and every one of the Pokémon in the game. Another, perhaps easier, goal was to finish the game's storyline by becoming the Pokémon League Champion by collecting eight Gym Badges and defeating the Elite Four. Satoshi Tajiri Satoshi Tajiri (田尻 智 Tajiri Satoshi, born August 28, 1965) is the creator of Pocket Monsters, which became known in English-speaking countries as Pokémon. ... The original Game Boys design set the standard for handheld gaming consoles. ... Computer role-playing games (CRPGs), often shortened to simply role-playing games (RPGs), are a type of video or computer game that traditionally use gameplay elements found in paper-and-pencil role-playing games. ... Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue were the first Pokémon games released for the Game Boy in the United States. ... Pokémon Gyms are large buildings throughout the Pokémon world that contain Gym Leaders and their deciples. ... The Elite Four (or Four Emperors in Japanese) is a team of four Pokémon trainers in the Pokémon merchandise of video games, television series, comic books etc. ...


Each generation of Pokémon games so far has followed a pattern of two complementing versions followed later by at least one other version with some extras. Pokémon Red and Blue (Pokémon Green was available in English via import but had many swear words from the translator) were followed by Pokémon Yellow (in Japan, Red and Green were followed by Blue which was subsequently followed by Yellow). Gold and Silver were followed by the exclusively Game Boy Color version, Crystal. The Game Boy Advance first saw the release of Ruby and Sapphire. The most recent full fledged game has been Fire Red and Leaf Green which are remakes of Red and Blue. A third version of Ruby and Sapphire, called Pokémon Emerald, was released on May 1, 2005. The series has also diversified into various spin-offs, such as pinball games, virtual pets, simulated photography, and racing. Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue were the first Pokémon games released for the Game Boy in the United States. ... Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue were the first Pokémon games released for the Game Boy in the United States. ... Pokémon Green (Pocket Monsters Green or ポケットモンスター~緑, Pocket Monster Midori) is a role-playing game for the Game Boy. ... Screenshot of Pokémon Yellow. ... In the Game Boy video games Pokémon Gold and Silver, players must become Pokémon Trainers by exploring Johto, collecting the eight regional gym badges, and capturing Pokémon. ... In the Game Boy video games Pokémon Gold and Silver, players must become Pokémon Trainers by exploring Johto, collecting the eight regional gym badges, and capturing Pokémon. ... The Game Boy Color (also referred to as GBC) was Nintendos successor to the Game Boy. ... Pokémon Crystal is the third game in the Pokémon video game series incarnation for the Nintendo Game Boy Color. ... The Game Boy Advance is a best-selling handheld. ... Main characters from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire are the third group of Pokémon handheld games to be released in the United States, Japan, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Australia. ... Main characters from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire are the third group of Pokémon handheld games to be released in the United States, Japan, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Australia. ... Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen are games in the world famous Pokémon video game series. ... Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen are games in the world famous Pokémon video game series. ... Pokémon Emerald is the fifth game in the Pokémon video game series for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance. ... Pinball is a type of coin-operated arcade game where a player attempts to score points by manipulating one or more metal balls on a playfield inside a glass case. ... A digital pet, also known as a virtual pet, is a type of artificial human companion: a simple computer designed to simulate a pet. ... Lens and mounting of a large format camera Photography is the process of making pictures by means of the action of light. ... Offshore inflatable racing (Thundercat class) at Ilfracombe, north Devon, England. ...


There is currently a Nintendo DS sequel, (Pokémon Diamond and Pearl), as well as a Gamecube game entitled Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness in development. First color of Nintendo DS Electric Blue Nintendo DS, the newest color released in North America New Mew themed DS for Japan The Nintendo DS is a dual-screen portable handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. ... Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are new Pokémon games to be released for the Nintendo DS. Not much is known about them. ... The Nintendo GameCube (Japanese: ゲームキューブ; originally code-named Dolphin during development; abbreviated as GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the 128-bit era; the same generation as Segas Dreamcast, Sonys PlayStation 2, and Microsofts Xbox. ...


