Regular readers know that my first article in this series caused a bit of an uproar. While everyone was generally very civil and understanding, there was a lot of proof that messing with even the fewest number of these cuddly cock-fighting monsters will unleash a flood of opinions the likes of which this site had not seen before. There was an implication that nobody seemed to get, though: if I disliked those five, it follows that I like all the others at least a little bit. And that’s true! In fact, this new batch of Pokemon is really good, with a lot of clever designs and fun analogues to real animals. There are a few that particularly caught my eye as being especially awesome. Here are the top ones!
Seriously, just look at that guy. How can you hate on a face like that? It’s so inquisitive! “Hey man, why do you have to hit me with the punches and your body and such? Well I guess I am some kind of drum tadpole so that does make some sense. Come on, forget that, let’s just sit, have some water or something.” I hope he becomes the new sidekick on the cartoon. I love Pikachu and all, but this little guy giving everyone and everything that look would make for great television. He wouldn’t even have to talk!
Moustaches make everything better, it’s a universal fact. So when you take a terrier – an already great lapdog – and give it a ‘stache that can actually be called truly epic, your designers are doing everything right. I truly hope it’s Giga Impact is done by slamming that facial glory into the earth.
“Yay, I am cute! I have a big nose! Give me a hug, we can hang out with the Digletts! RAAAR NOW I AM MADE OF KNIVES FEAR ME.”
I do love me some big birds, whether in real life, video games, or on PBS. So I am exceedingly glad that not only have they added the glorious eagle into their buddy bestiary, but they got it’s life cycle down perfectly. Just like a real eagle, it starts out all fluffy and adorable, like a cotton ball with a beak, and then BAM, the proud symbol of freedom swooping down and eating Bidoofs one by one. Not only does it start out with one head feather and then ends up with a headdress, it’s colored red, white and blue! If you don’t name yours Colbert Jr., you have failed AMERICA.
Now this is a starter that got everything right. For one, it’s evolution is very clever, with it losing it’s limbs as it evolves to become more snake-like. The design is also spot-on, with it’s simple lines and decorations becoming very regal and embellished as it gets bigger. That embellishment fits it’s personality perfectly, which is the best thing about this little grass snake. Of all the personalities that Pokemon have, smug and cocky has been a rare one, and none so clearly as this little guy/girl. It’s as if the attitude of Paris Hilton were put into something actually useful and worth existing. Also, it’s a grass type. Grass types are awesome.
So, what are your new favorites? Share them with everyone in the comments!