Pokémon: “Gotta Catch All the Success”

  • Gina O’Melia


In this chapter, O’Melia addresses what Pokémon is, how it was received by the young American audience when it debuted, and how it both conformed to the established narrative and conventional norms of Saturday Morning, and how it conformed to foreign tropes and conventions introduced by Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, while also introducing its own. From this point, she further explores Pokémon’s influence and the reaction of the networks at the time by analyzing Digimon, a Japanese program of the same servant-monster genre, and Jackie Chan Adventures, a popular American production, looking at how they either reflected these emerging foreign conventions or more traditional ones in this second stage of the cultural transition and Japanese integration on Saturday Morning.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gina O’Melia
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  1. 1.Division of Social SciencesHudson County Community CollegeJersey CityUSA

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