Posts Tagged ‘Pokemon


Pokemon 20th Anniversary Compositions of the Week


Just five this week, so far.  I am dividing my time with the old games, creating new pokemon with my nephew and another writing project.  If I come up with more before the week’s end, I’ll add them here.











New Pokemon, Family Designed

Here is the first batch of pokemon designed by my nephew and I.  I turned his cutouts and sketches into digital art.  But, some of the characters I designed myself.

Tell us what you think of these.  If you see anything like this in the existing Pokedex, let me know which existing Pokemon you think make one or more of these irrelevant/pointless.  And, if anything similar turns up in the new games of Sun and Moon, let me know, too.  [Once upon a time Noctowl, Hoothoot and Totodile were sketches in my sketchbook.  Then they were part of Pokemon Gold/Silver.]





















20 Years of Personal History with Pokemon


You’ll have to excuse me. In my haste to grab a piece of Pokemon mania surrounding the 20th anniversary, I downloaded some weird auto-correct system which occasionally interjects the names of creatures from the games.

I thought I’d take this time to share a bit of my history with Pokemon. [Prepare to “geek out” with me.]

* I first read an ARTICUNO about the novel release of two exclusive versions and collections of pokemon as Game Boy games so long ago, I forget the year. [Or, were they simply listed as portable games?]

* Then, around OCTILLERY 1998, I discovered the American/English version of the (Indigo League) cartoon series. On the plus side, I feel like a JIGGLYPUFF when I think of the artwork and CHARMELEON characters, including the protagonists. [Pokemon sucked me in just like Mega Man. I used to spend afternoons and evenings, after school, flipping through game manuals just to ponder the different robots and invent some of my own.]

The creatures alone are thought-provoking. Then you add the human characters who come with so many stories of their own. I was instantly swept away with the idea of three friends being free to travel around the world and experience so much just because they decided to catch and train wild animals, pursuing small tokens of achievement from what are classified as gyms (more like martial arts dojos).

Occasionally, a female character’s anime hair color turns me off. Gary, Professor Oak’s grandson, can be annoying. Clefairy is very annoying. Kadabra, Hypno and Jynx are a tad unsettling. I do TYROGUE of SEAKING the “heroes” ZAPDOS primary Team Rocket members over and over. Butch has a voice that makes eyes water. And, I do not need to see James dress like a girl/woman.

* In 1999, I risked being late for MACHOP just to fetch toys from Burger KINGLER. I can’t tell you how MANKEY times I made a RAPIDASH over there just to punch back into work, KOFFING and WEEZING. There were so MANKEY toys to collect, you couldn’t PIKACHU which one(s) you wanted. You just took your CHANCEYS. Maybe you had a few minutes and a nice cashier who’d let you fondle packs to check for familiar shapes.

* I remember one of the managers at my workplace voicing a strong hatred for the “evils” of Pokemon (essentially the part about humans forcing animals to fight each other). And, while I initially let his concerns fly over my SKITTY head, I gradually agreed with him. The fighting aspects are corrupting (of minds), promoting violence and cruelty to other animals. In a way, Pokemon is bullying glamorized by a colorful, whimsical package. It takes hold of you like cigarettes, an innocent social/stress-relieving drug until you turn hostile/defensive from withdrawal or suffer internally. [More on this, later.]

* I went a bit CRAWDAUNT with collecting; I’ll admit. [But, I won’t list everything I bought.] It started to feel like a sickness when I was GULPIN several Happy Meals (instead of just asking to buy the toys separately) and searching Blockbuster Video shops for “exclusive” items. Some items I could easily part with while others I suspect may stick to my hands. I wonder if the soundtrack from the show had any sway over my judgment. [There’s that Viridian City song in my head, again.]

* When the Gold and Silver (Johto) editions of the game were about to debut (before I had seen any Pokedex additions), I drew up an assortment of creatures I was thinking about submitting to the game company. When I saw the new line-up already had a Hoothoot, Noctowl and Totodile, I GHASTLY. They were in my sketchbook (under different names and slightly different in appearance). I am fairly sure I could pinpoint other creatures in the official listings that resemble my sketches. I know at least one frog strongly resembles one of the elemental lot I drew, mimicking the various forms of Eevee. [I chalk it up to two people having the same ideas.]

* By 2004, I was packing my obsessions away and looking abroad for adventure. I had to hide my Pokemon just to grow up and get outside my box for a while! So, I donned my Indigo Leag–er, fedora-ish hat and boarded a plane to Spain. When I NIDORAN into a BELLOSSOM, I knew I was in trouble. The strong winds made it double, leaving me quite devastated, at times. I sure felt like Brock on that trip, ogling so many pretty faces but never quite connecting with any of them. I tried to maintain Ash’s fiery enthusiasm, staying “on the road to Viridian City.” [“Come on; let’s go.”] Instead, I suffered similar setbacks from his short-sighted ambition/observation skills. And, when the time to return home drew near, I was more than a little Misty.

* Pokemon kinda DRIFTLOON off the TV radar over time. The last plot I recall involved May and Max (in the Johto series). Along came Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh and many others which distracted me from asking questions up until 2008 with the TV signal change and–was it 2012?–when Saturday morning cartoons became a thing of broadcast-TV past. [Of course, anyone with cable or internet TV would not notice. They’d just shrug at my dismay as if a feather grazed their SHELDER.]

