I guess I’m picking it for design but just SEEING IT scares me. It’s just one of those Pokemon that would show up and intimidate me like I would be scared of making a mistake and getting thrashed by it. I dig its design very much. So angry!
Day 26: Favourite Starter
Squirtle was the only reason I got into Pokemon.
I wouldn’t have bothered otherwise! I used to see the ads for Red/Blue play in commercials and I didn’t pay much mind to it, if anything I found it annoying because of how often it played and also because they all looked kind of ugly to me. I dunno, I was a bit more “ehhh” about “japanese” stuff back in the day, like certain habits with the style like the triangle mouths and the sweatdrops and such. I remember watching an episode of Sailor Moon and disliking it because of some dumb point to prove as a self-proclaimed angry 10yo tomboy. I was very fickle with shows back in the day. But I digress, I basically just had no interest in Pokemon.
Until my brother mentioned Squirtle.
“Hey there’s a cartoon starting in a few days that has this really cute turtle, it has a squirrel tail I think? But it’s a turtle! I’m sure you’ll like it”
I was instantly interested.
I was obsessed with turtles back then. I would draw them, write about them, I even owned some turtles. They were my favourite animal and I was pretty obnoxious with letting everyone know that. I still remember having to write a paper about a “turtle man” in school, like I saw a documentary on TV about a man who was called the “turtle man” and I would subject one of my oldest friends to proofreading all my stupid turtle-related essays. My teacher noticed I always picked my one friend to proofread all my essays when students had to pair up. So she (or he? God I don’t remember) forced me to pair up with someone else and give them the essay. My friend was used to my crazy dumb obsession with Sonic and turtles, but nobody else was. I still remember the kid that was picked saying out loud “TURTLE MAN?” and people laughing at me and I was embarrassed and furious and IT SURE IS FUNNY HOW YOU ALWAYS REMEMBER THE WORST MOST TRIVIAL THINGS HUH
like how i can’t think about turtles for too long anymore without getting tear-filled upset because.. remember those turtles I mentioned that I owned? They starved to death in a box. Because I forgot to feed them. I assumed the turtles were hibernating because they refused to eat, and I guess I forgot to check on them once in a while and.. one day I remembered to take them out with my brother and they were rock-solid dead. OH BOY OH BOY HOW UPSET IT MAKES ME, so much guilt. I mean I even talked to a doctor about this and she even said that it’s weird for me to beat myself up about it, i was like nine or ten or something. I was a dumb kid who shoulda had supervision when it came to the turtles. My parents shoulda been paying attention as well. I felt it was up to just my brother and I to care for them. But it still makes me feel really freaken bad. And it kinda sucks that that ruined my entire adoration of turtles.
Man I still remember quite recently, like last year? We were watching Iron Chef and it was a special episode where he had his three favourite foods I believe? And one of them was turtle. And I literally cried like full-on crying for like an hour. Like heaving crying, and Souppy turned off the episode RIGHT when he showed the turtles, like we didn’t even see the whole episode! But I just flipped my shit at that.
ANYWAY POINT IS I REALLY REALLY LOVE(D) TURTLES
and so I watched the first episode of Pokemon because I REALLY WANTED TO SEE THIS TURTLE MY BROTHER WAS TALKING ABOUT. I saw it in the opening and I was freaken PUMPED. Like HOLY SHIT IT’S A CUTE TURTLE
LOOK AT THE CUTE TURTLE RUN UP TO ASH AND HAVE THEM MAKE THAT STUPID TRIANGLE-SMILING MOUTH THAT I HATED AS A KID. I DIDN’T CARE ABOUT THE TRIANGLE-SMILING MOUTH BECAUSE IT IS AN ADORABLE TURTLE RUNNING UP TO THEM I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL IT’S THE MAIN CHARACTER
MY BROTHER TOLD ME IT WAS GONNA BE THE MAIN CHARACTER
SO MUCH ANGER WHEN ASH OPENED THE SQUIRTLE POKEBALL AND IT WASN’T IN THERE
WHO TOOK MY SQUIRTLE
WHO FOUND MY SQUIRTLE
WHAT A RIP
Had to wait until SQUIRTLE SQUAD to see the entire reason I was watching the show. But by then I was hooked, and I got Pokemon Blue. And got Squirtle. And it was level 70 by like the eighth gym and everything else was level 30. Because I was a kid.
