The Pokémon War Victims Theory | Mini MysteriesNov 22, 2021
Pokemon has seen its fair share of scary theories from the very beginning. I think we're all familiar with the classics, like Ash being in a coma from the first season. The lavender city syndrome. oh wait wait, that's real, well I guess creepy and pokemon just go together. It's really no surprise when you have actual pokedex entries like cubons and dozens of others that are absolutely terrifying, if not a little crushing, but that kind of added horror. It also brings a kind of charm to Pokemon and makes it more fleshed out than most RPGs that were available at the time, but with Pokemon seemingly embracing the creepy stuff, fans are also embracing the weird and cynical to the downright nihilistic with some of his fan theories. like a popular obscure
theorythat the pokemon world is actually just earth but in a post apocalyptic sequel and that every pokemon is just a spawn of a real world animal mutated by the fallout you know honestly i just did that myself same, but I bet someone has already beat me to it, but hey, speaking of nukes, one legitimately real
theorythat many players, mainly in Japan, have come up with is one where regis are supposedly representative of the atomic bombs being dropped. they dropped on Japan more specifically according to the theory they are a representation of hibakusha hibakusha describes those who were directly affected that day when the bombs were dropped, whether they are survivors of the hiroshima bombings or nagasaki bombings I would not recommend googling hibakusha if you are apprehensive I won't say it's incredibly gory, but the imagery is still quite disturbing and there are plenty of surviving photographs of hibakusha, their scars, their bodies, and pieces of art depicting that day. a very popular theory among the japanese community and rarely heard outside of japan, it's actually kind of interesting because it really makes you wonder what other kinds of theories are out there from different countries, though i'm digressing here for those of you who unfamiliar the regis are representative of the legendary pokemon trio regirock regia ice and reddy steel and according to this theory i somehow represent the nuclear tragedy that happened in japan and yes i recognize this is a pretty absurd theory honestly no I'm the type to do theory videos in the first place but this one really caught my eye for a few reasons for one yes we can acknowledge this is a pretty wild theory even if Gamefreak does get a little unsettling with his descriptions of Pokemon at times , they've never done anything like this before, well maybe not before but they had an easter egg that yes it actually acknowledges the hiroshima and nagasaki attacks directly after the third generation of pokemon with pokemon pearl and diamond according to the shiny hunter map a guy who is really interested in pokemon and hopefully not kids discovered within the diamond and pearl coding that players receive encounter rate bonuses Depending on the day they play, most of these days are attributed to positive dates or holidays around the world, such as Independence Day, Hiramatsuri, Christmas Eve, Republic Festival, Saint Patrick's Day, Hey, that's my birthday, by the way. everyone gets five percent encounter rate bonuses while days like masuda's birthday one of the great pokemon and tanabata lead creators gets 10 bonuses but there's the flip side of this where players get an encounter rate I find negative for Certain days now, at first glance, it really is nothing special.
Yes, it's a bit strange that festive holidays like Christmas and obon have a decrease of 5, but maybe we can chalk that up to the developer simply wanting kids to enjoy the day and maybe not play video games. i don't know but when you see which days they dropped by 10 percent you start to think there might be something to this theory reggie after all these days dropping encounter rates by 10 include new year's day the vernal equinox the vernal equinox fall and three that seem really out of place and those are the hiroshima bombings the nagasaki bombing and 911. that's a little weird i'm not going to lie i mean yeah a japanese company acknowledging a japanese tragedy isn't really weird in itself but the fact that it was hardcoded into the game that these days specifically are days to avoid something about that is weird don't you think so?
