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  • Character of the Week: Charmander

    Charmander

    Charmander


    Charmander is a fire type Pokemon species. He was first ‘spotted’ in the original Red/Blue Pokemon games. He was created by Ken Sugimori and has appeared in most Pokemon things within the franchise. He is a small red ‘dinosaur’ type creature that has a flame at the end of his tail.
    The flame represents his physical health conditions and emotions. The size of the flame is usually an indicator to a happy, larger flames, to an unhappy, smaller flames, Charmander.

    Charmander


    He was one of the original 151 Pokemon created for the Pokemon franchise. In the anime, Ash obtains Charmander in the earlier series and became a highly used Pokemon for him.
    Charmander the first in an evolutionary process. He evolves to a Charmeleon and soon a Charizard. There is also Mega Charizard version for the Pokemon X and Y.


  • Could it Exist: Pokeballs

    Could Pokeballs Exist?

    Hello everyone, Flint here. If you played or watched Pokemon as a kid then you can all agree with me that it was amazing. The concept for the series was great, ‘you are a 10 year old who must travel around an entire region to capture dangerous creatures and who said creatures to battle other dangerous creatures in hope of becoming a Pokemon League Champion’ ah yes, my childhood was awesome. But the thing that fascinated me the most about the whole series itself was the device used to capture Pokemon, which are known as Pokeballs.

    Pokeballs are small spherical shaped objects which are used to capture Pokemon. When a Pokemon is captured, it is converted into light energy and remains in that state until the trainer decides to use the Pokemon again. They were created around 300 years ago in the Johto region from apricot seeds. However, now a days more modernised Pokeballs are created by companies like Siph. Co, which is the main manufacturing company in the Pokemon world.

    There are many different types of Pokeballs to use and each one will aid you in different ways. For example a Master Ball will catch any Pokemon without fail and a Dusk Ball will help you catch Ghost Pokemon or Pokemon during the night time period. Having a verity of different types of Pokeballs will make it easier to catch Pokemon on your journey.

    So it’s time to ask the question, could we create Pokeballs in our world to capture wild animals with? Well, my answer would be: Quite possibly yes. Here’s my little theory on why it could be possible. It’s quite complex but you’ll need to use your imaginations.

    It would probably involve a Rapid Cloning device located in the center of the Pokeball. This devise would be similar to the Rapid Prototyping machines used by todays designers and engineers, only smaller and carbon based.

    The animals genetic information would be stored on the ball and using voice activation the user would simply say the animals name and the Cloning nozzle at the center of the ball would begin constructing the creature.

    This process would only take a moment and it would appear the animal was simply leaping forth from inside the ball.

    The only major technological hurdle to overcome would be training your animal to fight, because although rapid cloning can easily recreate the physical animal, it would be difficult to retain any learned behavior outside the ball.

    For example, if the animal knew its name before its genetic information was inputted into the ball then hypothetically all subsequent clones of the animal would also know its own name.

    However, if the animal learned, say, a new attack during a fight, the next time you released the animal it would have no memory of this new attack because the data in the ball would not have been updated.

    I should also mention that this Pokeball technology would involve you killing your animal ever time you wanted to “put it away”. This would probably be best archived using some sort of lethal injection, at which point you could also draw a new genetic sample to upload to the Pokeball, thus updating the information and any learned behavior.

    It can be thought of very much like saving a file on a computer.

    As you can see, there is small possibility that a device such as a Pokeball could be created, but invention a machine like a Rapid Cloning device would take a very long time to create. However, scientists are starting to experiment with cloning methods every day and they are getting very positive results. Scientists can now clone body parts for humans who may need a new limb which will only become more advanced over time, which may eventually lead to scientists being able to clone fully living humans and animals.

    Again this will take a very long to fully enhances but will we eventually achieve it.

    However, would we really want a device like a Pokeball existing if it involves killing our animal partner every time we want to put its genetic samples back into the ball? Personally I hate animal cruelty and if somebody gave me a new dog inside a Pokeball and said “If you want to put the dog back inside the ball, all you have to do is kill it and take a blood sample from it” I would decline that persons offer. Even if the dog comes back with all it’s memories, I still couldn’t bare the fact that I would need to kill my animal friend each time I wanted to use him again. Whether we use an injection to kill the animal or not, we are taking away the life of another living thing just so we can use it to bring a new clone of it back to life to fight again, and then eventually die again. If scientist create a Pokeball with this function, there would be great uproar throughout the world.

    In conclusion, I would really like to have a device like a Pokeball for my own pet (I have a cat) but if it involved the animal going through serious pain, then I defiantly wouldn’t purchase it. All we can do now is wait until scientists brainstorm this cloning method and that it can be created in a painless way for the creature we will be using it on.

    Thank you for reading and I’ll see you next time!

