Which of the Gen VIII Pokemon have taken your fancy early-on? Before all the research and all the fun stuff that comes with the reviews have any peaked your interest as fascinating right out-the-gate? Have you accepted our lords and saviors Falinks into your heart yet?
Y’know, I have weird issues with Falinks that are probably specific to me in particular, because I look at Falinks and think that it was probably designed for the British region, and plonked down in an “ancient ruins” area next to the town which is clearly based on Bath, as a reference to soldiers of the Roman Empire. And that’s great and all, but I’m a classicist and Falinks’ design and English name scream to me “classical Greek hoplite phalanx,” which is not the same thing, god damn it, so now I have to read this bit from Falinks’ Bulbapedia article:
and “Spartan helmets during the period of Ancient Rome” is… kind of a phrase that hurts my soul in a way that maybe will not be immediately apparent to a non-specialist
so yeah Falinks is a “no” from me, sorry
There are definitely Pokémon that have rapidly found a secure place in my heart, though. I’m kinda “meh” on all three of the starters, but the whole Dreepy line is wonderfully creative and weird, and I think they might actually be my favourites of the generation. Snom is adorable and perfect (Frosmoth is fine, I like Frosmoth, but it’s not Snom). I would die for Snom. Applin, Flapple and Appletun are the Grass/Dragon Pokémon I have always wanted, although I am still weirded out by the Pokédex talking about children eating Appletun’s skin. I kind of recognise that objectively there’s not really anything terribly interesting or creative about Cufant or Copperajah, but I do like Cufant and Copperajah anyway. I don’t know that I like Perrserker, but Jim the Editor and I had one of our regular nitpicky arguments the other day about the value of Galarian Meowth and Perrserker’s existence, and I was kinda surprised at the vigour of my own defence of them. Runerigus is… fµ¢£in’ bizarre but it’s exactly the kind of fµ¢£in’ bizarre stuff I like (the convoluted-as-hell evolution method can go die in a hole, though). I think those are the ones that stick out to me immediately; I guess we’ll see what happens when I get around to studying the rest.