Pokémon are not animals they are monsters so they draw inspiration from animals, plants, already existing monsters, inanimate objects, the weather, and many, many more things. Just like, you know…what we call monsters.
A Pokémon could be a spoon and still be a Pokémon, because it is a MONSTER. Because it is a monster, it is “alive”, and has special abilities.
Even the most simple, animal-like Pokémon, are typically capable of phenomenons such as Evolution, or elemental attacks that would normally stretch outside of their skillset in “real life”- or, their “normal” attacks are more powerful than that of a regular animal.
This is not a new thing, we’ve all seen Exeggcute, Dragonite, Magnemite, Grimer, Voltorb, Charizard, Geodude, Lickitung, Jynx, Mr. Mime, Ditto, Gastly, Weezing, and many, many others before, have we not? None of these are 100% animals.
;_; thank you. I know it can get redundant, and well…yeah. redundant. and I know it’s often read as basement-dwelling levels of immaturity on my part. I suppose that’s true. I have an extreme fondness for kid’s entertainment. I know how much it can stimulate creativity, and help make a rainy day something to look forward to.
and I think that, as someone who’s already worked on a few kid’s oriented projects in illustration, I feel like there’s a lot of love, thought and passion put behind stuff made for kids- or there should be, anyway! I think it’s awfully important to think about what goes into it, and how we, as content creators, artists, writers, etc can always be looking to make something that positively reflects what world we want to give to our children. or something like that.
I like Ash as a character, but I really appreciate what he DOES as a character, for kids and adults alike, the most. that’s something I’ve always loved about the Pokémon anime, Ash made me feel like I could do anything, be anyone. that’s something that has still stuck with me to this day and while I can’t entirely credit an anime for any shred of self confidence that I have, because that would be ridiculous- I think it inspired me to think about myself, my choices and who I wanted to be. at the end of the day, they want my money, and they cleverly got it…but as I’ve said many times before, Ash didn’t HAVE to be half the character he is to sell game carts, toys and cards.
and not only that…things “made for kids” can also be suitable for “everyone”, and I think that something wonderful about cartoons, kid’s games and the like is the freedom that’s already associated and expressed with it.
I get that there’s people who view it like, “when I was a kid I turned on the TV, barely remembered what I watched, then I grew up and never gave a shit about it ever again, as long as it caught my eye that’s all that mattered at the time” - but I think I just made it pretty clear that I do not personally feel the same haha.
even now, as an adult I have to remind myself to not rely on these things to always get through a day, and that it’s not a fictional property ITSELF that’s helping me, as it is the things that I am drawing from it.
I’m glad my posts aren’t getting annoying and I really appreciate such nice words, thank you!
every time you say Ash hasn’t learned anything through his travels or changed at all, I will remind you that once upon a time Ash used to take any opportunity to NOT train for the Pokémon League- but for the last few seasons, other characters have referred to him as a “party pooper” for wanting to get to work right away when everyone else wanted to relax.
even if he’s not coming out on top of every challenge, I’d say that’s Learning Something. in general his entire attitude has become more focused. does that fill his soulless eyes with any ounce of the character he once had? not really. but I like these things about him more. It’s not like he’s a perfect human being either, he just tries harder.
I hate how Team Rocket is usually depicted as the most “badass” of the Teams. Sure, they did some of the most visibly “violent” things (cut off Slowpoke tails, for example) and they made funded the creation of Mewtwo, which is a …thing they did
But like, Team Magma and Aqua are idiots for wanting to do this, but they could have disrupted ecosystems around the entire planet and killed tons of wildlife. and Team Galactic, tortured Pokémon in the same way that Team Rocket had, they forced Pokémon to power their plans, much like the Electrode Team Rocket used to use.
And don’t get me started on how they planned to blow up everything. That’s pretty damn evil, I’d say.
Team Rocket had plans for “world domination”, but they didn’t plan to actually screw up the physical planet. If they got away with it, someone like Cynthia from other regions probably could have come to help. However, if Team AQUA for example, or Team Galactic got away with their plans? Immediate mass destruction. No time for rescue.
I can’t really speak for team Plasma as I’m *still* not done Black 2, Thanks School!
tbh part of the reason I love art of Flint and Volkner together (as a ship or as friends!!!) is because like a lot of people, a lot of my favourite pokemon are electric and fire types- but I really like seeing them drawn together because I feel like the two types compliment each other in a lot of ways.
both types really carry this…”cool” thing about them. if I were to make an example of this, I’d say that electric types are like.. IF THEY WERE BUSINESSMEN/WOMEN…
the tall lanky person with the sharp eyes who talks really fast with their hands, but never slips up a word is the electric type. they’re younger, with a less traditional outfit that’s got not a soft feature in sight. black on white, vest, maybe a bright tie. It doesn’t matter what impression you make of their smaller frame initially, because their words mean business. and they make business.
and fire types are the quiet, bulkier person in the back with the sunglasses, puffing a cigarette. they’ve got a suit, just a plain old suit. but it carries an air of authority. even if they walk in with something particularly gaudy…nobody notices, and nobody cares, because they make it look cool. they don’t have much to say in comparison to their quick-tongued partner, but a simple wave of the hand settles a deal immediately. they either never break into a smile, or they always have a content one that is impossible to read. you can’t tell if you should feel comfortable, or incredibly scared. this person might come across terrifying initially, but they’re really easygoing once you get to know them. or maybe, the opposite is true.
even with their vast differences, they make it clear they know what they want and they’ll get it the second they walk in the door. the things they share in common- when they say something they mean it, upfront and honest, sometimes too honest, but they won’t take no for an answer.
Sylveon confirmed for J-pop type, Meloetta’s typing updated as of gen 6