Pokemon world - real world crossover in flavor text?

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  1. Dendrobatida

    Dendrobatida New Member

    Was checking out some scannage of the LA cards, reading a bit of the flavor text. Poliwrath's reads as follows:

    "With its extremely tough muscles, it can keep swimming in the Pacific Ocean without resting."

    I've been playing this game since 2000, and I can't remember a card ever referencing anything from our world, nor anything in the movies, games, etc. suggesting that Ash & company's world is our world. That's not to say it hasn't happened - I haven't played all the games, and I haven't seen all the movies. I know there's a Pacifidlog town, but that's about as close as it gets in anything I've encountered.

    Is there precedent for this? Is it a one-time only thing? Is it a precursor to a plot development that has pokemon spilling over into our world, or vice versa? Or was this just a flavor-text-writing gaffe?
  2. The Fish King

    The Fish King New Member

    There was a magician, I think his name was Melvin, in the first or second season of the show that said he wanted to perform in Las Vegas. Other than that I haven't seen to many real life references eaither.
  3. totoro

    totoro Active Member

    I don't think a 4-Kids dub should count for this--they did a lot of "non-canon" things when they were doing the anime. Jelly donuts, anyone??

    I need to check and see if the Japan poli says "Pacific Ocean". That would be a neat crossover.
  4. Burninating_Torchic

    Burninating_Torchic New Member

    Actually, several Pokemon's pokedex text have mentioned real world locations, and it's been going on for a while.
    I know Rapidash says it can clear Ayers Rock in one leap...
    I think bulbapedia or somewhere had a full list of mentions.
  5. dogma

    dogma New Member

    I'm not too surprised... I think there a lot of subtle crossovers from the games as well... The regions in the game are all Japanese districts (I know Kanto is), aren't they?
  6. Burninating_Torchic

    Burninating_Torchic New Member

    They're all loosely based off of Japanese regions, yeah.
    Kanto's the only one that takes on the name of the real region, though.
  7. dogma

    dogma New Member

    Hehe I was very almost correct then :tongue:
  8. Magic_Umbreon

    Magic_Umbreon Researching Tower Scientist, Retired

    So the pokémon games are "set" in Japan? That is hilarious.
  9. PokemonSteve

    PokemonSteve New Member

    Further proof that Pokémon is real. Tsunekazu Ishihara is just hiding them from us!

    Btw is Tsunekazu spelt with or without a "u"? Cause on the bulbapedia its with a u, but on the worlds site its without the u.
  10. Burninating_Torchic

    Burninating_Torchic New Member

    There is a 'u' in the correct spelling, but it's probably barely pronounced as is the case with the 'u' at the end of the word 'desu' (roughly translates to 'is' - used when there's no other verb in a sentence). PUI/whoever it is has always dropped the u at worlds at whatnot.
  11. ShinySwampert

    ShinySwampert New Member

    Anyone recall Lt. Surge being called "The Lightning American"? There are plenty of real world references in Pokemon. Someone here already mentioned Rapidash's pokedex entry.
  12. Pikamaster

    Pikamaster Active Member

    Actually, it's the ponyta entry.:tongue:

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    And what about mew? In the first movie and FR/LG it says that is was found in Guiyana, South America.
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  13. TLesky

    TLesky Active Member

    The Game boy Leaf Green also mentions Guiyana, South America
  14. Umbreon777

    Umbreon777 New Member

    They need to make a Miltank reference to Indiana... =.=
  15. Pikamaster

    Pikamaster Active Member

    ^^Yep, missed that. But I don't have LG, so I wouldn't know. But I could have guessed, I guess.

    Back to back posts merged. The following information has been added:

    Leaf Green: Often seen swimming elegantly by lakeshores. It is often mistaken for the Japanese monster Kappa. Pokedex entry in LG mentions a Japanese monster. Though all pokemon are Japanese monsters.:lol:
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2008
  16. The Gorn

    The Gorn Active Member

    This is only the first subtle step in softening us up for a full blown invasion.

    Keep watching the skies. Keep watching the skies.
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