Reviewing the characterization of anime Pokémon
Friday, July 1, 2011
Column by Thomas Smithurst
This column has been written by Thomas Smithurst. It expresses the views of the columnist, not necessarily those of Bulbagarden networks.
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[url=bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Personality_%26_Development:_Misty%27s_Horsea] Personality & Development: Misty's Horsea[/url] Personality & Development: Misty's Horsea The cutest character from Kanto Some readers believe that despite my claims that all Pokémon have personality, there are still some that are too bland to receive their own analysis. However, the Pokémon they are thinking of do have personality and have undergone some character development — even if they are a small, blue Pokémon that can’t maneuver itself on land with only a handful of appearances in the anime. Misty's Horsea is actually a character rich in personality and if he were not unable to walk, everyone would know it. In Horsea’s debut he was shown to care deeply for a consensual society (consensus means “harmony in society”). Horsea knew how the building of the hotel would affect the Tentacool, but disagreed with them fighting it. Horsea had some confrontation with the Tentacool, presumably, and tried to steer them away from violence, not in the spirit of giving up but for reason of keeping the peace. However, Horsea’s words fell on deaf ears and he was attacked, leading him up to the point where he, battered and bruised, met Misty and her friends. Still believing he could make a difference, Horsea sought help from the three. Horsea’s passion to make things right shows that he constantly feels responsible for anything he could possibly fix or sort out. This can be explained by thinking about Horsea's childhood: if, as a child, swimming in his school, Horsea had a lot of responsibility within his family, he would likely still feel he has the same responsibility now. This concept is similar to John Bowlby’s theory of attachment, where the child builds their own internal working model of how their relationships should be in the future, comparable to a child having responsibility in its family and later believing it will have to same purpose in contemporary society. It would also make sense to propose that Horsea grew up in an environment without conflict and by the same theory, Horsea believes all of culture and society should be without conflict, a trait that disappeared after his experiences with Team Rocket, teaching him that people are not always nice and crime and deviance will never end — in fact they are functional for society. Horsea had development as well, moving from shouting at the giant Tentacruel in his debut, convincing it with words alone, to finally battling Team Rocket in The Misty Mermaid. Horsea finally fights Another thing notable about Horsea, and perhaps another thing that indicates he had a lot of responsibility in his family, is how good and friendly he is with children. He was first shown in this light when he, along with his trainer, consoled Mikey about his problem with his brothers and Eevee, once again getting involved with a conflict. Again he showed compatibility with children when all of the gang’s Pokémon were sent out to play on Children's Day, where Horsea used his Bubble attack to amuse the children, without command and without an indication, whereas all the others seemed to have the children run up and pet them and climb on them. All of this could indicate that Horsea has a possible desire for parenthood. Horsea was also shown to be one of the smarter Pokémon in the gang’s family, having devised a way to be able to communicate with humans, simple as it may have been (Horsea drew a picture of both Tentacool and Tentacruel in the water with his ink, which Ash and the others were able to decipher). Then when all the Pokémon at the evolution stone festival were stolen by Team Rocket and driven away in a truck, Horsea independently figured out if he squirted a trail of ink behind the truck from his cage, the people at the festival would be able to track them down. Once again, he took it upon himself to fix the situation. Horsea, although not having a lot of notable development in the series, provided important development to the writing of the series itself. Horsea showed the writers they could not pull off a convincing character when the Pokémon could not maneuver on land, so he appeared seldom. However if Horsea could have moved himself on land, he would have had the makings of a great and memorable character, that we all would recognize as a character, blooming with personality. Personality & Development By Thomas Smithurst Ash's Pikachu • Ash's Squirtle • Ash's Bulbasaur • Ash's CharizardMisty's Psyduck • Misty's Horsea • Meowth • Misty's Togetic Source : https://bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Personality_%26_Development:_Misty's_Horsea Friday, July 15, 2011 [url=bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Personality_%26_Development:_Misty%27s_Togetic] Personality & Development: Misty's Togetic[/url] Personality & Development: Misty's Togetic
A good tear-jerker Eggs were introduced to the Pokémon series in 1998 as a form of conveying how the Pokémon themselves are born. In the anime, they have become a common method of introducing another Pokémon for someone on the main cast to obtain. The characters that hatch from the eggs are presented with an immediate degree of development, usually overcoming problems associated with being a child. Misty's Togepi was notably the first egg featured on the show and the first Pokémon to take on a main-character role since Pikachu. Appearing as frequently as a main character; gave Togepi an advantage in the personality department, not because she had a lot of screen time, but because the writers deliberately give personality to the main characters, both Human and Pokémon.
The original egg Given the attention and care Togepi received from Misty, Pikachu and the others, Togepi can safely be determined an attachment type B-Secure Attached. Privation would never occur for any other character, hatched from an egg in the series, seen as they had constantly been under the influence of an attachment figure throughout their childhood (However long childhood is considered to be for the Pokémon). Despite Togepi receiving good socialization from her trainer/illegitimate mother, the great amount of attention she received probably was what made her comfortable with her mischief; wandering of at times, usually leading to a comical moment where Pikachu becomes hurt whilst protecting her. The innate characteristic of curiosity would have also applied to how Togepi approached things.
