It was the late 90’s. I was leaving the theatre having seen my first 3-D film. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a girl appeared from the nearby bushes, demanding I take her money for my 3-D glasses. Slightly stunned, I refused, but she continued to advance, even offering the gemstones around her fingers and neck. Luckily for me, the girl’s best friend appeared, at which point the girl clammed up. I think her friend believed the two of us were acquainted, because she offered to take me along with them to see the new baby pandas at the zoo. I was perplexed, but I thought, “Why not?” We ended up going and saw two adorable panda cubs!

What were the names of the two pandas?

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    $\begingroup$ The tag is a big hint $\endgroup$ – Duck Aug 8 '18 at 19:13

Based on your comments on the answers (including mine), I think their names are

Sun and Moon

The story makes reference to the "main" pairs of games in the Pokémon series, namely:
- Red and Blue lenses in the 3D glasses
- Gold and Silver money
- Ruby and Sapphire jewels and gemstones
- Diamond and Pearl via word association: diamonds are a girl's "best friend", and pearls come from clams ("clammed up")
- Black and White pandas
- X and Y phonemes: "perplEXed" and "why not?"

The next pair of games is Pokémon Sun and Moon. These games also came in Ultra versions, and the pandas are "ultra-cute."

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    $\begingroup$ Those are logical names for pandas, and you're very close. You're missing a couple more clues. rot13(Gurer ner zber trarengvbaf sbyybjvat Oynpx naq Juvgr.). Don't forget that the title is also a hint! $\endgroup$ – CGreen Aug 9 '18 at 3:08
  • $\begingroup$ Clarification: Whether or not the names are logical/intuitive for pandas is irrelevant. $\endgroup$ – CGreen Aug 9 '18 at 3:18
  • $\begingroup$ Now it’s correct! Technically, you missed the “girl’s best friend” clue, but the answer is detailed enough that I can accept it. $\endgroup$ – CGreen Aug 9 '18 at 4:02
  • $\begingroup$ No, you're right; that's a much better interpretation. I'll edit again. $\endgroup$ – ttotherat Aug 9 '18 at 4:06

Are they named

Red and Blue

3-D glasses

They traditionally had red-blue anaglyph lenses, specifically for 3-D films in the 90s

The tag is a big hint

Red vs. Blue was a popular video series based off the Halo videogames

  • $\begingroup$ The names are incorrect, but your remark on the 3-D glasses is crucial. $\endgroup$ – CGreen Aug 8 '18 at 22:23

Are they named

Pancham and Pangaroo ?

I'm not really sure about how the story fit but I see some keywords:

Video game tag, 90s, red and blue (3D glasses), gemstone, and only two pandas-like pokemon exist

  • $\begingroup$ You’re on the right track! You’ve got the right series. There’s a sequence to it all... $\endgroup$ – CGreen Aug 9 '18 at 2:24
  • $\begingroup$ unfortunately I don't really know rot13(cbxrzba) $\endgroup$ – malioboro Aug 9 '18 at 2:41

Are they:

Yin and yang? Because pandas are usually black and white and so is yin and yang

  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, good guess, but not the correct direction. $\endgroup$ – CGreen Aug 9 '18 at 3:09
  • $\begingroup$ @CGreen What about now? $\endgroup$ – Duck Aug 9 '18 at 3:16

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