Being short on time and ill prepared, I would not want to leave you island guests without content. So let’s have fun with something nice and easy that is close to my heart. Pokémon stuff! I saw a bad horror movie yesterday as well, but since I want to blog about love now, rather than burning a movie to the ground I rather praise the franchise I so adore. Since I do not have a lot of time to photoshop I protected me from myself and picked a blogging topic that did not need images. MUSICA! So here are my five favorite battle themes from the games and series.
Now I could easily place this one right on top of my list for nostalgia reasons and use the original version but that would be a bit lame. While the original rendition is in my eyes till the best game rendition this anime version is truly the perfect symbolism to how it matured over time. Those beginning notes almost sound like an alarm going off, warning you that you are about to battle the toughest battle of your life. As a child this was…sorta true. Blue was a tough battle but I never found him that threatening.
Something in the way he is build up. You beat him over and over again so if you fight him at the end, he doesn’t really feel like a champion. If we compare that to for example a Cynthia or Leon who have been build up as super strong trainers, this fight does not feel THAT special to me. Had we not just encountered Blue outside victory road earlier I might feel differently, but all I could think was.. he could not have gotten THAT much stronger could he? When you battle Red at the end of Gold and Silver (and their remakes) he feels a lot more menacing. Blue’s theme was also used as the champion theme for Trace.. who even feels weaker so I just never felt situations where this dire when hearing this theme. Still it’s one of the very best.
Battle Theme Number 4: Zinnias’ Battle Theme (Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire)
One of my favorite pokémon titles of all time was Pokémon Omega Ruby, while other fans criticize it for being to samesies.. I was not allowed to get the original pokemon ruby and sapphire by my dad. He said Pokémon was for kids and I had outgrown it.. so I could only play that one as a illegal rom, and only if he was not watching. So in a way I never was at ease when playing the game. When I finally got to play it in peace and legal I felt so much more at ease. The mysterious character Zinnia, that is new to these remakes had fascinated me from our first encounter. She strongly reminded me of a real life girl I was having strong feelings for. I had not been open and out as being into girls for to long, (after realising it took me a few years to dare to flirt or show interest in girls in fear of pushing them away and due to this fear I just ended up not realy feeling in love)
Zinnia is a young woman who lost her child Aster due to unknown reasons. Being part of a dragon clan she travels the lands to try and prevent the world to end. Yet she goes about it in some dubious ways at times. She is constantly followed by a helpless whismur that she called Aster, which you trough research can find out is the name of her lost infant. I respected the character and it was one of the first mature characters your character sort of gets a bond with. Her theme has some darkness to it in it’s baseline while the main melody due to the accordion like themes sounds odd from which we can also read her scars. Zinnia got odd due to the pain of her loss, yet still is a brave fighter trying to do good. And this theme conveys that very well to me. Plus it’s the theme of the only pokémon character I ever crushed on.. so makes me look at it from rose tinted glasses. You could say that that is a bad thing but I would love to have pink glasses.
Battle Theme 3 : Ultra Necrozma Battle (Ultra Sun and Moon)
No matter how big of a Pokémon fan you are, no matter how much of a Negative Nancy or Positive Petra you are we can all agree one thing. Pokemon games are REALLY easy. We invent challenges for ourselves called Nuzlocke where a pokémon fainting equals it’s permadeath to make the dame more challenging. We hack the games to make them more challenging and even then we still manage to beat them. So imagine the surprise among the pokémon community when we first encountered this additional villian in Ultra Sun and Moon. When Necrozma absorbs Nebby (which is already pretty shocking) we see the birth of one of the most.. and most likely even THE most challenging bossfight(s) in the entire series.
I saw so many Nuzlocke fail under the might of this extraordinary and creepy pokémon. A legendary that basicly mega evolves AND gets the totem boost is nothing to scoff at. It’s moveset has super effective counters for SO many pokémon. If he hits you super effectively, the pokémon is basically dead as if you do not power grind , knowing that it will come it will be of a lot higher level than you should be. Very few pokémon can resist it. It’s battle theme feels menacing and celestial, it feels like you are facing something bigger than that which you have ever faced and this in fact ..at least until you face Eternamax form Eternatus. I love the theme of the latter..but that one feels to much like a big hero’s reversal so there is not as much tension as in this doozy!
Battle theme 2: Gym Leader theme (Sword and Shield)
Now I am not one to say that new is always better and some 16 bit and 8 bit music is truly great Yet in Pokémon’s case I do feel that the classic themes are somewhat overplayed. We all know it and love it and that is great. Yet in recent times we have begun the cycle of nitpicks and are beginning to critique everything on nitpicks and instead of looking at why we love a franchise we look for reasons to drop it. Pokémon Sword and Shield does indeed have pokémon locked behind time gates (not behind paid dlc.. except for the new forms and new pokémon) sure, the game is shorter , but it made endgame more accessible than ever.I do not mind the people who give Game Freak honest feedback, I do mind the people trying to boycott the game for having a shorter campaign or for being so anti DLC they do not see it’s simply a product of the age we live in. I felt really sad that my beloved community had turned into Nat-Dexxers hating on the new game and SwooShers hating on Nat Dexxers. Can’t we just focus on what we like about pokémon and stay united. You do not have to buy a game you do not like nor do you have to dislike a game because others critique it.
I felt alone and I was wondering if it became wrong to love pokémon still. I took my first steps in the world of Galar with some reluctance. Was it still okay to love pokémon? This all changed as soon as I stepped into that first gym battle. I loved the cute gym puzzle, I loved how Galar made pokémon feel so much more real. Like an actual sport! I loved the world building in Galar. That odd theme gave me an “as scene on tv” kind of feel. It was strange but good. Still okay just… until you knock out your opponents second to last pokémon. When we enter the final phase of the battle the crowds in the stadiums begin to chant .. and it was amazing. For the first time it wasn’t just my character standing in that arena! I was there! Then I saw youtubers really loving this song as well. Wherever I watched I saw them doing that same crowd as the chant. Now when I ever doubt if it is wrong to love pokémon I hear all those youtubers and other video streams chant this song and I know that there is nothing wrong with me… and I want to battle some more! That is some powerful stuff!
Battle theme 1: Alolan Champion Theme (Pokémon Sun and Moon)
Pokémon Sun and Moon have some of my favorite music, my favorite city theme, my favorite pokémon professor theme, my favorite elite 4 theme and my favorite champion theme. That last one is so much greater than anything else. Not only does it walk a great balance of nostalgia as being its own track. It represents something that is unheard of and never been done in any pokémon game. When you face professor Kukui as your final challenge at the end of the elite four you would really think it is his theme. However is not. If you repeat this challenge, you can face various trainers and with all of them we see the same theme play out. Even if you fight Hau .. who has a very specific theme! How is this possible? Then you realise it… as soon as you beat the Alola league the words that show us the truth appear on the screen “Congratulations, you are the first champion in the alola league’ This song is your theme.
Starting with the first notes, the first pokémon game began with, this song isn’t about your rivals determination.. or the high stakes in this match. It’s about your journey as a trainer. Kicking of very tiny and swelling in intensity it has show how we have grown as trainers. With both intense and whimsical parts it encapsulates every aspect of being a trainer. Throughout the song we see a lot of classical elements of mostly pokémon main themes. This is not just a song about your journey through Alola but your entire career as a pokémon trainer. In all the other regions there were champions before us and there will be after we have gone, but in Alola we became the first! We have become the very best.. like no one ever was.
