We’ve been digging into John Tran’s character for the past few days. The 18-year-old protagonist of Pokemon Go, Tran was caught along with 200 other contestants in a watersport-hopping-off-the-seashore match in Hawaii in a series of pictures. But “catch ’em all” turned out to be a fantasy that Tran worked out in the 1970s.
His apparent obsession with Pokemon has been an ongoing rumor for many years, during which Tran has described his own obsession with the anime-inspired creatures. Tran first encountered “Amos” and “Zombie” as a child on his parents’ version of Aqua Velva, a much different Pikachu than one that you, probably, have seen in the real world. As he told the Wall Street Journal in 2010, the Pokemon cartoon scenes at the beginning of those shows were like a set of “melodies in someone’s head.” They had no relevance to the real world, “no real characters and nothing [was] magical,” he added.
The one thing that’s true about the Pokémon/Pokemon Go phenomena is that they don’t have anywhere near as big an audience as, say, Hello Kitty or that red-haired Transformer. And that’s the big difference between Tran and Miyazaki. Miyazaki, the movie maestro responsible for the Akira films, created one of the greatest epics of all time. In his early days, Miyazaki was actually difficult to please, telling kids at elementary school that he was denying their spiritual needs and forcing them to adapt to his philosophy. Miyazaki’s rise as a film maestro over the course of the past few decades is the stuff of legends, and has influenced, if not now, then in the future.
“Pokemon Go” is the new black in the Nintendo Vs. Sony general mania. It’s the only thing that makes Miyazaki look like a douche.
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