Week 6: An Experience with Pokemon


It was a warm afternoon in the summer of 2004, in a 4-bedroom house in the middle of Cape Town, South Africa, had been waiting for this day for what seemed like my whole life. In South Africa T.V in the 90’s was censored by the government and years behind US. So when Pokémon first premiered in the summer of 2004, it was big news for my 10-year-old self. Pokémon was a hot topic in the South African news at the time; more conservative and religious senators claimed it was “demonic and violent”, claiming that “we had to protect the children from the satanic influences of the East”.

A year after rumours of its release and a lengthy government debate it finally happened. Afterschool I ran home, changed out of my school clothes, grabbed my lunch from the fridge and sat down in the lounge. The 10 minutes of advertisements…

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