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* InexplicablyAwesome: Being able to be stored and transported as data is a property of the Pokémon themselves instead of technology. In theory, they could be housed in a glasses case instead of a Poké Ball. This is never explained, but later confirmed to still be canon (and not just EarlyInstallmentWeirdness) in ''VideoGame/PokemonLegendsArceus''.

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* InexplicablyAwesome: Being able to be stored and transported as data is a property of the Pokémon themselves instead of technology. In theory, they could be housed in a glasses case instead of a Poké Ball. This is never explained, but later confirmed to still be canon (and not just EarlyInstallmentWeirdness) in ''VideoGame/PokemonLegendsArceus''. However, this fact originated from the guidebook ''Pocket Monsters Encyclopedia'' published a year earlier.


''Pocket Monsters: The Animation'' is a [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] two-installment series of LightNovels based on ''Anime/PokemonTheSeries'', authored by Creator/TakeshiShudo (the original chief writer for the anime, who left during the Johto League). It expands a lot on background details not mentioned or alluded to in the series proper. Many aspects of it have since been contradicted by later seasons of the anime, which leaves its canonical status invalid, however [[VideoGame/PokemonLegendsArceus later installments of the franchise]] have borrowed some elements from it.

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''Pocket Monsters: The Animation'' is a [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] two-installment series of LightNovels based on ''Anime/PokemonTheSeries'', authored by Creator/TakeshiShudo (the original chief writer for the anime, who left during the Johto League). It expands a lot on background details not mentioned or alluded to in the series proper. Many aspects of it have since been contradicted by later seasons of the anime, which leaves its canonical status invalid, however [[VideoGame/PokemonLegendsArceus later installments of the franchise]] have borrowed some elements from it.
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''Pocket Monsters: The Animation'' is a [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] two-installment series of LightNovels based on ''Anime/PokemonTheSeries'', authored by Creator/TakeshiShudo (the original chief writer for the anime, who left during the Johto League). It expands a lot on background details not mentioned or alluded to in the series proper. Some aspects of it have since been contradicted by later seasons of the anime, which leaves its canonical status ambiguous.

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''Pocket Monsters: The Animation'' is a [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] two-installment series of LightNovels based on ''Anime/PokemonTheSeries'', authored by Creator/TakeshiShudo (the original chief writer for the anime, who left during the Johto League). It expands a lot on background details not mentioned or alluded to in the series proper. Some Many aspects of it have since been contradicted by later seasons of the anime, which leaves its canonical status ambiguous.
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* AlternateContinuity: The novel's version of events differs quite a bit from the anime. Just for [[IncrediblyLamePun starters]], Ash never gets Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur.
* AllThereInTheManual: Reveals a ''lot'' of information about the anime world, though how trustworthy it is is up for question, considering the divergences from it.

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* AllThereInTheManual: Reveals a ''lot'' of information about the anime world, though how trustworthy it is is up for question, considering the divergences from it.
* AlternateContinuity: The novel's version of events differs quite a bit from the anime. Just for [[IncrediblyLamePun starters]], Ash never gets Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur.
* AllThereInTheManual: Reveals a ''lot'' of information about the anime world, though how trustworthy it is is up for question, considering the divergences from it.
Bulbasaur.


* InexplicablyAwesome: Being able to be stored and transported as data is a property of the Pokémon themselves instead of technology. In theory, they could be housed in a glasses case instead of a Poké Ball. This is never explained.

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* InexplicablyAwesome: Being able to be stored and transported as data is a property of the Pokémon themselves instead of technology. In theory, they could be housed in a glasses case instead of a Poké Ball. This is never explained.explained, but later confirmed to still be canon (and not just EarlyInstallmentWeirdness) in ''VideoGame/PokemonLegendsArceus''.


The books were never released in English, but fan translations can be found [[http://pokemonthenovel.dreamwidth.org/380.html here]].

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The books were never released in English, but fan translations can be found [[http://pokemonthenovel.[[https://pokemonthenovel.dreamwidth.org/380.html here]]. here.]]



* CreationMyth: The narrator gives an origin story for the world and Pokémon, which was doubtlessly intended to be exotic to the Japanese readership, but is obviously a take on the book of Genesis. (Except that Pokémon are said to have been created at the end.) [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness This was long before the franchise began to write its own backstory.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation'' reads like someone tried to take all of the whimsy out of ''Anime/PokemonTheSeries'' and replace it with a DarkFic reinterpretation, but it's actually an unfinished series of novels by the original anime director Creator/TakeshiShudo. The world of ''Pokémon'' is a CrapsackWorld where [[ImprobableAge ten year olds are legal adults]] with all the taxes and troubles that entails, almost all Gym leaders bribe trainers because four consecutive losses in a row means their licenses are rescinded, and Pallet Town is a desolate, crime-ridden cesspool because there are no jobs and no one ever succeeds at being a Pokémon Trainer. Even the reason behind Ash's DisappearedDad is dark: Delia MarriedTooYoung and became pregnant at [[TeenPregnancy eighteen]]. Her husband ran off one day on a Pokémon journey, just like her own dad did, and never returned. Delia doesn't love him anymore but never divorced him, and she resents Ash to a degree because she misses her youth.

