Animenia - Holiday Hi-Jynx! (Pokemon Christmas Episode)

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  • Dokemonstudios  - This Special?
    How could we not know this was going to be reviewed?
  • Ragnorokian  - Break the cycle!
    I personally love Pokemon but, good god, enough! I want a new anime! One with an equally strange premise and an even more confusing......cardgame. That's it! In order to Break the Cycle of constant pokemon reviews you review an anime that grossed almost as much an anime as Pokemon in the United States! That right, Yuuuuuuuuuu- Giiiiiiiiiiiii- Ohhhhhhhhh! (Yu-Gi-Oh).
  • Ragnorokian  - break the cycle part2
    Hey Suede, even though I'd prefer you review my old Saturday morning bff YU-GI-OH, I would also like you to review an anime that I think got me to love action anime in the first place, DRAGON BALL (Z)!
  • James Picard  - Leave the Cycle Alone
    Wow, just wow. He goes out of his way to make free content every month despite the fact that he has a job, and all you can do is complain about how he's not reviewing an anime you want reviewed? You're not being forced to watch, you know. If you don't like the Pokemon reviews, just don't watch them. He has every right to do what he wants, and just because you want to see it doesn't mean he has to do it. You're not entitled to anything. Either accept that he's going to review whatever he wants to, or just leave. Because he's probably not going to change anytime soon.
  • Lord_Edge
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    Great video Suede!

    Here is a video that actually finds the most likely origin of Jynx. An old Japanese myth of a creature called the Yama-Uba.

    http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=p8X3l_Tt8VE& list=FLdaPGFNnxf26UCYkr5S Fy1A&index=5
  • TheIrrehensibleTJ
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    The anti-spam filter on the site automatically puts spaces in a url. Take the spaces out to get to whatever the link is.
  • TheLemsterPju
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    Nice Vinyl Scratch plushie :3
  • Nikoxine
    See internet. There was a pony. And nobody died. *GASP*
  • Terrac
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    Suede, I commend you for that weekenders reference! Are you ever going to review that show or are you just a fan?
  • Ragnorokian
    If your talking about him viewing Weekenders, don't. Not because I think it's good, bad, funny, not funny, it's just that, it's not an anime. And Suede is an Anime Reviewer. If I'm wrong correct me.
  • Rue_Ryuzaki2
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    Yeah this episode raised some questions about the pokemon universe. Also wasnt 1 of the pokemon said to be a alien or well from space?
  • Firechick12012
    Okay. THIS WAS AWESOME!!! And I love your tangents! In fact, you should do more of them! If you ever get the chance to review The Vision of Escaflowne, you should go on a tangent about how chirpy Dilandau's English voice is, the fact that he's voiced by Shining Armor and Braeburn from My Little Pony, and how awesome the German dub of it is, which you seriously need to watch (and it's on YouTube!)! I never did understand why this episode was banned until now, and you certainly made it clear. Are the Japanese really that unaware of perceptions in the West?
  • Kiki-Yushima  - Actually...
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    I found a good theory about what Jinx is based off: the Yama Uba.

    http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=p8X3l_Tt8VE
  • Runeaddyste
    Ahh, Kyuu, you little psychopath. How I love you so!
  • LordLowa
    I dunno if i wasn't fed id get pretty violent too.

    Still an adorable psycho, also quite educated it seems.
  • ladydiskette
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    Oh so that is how you spell it.


    I was spelling him "Que" this whole time, silly me.
  • Shinigami
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    MatPat did video about Jynx in his Game Theory series and mentioned japanese legend Yama-Uba that Jynx could be based on.
  • TheGreatPretender  - Cool episode.
    Regarding the whole racism thing, I think people take it a little too far to the extreme. I mean, I never actually connected Mr. Popo with that stereotype until someone pointed it out. And yes, I can see the distinction now, but I never even considered him to be human. I always thought he was just another one of many strange species of the DragonBall universe. Thank God nobody forced the animators to change him in the American version.

