|A Beginner's Guide to
computer games, cartoons, films, cuddly toys, bed
linen, and trading cards. But at its heart there is a
world and a story.
The world is almost
identical to our own, complete with TV, fast food,
automobiles and baseball caps. But in this reality,
the natural world has been displaced. Instead of the
animals we know, the Earth teems with Pokemon,
magical monsters which can be carried about in
Pokeballs and trained to compete against each other
in highly organised competitions.
The story of Pokemon is
the story of Ash, a boy who wants more than anything
to be a Pokemon trainer. It is his adventures we
follow: the friends he makes, the Pokemon he
encounters, his victories and defeats.
Pokemon combat is a
highly ritualised affair. The trainers hurl their
Pokeballs to the ground with a cry of I choose
you! The Pokemon themselves love to fight and
each one is endowed with a variety of attacks. During
the struggle, each trainer shouts instructions to his
Pokemon, hoping to tip the balance of the contest.
Pokemon rarely seem to suffer any lasting harm in
these battles. If they do, the saintly Nurse Joy is
at at hand in the local Pokemon Centre.
The most successful
trainers are famous and idolised, but only a trainer
who really loves and understands his Pokemon can hope
Beyond the mantra of
their own names, Pokemon do not speak. But they all
seem to understand human speech and exhibit high
levels of intelligence. Some Pokemon - Alakazam, Mew,
Mewtwo, for example - have minds far superior to
human kind. Ultimately, Pokemon are a mystery. No one
knows how many ther are. No one knows all their
powers. At some point even the Pokedex must fall