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* CreationMyth: The narrator gives an origin story for the world and Pokémon, which was doubtlessly intended to be exotic to the Japanese readership, but is obviously a take on [[Literature/TheBible the book of Genesis.Genesis]]. (Except that Pokémon are said to have been created at the end.) [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness This was long before the franchise began to write its own backstory.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation'' reads like someone tried to take all of the whimsy out of ''Anime/PokemonTheSeries'' and replace it with a DarkFic reinterpretation, but it's actually an unfinished series of novels by the original anime director Creator/TakeshiShudo. The world of ''Pokémon'' is a CrapsackWorld where [[ImprobableAge ten year olds are legal adults]] with all the taxes and troubles that entails, almost all many Gym leaders Leaders bribe trainers because four consecutive losses in a row means their licenses are rescinded, and Pallet Town is a desolate, crime-ridden cesspool because there are no jobs and no one ever succeeds at being a Pokémon Trainer. Even the reason behind Ash's DisappearedDad is dark: Delia MarriedTooYoung and became pregnant at [[TeenPregnancy eighteen]]. Her husband ran off one day on a Pokémon journey, just like her own dad did, and never returned. Delia doesn't love him anymore but never divorced him, and she resents Ash to a degree because she misses her youth.



* RuleOfThree: Gym leaders lose their jobs after three losses in a row.



* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: At age 17 Delia was featured on the cover of a adult targeted magazine called 'Pokemon Pals', becoming both a symbol of pride for the remote and ignored Pallet Town as well as being far too good for the men of Pallet Town after such recognition.

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* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: At age 17 Delia was featured on the cover of a adult targeted adult-targeted magazine called 'Pokemon 'Pokémon Pals', becoming both a symbol of pride for the remote and ignored Pallet Town as well as being far too good for the men of Pallet Town after such recognition.


''Pocket Monsters: The Animation'' is a [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] two-installment series of LightNovels based on the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, authored by Creator/TakeshiShudo (the original chief writer for the anime, who left during the Johto League). It expands a lot on background details not mentioned or alluded to in the series proper. Some aspects of it have since been contradicted by later seasons of the anime, which leaves its canonical status ambiguous.

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''Pocket Monsters: The Animation'' is a [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] two-installment series of LightNovels based on the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, ''Anime/PokemonTheSeries'', authored by Creator/TakeshiShudo (the original chief writer for the anime, who left during the Johto League). It expands a lot on background details not mentioned or alluded to in the series proper. Some aspects of it have since been contradicted by later seasons of the anime, which leaves its canonical status ambiguous.



* DarkerAndEdgier: ''LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation'' reads like someone tried to take all of the whimsy out of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime and replace it with a DarkFic reinterpretation, but it's actually an unfinished series of novels by the original anime director Creator/TakeshiShudo. The world of ''Pokémon'' is a CrapsackWorld where [[ImprobableAge ten year olds are legal adults]] with all the taxes and troubles that entails, almost all Gym leaders bribe trainers because four consecutive losses in a row means their licenses are rescinded, and Pallet Town is a desolate, crime-ridden cesspool because there are no jobs and no one ever succeeds at being a Pokémon Trainer. Even the reason behind Ash's DisappearedDad is dark: Delia MarriedTooYoung and became pregnant at [[TeenPregnancy eighteen]]. Her husband ran off one day on a Pokémon journey, just like her own dad did, and never returned. Delia doesn't love him anymore but never divorced him, and she resents Ash to a degree because she misses her youth.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation'' reads like someone tried to take all of the whimsy out of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime ''Anime/PokemonTheSeries'' and replace it with a DarkFic reinterpretation, but it's actually an unfinished series of novels by the original anime director Creator/TakeshiShudo. The world of ''Pokémon'' is a CrapsackWorld where [[ImprobableAge ten year olds are legal adults]] with all the taxes and troubles that entails, almost all Gym leaders bribe trainers because four consecutive losses in a row means their licenses are rescinded, and Pallet Town is a desolate, crime-ridden cesspool because there are no jobs and no one ever succeeds at being a Pokémon Trainer. Even the reason behind Ash's DisappearedDad is dark: Delia MarriedTooYoung and became pregnant at [[TeenPregnancy eighteen]]. Her husband ran off one day on a Pokémon journey, just like her own dad did, and never returned. Delia doesn't love him anymore but never divorced him, and she resents Ash to a degree because she misses her youth.