    ~Flint the Theorist


  • Linking Anime Genres to Personalities

    Individuality

    Pikachu

    “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”

    Genres And Our Personalities

    Anime Genres

    There’s been a lot of research about different music genres and how it reflect the individuals personality. A research carried out by Adrian North of Heriot-Watt University, of more than 36,000 participants around the globe, proves that one’s music preference and personality type are closely related.

    “People do actually define themselves through music and relate to other people through it but we haven’t known in detail how music is connected to identity,” he said. “We have always suspected a link between music taste and personality. This is the first time that we’ve been able to look at it in real detail. No one has ever done this on this scale before.”

     

    What Were The Results?

    Gravitation

    Now the results varied depending on what you listened to. Here’s the results:

    Blues fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease.

    Jazz fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing and at ease.

    Classical music fans have high self-esteem, are creative, introverted and at ease.

    Rap fans have high self-esteem and are outgoing.

    Opera fans have high self-esteem, are creative and gentle.

    Country and western fans are hardworking and outgoing.

    Reggae fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease, but not hardworking.

    Dance fans are creative and outgoing but not gentle.

    Indie fans have low self-esteem, are creative, but not hardworking or gentle.

    Bollywood fans are creative and outgoing.

    Rock/heavy metal fans have low self-esteem, are creative, gentle and at ease, but not hardworking or outgoing.

    Chart pop fans have high self-esteem, are hardworking, outgoing and gentle, but are not creative or at ease.

    Soul fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease.

    So What Do You Think

    Bleach
    So I was wondering, is there a similar link between this but when it comes to anime/manga genres?

    I have no answer to this question, but I definitely think there’s something to it. What do you guys think?

    Let’s discuss it!

     

    -Shogo

     


  • Digimon vs. Pokemon: The Otaku Debate

    Digimon vs. Pokemon: Anime Debate

    DigimonPokemon

    Note: This is only an anime Digimon vs. Pokemon. It is clear that even most Digimon fans will say the Pokemon Video Games are better. I placed the names in alphabetical order.

    The debate of Digimon versus Pokemon has been going on for a few years now (15 years now!). I will try to be as unbiased as possible, but for the record I am on the Digimon side. To begin with I will go over the history of both anime’s along with a general plot and then give both sides opinion.

    Digimon History & Plot

    Digimon
    Tamagotchi’s was the original Digimon. In the beginning they were made to be cute, but soon over time, they became more ‘monster’ like. In March of 1999, Digimon Adventure was released into theaters. It was an animated version of these cute monsters. At first it was only meant to be a short movie, but soon so many requests were given to make it into an animated series for children. The same, the animated series Digimon Adventure began to air in Japan. Digimon spawned five more separate series, each with at least one movie, card games, video games, manga’s, and so much more since the release of the original series. The series is produced by Toei Animation as well as Bandai of Japan.
    The series basic plot revolves around Digital Monsters. These creatures inhabit the DigiWorld which is a manifestation of the Earth Network. Each series tells about a group made up of pre-teens and their Digimon partner. They must defend the DigiWorld and the real world from evil. These children carry Digivices which help their Digimon partner to ‘evolve’. Each Digimon can Digivolve into a much stronger Digimon, but can ‘de-evolve’ when needed.

    Pokemon History & Plot

    Pokemon
    Pokemon is a franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1996. It was original a pair of video games released for the GamBoy, Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue. The animated series came out in 1997 as a children’s anime. Including the entire series, Pokemon is split up into five sequences according to the video games. This makes the entire series (so far) 17 seasons long with also many movies, shorts, side stories, and a few spin offs. Since the original release of the video games, Pokemon has spawned an anime series, manga’s, more video games, card games, and many more things.
    The entire series focuses on one boy and his adventure to catch all Pokemon. Ash Ketchum starts as a ten year kid who overslept on the day to receive his Pokemon. Due to this he gets Pikachu. Along the way, Ash meets a few people which decide to travel with him as well as catch Pokemon. Along with several enemies (Pokemon and human), Team Rocket also lurks in the shadows attempting to catch Pikachu.

    Digimon Side

    There are many points why people argue that Digimon is the better show. To save time I will only go over five points; Evolutions, ability to speak, better devices, more indepth story, and better villains.

    Agumon Digivolve
    The evolution of a Digimon, or Digivolution, is possibly the most used argument for Digimon lovers. Digimons can evolve in two ways, through gaining enough data or through a Digivice used by a Tamer. This evolution, however, is not a permanent thing. If they lose to much power, suffer a great injury, or just done with the battle they can ‘devolve’ back into a lower form to conserve energy. If the Digimon is injured bad enough or ‘killed’ a Digiegg will appear and the process will start over again. They also have the ability to Digivolve into several different stages, some having up to six Digivolutions. It may be a set path of an evolution or it can be a chosen path, depending on the Digimon. Unlike Digimon, when a Pokemon evolves it is permanent. Pokemons evolution is normally set (except a few ie. Eevee) and it depends on level, a stone, trading, or through a reaction of the environment.
    Another focal point for Digimon fans is the fact that they can speak. Unlike Pokemon, who say only variations of their names, Digimon can speak. Dialogue is very important to most stories. The character can develop more easily this way. You can often tell if a character is developing by their speach pattern at times. They can have a somewhat ‘baby’ talk but soon comprehend more indepth words. Relationships can also be more easily formed not only with other characters, but with the audience as well. They become more human like and therefore you can connect with them better.

