Archive for August, 2012

Back To My Roots

Yosh! It’s been a while since my last post. This is mostly due to the hectic nature of a student’s life. Classes,exams,assignments and all sorts of crap gets in the way. Well that’s just how life’s work. Sigh

Anyway I would like to tell a story about what got me interested in anime,manga and video games. What defines me as a person. Let’s get started then.

1.Pokemon (2000)

Pokemon. Yeah, I still remembered how I accidentally watched Pokemon. I was 9, drowsy waking up from bed because I need to go to school. There was a cartoon slot from 7- 9 a.m, showcasing a lot of  kids oriented anime. I turned on the t.v, and watched this new show called Pokemon. It was the first episode where Ash met Pikachu for the first time. I noticed something different about this show. It was the first show that introduced me to the concept of interaction between a human (trainer) and a monster. Like Ash, I was too amazed by the slight  glimpse of  a mythical bird Pokemon (later was known as Ho-oh) flew to the horizon. I was immediately hooked. 

At school, the Pokemon craze started to go viral. A lot of students went and bought a Gameboy, so they can play Pokemon Red/Blue. The Pokemon trading card game was also popular, with students bringing their collections to swap cards and battle during the lunchtime. They battle/trade  their Pokemons using the link cable, and a lot of Gameboy was confiscated because it was illegal to bring a Gameboy to school.  It was really crazy back then at school.

Shit just got real

A year later, I managed to play my first Pokemon game, Pokemon Blue. This was the first JRPG that I played in my life, and it was the first JRPG that I managed to complete too. A lot of fond memories I’ve had with this game, especially when my sister and I spent an hour travelling blindly in the dark cave after the second gym because we did not have HM Flash. Walking in random directions, listening to the sound cues when we hit the cave’s wall, battling random mountain guys that used rock type Pokemon (Geodude, Zubat and etc), were all the difficulties that we have to endure  just to get out of the cave.We were really happy when we managed to survive and get out of that cave safely.  THANK YOU SQUIRTLE! And the ability to travel to Kanto and battling Red in Pokemon Gold/Silver really blew my mind back then.

It was the first game that introduced the term RPG for me. Since then, my taste in games are mostly JRPG oriented. Without Pokemon, I wouldn’t be introduced to the concept of having an adventure in a video game. So thank you Pokemon!