I think that most people who know me know that I really love PokéMon. The world, the creatures, a whole set of concepts, the fact it's so open for interpretation and expansion... And just the idea of a whole world full of sentient creatures with powers that could be best defined as magical, living in balance and harmony with nature, having their own integrated ecosystems - and living in harmony with humans, more or less - as well as their relationships with humans, and how it seems like when both are working together - that is when their true potential can be unlocked. The whole "Together, there's no limit to how much we can evolve." thing, to borrow a phrase from an unrelated series which I also love.
... Corny and cliché as this concept might be, I love it. Hell, it's one of the things that got me very much in love with other, more obscure things - such as Lost Eden, where only by collaboration of Humans and Dinosaurs working together as equals, both could stand up and fight an enemy that was much too powerful for both to handle apart.
As much as I love PokéMon as a whole, though, I'm not a big fan of the PokéMon anime. Even though it has its occasional awesome moments (and that even I can't deny), I mainly only catch the occasional episodes for motion reference (Because as much as the official art style is very eh to me, I like seeing PokéMon actually animated) and Team Rocket (Because everyone knows that TEAM ROCKET PWNS FRELLING SOULS. I love those three stooges. XD). Some things about this series just don't sit right with me, I guess.
Maybe it's the main characters that bother me - Even though Ash has been toned down a lot through the years and became... tolerable, it seems that Brock has been gradually losing it over the years and the female characters have the unfortunate tendency to get on my nerves after a while (I hated Misty right off the bat, May started off as a clueless n00b and then evolved into a very meh character, and Hikari makes me want to break things on her head. Namely her Pochama. Daijobou THIS, condom-hat biatch). And don't even get me started about Godmodiachu. Even though he did have his moments, It just bothers the fuck out of me when the thing manages to fucking electro-nuke a TORTERRA. Which is supposed to shrug it off and proceed to EQ the fuck out of the damn rodent. And seed bomb whatever remains.
Still, I may be biased because I mostly dislike the 'chu line. Except Raichu. Raichus pwn fucking souls.
Still, there is one thing I really do enjoy about the PokéMon anime, and that is its soundtrack. Its ORIGINAL soundtrack, that is. The American dub soundtrack hurts my brain (with the sole exception, so far, of the PokéMon the Movie 2000's soundtrack - one of the VERY few cases in which the dub exceeds the original, in terms of music) - but the Japanese soundtrack produced a few of my favorite anime songs yet.
For years I thought that all dub soundtracks of the series were based off the American dub - and for the most part they are.
And then I found this
, or rather, Katie did, and introduced me to it. And in seconds, this theme became one of my three favorite PokéMon anime opening themes ever - the other two are 'Ready Go!', the fifth season intro (which, together with the animation, is one of the themes I consider the most beautiful in the series), and 'Battle Frontier' (which may have some Engrish, but that's part of what makes it awesome. That song pwns, as does the animation that goes with it.).
So, what makes this theme special? It's not Japanese. It's Italian
Apparantly Italy has had its own dub themes, much unlike the rest of the world which copycats and translates the American musical atrocities. And while a few of them have a vast amount of Italian Engrish (the existence of which amuses me - although Italians are probably just as amused to hear random Italian in foreign things, and the Japanese are probably silently laughing when they see these baka gaijin screw up their language) - THIS particular theme is so frelling awesome, that I found myself not only listening to it on loop... but I have an anime intro in mind for Miato, my own personal region, set to it.
... And the only connection between me and Italy is pretty well the fact I love pasta and pizza, and that one of my online friends, who just so happens to be one hell of an awesome artist, happens to be Italian.
I wish I had the translation for those lyrics, too. <<
So yeah. You know the world is broken when a region that is mostly a fusion of British Columbia and Ancient Egypt (among other things) and was created by an Israeli (who dreams on moving to Canada) for a Japanese franchise has its mental image of an anime intro to an Italian theme.
Did I mention PokéMon makes the world go 'round? >>