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Whimsicott Will Sneak Into Your Home And Move Your Furniture

Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Whimsicott!

Whimsicott Details

Type: Grass/Fairy

Average Height: 2’04”

Average Weight: 14.6 lbs.

First Added In Generation V

Who is the Ashton Kutcher of Pokemon creatures? If I knew more about Kutcher I would probably have a better answer. But I only know two things about Ashton Kutcher, which is that he is an actor and that he hosted a show called Punk’d where he pranked celebrities. Whimsicott also pranks people and so it’s the Ashton Kutcher of Pokemon. Glad we figured that out.

Whimsicott is a small puff of hair and magic. According to Pokedex entries, this cute Pokemon can squeeze through cracks, no matter how narrow they might be. That allows the Whimsicott to enter people’s homes and move around their furniture, which is something it actually does. Why? It’s a prankster who loves to prank, that’s why. It will also leave behind cotton balls sometimes, which doesn’t seem like a great prank. I feel like I have cotton balls in my home, but I don’t remember buying them. They just exist. So maybe Whimsicott has already pranked me?

We should all be thankful that Whimsicott is using its incredible powers to only move couches and leave behind the fluff. Having the ability to squeeze through any crack, regardless of its size, sounds like a useful skill. It could rob banks, sneak into military bases or break into corporate headquarters. It could steal secrets, money, nukes or more. Instead, it just pops into homes and leaves cotton balls.

According to Bulbapedia, Whimsicott can also ride upon the winds. But nobody seems to really understand what that means. Maybe it just weighs very little and rides strong winds? Or maybe it can create powerful gusts of air? Seems the Pokemon scientists need to spend a bit more time studying fluffy little Whimsicott.

Favorite Fan Art

Fans are dangerous for this small little creature. Even a small fan like the one featured in this artwork could probably blow the fuzzy ball across a house.

Random Facts

  • In Japan, Whimsicott is called Elfuun which translates to Typhoon. That is a cooler name, but not sure how accurate it is…
  • Whimsicott is part of the Unova horoscope and represents the month of April.
  • If the wind is too strong it can blow off the cotton on Whimsicott’s head. Talk about a bad hair day! (Sorry. That was a bad joke. Please forgive me.)

Best Comment From Last Week

Also, the farting Pokémon? That’s Skuntank:

-MegaBlastoise

I didn’t expect this to sound so much like a far and then I listened to it and well, yeah…that’s a fart.

Source: Kotaku.com

Pokémon Go’s Pokédex Expands Into The Unova Region

While other Pokémon games trim down their collection of pocketable monsters, Niantic’s mobile Pokémon safari continues to expand. Critters from Pokémon Black & White’s Unova region have started showing up in Pokémon Go. Come to me, Tepig. Come to me.

A veritable parade of adorable old friends started popping up in game yesterday, including Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Patrat, Lillipup, Purrloin, Pidove, and Blitzle, to name a few. The official game website details the new additions, including those hatchable through eggs, those that can be battled in raids, and those that will be unique to certain parts of the world. Here is that last group, so players can plan their globetrotting Pokémon-hunting vacations.

  • Asia-Pacific: Pansage, the Grass Monkey Pokémon
  • Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: Pansear, the High Temp Pokémon
  • The Americas and Greenland: Panpour, the Spray Pokémon
  • Western hemisphere: Heatmor, the Anteater Pokémon
  • Eastern hemisphere: Durant, the Iron Ant Pokémon

Source: Kotaku.com

Listen to the Original Voice of Ash Ketchum Congratulate Him on a Long-Awaited Pokémon League Win

I’m so proud of this never-aging fictional character.
Image: TV Tokyo

He’s finally bloody done it. Ash Ketchum, star of the Pokémon anime and perennial clutcher of defeat from the jaws of victory, is finally the winner of a Regional Pokémon League. The world of Pokémon fandom is rejoicing with him, including…himself?

Well, actually it’s sort of herself: in the first eight seasons of the western dub of the Pokémon anime, Ash was voiced by voiceover actress Veronica Taylor. Although since then, all the way up to the currently airing Pokémon Sun and Moon anime, Ash has been voiced by Sarah Natochenny, to many fans Taylor is the Ash voice they grew up with, and Taylor clearly still relishes just how much the character means to fans.

