The boys (along with every other kid in town) become fascinated with a Japanese cartoon, Chinpokomon. In spite of the fact that the show has no discernable plot and the dialogue makes little sense, South Park's kids flock to the toy store to purchase action figures and the Chinpokomon video game.
Kenny suffers a massive seizure while playing the game but the rest of the children all attend a special Chinpokomon camp, where the real reason behind the craze is revealed -- by none other than Emperor Hirohito himself. The kids are being fed military tactics through the toys and games. Soon they will be used as pawns to pilot jets to bomb Pearl Harbor. Whenever any adults get suspicious, the Japanese distract them by telling them how large their American penises are.
In the nick of time, South Park's grownups figure out how to counter the Chinpokomon threat. As the kids board their fighter jets to attack Pearl Harbor, their parents inform them that they now like Chinpokomon too. This kills the thrill for the boys, who immediately abandon the plan.
What I Learned Today
"This whole Chinpokomon thing happened because we all followed the group. We only liked Chinpokomon because everyone else did. And look at the damage it caused."
- "I love you! Let's be friends and destroy the capitalist American government!" (Chinpokomon doll)
- "Thank you for stopping by with your gargantuan penis." Mr. Hirohito
- "But Mo-om! I have to get a Chimpokomon doll before anyone else does because then I'll be cooool!" Cartman
- "The Primary Main Objective is to destroy the evil power!" Stan
- "We very are very simple people, with very small penis. Mr. Ose penis is especially small." Mr. Hirohito
- "Jesus tap dancing Christ! Get with the program, Kyle." Cartman
A whole bunch of Chinpokomon: Furry Cat, Donkeytron, Pen-Gin, Shoe, Lambtor, Roo-STOR, LAMtron, and Chu-Chu Nezumi. Collect them all, and you just might become Royal Crown Chinpoko Master.
Red Harris, owner of Luau's Toys. You can see him again in "A Very Crappy Christmas".
Hirohito, President of the Chinpoko Toy Corporation, and his associate, Mr. Ose, who we learn has a microscopic penis.
Kenny has a violent seizure while playing the Chinpokomon video game and stays comatose for the rest of the episode. Finally, at the very end, his body bursts open, revealing that he's filled with rats. So he'd probably been dead for a while.
Behind The Scenes
Where Did The Idea Come From
The story was an extended critique of the Pokemon phenomenon.
Pop Culture References
After the kids' parents get them to stop liking Chinpokomon by pretending to like it too, Stan's mom tells Mr. Garrison to "Get on the wire to every parent around the country and tell them how to bring those sons of bitches down." The line comes from the movie Independence Day.
When talking about how stupid TV shows can destroy a child's mind, Sharon begs Randy to "remember what "Battle of the Network Stars" did to an entire generation." This is a reference to the long-running TV series that pitted popular television performers against one another.
Kyle uses the phrase "ay-eet", trying to say it the way Lauren Hill does, but it turns out that stopped being cool 8 days ago.
A few of the Chinpokomon have designs directly inspired by actual Pokémon, such as Fatdactyl having Pikachu's tail, eyes and yellow color, and Monkey resembling Slowpoke and Slowbro. South Park: The Stick of Truth would introduce more Chinpokomon figures, some of which are based on newer Pokémon. The main character of the Chinpokomon cartoon show resembles Ash Ketchum (the hero of the Pokémon anime) with an awful trucker mullet, while one of the villains resembles James of Team Rocket (with the colors of Butch, another Team Rocket member).
Trey Parker studied Japanese and actually lived briefly in Japan. Thus the Japanese names and dialogue in this episode are right on the money. Emperor Hirohito was played by an old friend of his, Junichi Nishimura -- who also supplied the narration for Trey's college short film, American History. You can see a young, animated Junichi briefly in "Jewbilee".
Cartman shows off his ability to play guitar in this episode, as he sings on the sidewalk for people to give him money for more Chimpokomon.
We see two live-action commercials for toys developed to subvert the Chinpokomon phenomenon: Alabama Man, a plastic doll which spends a lot of time bowling, drinking and beating its wife, and Wild Wacky Action Bike, "the bike that's hard to ride!"
The word chinpoko means "small penis" in Japanese. The phrase Chinpokomon means "small penis monster." Also, Kenny's seizure is a reference to an incident in Japan in which the viewing of a Pokemon episode called "Electric Soldier Porygon" caused a similar problem with Japanese children. It was never aired in the United States.
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