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Later, the band grew to include drummer Nicki Capozzi and bassist Felix Robinson. The band was signed by a small label called Grand Slam records in January 1985. While recording the song The Road to Valhalla, both Capozzi and Robinson left the band. Nicki Capozzi was replaced by Dan Spitz, and Felix Robinson was replaced by James Lomenzo. Within a month of joining, Dan spitz left and was replaced by former Anthrax drummer Greg D'Angelo.
The band then finished their debut album, Fight to Survive, which was released on November 9, 1985. A few months later, Grand Slam records went bankrupt.
In 1986, White Lion, with a fictitious "female" member, had a brief part in the Tom Hanks/Shelley Long movie The Money Pit. Early in 1987, the band was signed by Atlantic Records. By then, their debut album was out of print and extremely hard to find.
On June 21, 1987, their second album, Pride, was released (the same day as Keel's Keel album, and Helix's Wild in The Streets) The first single from Pride was 'Wait/Don't Give Up, released on June 1, 1987. However, it took seven months before the song became a hit.
The Pride tour started in July 1987 as White Lion opened for Ace Frehley's 80s band Frehley's Comet. In September 1987, White Lion became the opening band for KISS (who had just started their Crazy Nights tour).
White Lion spent the rest of 1987 on tour with KISS. In January 1988 started opening for AC/DC on their Blow Up Your Video tour.
While opening for AC/DC, the Pride album and Wait single finally charted. Wait hit #8 on the singles chart, while Pride stalled at #11 on the album chart.
In August 1988, the album's second single Tell Me stopped at #58. Around the time this single was released, White Lion played at the Ritz club in New York City. Like Guns N' Roses, White Lion's show at the Ritz was filmed and later aired on MTV.
White Lion concluded the Pride tour by opening for Stryper from September 1988 to February 1989 during Stryper's In God We Trust tour. The Pride album's third single When The Children Cry made it to #3, making Pride one of about 18 hard rock albums to ever have multiple top 10 hits.
In August 1989, White Lion released their third album Big Game. This was followed, in 1991, by Mane Attraction. Unfortunately, by the end of 1991, White Lion had broken up.
As an afterthought, Atlantic Records released the Best of White Lion compilation album in 1992. It must be noted that the song "Radar Love" was included in this album, a cover considered by many, one of the best ever made.
In 1993, bassist James Lomenzo joined former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde in a band called Pride and Glory, while vocalist Mike Tramp started a solo career.
Towards the end of 2003, Mike Tramp said that White Lion was planning to reunite. This statement was quickly denied by the other members.
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This statement was quickly denied by the other members. This name is apparently an acronym for "POK Erythroid Myeloid Ontogenic" factor (a cancer causing agent), so the name could be either a backronym or simply coincidence. Towards the end of 2003, Mike Tramp said that White Lion was planning to reunite. A mammalian oncogene was named "Pokemon"  (http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/54387.cfm) (no "é") by its discoverers. In 1993, bassist James Lomenzo joined former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde in a band called Pride and Glory, while vocalist Mike Tramp started a solo career. See also Jynx and Kadabra for specific lawsuits regarding these characters.. It must be noted that the song "Radar Love" was included in this album, a cover considered by many, one of the best ever made. They claim incorrectly that the word "Pokemon" is a Japanese word which means "I am a Jew." One Saudi Arabian Sheikh (Sheikh Abdel Moneim Abu Zant) has written "The Pokémon craze is a Jewish plot aimed at forcing our children to forgo their faith and values and to distract them from more important things such as scientific ambitions." The Anti-Defamation League has denounced these theories.  (http://www.adl.org/presrele/IslME_62/3791_62.asp).
As an afterthought, Atlantic Records released the Best of White Lion compilation album in 1992. A few Islamic religious speakers in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt hold that Pokémon is part of a "Jewish
conspiracy" to corrupt Muslim children. Unfortunately, by the end of 1991, White Lion had broken up.
