We suspend our regularly scheduled content this week in honor of a great event.
This Saturday, the franchise, cultural phenomenon, and mega cash cow known as Pokémon turns 20 years old. In its many years of existence, Pokémon has spawned many games, many spin-off games, a few manga series, toys, trading cards, and a hugely successful anime that is still going on, whose main character has shown absolutely no signs of aging, much like Bart Simpson. There has been a Pikachu balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for as long as I can remember, as well. Part of this allure has to do with the fact that Pokémon is suitable for all ages, is extremely easy to pick up, and can be played in a number of different manners. No two trainers are alike, and no two game plays are alike.
Pokémon has been omnipresent in culture for the past 20 years, and I and the rest of the 13/31 crew are fortunate to have been around for its entirety. We have, quite literally, grown up with Pokémon and have seen it evolve (pardon the pun) alongside us. In the week leading up to the anniversary, we would like to give our thanks to Pokémon, and honor it by writing about what it has meant to all of us. Each of us will be writing about at least one game, and there may also be a post about the anime.
We also invite you to join in our celebration! If Pokémon has played a part in shaping who you are, or even if it has been just a little fun diversion, we invite you to share your thoughts with us. Submit short reflections on your memories and feelings about the franchise, and they will be collected and published in a very special Friday Flashback. You can post them in the comments section on this post, or any other Pokémon Week post before this Friday. Or, you can visit us on our Facebook page and submit there! Submissions will be published under your first name and last initial unless otherwise specified; posts submitted via WordPress comment will be credited by the username on your comment.
Without further ado, let Pokémon Week begin!