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What’s this Craze About Pokemon?

By: Julie Kuntz

Date Posted: 1999-12-03

I am writing this little piece to express my personal disgust over what I consider to be the new American madness. It’s just this thing called Pokemon or Pocket Monsters. I can’t believe that our kids and even several parents are just going so crazy about mere cartoon character collectibles.

Yes, I know that the characters in the cartoon series are pretty “cute” and “smart”. I particularly like that small guy Pikachu myself. Well, kind of… But does it mean that all the Holiday shopping in America and even here in Okinawa should be only about Pokemon? I was in the US recently, and parents were openly talking about their plans to get up very early on the morning after Thanksgiving so that they could go line up in the malls and get the best available Pokemon toys for their children… and for themselves. That’s plain crazy.

Please, dear Editor, could you open up a debate in your columns on this stupid phenomenon? You know, Pokemon is an original Japanese creation, and I would like to get other parents’ opinions on what the pocket monsters mean to them.

Thanks, and sincerely yours,

Julie Kuntz,
Yomitan, Okinawa.

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