The Pride album's third single When The Children Cry made it to #3, making Pride one of about 18 hard rock albums to ever have multiple top 10 hits. As a result of this controversy Nintendo stopped using this symbol even in the Japanese version. White Lion concluded the Pride tour by opening for Stryper from September 1988 to February 1989 during Stryper's In God We Trust tour. by unauthorized import. Like Guns N' Roses, White Lion's show at the Ritz was filmed and later aired on MTV. However, these Jewish groups attacked the Japanese version distributed in the U.S. Around the time this single was released, White Lion played at the Ritz club in New York City. The manji was shown only on a Japanese version card and was excluded from the North American release.
In August 1988, the album's second single Tell Me stopped at #58. If a Japanese map of any major city is examined, little clockwise swastikas, or "manji", where Buddhist temples are located, can be seen. Wait hit #8 on the singles chart, while Pride stalled at #11 on the album chart. Nintendo says that this is a matter of cultural misunderstanding, as the swastika used to be used in East Asian cultures as a symbol for "good fortune" by the Buddhist religion. While opening for AC/DC, the Pride album and Wait single finally charted. Pokémon has been criticised by some members of the Jewish community for its use of the swastika, the most widely known symbol of Nazism, which they hold is inappropriate for children's toys. In January 1988 started opening for AC/DC on their Blow Up Your Video tour. The alleged outcry was enough to move the Vatican to comment, in an official statement on April 21, 2000:.
White Lion spent the rest of 1987 on tour with KISS. It would be incorrect to state that the Christian religious community is of a single mind in this matter, but most mainstream sects of Christianity are utterly indifferent to Pokemon. In September 1987, White Lion became the opening band for KISS (who had just started their Crazy Nights tour). The surprisingly small amount of original protests (as opposed to reports of protests) seem to reinforce this belief. The Pride tour started in July 1987 as White Lion opened for Ace Frehley's 80s band Frehley's Comet. Still, most people (including many Asian Christian congregations) dismiss these claims to be nonsense, and attribute many of the alleged protests to urban legend. However, it took seven months before the song became a hit. The claimed parallels between Pokémon and Satanism include:.
On June 21, 1987, their second album, Pride, was released (the same day as Keel's Keel album, and Helix's Wild in The Streets) The first single from Pride was 'Wait/Don't Give Up, released on June 1, 1987. Some Protestant Christian groups in the United States believe Pokémon to be Satanic in origin. (http://www.cephasministry.com/save_our_children_pokemon_booklet.html) After the US release of Pokémon Yellow, there was a sudden widespread criticism of it passed through Christian congregations primarily by word-of-mouth. By then, their debut album was out of print and extremely hard to find. In late 2002, it was scheduled to tour Europe, but was cancelled for unknown reasons. Early in 1987, the band was signed by Atlantic Records. It was based off of the popular Pokémon anime, and was well-liked among fans of the franchise (in spite of some continuity errors relating to the anime). In 1986, White Lion, with a fictitious "female" member, had a brief part in the Tom Hanks/Shelley Long movie The Money Pit. A live action show called Pokémon Live! toured the United States in late 2000.
A few months later, Grand Slam records went bankrupt. Main article: Pokémon Live!. The band then finished their debut album, Fight to Survive, which was released on November 9, 1985. There are various Pokémon manga series, four of which were released in English by Viz Communications, and seven of them released in English by Chuang Yi. Within a month of joining, Dan spitz left and was replaced by former Anthrax drummer Greg D'Angelo. The trading card game also spread to schools around the world, with news reports stating about their confiscation from classrooms. Nicki Capozzi was replaced by Dan Spitz, and Felix Robinson was replaced by James Lomenzo. The latest incarnations of the card games is known as Pokémon-e Trading Card Game, the cards of which (for the large part) are compatible with the Nintendo e-Reader.
