12th July 2005, 04:58 PM
"Disturb not the harmony..."
I've been thinking about the ecological theme that is at the core of Pokémon, anime-wise. The thread title, of course, comes from the ancient legend that comes to pass in Pokémon the Movie 2000. Pokémon are in harmony with, and to some extent control, the elements that make up their world. When any of these elements is out of place, they react. We see the same today with animals reacting to natural disasters often before humans are aware of any danger.
In our world, we have national parks, wildlife refuges, and caves and caverns that are set aside by law to preserve nature or to commemorate historical figures or events. The same holds true in the Pokémon world. The dam foreman agreed that building a dam, which might help the humans in the area, would harm the Pokémon by destroying their habitat. The dam wasn't built as a result. Nastina attempted to destroy a coral reef by building a hotel on it and was stopped by a Godzilla-size Tentacruel. The Safari Zone is another example, and there probably are many more that I've neglected to mention.
I've wondered if there are water Pokémon refuges. In Florida, we have the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary. Why wouldn't a seaside region have the same thing? The Orange Archipelago comes to mind; I contemplate the size and scale of the reef systems off Shamouti Island. Does Ice Island extend to the seafloor, and provide a wall for adventurous divers?
And what about Cinnabar Island? How is the bustling tourist trade protected by the island's active volanco and its continous eruptions? And is Fire Island the remnant of a once-active volcano that has grown from the ocean's depths?
And think of what happens when humanity is allowed to run amok: Gringy City, the smog-filled and industrially polluted town where Ash captures a Muk. That sadly represents many of our cities on Earth today. Too bad the Pokémon aren't around to warn us.