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I interviewed some Japanese kids about Pokemon today...

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by , 25th November 2009 at 03:40 AM (928 Views)
You guys know that I'm currently teaching English in Japan, right? I don't have to do this big lengthy introduction, do I?


Well, today, my third grade class (think 8-9 years old) was learning family related vocabulary. Y'know..."mother," "father," "brother," etc.

Well, after having the kids help me draw up Son Goku's family tree (fact: most of them didn't know anything beyond what's been shown on Kai so far) and playing some games, I had about two minutes to kill. So, I decided to quiz them with some Pocket Monsters examples.

The results are:

  • Nobody knew who Takeshi's dad was.
  • Nobody knew the name of Satoshi's mom. Only a few kids even knew that he *had* one.
  • Nobody knew Hikari's mom's name, but they did at least know that she had "round hair" and used to be a Coordinator.


Of course, this whole thing was very unscientific and is anecdotal evidence at best.

Still, it kind of helps you realize why the TV series can get away with recycling plots over and over again.

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  1. Meron's Avatar
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    I wonder how many of them knew that Satoshi traveled with Kasumi before. O_o
  2. Dogasu's Avatar
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    Who? :P
    Eitarou likes this.
  3. Yoshi-san's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogasu
    Who? :P
    LOL. This blog also proves my point. I'm say that later...
  4. Kasumi's Avatar
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    Pocket Monsters? What's that?
  5. Mijzelffan's Avatar
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    lol. Now they probably think you're a pokémon watching weirdo right? xD nah just kidding, but don't overdo it with the pokémon, or they'll think that for sure.
  6. The Fighting Misty's Avatar
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    Haha, you should have asked them if they knew who Misty was.

    And if May hadn't appeared in DP, I think most of them wouldn't know who she is either.
  7. Blackjack Gabbiani's Avatar
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    Hasn't Hanako's name never been said in the series? What with the professor calling her "Satoshi no mama-san" in the second movie when he's talking directly TO HER.
  8. Dogasu's Avatar
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    No, I don't think it has.

    Still, I don't think they even knew that his mom's been on the show before.

    Quote Originally Posted by mijzelffan
    lol. Now they probably think you're a pokémon watching weirdo right? xD nah just kidding, but don't overdo it with the pokémon, or they'll think that for sure.
    I'm actually very careful to avoid just that. The last thing I want to do is to seem like, in any way, shape, or form, any of these guys.
  9. Bubble Frog's Avatar
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    Glad at least they don't think strangely of you. I dont get why you'd be embarrassed, when I was in the 3rd grade my teacher brought up "Spongebob" and "Fairly Odd Parents" all the time.
    Updated 13th July 2012 at 03:32 AM by Bubble Frog

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