Anime that shook the world

Anime and Manga humbly started out as a Japanese imitation of the American comic strips, thus becoming the books we know as Manga. Soon enough, 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 for worse, has become a household name.

The franchise began as a humble video game based on the pleasures of game designer Satoshi Tajiri fans. Tajiri liked to collect insects as a child and applied it in a game. With the help of renowned game creator Shigeru Miyamoto, the mind behind hits like Mario and Zelda. In 1998, American children were lost with Pokemon Red and blue (or in Japan Red and green) which allowed players to collect and train different truths of creatures known as Pocket Monsters. The game has since been adapted into a series, which became a huge hit in the American markets. Soon, children across the country will not only collect games, but also toys, trading and battle cards, and books. The card tournaments were great and the rules were easy to understand. The children would fight officially or simply at home.

When The TV series launched in 1997, it quickly became extremely popular – kids loved it! Nintendo shares were skyrocketing off the charts, but the series would soon find itself in trouble. Originally created as a one-shot series that would conclude with the main character Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in Japan) triumphing in the Pokémon League. Yet runaway success

On December 16, 1997 at around 6:00 PM (18:30) Japanese time, the episode known roughly as Porygon Electric Soldier broadcast in Japan with alarming consequences. Almost 685 children were taken to the hospital with seizures, seizures, dizziness and even blindness. Although hindsight shows that there was much 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 on a four-month hiatus for reorganization. Also, broadcasters made more efforts to ensure that something like this did not happen again. Weather Porygon Electric Soldier still the most infamous of the banned episodes, it wouldn’t be the last.

The episode The beauty and the beach (Archipelago Holidays), was originally banned due to the idea of ​​a bathing contest, and the character James, dressed in an inflatable bikini with exaggerated breasts, as well as an offensive song known as “The Best At Being the Worst”. The legend of Dratini it was banned because of its heavy gun violence and gun-related danger. After the attacks of September 11, 2001 Tentacool and Tentacruel, With The tower of terror we are taken out of the rotation. The episode “A Fright in the Air” was changed to “Spirits in the Sky” (although it should be noted that all episodes were animated long before 9/11).

Hi-Jynx Vacation was removed due to accusations of racism associated with the character Jynx. The more I fight the better it’s banned in Aruba, Greece, Italy, France, and the UK, likely due to some mature content from the episode.

Despite the controversy it has faced over the years, a show cannot be suppressed. 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, Pokémon paved the way for a number of other series like Digimon Rancher monster Y Medabots; programs that are still fondly remembered by their fans today. The games continue to delight new and old players alike, regardless of age. Through controversy through criticism, the series remains on top of the world. Today Pikachu has become the most recognized and iconic figures in video games. In the 90s, anime was still a niche market where buying was limited to expensive imports. For many anime watchers today, Pokémon is fondly remembered as a gateway series and arguably began the growth process of Japanese media in the Western market.