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.
Now, I’m sure you’ve all
been waiting with baited breath for Chris’ thoughts on Detective Pikachu; well,
I have some good news and some bad news.
The good news is that Chris has a very long post – so long that it might turn out to be 2 posts – with all the thoughts he can muster about the long-awaited live-action Pokémon adaptation.
The bad news is that there
were some minor structural issues I had with the draft and Chris has begrudgingly
agreed to make a few changes here and there to ensure that we put out only the
best content for all of you.
In the meantime, because
we promised Detective Pikachu content today, we decided to give you all a
special Jim the Editor post containing my 5 favourite scenes from the movie!
Do you think there is a case for objectuve morality exsisting in the Pokémon world given that a literal creator god exsists?
I think I reject the premises of the question, which is
something I have a bad habit of doing and try
not to do, but sometimes I’m just too stubborn and argumentative to avoid it.
‘cause, like, 1) most people alive on Earth today would say
“but a literal creator god does exist
in the real world,” and that hasn’t solved the problem for us, 2) some people
who don’t believe in a supreme being still think that morality is objective
anyway, and believe you can discover moral truths through scientific means, and
3) apart from anything else, I’m not
convinced that Arceus is a literal creator god – just that some people in
the Pokémon world have claimed that
it is, which to my mind is not conclusive proof of anything (and this is
something I used to be willing to accept but have become steadily more and more
sceptical of in the years I’ve been writing for this blog).
Guilty confession time: I’m warming up to Greninja’s battle bond ability, and think that the concept is something Pokemon should continue to explore. Hear me out. I know Ash-Greninja specifically is pure pandering to anime fans. But the implementation of the concept is, in my opinion, mega evolution done right. Mega Evolution was supposed to be about a strong bond between Pokemon and trainers making the Pokemon stronger, which would strengthen the franchise’s partnership concept. But of course, mega stones simply became an OP held item that you could use as soon as you obtained them. Battle Bond, on the other hand, really emphasizes the participation of the trainer (I think Ash feels pain when his Greninja does or something?) and occurs in the heat of the battle, once the Pokemon has already started taking out foes. What if in a future generation, all the starters’ final evolutions had battle bond as an ability? It might need some adjustments, like needing to be at a certain level to activate, and maybe a friendship or affection requirement as well. But overall, I think Game Freak could really work with this.
to our last two Ultra Beasts: Stakataka and Blacephalon, who were added to the
roster only in Ultra Moon and Ultra Sun (respectively). We don’t know as much about them as we do
about all the others, because we never see their homeworlds. All the original Ultra Beasts, whom we first
met in Alola in Sun and Moon, are encountered in Ultra Smoon by travelling
through Ultra Space to their own worlds (while Poipole is involved in the story
of the Ultra Recon Squad, and gets a major supporting role in the anime). These two, we only ever meet in Alola, and we
also get no information about them from Wicke, who is otherwise a fount of
interesting (if occasionally dubious) intelligence. As a result, there’s more I’d like to know
about Stakataka that I just don’t, like what kind of ecosystem produces a
creature like this, and how it behaves in its natural habitat – things that,
for normal Pokémon, we tend to learn as a matter of course. But we have the Pokédex, we have the design,
we have Stakataka’s in-game types, stats and mechanics, and we have the anime
episode it stars in, so let’s take a look and see what we can do.
Quick question: Looking at Vulpix’s pokedex entry from X, it mentions that vulpix are born with ‘just one snow-white tail’. Do you think this was foreshadowing for Alolan vulpix and do you think there is anything more you can make of this?
If that line were new in the X Pokédex I’d say yes, but it actually
appeared previously in Leaf Green, and the idea of Vulpix being born with a
white tail goes all the way back to at least the original Pokémon Stadium (Red
and Blue specify one tail at birth, but not the colour). It could be deliberate foreshadowing that
they chose to recycle that particular
line in generation VI, but X and Y reuse a lot of Pokédex lines from Fire
Red and Leaf Green for the Pokémon that were around in generation III, so I
think it’s more a nice coincidence than anything else.
Vulpix is a kitsune fox spirit, which grow more tails as they become older and more powerful, and turn white or gold when they get to nine tails, which is why Ninetales is a pale gold colour. I don’t think their first tail is supposed to be white, though. Nor are real foxes born with white tails that later turn red, as far as I know. A lot of animals have special juvenile colouration that provides them with better camouflage while they’re young and vulnerable, but I don’t think white would help with that (unless you lived in a snowy area, which… well, Alolan Vulpix says hi). It could just be meant as foreshadowing of the evolution to Ninetales, I suppose.