Kodansha has pulled the three-volume The History of Games from shelves because of multiple inaccuracies about the development of Pokémon and other aspects of the video game industry.
As initially reported by Anime News Network, the books stated that Pokémon found inspiration from a traditional Japanese card game called menko (also known as Bettan or Patchin); however, game designer and scenario writer Akihito Tomisawa took to Twitter to explain the falseness of this claim. According to Tomisawa, Pokémon‘s roots originate in classic pop-cultural IPs like Dragon Quest and Ultraseven.
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The History of Games also included historical inaccuracies about Pokémon‘s owner, Nintendo, completely omitting the creation and distribution of the Game Boy Advance in its discussion of the company’s many consoles. Moreover, the volumes asserted developer Sega focused strictly on the home video game console business, a statement that disregards Sega’s production and launch of arcade games, crane games and even photo booths.
The multimedia Pokémon franchise began in 1996 with the debuts of Pocket Monsters: Red and Green, which Nintendo later rebranded as Pokémon Red and Blue, and since then, over 120 mainline and spinoff titles have been released. The mega-franchise also features a myriad of anime series, tie-in movies, manga and, of course, the official trading card game. In July 2021, Netflix announced a possible live-action Pokémon adaptation with Lucifer showrunner Joe Henderson attached as writer and executive producer.
Pokémon Concierge, a stop-motion animated show, will premiere on Netflix sometime in the near future. The series will break from franchise conventions by not focusing on a trainer interested in winning a championship; instead, Pokémon Concierge will follow resort worker Haru as she interacts with visiting pocket monsters and their owners.
Beyond playing the games or watching the show, Pokémon fans express their love and appreciation for the franchise by crafting impressive fan-made content, particularly cosplay. Notably, Reddit user tiny.bats posted a picture of their adorable take on Nurse Joy that spotlights that character’s pink and white aesthetic. Another Reddit user recently showed off a much more horrifying Pokémon cosplay — a terrifying mashup of the water pocket monster Vaporeon and Donnie Darko‘s Frank. The costume features exposed bone, tattered and patchwork fur and sharp, spiny teeth.
Many Pokémon video games are available to play on the Nintendo Switch, and several of the anime adaptation are on Netflix. This includes Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series, which serves as long-time protagonist Ash Ketchum’s swan song.
Source: Anime News Network