Anime

Main article: Pokémon (anime) The main characters of the Advanced Generation: Brock, Ash, May, Max, along with Mudkip, Treecko, Pikachu, and Torchic. ...


There are two Pokémon anime series based on the video games. The first, and the more familiar one, Pokémon or Pocket Monsters (often referred to as Pokemon: Gotta Catch Em All to distinguish it from the later series) tells the adventures of Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in the original Japanese version) as he travels through Kanto, the Orange Islands, and Johto to become the greatest Pokémon Master. For the English language release, Pocket Monsters was split into four separate series spanning five seasons. Ash Ketchum is a fictional character in the Pokémon line of game products. ...


The saga continues into Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation (in Japan) where Ash and company travel to Hoenn, a southern region in the Pokémon World. Ash takes on the role of a teacher and mentor for a younger, beginning Pokemon trainer in this series. Again, for the English release, Advanced Generation was split into separate series.


The second, entitled Shūkan Pokémon Hōsōkyoku is a spinoff of the first, and tells the adventures within the continuity of Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation, starring many of the recurring characters in Pocket Monsters. The English adaptation of this series, Pokémon Chronicles, combines the episodes from this series as well as various other made-for-TV specials (originally unrelated to Housoukyoku) that have aired in Japan but not translated for English release. The logo with the Gotta catch em all slogan is the one shown at the start of each episode. ...


There is also a television program in Japan titled Pokémon Sunday, a live action Pokémon-themed variety show hosted by the Pokémon Research Team.


Currently, Advanced Generation can be seen on TV Tokyo, and the English Advanced Challenge adaption can be seen on Kids WB in the United States, YTV in Canada, and Sky One in the United Kingdom. Housoukyoku originally aired on TV Tokyo but has since ended its run, while Chronicles can only be seen in the United Kingdom on Toonami UK as of May 2005. Sunday is seen only on TV Tokyo, with no English adaptation planned. TV TOKYO Corporation (TX, Japanese: 株式会社テレビ東京, Kabushiki Gaisha Terebi Tōkyō) is a local TV station based in Tokyo, Japan. ... The WB Television Network is a television network in the United States, founded as a joint venture between the Warner Bros. ... YTV is a TLA that may stand for: Finnish for the term Helsinki Metropolitan Area. ... British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB - formerly two companies, Sky Television and British Satellite Broadcasting) is a company that operates Sky Digital, the most popular subscription television service in the UK and Ireland. ... TV TOKYO Corporation (TX, Japanese: 株式会社テレビ東京, Kabushiki Gaisha Terebi Tōkyō) is a local TV station based in Tokyo, Japan. ... The logo with the Gotta catch em all slogan is the one shown at the start of each episode. ... Toonami (a pun on tsunami, suggesting a tidal wave of animated cartoons) is a trademark of Cartoon Network, used initially for action-oriented programming blocks on the US and UK Cartoon Network television channels, among other countries. ... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in May May 26: Eddie Albert May 25: Ismail Merchant May 25: Sunil Dutt May 25: Graham Kennedy May 22: Thurl Ravenscroft May 21: Howard Morris May 21: Subodh Mukherjee May 21: Stephen Elliott May 20... TV TOKYO Corporation (TX, Japanese: 株式会社テレビ東京, Kabushiki Gaisha Terebi Tōkyō) is a local TV station based in Tokyo, Japan. ...


Card Game

Main article: Pokémon (card game) Rare Candy illustration found in the trading card game The Pokémon Trading Card Game was first introduced to North America in 1999, and in Japan at an earlier date (exact date unknown). ...