While recording the song The Road to Valhalla, both Capozzi and Robinson left the band. However, with the release of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Game Boy video games, Nintendo took back the card game from Wizards of the Coast and started publishing the cards themselves. The band was signed by a small label called Grand Slam records in January 1985. At the time, it was published by Wizards of the Coast, the company most famous for Magic: The Gathering. Later, the band grew to include drummer Nicki Capozzi and bassist Felix Robinson. It is a collectible card game based off the famous Pokémon video game. After moving from Denmark, Mike met guitarist Vito Bratta, forming a band. The Pokémon Trading Card Game was first introduced to North America in 1999, and in Japan at an earlier date.
The band was formed in New York
City in 1984 by Denmark-born vocalist
Mike Tramp. Main article: Pokémon (card game).
This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of article quality. The English adaptation of this series, Pokémon Chronicles, combines the episodes from this series as well as various other made-for-TV specials (originally unrelated to Housoukyoku) that have aired in Japan but not translated for English release. The second, entitled Shūkan Pokémon Hōsōkyoku is a spinoff of the first, and tells the adventures within the continuity of Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation, starring many of the recurring characters in Pocket Monsters. Again, for the English release, Advanced Generation was split into separate series. Ash takes on the role of a teacher and mentor for a younger, beginning Pokemon trainer in this series.
The saga continues into Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation (in Japan) where Ash and company travel to Hoenn, a southern region in the Pokémon World. For the English language release, Pocket Monsters was split into four separate series spanning five seasons. The first, and the more familiar one, Pokémon or Pocket Monsters (often referred to as Pokemon: Gotta Catch Em All to distinguish it from the later series) tells the adventures of Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in the original Japanese version) as he travels through Kanto, the Orange Islands, and Johto to become the greatest Pokémon Master. There are two Pokémon anime series based on the video games.
Main article: Pokémon (anime). There is currently a Nintendo DS sequel, (Pokémon Diamond and Pearl), as well as a Gamecube game entitled Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness in development. The series has also diversified into various spin-offs, such as pinball games, virtual pets, simulated photography, and racing. A third version of Ruby and Sapphire, called Pokémon Emerald, was released on May 1, 2005.
The most recent full fledged game has been Fire Red and Leaf Green which are remakes of Red and Blue. The Game Boy Advance first saw the release of Ruby and Sapphire, with Emerald being the tertiary version. Gold and Silver were followed by the exclusively Game Boy Color version, Crystal. Pokémon Red and Blue (Pokémon Green was available in English via import but had many swear words from the translator) were followed by Pokémon Yellow (in Japan, Red and Green were followed by Blue which was subsequently followed by Yellow).
Each generation of Pokémon games so far has followed a pattern of two complementing versions followed later by at least one other version with some extras. While battling monsters is nothing new to RPGs, many players found themselves nearly addicted to finding, fighting, and capturing each and every one of the Pokémon in the game. Another, perhaps easier, goal was to finish the game's storyline by becoming the Pokémon League Champion by collecting eight Gym Badges and defeating the Elite Four. The ultimate goal of these games was to catch at least one member of all the different species of Pokémon (150 at the time, 151 including one that could not be obtained during regular gameplay), and to do so, players had to trade for Pokémon not available in the version they had. These games were nearly identical, save for the fact that each version had a select group of Pokémon that the other version did not.
The first games in the series were the RPGs Pokémon Red and Blue (Red and Green in Japan and a subsequent special edition known as Blue). The Pokémon franchise originated with a series of Japanese video games created by Satoshi Tajiri for the Game Boy. Main article: Pokémon (video games). based subsidary called Pokémon USA, which a minority owner is 4Kids Entertainment, the international distributors outside Japan of the popular Pokemon anime series.