Hey little subjects, sorry it has been a while, my kingdom is kind of falling apart as of late. My trustworthy laptop Sir Lappington has broken.. or well at least it’s screen is gone and being an old troubled beasty, it is time to say goodbye. Not having money this process however is taking its fair share of time. Luckily a friend of mine we shall name Bear borrowed me a screen to hook up to it. Unfortunately a lot of time is now spend on making back ups, finding new laptops and liberating money. So expect a bit of an irregular upload schedule for a little while. Today however I have a brand new top five for you, something that fits my somewhat glum mood. The top 5 darkest pokedex entries. Yet there is a twist, because all the darkest pokédex entries and the most well known ones are ghost types. So today we will focus on the others!
Twisted Entry Number 5: Metapod
Most of you know Metapod, the Gen I cocoon pokémon that probably annoyed you as a kid because it only knows .. or at least spams harden. It only moves very minimally and if you catch it .. it doesn’t move at all . Pokémon Snap showed us how it can descend from a tree using string shot but even then it just descents not moving a muscle. If you think that is because it’s a cocoon and I can not move, you are wrong. According to the Pokémon Sun pokedex and I quote:
Its shell is filled with its soft innards. It doesn’t move much because of the risk it might carelessly spill its innards out.’
That’s right subjects if this little green bean looking thing tilts over it’s innards will spill out. Which are so soft they are basically a liquid. While Pokémon Moon describes the shell as breakable.. which would be a major problem for this pokémon, so it has to avoid massive battles, Pokémon Ultra Moon adds a bit to the darkness scale. It basically states that while tiny bird pokémon can not even crack its shell a tiny bit, that same attack will make it fall over.. causing its insides to spill out. While it’s not stated that Metapod would die from this.. losing your organs seems pretty fatal to me, yet even if we consider that it could do without looking back and it’s earlier pokedex entries state that is has to ready it’s innards for evolution. In other words IF .. and we are already making things look brighter than they actually are here, Metapod doesn’t need its organs and it’s just evolution juice.. it still means that as soon as this pokémon tips over ONCE.. it can never evolve anymore and is always stuck as a unmoving Metapod. I do not know which fate is worse.
Twisted Entry Number 4: Slowbro
Another Generation I pokemon that got twisted by the wonderful minds that made the Gen VII dex entries is Slowbro. You know that lovable pink goofball that evolves from a Slowpoke once it’s delicious tail has been bitten by a shellder? Well this pocket monster has it rough. The synapses of it’s pre-evolution are already quite slow.. taking about five seconds to feel any form of pain, it’s a lovable goofball that just loves laying about and things do not seem to change much it just fuses with a Shellder into a symbiotic thing? I wished for Slowpoke this was it’s fate, but unfortunately the pokemon Sun Pokédex Entry states:
It spaces out while gazing at the sea. With Shellder poison flowing through its body, it becomes even spacier.
In other words, Slowbro is a pokémon that is constantly to experience a personality diminishing high, as it does gain more intelligent .. for a brief moment as explained in Moon’s dex entry where it has a moment of clarity upon being bitten, but then all memories fade away. Slowbro is also one of the few Pokémon that can devolve if the Shellder on its tail ever lets loose. Which is neat for Slowpoke in the wild I guess but for a trainer that is absolutely terrible, other trainers can just knock of the shell to return it back to a mediocre slowpoke. Ouch…. well ouch after give seconds.However a Shellder doesn’t want to let go. Ultra Moon describes the Shellder on a Slowbro’s tail as a greedy being, who loves to suck more and more sweetness from Slowbro’s tail. Basically it’s addicted to the delicacy of Slowpoke tail.. and as we know Team Rocket cuts of these tails to sell them on the black market as high quality food as well so it all does line up. While Slowbro has some amazing stats to work with it’s symbiotic relationship basically involves having , what little bit it had of, its personality being deleted by a constant poison in it’s system while it’s tail is being sucked dry of it’s essence. All it gets is one moment of enlightenment.. and that is gone after a few seconds. Poor poor Slowbro.
Twisted Entry Number 3: Komala
The cutest little Koala pokémon you have ever seen is one that is arguably debatable. Komala does not suffer, probably, it does not experience pain, probably and it doesn’t seem to have a care in the world as it clutches to it’s little log like a baby to their first plushie. It is known as the Drowsing pokémon.. but that is a falsehood because Komala never drowses. To drowse is to be half asleep and Komala is unable of that. The move Yawn can make a pokemon drowsy but this move doesnt work on Komala either. No .. it’s not an insomniac, that would be dark enough. It’s ability Comatose already reveals what you can expect but boy does Komala trump that name. Pokémon Sun quote incoming:
It is born asleep, and it dies asleep. All its movements are apparently no more than the results of it tossing and turning in its dreams.
While it is born into this world, Komala never EVER experiences this world. It will never wake, it will never know it’s trainers face and no one in the canonical world of Pokémon has EVER seen a awake Komala. The log is a gift from its parents which it clings onto in a dreamlike state. If the dreaming Komala gets close enough to their trainer.. or their dream interpretation of it , it will cling to them as well but never is it fully aware. It just dreams something that sort of aligns with reality. While Komala probably never really suffers, not experiencing reality seems like a pretty dark. The reason that this little grey fellow will never wake up is because it only eats the leafs of a plant that are a powerful sedative, as stated by Pokémon Ultra Moon. Komala’s fate is to fall into increasingly deep stages of sleep until it as Ultra Sun states..it stops moving all together.
Twisted Entry Number 2: Bewear
Oh Bewear another Sun and Moon pokémon, (what else did you expect by now) that has a very dark story to tell. This one however is not only telegraphed through the pokédex but troughout the entire Alola region. Warning signs can be found throughout the Alola region and the theme of it’s entire evolution line is Irony. It starts out as a stufull a pocket monster based on a teddy bear that hates to be hugged or touched intensely. Wielding tremendous power, it will flail about when hugged and those flailing paws have enough strength to take down a pro wrestler or even split trees in half. Stufful is being described as an incredibly dangerous pokémon by the pokédex, clearly it doesn’t look like the face of danger. When it evolves however it gets a lot worse.
This Pokémon has the habit of hugging its companions. Many Trainers have left this world after their spines were squashed by its hug.
This quote is the Moon dex entry for the now bipedal bear. It is a pokémon that is SO strong.. it doesn’t even comprehend its own strength. The problem is, the pokémon now deeply desires to hug, therefore it’s habitats are off limit throughout Alola. Pokémon Sun calls it immensely dangerous while Pokémon Ultra Moon pronounces it THE most dangerous pokémon known in the region. This would be okay for the pokémon I guess if it has a predatory nature, but it just wants love. This implies that this pokémon is doomed to be unhappy either way. Either it gives love and kills or it gets denied love and dies sad and alone. There is no winning here. In fact it knows it can not help itself but to claim a hug, and it tries to warn trainers by flailing it’s arm in an intimidating matter. It wants to love.. but it KNOWS that it love is deadly, yet it can not stop itself by its very nature . The final pokedex entry for Bewear goes :
It waves its hands wildly in intimidation and warning. Life is over for anyone who doesn’t run away as fast as possible.
Pokemon Ultra Sun
Twisted Entry Number 1: Sliggoo
When this slug dragon was introduced in generation VI , it did not seem to have a lot of trouble. It’s eyesight was incredibly bad and sure it could fire acids at his opponents that would dissolve stuff but we’ve seen worse. Sliggoo is the evolved form of Goomey.. the weakest dragon type pokémon (aww poor thing) it’s just an orb of slime that needs to stay moist to be able to breath..it will suffocate in the bright sun (can you guess which version added that bit of trivia yet?) so it sticks to caves and damp places. As a result when it becomes a Sliggoo it’s eyes devolve rendering it virtually blind. ‘Pinkie surely being blind can’t give it the top spot when we have a liquid organ thing and a permanently asleep pokémon there? That would be silly’ Well my friends.. it is time for YET ANOTHER Sun Entry.