The Pokémon Trading Card Game was first introduced to North America in 1999, and in Japan at an earlier date. It is a collectible card game based off the famous Pokémon video game. At the time, it was published by Wizards of the Coast, the company most famous for Magic: The Gathering. 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Collectible card games (CCGs), also called customizable card games or trading card games, are played using specially designed sets of cards. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Wizards of the Coast (often referred to as WotC or simply Wizards) is a publisher of games, primarily based on fantasy and science fiction themes. ... Magic: The Gathering (colloq. ...


However, with the release of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Game Boy video games, Nintendo took back the card game from Wizards of the Coast and started publishing the cards themselves. The latest incarnations of the card games is known as Pokémon-e Trading Card Game, the cards of which (for the large part) are compatible with the Nintendo e-Reader. Main characters from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire are the third group of Pokémon handheld games to be released in the United States, Japan, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Australia. ... Main characters from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire are the third group of Pokémon handheld games to be released in the United States, Japan, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Australia. ... The original Game Boys design set the standard for handheld gaming consoles. ... Computer and video games A screenshot of Tetris for the Nintendo Game Boy A console game (better known as a video game) is a form of interactive multimedia used for entertainment, which consists of a moveable image displayed on a screen that is usually controlled and manipulated using a handheld... Nintendo (Japanese: 任天堂; Ninten is roughly translated as leave luck to heaven or in heavens hands. ... Nintendo (Japanese: 任天堂; Ninten is roughly translated as leave luck to heaven or in heavens hands. ... The e-Reader with cards. ...


The trading card game also spread to schools around the world, with news reports stating about their confiscation from classrooms.


Manga

There are various Pokémon manga series, four of which were released in English by Viz Communications, and seven of them released in English by Chuang Yi. Rurouni Kenshin manga, volume 1 (English version) Manga (漫画) is the Japanese word for comics; outside of Japan, it usually refers specifically to Japanese comics. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Viz, LLC, headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a major American manga publisher. ... Chuang Yi is a manga and manhwa distributor in Singapore. ...


Manga released in English

  • Pokémon (The Electric Tale of Pikachu a.k.a Dengeki Pikachu), a shōnen manga created by Toshihiro Ono. It was divided into four tankōbon, each with four separate titles in North American and the English Singapore versions: The Electric Tale of Pikachu, Pikachu Shocks Back, Electric Pikachu Boogaloo, and Surf's Up, Pikachu. The series is based on the video game and anime.
  • Pokémon Adventures, a shōnen manga based on the video games.
  • Magical Pokémon Journey (a.k.a. Pokémon: PiPiPi Adventures), a shōjo manga
  • Pikachu Meets the Press (newspaper style comics, not released by Chuang Yi)
  • Ash & Pikachu (a.k.a. Satoshi to Pikachu, not released by Viz)
  • Pokémon Gold & Silver (not released by Viz)
  • Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire and Pokémon Pocket (not released by Viz)
  • Pokémon: Jirachi Wishmaker (not released by Viz)

The Pokémon shōnen manga series is based on the Pokémon anime. ... Shōnen. ... A Tankōbon compilation book is a set of manga issues which have been collected into a volume for a given author. ... Pokémon Adventures (Pokémon Special in Japan) is a manga about Pokémon and their Trainers. ... Magical Pokémon Journey, known in Japan as Pokemon: PiPiPi Adventures, is a shōjo manga series set in the fictional universe of the Pokémon franchise. ... Shōjo (少女 lit. ... Pikachu Meets the Press: A Pokémon Newspaper Strip Collection is a series of newspaper-style manga written by Gerard Jones and illustrated by Ashura Benimaru. ... Ash & Pikachu is a manga series set in the Pokémon universe. ... Pokémon Gold & Silver (Japanese title: Golden Boys) is a manga series based on the Pokémon games called Pokémon Gold and Silver. ... Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire is a manga series based off of the Pokémon video games Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. ...

