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02:18 pm: One of those moments when it all becomes clear
I just suffered one of those weird moments when something you’ve known for a long time suddenly appears in a different light.

I’ve been quite familiar with Pokemon for at least 8 or 10 years now, and I’ve read the Pokemon Hall of Fame to the kids numerous times…but only this time, as we reviewed Team Rocket teams ‘Annie and Oakley’ and ‘Butch and Cassidy’ did I stop to wonder why our regular team of Team Rocket Villains did not have some similar witty name…
 
And then I saw it…Jesse James.
 
Jesse and James from Team Rocket are named after the bandit Jesse James.

Blew my mind.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 10th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)

I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger

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And then it hit me!

My kids actually figured this out long before I did!

A lot of the Pokemon also have clever names based on their 'species' or whatever they call 'em but sometimes the clever name is only clever in Japanese. I never understood the reason that Magicarp turns into Garidos - until we read that in Dragon lore, a carp can jump over a magic gate and transform into a dragon. And Articuno, Zapdos & Moltres are "Uno" "Dos" & "Tres". Jigglypuff is named Pulin in Japan which means "Pudding" in Japanese.

The things one learns from one's children! (Now, tell me why they can remember a thousand detailed facts about 400andsome pretend cartoon animals and can't seem to recall the multiplication tables-?) --Ave
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From:arhyalon
Date:August 10th, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC)

Re: I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger

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Oh, that's pretty neat!

I know Jesse and James are not called that in Japan. I wonder if their names mean something there.

My favorite is Pikachu, whose name in English would be, roughly, Zap-Squeak -- the sound lightning makes followed by the noise a mouse makes.

My sister-in-law also thought Meowth was very funny. Apparently, in Japanese, all his word endings have a cat meowing sound to them, something they did not reproduce in English.

From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 11th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)

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My daughter has pointed me to this site: http://www.trsrockin.com/japan.html

and we found that James is "Kojiro" and Jesse is "Musashi".

Both are named after important Samurai; Musashi defeated Kojiro in a very important battle (and this is probably why Jesse always beats up on James all the time)

Kojiro means 'second son' and we haven't found the meaning of Musashi, except to mean 'warrior'

Meowth is "Nyarth" which is the sound cats make in Japan.

The site posted above has more stuff in it than I ever wanted to know...but undoubtedly will be expected to learn. - Ave
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 11th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)

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My favorite Pokemon is Psyduck. Its the perfect Pokemon for a mother of a large family. In fact, I have been informed on more than one occasion that I resemble said creature. I love my children, realIy I do!! :) - Ave
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From:arhyalon
Date:August 14th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)

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Oh yes, Charmander is one of my favorites. I also like Ponyta, Rapidash, and Nine-tails. (Still smarting over the pokemen picked as 'most beautiful' in the Scolasatic Hall of Fame book.)
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