It has trouble drawing a line between friends and food. It will calmly try to melt and eat even those it gets along well with.
While a Bewear will kill anyone… Sliggoo eats it’s friends! Somewhere inside it’s brain can’t distinguish the line of food and friends and it cant even see what is is doing either. How does he do it? Pokémon Moon has the answer : This Pokémon’s mucous can dissolve anything. Toothless, it sprays mucous on its prey. Once they’re nicely dissolved, it slurps them up. It can dissolve ANYTHING so you as it’s trainer are not an exception in fact if you walk with it it a lot.. leaving it out of it’s pokéball will spell inevitable doom for you as a trainer as you are reduced to goo .. to be slurped up by your loving pokémon. It is unaware of what is is doing because somewhere in that brain of his .. friends equal food.. That’s seems like a pretty rotten fate to suffer to me. Having my spine snapped would at least be quick. Turning into pudding to be gobbled up seems like a pretty nasty way to go. The biology of the creature is quite special too. It’s organs and brains are in the shell like goop glob on it’s back. Sliggoo also does not have ears or a nose, it uses some sort of radar system with its four horns. So while it can perceive you ..it has none of the tools to sense your distress. When it dissolves you it can not even hear you scream and it will proceeded to slurp you up happily.
Question to my Readers:
What is your favorite Dex-Entry
Thank you Sun and Moon for those happy little images! You really know how to make a happy little game. While I do hope I haven’t traumatised my subjects beyond belief.. I am still a princess and really good at this so.. I will probably see you, after some hot cocoa and marshmallows, in the next post!
The Pinkest Poké Blogger is blasting of again XO Pinkie
Jason Paige has gone silent, disbelief, joy and an occasional tear. It has been over twenty years but now it has finally happened….Ash Ketchum has won a Pokémon League. The never aging boy is the first champion of Alola. He is the very best.. like in Alola no one ever was.
The Big Trophy
Before episode 139 of Pokémon sun and Moon was aired we already saw images of Ash holding a trophy being leaked. People saw the colour and how it resembled a winners trophy of other leagues and began to speculate. Could they really spoil this, is this a hoax? Could Gladion be knocked down with Ash catching the trophy for him? We were prepared for all sorts of scenario after the famous episode title change back in 2016. However since the Pokémon Sword and Shield anime series would just be called Pokémon and the way the narrator thanked Ash in episode 138 like this would be his last Hurrah people began to suspect that this very well may be it. Ash might hold the trophy he actually earned.
Now for those with a good memory , this is not the actual first time Ash has won a Pokémon League persé. There are those who claim he has won the Orange conference and while this may be true, that league is not officially recognised in anything else than the anime. In anime terms the Orange Island Arc was by all intents and purposes filler. Throughout the series it’s barely referenced nor did it really impact Ash as a person. He never felt like the very best.. because he really wasn’t . While still an impressive feat I like to compare it to any other tournament form.. while the Pokémon League can be considered nationals.. or even the world championships of pokémon the Orange League never was much more than winning at regionals. The small trophy he got reflected this, it never gave him much fulfillment anyway. So yes ladies and gentlemen this is the first thing Ash has won a majorly important one. Finally.
A Journey completed
After the completely unjustifiable loss at the Kalos League my hope for the anime dwindled and rightfully so. Sun and Moon as an anime could not keep up with the amazingness of X&Y. While the artstyle is something you can grow into it did feel like the ultimate insult to see Ash be reduce from someone imposing to someone that looks like he’s animated on a tight time and money budget someone that is truly young. Ash returning to trainer school made me drop the anime for quite a while. When they reached the rename part .. and I found out they turned Lusamine in the good and loving mother she was depicted as in the show I cringed a bit more. The show had really lost it’s magic for me. Ash had journeyed for too long. Yet in retrospect we saw a lot of closure from classic storylines in this series, in retrospect giving it a final quality. We saw Brock finally get a girlfriend, we saw Misty grow into a much more potent young trainer and more recently we saw lilly conquer her fears and see Gladion use his father’s Pokémon. Even season one’s Jigglypuff returned.. it finally sang it’s song from start to finish with Komala staying ‘awake’ through it all in the end seeing jigglypuff being knocked out and it’s face doodled at.. with it’s own little journey completed.
Team Rocket getting the short and of the stick once more (for now). With Ash now finally winning a tournament one could wonder is this season where the narrator will finally say.. the end? My hope goes out to a positive answer to this question. Though Sun and Moon finally made me drop the series for most of its runtime , I on occasion still followed the adventures of my main man but it began to feel thin. Like Bilbo Baggins once described ‘Like butter that has been spread out over too much bread. We needed to see this yet at same time.. we are kinda done with Ash. One way or the other a journey has ended.
The Road ahead is empty
Now that we are getting close to seeing the Sword and Shield anime we can wonder what lies ahead. If they continue with current Ash not much. I wanted to see him become the champion and now that I did I can wholeheartedly say I am done with the character. Yet also for Ash himself there would not be that much more to achieve. One could make the argument that since the Alola league is the first of its kind it isn’t as official or prestigious as the indigo league or since Galar is a bit sports focussed that will be a more professional league so that there is still ways for Ash to grow. While I am willing to accept those ideas as somewhat valid it would remove any tension arc from the stories. For a new journey to be meaningful it would mean Ash HAS to win the more prestigious league as well or he will in fact move backwards. Which means that narratively speaking Ash is a dead end.
Letting him win in Galar is the only justified arc he could still go through but because it’s the only option it’s not really an aspect that needs to be explored. Ash as if might not have reached his zenith yet..which on it’s own is debatable but we now all know he will get there. THIS Ash is used up. There is no interesting story to tell with their side characters either, the only one who might have an arc still would be Serena and her arc really needs Ash to age to be completed. So it indeed would seem that the anime has nowhere to go. Like I said before though.. the new series will not carry a subtitle.. at least not in japan where it will just be called Pocket Monsters. In movie terms reusing the original titles usually means one thing and one thing alone. Reboot.
Who’s that Protagonist?
Now a reboot could be done in many ways. We could see Ash age to a grown up competing in the more professional Galar league after a few years of rest. Being mature now Ash could be involved in some themes he did not really have to deal with before. Romance could become a real thing of his journey but also his battle style would have to change to a more serious more clear cut and direct battler.While not the most compelling narrative option , i’d say this is their only option to keep current Ash and give him some room to develop. His championship could become secondary to his coming to age story. Yet going this route will be one of many pitfalls that would mean excluding some game features or even characters he can encounter. The game would have to be represented significantly less. With the job system though it could still work to some extent.
The most popular protagonist theory however is an Ash Reset. we simply get a new Ash Ketchum, mostly likely one living in Galar starting his journey with a Pikachu much like old Ash did. Other reboot theories consist using the Ash from the “I choose you Pikachu movie” timeline. In this timeline he never traveled with Brock and Misty and Kanto already knew the Legendary Dogs and even Alolan Pokemon, so it’s almost like.. what if Ash was born 20 years later. While this could work I think it would result in a lot of people resisting, with all the hate Pokémon is getting for Sword and Shield already it seems like a very dumb choice to make. Though one that is quite marketable if they manage to pull it off. The anime has always been about Ash and Pikachu and if Detective Conan can stay fresh for decenia Ash should be able to do so too. The community needs to keep an open mind for that though and I am not sure if this is the proper day and age for that. It’s so easy to hate.