*In 2014, while babysitting for my sister, cable TV allowed me to introduce the original cartoon series to my nephew, keeping the volume down to a WHISMUR so I wouldn’t wake his brothers. At the time, I was curbing BELDUM during naps, playing a few of the old Game Boy games and one I had yet to play. And, while I had no interest in explaining the fighting aspects to him, I did enjoy discussing the characters. Since then, we’ve had moments of creativity in which we either draw our favorites or craft new characters.

*As of 2015, I’ve been able to introduce three nephews to the characters and some non-violent games found online. When word of the 20th anniversary reached my computer screen, I felt renewed enthusiasm.

Then, I saw the promo for Pokemon Go, the new project for 2016.

If you haven’t seen the video, I suggest you check it out. I cannot imagine grown people running around cities with “smart phones,” trying to catch holographic Pokemon in motion (as they magically appear) and/or gathering to “flash mob” Mewtwo. Actually, I can imagine idiots dodging work and causing traffic hazards/disasters with such foolishness. But, isn’t there a better way to advance/enjoy the craze?

And, again, why all of the fighting requirements? Game Freak/Pokemon, take a page from the Yokai Watch book. In that anime/cartoon series, the protagonist collects ghosts in various ways, rarely if ever resorting to violence. It’s about using his head instead of claws, teeth and laser beams. The Pokemon cartoons HAVE shifted focus from fighting with the Orange Island League, for example, using carnival-like challenges to earn gym badges. That’s much nicer than beating another animal senseless with deadly weapons/powers (though the fatal aspect is reduced to “fainting”).

Do not backtrack by promoting battles, again. Respect your lovely creations. Well, most of them, anyway. Some of these newer pokemon are a bit of a stretch in terms of sensible creatures. [If someone could explain the “mythology,” I’d be grateful.]

Hey! By working through my more serious feelings on the subject, I seem to have beaten the auto-correct system! I haven’t seen a single MISSING NO. since I went POLIWHIRL about the negative aspects.

[Awe; crud.]

To all the other Pokemon fans who read this post:

May you continue to be inspired and delighted by the characters. May you cosplay and craft to your hearts’ delight. But, should anyone coax you to battle, turn them down; walk away. And, save yourself a lifetime of gaming by observing pokemon around you in nature. Stop the pet abuse. The world doesn’t need more strays.



Pokemon Anniversary Art/Compositions, wave two


I will start with small tributes to some of my favorite characters from the cartoon.


Brock, the Pewter City rock gym leader and cook of the traveling protagonist trio



Misty, the spitfire redhead from the Cerulean City gym of water pokemon


Sabrina, the psychic pokemon gym leader who struggles parting with her childhood.


Erika, the gentle (until irked) head of the Celadon City gym of plant/poison/perfume pokemon


Duplica, the ditto trainer who seems to live alone in a house in the middle of nowhere


and who could forget Jessie, James and Meowth of Team Rocket, doing their take on the Macarena.



Squirtle shows his humorous side


Officer Jenny denounces the evils of cage matches


The original Ash (Satoshi, in Japan)


And, my own female “cosplay” version




In case you missed the last batch.  CLICK HERE.







How to Be the Very Best (Like No One Ever Was)


1. Catch all of them, every single pokemon in the book(s).

2. Study and care for them equally (whether it takes you twenty years or a hundred).

3. Change your underwear every day. [Listen to your mother.]

4. Do not send a charizard to fight something a quarter of its size and/or strength when you lack sufficient street cred’ as a trainer.

5. Keep a pair of earplugs in your pocket just in case you encounter a jigglypuff. [The same applies for other noisy pokemon. But, only jigglypuff will pull out a marker to mar your face while you’re sleeping.]

6. Do not throw rocks instead of pokeballs. [Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: If you throw a rock at a spearow…]

7. If you are a boy/man, do not dress like a girl/woman. Even if someone pressures you to do so. And, if this gives you some kind of sick thrill, get help.

8. Speak with every older person you meet; ignore the younger ones. You’re bound to meet the parents of rivals and gym leaders who will put their children in compromising positions to make your quest easier.

9. If you befriend a trainer of the opposite sex, do not be afraid to pursue a romantic relationship with that person. They stick by you for a reason. Learn the signs.

9B. Do not prevent someone from initiating a relationship with a member of the opposite sex by–say–pulling their ear in a rather painful way. If you do this, you should be disciplined for denying someone a chance at happiness/prolonging loneliness.

10. Ignore rules #1 and #4, simply observe all creatures in their natural habitats and, instead of competing with others, use this time to improve your mind and body without artificial enhancements.


~Writingbolt 2016





Pokemania! Stay Tuned


Yes, Pokemania.  Pokemon mania.  My one nephew and I are going Poke-crazy.  Just today we were drumming up new creatures aplenty.  This all started about a month ago when I learned about the 20th anniversary (this Saturday).  But, it’s been taking all sorts of shapes over the weeks.

I am just alerting you all who venture here to get cracking/thinking about old and new Pokemon.   My mind is an amazing thing.  It comes up with these creatures and then discovers them already in the Pokemon index (or Pokedex).  But, after this recent experience with my nephew, I am more motivated than ever to create.

So, if you will join me, I am proposing a challenge of sorts.  Invent your own Pokemon, its number, abilities, terrain of origin, etc.  Work it up as much as you like and then make comment of it here or in my upcoming post which will feature some my nephew and I conceived.  Let’s see what you can come up with before the end of March.

And, stay tuned.