    Another thing is, shouldn't Santa's sleigh be driven by magical Stantlers?
  • Furrama
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    Have you not seen the neon blue Popo?
  • ParaChomp
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    Didn't exist yet but one appears in a future Christmas special.
  • cevlakohn
    "Christ" doesn't mean "chosen one", it means "annointed". It was the Greek word used in the Septuagint to translate the Hebrew term referring to the fact that kings and the icons of the gods were annointed in oil.
  • Fanloser
    Jessie isn't 15 in the Japanese canon, she's 25, the fansub was a mistranslation.
  • thorondragon
    guess that explains it. lols. still doesn't explain how ash hasn't aged in over fifteen or so years, and has, in fact, gotten stupid.......... and looks like he is eight for some reason. perhaps the characters of the pokemon actually age in reverse. perhaps they are born old and grow younger as they age then grow the other direction after or something. makes more sense than pikachu, who should be level eighty, getting his ass kicked by a level five elekid.
  • Fanloser
    That or Nintendo wants him to be a permanent "relatable" character for the kids.
  • Cferra
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    Great video! I really liked the "No reindeer!" bit and in comes Stantler!
  • Emilie Bennett
    Banning the Christmas episode of Pokemon just because Jynx looked "racist" is just a tad silly. She doesn't even look that human, and she's supposed to be the mythical ice queen like you said. Ash and the other Ketchums probably have a congenital disease or something, which is why he doesn't age, LOL. Lapras is psychic because... it can learn the move of the same name? And oddly enough, it also knows moves like Thunderbolt and Solarbeam, the latter especially weird since it's half Ice. But seriously, this Christmas episode isn't any different from the Christmas episodes of the various cartoons that Phelous was reviewing this year, because Team Rocket held Santa hostage like Robotnik and King Koopa have.
  • TheMedia
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    There was just one thing that bugged me about this episode. In episode 52, didn't Jessie state she came from a poor family?

    As for the "racism" thing....I never saw that, nor did my family. We just assumed it was a cultural thing and never thought more of it. In fact Gaijin Goomba did state that over in Japan all they know about the African American culture is what is portrayed in the media, and therefor emulate the look of them out of admiration not spite. They don't know about the horrors of the ideas of slavery and that.

    Also you have no idea how EPIC it was to see SOMEBODY on this site make a Weekenders reference! And I laughed so hard at the Superman joke.

    Lastly, to most commenters, its awesome to see that OTHER people do know about MatPat ^^
  • Extreme-Madness  - Re:Exception: Black Lagoon
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    Wanna watch anime without the stereotypical black characters with big lips, then watch Black Lagoon. Personally, my favorite anime.
  • ladydiskette
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    Wasn't there another banned episode where they were at a swim suit competition and James had on fake breasts so that Team Rocket could win the money or something?
  • opzs
    I'm sorry Suede that was a very nice video but can the next one please be Pokemon the third movie, I have been waiting months for it.
  • PopCultureOtaku
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    Seriously does this country make to much out of everything so much. I didn't know it was dvd but I got pick that dvd up.
    Interesting not there is a christmas short that was released on Pikachu's Winter Vacation tape.
  • loontje
    as a Dutchie I have to mention: sinterklaas LOL
  • Blizz3112
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    Santa is just a rip-off ;-)...
  • Pinkemon
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    Oh yeah. I remember hearing about these banned pokemon episodes before and looked for some online, but I think I watched all of them but this one. This older animation and such is giving me nostalgia as well.

    (Regarding the race bits, as a dutch person I never really saw Black Pete as an offensive stereotype cause his depiction never really seemed like a depiction of a slave to me but more something like an assistant. He's wearing some pretty fancy clothes for a supposed slave, and its not like they're the only ones who do the work while saint nicholas just lazes around at home. Of course, it probably also has to do with the fact that I grew up with this holiday and it was always treated like a perfectly normal thing. Just some thoughts. Its fine if people disagree.)
  • thorondragon
    the sad truth is that some slaves did have decent clothes if their masters could afford giving them it. the cotton kings were mostly an illusion of grandeur. your typical slave owner worked in the fields with his slaves.
  • Pinkemon
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    Oh. I guess I should've known that those ideas could've been stereotypes in a way. My bad.
  • thorondragon
    jessie is supposed to be fifteen? huh, never knew that. though somehow not so surprised by it. it could kinda make sense, at least in the earlier seasons before they started to lose any amount of mental processes. teens bullying a younger kid kinda scenario. then again, no one fucking ages, or at least ages at a slower rate. if my math is right, the lifespan of your average pokemon world human may well be over four hundred years. then again, they were born in a world full of superhuman demons, dragons, and beasts that could kill any human from our world in a single attack, even the rattatta, so maybe that is why they are so durable.
  • jellybabiebunny
    Here is what i don't get. Jessie and james are supposed to be 15, but broke is ALSO suppost to be 15. So how can they be taller and how can they call him a twerp? Answer:
    BECAUSE THE ARN'T FREACKEN 15! why r japanese people so strange?
  • thorondragon
    scartch that. it was a dubbing error apparrently. she is twenty five. and has remained twenty five for the last fifteen years apparrently. as i theorized, 400 year lifespan.
  • Shaitan051
    No. NO.
    Ganguro predates the original Pokemon game release by a few years. It gained popularity later but its origin begins pre-Pokemon.
    Don't even get me started on Yama-uba which some kinds of ganguro are named after and predates Pokemon by hundreds of years.
  • thorondragon
    just because arceus is a creator does not mean the myth about him creating everything is true. consider the fact that mew has the dna of every pokemon is existence, and this includes arceus. unlike ditto, who mimics, mew seems to just have it. this coudl be theorized that mews existed before the world or universe weree created, and thus are older or as old as arceus. and arceus creating the world is put into doubt considering its powers are actually pretty limited. it can start things only and reverse the damage it has done, but nothing more. ho oh, on the other hand, while not as powerful in terms of the stats, has the ability to not only destroy and restore, but change and enhance and alter. it turn three weak, dead pokemon into the beast trio.

