The Pokémon’s story began in 1996
Pokémon center is one of the most world-famous video games and animations. Its history started from a Gameboy, which was released in 1996 in Japan. Soon after the release, the game got popular among children, and broadcasting of the first Pokémon animation started in 1997. It is needless to say, the anime became popular nationwide instantly.
I’m sure most children in Japan (I wasn’t an exception) at that time were really into Pokémon; Playing Pokémon games, watching Pokémon anime every week, collecting Pokémon cards (I have never played with them since I was satisfied with just collecting them), going to theaters to watch Pokémon movie every summer, drawing Pokémon characters on notebooks during classes, asking parents to buy Pokémon goods…I don’t remember how much money I have spent on Pokémon. (Probably more than half of my allowances during the time I was an elementary school student.) Some of my classmates insisted Digimon is more interesting than Pokémon, and we had discussion about “Pokémon vs Digimon” such as “Pokémon have more moves than Digimon do!”, “Digimon can return to a baby which is cute, but Pokémon cannot once they evolve”, “We can have 6 Pokémons at the same time, but we can have only one Digimon!”. Which side do you think I was on? As for animation, I preferred Digimon, but maybe I was the side for Pokémon. Anyway, Pokémon became a social phenomenon undoubtfully in Japan.
A long time has passed since then, but Pokémon is still loved by a lot of people. A smartphone game, Pokémon GO, became a fad last year. So many people walked in parks on weekends to catch Pokémon with their smartphone, and it helped people to do exercise. It brought some bad aspects as well, though. The latest Pokémon game series, Pokémon Sun & Moon by Nintendo 3DS was also released last year. I haven’t watched Pokemon anime since I graduated from junior high school, but I am impressed that the journey of Satoshi (His English name is Ash) and Pikachu has been going on and on and on, and the anime is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year!
The Pokémon Center in our real world
You might have visited Pokémon Stops if you have played Pokémon Go, but what about the Pokémon Center in our real world? If you are a fan of Pokémon and have a chance to visit to Japan, I strongly recommend you should go to the Pokémon center! Although you cannot heal your partner Pokémon over there, it would be fun and a nice experience for you! There are 11 Pokémon Centers in Japan and each one has different displays. You cannot miss items that go on sale for a limited time or limited to a region, so even if you have already been to one of them, it’s not a bad idea to visit another Pokémon center in different locations, which you have not visited.
I’ve been to Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo and Pokemon Center SKYTREE. Solgaleo and Lunala are in front of the Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo. Mega evolved Charizard with Pikachu, Mega evolved Lucario and Mew Two Y. They have Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Rayquaza with Pikachu at Pokemon Center SKYTREE.
Variety of goods
There are many types of goods at the Pokemon Center; toys, cards, stationery, snacks, smartphone cases, accessories, etc. Let me tell you some Pikachu goods I found interesting.
- Pikachu in enemy teams’ costumes such as Team Rocket, Team Magma, Team Aqua, Team Ginga, Team Plasma, Team Flare, and Team Skull. (Personally I like Team Skull’s cosplay the best)
- Pikachu in world traditional costumes. (The statue of liberty is not traditional clothing though.)
- Pikachu in other Pokemon characters’ costumes.
Special service when you visit to Pokémon Center in your birthmonth
“Hmm, I wanna go to the Pokemon center, but I’m not sure when it will be …” If you haven’t made up your mind, you should go there in your birth month. The Pokémon Center has special services for your birth month present! All you have to do is just show your passport to a staff member at the Pokemon Center.
(1) Don’t forget to bring your 3DS and Pokémon Sun or Moon. You can choose of these three Pokémon : Pikachu, Eevee, or Confey. The official Pokémon website doesn’t mention this, but it seems like those three have already leant a special Z move… Go and check it out for yourself!
(2) Hmm, personally I’m not interested in this…They give you a crown made of paper. It seems like you can choose one of two designs. I guess all the staff at the Pokemon Center would celebrate your birth month if you wear the crown.
(3) You can get a special birthday card with Pokemon Center original illustration. What kind of illustration would it be? It’s a secret! If someone finds out what kind of birthday card they give, please let me know.
(4) You get a five percent discount coupon, which you can use at the Pokemon Center. There’s some things that you need to be careful of with this coupon. One: You can use the discount coupon on the exact same day you receive it. If you forgot to use the coupon on that day, you would have to give up using it, unfortunately. Two: There are a few items that you cannot use the coupon for, such as Game software, on-sale items, etc. You can ask about the details with the staff over there before you go to a cash register.
Are you interested in the Pokemon Center now? You can also buy Pokemon goods at an Anime shop in Japan, but the Pokemon Center is the number one place to get them! If you haven’t played the new Pokemon game Sun & Moon, the Pokemon center might make you want to play it.
The address and how to get the Pokemon Center are coming in the next article.