So the best option would be to have a new protagonist. While rude mouth brittish avatar girl seems like a good pick I personally would really like if the story is focussed about on Marnie. Marnie is one of the rivals in the game and the one who is idolised by the evil team Yell. It could be very interesting to tell a narrative from a more edgy main character who combats her inner darkness and her desire to win rather than ignorance. The way she would deal with her fans trying to give her unfair advantages would also be a very fresh narrative. Marnie could deal with the pressure of being seen as the best opposed to being a nobody everyone suddenly starts looking up too. Marnie has a less linear narrative, where Ash journey is just to overcome an obstacle Marnie’s journey would be one of black or white choices. Her fans count on her so will she push her Morpeko to claim victory despite the cost to her pokémon or will she spare her pokémon but anger her fans and team Yell? It could push Pokémon as a series more into animé territory and less into serial cartoons. I would not mind potty mouth british avatar meme girl as a protagonist either if they make her a bit smarter than Ash.
Now what do I really hope we won’t see? Two things.. a continuation of Ash as is will make me not even pick up the series at all his journey is complete, I am so done with him. The second one is a bit more sensitive. The second character I would not like to see as a main character is Hop. Hop is the little brother of the pokémon league champion and your only rival of a different skin colour. Now I have no problem in creating more diversity in ethnicity in main characters , I love Miles Morales and the new Miss Marvel. Hop however would be to much like Ash. Their personalities would not differ enough. Had Hau been the protagonist of Sun and Moon after Ash won Kalos, i’d be be perfectly fine with it.. because Hau is more carefree than Ash he is extreme, his carefree nature could be something he needs to work on in order to become a great. Hop however seems to have the Ash mentality.. he likes to win but he also seems a bit of an airhead with a good heart.
Miles Morales is very different from Peter Parker so regardless of heritage he adds something new. While I respect that for some people it is important to find more representation I am simply judging this from a narrative standpoint. Hop is an Ash Clone.. just like Trace from let’s go Eevee kinda is. Pokémon needs something new.. something fresh from a narrative stance. Hop would not offer that. I also would not want Serena to become the main character, her goals would have to be changed to much. Even though she is a fan favorite with a story still to complete they would need a very strange narrative to shoehorn her in. Letting her compete to grow seems like something she would not do. The only fitting narrative I could find fitting if Ash goes missing and rumors say he went to Galar .. and she starts to compete to face him at the pokéleague.. but this would weigh the story down a lot.
With the Alola trophy in Ash hands the future of the pokémon anime is insecure. This can be the fresh breath of air the series so desperately needs or the nail to the coffin for many viewers. Unlike Ash I still have some hopes and dreams and my biggest right now is a female protagonist.. or at least no Ash or Ash clone.
Question to my readers:
What would you like to see in the future of the Pokémon Anime?
So that concludes my feelings about Ash winning a pokémon league.. I am so happy it is finally over , but it can get worse for here as well. Once again in my choices I do not mean to upset anyone these are simply my views based on available assets and looking to what I find lacking in the series and what would make it thrive and what would stagnate it. Ash has died 9 times before becoming the pokémon league champion, I just hope that when he dies next time it’s not because using him again killed the franchise.
The Pinkest Poké Blogger is Blasting off again XO Pinkie
Salutations my tiny monstrosities welcome to the 33rd week of the year. As we are drawing closer to the end of the summer vacation season, it is time to take a little vacation together. A trip to both Hawaii and Alola as we look at the adorable Pokémon that has become an icon for a big group of bloggers who symbolise something very important to me. The Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-respect or OWLS for short! A big shout out to you guys and your amazing cause! This is a little something about their avatar, and one of my favorite starters of all times.
A little problem solver
Alola as most people know is a Pokémon Region based on hawaii. We could start with the fire kitten Litten, the pink nosed singing seal Popplio or the adorable little owl Rowlet.
It’s name very simply comes from a combination from round and owlett. As it’s a round baby owl this of course makes perfect sense. Yet people sometimes question if Rowlet does belong. The Tytonidae species that Rowlet seems to be based on isn’t native to the islands of Hawaii after all. Though loved as a pokemon people really questioned if it belonged there. Well the answer is yes. The Tytonidae species, also known as the Barn Owl has been important to the volcanic islands to take care of a rat infestation there. Much like the mongoose, which Yungoos is based on the barn owl settled into Hawaii after. People still say it doesn’t belong , yet it keeps a much bigger problem away. Though it might be a stranger unlike the local wildlife, much like Rowlet seems to be.. or the people the OWLS fight for , it has found its place in the lands. It may not always be loved ..but without those barn owls, without rowlett that land would suffer through much worse. It’s Pokédex entry mostly stays true to the regular owl but mentions that the owl uses photosynthesis during the day to fuel it’s night time hunts.
A reversal of fate
The little owl’s evolutionary line is filled with some fascinating facts and and titillating trivia. As Rowlet begins to evolve it becomes increasingly rare in terms of species and type of owls. Dartrix it’s first evolution is based on the Peoh owl.
An owl that IS in fact from the place the Alola region is based upon. Dartrix is being described as a bit of a dandy and a narcissist in the Pokédex it is incredibly sensitive to the presence of others as well as an excellent marksman with it’s darts. Looking at the Peoh though we can see a dramatic shift in tone for the fate of the owl. Where Rowlet is very common but unwanted, Dartrix or the Peoh is quite accepted but endangered. The reason for that is because it’s a bit of a sickly owl that is extremely vulnerable to pollution, which is shown by Dartrix grass typing having a weakness for the poison type. Dartrix and the other Peoh are dying out because of the arrival of humankind. Even though humans accept the peoh they refuse to change their ways or to adapt so they can live alongside each other. Where Rowlet shows us that times change and we have to accept that sometimes rather than alienating the new, Dartrix teaches us that it’s not enough to accept something in our lives we have to always adapt a bit to it too , otherwise it can still die out.
A tragedy completed
When Dartrix evolves in Decidueye it loses it’s flying type in favor of a ghost type. Given that we seen the bird from common to endangered already we can predict what this means of the owl Decidueye is based on. Indeed, the stilt owl has gone extinct. It has never been discovered by a scientist while alive.These birds lived on the island before mammals and their predators were a common presence. They hunted birds, mostly sea-birds (once again justifying it’s grass typing as grass is super effective against grass) which is reflected by Decidueye’s design looking like an archer/ranger.
When mankind came to the islands they brought cattle with them like pigs that seemed to have preyed on these birds, but something else preyed on them as well namely Polynesian rats. Having evolved purely for combatting other birds the stilt bird had no answer to these and was thus wiped out by the plague humans brought along in the first place. These rats formed so much of a problems in the later days they had to bring in Barn Owls (and thus Rowlet) to combat the problem that they started in the first place, and now that same life form for solving THEIR problem. The thing that killed Decidueye was the same thing Rowlet was brought in here to fight. Completing a circle of owls and highlighting the faults of man. Decidueye can be a metaphor of not being acknowledged at all, mankind just imposed their standards on the new land not knowing what was best being ignorant of how life truly works. Just like how many cultures adhere to binary systems, only one system can be right how there is only one true god or whatever limitations society imposes upon the world. Decidueye is stated to cool and cautious but that is prone to panic attacks when caught/spotted though. They like to live more withdrawn and hidden and pull up their hoods when they are under high pressure. A feeling most of us oddballs or shut-ins would be able to relate to i’d think. Unfortunately I can’t shoot a pebbled from a mile away so.. I am unable completely relate to it after all.
Mythology is a hoot!
So now that we have looked at the complete line of evolutions let’s take a look at owls in Hawaii in general. They are of significant importance to their classic culture. The owl is actual somewhat of a sacred animal to the natives. The owl in its wisdom is said to be a sort of guide. You are lucky when you see an owl because it will watch over you and protect you. The owl to the natives is like a guardian angel that watches over you. It is also the patron of lost souls, helping them face their demons throughout their journey. Rowlet in the anime , though more comical seems to also be a guide for Ash, like most of his scouts but nonetheless it seems to meet the brief. It’s such a good owl!
