Pokémon is the devil and satanic panic of the 90s | Digital Trends Spanish


Maybe because we have been associating the figure of the devil with dragons and horned creatures for about 1,200 years, and more specifically, with that of Satan, months after Pokémon arrived in America on February 27, 1998, groups of Christian priests in various countries of the world began to name Pikachu and his then 150 cronies as the new emissaries of evil. . Some that, as if that were not enough, attracted children and youth with video games, a device that already before caused heinous killings.

Total that powerful motif made its way until the 90s. The cartoon that recounted the adventures of Ash and Pikachu to become a Pokémon master became a success and the Pokémon Red and Blue games sold thousands of copies. Behind the scenes, the demon carried his message to children all over the world. To God’s messengers the threat was obvious. Pikachu was not a pun between species and the onomatopoeic sound of mice according to the Japanese, but the letters behind which the god of reincarnation was hidden.

For others the manipulation of the demon was rather subtle. It wasn’t that Pikachu was a charismatic devil servant, but that Satan used it skillfully to detonate those behaviors attributed, according to Christianity, to the devil. The truth is that in those years, several of the millennials who went crazy a few years ago with Pokémon Go were 10-year-old children obsessed with everything that had yellow. UK was shocked when elementary school kids acted like gangsters to get the letter from the prized Gengar. And how Mewtwo caused a stylish mess The Warriors, schools began to ban anything related to Pokémon. Above, some photosensitive children who saw a scene from the cartoon ended up with seizures of epilepsy. Pure work of the devil.

The truth is that, behind the scandalized society of adults that blamed the fashionable pastime of children for their carelessness in parenting, there were already several cases of violence committed by adolescents in which the blame was at least partially attributed to the violent video games, with Mortal Kombat Y Doom as the first mentioned. The religious failed in their mission and Pikachu was literally in the shoes of the demonized.

So far, no scientific research has concluded a direct link between violence and video games or fantasy characters, although some acknowledge that, like any other cultural and media product, they are a source of contact with violence. Of the relationship between Pikachu and Satan we can only add that ten centuries ago the demon was painted as a dragon, and pokémon is full of dragons.

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