Which means that today’s news is extra cause for celebration. The latest episode of Sun and Moon aired in Japan this weekend, and saw Ash triumph over Gladion to become the inaugural winner of the Alola Region Pokémon League. While previously in the anime Ash has won major tournaments like the Orange Island Challenge and Battle Frontier, neither held the same status as either the anime or the video game series’ traditional Regional League competitions.

All the way from Kanto up to Kalos, Ash has faced crushing defeat after crushing defeat in the anime versions of the Regional League battles—the Kalos loss in Pokémon XYZ being the closest his got, causing heartbreak among fans when it seemed like he had a killer Pokémon team and was, at last, about to break his losing streak. But two years later he’s finally done it, and Taylor took to Twitter (with the help of a little Ash figurine) to deliver an inspirational message to the character she once embodied:

Hey, Ash! It’s your younger—but still the same age—self, Ash Ketchum! Congratulations on winning the Pokémon League! I wanna say I always knew you could do it, but really? I didn’t. I only knew that to achieve your goals, you had to train hard—and that is true, but along the way I’ve found out the importance of constantly learning, and challenging yourself, and being open to new experiences. That, by helping others, you help yourself. And mostly: it’s not winning that counts, but how you play the game.

But man, it sure feels good to win. Congratulations, and keep up the good work. I gotta go—Mom’s making dinner with Mr. Mime. Catch you later!

Awww. It’s nice to see Taylor acknowledge her character’s journey, even if she’s no longer actually a part of it. It makes Ash’s win all the sweeter.


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Source: Kotaku.com

Ash Just Won A Pokémon League In The Anime

Perennial loser Ash Ketchum is now a winner. In the most recent episode of the Pokémon Sun Moon anime, Ash broke his losing streak with a championship trophy.

For decades, Ash has lost. In 2016, he lost a heartbreaker during the Kalos League finals in the Pokémon XYZ anime. But now, he is Alola’s current reigning champ.

The Ash-always-loses meme is finished!

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Even Ash can’t believe it.

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Of course, Ash did win the Orange Island League, but that was two decades ago and that tournament wasn’t really up to typical League standards.

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Congrats to Ash and Pikachu!

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Source: Kotaku.com

Shedinja Is Just A Dead Corpse That Steals Souls

Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Shedinja! Thanks for the suggestion GlydeBane!

Shedinja Details

Type: Bug/Ghost

Average Height: 2’07”

Average Weight: 2.6 lbs.

First Added In Generation III

The Pokemon universe is filled with scary, weird, disturbing and confusing creatures. But somehow I keep learning of even weirder and creepier Pokemon. Like Shedinja, a creature that is literally just the husk of another Pokemon. That’s actually, for real, what Shedinja is. This isn’t even a living creature if we’re being technical here.

According to Pokedex entries found on Bulbapedia, Shedinja is created when a Nincada evolves into a Ninjask. During this process, the creature apparently molts from its old exoskeleton and leaves behind an empty husk. And for some reason, this dead pile of skin reanimates and becomes a creature. Why? I don’t know. Evil ghost magic, perhaps? Weirdly, nobody seems to be that concerned about this zombie beetle. Like, no one is freaking out or asking hard questions about life and death. They just capture and trade them, ignoring the fact that this is a literal corpse come to life.

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Shedninja has no organs, blood or anything like that. It also doesn’t move at all. It has wings, but they don’t flap. It has a head, but it doesn’t turn. It just moves around like a statue tied to a string.

If you think I’m exaggerating what Shedinja is, just read the Pokedex description. It states that Shedinja is “A discarded bug shell that came to life.” The Pokedex entries also warn that looking into the hollow body of the creature through any cracks in its back is a big mistake. If you do decide to peek at the non-existing innards of Shedinja, you will get your soul stolen. So not only it this thing a dead bug corpse that floats around, but it is an evil ghost too. Have fun with that thing, kids!

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Favorite Fan Art

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I would probably scream and run away forever if I ever saw one of these in real life.

Random Facts

  • Shedinja doesn’t seem to breathe. Which makes sense, considering it has no lungs. But also, what the Hell? It has no lungs. That doesn’t make sense.
  • Shedinja only has 1 HP, which leads to also sorts of weird and interesting trivia which Bulbapedia has listed here.
  • Shedinja is the only Pokemon that is both a bug-type and a ghost-type.

Best Comment From Last Week

“Exploud Screams So Loud It Causes Earthquakes”… not to brag, but I can too, just from my other end.”

