Fanart Friday returns, and YOU DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH BADGES TO TRAIN IT. Last week, we called on the power of the Dark Lord Shabranigdo with a look at our favorite magical characters, but this week, in honor of Pokémon X/Y coming out tomorrow, we're revisiting Gotta Catch 'em All Edition!
No matter how old I get, I'll always have a special place in my heart for Pokémon, and they're part of why I'm so partial to Nintendo hardware--specifically, Nintendo handhelds. A friend of mine was holding off on getting a 3DS until a current-gen Pokémon title was released, and of course, he's picking his up on Saturday along with a copy of Pokémon X. Or Y, I can't remember which one he's getting. In any case, let's get started!
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HEY GUYS. DID YOU KNOW THAT SLOWPOKE IS ALSO A MEME? OH MY GOD THIS IS SUCH SHOCKING NEWS actually, seeing Psyduck brings me back to ye olden days of the Internet, when I regularly visited Something Awful (later Gaia Online) and used Psyduck as an emoticon.
Okay, so the artist's name might turn into a fanart version of "Who's on First," but hot damn! Red and Giovanni/Sakaki had a really intense showdown. I always thought it was awesome that Giovanni had the honor to take on Red at his own game.
If I were a Pokémon, I would totally be Snorlax. Honestly though, my favorite appearance for this guy is in the Smash Bros. games, where he serves as a screen-clearing life-saver, crushing everything under his enormous ass.
While I know that X/Y are gonna have a ton of new Pokémon, I've already decided that the one I have to have in my 'Dex is Tyrunt. The little guy's so adorable! And honestly, I wouldn't mind bringing out a freakin' T-rex in battle. The real question, though... what's the new Zubat? Or Bidoof? Or Geodude?
Some people haven't been too keen on X/Y's Legendaries, but let's not forget that the original Legendaries--Lugia and Ho-oh--are just big, somewhat-intimidating birds. The Legendaries just kept escalating, though, getting more and more powerful... well, we'll talk about that later.
For now, let's just relax with some bread--all kinds of bread--along with a few mousey/squirrelly favorites. Where's Raichu, though? Or Rattata?
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Nymous wonders what kind of Ghost-type Pokémon we'll be seeing in X and Y, and I'm in the same boat--I usually like Fighting-types (part of why I'm picking Chespin as my starter), so it helps knowing what my favorite Pokémon will be perfectly useless against.
I know that Team Rocket (and their annoying-as-hell Meowth) are total dorks, but I can't help it... I like them. They're cartoonishly silly "villains," and the lengths they'll go to take Ash's Pikachu are just as silly. And yet, I still love them.
So yeah... Mega Evolutions! I think it's pretty awesome, and a nice way to give classic Pokemon even more advanced forms (it's great seeing the Kanto starters in X and Y), but I'll wait until I actually see them. I think it's encroaching on the Legendaries' turf. Speaking of which...
A lot of Pokémon fanart is appropriately cute, and shows Pokémon having fun with their trainers, or just plain goofing around. Cut to the Legendaries, and you see a lot of people making these epic, majestic pieces that show off the raw power of beings like Entei, who are supposed to be ancient and nigh-unkillable... at least until somebody shows up with a levelled-up Water-type.
Or, y'know... a small army of them. Seriously, what the hell is Starmie gonna be able to do in this situation?
I mean, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Giratina supposed to be like an eldritch spacefaring god among Pokemon? I mean, it's right up there with Palkia and Dialga and Arceus, so nothing should really be more impressive, right? SO WHERE ARE ALL THESE OTHER LEGENDARIES COMING FROM?!
Going somewhat off that topic, here's young N (who I'm not a big fan of) meeting with robed dickbag Ghetsis Harmonia, who founded Team Plasma and whose ass you thoroughly kick in the Black and White games. Sorry Unova fans, Giovanni 4 Life.