I know maybe it's just me I mean it doesn't really show which is probably why no one knew about this while the easter egg for a few years I mean it was only discovered last year but could this mean that these reggies are also part of the planned design if they have already implemented code to decrease the chances of encountering certain national tragedies who means that some pokemon are not designed by others to represent certain holidays and tragedies, i mean that there is one specific c pokemon that is quite representative of christmas itself but let's look at some evidence to support this statement as it is true for the first four generations of pokemon each region is based on japan for example the kanto region is based on the kanto region, the johto region is based on the kansai region and the hoenn region where we find the three regis is based on kyushu a prefect ura in japan located in the most southwestern region this is the prefecture where nagasaki is located you can see the resemblance of hohen to kyushu if we rotate the map at an angle of 90 degrees counterclockwise it is not a one to one comparison but there are similarities according to the theory each regis is located on the map where the real world equivalent of miyazaki nagasaki and owita prefectures are cities where air raids and bombing were frequent including of course the nagasaki nuclear attack now i've tried overlaying hoen with kyushu while also including the regis locations and again although not a cooperative one to one comparison it's hard to say that this part of the theory actually aligns the reggie steele location in the ancient tomb matches the Miyazaki's location safe and regirock in the desert ruins vaguely aligns with Oida Regi Ice's location inside the island cave doesn't even come close remotely to nagasaki though in fact it makes more sense that the real world equivalent of the island cave would be iki and while I'm not too keen on Japanese history iki seems like the kind of place which would inspire a video game island secret, but If we were talking about WWII Pokemon theories, well this was a heavily fortified location with coastal artillery during WWII, but you have to keep in mind that during This war, most of Japan was fortified and armed, so it's not really a unique case. if this actually lined up with locations where significant bombing occurs, then nagasaki is omitted, which according to this overlay would likely be the city of slateport, so th theory is already a bit shaky, but we're not done yet.
The second part of the theory is based on the original Japanese text found inside Reggie's seal chamber and caves. the japanese version is added to the quote saying that in this cave we have lived and survived the translations are not wrong because the phrase used is actually true it's just a matter of context although some players believe that the context should be interpreted to live on or survived if true it would almost seem like the people who lived inside these caves did so due to difficult circumstances maybe a big war or some kind of doomsday catastrophe it also gets interesting when you read the full message and the people mention how they are so afraid of Reggie that they get sealed away much like how in the real world everyone is afraid of nukes, then there are the weird instructions I won't read at all except you can pause the video and read the instructions, since these instructions are esoteric and difficult to interpret. shelters for citizens to protect themselves from air raids, the lord of the whales and the relicanth could be representative of the fat man and the little boy, the names of the nuclear weapons dropped on nagasaki and hiroshima respectively and, interestingly, when If you follow the instructions, a violent earthquake may occur. representing the explosions that shook the ground outside while everyone stayed in the shelter after that you would have to wait two minutes to proceed to the next step which could mean a number of things number two represents the two bombs that were dropped or it could be a moment of silence for both hiroshima and nagasaki a minute of silence each with a new time hope and love directed towards heaven in the m In between this phrase would be interpreted in multiple different ways it could mean, as always, be watch the heavens for any new danger or it could mean moving on and new generations living life with hope and love unlike our previous predecessors who used hate and violence to get their way at least that's how I see it oh yeah, and let's not forget that all messages are written in braille, a writing method used to communicate with those you They have vision problems using their sense of touch instead of using their sight It has always been very confusing to many gamers, myself included, as to why Game Freak used braille to encrypt its hidden message.
It's not like we can touch the screen and feel the lyrics well. For many, this is also symbolic. Players believe this is representative. of the nukes that fell on hiroshima and nagasaki, those who were trapped inside the explosions were blinded by foreign objects flying into their face or due to heat melting their eyes or their eyelids drooping shut and if the explosion itself did not it will blind them, then just looking at the explosion, many people, including several people outside the blast radius, were blinded by the impact of the nuclear bomb as it burst like a
miniature sun and burned. their retinas, these
victimswere blinded for life and had to learn braille to be able to read anything, therefore the braille used in the game now is true so far, the evidence I have shown is quite speculative and, honestly it doesn't carry much weight though we have yet to talk about the regis themselves and how they fit into this theory and trust me when I say things get a bit more interesting after this so which one it's the point of the reggie theory if we're not even going to talk about them at all well other than their locations anyway well i think you'd be surprised to learn that the reggie theory carries more weight in its credibility when you actually examine the pokemon itself, I mean, I mean, I guess it makes sense that it's called Reggie's theory for a reason, how stupid, why did I write that?
