One lunatic's love-hate relationship with the Pokémon franchise, and his addled musings on its rights, wrongs, ins and outs. Come one, come all, and indulge my delusions of grandeur as I inflict my opinions on anyone within shouting distance.
I don’t know
that I remember having any particular reaction at all, really. Partly I was just never all that attached to
Lillie – I mean, I wrote my playthrough journal of Moon version in-character as
a protagonist who suspected her of being thevillain for most of the game. But also, to be perfectly honest I was never
terribly immersed in the whole Team Rainbow Rocket thing, and I’ll probably talk about that at more length once I’ve
finally finished reviewing all the Pokémon.
There are only two male Grass-type gym leaders, did you know that? Is that weird or is it just me? Anyway, FMK: Cilan, Ramos, and Gardenia’s mirror universe double who is exactly the same except a guy.
also only two female ones, Gardenia and Erika, unless you count Mallow who
isn’t really a Gym Leader, and frankly Flying and Poison have even less
representation than Grass, so-
fµ¢&’s sake it’s one of these things
is the one I’d have the best foundation for a relationship with, because we’d
bake stuff together, so I’ve gotta marry him
but then it’s
between fuck and kill for Ramos, and… like…
…I mean, I know
this is gonna sound shallow but he’s SO OLD, guys
like, if there
were ever an option where “fuck” and “kill” could wind up accidentally being
synonymous, he’s it
…on the other
hand Gardenia is super athletic, and
I guess I can imagine her being pretty hot as a trans guy, so… maybe this works
out after all…
Pokémon are just… weird. And frankly I
kind of have a soft spot for them. Heatmor? Someone jammed a blast furnace through an
anteater and thought it would make a cool Pokémon; I love it. Spoink?
It’s a spring-loaded pig’s head that can’t ever stop moving or its heart
will explode. Perfection. Gligar?
I… I mean, I’m gonna be honest; it’s been eighteen years and I still don’t
know what Gligar is, but clearly he’s great.
Probopass? I… well, …okay, I draw
the line at Probopass because that moustache is clearly just a crime against
all that is natural; I have limits. But
the point is that quirkiness is appealing to me. So, presented with a Pokémon who is
apparently an undead clump of seaweed wrapped around a rusty ship’s wheel and
anchor that it uses to hunt whales… well, colour me confused but intrigued.
Occasionally, once in a few generations, Game Freak will take the time to go back to the older Pokémon’s Pokédex entries and take the time to update and add new information to them, rather than recycle the same facts. My question is, do you think that it is worthwhile? How much effort do you think it takes to add new facts to an older Pokémon? Would that time have been better spent on refining the newer things? Or are the new Pokédex entries really not that important and noticeable?
I like it a
lot, mostly because one or two Pokédex entries aren’t really enough to cover
all the angles on what might make a Pokémon interesting or fully develop the concept. The fact that Pokédex completion, as of
generation VII, is now decoupled from any one save file (Pokébank can now
display all possible Pokédex information of all the Pokémon you’ve captured on
any of the games you own) I think helps to put all of this stuff
front-and-centre a bit more, and emphasise the accumulation of information
across multiple generations. A lot of
this stuff really helps to fill out the world and give us a sense of its
ecology and culture – especially in Sun and Moon, where many old Pokémon (even
those without Alolan forms) have Pokédex entries that describe how they live in
Alola or relate to Alolan Pokémon, in keeping with generation VII’s greater
focus on world-building and developing the character of the region itself. I’ve been thinking about doing a sort of
“Pokédex appreciation” series – trawling the Pokédex for interesting bits of
trivia we’ve learned about Pokémon over the years, because frankly I do
regularly learn new things about old Pokémon that surprise and delight me. Would that appeal to anyone?
Hey pm! Ive been lurking here simce you denied or granted rights to exsist to pokemon, and i was wondering if you ever reviewed the secondary forms of zekrom and reshiram, when they are combined with kyurem?
(Yes, this is how far behind I am; I’M WORKING ON IT)
Well, mostly I’m
just really excited that this is apparently a Pokémon movie that is going to
try to be a decent movie in its own right,
something that can be enjoyed by people who aren’t already die-hard Pokémon
fans and isn’t just product placement for the latest event-exclusive legendary
Pokémon (which, let’s be honest, is what a lot of Pokémon movies set in the world
of the anime tend to devolve into). Ryan
Reynolds’ performance as Pikachu seems promising too; he may not be Danny
DeVito, but he’s got a nice balance of heartfelt and snarky that I think should
serve the premise of the film well. I
like that, although the most prominently-featured Pokémon are first-generation
classics (presumably to draw the nostalgia crowd), there are a few newer
Pokémon as well, apparently focusing on the ones who are already big
cross-media stars like Greninja.
Jim the Editor
is not a fan of the fuzzy, vaguely felt look of the Pokémon in the trailer, and
I have to admit some of them are a bit disconcerting. It’s difficult to put creatures designed for
anime into a live action movie, and some level of dissonance is almost unavoidable
– I suspect there’s an argument that it’s a bad idea even to try. On the other hand, there’s still a prejudice
against animation in the West that makes it hard for people to take an animated
movie seriously or put much effort into it unless it’s pitched mainly at young
children, so that may be a necessary sacrifice.
I think we’ll get used to it, though, especially if this isn’t Pokémon’s
last foray into live-action.
Also no-one in
the trailer can pronounce “Pokémon” (learn to e-acute, people!) but that’s
kinda par for the course for English-speakers.