    god i love speculating on a kids show. lols. though to be honest, the concept of pokemon is actually quite expanded since its creation. there is just something to it, as if waiting for it to take all these random pieces and be put into a whole.
  • twilightguardian
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    I don't think this was banned in Canada. I could be wrong and by all means correct me if I am. But I had watched this episode as a kid. I think I was around 10 or 11 when this came out. I found nothing wrong with it but when I found out the reasons for why this was banned, I thought it was a stupid reason.

    But I'm also a person who doesn't really see regular stereotypes as anything particularly offensive. I also think that while some of the characters in some anime might very well depict stereotypes of black people but as a kid hearing that two obviously non-human creatures were considered black stereotypes, I thought that the people who found this offensive to be very high on themselves. But also that they must be very insecure about themselves as well.

    But I do have to ask, and maybe ruining any kind of joke, but how did you know they were unpaid? What if they were paid in special pokefood or other things trainers can get for their pokemon? Perhaps it's just a nitpick but I have gotten into the habit of asking 'How do you know this?' for every baseless assumption I hear.
  • ThatDudeInTheSuede
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    No, that's cool. It was somewhat of an exaggeration for impact, BUT I don't think there's been any precedent for pokemon being paid money for anything, and slaves traditionally get paid in food anyway (as in they work to be fed). By the traditional definition, ALL pokemon are 'slaves' anyway, or at least servants, as they are all sentient and understand human language yet work for their masters for nothing monetary. Thanks for the concern though!
  • jellybabiebunny
    I'm from scotland. I remember seeing this episode on tv.
  • Behellmorph
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    I love your pokemon reviews. It sure is a pleasant experience to watch an old pokemon episode.
  • The Guy that Died in MM Zero 1
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    Regardsless of what Jynx or those other characters are designed after, often times in Japanese media EVERYONE is a stereotype, I mean look at Street Fighter; the Japanese characters are a karate master and a sumo wrestler!
  • Agumon  - Game Theory
    Jynx is NOT racist, and it has been proven. Go to the link for more info.

    http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=p8X3l_Tt8VE
  • ThatDudeInTheSuede
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    That's a very good and well-researched theory, but it's not 'proof'. It would only be proof if the creators said exactly what they based Jynx on. Here's the thing: I never said Jynx was INTENDED to be racist. She wasn't, and maybe she really was based on Yama-uba or ganguro or even black peter. It doesn't matter, it still LOOKS like a golliwog or a blackface, and I understand if black people don't want to be reminded of that period in time, even if it was accidental.

    Dang! Should have put that in the video...
  • ArmymanZ
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    Then why did you use Carole Weatherford's article?I saw no research into ancient Japanese culture in her article.She comes off as Anti-Asian in the article and only calls racism if it only applies to African Americans.Where was she when the Mexican stereotype Pokemon Lombre/Ludicolo came out? You know the type that dance and use thief.Because of her Jynk is displayed in the Jim Crow Museum! She would probably call people with the last name "Blackman" racist or sue them to change their last name.
  • jellybabiebunny  - READ THIS OR I EAT U!
    Nice review. I loved Pokemon too! it was epic!

    When r u gonna review another another Pokemon movie? I've been waitin ages....

    Also, could u review Holy matrimony? it's my faverote episode ever and i want to see ur opinion. Please? PLEASE?
  • ThePhantom
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    Serenity now! Woah, was actually going to ask about the color change but thankfully, all that I cared to be addressed about it has.
    Anyway, you better believe I remember Weekenders!
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