Here's another one of those 'net phenomenon deals that just
freaks my shit right out. It's a game. It's a cartoon.
It's Hello Kitty with an attitude. It's Pokemon, and it's
made for little babies, but ADULTS are all into this shit!
Why?!? Please write me and tell me how come.
I mean, it's bad enough that there's the whole "white Japanese" rage in the
first place. First it was Hello Kitty, and then Keroppi, and all down the line
to Sailor Moon (which is all about pedophilia, come on; they dress in
schoolgirl outfits and have superpowers: does anybody think the show would be
popular if Sailor Moon and her friends were middle-aged nuns?)
Then it went back to Speed Racer. People love that bug-eyed shit with the
grossly overstated occidental features and the ass-simple morality plays
contained within ("Here is a bad man! We will fight him because he is evil!
Now we are winning the race! Yaaaay!"). It's even understandable on some
level that, say, the Japanese fetish for schoolgirl tentacle rape is not.
Speed Racer = Fast Driver, and all Americans worship cars and the people who
drive them. When Speed wins the race, even Jed Sanders can stand up and hoot
because he understands the simpler things in life, like drivin' fast and
kickin' ass. You just have to ignore the monkey, that's all. Get past the
monkey in the ballcap, and Speed Racer is Seven Samurai for Trailer
Parks. Whooo doggy!
But Pokemon is... what is it? It's puerile, it's super-cute, it's made for
little babies. The little monsters are adorable. The human characters are
generic and bland and overreact to situations in the classic Japanimation
eye-popping way. It's mostly harmless, Barney on a Vivarin bender and
extracted through a multi-cultural eyedropper. There's nothing to it at all.
But it's FANTASTICALLY popular! AltaVista finds almost 300,000 hits on
"Pokemon" (including a "Pokemon gangsta site for those who love rap.") This is
taken more seriously than that Star Wars crap!
I'm not saying this obsession is bad. I'm just saying it's downright weird,
and possibly unwholesome. if you don't believe me, look at some of these sites
and then tell me you're not worried about stuff you hadn't even thought about