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The Route (003) Regional Divide

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I wanted to take a break and explore a debate that I've become accustomed to since Black & White's initial release; that of Generation five's regional name in North America as Unova, versus its Japanese name as Isshu. As is a well known fact, Isshu was the name given to the region and many suspected that name would be directly carried over for all releases, just as it did for every generation prior. We've always shared regional names, most people took this as a staple of the franchise.

But this has divided fans, including myself and my friends. We've hotly debated the legitimacy of Unova's naming versus what the developers initially intended with Isshu, which means "one variety", a name that harkens back to the spirit and culture of America, while many cannot agree on where Unova's origin actually lies. If there is factual information from the developers on Unova, do tell, it's simply something I have no interest in looking up.

Personally, even though I am a NA player, in my personal canon, Isshu is the established name of B&W's region. I feel like tampering with that is an insult to the franchise, and a separation between global fans. We've always been connected through Pokémon's naming conventions, and many feel this has effectively separated us. That's quite the bold claim.

And I see truth in that. We've become divided by a single name, something that we've always bore as universal and eternally connecting the fans. Pokémon might have different names, cities might be different, but we all share the same region. We're all getting Kalos, even, a further sting in this argument. Where it upsets the obsessive compulsives like myself and see the trend broken and simply cannot cope with that.

Yes, I know the previous four regions are connected phonetically, there are minor spelling differences, but overall we all share the same regional name. Except for blasted Isshu. It's Unova in english, Unys in french, Einall in German, Unima in italian, Teselia in spanish, Hana in korean, Hézhóng in chinese, and Isshu in Japan. Now I know in some of these languages the previous four regions can even differ, but that's simply open for debate as well. Where is the line drawn?

Pokémon's country of origin is Japan, and the english language countries have always shared the naming conventions, save for this one time, and it unnerves me and a few friends, while others simply see no bearing on a name.

Maybe it's because of my otaku habits that tie into the support of the country of origin's naming conventions, but be that as it may, I still find that it is a logical, grounded argument, and not the ramblings of a madman.

Unova VS. Isshu.

What side of the argument do you find yourself on?

Black and White are from Isshu, that's where I stand.

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  1. Xita's Avatar
    At first I was mad.

    But now I don't care anymore. I guess if I had to pick it'd be Unova.
  2. Garren's Avatar
    We've always been connected through Pokémon's naming conventions, and many feel this has effectively separated us. That's quite the bold claim.
    Did you forget the fact that pretty much every Pokemon, person, and location for the most part also has a different name depending on the language?
  3. Red's Avatar
    No, I noted that there are many more things we don't share. So what makes the region more important. Simply put, it does for some, and doesn't for others.

    Pokémon might have different names, cities might be different, but we all share the same region. -Obviously I'm making initial points for both sides of the argument. You should read the entire blog before making assumptions.
  4. L.L.'s Avatar
    (Un)ited States (of) (A)merica
    (Un) (of) (A)
    of=ov
    Unova

    Explained.

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