-LookSee

There must be a farting Pokemon right? I assume so.

Source: Kotaku.com

Shedinja Is Just A Dead Corpse That Steals Souls

Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Shedinja! Thanks for the suggestion GlydeBane!

Shedinja Details

Type: Bug/Ghost

Average Height: 2’07”

Average Weight: 2.6 lbs.

First Added In Generation III

The Pokemon universe is filled with scary, weird, disturbing and confusing creatures. But somehow I keep learning of even weirder and creepier Pokemon. Like Shedinja, a creature that is literally just the husk of another Pokemon. That’s actually, for real, what Shedinja is. This isn’t even a living creature if we’re being technical here.

According to Pokedex entries found on Bulbapedia, Shedinja is created when a Nincada evolves into a Ninjask. During this process, the creature apparently molts from its old exoskeleton and leaves behind an empty husk. And for some reason, this dead pile of skin reanimates and becomes a creature. Why? I don’t know. Evil ghost magic, perhaps? Weirdly, nobody seems to be that concerned about this zombie beetle. Like, no one is freaking out or asking hard questions about life and death. They just capture and trade them, ignoring the fact that this is a literal corpse come to life.

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Shedninja has no organs, blood or anything like that. It also doesn’t move at all. It has wings, but they don’t flap. It has a head, but it doesn’t turn. It just moves around like a statue tied to a string.

If you think I’m exaggerating what Shedinja is, just read the Pokedex description. It states that Shedinja is “A discarded bug shell that came to life.” The Pokedex entries also warn that looking into the hollow body of the creature through any cracks in its back is a big mistake. If you do decide to peek at the non-existing innards of Shedinja, you will get your soul stolen. So not only it this thing a dead bug corpse that floats around, but it is an evil ghost too. Have fun with that thing, kids!

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Favorite Fan Art

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I would probably scream and run away forever if I ever saw one of these in real life.

Random Facts

  • Shedinja doesn’t seem to breathe. Which makes sense, considering it has no lungs. But also, what the Hell? It has no lungs. That doesn’t make sense.
  • Shedinja only has 1 HP, which leads to also sorts of weird and interesting trivia which Bulbapedia has listed here.
  • Shedinja is the only Pokemon that is both a bug-type and a ghost-type.

Best Comment From Last Week

“Exploud Screams So Loud It Causes Earthquakes”… not to brag, but I can too, just from my other end.”

-LookSee

There must be a farting Pokemon right? I assume so.

Source: Kotaku.com

I Have Several Issues With This Year’s Halloween Pokémon Toys

Pikachu as Mimikyu. Charmander as Cubone. Lucario and Celebi as live-action role-players. This year’s batch of special Halloween-themed “Pumpkin Parade” plushies from The Pokémon Company are adorable at first glance. But if you look closely, the cute facade begins to crumble. Let’s start with Charmander wearing another Pokémon’s dead mother’s skull as a costume.

Depending on its generational description, Cubone is either wearing the actual skull of its dead mom, staining the eye holes with its tears, or it’s a random skull the unfortunate critter wears in honor of its dead mother, eye holes similarly stained. That in mind, what the hell, Charmander?

No really, what the hell? Even if it’s only a replica skull, it’s at the very least evocative of another Pokémon’s deceased parent. I’m imagining Charmander getting into an elevator on Halloween night with a Cubone. The awkward silence. The quiet weeping. You bastard, Charmander.

Pikachu isn’t being any more sensitive of his fellow Pokémon with its Mimikyu getup. Yes, seeing Pikachu wearing the skin of a costume resembling a creature whose whole deal is dressing up like Pikachu is a cute juxtaposition. But why does Mimikyu disguise itself as Pikachu? Because it wants to be popular. It wants to be loved.

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Imagine you are lonely. You feel like no one loves you. You idolize a more popular Pokémon, hoping to be cherished as much as they are. You go to a Halloween party, alone, and there is the most popular Pokémon ever dressed as you, surrounded by friends. Friends you will never have. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how serial killers are born.

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Lucario isn’t quite as menacing. He’s just sort of pimping it incredibly old school. I call him Lothario Lucario, and I suspect he has plans to sleep with my wife. Look at that cape. That’s a sleeping-with-my-wife cape if I ever saw one.

