Pokemon Advanced Battle

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One of my fondest memories was coming across a fascinating television show fourteen years ago while reminiscing about my childhood fantasies. I was four years old, watching television, when I came across an exciting show called Pokemon. The show focuses in on a ten year old boy named Ash Ketchum, who makes it his goal to catch every pokemon in the world. Pokemon are groups of monsters that relate to everyday objects, animals, and fictitious creatures. There are pokemon that look like animals, plants, inorganic materials and even fictional creatures that never existed. It didn’t occur to me back then, but now I realize that pokemon are unique monsters. They are classified as monsters, yet they are accepted into society. In most cases, monsters are shunned and exiled from society. However, pokemon are accepted and loved by humans all around them. A possible explanation for their acceptance is the mere exposure effect. This is a psychological phenomenon where the more you are exposed to a stimulus, the more you will enjoy it (Mere Exposure A Gateway To The Subliminal 224). In the world of pokemon, it is nearly impossible to not run into a pokemon. They are seen everyday and help people with their daily lives, much like how we use technology within our daily lives. As a result, all humans tend to enjoy the company of pokemon, regardless of the human companions good or bad intentions for the pokemon. One pokemon that supports the mere exposure effect is Charmander. Charmander is a lizard pokemon that was first introduced to the Pokemon series in episode 11 (Charmander- The Stray Pokemon). During this episode, Ash and his friends get lost traveling to Vermillion City. As they wander around, they mistake Charmander for a very large a... ... middle of paper ... ... treat her broken arm. After interacting with others we tend to be more understanding and can create long lasting friendships. Works Cited “Absol-ute Disaster!” Pokemon Advanced Battle. WB Kids. 7 Jan. 2006. Television Balmford, Andrew, Clegg Lizzie, Coulson Tim, Taylor Jennie, “Why Conservationists Should Heed Pokemon” Science 295 (2002) 2367. Print “Bye Bye Butterfree” Pokemon WB Kids. 5 Oct. 1998. Television “Charmander- The Stray Pokemon” Pokemon. WB Kids. 22 Sep 1998. Television Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome, Monster Theory: Reading Culture, Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota 1996. Print. Kusaka, Hidenori, Mato, Gerard Jones, Kaori Inoue, and Annaliese Christman. Pokemon Adventures. 42 Vols. San Francisco, CA: Viz Media, 2010. Print. Zajonc, R. “Mere Exposure: A Gateway to the Subliminal” Current Directions is Psychological Science 10.6 (2001): 224-228. Print

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