.. level 70 as a Blastoise of course. Souppy didn’t even evolve his Squirtle. Who doesn’t evolve his Squirtle?!?!??!?!? “Because it is cuter that way” GET OUT ASH
If it wasn’t for Squirtle, I wouldn’t be talking about pokemon. It is the toppest bro.
I always call it sheimi for some reason, I guess that was the japanese spelling of it before we got to find out what it was called in english? And then we found out, but I find “shaymin” kinda.. ehhhhhhhhhh. BUT I’M DIGRESSING.
Hands down my favourite legendary of all time. OF ALL TIME. It’s the cutest design and so flowery and IT’S A HEDGEHOG. UGH HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG WITH THAT
I can’t describe, just everything about it is adorable and I can’t stand it I love it so much
Day 24: Favourite Pokemon Design
HOW FREAKEN COOL DOES COFAGRIGUS LOOK
oh man I am going to pursue this Pokemon SO HARD when I play White/White 2. I want this in my team YESTERDAY.
I can’t get over how rad it looks. That grin, the hands flowing everywhere, so much swagggg. People like to whine and moan about inanimate object Pokemon, but I seem to really love those. Litwick, Cofagrigus. I JUST CAN’T GET OVER IT.
I still remember seeing the design for the first time and just thinking i WANT THIS UGH I WANT THIS
Day 23: Favourite Single-Stage Pokemon (Pokemon that doesn’t evolve)
SH-SHUT UP, I’LL FIGHT ALL OF YOU
but chatot is so cute ;__;
ugh its head is a songnote
UGH IT’S GOT SUCH A CUTE CRY
augdhgdfkgjfg i love it
Day 22: Favourite Mega Evolution
I always thought mega evolution was kinda dumb, like when it was revealed I rolled my eyes at it and was never too interested in pursuing it in the story mode. I got the Lucario and boxed it, had no mega in my team since I boxed Blastoise and Blaziken. Kinda went through the whole game without mega evolving anyone. I still haven’t even bothered going through Battle Maison so I could get more mega evolution stones, despite having a good-IV shiny Mawile awaiting. I have only used mega evolution for a Gardevoir just so it could beat Pokemon up faster as I shiny hunt in the safari zone (And am trying to get it to synchronise its modest nature)
But anyway, yeah, I saw mega evolutions being revealed and just thought “oh ok” like I guess it’s cool to see some Pokemon become more usable, but I never thought I would use it myself.
but when Mega Kangaskhan was revealed ;_______;
i audibly fangirled
I mean I’m not even desperate to use it, but I just LOOOOOVE the concept. There’s always been talk and speculation about the baby and if the baby will ever be used, AND THEN THE MOTHER MEGA EVOLVES AND THE BABY IS JUST ITCHING FOR A FIGHT. CRUISIN FOR A BRUISIN. The other mega evolutions just feel like.. a bulk up of the Pokemon? An extra stage? But Mega Kangaskhan’s just got this ADORABLE gimmick attached.
i just love smogonmama for the concept alone, it’s just so cute and great and I am always happy to see it mega evolve when I am looking at battle videos (since i obviously lack one for myself lol)
Day 21: Favourite Baby Pokemon
I’ve always had mixed feelings about Togepi.
