Pokemon fans baffled as Sword & Shield art director mass-deletes tweets

Published: 23/Feb/2020 20:32

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Sword & Shield’s art director sparked intrigue when he mass-deleted tweets containing development info. This comes after a gaming historian uncovered interesting facts about the RPG.

The gaming industry was changed forever when Pokemon made its debut on the Game Boy in 1996. The addictive RPG became a staple in every kid’s childhood, and has become a cultural phenomena.

However after a historian posted facts about the long-running Nintendo franchise’s development, the art director for Sword & Shield mass-deleted tweets which contained the information, sparking confusion in the community.

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The popular RPG is one of Nintendo’s most successful franchises of all time.

Sword & Shield art director deletes tweets

Dr. Lava is one of the most popular Pokemon historians working to preserve details of the franchise’s development history. However after using Sword & Shield’s art director James Turner’s Twitter account for information, the artist began to mass-delete some of his tweets.

On February 23, Lava posted, “I recently searched through Pokemon art director James Turner’s entire Twitter history to extract development info. But as soon as I started sharing this info… James deleted ALL those tweets.”

His tweet included a photo which showed the artist had deleted posts he had made in the past. Interestingly, Turner allegedly previously revealed that “Pokemon designers don’t get to name their own creations. Game Freak keeps a real life Name Rater on staff.”

Dr Lava then speculated why the artist had removed his posts, stating, “James’ tweets revealed information about Pokemon design, development details, and more insider info. Clearly, Game Freak didnt want this info made public.”

According to the historian, the Sword & Shield director specifically deleted all Twitter posts that included development information. “All his development info was wiped off the internet. I asked James if he’d prefer I keep them private. However, he didn’t respond.”

Included in his tweets about the incident are preserved development facts that Turner had removed. For example, apparently artists usually don’t get to choose the shiny color for the monster they have created, and have no say in their battle movesets.

At the time of writing, neither James Turner or Game Freak have responded to the situation. So it’s anyone’s guess as to why they tweets were removed, although it’s pretty common for studios to want to keep things tight-lipped.

If nothing else, this sparks a debate about whether information like this should be preserved by the public. A lot of history from games has been lost over the years, so social media posts are sometimes the only way for that information to be known.


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

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


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.