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Pokémon: An international cultural phenomenon

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Pokémon has been referenced in more than just comedy programs, however. The Japanese manga and anime ''Koharu Biyori'' (serialized in North America as ''{{wp|Indian Summer (manga)|Indian Summer}}'') features a brief sequence where two mikos (Ran and Sumire) and their octopus are blasted off in parody of Team Rocket's frequent anime episode exits. In 2008, {{wp|Richard Hammond}} compared the design of the Indian {{wp|Tata Nano}} to that of Pikachu on the British motoring program ''{{wp|Top Gear (2002 TV series)|Top Gear}}'', leading {{wp|Jeremy Clarkson}} to query if it was a "Punkawalla", much to the studio audience's hilarity. And then there is the 2008 discovery of a ligand named {{wp|Pikachurin}}, a type of vision protein which can help to improve eyesight. It takes its name from the most famous Pokémon of all due to the speed of its electrical impulses; without the protein, it can take up to three times as long for the brain to register what is seen by the eyes. Other brief references are found in the final episode of ''{{wp|ER (television series)|ER}}'', three times in ''{{wp|Lucky Star (manga)#Anime|Lucky Star}}'', and in the films ''{{wp|Austin Powers in Goldmember}}'', and ''{{wp|Bad Santa}}'', among others.
 
The Pokémon franchise has left an indelible and humourous imprint on our society. It has been referenced so many times that it is impossible to cover all the occurancesoccurrences in just a single article. From parodies to passing mentions, from automotive designs to biochemical processes, the phenomenomphenomenon that is Pokémon has left a lasting impression on culture all across the globe. One can only eagerly anticipate how it will be referenced again in the future.
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