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| Features | Pokémon Shock
How did anime fans respond to Pocket Monsters being taken off the
air after "Cyber Soldier Porygon" sent hundreds of kids to the
hospital? The April 1998 issue of
Animedia may help provide us with clues.
The April 1998 issue of
Animedia has a cover date of April 1st, 1998.
The letters page in this issue contains a single letter from a woman
who works in an
office in Fukuoka Prefecture.
learned from the Pokémon Incident
I'm just your
average office lady. I wasn't feeling well on the morning of December
16th so I called in sick and went back to sleep. Even though I spent
the morning resting I am an anime fangirl through and through. I had
the idea to stay in bed and watch some anime videos and so I spent my
afternoon watching my VHS tapes, one after the other. I don't know if
helped me get better or what, but that evening I started to feel a lot
better and so I started to clean my room while Pokémon played in
background. It was Episode 38, the one that caused all those
problems... Maybe it's thanks to the fact that I was multitasking that
the episode didn't make me feel sick. But then later that night, when I
saw the news "Victims of 'Pokémon' Appear, One After the
Other!"...well, I was shocked. I stayed up all night glued to the news,
completely unaware of what was waiting for me the next day...
And then the next
day came. As soon as I got to work I went over to my co-workers to say
"Hey, sorry for taking the day off yesterday." But when I did that, my
co-worker replied "Heyy! You're not in the hospital?" "Huh? What!?"
"Well, with what's going on with Pokémon and all..." What!? Why
did they think that!? Sure, I've talked a little about anime here and
there at work before but...I never told anyone how much of an anime fan
I really am! A tingle went through my body as I went over to my seat
when my neighbor asked "Hey, are you feeling alright?" And just as I
was saying "Yes, thank you. It was just a cold..." this junior staff
replied "No, not that. I'm talking about 'Pokémon.'" "Huh!?" No
way, even this junior is thinking the same thing! I'm sweating
profusely at this point when my manager arrives at work. I rushed over
to say "Ah, I apologize for taking the day off yesterday" when he said
"Oh, I didn't expect to see you here! Didn't you faint or something?"
"Excuse me!?" "They were talking about it on the news. Some 27-year-old
was watching 'Pokémon' when she passed out. And so I thought for
sure you'd also..." Now wait just a minute! Don't be stupid!! Don't you
see how lively I am right now!? I didn't know what to say and so I just
stood there in a daze.
So because of
"Pokémon" Incident, I came to understand just how the people at
see me. I was trying the play the part of a happy, ordinary office
worker but…oh woe is me! They all see my face and think to talk about
"Pokémon"…. Do they really think I watch a show aimed at
elementary school kids like Pokémon!? Well, I do, but still!
(laughs) Well, since it's come to this, I might as well open up and
declare, with zero room for misinterpretation, that I am in fact an
/ Ms. I have no money!
Response from Animedia:
seems like you don't
quite get it yet. Even if you don't declare such a thing everyone's
already figured it out already! (laughs)
The issue, just like the last one, also featured fan art from those
eager for the show to come
I can't wait to see the
movie this summer! I'll continue being a fan until then and beyond.
We'll always be together!
Yup, this duo right here
is number one ♡
Tokyo / Takuroh
The news from December
16th was really shocking. "Children watching Pokémon are falling
ill, one after the other"…I couldn't believe it when I saw this on TV.
My hometown's broadcasts are a bit behind and so they hadn't gotten
around to airing Episode 38 yet, and now the show's being taken off the
air... I'm praying that the children who watched Pokémon all
recover as soon as possible and that Satoshi and his friends will hurry
up and come back to us soon.
Okinawa Prefecture / Arai Guma
and bring back
Here in Niigata (prefecture) the show's three weeks behind so not only
have we not been able to watch Episode 38 yet, but we haven't seen
Episodes 35, 36, or 37 either. And now the show's on break. I'm really
looking forward to the day when the show comes back. I can't wait to
hear Satoshi say "I Got a Pokémon!" again.
- Misaki Umino
I've bought too much Pokémon merchandise and now I've used up
all my New Year's money.
Niigata Prefecture / Misaki Umino
|What's gonna happen to
I want to see them on TV
again! There's no way the show'll just end like this, right? In the
meantime, I'll look forward to the movie 💦
This is all for Ryutaro Mori-sama!
I'm a huge fan!
January 1998 Ryu Inoue
(Note from Dogasu: Sorry, I
tried looking it up but I have no idea what the "Ryutaro Mori-sama"
part is all about)
Niigata Prefecture / Ryu Inoue
|It can't be~!
been taken off the air!?
Even though we're two
weeks behind here the show's still being pulled from the air~. We
haven't been able to watch the show in about a month! I really wanna
see it (cries)
"I guess we're gonna be apart for a while, Pikachu"
January 1998 Riku Kobayakawa
I watch the show two
times a week for Pikachu and Kojirou…Please please please come back
Okinawa Prefecture / Riku Kobayakawa
|"Goodnight, my Pikachu."
Aichi Prefecture / 夕御猫
Pokémon to return to the air
It's already been a month
since Pokémon's been taken off the air (at least as of this
writing). I really want to hear these guys say "ya na kanji~" again
soon. January 1998 Usagi
(If the show comes
back before this gets printed (?) that'd be great too…)
Aichi Prefecture / Usagi
|Hang in there! We'll be
waiting for you!
Pocket Monsters has been
temporarily taken off the air. For someone like me, who's been
following the journeys of Satoshi and his friends on TV, this is a
major letdown. But I wonder if sales of Pokémon related
merchandise have been going up since then…? We all know how much
Pokémon is loved by its viewers, right? So I think they'll
definitely be back someday and then we'll be able to go on adventures
again. I hope we can use this time off to recharge from all our
journeys so far. And I believe that someday they'll set out on their
journey again with smiles on their faces because I want to grow up with
together with them. I'll be waiting ♡
January 1998 Rui Nakatani
Saitama Prefecture / Rui Nakatani
|Come back Pokémon
Pikachu, Satoshi, Kasumi
and Takeshi, and even the Rocket-Dan…to think I can't see this
wonderful cast of characters right now. Ahh! I wanna see them again!
Tokyo / Mukana Yukizawa