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Pokemon Company mocked for obsession with Charizard

Published: 17/Oct/2019 10:39 Updated: 17/Oct/2019 11:15

by Paul Cot

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Following the reveal that Charizard is one of the new Gigantamax forms in Pokemon Sword and Shield, the Pokemon Company is being mocked for their apparent obsession with the Kanto fire-type.

Five new Gigantamax forms were confirmed for Pokemon Sword and Shield, with all five of them originating in the Kanto region. This means of the eight that have currently been announced, less than half of them will be from the Galar region.

This had led to accusations that the Pokemon Company is a little too fond of the Kanto region and in particular Charizard. As we know, the Pokemon community are rarely shy from voicing their opinion and they haven’t let this one slide either, creating some memes to make fun of them.

Reddit: LurinzooGalar starter evolutions confirmed… Or not.

Galar starter evolutions confirmed

Pokemon fans are desperately awaiting the reveal of the Galar region starter Pokemon — Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble — if they even come before the game is released on November 15. With them yet to be revealed, trainers continue to speculate as to what they may look like.

Now, one trainer thinks they might know the answer ahead of time. Their names will be Grookizard, Scorizard and Sobblezard. If you look really carefully you’ll notice they all look remarkably like Charizard.

Even the Pokemon Sword and Shield logos in the top left hand corner have Charizard’s head — a nice touch.

Jealousy from other starter Pokemon

It’s no secret that Charizard has got far more attention than other starter Pokemon final evolutions such as Typhlosion and Blaziken. When Charizard was the first one to get a mega evolution, some trainers expected other starter Pokemon to get the same treatment — this never happened, though.

Instead, they were ignored and Charizard has since been given a Gigantamax form — something which Reddit user “BellyHunter” has noted in this hilarious meme.

Reddit: BellyHunterOther starter Pokemon are a little resentful of Charizard…

What Game Freak really want

Another more subtle image pokes fun at what Game Freak really want when they design Pokemon. Some of the most known Pokemon include the likes of Pikachu, Blastoise, Venusaur, Eevee and Scyther.

One trainer suspects that they would have rather they look a lot more Charizard like, though.

Reddit: boost437If Game Freak could have their way…

Always Charizard, Pikachu and Eevee…

Elsewhere, a Harry Potter meme mocks the Pokemon Company’s favoritism toward Charizard, Pikachu and Eevee. After all, two of these have their own game named after them!

The meme shows Professor Minerva McGonagall with the heads of Game Freak’s most beloved creations with the caption: “Why is it when Pokemon does anything it is always you three?” — a play on a line from a Harry Potter movie.

Reddit: intr3vortAlways Charizard, Pikachu and Eevee…

Kanto #1

Some of the Pokemon community will be genuinely frustrated about the lack of variation in generations, while others will be mocking the situation playfully.

The Pokemon Company’s reliance and tendency to go to Kanto species does make sense, however. The original 151 are without question among the most known and this allows them to maximize mainstream interest in the new games.

Whether trainers like it or not, the Kanto region will always be the Pokemon Company’s port of call.

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Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp

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A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.