The hawaiian god Kane also seemed to have an owl form to protect its own. So indeed the owl is a warrior of justice and there even is a theme of self respect to find in the pokémon’s evolutionary line, although a bit tragic. We start out with Rowlet which basically only comes out in the dark, but when it evolves it gets its pride and shows itself to the world, however when it evolves again, it has learned to become more cautious and cool, it has learned how this world works and how it manages to function it. Thus I’d say Rowlet is the perfect symbol for the OWLS bloggers and a beautiful pokémon from which we can learn some lessons if we do not what to repeat our mistakes. Though the Rowlet->Dartrix->Decidueye evolution seems a bit circular in nature. It might not be so easy to reach those goals for people to accept, adept and account for others than them. Perhaps some brave bloggers out there can make sure it will still get it’s mega-evolution. One that can lose the hood with pride.
Thusly we end a bit of a different analysis of a Pokémon. Looking a bit more behind a pokémon than just directly at it. Talking a bit more about a subject that lies close to my heart as well. I do hope you still enjoyed the post. As my health seems to falter a bit I hope I can keep bringing some nice content this week. Should I miss a day now you know why. What Pokémon would you like to see me take a look at? Let me know in the comments and remember: I am not weird, just very pink! Until we read again!
My sweet little monsters, it is friday again so that means that today I am writing fanfiction. Today I will be taking a break from my dystopian cyberpunk pokemon tale.As it is based on the Pokémon RP campaign I run , this is a story that is heavily tied in with people. I had a bit of a run-in with some of these recently, leading to the fact that the subject matter for now is a bit blemished for me. I’d rather do something else for you all. So starting today I will retell some classic fairy tales featuring my favorite franchise. Told in fable like format, one could argue these are set in the universe of the mystery dungeon series. This means Pokémon live in houses and can talk to one another. Humans will still be a thing but take a backseat in this one. The first classic story we will retell is “The Little Mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersen. The mermaid’s role will be filled in by one of my favorite starters Popplio.
Chapter 1: A Wish from deep within Popplio was swimming to a wreck, looking for shiny or round stuff to play with. Even though she had four sisters, Popplio, Popplio, Popplio and Popplio she at times could feel a bit lonely. Her sisters had always find her odd for preferring to use her Disarming Voice, over Round. Both were moves they could learn, with Round being a team based one. This little Popplio however thought it might find a trainer if it ran Disarming Voice instead, revealing it’s potential typing should it ever evolve early. Her sisters did not want to be captured however, no one here would. She was the only one that wanted to leave the oceans and travel across the lands, searching far and wide, to find that piece she had been missing in her life. To fill that emptiness that was inside. Popplio loved the toys humans made and in these sunken ships there were some real treasures she would collect. Eventually the little seal, not to be confused with seel, found the kid’s room. Ignoring the scattered bones Popplio swam under the decayed overgrown bed. ‘Jackpot’! She pushed the toy from underneath her bed using her nose,it was this ufo shaped device with a large stick growing out it’s top, that looked it could be pressed. It also had a solid round found the UFO shape rested on. Pressing the stick down with it’s tale, the ufo began to spin, creating some bubbles around Popplio, it giggled and kept playing with it, wondering how it would work above the water. While playing with this humming top, two menacing looking eelektrik swam in. The blueish eel pokemon had luminescent yellow dots all across their body and a round yellow eye, their mouth featured a four ways parting beak surrounded by rust coloured lips that were matched in their tailfins. ‘Hey little one’ began one of them sounding like a heavy male smoker would sound in our world. ‘You like these toys? Would you not want to play with them on the surface?’ Popplio stopped playing, hearing that it had always wanted to hear, not afraid of these new menacing creatures it nodded…and pressed the humming top one more time. ‘The mistress of the abyss can help you, just come see her at the shiny red kelp’ The eel monster dashed off with its twin in tow immediately after, as if they had heard something to startle them. Soon after Popplio heard two of her friends shouting her name, she sighed and swam outside with the humming top on her back.
Chapter 2: King Primarina ‘Popplio where are you girl’ Krabby clamoured, being followed by a searching looking Finneon’ Krabby was your standard crab like looking pokémon while finneon resembled a tropical guppy fish. It’s aquamarine and dark blue stripes made it hard to spot, but if you knew it was there you could easily focus on the pink details. ‘I am here Krabby’ Popplio said annoyed. ‘Girl ya father gonna be maaaaaaad’ Krabby said while snapping it’s claw in a sassy way. ‘King Primarina ain’t liking this.. no he ain’t at all’ Popplio just glared at the crab and said ‘My sister just wanted to sing again so I just went to go play by myself, look what I found?!’ The krabby stared at the humming top and sighed. ‘Girl why do ya wanna go up there, can’t you see how good you have it here?, Let me sing you a song’. Just as some oddly familiar song began to set in a sharpedo with a tie approached , holding some kind of document. Finneon read it and asked ‘What is a Disney and why is it making us stop singing?’ The shark grinned ‘It’s everything…. and you can sing if you pay, if you don’t my brother is also a good lawyer…he will help you for a price’. The Sharpedo swam off laughing after handing out the cease order. The trio returned home without song, King Primarina’s castle look magnificent as always, but the sight was marred by a very angry looking King Primarina. He was a very feminine looking king, who compensated by wearing a kelp beard which was totally not a matching colour of his waving locks, made even worse by the fact that he was a shiny of his kind, resulting in long blond manes and the big dark green kelp beard just made him look silly. ‘You missed dinner! The cook made drowned Aguav berries’ the father said to her daughter angrily. ‘You’ve been looking at human stuff again! Arceus be damned with you child.. I am sorry but I will make you give up this obsessions, humans will eat you!’ As Popplio already began to sob her father launched a Moonblast attack aiming it straight at the humming top which exploded into a thousand pieces. ‘Daddy no” Popplio whined but it was too late, the king swam up to her room and destroyed all the human toys it had gathered. In a fit of rage Popplio swam off as fast as she could, as her father aimed a Moonblast to knock her out, he found out he was out of PP, losing track of Popplio as she disappeared in a chasm. ‘She’ll be back, she must learn, if she keeps this dream her heart will be broken’ The king sighed and swam back inside the palace. Finneon ate a bit of kelp from his beard. While Popplio swam crying over her lost toys she began to notice she had no idea where she was. ‘I am lost’ she realised, frantically swimming around to see if she could recognise anything, her search proved to be unfruitful. Just as Popplio was about to cry again her attention was drawn by some red luminescent kelp in front of a cave.
