“Get out of the car, now, Evan” My mom said.
We had just arrived at the Grand Canyon. It was the year 2003.
“But I’m in the middle of fighting the Elite Four! Can I come out in 10 minutes?”
I was still strapped in the car, Game Boy in hand, carefully choosing the correct Pokemon as if the world depended on it. The hot Arizona air wafted into the car, but I was sweating because Lance, the Dragon trainer, had just played his Gyarados. The canyon could wait. It wasn’t going anywhere. My potential victory and the glorious prestige that would accompany it were at stake.
You know how this story goes – my mother reached into the car, grabbed my Game Boy, flicked the “off” switch, threw it back into the car and said, “You are coming, now, young man, and no more Pokemon for the rest of the day!”
My hopes and dreams of crushing the Elite Four were shattered, ruined, devastated. The good news was that I had beaten the Elite Four about seven times already, but still. Pokemon.
If Pokemon was your childhood, I hope you understood my plight. And I hope that as you read this post, your eyes are tearing up and you feel that longing pang in your heart just thinking about your favorite Pokebuddies. Try this throwback sporcle quiz to see if you can remember the first 150 Pokemon. There are pictures to help but you don’t have to look at them. I remembered 125 but really struggled with the spelling. Here were some of the Pokemon I tried to guess: Ratatat, Psycho, Shelldon, Krabking, Eggtrio, Electrabuzz, Dragamite.
On October 2nd, 2013, a new Pokemon anime series was released in Japan, titled Pokemon Origins. Here is the official website. This series is based on the Game Boy video game (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow), which differs considerably from the storyline with Ash Ketchum, Pikachu, Brock and Misty. Yes, the story in Pokemon Origins starts off with Professor Oak and the choice between Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander. You will have nostalgia and you will wish you brought your Game Boy to college (and if you did bring your Game Boy, can I borrow it?). On November 15, Pokemon Origins will be released in English. However, if you are like me and can’t wait that long, watch the Japanese episodes dubbed in English here.
I don’t regret my choice to fight the Elite Four instead of enjoying the Grand Canyon. Pokemon for me was an escape into a world where just by believing in myself, trying my hardest, and saving the game as much as possible, I could accomplish anything. I’ve learned that the real world is not that simple, but it doesn’t hurt to close your eyes, choose your best Pokemon, and go for it anyway.
Grand Canyon photo credit: Evan Kuras (me)
About the Author (Author Profile)Evan is a Senior in the College of Arts and Sciences (2014). He is studying biology and anything else he can get his hands on. Evan is interested in urban ecology, environmental education, and food justice. In his spare time, Evan enjoys making music, checking his email, and running. Evan hails from Yorktown, New York.
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