Manga not released in English

  • Pokémon Card Ni Natta Wake (How I Became a Pokémon Card) by Kagemaru Himeno, an artist for the TCG. There are six volumes and each includes a special promotional card. The stories tell the tales of the art behind some of Himeno's cards (the tale of Persian from the Jungle set is particularly popular).
  • Pokémon Getto Da ze! by Satomi Nakamura
  • Poketto Monsutaa Chamo Chamo Puritei by Yumi Tsukirino, who also made Magical Pokémon Journey.
  • Pokémon Zensho

Pokémon Live

Main article: Pokémon Live! Download high resolution version (1350x940, 185 KB)The cast of Pokémon Live! This work is copyrighted. ... Download high resolution version (1350x940, 185 KB)The cast of Pokémon Live! This work is copyrighted. ... The cast and crew of Pokémon Live Pokémon Live! is a stage show that toured the USA in late 2000. ...


A live action show called Pokémon Live! toured the United States in late 2000. It was based off of the popular Pokémon anime, and was well-liked among fans of the franchise (in spite of some continuity errors relating to the anime). In late 2002, it was scheduled to tour Europe, but was cancelled for unknown reasons. The cast and crew of Pokémon Live Pokémon Live! is a stage show that toured the USA in late 2000. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The main characters of the Advanced Generation: Brock, Ash, May, Max, along with Mudkip, Treecko, Pikachu, and Torchic. ... Meanings of franchise: Full rights of citizenship given by a country or a town, especially suffrage (political franchise) In a wider sense: any right or privilege granted by constitution or statute. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... World map showing location of Europe A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is geologically and geographically a peninsula, forming the westernmost part of Eurasia. ...


Controversy

Religion

Christianity

Some Protestant Christian groups in the United States believe Pokémon to be Satanic in origin.[1] (http://www.cephasministry.com/save_our_children_pokemon_booklet.html) After the US release of Pokémon Yellow, there was a sudden widespread criticism of it passed through Christian congregations primarily by word-of-mouth. The claimed parallels between Pokémon and Satanism include: Satanism is a religious, semi-religious and/or philosophical movement whose adherents recognize Satan, either as an archetype, literal being, pre-cosmic force, or anything inbetween. ... Screenshot of Pokémon Yellow. ... Christianity is the worlds largest religion. ...

  • Pokémon parallel demons. They are captured and must be invoked to perform tasks.
  • Magical "talismans" (gym badges) are necessary to control many of them.
  • "Magical" stones are used to evolve certain Pokémon
  • Pokémon "evolve." Evolution precludes literal creationism, therefore Pokémon denies some forms of Biblical interpretation.
  • Many Pokémon have paranormal or psychic powers. These powers are not derived from God and therefore must stem from Satan.
  • Many Pokémon embody or practice Asian spiritual and mystical concepts. For example, some practise martial arts, which some Christian groups denounce as pagan. The game world also incorporates Asian traditions about elemental forces.

Still, most people (including many Asian Christian congregations) dismiss these claims to be nonsense, and attribute many of the alleged protests to urban legend. The surprisingly small amount of original protests (as opposed to reports of protests) seem to reinforce this belief. It would be incorrect to state that the Christian religious community is of a single mind in this matter, but most mainstream sects of Christianity are utterly indifferent to Pokemon. In Christian contexts, demons such as Satan are often depicted in a grotesque fashion. ... Talisman can refer to: An amulet sometimes believed to have mystical powers The Talisman board game from Games Workshop Talisman - Sacred Cities, Secret Faith by Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Charles Darwin, father of the theory of evolution by natural selection. ... Christianity, Islam and Judaism hold the belief that the universe was created by a Supreme Being. ... Anomalous phenomena are phenomena which are observed and for which there are no suitable explanations in the context of a specific body of scientific knowledge, e. ... Parapsychology is the study of the evidence involving phenomena where a person seems to affect or to gain information about something through a means not currently explainable within the framework of mainstream, conventional science. ... The term God is used to designate a Supreme Being; however, there are other definitions of God. ... A satellite composite image of Asia Asia is the central and eastern part of the continent of Eurasia, defined by subtracting the European peninsula from Eurasia. ... Spirituality, in a broad sense a concern with matters of the spirit, is a wide term with many available readings. ... Mysticism (ancient Greek mysticon = secret) is meditation, prayer, or theology focused on the direct experience of union with divinity, God, or Ultimate Reality; or the belief that such experience is a genuine and important source of knowledge. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... Within a European Christian context, paganism is a catch-all term which has come to connote a broad set of not necessarily compatible religious beliefs and practices (see Cult (religion)) of a natural religion (as opposed to a revealed religion of a text), which are usually, but not necessarily, characterized... In mysticism, mythology and alchemy, an elemental is a creature (usually a spirit) that is attuned with, or composed of, one of the classical elements: air, earth, fire and water. ... Urban legends are a kind of folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them. ...


