I have been watching Pokemon cartoons for just about as long as they have been on television I guess. I am sure I should probably grow up some time soon, and watch something more age appropriate. However, I admit to liking the cartoon series now, just as much as I liked it when my young grandson introduced me to it way back when.
I was a little puzzled at first as to what exactly was going on. Pokemon? What exactly was a pokemon? I didn't know the answer way back when, but I do indeed know the answer now.
Pokemon are living breathing creatures that live alongside humans. Humans catch them, and keep them in small balls called pokeballs. However, the pokemon have personalities just like humans, and inevitably pokemon and human become friends. There are countless different kinds and varieties of these creatures. They battle each other, and never die, just faint and come back to battle another day.
Ash Ketchum is a 10 year old boy, and the hero of the story. Way back on that very first episode, he was off to get his first starter pokemon from Professor Oak. However, in all his excitement he overslept. He should have had a choice between a grass type Bulbasaur, a water type Squirtle, and
a fire type Charmander. Since he arrived too late, Professor Oak only had one pokemon left to offer Ash. That pokemon was the electric type Pikachu. Ash and Pikachu had a rocky start. First of all Pikachu refused to stay in his pokeball. He refused to listen to Ash. It wasn't until Pikachu became very ill that he learned to trust and eventually love the boy Ash Ketchum.
Ash and Pikachu have been on many many journeys together. Pokemon were numbered back then at about 150. There are now about 650 varieties.
I just watched the brand new premiere episode of Pokemon Black and White the other day, and Ash Ketchum is still being portrayed as a 10 year old boy.
I am still watching. I love the program. I guess in some ways I too will never grow up. The same way Ash hasn't. The same way he still gets excited at all the different new and unusual pokemon that he encounters.
The added bonus of the show are the villainous Team Rocket crew. Jessie, James, and their talking pokemon Meowth steal the show many a day. They are friends to each other, rivals to Ash, and pretty incompetent. However, they make me laugh as much today as they did way back when I first heard their Rocket spiel.
I'll be watching, and I guess in less than a month's time, I'll be playing the new Pokemon Black, and/or White game on DS.