We All Live in a Pokémon World…
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We All Live in a Pokémon World… was a Pokémon fansite that came online in 2000. Its initial purpose was dispelling the rumors and accusations brought against The Pokémon Company by parents, teachers, and special interest groups at the height of the popular interest in the franchise.
The webpage was part of www.kimsites.net, a group of websites all run by one webmaster who works under the name of Kimberly. She created the site in order to defend the Pokémon franchise by providing specific examples from the Pokémon Games and Pokémon anime. In 2003, the site became active again as new accusations against Pokémon arose. The font colors on the website are separated by the date that they were added. All of the text in black was part of the original website in 2000, and the text in blue is what has been added since it was revived in 2003.
When Pokémon was at the height of its popularity, Kimberly, who was a substitute teacher at the time, had heard several accusations against the Pokémon franchise through the school system and the media. Out of curiosity, she decided to see what all the attention was about. As she continued to explore Pokémon, she discovered her own vested interest, and thought a lot of the criticism towards Pokémon was unjust. As a result, she created her website in 2000. In 2003, public controversy caused her to begin to update the website with the latest information on Pokémon and its criticism. The website was last uploaded in May of 2016.
A brief history of the website and a general synopsis of Kimberly's mission is stated here. The website is formatted with a link system at the bottom of each page, linking one page to the next.
What Is Pokémon?
Kimberly begins by saying the proper way to pronounce the word "Pokémon" ("Po-KAY-mahn" or "Pok-uh-mahn" as she describes it, using this as a way to criticize Pokémon critics, by saying things such as "...will somebody please tell the morons at the Star Ledger that Pokémon is also plural - there's no such word as 'Pokemons' [and, yes, they left off the accent mark, too]!" She then continues to discuss what a Pokémon is, and then giving a basic premise of the TV series.
For further information on this subject, Kimberly refers the following episodes:
Battles Over Pokémon Battles...
This section begins with Kimberley stating that there is a difference between a Pokémon battle and cockfights. She claims that a Pokémon battle does not equate in the cruelty, because a Pokémon battles out of free will. Also, a Pokémon fights out of love for their trainer. If they have an over-demanding or cruel trainer, the Pokémon likely will not obey them.
In regards to this, Kimberly suggests watching the following episodes:
- The Path to the Pokémon League
- Charmander- the Stray Pokémon
- Showdown at Dark City
- The Lost Lapras
- Charizard Chills
- Turning Over A New Bayleef
- Brave the Wave
- Sitting Psyduck
- Trials and Adulations!
- The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice!
- Snivy Plays Hard to Catch!
- Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!
Likewise, Kimberly also suggests these games:
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
- Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions
- Pokémon Black and White Versions
Pokémon and Prejudice...
Kimberly writes about how it's almost an expectation for adults to not understand the Pokémon world. She starts to specifically explain the controversy behind the first two Pokémon movies, Pokémon the First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back and The Power of One, claiming that their messages were mistranslated and stretched far beyond reason. She claims these misinterpretations are far more dangerous than Pokémon itself, possibly leading to prejudice in the viewing child.
Kimberly suggests the following episodes for those seeking more information:
Pokémon in the Classroom...
Here Kimberly defends the use of Pokémon within schools. She argues that if normal toys and games are allowed during a student's free time, Pokémon should be no exception. She asserts that a majority of reasons for banning Pokémon are merely lame excuses, such as the inability for a teacher to distinguish how Pokémon faint as opposed to die.
Kimberly believes that Pokémon could be used as an important learning tool to help foster imagination. She further states that learning materials, such as the Pokémon Learning League give teachers no excuse to ban Pokémon.
Kimberly suggests the following related episode:
The Idiot's Guide to Pokémon...
Kimberly now shifts the focus from talking about teachers to talking about parents. She claims that parents shouldn't be critical of Pokémon since a majority have little insight into the basics of Pokémon, such as not knowing who Ash was. She also criticizes those who base their Pokémon opinion off of critic reviews as opposed to actual experience with the franchise. She claims that film critics in particular did not understand the message behind Pokémon, and thus were an unreliable source. She then chastises parents who get easily annoyed with Pokémon language, as Pikachu yelling, "Pika Pika" can be irritating. She points out that many of those same parents probably grew up watching Lassie, who could only communicate in a similar "bark bark."