Chapter 3: A deal with the sea witch. Maybe they can help me , Popplio thought while swimming through the cave, a Mareanie was feasting on some Corsola remains scaring the young Pokémon. Proceeding to swim further inside the princess began to notice a lot of Pyukumuku here. Oval shaped pokemon with a white star shaped mouth, and a fluffy bunny tail. Pink irregular protrusions rose from the creatures upper backs their eyes being bland pink dots without much expression. Yet Popplio felt these all were sad. Eventually the cave began to open up in a central room. The two eels from earlier were there spiralling around a ominous looking Malamar. The body of a reversed squid, its head being formed out of cluster of smaller tentacles. With black eyes and golden irises against the hyacinth coloured head along with the wine coloured bird beak her appearance was nothing less than horrifying. Popplio dove into a corner. ‘Oh don’t be scared little one, said an androgynous voice that sounded full of sarcasm and cold heartedness (compare it to the english dubbed voice of Frieza from Dragon Ball Z). ‘I am here to help you little one’ The Malamar calmly waded to Popplio putting one of her pale tentacles on Popplio’s “shoulders’ The upper part of the tentacle was the same deep magenta of her beak. ‘My little friends here told me you want to go to the surface, but hopping like that, you can’t get very far land inward now can you?’ The Malamar flicked the tail a bit. ‘Oh no that won’t do.. but did you know that when you evolve, you can walk and hop on your tail quite well?’ The Malamar grinned maliciously as Popplio’s head shot up to look Malamar straight into the face, she hooked. ‘I can?’ Popplio was bewildered , this could make her wish come true. ‘Yes it can, and it would make you more popular to catch! I can make you evolve you know… if we sign a contract, you can find a trainer!’ Malamar grinned as her plans began to come to fruition. ‘A contract, what for?’ Popplio asked, her little heart beating wildly in her chest. ‘Oh nothing to worry about dear, I just live to see your wish come true.. so I must make sure you pursue it… so I will make you evolve and you have five days to find a trainer, if you succeed, you can stay a Brionne forever… if you don’t … i’ll turn you into one of my pyukumuku over there. But I am gonna be TOTALLY honest with you, what trainer would not like a Brionne, you’ll be caught in no time.’ Popplio, still naive at her level, saw nothing wrong and agreed to the deal. ‘Then there is only the issue of payment dear…I do not want a lot, just your Baby Doll eyes’. The little seal flinched ‘you want my eyes’. Malamar laughed ‘Oh goodness dear no.. I want your move.. Baby Doll eyes, you will just forget it.. I will learn it done deal.’ Malamar extended her tentacle and Popplio not seeing any harm in this shook it with her fin. ‘Now you look like eleven or so am I right’ the witched asked. ‘Yes Madamme, almost twelve’ Popplio said proudly. Malamar rummaged in a cabinet to find find six spheres wrapped in some sort of blue paperlike substance. ‘Here eat these and your wish shall come true’ As Popplio was eating the sweet tasting orbs, Malamar threw a heart scale in a cooking pot and chanted a spell and *poof* Popplio forgot how to use Babydoll Eyes. As she ate the last candy she began to glow in a bright white light
Chapter 4: Catch her then. Brionne woke up on the beach, the sound of the breaking waves filling her with a sense of joy. What was less pleasant was the sounds next to her where the sassy krabby had already found her. ‘Girlfriend you did NOT just evolve, you be six level short I know because I told Finneon,, that girl aint gonna evolve..cause she just learned Baby Doll Eyes, so she is long off.. yes I did’ Krabby snapped with its paw every time it spoke. ‘I went to the sea witch, she helped me’ Brionne confessed. Krabby made an over dramatic gasp. ‘Oh Abyss no!, that’s a bad idea, she gonna turn you into a Pyukumuku with that Voodoo woo she does’ Krabby kept snapping sassily. ‘No , because I am gonna find a trainer, I got give days to find a trainer, that will be plenty because I am a Brionne now’ Krabby went silent for a moment looking sad. ‘Dear , your father never told you this to protect you but the Popplio line is VERY disliked by trainers. They just think you look stupid and think Brionne is the worst one.. I am afraid you got tricked by that witch. As Krabby moved in for a comforting hug it was blasted way by an Aqua Jet headbutt. ‘No, this is another of fathers tricks, trainers will love me I know it, I don’t want to be a Pyukumuku’ Brionne began to hop away. “Bri wait!’ Krabby said sighting tiredly. ‘I’ll help you find a trainer if that’s what you really want. And so after getting another court mandate from Disney to prevent yet another spoof of a song, the days began to pass by as the pair began to look for a trainer for the seal in a dress.Krabby was right, a few people tried to catch him but no one went for Brionne. No matter how hard they tried, most would not even look at them. Once she even jumped in front of a Pokéball that was aimed at Krabby, though she did get captured the trainer released her right away. With a heavy heart Brionne and Krabby watched the sunset on the fourth day together, tomorrow would be her final chance. Krabby said goodbye to Brionne telling he would go back to the Kingdom to get her some help, not wanting to be a Pyukumuku Brionne agreed. Meanwhile Malamar’s Eelektrik came back with an item they found on the surface for their queen. Malamar laughed maniacally. ‘Finally with this item, I can take down King Primarina and claim this sea as my own!’ As her eels placed it against a wall her tentacle pulled away the cloth that was protecting the item revealing a mirror. ‘Henchman 1 stand before me’ the queen ordered her aptly named fishy servant. The eelektrik obeyed just to get hit by Baby Doll Eyes used by Malamar. ‘I feel so weak.. my strength is leaving me…’ The Eel whined as it’s strength was continuously being drained away until it became too weak to even breath. Henchman 2 now fearing for his life begged to be spared ‘Oh I am not going to use this on you’ the Queen said with a malicious grin on her face. She moved to the mirror past the , now floating eel, and used the move on herself.
Chapter 5: Hau about a final battle ‘Hey there little one, you look like you had a rough night’ was the first thing Brionne heard that day. Brionne opened her eyes and saw a dark skinned boy, wearing orange shorts and a black t-shirt. His hair to about the length of his bangs a bit longer in the back kempt backwards and tied in a knot. ‘Would you like some malasada’ the boy would ask putting the bun meets pancake like object next to the Pokémon. Brionne sniffed the bun and ate it, it was the most delicious thing she ever had. ‘Thank you so much mister what’s your name’ she asked the boy. He smiled at her ‘You like that huh,, are you asking for more?’ The boy clearly could not really understand her, but hey she would not mind more, if she ate it like a good girl she might get captured by this one. ‘I am Hau by the way, it’s nice to meet you Brionne’ the boy now having introduced himself made quite a impression on Brionne, he knew her name! Hau placed another treat in front of her and played with her tossing over a hacky sack Brionne had the day of her life with this boy it was so fun, finally she could play. The sun was already beginning to lower in the sky when Hau finally asked her that all important question. ‘Brionne do you have a trainer?’ The Pokémon shook her head frantically and just about when Hau was gonna ask that all important follow up question, it all went wrong. Krabby arose from the shore she spent the night at.. looking battle damaged beyond belief. ‘Brionne… it’s horrible… the kingdom it’s under attack… it’s Malamar… she became like super strong, do you know what could have happened?’ Brionne began to panic ‘What is father in danger? I don’t know… all she got from me was Baby Doll Eyes.. but that doesn’t make you stronger it makes people weaker’ Krabby gasped. ‘You Foolish girl , don’t you know Malamar has the Contrary ability whatever would weaken her would make her stronger instead’ Brionne felt an icy grab around her heart.. she did this… she had finally found a trainer but now her father would die because of what she did! She had to stop Malamar somehow. ‘What is it girl.. is this a friend of yours, it looks like he is in trouble, can we help?’ Hau just smiled warmly to both, applying a potion to Krabby. Brionne and Krabby were stunned by the man’s kindness but there was no time to dawdle, Brionn pointed to a spot at sea. While she was getting in the water, Hau called for a Pokémon ride and jump on the Lapras to chase after her. Meanwhile, the king was trying to fight of this intensely powerful Malar, though his Moon Blasts could keep her at bay, one hit would surely knock him out so he had to sacrifice most of his power points to keep distance between them. Soon he would lose this battle, he just hoped he had given his daughters enough time to evacuated. A cry of Popplio would distract him for just long enough, as he looked back he saw one of his daughters being zapped by one of the eels. This gave Malamar enough time to slap him with a tendril of darkness, knocking off his kelp beard. Even though it was not very effective , as powerful as Malar was now it was enough to knock him out. The king rose to the surface.. chased by Malamar.. she would finish him and psycho cut him in half in front of all his citizens, that would show them who is the new ruler. At the surface Hau, Brionne and Krabby had just arrived where the city was down below, arriving at exactly the right time to see the unconscious and beardless king. Malamar quickly followed in pursuit. ‘Woah that thing is huge’ Hau said. Brionne rushed to her father but was slapped away by the sheer force of a tentacle hitting the water between her and her father, for once Splash did a lot! ‘Brionne watch out’ Hau shouted. ‘Here take this’ Hau tossed her a crystal that she missed as it began to sank. Malamar looked at the Brionne and scoffed’ A little Brionne thinks she can stop me? You made me! You gave me the thone! I knew no one liked a Brionne and with five days I had plenty of time to set up my scheme.. and you fell for it.. letting your selfish desires make a deal with evil! Now watch as your silly wish will end up destroying your father, the the last person that loves you or ever would, will have died’. Brionne looked defeated, Malamar was right, her father would die because of what she did, the humans were right, she was a horrible pokemon. ‘Whatever she says Brionne it’s not true.. now use Aqua Jet to chase after that crystal’ Hau shouted. He was right! Not the hag! Brionne would not fail here! Bravely she dove after the crystal, dodging Malamar’s massive tentacles, she found the crystal and picked it up, what was this thing?! As soon as she resurfaced she heard Hau shouting at her ‘Okay Brionne now let’s do this together’ Activating something that looks like a watch Hau extended his arms fists crossed, before bringing them back together in a heart pose he then would move his arms next to his body like fairy wins, lifted his left leg and made a little plié. Suddenly Brionne would feel a surge of energy going throughout her body, she felt like she was flying across the stairs as her world literally turned brighter and more colourful, her body moving completely on it’s own she was just being swept away empowered by fairy energy. As her body Twinkle Tackled the Malamar, a huge burst of starlight bursted at the point of impact, launching Malamar out of orbit. As Malamar disappeared beyond the horizon so did the last bit of sun. Brionne let herself began to sink..readying herself to be turned into a Pyukumuku because she was not captured she closed her eyes, after seeing Hau’s Rowlett from the sky dealing with those pesky eels. Everything went dark.
