Cool Japan 2

Continuing from where I stopped earlier in Cool Japan 1, I was talking about how Japan is considered cool and how it gave many of us great childhood. So today’s topic will be Pokemon.

I’m sure Pokemon gave many of us great childhood. What started of as a gameboy game in the late 90s became a global hit.

Do you guys collect the Tomy Pokemon figurines? I used to collect them as a kid and still have a big box of it with me today.

It sure brings back a lot of memories ^^ I used to bring these figurines to school. Sometimes I would exchange it with friends. One time when I was playing a Tentacool and Gold Duck figurine with my friend under the desk during class, the teacher came and took them away.

These days I don’t really collect their figurines or play the video games anymore. However when I looked back at the journey of the Anime and figurines craze, I can proudly say Pokemon played a big role in it 🙂 I’m pretty sure the same goes to you guys, right?

Throughout the 1st season of Pokemon Anime, I saw lot of touching scenes. Not sure to call them touching or sad because some may think otherwise. It really has a great emotional impact. One of it was when Ash was trapped in a cold place alone with his Pokemons. Haven’t seen the show for ages but somehow still remembers it.

Another sad scene that I remembered is this episode called “Bye Bye Butterfree”. It was sad to see Ash letting it go.

When the trading cards came out, it was another big hit. So popular that any kid in my primary school at that time owned at least a deck or two. You’d be left out if you don’t play Pokemon trading cards. Some hardcore collectors in school will pay a very high price enough for you to buy 3 new sets of deck just to get a single rare card. Every time after exams are over when we’re allowed to bring games to school, classrooms became Pokemon battle fields 🙂

Of course there were also lot of Gameboy battle going on in classes using the cable which is very outdated today. Kids today won’t see those stuff anymore and they probably don’t know those kindof joy and fun.

Back in primary school days, almost everyone knows all the names of the 150 Pokemons by heart but when it comes to studying, we always have a hard time memorising the 7 colours of rainbow or 6 names of the continents (^-^)

Such is the magic of Pokemon during childhood. Just want to say thank you to Japan for being a nation that created Pokemon. Great childhood memories 🙂

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Posted on April 17, 2012, in Cool Japan. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. The Game Boy link cable… good lord that was quite a while, last time i used it was when i’m still on high school.

  2. Excellent 😀 THis brings back so many fond memories. Thanks for posting this !

  3. I somehow miss Gameboy Color for pokemon *looks at psp* nevermind 😀 This does bring back a lot of memories, memories when I still not know the awesomeness of scale figures 😛

  4. I have pikachu and raichu, that’s it…but we never had gameboy battles at school, it was just trading cards for us until they got banned because they kept causing trouble when kids stole them from each other :/
    I love your collection of figurines..I’m looking to buy some right now!!

    • Thanks and yeah, the good old times were really fun ^^. I have more of those figurines and I keep them all in a bag. Playing in school with friends was one of our ways of having fun! X-D

  5. Electrode, Diglett, Nidoran, Mankey, Venusaur, Rattata, Fearow, Pidgey!
    Seaking, Jolteon, Dragonite, Gastly, Ponyta, Vaporeon, Poliwarth, Butterfree!
    Venomoth, Poliwag, Nidorino, Golduck, Ivysaur, Grimer, Victribel, Moltres!
    Nidoking, Farfetch’d, Abra, Jigglypuff, Kingler, Ryhorn, Clefable, Wigglytuff!
    Zubat, Primeape, Meowth, Onyx, Geodude, Rapidash, Magneton, SNORLAX!!!
    Gengar, Tangela, Goldeen, Sparow, Weezing, Seel, Gyrados, Slow-bro!
    Kabuto, Persian, Paras, Horsea, Raticate, Magnemite, Kadabra, Weepin’ Bell!
    Ditto, Cloyster, Caterpie, Sandshrew, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Golem, Pikachu!
    Alkazam, Doduo, Venonat, Machoke, Kanghashkahn, Hypno, Electrabuzz, Flareon!
    Blastoise, Poliwhirl, Oddish, Drowsee, Raichu, Nidoqueen, Bell-Sprout, Starmie-0!
    Metapod, Marowak, Kakuna, Clefairy, Dotrio, Seadrea, Vileplume, Krabby!
    Lickitung, Taurus, Weedle, Nidoran, Machop, Shelder, Porygon, Hit-Mon-Chan!
    Articuno, Jinx, Nidorina, Beedrill, Haunter, Squirtle, Chansey, !
    Parasect Exeggcute, Muk, Dewgong! Pidjotto, Lapras, Vulpix, Rhydon!
    Charizard, Machamp, Pinsir, Koffing, Dugtrio, Golbat, Staryu, Majikarp!
    Ninetails, Ekans, Omastar, , Scyther, Tentacool, Dragonair, Magmar!
    Sand-Slash, Hitmonlee, Psyduck, Arcanine, Eevee, Exeggutor, Kabutops, Zapdos!
    Dratini, Growlinthe, Mister Mime, Cubone, Gravler, Voltorb, Gloom, !
    Charmeleon, , Wartortle, , Mewtwo, Tentacool, Aerodactyl, !
    Omanyte, , Slowpoke, , Pidgeot, Arbok, , !

    Did they have the whole set?

    If no, Which pokemon(s) are missing?
    (They can be found in the pokerap)

  6. Would you be willing to sell those ?

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