The alleged outcry was enough to move the Vatican to comment, in an official statement on April 21, 2000:

The Vatican has announced that the trading-card and computer-game versions of Pokémon are "full of inventive imagination," have no "harmful moral side effects" and celebrate "ties of intense friendship." Whether that extends to the TV show, His Holiness didn't say. The New York Post, quoting a Thursday story in The Times of London, says The Vatican made its announcement on its satellite TV station, Sat2000, run by the Italian Bishops' Conference.-from the New York Times

The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... Allegations of Satanism in popular culture have been made by some Christian Fundamentalists in recent years, particularly in the United States. ...

Judaism

Pokémon has been criticised by some members of the Jewish community for its use of the swastika, the most widely known symbol of Nazism, which they hold is inappropriate for children's toys. Nintendo says that this is a matter of cultural misunderstanding, as the swastika used to be used in East Asian cultures as a symbol for "good fortune" by the Buddhist religion. If a Japanese map of any major city is examined, little clockwise swastikas, or "manji", where Buddhist temples are located, can be seen. Judaism is the religious culture of the Jewish people. ... The Swastika in traditional Hindu form The swastika is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles either clockwise or anticlockwise. ... National Socialism redirects here. ... East Asia can be defined in either cultural or geographic terms. ... Statues of Buddha such as this, the Tian Tan Buddha statue in Hong Kong, remind followers to practice right living. ... Manji (卍) is the Japanese word for swastika. ...


The manji was shown only on a Japanese version card and was excluded from the North American release. However, these Jewish groups attacked the Japanese version distributed in the U.S. by unauthorized import. As a result of this controversy Nintendo stopped using this symbol even in the Japanese version. [2] (http://www.adl.org/presrele/Mise_00/3511_00.asp) This raised a public backlash in Japan for being intolerant towards the symbols of the Buddhist religion for the sake of avoiding controversy. An image of the controversial card may be seen here (http://www.geocities.com/swastika_webring/pokeswas.jpg).


Islam

A few Islamic religious speakers in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt hold that Pokémon is part of a "Jewish conspiracy" to corrupt Muslim children. They claim incorrectly that the word "Pokemon" is a Japanese word which means "I am a Jew." One Saudi Arabian Sheikh (Sheikh Abdel Moneim Abu Zant) has written "The Pokémon craze is a Jewish plot aimed at forcing our children to forgo their faith and values and to distract them from more important things such as scientific ambitions." The Anti-Defamation League has denounced these theories. [3] (http://www.adl.org/presrele/IslME_62/3791_62.asp). Islam  listen? (Arabic: al-islām) the submission to God is a monotheistic faith, one of the Abrahamic religions, and the worlds second largest religion. ... Anti-Semitism (alternatively spelled antisemitism) is hostility towards Jews (not: Semites - see the Misnomer section further on). ... The Anti-Defamation League (or ADL) is an American organization set up by Bnai Brith whose aim is to fight anti-Semitism, racism, bigotry and various forms of political extremism through an array of programs and services. ...