Chapter 6: Traveling under the Sun and Moon Pyukumuku got a bit unfcomfy on the beach where everyone had gathered. It was quickly drying out. Hau picked it up smiling and put it back into the water. ‘There you go little Fella , that must feel better right? Hau petted the pokémon and moved back to Brionne who knocked herself out from exertion. She would wake up soon after that looking around the beach. She saw Hau who immediately tried to give her a malasada , her father who had now made a beard out of flotsam and Krabby who was snapping its claws as Sassy as ever. Finneon was playing with the Pyukumuku that had just been dropped in the water. ‘Hey there sleepy head, you did so well we are all proud of you’ Hau said. King Primarina cleared his throat. ‘Brionne, were it not for you and this trainers bravery I would surely not be here anymore, sure you may think this is all your fault, which it kinda is, but the witch would have found a way to execute this ploy sooner or later. I did not trust trainers, but you and this young man have shown me pokémon and humans can live together and be stronger because of each other. I, King Primarina the manliest male Primarina will give you permission to travel with Hau.’ The king nodded and pushed Hau towards his daughter a bit as if he was some kind of beach ball. ‘I think your mother’ Hau would get a tail slap in his face…. ‘PRRRRRRRRIIII” ‘I mean your father, wants us to travel together, what do you say will you join Team Hau?’ The trainer held a pokéball in front of Brionne’s snout. Her heart skipped a beat but once she recovered her pink little nose would touch the grey button on Hau’s capture device. From then on Brionne would be as happy as she possibly could, traveling through the Alola region defeating many trials and even participating in the Pokémon League. By night or by day, they would always be together battling with new friends , seeing new things. The king returned and rebuild his city, teaching his daughters to be more like Brionne. And they all lived happily ever after. Well at least until Disney decided to turn their story into a horrible live action remake
Well the my little monsters, that was quite a bit of reading you needed to do, thank you for sticking with it. I hope you enjoyed this first issue of Fairy-Type Tales. Do you have a fairy tale you want me to cover? Let me no know in the comments and until our next read! Stay Pink!
Hello there my little monsters, welcome back to another installment of my fanfiction work “Pokemon Order and Chaos” , the second part of this series, Welcome to Wuqu, you can find by clicking on the name or by opening the fanfiction tab on the homepage. In the last episode we saw two priests of Alola, leading Team Oblivion travel to the “world of chaos’ where another criminal team.. or the very world they live in have to be stopped, in order to protect the regular Pokémon world. But this new world was very different then their own, humans and pokemons are enemies rather than friends, with the ones people own being nothing more than tools. Professor Azalea took Luther and Nils into a waiting room, saying their new team members would be there shortly.
A rough wake-up call William woke up from drooling on his own hand, his head hurt, what happened? Where was he even? The blond man in an ornate black robe looked through the room, it looked like a simple bedroom, in the middle there was an old tv sitting on a carpet a weird device was sitting in front of it, to his direct north there was a desk with a computer to his east there was a plant and some pokemon-dolls for some reason, and to the north east there was a door, with a keypad. Was he a prisoner? Who would capture a priest of Kōngjiān? He was a noble servant of the goddess C’ra, the lady of rainbows, though other fates in this world honoured the same god they all worshipped a different aspect of her, his one focussing on her kindness and goodness. He was a noble man, that never got in any trouble. Suddenly William began to remember, he received an envelope that he had been selected to be a Pokémon trainer, tributes from every city would be selected and pitted against each other in teams, and the winning team would be welcomed into the safe zone. He did not want to join in, but with Neo Aether.. he guessed there was little choice. Deducing the envelope must have been laced with a knockout agent this feeling was now more enforced then ever. That was the exact moment William found out he had been handcuffed to the bed. ‘What in C’ra’s name is going on?’ William shouted out in frustration, at that time the tv began playing a message. ‘Welcome to the wonderful world of Pokémon, you can call me professor Azalea and this is a Pokémon’ The professor being displayed on the screen took out a white headed creature with a greenish body, holding a big flower over it’s head. The professor then continued his message. ‘Soon you will receive your very own Pokémon well most of you will, I have 6 tables with 3 Pokémon each, each team.. you will find your teammates as you continue.. can send one member to one table to pick a pokemon from. Currently there are 24 participants, so one team will have no pokemon, so it is with great sadness that i have to announce, the last team to arrive will be………executed.’ With that the message cut out, William sprang up from his bed, he had to escape this room and he had to do it now!
The easy way out In a room next to William’s Colvill looked at the same message with a wide array of feelings. Most of them a hunger for food. His passion for edibles was reflected by his posture. He was a large greasy man , with disheveled hair and a poorly groomed beard. He smelled of sweat and cinders, the scents of his forge, a place that had been recently burned down by some circus freak fucks, who apparently were pissed at him for making weapons for Neo Aether. He lost his wife when he lost everything else… but that was when he got the invite to become a trainer and earn a better life. Right after that he woke up here, perhaps he should not have licked the letter. Covill tried to put things together in his head, executed was a bad thing right? So that means he has to get out of the room fast? Well Colvill was pretty sure he could, and without much thinking he stepped out of the bed, noticing he was cuffed to it he lifted up the bed and slammed it on the floor until it broke. ‘There we go, I hope there is a cafeteria in the next room’ Colvill said to himself, walking to the door he noticed it was locked. Without even looking at the keypad Colvill walked to the plant, he picked it up and rammed open the door. Unfortunately for him it was something of a walk in closet, filled with weapons and armors. He found a nice hammer, but armorwise it was all leathers and kevlar and the likes.. he did not like that. So instead he used his weapon to tear up some of the weapon lockers, strapping some of the shrapnel to his body as very improvised plate armor. ‘Now this is an armor hohoho, Colvill said when bashing open the next door, not even realising it was never locked. In the next room, two guards were patrolling, by the looks of the explosives strapped to them, they were some of the many neo Aether forced labourers, the room had been set up so there were many routes to sneak past, Colvill just smiled and readied his hammer.