Anyway, the first aspect of his design we'll look at is of course his character sprites and, believe it or not, their footprints, what could possibly be so important? we examine the design of reggie ice and reggie steele the two look eerily like a bomb falling out of the air and a mushroom cloud forming as a result of the explosion looking at the footprint some players believe the small dot is the same perspective as a The pilot would have that when they dropped the bomb, it would get smaller and smaller until eventually it would be nothing more than a dot and all of a sudden it would send shock waves through the earth, which is what we see with Reggie Steele's footprint, meanwhile we have Reggie Rock, who I am.
I've skipped it so far, but only because I've really been saving the most disturbing for last. Many players believe that the regirock itself represents the hibakusha. The
victimsof the explosion. or oozing from his seemingly mangled and destroyed body just as many of the survivors ended up during the bombing after the bombs were dropped thousands of pounds thousands of survivors ended up dying months or years after the initial blast due to radiation and those who they survived all of that they ended up with permanent scars or burns or paralyzing effects on their body for the rest of their lives the footprint on reggie rock apparently looks like that of an insect some believe this might align with the common urban myth that most insects can survive a nuclear explosion or the aftermath that comes after now, to be fair the footprint is considered to be a reference to a certain type of beetle known as the sacred beetle, which can be considered a bit more believable, however However, it's the fact that regis are the only PokÃ©mon that learns the move burst at level 1.
This is the only move they can learn up to level 9. However, this changed with the release of sword and shield and they can now learn burst at level 78 and their level 1 moves have changed, but for the last few 15 years were the only PokÃ©mon with this unique trait thatfurther cements the bomb theory and if we're going to go that far, we might as well mention that as of gen 4, each of the regis could learn hyper beam known as destruction ray at level 89. Could this be a reference? to the date Fat Man was thrown into Nagasaki which, being August 9th, the most common date format in Japan is year followed by month followed by day, so it could be just that, but with all this talk about nukes and movements, is it possible that the regis could go a step further and maybe have a movement that is a direct reference to nuclear power? de is that each of the regis can also learn the ancient power, which in Japanese is genji nochikari, which means first evil power, but what's interesting about that is that genji no chikari is also a direct homophone of nuclear power, which means that although the is not spelled the same, the two words are pronounced the same way in Japanese, my phone now there is more evidence to support this theory, but it all depends on speculation at the end of the day.
Personally, I am convinced that in a way the original three regis were some kind of allegory for war and military weaponry, but I never would have imagined that they would somehow be connected to WWII, specifically it makes sense after all the legendaries are gone. They are based on legends and myths alright, but who's to say that should limit Game Freak's creations, maybe there are other Pokemon based on the war itself, regist-wise? are also based on war by any chance? I can't say for sure, but I've heard that Reggie Giggis is apparently out there. near WWII memorials or somewhere in Hokkaido, as long as you know they overlap Sinnoh with Hokkaido anyway, but I'm not too familiar with gen 4 so I can't say for sure if that's the case of Reggie Elecki and Reggie Drake. i don't know who these are, i haven't played the new dlcs anyway, they are the newer reggies as of gen 8. well i highly doubt they are related to this theory at all, not only are they not located anywhere in galler not at all me too this nk they represent the middle ages more than wwii especially since that's the whole motif in galler you also have to keep in mind it's been 15 years since the original legendary titans were released so keep in mind that most of the newer games are being created by a new generation of programmers and writers, it is highly unlikely that they will be associated with the people who made those theories or created those pokemon in generation 3. but i could be wrong , who knows the tradition.
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