I hated it in the anime similarly to how I didn’t like Misty. And Togepi existing made her even more insufferable to me. There was the episode about keeping it and MEOWTH REALLY LOVED IT AND THE SHOW LOVES MAKING MEOWTH UNHAPPY AUGDFHGDFKHGKDHFG so I was kind of biased
And things like Togepi making mischief and getting Ash in trouble made me so angry. I hate that kind of misunderstanding thing, even when it’s done as a joke, the fact Ash would get screamed at for Togepi’s own wandering off bothered me immensely. Like there was also Ash pushing them all away because he was scared they were all gonna get shot at, and he did overreact, but Misty just flipped out at him when Togepi started crying. Ughghgg just stuff like that made me angry that Misty got to keep it, it woulda been better off with Brock AND MEOWHTSHFSKDHFAMEOWTHTH MEOWTH ESPECIALLY UGGHGHH
BUT ANYWAY THAT’S MY BACKGROUND ON HATING TOGEPI FOR QUITE A WHILE
Yet I was eager to get it in the game, and I drew it all the time. I think Togepi meant a lot because Togepi was one of the first Pokemon I saw that represented something new happening in the games. It also meant the end of the show’s hiatus at the time. I was hoping the anime would come back since it played the same set of episodes.. and then I began to see ads about new episodes, and new Pokemon along the way. It was so cool, it felt so incredible to realise there were gonna be many more, and that Gold/Silver were coming out. Togepi was kind of a trigger to so much looking forward to the future. I literally ran out of the apartment to scream to my brother “POKEMON IS COMING BACK” when I saw an ad for the new season for the first time. A kind of excitement you don’t really get back. He was too busy playing with a friend outside BUT I DIDN’T CARE SOMEONE HAD TO KNOW
Togepi was cute and fun to draw as well and its voice is really cute :-[ Lucy had a lot more pets in the old comics, and Togepi was one of them because I was a terrible person.
Day 20: Favourite Electric Rodent
best electric rodent coming through
MAN THAT EPISODE WITH RAICHU
My mind was so blown. It was like, WHOA PIKACHU JUST DOESN’T END THERE?!??
It was such a surprise to me, and Raichu’s cry in the game was so AMAZING. Why did they butcher it in the new games ;___; IT USED TO SOUND SO COOL. Now it’s like some dumb squeak WHAT DID YOU DO WITH RAICHU
still my fave though, no other electric rodent can compare
Day 19: Favourite Eeveelution
I’ve always been weird about Eevee.
When I got it in Blue, I thought it was the only one I could have, so I didn’t evolve it because I was too scared to make a mistake. You can’t go back on your evolution, you know? I couldn’t even figure out what was my favourite eevee evolution (I hate calling it eeveelution for some reason, IT JUST SOUNDS DUMB I’M SORRY) at the time. Because I’ve always been so fond of water types, I felt I had to pick Vaporeon, but Jolteon looked pretty great. AND I WANTED TO BE TOP TOMBOY INSTEAD OF A FILTHY WATER-LOVING GIRL.
i dunno stupid kid conflicts with evolving a Pokemon. Freaken CHOICES man
And despite being able to breed them past Red/Blue, I was still so stingy about preserving stones. I need to keep them, they were either really limited or super expensive. WHAT IF I MADE A MISTAKE.
I couldn’t even evolve Eevee into Espeon/Umbreon, because I didn’t know what to pick. I guess I was never too passionate about what to turn it into.
but oh my god when Y came out
I evolved my Eevee instantly.
Sylveon was the first evolution of Eevee that I was eager to get, I have to admit I initially thought it had a kind of ugly/over-the-top design, but then when I got it in the game I melted like putty. It’s so great. And it packs a wallop too.
sylveon casually strolls in and takes the crown for top Eevee to me.
Day 18: Favourite Water Type
I love the shit outta Marill.
There’s a kind of injoke that Souppy and I have in which he’s very insistent its name is Pikablu, and I keep going on about how its name is Marill. So we’ll be talking and I might bring up Marill, and he’s all “Oh.. huh, oh, you mean Pikablu right?”
He likes Marill a lot too, similarly to how he and I really like Articuno. MARILL AND ARTICUNO MAKE ME THINK OF MY BUBS.
But yeah Marill is adorable and great and I think Marill was the first of the new Pokemon I saw? And I was pretty excited for it, since I’ve always favoured water-types, they’re what I usually pick for a starter.
Kinda sad about its evolution, I’ve never been too fond of the bunny-eared Azumarill, it was the same reaction I had with Togetic, in which I super loved Togepi, but I just.. couldn’t be into its evolution. MARILL WAS THE SAME.