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For the past two days I've been sitting around re-watching the first season of Pokemon. Why? Because I love it! And it's summer and I have no obligations and it just feels good to delve into the past of your childhood. (It might also be because I'm mourning the fact that Harry Potter is ending.)

I found watching these episodes that there's a lot of cheesy puns that go on plus the fact that Team Rocket goes through a lot of abuse that would put any normal human being into the hospital and even possibly kill them. I guess if it's a children's cartoon, anything can happen!

It's always good to come back to things you watched or did as a child because you get a whole new perspective on everything. Everything is a lot funnier because you understand it or everything is a lot more on the "wtf, why was this funny again?" side. And a lot of things that I've noticed go a long the lines of, "And why was this allowed to be shown to children?!?!"

For example, in Sailor Moon, Sailor Uranus and Neptune were cousins and they also were, I don't even know if this is right, lesbian. And I watched it when I was a kid! You might think, yeah, homosexuality shouldn't be seen any differently then heterosexuality but back then (at least 12 years ago for me), everything was usually censored in North American television. If you watch the Japanese version of some of the Sailor Moon episodes, a lot of violence is edited out. Plus, Serena is in high school while Darian is well into college! (Mind you, I'm thinking this in terms of 12 years ago when the internet wasn't that popular and a 51 year old man marrying a 16 year old girl was considered taboo in North American culture.)

Anyway.. back to Pokemon. It isn't all that bad but I never knew Ash was so stubborn or so conceited at times. But he makes it up by loving his Pokemon all the way and doing anything to help them. Ahhh.. friendship is so much sweeter in fiction (*cough*)

Let me say this and I have a little sister who is 8 years old at the moment: tv shows these days aren't so family friendly anymore. I grew up watching Full House (which had very good morals in the end), Boy Meets World, Brotherly Love, Sailor Moon, Big Comfy Couch, Ready or Not, Pokemon, Digimon, Power Rangers, Two of a Kind, Teenage Guardian Angel, all the old school Disney Movie Cartoons and etc. but as I watch shows like Hannah Montana, iCarly, Sunny with a Chance, Cory in the House and all these crazy new Disney shows... the lack of morals is starting to put a frown on my face.

Maybe I was sheltered and lucky enough to avoid those "not so good" shows when I was a child but I find less and less of those cheesy, end of the show moments when the main character's dad or mom would bend down on one knee and hug their child, telling them what they did was wrong and the child admitting to the fault and vowing to change their ways.

Now a days. the plot usually goes along the lines of: I want something! I'm going to do something extremely stupid and unrealistic to obtain what I want. I do this insane stupid thing and get all of friends covered in spaghetti or soaked in goop or fall down a hill. I try to fix it by doing something even stupider and mess it up even further. In the end, I fail and find out I shouldn't have done that stupid thing in the first place.

I find the messages these days are: go do stupid things but don't do them twice!

365 times a year

The sun's light peaks through those grey Vancouver clouds and spills into my room everyday. I might as well write something about what happens afterward.


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