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Welcome to another episode of Professor Geoffrey‚Äôs Anatomy of a Legendary Pok√©mon ‚Äď Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyurem. As we wrap up a month dedicated to Black and White (though we will love it for many more to come), let us recognize the game mascots and a potential game mascot, Pok√©mon numbers 643, 644, and 646.



The Vast White Pokémon, the Deep Black Pokémon, and the Boundary Pokémon each have quite a bit in common. They all are part dragon type. They all have the letters R, E, and M in their names, however, this may be irrelevant.

They all represent a different energy in Taoism, being yin (Zekrom), yang (Reshiram), and wuji (Kyurem) ‚Äď or the absence of yin and yang, nothingness without ultimate, or in mathematical terms when compared to its counterpart, taiji, negative infinity ‚Äď and strangely are symbols for different actual energies, being heat, electricity, and absolute zero (0 K, or zero Kelvin).

“This Pok√©mon appears in legends. It sends flames into the air from its tail, burning up everything around it.” – Reshiram’s Pok√©mon Black Pok√©Dex entry.

 
The overall grand theme of this trio, nicknamed the Tao Trio or the Energy Trio by fans, is extremism, especially with Zekrom and Reshiram, since black and white are two opposite ends of the spectrum. It‚Äôs also the underlying message of black and white, the whole ‚Äúthis-or-that‚ÄĚ philosophy, black and white thinking, ‚Äúno gray area‚ÄĚ philosophy, et cetera. However, Kyurem, or neutrality, can also be an extreme if you really think about it.

“This Pok√©mon appears in legends. In its tail, it has a giant generator that creates electricity.” – Zekrom’s Pok√©mon White Pok√©Dex entry.

 
Kyurem is the Boundary Pok√©mon. If you take it in a three-dimensional manner, take a coin and look at it. There‚Äôs heads and tails, and then there‚Äôs an edge. Though it‚Äôs almost impossible to win a coin toss saying ‚Äúthe edge‚ÄĚ instead of heads or tails, Kyurem exists not only as the Pok√©mon of neutrality but also one of other things.

Some of you wonder, ‚ÄúWell, if Zekrom is the Pok√©mon of ideals, and Reshiram is the Pok√©mon of truth, what is that gray area in between? It‚Äôs impossible.‚ÄĚ Believe it or not, there is one: mystery. Undetermined (which is another way of saying neutral) things, such as supernatural forces, religious like Zeus, Jesus or Mohammed, and more.



The story of Zekrom and Reshiram is not entirely known at this time, especially what the involvement of Kyurem in the whole equation was. Zekrom and Reshiram are believed to have once been a single dragon that created the Unova region. Two rulers who founded the nation of Unova soon fought over its control (much like Romulus and Remus), and thus the dragon split into the two we know and love today. After the two were destroyed after nearly destroying Unova, they changed into the Light Stone and the Dark Stone, waiting for a hero to come and free them.

In Pok√©mon Black and White, N takes the Pok√©mon opposite to the version mascot, and you are supposed to summon and catch the actual version mascot. Should Pok√©mon Gray be the third version ‚Äď if there is one at all ‚Äď what might happen? As these stones are Key Items, anything is possible.

“It generates a powerful, freezing energy inside itself, but its body became frozen when the energy leaked out.” – Kyurem’s Pok√©mon Black Pok√©Dex entry.

 
Zekrom and Reshiram, as mentioned earlier in the article, are a good comparison to Romulus and Remus; however, neither of them is clearly defined as the winner, as of yet, so probably, a better comparison would probably be Polyneices and Eteocles, two brothers who had fought each other over the control of Thebes that eventually killed each other simultaneously previous to the events of Antigone, a short play by the famed Greek writer, Sophocles.

Kyurem would also be a good depiction of Antigone, the title character, whose name might actually mean, ‚Äúagainst an angle,‚ÄĚ or of course, not having a side and being neutral. Oddly enough, Antigone also kills herself; however, Kyurem seems to have never been destroyed, neither did Pok√©mon ever allude much to Kyurem‚Äôs fate.

Kyurem is, indeed, a spacial Pokémon that came to earth on a comet. Comets are, of course, made up of ice, water, and multiple gasses. The most famous one in our world is Halley’s Comet, which comes nearly every seventy years. Arguably the most famous one in the Pokémon world is the Millennium Comet, which comes every thousand years.

Oddly enough, even though it was a comet and not a meteor, Kyurem, Zekrom and Reshiram are also based off of dinosaurs, the latter of which are believed to have been killed off by a massive meteor that killed off 90% of all life on earth. Though obvious damage to the Unova region today is the Giant Chasm and a tradition in Lucanosa Town of never being out at night, it most likely was another disaster that added to the near destruction of the Unova region.

Or, perhaps, since we don’t know exactly how the fight was quelled, the region was enveloped in fire and electricity, the ultracold air that Kyurem constantly pumps out might have been the saving grace for Unova. However, this is speculation.



Much criticism have been taken for these Pokémon upon the announcement of their existence, the first ever Pokémon (Zekrom and Reshiram, not Kyurem) to be revealed in the US and Japan at the same time. My first comment was that Reshiram looked as if they took an Altered Forme Giratina and an Arceus and fused them, and Zekrom looked as if they took Dialga and Palkia and fused them. Kyurem looks as if they fused all four!

They do have much semblance to their predecessors, however; like them, both the Sinnoh set of legendary dragons and the Unova set legendary dragons have unique type combinations (excluding Palkia, as it shares this with Kingdra). Though not matching the same grandeur of time and space, Zekrom and Reshiram regulate the weather and seasonal changes in Unova.

This could also compare the two to Izanami and Izanagi, the Shinto gods that supposed affect the lives of people every day, and initially were charged to create the first land, even though this honor seems to go to Sinnoh.

March 2011 has been a blast! It almost seems as if yesterday was February 2010, and we were waiting for the first new Generation V Pokémon to be revealed! Now, for April, we will look back to Generation IV and focus on the fourth anniversary of the release of Diamond and Pearl!

This is Professor Geoffrey, signing out.


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