Issue #1 – An Origin Story

Hello Internet,

Hope all is well in the world of coding and re-coding or whatever else there is out there that makes all of this communication possible.

My name – for all intents and purposes – is CardCaptorSatan, CCS for short, why I chose such a long nickname I don’t actually remember since I also go by Sailor Satan now but anyway, I am a Fanboy. Ooooh how very unoriginal of me, a fanboy typing a blog on the internet, well tough, this is happening so you can just eat it! Actually, don’t – I can’t imagine eating a PC is nutritious or feasible in any way, shape or form and I’m pretty sure most of the components will kill you.

Anyway, I have a number of fandoms that I freak over, and over the course of these blogs, however long they run for, I intend to share all of my thoughts, rants and “borrowed” images from the Googles to express how I feel about them.

Hmmm do I create a list of them? Or simply start?  …….

………. *as time passes* ……..

Nah, we’ll just start I guess, so the original fandom that I have followed ever since I was knee-high to a grasshopper (aka 10 years old) is Pokemon. Oh yes those awesomely powerful (or weak in the case of Magikarp) Pocket Monsters created by GameFreak and Nintendo in 1995.

I remember my new neighbour moving in next door during my last year of Primary School (Elementary School for you non-Kiwis) and his Gameboy, he introduced me to Pokemon Blue and I got to play his already completed game …. I then promptly went home and bugged the living daylights out of my parents for a Gameboy and Pokemon. I got a handheld Tetris game. Oh the disappointment (and it wasn’t the first or last time either, thanks folks!). Eventually I managed to correct this grave mistake and treachery created by Mum and I was given a Gameboy Colour and Pokemon Gold for Christmas (Age 9, my birthday is in February)

I started with a Chikorita, the Leaf Pokemon (Grass Type) – I think I named her Petals, I can’t remember if that was on my first game or not.

I do remember I did a lot of training and spent a lot of time absorbed by the world of Pokemon, to the point I had to get glasses from holding the console too close to my face and getting endless tellings off for not doing my chores or for homework (not that I did homework prior to Pokemon anyway) but eventually we got to the Pokemon League at the Indigo Plateau with what I thought was the best team in all of Johto, was yet to get through to the Kanto part of the game, but I remember losing to Lance and his stupid Blizzard using Dragonite to the point my best friend and Pokemon tutor had to beat him for me.

It was one Sunday afternoon and my mum was dropping her home whilst she battled with my team furiously against Lance we screamed with joy just as pulled into her driveway and Mum went deaf for a few minutes. She was not amused.

I cannot remember my whole team, I know I had Meganium, Espeon, Pidgeot and Dewgong, I think I also had Ho-Oh, but there have been so many teams since it’s actually becoming insanely hard to remember, I do remember my Pokemon Crystal Team though, that game was 100% me – Typhlosion, Espeon, Umbreon, Crobat, Suicune, Noctowl and Gyarados.

Since then the Magnet Train that has been my love for Pokemon has simply accelerated faster and faster.

I have collected the little action figurer toys, the plushies, the cards, clothes and games and even today I still play the ORAS (that’s Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire the Gen 6 remark of the Gen 3 games)

Like all PokeFans, I do have a top 6 favourites and usually they make up my team or the majority of them, so to be even more cliche I’m gonna list them and put their Pokedex entries from the games I first encountered them on and why they are my favourite.

Starting at Number 6) Arcanine – The Legendary Pokemon

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Pokedex Entry from Pokemon Gold:

This legendary Chinese Pokémon is considered magnificent. Many people are enchanted by its grand mane.

Arcanine was a big favourite of mine from the TV Series actually, when I first saw Ash riding one in the opening credits/sequences and then Gary Oak having one on his team, I decided that I must have one, and then as I saw how “rare” it was I figured it would be superpowered and obliterate all who opposed me – for the first couple of Generations, I was so wrong.

But eventually, he learned awesome moves such as Outrage, Thunder Fang and Close Combat, then it was definitely all on in the online battles and even the localised ones. Arcanine is probably favourite fire type, even though there is another that is further up the list, though I find him far more useful in battle.

Fun Fact #1: Arcanine is actually not considered legendary in the canon term, whilst it’s Pokedex entry says otherwise, you can get more than one in a game, unlike Articuno (etc), Raikou (etc), Registeel (etc) and so on, Arcanine is actually rather common. His legendary status comes from the fact his design is based on Ryukyuan.

Number 5) Cloyster – The Bivalve Pokemon

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Pokedex Entry from Pokemon Crystal

 Even a missile can’t break the spikes it uses to stab opponents. They’re even harder than its shell.

Cloyster’s appeal to me has been for a multitude of reasons, but the real reason I like it so much is due to the sound it makes when the player or CPU creates multiple chains in the game Pokemon Puzzle League for the Nintendo 64. It drives my sister NUTS! She hates the sound and I have every so kindly learn to mimic the sound right down to the note. So whenever she does something to annoy me, or she’s not listening to me, or I’m simply bored. I go ahead and speak Cloyster to her and then quickly dodge her Bullet Punch attack.

My favourite Elite Four member is also Lorelei or Prima depending on your location in the world, she was the first of the original Elite Four members using Ice Types & Slowbro (who is Water/Psychic) and she uses a Cloyster on her team.