Although I'm not as partial to the earlier professors, no no... in this case, I'm a Professor Juniper fanboy through and through. Still, it's awesome to see all of them gathered in one place! I wonder what Professor Sycamore (the new guy for X/Y) is gonna be like?
by 芹沢 人参
Many Pokémon battles are small-scale, they take place right in front of the trainers and don't cause that much damage to the surrounding environment. Then, you have Legendaries like Dialga and Palkia, who are massive... why don't the trainers ride them, Giant Robo-style?
And all that talk about Legendaries brings us to now (yeah, I know I skipped Zekrom and Reshiram), with Xerneas and Yveltal. I love how Nintendo's mostly kept the Pokédex under wraps--apparently thirteen Legendaries were added to the last Pokémon generation, so how many will we see this time around?
Officially, the trainers in X and Y are Calem and Serena, but I'm really looking forward to the trainer customization options! Pokémon as a series has always been about your game, and your specifications, so having my own personal look for my trainer is just one more nice addition.
I think it's important to take a step back to a time before Legendaries were even a thing--remember when Hyper Beam was one of the most badass moves around? Remember when Gyarados vs. Arcanine was this insane clash of titans?
And somehow, even after all this time, Mewtwo is terrifying. Maybe not so much in a gameplay sense--there are plenty of great Pokémon players now who have a strategy for powerful Pokémon like Mewtwo--but from a lore perspective, Mewtwo's still pretty intimidating... and he's a Gen-1!
Cubone's always going to be a favorite among Pokémon fans, even if his backstory is crushingly sad--that's apparently his mother's skull that he's wearing. :(
A reader asked for Sabrina last week, and my first thought was "who the heck is Sabrina?" Well, to answer that question, she's a Kanto (Psychic-Type) Gym Leader that I completely forgot about, and there's a lot of fanart for her. I'll let you figure out why.
GENGAR! Most Pokémon actually have very different names in their respective Japanese and English-language versions--for instance, Cubone is Karakara, and Throh is Nageki--but a few get to keep their Japanese names, like Gengar here. Other ones that immediately come to mind are Pikachu, most of the Legendaries, Mew, and Mewtwo!
So, now that we've taken a second trip through the Pokémon world, let's look at all the different parts of the series that people love. Maybe it's the sense of wonder and exploration and anticipation of finding new Pokémon through a deep and technical role-playing adventure?
Or maybe it's the Pokémon themselves, from the adorable to the awe-inspiring? The breeding and evolutions, like how Mudkip turns into Marshtomp, then into the bigger and tougher-looking Swampert?
Or maybe it's being able to train your Pokémon and play the game with friends, battling or trading or just sharing your adventures and war stories?
Or maybe you're like me, and love the technical nature of the combat... or when things get less technical and it's all about guts. YEAH, ASH, F**K HIM UP! Even Pikachu's getting into it!
And that's all for this week! There's no way I could have included everything Pokémon-related--what are your favorite Pokémon, or trainers, or professors, or... shoot, anything, really! Sound off in the comments!
Like I say every week, your art is always welcome here on Fanart Friday--just send me a link to your work, and I'll be more than happy to show it off in a future installment! For those of you wanting to get a piece together, here are the next three themes:
-Next week, on OCTOBER 18th, we're preparing to defend Tokyo from the might of the KAIJU! Heroes like Gamera, anti-heroes like Godzilla (his alignment is... questionable), and straight-up bad guys like Pacific Rim's monsters are all welcome! THIS IS THE ONLY THEME I'M TAKING REQUESTS FOR THIS WEEK!
-Then, on OCTOBER 25th, we celebrate HALLOWEEN a little early! You'll get a chance to see your favorite characters get in costume and make off with an awesome candy haul!
-On NOVEMBER 1st, guzzle ye grog and practice yer nautical terms, as we give Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag a day in the sun with a PIRATE-themed installment!
Thanks again for coming by to check out Fanart Friday! Any of you playing Pokémon X/Y, be sure to check out the Crunchyroll Gaming Community on Facebook (sorry I haven't been updating as regularly) if you want to play with CR staff and forum mods! Have a great weekend, and I hope you drop by next time!