If You Thought You Took Pokémon Seriously, Watch This

By Sato . May 15, 2014 . 4:32pm


The Pokémon Dragon King Competition 2014 took place earlier this year in Japan, where school children shed blood, sweat, and tears (hopefully not too much blood) during intense sessions of card and game battles. The Pokémon Company gives us a look at what transpired during this year’s tournament.



The event started in January of this year, through multiple tournaments until the final 32 members were left standing for the big stage of the final tournament, which took place on March 22, for both categories of the Pokémon games and the Pokémon Trading Card Game.


The video starts out with the preparation of the big event, and the quote “the battle begins”. What follows is a bunch of clips showing our young Pokémon Trainers demonstrating their Poké-skills through the game and trading cards. A few hosts and MCs from the event talk about the appeal of Pokémon, and how they get to see both sides of everyone being serious while also having a blast, together with family, which gave them warm and fuzzy feelings.


…and by serious, they really mean it—just look at those poor kids crying after their loss! But it’s okay, they’ll likely come back next year for another run after putting in some EV training and all that good stuff.


Dragon King  expert Toshiyuki Moriuchi says it best at the end of the video when he notes, “While Pokémon involves the connection between people, when one loses and cries, that just shows how much effort they put into it. And I believe that those tears will be [their own] connection to their next step.”


“It makes me happy to see that they can learn about the intensity of competition, while growing through it with Pokémon.”




Oh, if you’re wondering about some of the prizes they had at the Pokémon Dragon King Competition 2014, the above is a look at one of them—a super rare, Mega Charizard X edition 3DS XL.

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  • DragKudo

    T.T YEAH

  • James Enk

    this is so cool and cute and nerdy

  • Fub Frank

    I am a 29 year old man and I would cry too if I couldn’t win that sweet ass Charizard 3DS XL.

    • Im a 33 yo man and the boy in the picture of the article dresses better than me >.<

      • Fub Frank

        I can’t imagine many people do, kid is pretty fierce.

        • lol
          Maybe he should drop the pokemon thing and go into modeling or fashion school LoL, This is just a joke btw. except for my shame in my clothes now…

      • pokeroi

        Everyone in japan dresses better than North Americans…

        • GOLD

          false. speak for yourself, I stays fresh son

        • Lol it seems that way haha

      • GOLD

        lol his jacket is pretty nice, not a hat person though.

        • Ritsuioko23

          Hats look so shitty on me… *cries in corner*

    • MaskedHeroxx

      Im 24 but dang I fell like where getting to old for it

  • Theob Vious Choice

    This is so excellent, it’s a place where Pokemon is quite real. That’s so great, it’s awesome that kids can enjoy this kind of experience.

  • Ben Ruiz

    Who won the World Championship last year?

  • You think that’s taking Pokémon seriously?
    Man, you clearly don’t know what serious is until you’ve believed that Pokémon exist somewhere (and still believe), that you are the Pokémon master, absentmindedly memorize every battle nuance and Pokémon, plug 300+ hours into each game installment, replay those games, strike poses with a Pokéball in hand, and think about it almost every minute.

    And do that for your whole life.
    Like I do.

    • GOLD

      i thought i was alone. i honestly love Pokemon from the bottom of my heart.

      • You guys should move to Japan. Imagine if an American won one year?

        Would be sweet for NA fans I imagine.

        • Yes, it would, but them Japanese have one thing most Americans sorely lack to compete in that field: Time and money. :V

          • Yes yes true. For many People in Japan, they purchase Items to show that they have them. Not always for its use. To me this says a lot about the expendable income in Japan.

      • MaskedHeroxx

        Lol why do we like it sooo much I fell the same way

    • God

      I catched mewtwo with a pokeball in the first turn, even the RNG knows i’m the superior pokemon fan.

      • Nice Boat Quatro

        Of course you catched Mewtwo with a pokeball in the first turn. You are God

        • God

          You heard it from here, God is a pokemon fan, evolution is real.

      • s07195

        Huh. You just unintentionally revealed that the RNG is a different entity altogether. XD

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      300hrs lol please I got over 3000 hrs in Gen III, 4000 hrs in Gen IV, over 2000 hrs in Gen V and already TOPPED 1000 hrs in Pokemon Y.

      • I did have a + after the number for a reason :P

        • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

          that could mean little. It better to state having 999:59 maxed out on your save file means more.

          • . . . It means “at least” that’s why it’s there. It could mean a little more, it could mean exactly 300, or it could mean maxed out as you said. It’s supposed to be more inclusive that way.

      • MaskedHeroxx

        Yea I was gonna say 300 hours ..I dont even EV train and I got thay much

    • Postnjam

      I overlevel my pokemon till effective moves don’t matter, beat the elite four, never play again. I’m as casual as it gets.

  • Lalum

    You mean a super common black 3ds XL with a charizard X decal slapped on it.

    • I understand your argument but for these kids? This is all about the spectacle. They are aloud to have fun ^_^

    • Namuro

      Then, my MH4 3DS LL would be the same as well. In fact, ALL of the limited edition consoles, no, anything would be like that.

      What’s most important here is that the thing there, represents its owner as the victor of this grand tournament. Just imagine the feeling when the kid flip out this 3DS at school, and see all the other children gasp in awe and amazement.