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Meanwhile, at the other end of the LARPing grounds…

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Celebi wants to know if you want to hang around after the Renaissance Fair closes. Things get “pretty wild,” it says. I’d be wary.

Can you spot the dead human face in this picture?

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The remaining three new plushies for the season are pretty harmless. Bulbasaur’s Shedinja costum is incredibly on point. Zorua looks like it’s being eaten by a Crobat, which is a pretty cool effect. And Squirtle? Squirtle is just wearing a top hat and holding a wand. Squirtle is the guy who shows up late to the party wearing just enough to get free candy and booze. We all know a Squirtle.

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Hopefully we don’t all know a Charmander. It’s just wrong.

Source: Kotaku.com

Craig Of The Creek Uses Pokémon As A Perfect Metaphor For Growing Up

In “The Evolution of Craig” episode of Cartoon Network’s refreshingly pure animated series Craig of the Creek, our young hero struggles with the idea of growing up and the fear of transforming into a different, older person. With a tadpole taking the place of a pocket monster, Craig learns a Pokémon-inspired lesson about the benefits of evolving as a person.

Craig of the Creek centers on a trio of young friends growing up in a magical throwback neighborhood where children go out and play instead of sitting inside fiddling with screens. The woods and waterways surrounding Craig’s neighborhood are home to a vast society of children whose imaginations cast them as adventurers, explorers, inventors, and defenders of their domain. Nine-year-old Craig is a cartographer, mapping his magical land with his constant companions Kelsey, a red-headed eight-year-old who fancies herself a warrior, and J.P., a tall, bumbling, 10-year-old with a Southern accent and a kind heart.

The show reminds me of my own childhood, roaming or biking through the woods surrounding my suburban Atlanta street, going on tiny adventures that seemed so much larger back in the day. My friends and I were a little older and some of our adventures involved beer or pot, but the vibe is the same. It’s a show adults can appreciate, as demonstrated by Kotaku contributor Ben Bertoli’s article on one of the show’s earlier video game-themed episodes and subsequent interview with its creators.

“The Evolution of Craig”, which aired on August 24 and is available to stream on the Cartoon Network website, never directly mentions Pokémon. Craig and his grandfather, fresh from a visit to the library to pick up a book for the boy’s fifth-grade summer reading assignment, stumble upon a tadpole stranded in a puddle. With a predatory bird lurking dangerously close, Craig’s grandfather urges him to take the baby home to protect it as it grows.

In response, Craig hurls a plastic capsule from a vending machine at the puddle, disappointed when it doesn’t work “like in that show.” Craig ends up collecting the tadpole by more conventional means, taking it home and placing it in an aquarium.

The tadpole is a welcome distraction for Craig. With the summer coming to an end and fifth grade looming, the imaginative youngster is worried about his future. His fifth-grade summer reading assignment is an adult book. Soon he’ll have adult responsibilities. Instead of going on adventures, he’ll have to do adult things like driving around for no reason. Will his friends still be his friends? Will the creek still be his haven? Unfortunately for Craig, his distraction doesn’t last long. His tadpole friend, as tadpoles do, is slowly transforming into an adult frog.

The Pokémon parallels in this episode are plentiful. The evolution cards are brilliant. The chiptune musical cues are wonderfully subtle. Commercial breaks feature hilarious “Who’s That Creek Kid?” segments featuring incidental characters no one remembers. At one point, worrying that he’s turning into his stodgy older brother Bernard, Craig imagines himself evolving like a Pokémon and getting into a turn-based battle with his friends when they don’t recognize his older, more mature self.

The tadpole inevitably becomes a frog. Craig tries to hide the now-adult amphibian from his grandfather but gets caught. The frog doesn’t want to leave. Craig wants to play with his friends. He’s not ready to go to fifth grade and evolve into Bernard.

Grandpa sets his grandson straight. “I know change is scary, but just because you’re growing up doesn’t mean you’re going to stop being you,” the old man explains. “You’ll always be Craig. You’ll just know more and be able to do more.”

Change is indeed scary. I first discovered Craig of the Creek in the hospital last year following a harrowing health issue. I turned on Cartoon Network figuring it would bring me closer to my children, who were too young to come see me in the intensive care unit. Watching Craig of the Creek I imagined them outside playing in the woods, but I also saw myself. Newly-paralyzed from the chest down, I was struggling with my own scary change. The show helped. I only wish “The Evolution of Craig” had aired a bit sooner.