Currently Cloyster’s Shell Smash (attack) + Skill Link (ability) + Spike Cannon/Icicle Crash/Rock Blast (attack) = Troll Chaos. It’s a common battle strategy and yet one that if pulled off correctly can destroy quite a number of opponents. It’s not my personal favourite technique but I am guilty of using it when necessary.

Number 4) Alakazam – The Psi Pokemon

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Pokedex entry from Pokemon Sapphire

 Alakazam’s brain continually grows, infinitely multiplying brain cells. This amazing brain gives this Pokémon an astoundingly high IQ of 5,000. It has a thorough memory of everything that has occurred in the world.

Even though Alakazam is a Generation 1 Pokemon, I didn’t actually get to obtain one for myself until Generation 3, Ruby and Sapphire. Why? No one to trade with, so I boxed Kadabra and he was never traded or used for that matter.

Once Gen 3 came around a couple more friends had gotten into and I saw them regularly enough (every weekend) to allow me get a few Alakazam – 10 in fact, I wasn’t wasting my chances – and though the reason for liking Alakazam is mainly due to the fact that in other entries it talks about how Alakazam prefers to use telekinesis to move it’s body rather than it’s muscles it’s the idea that his very powerful Psychic Type Pokemon is meant to have evolved from a boy who one day just turned into a Pokemon (see Kadabra’s Pokedex entries) gave me the creeps.

Number 3) Ninetales – The Fox Pokemon

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Pokedex Entry from Pokemon Emerald

It has long been said that each of the nine tails embody an enchanted power. A long-lived Ninetales will have fur that shines like gold.

Ninetales is Pokemon that I have long thought should have been upgraded from a simple Fire type to Fire/Psychic, why? This Pokemon is able to life for a 1000 years and develop psychic abilities such as Telekinesis and Illusion Casting (Telepathy), it learns Hypnosis, Extrasensory, Psyshock and Dream Eater, all rather impressive Psychic Attacks (whilst it learn Psychic and Psybeam would be better, I suppose we can’t have it all)

I also like the fact this is probably the most vindictive Pokemon I can think of, if it doesn’t like you, you pull it’s tail or you simply piss it off, it lays a 1000 year curse on you. That kind of personality is totally my kind of Pokemon, if I could lay curses on people I really would have, the Gods only know that I have had my fair share of bullies in my lifetime so far.

Number 2) Gengar – The Shadow Pokemon

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Pokedex Entry from Pokemon Soulsilver

 To steal the life of its target, it slips into the prey’s shadow and silently waits for an opportunity.

Gengar is my favourite Ghost type Pokemon hands down. There is no Ghost type that comes even close and the whole reason for that is Morty of the Ecruteak Gym in Johto. That bastard beat me 7 times in a row on Pokemon Gold with his Gengar and it’s Hypnosis + Dream Eater combo. The rage I use to feel, until I realised that using Normal Type Pokemon like Noctowl at a high enough level could use Hypnosis + Confusion right back at it.

Gengar’s downside is his weakness to Psychic attacks due to it’s Ghost/Poison typing but to be honest, I think if it was vulnerable to Toxic, it would become waaaaay more useless in competitive battling.

I actually didn’t get a Gengar with my OT ID (Original Trainer) until Pokemon Soulsilver, all the others leading up to it were Pokemon I had be given or traded from friends and therefore were pretty well raised by the time I got to use them.

I loved having my Gengar following me around on Soulsilver, was definitely my favourite part and it’s my favourite Pokemon to use in the Pokemon Amie app in the Gen 6 games.

I use it in battle mainly for it’s speed and just having it lob Shadow Ball all over the place, the odd Thunderbolt as it looked way cool on Pokemon Stadium when using the attack and occasionally I will have it use Morty’s technique on the world.

But for a kid who is bound to the Shadows and Darkness, Gengar is the perfect companion Pokemon for me.

Number 1) Espeon – The Sun Pokemon

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Pokedex Entry from Pokemon Gold

It uses the fine hair that covers its body to sense air currents and predict its enemy’s actions.

Whilst I did originally raise on it Pokemon Gold, it’s not my favourite Pokedex entry for Espeon, that would be from Pokemon Emerald; “Espeon is extremely loyal to any Trainer it considers to be worthy. It is said that this Pokémon developed its precognitive powers to protect its Trainer from harm.”

Espeon is the evolved form of Eevee during the Day and it’s counterpart – Umbreon – is evolution during the Night, and since my favourite Greek God is a tie between Hermes (the Thief, Merchant and Messanger God) and Apollo (the Medicine, Music and Sun God) Espeon was my preferred choice for evolving Eevee. Additionally Psychic type Pokemon are my favourites due to my ideal superpowers being Telepathy, Telekinesis and Precognition.

I loved Espeon in the TV Series, and with so many trainers having one I could and can picture myself with Espeon walking beside me and Gengar floating above, they are great to use in Double Battles and whilst so many people tell me Espeon is not the greatest Psychic type for competitive battle, I really don’t care. I chose to win with my favourites and Espeon is my favourite.

So there we have it Internet, a tiny bit about me – the Psychotic … I mean, Psychic, Fanboy and my first Fandom – Pokemon!

Probably not the best blog anyone’s ever written but hey I can only write more to get better.

Stay tuned for Issue #2 – When The Planets Aline!

“Smell ya Later!” – Gary Oak

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