      It’s the feeling behind it that counts, more than the design itself (which I think looks pretty cool, a lot better than the other Charizard design, in my opinion).

      • Suicunesol

        No, I have to agree. It’s a prize for the champion. Nintendo could have splurged a few hundred dollars more for something that reflected the winner’s effort.

        Granted, it has the winner’s name on it. :P

        Also, I would never take that 3DS to school. Something of that value would get stolen very easily.

        • GOLD

          not in a Japanese school.

          • Suicunesol

            What makes you say that?

        • Namuro

          It’s designed for kids, though. For Japanese kids, to be exact. There’s no need to make a design that appeals to adults, or foreigners…

  • OAO
    I just realized that one kid was using an Altaria on his video game team.
    Kid’s got major guts!

    • Suicunesol

      Gotta hand it to kids who use their favorite Pokemon in tournaments. If they were adults, I don’t think they would hesitate to leave behind Pokemon that were holding them back.

      • Raltrios

        I can hardly build a team these days without Galvantula on it. Not only do I love the little bugger, but Sticky Web allows me to use many other favourites that aren’t often used because they’re a tad too slow, like Nidoking. I pulled off a Nidoking sweep last Saturday against a friend’s OU: The Team, and it felt great :3
        Saved the video too for later enjoyment.

  • Why can’t most of the north american side have this kind of passion for Pokemon?

  • Earthjolly

    Ahhh to be young again.

    • PreyMantis

      No one’s too young for Pokémon.

  • I always wanted to ask, why so some of the Japanese cover their mouths with that (dammit, I don’t know the name) thing?

    Is there unclean air in some areas, or…?

    • Aquarius

      In Japan, it is good manners to wear a surgical mask when you are sick, specially when you are indoors or enclosed spaces.

      Basically, they are sick and are being considerate of others by not spreading germs everywhere.

    • s07195

      Other than cases where they are actually sick, there is also the case of being recognized.

    • Namuro

      Because it’s polite to wear them, so that they don’t accidentally shower people around them with their spit when they sneeze; especially if they’re sick.

      Even then, they’re quite a health conscious bunch. They wear the mask to filter air from all the pollution in the city (though, I found cities like Tokyo to be extremely clean, with very, very little pollution. I could go around breathing in air as if I was in a countryside…).

      I think it’s something other countries should do as well. I’m so tired of having the guy next to me on the bus coughing his lungs out on my face…

      • XerosBeat

        I can vouch for the air thing, on the day I was leaving Japan my host mom gave me a mask for the plane ride home in case the air bothered me. I didn’t wear it, but I really appreciated the sentiment behind it.

      • Pinkemon

        Yes, I totally wish it was a thing where I live too. I go to university by train multiple times a week and sometimes it means the train compartment can be pretty full of people just sneezing all over the place and it makes me cringe each time.
        As for the actual article topic, it’s nice to see the passion the target audience still has for this franchise. I’ve been with this series since I was a kid myself, but it needs to keep bringing in the newer generations to survive.

        • Namuro

          Pokemon has pretty much becomes a world-wide phenomenon, so I’m sure it’ll continue to do well.

          I feel that Pokemon is sort of like a nursery for gamers. It’s where the young gamers could get into proper gaming, and take their first step into the community. After that, some may graduate onto other paths, while some may introduce their children to it.

          Whatever the case, the Pokemon series will always be there to welcome the new, younger generation…

  • Aquarius

    And here I though I was hardcore after naming my pet turtle squirtle and my fat cat Purugly.

    I still can’t be the very best… *sniff*

  • LemonsArentForever

    ive never been this intimidated by 10 year olds

  • Namuro

    So heart-warming! I love how these kids are so passionate about the game, especially that one kid who had such a big smile on his face as he was playing the 3DS.

    It’s nice to see that there are still kids who, well, act like kids! I feel that children are trying to grow up too fast these days (well, it’s always been like that, I guess).

    I’m definitely moving to Japan someday…

    • E.T.993

      We could use lesser kids swearing in the Call Of Duty online servers.

    • Ritsuioko23

      I need to visit Japan soon too, ugh why is money so intangible?

  • cj may

    This is where Dreams are broken and true pokmon masters are born!!
    i really wanted to see some random old dude in the finals

    joking aside i wish i could of done this stuff during my pokmon days

  • Tg

    I can easily see their passion through their tears. Good job, battlers. Good job.

  • Raymond

    “Kids” is the key word for everyone still playing pokemon.

  • Kari

    Cry babies T T

  • Roger

    I’m not THAT much into Pokémon anymore, but this video is somewhat inspiring. It´s good/fun to be a kid and love a game series/anime series/similars from the bottom of your heart, I guess. Even better if you have more time to play more games, without thinking too much about adult life, salary, work,etc.

  • FTM

    I wish I was still passionate about something :/

  • Black Is a Status

    What do these kids know about playing red/blue version under a lamp though. Now that’s dedication.

  • fairysun

    I am glad that there are some parents that come and support their children.

  • MaskedHeroxx

    Now how many charizards where mega evolved that day

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    YOU WANTED TO BE THE VERY BEST?… spam Mega Kangaskhan, gliscor and Rotom Wash all day…

  • Ronldbx6

    God, if only I were Japanese. They are so freaking awesome! I love everything about their culture :)!

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