Lawsuits

See also Jynx and Kadabra for specific lawsuits regarding these characters. Jynx (known as Rougela in the original Japanese) is a fictional Pokémon. ... Kadabra, known as Yungerer (ユンゲラー Yungerā) in Japan, is a Psychic Pokémon from the Pokémon series of games. ...

ANA Boeing 747-400 (JA8962), in Pokémon special colors, landing at London (Heathrow) Airport

ANA Boeing 747-400 (JA8962), in Pokemon special colours, landing at London (Heathrow) airport. ... ANA Boeing 747-400 (JA8962), in Pokemon special colours, landing at London (Heathrow) airport. ... The Boeing 747, which is also known as the jumbo jet, is the second largest passenger airliner after the Airbus A380. ... London Heathrow Airport (IATA airport code: LHR, ICAO airport code: EGLL, and often simply Heathrow) is the United Kingdoms busiest and best-connected airport. ...

Miscellaneous

A mammalian oncogene was named "Pokemon" [4] (http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/54387.cfm) (no "é") by its discoverers. This name is apparently an acronym for "POK Erythroid Myeloid Ontogenic" factor (a cancer causing agent), so the name could be either a backronym or simply coincidence. An oncogene is a gene that can cause a cell to develop into a tumor cell, possibly resulting in cancer. ... The Pokemon gene, which stands for POK Erythroid Myeloid Ontogenic factor (most likely a backronym), is a gene that may act as a master switch for cancer. ... Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations formed from the initial letter or letters of words, such as NATO and XHTML, and are pronounced in a way that is distinct from the full pronunciation of what the letters stand for. ... A backronym or bacronym is a reverse acronym, that is, the words of the expanded term were chosen to fit the letters of the acronym. ...


See also

This is a complete list of all 391 Pokémon that are officially known to exist in the franchise – 393 if one includes Missingno. ... This is a list of episodes of the Pokémon animated series. ... The logo with the Gotta catch em all slogan is the one shown at the start of each episode. ... A Mon is a rough term for various sorts of fictional creatures in anime and manga modeled after real or imaginary beings, usually variations of beasts. ... Poké Battles are a form of humorous fiction created by Jason Ross in 1999. ... In the fictional world of the Pokémon video games and anime television series, a Poké Ball (known as Monster Ball or Monsuta-bo-ru in Japan) is a spherical device used by Pokémon Trainers to capture new Pokémon and store them when they are not in use. ... Pokémon Adventures (Pokémon Special in Japan) is a manga about Pokémon and their Trainers. ... The main characters of the Advanced Generation: Brock, Ash, May, Max, along with Mudkip, Treecko, Pikachu, and Torchic. ... Rare Candy illustration found in the trading card game The Pokémon Trading Card Game was first introduced to North America in 1999, and in Japan at an earlier date (exact date unknown). ... An M evolution Evolution in the fictional world of the Pokémon video game franchise refers to a sudden change of form in a Pokémon, usually accompanied by a dramatic increase in statistics. ... Type Chart Pokémon types represent the strengths and weaknesses of different Pokémon. ... This article is about the Pokémon region. ... Johto Cities & Towns For other meanings of Johto , see Johto (disambiguation). ... Hoenn (pronounced Hoe-en and spelled Hōen in Japan) is a last name and is also a region in the Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald games. ... Orre (pronounced ore-ay and called Ōre in the Japanese version) is the region that appears in the Story Mode of the video game Pokémon Colosseum. ...

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  • Pokémon.com (http://www.pokemon.com)
  • Pokémon Games (http://www.pokemon-games.com)
  • Pokémon Europe (http://pokemon.nintendo.co.uk)
  • Pokémon Japan (http://www.pokemon.co.jp)
  • An interview with Satoshi Tajiri (http://pokedream.com/pokemon/infocenter/tajiri.php)
  • The Pokemon Park in Nagoya, Japan; opened in 2005 in conjunction with the World's Fair in that city (http://www.pokepark.jp/en/index.html)

 
 

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