Four, five…. where’s the last one ? Luther was playing with his skrelp knife, while waiting for someone to pop out of the vaults, he saw Azalea’s message on the tv a bit earlier, if he would get killed for the failure of others, he would drag them all along to the abyss. Loud screams came from the vault labeled number five, the others were remarkable silent. Suddenly the sound of metal hitting metal became deafening as door five began to twist its shape. But it was not Colvill who met Luther and Nils first, Vault number three opened. A young woman, wearing a black bodysuit and a bandana as crimson as her hair walked out of the vault, wielding two pistols clearly a set as their looks where mirror images of each other. Without saying anything, she sat on a chair furthest away from the priests as soon as she saw the six finger print system of the final door. ‘And who might you be my daughter’ Luther began to her. ‘Not your daughter’ was his only reply after which the woman went silent again, covering her ears at the annoying sound of Colvill destroying his vault door. Finally he was successful, the blacksmith stepped into the room looking at Luther and Nils. ‘Hey you guys look weird, do you know where we can get any food?’ was Colvill’s first line to the ‘former’ Team Oblivion members. ‘No my son, but I bet if we get out of here, there will be food aplenty’ Luther spread his arms as he said this in a welcoming motion, to which Colvill just looked confused. ‘Dad? Didn’t you die like a long time ago?’ Luther’s eight eyed masked stared back coldly. ‘Ah i see , you have not been blessed with intelligence but with great strengths, No i am not your father my son, I am Abyss Prophet Luther, but you can call me dad if you like the same goes for you lady with the rag.’ Without looking the woman replied ‘Scarlett and I won’t call you dad’. Colvill joined in ‘I am Colvil and no my dad is my dad , you are not my dad, he’s dead…so I think calling you dad would be very confusing’ ‘Suit yourself my son, I am just happy to see these beautiful children I will share this journey with. At that moment William escaped his vault, seeing Colvill’s bloodied hammer, two ominous looking priests, and a very annoyed looking woman, he prayed to C’ra their sixth member would be something the goddess would smile upon. Yet the sixth vault did not open and no sound could be heard. ‘Perhaps we should retrieve our sixth member, it may not be conform the rules but I am very allergic to being executed, I think none of you take it well either huh’ Luther once more took the lead in the conversation, which immediately went dead when Colvill began hitting the unopened vault with his hammer.
he mysterious Sue Sue was just laying in her bed enjoying her music, she noticed an old guy pop up on the tv earlier which showed her a floette, which was nice but she was listening to her music and it was just at the good part. She was chained to the bed, but selected to be a trainer. They would come get her when it was time, this bed was more comfortable as the beds she had in her Fǎnwùzhí order of C’ra. They were called the tech priests. They revered C’ra for her wisdom and her ability to promote evolution in mankind in the form of advancing technologies and new lessons to learn each day. Her walkman was one of her most precious possessions , the lyrics people made and the sounds people made really gave her an insight in humanity as a whole. And it kept her ears warm as well. Suddenly Sue noticed 5 strange figures popping over her head… well four, the fifth was clearly a Kōngjiān.’Can I help you’ Sue asked casually. Colvill just grabbed her while telling, we need to get out of here fast. William was kind enough to give the white haired lady with emerald eyes a weapon, but it was to late for her to get an armor, so she was stuck in her black and white priestess robes with gold painted walkman still half on her head. The group held her hand against the scanner as they did their own, exchanging names in the process. Unlike everyone else Sue did take up the offer to call Luther dad. In the next room professor Azalea was waiting, with 3 Pokéballs on each table, even though Sue coasted it, it appeared they were the first. William however decided this was a good moment to speech. ‘You can not just execute the final team , that would be monstrous, like Colvill here killed your guards, was that worth it? How can you be this evil , I do not want to have anything to do with your organisation’. Professor Azalea signed ‘those guards were criminals on death row, however their guild could not be entirely confirmed so they got offered this task, if they survive, they are pardoned, if you execute them, nothing had changed. They mostly are thieves who steal from the organisation for their own survival, though I can not say I condone the law, I must follow it as must you, the individual is not powerful enough to stop this organisation, and the organisation is much needed to protect us from the pokemon’ Luther interrupted scientist and said ‘You have made pokemon your enemy in my world we are friends, you have brought this faith upon yourself’. Azalea scoffed, it was not the people out here, that shot at Ho-oh when it attacked the capital of freedom, it was not Wiliam over here that riled up the beedrill of twisted tree forest to attack everything on sight. When your ancient king of Kalos activated that weapon all those years ago, and nearly wiped Pokémon out of existence, do you still think it’s the fault of the people living in Lumiose today?’ Luther was silenced by the man’s knowledge of his world began to wonder what he got his old self into.
A whole new world to live in. looked as Sue walking to a table and picking a Pokéball , without even looking she opened it while excitedly shouting ‘I choose you Aipom’ having picked an actual Aipom. He walked over to a table to see if they had any names labeled, perhaps his old eyes where failing him but he could not see. As Sue let her new aipom climb her shoulders, Luther noticed his table had a Joltik, an Inkay and Litwick. As Luther grinned he picked Inkay to be his new starter. Scarlett settled for a Bulbasaur, which shared a table with a Fennekin and a Popplio. Colvill chose a Growlithe which he named Sunny Boy, he would never pick some stupid crab, or some girly plant thingy..though they looked tasty. William picked a Gastley , something he was clearly not very familiar with and Nils settled on a Houndour sharing a table with a Poliwag and an Drowzee. With his Pokémon selected William confronted Azala again about the executions, whom assured William that in fact there was only three teams and Neo-Aether just wanted to profile how they would help themselves in a crisis, they always did that in case that the trainers would rise up against the state, Aether would already know how they think and deploy countermeasures, a mere safety protocol against rebellion, and something detailed to go with their trainer passport. William not agreeing with this Modus operandi noticed a second door opening, revealing another group of six. They all picked their pokémon, William especially noticed the boy named Weiss, wearing a restraining jacket, and all sorts of bugs in his hair , he picked the Joltik as his partner and challenged luther for a battle. Nils rival was a young boy, about 15 years old, dressed in a “sentai’ cosplay, claiming he thought Nils looked like a villain and it was his way of the hero to defeat him. Luther however declined his challenge by Weiss, his eye was caught by one of the others, the one the other team had chosen as their leader. She walked over to the table Sue had picked her Aipom from, nicknaming it Aster. Luther.. looked at the remarkable similarities. Her eyes shown crimson her hairs as black as ebony kept in a tomboyish model, wearing a burlap cape, that had been outfitted with some dark scales. Wearing short grey shorts held up by a simple red string, and high socks which seemed to hold up a “mega ankle bracelet’ and grey sandals. Weiss kept begging Luther for a battle, but his gaze and ears where fixed on the interaction of the two mysterious women. When the ebony haired lady went to Sue Luther’s suspicions were confirmed. She bowed for the white haired woman while saying “Hi my name is Zinnia would you do the honour of battling me?’
Thus ends the second chapter of this story, in the next episodes our heroes will face their first battle, or well at least some of them, and they will venture out in the streets to find Hobart , the headstrong Hobo, the gym leader of Rathole town. How will they deal with the issues of this new world, and what is up with people of the past showing up? Find out in the next episode! Remember to stay hydrated, stay healthy but most of all stay pink! Until we read again!