It is round! Togepi in her debut Since Togepi was socialised correctly, she had no problem socializing. Over her course one the anime, Togepi formed many different friendships, even with scarier looking Pokémon like Houndoom and Voltorb. Of all things commonly associated as being a reason for forming friendship with another, the most likely basis for Togepi’s fast forming friendships is that Togepi seems to quickly find trust in the other Pokémon. The other reciprocates of the friendship likely felt great compassion for Togepi, as she was young, and assisted her or played with her, giving Togepi a reason to trust them. A child's trust is easier to gain, as they have little understanding of what is right and wrong. However, seen as Togepi never appeared to share any emotional ties with these other Pokémon, except maybe a temporary attachment figure with Houndoom, they were technically only acquaintances.
After evolving… The common stereotype that children turn out like their parents is not wrong, without innovation and desire to be different from them, a child will likely turn out just like their own parents. Given that Togepi’s main attachment figures were Misty, Pikachu, Ash and Brock, Togepi became quite heroic. After evolving into Togetic, and becoming more able as an individual, she went on to protect the Togepi paradise from any existing threat. Since she had been socialised from birth in the path of righteousness and always had the set example of caring for one another, Togetic, quite simply, wished to do the same for whom she established similarity with.
Either love her or hate her Togepi was introduced to the show, presumably to take the weight of Pikachu as the only main Pokémon character. Her character received mixed reviews from the viewers, but her leaving episode was defiantly touching. The fact the writers gave her an epic two partner episode with one of the shows few, infrequent, emotive scenes; connotes that the writers valued her character and wanted the audience to feel the same way.
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Reshiram/Zekrom Boxes and BW2 Collector's Album Box revealed
Monday, July 11, 2011
Reported on Bulbanews by Maverick Nate
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[url=bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/More_BW_TCG_merchandise_has_been_announced] More BW TCG merchandise has been announced[/url] More BW TCG merchandise has been announced Reshiram Box and Zekrom Box New Black & White TCG Series merchandise has been announced. The Reshiram Box and the Zekrom Box will feature two new promotional cards, and will be released October 2011. The boxes contain 4 Black & White Series booster packs, figures of Reshiram and Zekrom, two new promotional reprints of the Reshiram and Zekrom cards, and code cards for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online. The Collector's Album Box for Emerging Powers, released alongside the set, will contain a holographic promotional Darumaka card, two Emerging Powers booster packs, and a 60-card mini album. Gallery Reshiram Box and Zekrom Box Reshiram/Zekrom Box Sell Sheet Emerging Powers Collector's Album Information Game Vision Italia All Sports Marketing Source : https://bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/More_BW_TCG_merchandise_has_been_announced These are the various games that can be played at Game Corners across the Pokémon world. Pages in category “Game Corner games” The following 6 pages are in this category, out of 6 total. C Card flipD Dodrio Berry PickingP Pokémon JumpR RouletteS Slot machineV Voltorb Flip Source : https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Category:Game_Corner_games TCG-based game to be available this summer Wednesday, July 6, 2011 Reported on Bulbanews by LDEJRuffEdited by the dark lord trombonator [url=bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/The_Pok%C3%A9mon_Company_announces_iPhone,_Android_app] The Pokémon Company announces iPhone, Android app[/url] The Pokémon Company announces iPhone, Android app
Screenshot from the app The Pokémon Company has plans to release an app for the iTunes and Android markets in Japan, it was announced last week. 「ポケモン言えTAP」Pokémon Say Tap, a TCG-based game, will be available for free download this summer. The game is rhythm-based: players tap on trading cards in time with music and sounds. One known backing track is Can You Name All the Pokémon? BW, the current ending theme of the Pokémon anime.
Official Pokémon site (Japanese) Forbes
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Foreign release dates also revealed
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Reported on Bulbanews by Water MaxEdited by the dark lord trombonator
[url=bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/US_%27Zoroark%27_DVD_release_date_confirmed] US 'Zoroark' DVD release date confirmed[/url] US 'Zoroark' DVD release date confirmed US DVD cover: “The fury of Zoroark has been unleashed!” According to WBshop.com, Zoroark: Master of Illusions will be released on DVD in the United States on Sept. 20, 2011. As Bulbanews previously reported, the UK edition will be available in a little over a month. In addition, the Danish release date of the movie, known as Pokémon Zoroark - Illusionernes Mester in Danish, has been revealed as Aug. 16, 2011. The movie originally released in Japanese cinemas on July 10, 2010, and in the United States on Cartoon Network on Feb. 5, 2011. English-language DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film have already been available for some time in select countries; they released in Australia on June 1. UK fans can pick up their copies starting August 29. In both countries, “limited edition” copies were released with a Celebi trading card. This has not yet been confirmed for the American copies. Zoroark: Master of Illusions is the thirteenth movie in the Pokémon franchise. Its successor, Victini and the Black Hero: Zekrom/Victini and the White Hero: Reshiram debuted in Japan last Saturday. WBshop.com listing MovieZoo Source : https://bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/US_'Zoroark'_DVD_release_date_confirmed 3DS title now scheduled for Aug. 11 release Monday, July 25, 2011 Reported on Bulbanews by Quagbert [url=bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Super_Pok%C3%A9mon_Scramble_delayed_in_Japan] Super Pokémon Scramble delayed in Japan[/url] Super Pokémon Scramble delayed in Japan
Japanese boxart A press release from the official Japanese Pokémon website has revealed that release date for Super Pokémon Scramble, the 3DS sequel to the WiiWare title Melee! Pokémon Scramble, has been postponed to Aug. 11, from its original scheduled release date of July 28. It is unknown if this would affect international release dates, with the North American release of the game (named Pokémon Rumble Blast) on Oct. 24.
Press release on jeu de pokemon z.co.jp (Japanese)
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