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Pokemon - Japanese Folklore theory Tsukumogami

Pokemon has been in our lives since we were kids and currently in the lives of the children today! Whether you played it on the Game Boy or with Trading Cards, watched the anime series or even now play Pokemon Go. But did you know that some Pokemon are based on Japanese Folklore?

Tsukumogami. In Japanese folklore, tsukumogami "tool kami" are tools that have acquired a Kami or Spirit. It is Japanese Folklore that everyday objects coming alive on their 100th birthday. These could be everyday items such as a hammer, a set of keys or even in the Pokemon world a Poke' Ball.

This is the part were everyone goes "Wait you're talking about Voltorb right?" YES yes we are...

Now to secure this theory even more is that Voltorb's Poke'Dex number is 100, being the first generation of Pokemon this would be the first Tsukumogami Pokemon.

Take a look at some of Voltorbs Poke'Dex entries from various Game Boy games...

" VOLTORB was first sighted at a company that manufactures POKé BALLS. The link between that sighting and the fact that this POKéMON looks very similar to a POKé BALL remains a mystery."

" It was discovered when POKé BALLS were introduced. It is said that there is some connection."

" During the study of this POKéMON, it was discovered that its components are not found in nature."

My theory would be this that it is possible that on a Poke'Ball's 100th day of not being used it might succumb to a spirit or spirit Pokemon such as Gastly and turn into Voltorb...

Voltorb isn't the only Pokemon to look like an everyday object, there are many others that remain in the same category as Voltorb.

What is your theory on this? Comment on our blog post or Facebook page!

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