There's a screaming condom Pokemon.
With Pokemon Sword and Shield set to launch in just a few short weeks, I can't help but feel a little underwhelmed.
It's not the lack of a National Dex, as I'm fairly confident those cuts aren't permanent, and I'm not hardcore enough to keep my Pokedex up-to-date anyways. Moreover, I actually think the curry cooking and Gigantamax battles (mainly fat Pikachu, AKA PIKACHONK) look really fun. But for me, the bread and butter of any new mainline Pokemon game is the new Pokemon, and with the exception of Wooloo, who will be in my final party regardless of their battle prowess, the new ones are kind of disappointing.
Sun and Moon might not have been the most memorable entries into the series, but Mimikyu––the ghost Pokemon that hides its terrifying appearance beneath a shoddy, crayon-drawn Pikachu rag because "it thought it would be able to make friends with humans if only it looked like Pikachu"––is arguably the best new Pokemon concept since Gold and Silver.
Nintendo/ Game Freak
Currently, Sword and Shield seems to fall short in comparison. Like, what the heck is wrong with Morpeko, and why does it look like a derpy Pikachu that fell into a mud puddle?
Nintendo/ Game Freak
This is a real shame because, as it turns out, Game Freak has had a few really great unused concept monsters in their pocket for over two decades. In 2018, a leaked ROM of a 1997 demo for Pokemon Gold and Silver revealed a whole slew of scrapped Pokemon. And while some of them later appeared with updated designs, a few––and maybe even the best of them––were ultimately forgotten.
Nintendo/ Game Freak
Thankfully, a Twitter account called "Dr. Lava's Lost Pokemon" has spent the past year faithfully hunting down and documenting info on the lost Pokemon species. It's a bit of a double-edged sword though, because now we know what we're missing.
One painful loss is an evolution chain of electric tiger Pokemon consisting of Kotora, Raitora, and an unnamed third evolution that received a back sprite but not an official frontal animation. As such, Pokemon researchers can only guess what might have been, but we still mourn for this cute little thickboi.
Lost Pokemon of the Day: the Kotora family
Cut from both Generations 1 and 2, the Kotora line was a three-stage family of Electric tigers -- as well as probably being the series' most beloved lost Pokemon family.
(Photo descriptions & more info continued in thread below) (1/5) pic.twitter.com/OJiKY06myM
— Dr. Lava's Lost Pokemon (@DrLavaYT) October 13, 2019
Another major loss is Wolfman and its evolved form, Warwolf, a lost Pokemon chain that seems to depict a strange monster wearing a werewolf costume. One could easily imagine an alternate universe wherein Warwolf plushies flood the Nintendo Store every Halloween.
Lost Pokemon of the Day: Wolfman & Warwolf First revealed when Gold & Silver's 1997 demo leaked in 2018, Wolfman a… https://t.co/CBlARRuvyh— Dr. Lava's Lost Pokemon (@Dr. Lava's Lost Pokemon)1571938836.0
Even more unfortunate, the Warwolf concept might have actually been translated into Swinub and Piloswine, who kind of suck.
(3/4) With designs similar in style to that of Tangela, these monsters' true appearance is shrouded in darkness, hi… https://t.co/lfL5xERNO1— Dr. Lava's Lost Pokemon (@Dr. Lava's Lost Pokemon)1571938841.0
But no loss feels quite as brutal as that of the Ditto evolution, Animon––a Pokemon that literally look like a screaming condom. Oh, what a world we could have lived in.
Lost Pokemon of the Day: Animon First revealed when Gold & Silver's 1997 demo leaked in 2018, Animon evolved from… https://t.co/ExrMwl4WCt— Dr. Lava's Lost Pokemon (@Dr. Lava's Lost Pokemon)1570726911.0
Of course, not every change was bad. The original designs for the Legendary Dogs were a lot less cool than the final versions.
Raikou, Entei, and Suicune's designs from Gold & Silver's 1997 demo -- normal sprites on top, Shinies on bottom. I… https://t.co/WUC61gAY76— Dr. Lava's Lost Pokemon (@Dr. Lava's Lost Pokemon)1571143013.0
All things considered, Entei, Raikou, and Suicune look a lot more powerful than En, Rai, and Sui.
Nintendo/ Game Freak
Similarly, the first Pichu design looks insanely doofy, and actually not that far off from Morpeko—which actually explains a lot.
Beta Pichu: In Gold & Silver's 1997 demo, Pichu was a ball that evolved at level 12. But Pichu was redesigned for… https://t.co/8hz94ckKyJ— Dr. Lava's Lost Pokemon (@Dr. Lava's Lost Pokemon)1571670364.0
Then again, why would they remove Turban, the shell Pokemon that clearly lives on Slowbro's tail (in spite of the fact that the game officially refers to it as a Shellder, which it so obviously is not).
Lost Pokemon of the Day: Turban First revealed when Gold & Silver's 1997 demo leaked in 2018, Turban was once plan… https://t.co/RcTQSCNeq7— Dr. Lava's Lost Pokemon (@Dr. Lava's Lost Pokemon)1572023882.0
Mainly though, we'd like to see Nintendo and Game Freak bring back Animon. Until the new games give us a proper condom Pokemon, the franchise will never truly be whole.
- Pokemon (FBI-1) interacts with Smad4 to repress TGF-β-induced ... ›
- Rejected Pokémon Designs Show What Could Have Been and It's ... ›
- Controversy surrounding beta Pokemon revealed by Helix Chamber ... ›
- Pokémon GO launches into beta in the U.S. | TechCrunch ›
- Unused Pokémon in the 1997 Pokémon Gold and Silver demo ... ›
- More early (and bizarre) Pokémon designs unearthed - Polygon ›
- Community Note: Niantic Wayfarer beta coming soon! - Pokémon GO ›
- 50+ New Beta Pokémon Designs | Space World 1997 - YouTube ›
- The Internet Reacts To Those Unused Pokémon Designs ›
- List of unused Pokémon and character designs - Bulbapedia, the ... ›
Once upon a time, wearing a graphic tee with an image of a beefed up, spikey-haired anime boy was considered lame. Now, it's legit streetwear.
Over the past few years, anime has grown from a hyper-niche, oftentimes derided interest in the West to a medium just on the border of mainstream. Along the anime boom in fashion, Hollywood studios have been scrambling to buy the licenses to every anime franchise they can. But that doesn't mean anime is new to Hollywood––some celebrities have been vocal about their love of anime for years.
Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan has publicly touted his anime preferences for ages. Kanye West is a big anime fan, too, citing Akira as one of his greatest creative influences. His music video for "Stronger" stands in testament, featuring imagery ripped directly from the classic anime film.
Happy birthday to the world's biggest genre
On this day in 1973, Clive Campbell, the Jamaican-American "selector" known as DJ Kool Herc, hosted a "back to school jam" at 1520 Sedgewick Avenue in the Boogie Down Bronx of New York City.
Armed with a booming sound system and reggae beats, Herc– a shortened nickname for "Hercules"– commanded insatiable audiences across the South Bronx with his unique looping technique called the "Merry-Go Round." "[I knew that] they were waiting for this particular break," Herc later said, "and I got a couple of records that got the same break up in it. I wonder how it would be if I put them all together."
- On This Day: Bob Marley and The Wailers Made the Greatest ... ›
- On This Day: "Killing Me Softly" Broke Up The Fugees - Popdust ›
- On This Day: Aretha Franklin's "Respect" Is More Important Than Ever ›
- On This Day, “Madvillainy” Changed Hip-Hop Forever - Popdust ›