It would be an understatement to say that I’m excited for Pokemon Go to finally launch here in the Philippines. I’ve been playing the Pokemon games on Nintendo since 2003. I started off playing Jelu’s version of Pokemon Sapphire, and I found the game unbelievably cute.
Since 2003, I’ve played at least 1 game from each of the 6 generations, and last month I made an advanced purchase of the 2 games that are coming out for generation 7 — Pokemon Sun and Moon. I’m also subscribed to Pokemon Bank, an online system that allows you to move pokemon between games. There are currently 721 pokemon that have been released by GameFreak (the creators of the franchise) — and I’ve caught all 721. I have all the regular pokemon, all of their evolutions, all of the legendary pokemon, and even all of the mythical pokemon. Yes, there is a difference between legendary and mythical pokemon. I. Have. Them. All. I even have several shiny pokemon (pokemon with rare coloration), including shiny legendaries and shiny mythical pokemon.
I’m just as big a fan of the Pokemon anime as I am of the games. As of today, there have been 929 episodes spread across 19 seasons. I’ve seen them all, including 6 episodes that were banned outside of Japan due to controversial content. I’ve watched the episode which caused epileptic fits in several Japanese children at the time of its airing. I’ve even seen the most recent 10 episodes which haven’t aired in their English version yet, because they upload the episodes with English subtitles a few days after they air in Japan. In fact, I’ve watch most of the Pokemon XY series (125+ episodes) in Japanese with English subtitles because I don’t have the patience to wait for the English dubbed version to come out.
I’ve seen 18 out of the 19 Pokemon movies. The only reason I haven’t seen the 19th movie is because it only came out in Japan a few days ago and is still screening in cinemas there. I’m so addicted to Pokemon, that I’m familiar with theories that link the Pokemon universe to everything from alchemy, Norse and Hindu mythology, and post-apocalyptic scenarios. When I’m really bored, I watch YouTube videos of people playing Pokemon games — both the regular games and hacked-ROM versions.
For everyone who has joined or who will join the Pokemon Go craze, welcome to the Pokeverse. You might not reach the same level of obsession that I have with the franchise, but that’s fine. I’m sure you’ll have as much fun as is appropriate for your level of sanity.