#Pokemon20 - JapanLA Review

by @KevinVGC

Maybe I was being unrealistic in my expectations of what I would encounter at Pokemon Day but when the Pokemon Company gets in on the promotion, I tend to hope for a little razzle dazzle.  I mean, come on--TWENTY years is an achievement, even for a cross-cultural phenomenon that spans the entire globe.  What I saw, however, is exactly what you're going to see in the pictures.

Was it nice? Sure. They had some nice decorations up, but the extremely low volume of merchandise, frankly, was disappointing.  I don't feel the need to go into detail as the pictures literally show the entire experience.  And if I'm being totally honest, "experience" is a really generous word to use here because it was basically a store that happened to be selling a couple Pokemon things that did nothing to encourage the enthusiasm with which I drove there today.

But again, maybe I'm being unfair in my expectation--this is probably just a small cultural shop that wanted to tip it's cap to Pokemon for this milestone.  For all I know, this could be a huge presentation for them if they had barely any Pokemon stuff out before.  Having the backing of TPCi just led me to believe there might be more than what I encountered.  Plus, it's worth noting the store IS having some kind of Pokemon-themed party later in the evening, an event I was completely unaware of and, as a result, unable to attend, so maybe there will be some fanfare fitting this great moment in Pokemon history. While I certainly hope it is, my experience turned out to be a Pokeball that shook three times...and opened.