The Pokémon Company in turn has a U.S. The subsidary handles everything from publishing the games in Japan to running the official merchandise stores, the Pokémon Centers. Because of the unprecedented popularity of the franchise, Nintendo formed a subsidary company called The Pokémon Company to handle the franchise. Shows such as the Simpsons have made mild references to Pokemon and other anime in their cartoons.
The satirical cartoon South Park spoofed Pokémon in Episode 312, entitled "Chinpokomon", in which the bosses behind the creation of the toys were revealed to be Japanese ultranationalists bent on avenging Japan's defeat in World War II. The Pokémon characters have become pop-culture icons, with a Pikachu balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, thousands of merchandise items, and in 2005, a theme park in Nagoya, Japan. (In an "in-joke" used in the English version of the Pokemon anime movie "Destiny Deoxys," Brock says this as he catches hot dogs from a machine in mid-air.)The games have sold over 100 million copies to date, not counting the ones released for consoles. The game's catchphrase used to be "Gotta catch 'em all!", although now it is no longer officially used.
Pokémon battles are based on the non-lethal Eastern sport of fighting insects, but the Pokémon never bleed or die, only faint. The Pokémon games are strategy games with a small RPG element which allow players to catch, collect, and train pets with various abilities, and battle them against each other to build their strength and evolve them into more powerful Pokémon. These figures have grown from the 151 monsters (including the secret one, Mew) from the original games. The franchise has 386 unique monsters that lie at the heart of the Pokémon series (391 including currently known Pokémon from future games).
Pokémon is also the collective name for the fictional creatures within the Pokémon games. The name Pokémon is a portmanteau of the words Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター Poketto Monsutā), which is its Japanese name. It has been merchandised into anime, manga, trading cards, toys, and much more. Pokémon (Japanese: ポケモン Pokemon, pronounced Poh-Kay-Mon, although it is frequently mispronounced "Poh-Kee-Mon") is a video game franchise, created by Satoshi Tajiri and published by Nintendo for several of their systems, most importantly the Game Boy.
See also: Allegations of Satanism in popular culture. The game world also incorporates Asian traditions about elemental forces. For example, some practise martial arts, which some Christian groups denounce as pagan. Many Pokémon embody or practice Asian spiritual and mystical concepts.
These powers are not derived from God and therefore must stem from Satan. Many Pokémon have paranormal or psychic powers. Pokémon "evolve." Evolution precludes literal creationism, therefore Pokémon denies some forms of Biblical interpretation. "Magical" stones are used to evolve certain Pokémon.
Magical "talismans" (gym badges) are necessary to control many of them. They are captured and must be invoked to perform tasks. Pokémon parallel demons. Pokémon Zensho.
Poketto Monsutaa Chamo Chamo Puritei by Yumi Tsukirino, who also made Magical Pokémon Journey. Pokémon Getto Da ze! by Satomi Nakamura. The stories tell the tales of the art behind some of Himeno's cards (the tale of Persian from the Jungle set is particularly popular). There are six volumes and each includes a special promotional card.
Pokémon Card Ni Natta Wake (How I Became a Pokémon Card) by Kagemaru Himeno, an artist for the TCG. Pokémon: Jirachi Wishmaker (not released by Viz). Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire and Pokémon Pocket (not released by Viz). Pokémon Gold & Silver (not released by Viz).
Satoshi to Pikachu, not released by Viz). Ash & Pikachu (a.k.a. Pikachu Meets the Press (newspaper style comics, not released by Chuang Yi). Pokémon: PiPiPi Adventures), a shōjo manga.
Magical Pokémon Journey (a.k.a. Pokémon Adventures, a shōnen manga based on the video games. The series is based on the video game and anime. It was divided into four tankōbon, each with four separate titles in North American and the English Singapore versions: The Electric Tale of Pikachu, Pikachu Shocks Back, Electric Pikachu Boogaloo, and Surf's Up, Pikachu.
Pokémon (The Electric Tale of Pikachu a.k.a Dengeki Pikachu), a shōnen manga created by Toshihiro Ono.