Welcome to another installment of Pokémon Cafe, where Java and Pokémon themes are evolving alongside Pokémon roaming the floors and occasionally engaging in battle. The latest news in the world of Pokémon, as you’ve no doubt heard, is the release of Pokémon Black and White. The game itself is a must-have along with, of course, all the exciting spin-offs. There are new Pokemon Black and White plush toys, new cards for the Pokemon card game, including Shiney Eutei and Raikon. You can get everything from great new stuffed animals to stationery.
Children’s minds are fantastic. We adults are constantly trying to teach them to think when in reality the child’s brain, like the Pokémon, has special powers and is growing on its own. As an adult, the history of Pokémon, I admit, leaves me hanging. But I don’t think like a child.
I always felt that The Wizard of Oz was the best movie ever made for children. Actually, I still feel that way: it’s a complex tapestry of life’s horrors and miracles, rich textures and symbolism, love and sin, and most importantly, the fact that life will always throw things at you. that you can never prepare. no matter how much you learn and that only bravery and virtue will win the day. As a story, The Wizard of Oz leaves the Pokémon series crawling in the dust. And that is a fact.
But the purposes of the two stories are completely different. As Oz launches us into a tumultuous world, Pokémon encourages, no, forces the young mind to use its imagination, create worlds, and fill in the gaps. Pokémon as a story fails in too many ways to tell. It is incomplete, it is not credible or logical, its premise is unexplained and it does not make sense. Your world is not in any sense of the word a complete world. It has no message and, when it comes to life lessons, nothing to teach. It is not a story that adults can enjoy together with children. At best, it’s like a pretty silly spin-off on Jurassic Park with all the power and no horror or plot. And the kids love it.
I maintain that the history of Pokémon is excellent for the minds of children. Because all the inexplicable elements that leave us adults dissatisfied are gaps that stimulate children’s minds to fill, represent and complete. In other words, each child’s vision of the Pokémon story is unique as each child is unique. The trainer / Pokémon relationship gives the kids something to personify that Dorothy never can. This is how a child’s mind works. Adults cannot be disturbed.