Made In Japan: Kanto Edition Part 1

By Factory Head White

The original 151 Pokemon are often the most well-known of the current 649, due to many of the fans growing up with them. Fans remember fondly raising their team of Pokemon to take down the Gym Leaders and Elite Four. Some of these Pokemon’s designs are easily identifiable; for example, Butterfree is based on a butterfly, while Seel is based on a… well… seal. But what about some of the other Pokemon, like Golduck or Meowth? Real-life ducks don’t look like that, and what kind of cat collects gold coins? These designs are based on Japanese culture, and Western audiences might not know the whole story behind them. That’s what we’ll learn here.
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Kanto Region Pokemon Part 3

By Amanda

Caterpie is a bug type, known as the worm Pokemon, and known as Catapie in Japan. It can only learn one move through level up, which is bug bite. It can evolve into a Metapod at level 7, and then into Butterfree at level 10. When it evolves into a Metapod, it can learn only harden through level up, but once it evolves into Butterfree, it can learn attacks like gust, psybeam, and silver wind.

In the anime, Ash caught a male Caterpie, being the first Pokemon he caught. It soon evolved into a Metapod, and then into a Butterfree. Butterfree would also be the first Pokemon to let go, when it fell in love with a pink Butterfree, releasing him so he can start a family with the pink Butterfree.
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