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Pokémon Day: So…Is Brock Black?

by Black America Web


February 27 marks a special day for fans of the global phenomenon that is Pokémon. That’s because on this day, 27 years ago ironically, the first Pokémon games were released in Japan under the titles Pocket Monsters Red, Pocket Monsters Green and the special edition Pocket Monsters Blue. By the time the game hit American markets two years later in 1998, the games were repackaged as Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue, which combined the previous titles into one fantastical journey on your Game Boy — remember those?!

Two-and-a-half decades later and the craze is still going strong, amplified further by a new slew of games and apps suitable for the digital-savvy generation of today.

With that said, Happy Pokémon Day!


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Although the “gotta catch ’em all” trope started for many with the video games, the trading cards definitely helped in fueling the Pokémania as well. However, the franchise truly became what it is as we know it today thanks to the animated series that gave voice to fan-favorite Pikachu — “pika! pika!” to be exact — and a cast of characters that gave the series its humanity.

While we all know the main main Ash Ketchum, it was his host of colleagues that helped make Pokémon the most successful video game adaptation of all time, currently in its 25th season with Ultimate Journeys on Netflix. True fans will remember his original crew, which consisted on Professor Oak and two foes-turned-friends in the form of Cerulean Gym firecracker Misty and Pewter City’s own Brock. However, the latter of Ash’s travel companions had a striking physical feature that was unlike any of the show’s other characters: he had dark skin.


As seen in the clip above, Pokémon’s resident loverboy also had dark chestnut hair that stood up on his head in a way that was synonymous with an afro, or at…

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