Pokemon 4 Ever
Featuring some fairly complex serial stories, brightly colored scenes and highly imaginative characters, Japanese animation or animé is frequently seen on after-school and Saturday morning television. A popular series is the on-going story of Ash Ketcham and his friends, who live in a world populated by Pokémon, or pocket monsters. The strange and assorted Pokémon can be caught and trained to use their natural defense powers in sports-like competitions, called Pokémon battles. Of course, the ‘trainers’ of Pokémon are always looking for new and more powerful creatures.
This fourth feature length story introduces the Pokémon, Celebi (Sell-a-bee), who defends itself by traveling through time. A young boy named Sam stumbles onto an injured Celebi just before it travels to the future, taking Sam with it. In the future Sam meets Ash and his friends, but an evil trainer is also hunting the Celebi to use its power for bad things. Using a special Pokémon trap that changes any creature’s nature into an evil force, the hunter turns the forest-loving Celebi into a forest destroyer. And it’s up to Sam and Ash to try and restore Celebi’s good nature.
Although the stories usually feature a good moral-type message, in this case an environmentally friendly one, the frequent clashes glorify sports fighting and feature some fairly violent clashes. The stories are also based on Japanese mythology, which equates a living spirit in each item of nature. Celebi is called the voice or Spirit of the forest and another Pokémon is called the spirit of the North wind. Like Aesop’s fables, the moral messages are good, but the frequent violent clashes and nature spirits make it questionable viewing.