The following related episode has been suggested by Kimberly:
Pokémon: The Best Animal Show You're Not Watching
Kimberly reasserts her claim that animal abuse and Pokémon have distinct differences, and then expands that claim to say that Pokémon actually addresses many modern animal issues in a way that should be viewed as positive, such as bringing a negative connotation to the Hunting and Poaching of Pokémon.
Kimberly cites the following episodes as examples:
- The Mystery is History
- A Parent Trapped!
- A Promise is a Promise
- Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
- Rage of Innocence
- Address Unown!
- Mother of All Battles
- A Poached Ego!
- The Drifting Snorunt!
- Mutiny in the Bounty!
- Ill-Will Hunting!
- Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 1)
- Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 2)
- Pillars of Friendship!
- The Needs of the Three!
There Are No Bad Pokémon...
Kimberly argues that Pokémon is a series about conflicts between people, and not Pokémon. Pokémon simply take on the characteristics of their trainers, and themselves cannot be "evil" since they are simply obeying orders. She quotes Jessie's Arbok from back when it was an Ekans, who said, ""Pokémon only do bad things because master (is) bad," which is significant coming from one of the Pokémon very commonly perceived to be "evil." She also points out how Peta2 did not put Pokémon on their list of games that oppose animal abuse.
Kimberly suggests the following episodes for more information:
She also suggests the following movies:
Furthermore, Kimberly also believed the following games were related:
In Defense of Pokémon...
Kimberly asserts that there is "ignorance and prejudice" surrounding a lot of Pokémon criticism. She claims that Pokémon was merely scapegoated because it was popular, comparing it to Elvis Presley shaking his hips.
She specifically referred to two sources of public outrage. The first was the infant who choked on one of the 1999 Burger King promotional Pokémon toys, claiming the parent should have taken more responsibility since the toy was clearly marked "For Ages 3 and up." The second topic she addresses is the infamous EP038 episode, which was cancelled due to viewers having seizures as a result of the flashing effects. Kimberly asserts that any television show using the same visual effect would have gotten a similar result, and that it was merely an "unfortunate accident" that it happened to Pokémon.
For the Love of Pokémon...
Kimberly takes a more personal standpoint in this section, talking about her own personal experience with the series. She talks about how kids were always excited to hear that she was a Pokémon fan when she was their substitute teacher, and how she has made a personal connection to the anime by watching the evolution of Ash. She states, "Over the years, I've seen Ash go from a cocky, inexperienced kid only interested in winning and beating his old rival Gary, to a compassionate trainer who cares deeply about all Pokémon, putting their needs ahead of his own, and always eager to learn more about them so he and his friends can better understand their world."
Pokémon Ripped From the Headlines...
In this section, Kimberly discusses several episodes that were banned or not air. She isn't happy by the fact that TV series that are, in her opinion, misinterpreted to be conflicting with the September 11 attacks or Hurricane Katrina, despite the fact that they were either created before these occurrences or had little correlation. Censorship is one of Kimberly's biggest disdains in terms of opposition to Pokémon.
Pokémon Outside the Box...
Kimberly discusses here how promotional foods for Pokémon was something she would have loved to have, but was constantly criticized. However, she acknowledges that this was not specific to Pokémon; the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood was discouraging this sort of advertisement in many regards. She also addresses how all video games are unfairly bundled together, stereotyped as promoting laziness and ignorance. She counters this argument by saying that Pokémon toys such as the Pokéwalker set Pokémon apart from other video games, and enforced that this stereotype was not true.
Pokémon, Then and Now...
Kimberly here discusses Pokémon's loss of being a "fad," but claims that despite this loss of popularity, Pokémon was here to stay, citing the new Generation V video games as prime examples. Kimberly remains optimistic that Pokémon will not be going anywhere anytime soon.