Pokemon Phenomenon

This kids phenomenon began as a hand-held video game and exploded across the
globe, from trading cards to becoming the number one rated television kids\' show
on the popular cartoon programming Kids\' WB! The TV program is drawn in the
manner of the old speed racer cartoon with similar type voices. It began showing
in syndication in September 1998 and within a few months shot to the top of the
ratings chart for children\'s programs. The Pokémon phenomenon began in Japan in

1996, with Nintendo inciting a national craze when it introduced software for
its Game Boy portable video game system called "Pocket Monsters." The
name Pokémon, is short for POcKEt MONster, each have there own special fighting
abilities. Pokémon is marketed as a creative strategy game based on mythical
creatures. Sounds like fun but its more than that, much more. You work your way
to the top, perfecting your skills by using your Pokémon to fight against other

Pokémon trainers. The Pokémon game does get the kids to think, strategize and
use their memory skills. But thinking on what is the question that needs to be
asked. " Pokémon are incredible creatures that share the world with
humans,\' says Professor Oak (on the program), the leading authority on these
monsters." There are currently over 150 documented species of Pokémon. The
professor says "We need to deal with poke\'mon as individuals just as we
deal with people." Pokémon frequently take on the characteristics of the
human who captured them. The Pokémon song and mantra is heard on the program
and written in the materials. "I want to be the very best like no one ever
was, to catch them is my real test to train them is my cause ."I will
travel across the land Searching far and wide Each Pokémon to understand the
power that\'s inside. "Gotta catch them all!" Its you and me I know I
know, its my destiny." Just about every child has memorized this stanza.

The last line of the Pokémon mantra, "Gotta catch them all!" is used
over and over again to have the kids desire and crave for collecting more Pokémon
paraphernalia. Whatever the creators of these Pocket monsters come out with the
kids want they are hooked. Between the TV commercial breaks a Poke\'mon comes
flashed in a shadow shape and they all say in unison "Whose that Pokémon."

The kids are to recognize the certain character by its shape. Now remember there
are over 150 of them so to do this takes quite some time to familiarize
themselves with the creatures. This becomes a whole new education for them to
learn of these mythical creatures. A Look at The characters The story revolves
around a 10 year old boy named Ash Ketchum (a boy and his friends). He is
energetic and determined to become the world\'s greatest Pokémon Master."

Ash\'s goal and your child\'s is to become the greatest trainer in the world by
collecting and raising pokémon. His pet is Pikachu who looks like across
between a cuddly rabbit and a rat. He has a lightning bolt shaped tail. (Raichu
also has a lightning bolt tail) Misty a girl who is Ash\'s friend is described as
"headstrong and stubborn . . . constantly quibbling with Ash." She is
always giving him a hard time, they are constantly arguing. Ash says she\'s
always putting him down. Then there is the third member of the adventurous trio,

Brock who has uncontrolled hormones. Brock who is Ashes trouble making partner
is girl crazy, he is infatuated with their perfume, dress and shape. Every girl
he sees he is in love with. Brock\'s fascination with the opposite sex often gets
him and the gang into trouble. Brock also has a temper (have you seen your child
develop one?) and sometimes will hit Misty, who is his friend on the head, as in
one case because she wanted to reveal that he loves a certain girl. Competition
drives Ash making him obsessed with catching all the Pokémon. But it is not
that easy he has enemies, Team rocket. A boy girl team called Jessie & James
(Jessie James remember him, the outlaw). Meoth is a Pokémon on team rocket who
are the enemy are the nemesis of Ash, they want to steal all the Pokémon\'s from
the people and trying to steal Pikachu from Ash, and at times they do, but Ash
always gets him back. "Prepare for trouble, make it double.... Jessie,

James . . . they are an evil gang following Ash and friends looking to