A comic and electronic-game world of characters. The name is an abbreviation of "Pocket Monsters." Originally the name of a Nintendo "Game Boy" game which debuted in Japan in 1996. In the game, there are 151 kinds of monsters hidden in various places, and a player's job is to hunt for them, using a map that guides him on an adventurous journey through towns and forests and over oceans. When a monster is found, the player captures and take care of it. Part of what makes the Pokemon world so fun is the many different kinds of cute and weird monsters modeled from animals, bugs, and mythical beasts. Since its birth as a game, Pokemon has since been merchandised into anime, manga, toys, books and other media. (from What's Cool in Japan, http://web-jpn.org/kidsweb/cool.html).
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