Despite the wise adage to "write what you know," this week I'm tackling Pokémon - the Japanese video game/television show/card game that is currently riding a tsunami of popularity with American kids (mine included.) As many of the following fan sites were created by kids, you'll find the usual assortment of spelling errors and grammatical mistakes - I was able to overlook them and still enjoy the sites - and I hope you will too.
"When your adventure begins, you'll be asked to choose names for yourself and your rival, Professor Oak's grandson. You may choose default names from the computer's list or make up two of your own." This official site certainly provides insight into how big this Pokémon thing is. Did you know that the Japanese airline ANA has painted one of its transpacific Boeing 747 jetliners with Pokémon characters? Visit Pokémon World for their comprehensive Strategy Guide and the Pokédex encyclopedia, which "will tell you everything you need to know about them [the Pokémon]: their powers, their evolution, who they can beat in a duel...and who to watch out for!"