* DarkerAndEdgier: ''LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation'' reads like someone tried to take all of the whimsy out of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime and replace it with a Dark Fic reinterpretation, but it's actually an unfinished series of novels by the original anime director Creator/TakeshiShudo. The world of ''Pokémon'' is a CrapsackWorld where [[ImprobableAge ten year olds are legal adults]] with all the taxes and troubles that entails, almost all Gym leaders bribe trainers because four consecutive losses in a row means their licenses are rescinded, and Pallet Town is a desolate, crime-ridden cesspool because there are no jobs and no one ever succeeds at being a Pokémon Trainer. Even the reason behind Ash's DisappearedDad is dark: Delia MarriedTooYoung and became pregnant at [[TeenPregnancy eighteen]]. Her husband ran off one day on a Pokémon journey, just like her own dad did, and never returned. Delia doesn't love him anymore but never divorced him, and she resents Ash to a degree because she misses her youth.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation'' reads like someone tried to take all of the whimsy out of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime and replace it with a Dark Fic DarkFic reinterpretation, but it's actually an unfinished series of novels by the original anime director Creator/TakeshiShudo. The world of ''Pokémon'' is a CrapsackWorld where [[ImprobableAge ten year olds are legal adults]] with all the taxes and troubles that entails, almost all Gym leaders bribe trainers because four consecutive losses in a row means their licenses are rescinded, and Pallet Town is a desolate, crime-ridden cesspool because there are no jobs and no one ever succeeds at being a Pokémon Trainer. Even the reason behind Ash's DisappearedDad is dark: Delia MarriedTooYoung and became pregnant at [[TeenPregnancy eighteen]]. Her husband ran off one day on a Pokémon journey, just like her own dad did, and never returned. Delia doesn't love him anymore but never divorced him, and she resents Ash to a degree because she misses her youth.


* MassiveNumberedOffspring: Brock a.k.a Takeshi's mother had 21 kids, with at least 9 different men / prospective gym leaders.

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* MassiveNumberedOffspring: Brock a.k.a Takeshi's mother had 21 kids, with at least 9 different men / prospective gym leaders.


* DarkerAndEdgier: * ''LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation'' reads like someone tried to take all of the whimsy out of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime and replace it with a Dark Fic reinterpretation, but it's actually an unfinished series of novels by the original anime director Creator/TakeshiShudo. The world of ''Pokémon'' is a CrapsackWorld where [[ImprobableAge ten year olds are legal adults]] with all the taxes and troubles that entails, almost all Gym leaders bribe trainers because four consecutive losses in a row means their licenses are rescinded, and Pallet Town is a desolate, crime-ridden cesspool because there are no jobs and no one ever succeeds at being a Pokémon Trainer. Even the reason behind Ash's DisappearedDad is dark: Delia MarriedTooYoung and became pregnant at [[TeenPregnancy eighteen]]. Her husband ran off one day on a Pokémon journey, just like her own dad did, and never returned. Delia doesn't love him anymore but never divorced him, and she resents Ash to a degree because she misses her youth.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: * ''LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation'' reads like someone tried to take all of the whimsy out of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime and replace it with a Dark Fic reinterpretation, but it's actually an unfinished series of novels by the original anime director Creator/TakeshiShudo. The world of ''Pokémon'' is a CrapsackWorld where [[ImprobableAge ten year olds are legal adults]] with all the taxes and troubles that entails, almost all Gym leaders bribe trainers because four consecutive losses in a row means their licenses are rescinded, and Pallet Town is a desolate, crime-ridden cesspool because there are no jobs and no one ever succeeds at being a Pokémon Trainer. Even the reason behind Ash's DisappearedDad is dark: Delia MarriedTooYoung and became pregnant at [[TeenPregnancy eighteen]]. Her husband ran off one day on a Pokémon journey, just like her own dad did, and never returned. Delia doesn't love him anymore but never divorced him, and she resents Ash to a degree because she misses her youth.


* DarkerAndEdgier: As detailed in part under CrapsackWorld, this version of the Pokémon world is a depressing one.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: As detailed in part under CrapsackWorld, this version * ''LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation'' reads like someone tried to take all of the whimsy out of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime and replace it with a Dark Fic reinterpretation, but it's actually an unfinished series of novels by the original anime director Creator/TakeshiShudo. The world of ''Pokémon'' is a CrapsackWorld where [[ImprobableAge ten year olds are legal adults]] with all the taxes and troubles that entails, almost all Gym leaders bribe trainers because four consecutive losses in a row means their licenses are rescinded, and Pallet Town is a desolate, crime-ridden cesspool because there are no jobs and no one ever succeeds at being a Pokémon world Trainer. Even the reason behind Ash's DisappearedDad is dark: Delia MarriedTooYoung and became pregnant at [[TeenPregnancy eighteen]]. Her husband ran off one day on a depressing one.Pokémon journey, just like her own dad did, and never returned. Delia doesn't love him anymore but never divorced him, and she resents Ash to a degree because she misses her youth.

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* EmbarrassingFirstName: Members of the Jenny family tend not to appreciate their number based FamilyThemeNaming.

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* UncertainDoom: Towards the end of the first book, the narrator outright states that it was impossible to know whether or not Team Rocket survived the Beedrill attack. They do return in the second volume, but are left in another ambiguous situation at the end.

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* UnreliableIllustrator: Some of Sayuri Ichiishi’s illustrations don’t match what’s written. For example, Gary is described as “wearing a frilly shirt with a tuxedo and a cattleya flower pinned to his breast”, however the accompanying illustration depicts him in his usual outfit from the show.

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