The episode ends with an exciting battle between the evolved tadpole and his nemesis, and Craig one step closer to being the very best Craig he can be, like no one ever was.

Source: Kotaku.com

The Pokémon Anime Is Now Old Enough To Drink

On September 7, 1998, the first episode of the Pokémon anime aired in the United States. That was 21 years ago. Oh God.

The show’s first-ever episode, Pokémon – I Choose You!, is the beginning of the whole Pokémon universe, showing Ash’s first meeting with Pikachu. It’s all fairly pedestrian when you just watch this episode in isolation, but by reaching such a milestone, Pokémon has proven itself almost eternal, immune to the whims of kids’ ever-changing tastes and the rolling tides of popular culture.

While I Choose You is the first episode sequentially in the series, it was bizarrely shown second in the US. On September 7, 1998, the 15th episode in the first season, Battle Aboard the St. Anne, became the first ever Pokémon episode to be aired on American TV (likely because it was more action-packed), with I Choose You following on September 8. Battle Aboard the St. Anne was then shown again on September 27 in its correct place in the series.

(This is the part where I point out that the show debuted over a year earlier in Japan, in April 1997, while the first games were released even earlier, back in 1996).

Some long-running properties like Transformers and TMNT have needed breaks between periods of popularity to catch their breath, while others like Barbie are forced to constantly and completely reinvent themselves. Pokémon, on the other hand, has just kept on being Pokémon, which is a testament to how strong the central hook—some kids on an adventure with cool and weird monsters who sometimes fight—has proven.

What’s not eternal is anyone old enough to remember those first episodes, because this anniversary is a reminder that we are all made of ash and dust, and our fleeting time on this Earth can now be measured not just in years, but in Pokémon series.

If you want to reminisce and watch the whole episode, it’s up for free on Pokemon.com.

Thanks for the reminder Bulbapedia!

Source: Kotaku.com

Sudowoodo Is Loved By Millions Of Old People

Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Sudowoodo!

Sudowoodo Details

Type: Rock

Average Height: 3‘ 11″

Average Weight: 83.8 lbs.

First Added In Generation II

Sudowoodo is just a fun name to say. Some Pokemon names leave me confused or annoyed. They are hard to spell, feel weird to pronounce and aren’t fun to say. But Sudowoodo is easy to spell, feels wonderful to say and sounds funny. It is like a perfect name. Yet weirdly this Pokemon, which looks a LOT like a tree, is actually a rock-type Pokemon.

When I first saw Sudowoodo’s type on Bulbapedia I was confused. Was it a mistake? Was this the wrong image? Did my browser screw something up? But Googling around it became clear that no, this was, in fact, a Pokemon that looked like a tree but was a giant living rock. What a world! Now that I know this creature isn’t a tree Pokemon, but a rook type, the name makes a lot of sense! Sudowoodo…Pseudo Wood. Very clever.

According to Bulbapedia, Sudowoodo (Which is fun to type too.) disguises itself as a tree and hides amongst real trees. And this actually works, until wintertime. When the snow starts falling and trees start changing colors and losing leaves, Sudowoodo is exposed because its fake leave remains green all year. Maybe it should try hiding with some Evergreens?

According to Pokedex entries, Sudowoodo has a large fanbase of elderly folks. In fact, this fanbase is so large and active that they actually have an entire magazine devoted to the creature. They obsess mostly over its arms. Specifically the angle and length of them.

“Oh Jerry, look at the Sudowoodo. That is easily a 50incher on the right side of it and a 60incher on the left side. Wow!”

Favorite Fan Art

It should come as no surprise that a lot of people have drawn Sudowoodo as Groot, from Marvel. Some things are just too obvious and good to ignore.

Random Facts

  • Sudowoodo is very weak to water and as a result, is afraid of rain. Whenever it rains, Sudowoodo runs in fear and hides. Someone give Sudowoodo an umbrella.
  • Because it holds its arms up for long periods of time, pretending to be a tree, it has very strong limbs.
  • Some folks collect this Pokemon. They value the Sudowoodo who have larger green balls. Don’t we all.

Best Comment From Last Week

Those people who experimented with poop, are also the people who discovered that you can milk a cow.

-Gilbie

The world needs people who are willing to do dumb and gross things. These people help us discover new foods, medicines, and materials. Sadly, I can’t imagine these discoverers have a long life expectancy.

Source: Kotaku.com