Pokémon The First Movie is all over the place. Mewtwo is vengeful and forcing clones of Pokémon to fight their real-life counterparts.
But after Ash’s brave, yet dramatically stupid, self-sacrifice – Mewtwo has a change of heart. Why is there so much violence in the world? Or as Meowth says “If we focus on what’s the same as opposed to how we are different, well who knows?”
I imagine in the Pokémon world there are several active protest groups. Satoshi Tajiri is the creator of Pokémon. As a child he was an avid bug collector. His whole philosophy during the development of the original games was to create a game that encouraged exploration, caretaking and innovate new technology that allowed players to interact and communicate with one another.
Players can trade Pokémom or battle one another on the GameBoy with a link cable. Some Pokémon only appeared in the Blue version, while others in the Red. There were also several Pokémon evolutions only triggered by being traded with another player.
All of this considered, it’s hard to see how so many groups have actively protested the franchise. It appears as though the games, and the overall message of the franchise, was a wholesome one. Then you had the element of “battling.”
Pokémon was a violent children’s cartoon that encouraged violence. They made animal-like creatures fight one another. Often times the show would spin this as being “in their natute” to fight one another.
There are few people as big-a-fan of the franchise as I am, but I’ll be the first to say that Pokémon has a detrimental contradiction in its philosophy. The explanation is lazy because it requires a substantial suspension of disbelief.
I will always appreciate Pokémon. The franchise brought upon innovation in gaming, particularly mobile gaming. The show taught me lessons about teamwork and friendship. The card game gave me some of my lifetime friends.
Truth is, sometimes art doesn’t have to be good to make an impact.