    Digimon Crests
    The Digivices and Crests are another great argument. They are simply much cooler to use than a Pokedex. While the Pokedex contains all the Pokemon and the information, the Digivice can be used to evolve the Digimon. They help the human character and Digimon to create a connection like no other. They are also specific to each team (ie. Tai had the Courage Crest).
    The tone for Digimon is way more serious than Pokemon. Some of the characters actually die (like some major ones) as well the fact the story was more indepth. The series has a good balance between story and episodic episodes. This is good because the story does no have to be wrapped up and can leave the viewer wanting to watch the next episode. Pokemon wraps up with happy endings and light hearted stories. Digimon has light hearted moments, but only to compensate for the darker ones. In Digimon, characters actually died and were hurt pretty badly. No one was immune to life as Pokemon were immune.

    Myotismon
    The last point for Digimon are the villains. The villains in Digimon were a lot more ruthless than Pokemon. It is hard to compare Team Rocket to Myotismon. While Jessie and James only played tricks to get Pikachu, Myotismon actually tried to kill the Digidestined and enslaved the Digi World. The villains of Digimon were a lot harder to defeat and the Digidestined had to actually evolve their fighting skills to defeat them. They even tried to fight a few times to early and clearly lost, but were spared.

    Pokemon Side

    While there are many good points to the Digimon side, Pokemon has a lot of advantages as well. The main points for Pokemon I will go over are Gym Badges, Pokemon Collections, Episodic Episodes, and Consistency.

    Pokemon Gym Badges
    The Gym Badges are an argument that I do not often see being used. Gym Badges can be obtained by any person who defeats the gym leader. In this sense, the Digivices fall short. They are only handed out to select few, mostly Digidestined. They may not be as vital to the users as the Digivices are, but the fact they are more obtainable is quite nice. Gym Badges are actually earned when the person is able to defeat the leader, showing more skill development.

    Pikachu Pokemon
    Collecting Pokemon is the main reason for the series. Unlike Digimon, you are allowed to own more than one Pokemon. If you wanted Agumon and had patamon, you could not switch. In Pokemon if you have an Eevee and wanted a Pikachu, you just have to trade or go find one. Here Pokemon has the clear advantage. You can own any Pokemon you can catch.

    Ash Ketchum Pokemon
    Ash is the main character of the series and seems to remain the same age throughout the show. Pokemons plot development is little to none, but this can be a good thing. Watching Ash go along his journey may seem tedious and at times boring, it shows every step of his development. I mean every step. It is as if you are there with him along the whole journey. For children this can be an exciting thing. Their imagination runs much better than adults and can connect to the show quicker. the show is developing, just at a slow pace.
    Pokemon remains very consistent through out. Each season revolves around Ash and his journey while Digimon seasons have new characters each time. Pokemon may have the same main character, they add new things with each arc. They try to keep in new with the old stuff. They know what they are doing is working, so why mess with success. Digimon tries to evolve with each child generation and fit in with new over dramatic monsters while Pokemon keeps their same cuteness.

    My Opinion

    Digimon
    I am a Digimon fan to the core. I love the first few seasons of Pokemon, but the same thing got tiring. In all honesty I have only watched the first two seasons of Digimon and refuse to watch any after that. I love the characters! The story and villians of Digimon are way better and that is what I look for in an anime. Others may look for cute pets and a story you can watch at anytime, but I need action and blood. I like that Digimon can speak and the connection needed from Digidestined and Digimon.

    Which one are you?


  • Pokemon The Origins (Anime) Review

    Pokemon the Origins Anime Review

     

    Pokemon the Origin
    Red and Green

     

    I new it was an origin story but I just thought that Pokemon the Origins was a more detailed account of Ash’s beginnings. It is a basic retelling of the Pokemon Red game though. It was verbatim actually. I am glad it skipped over certain ares though due to lack of interest in them. I really enjoyed the story though. I had played the Red version several times so I knew the story by heart. It was nice to see it in anime format though spanning three episodes long.

     

    Pokemon the Origin Plot

     

    Pokemon the Origin
    Index Completion

     

    Like I said, the main plot line of Pokemon the Origin follows the Pokemon Red Version game. Red is the main character of the story. Since he is named red, it just so happens he gets Charmander as his Pokemon. He and Charmander go through out the world chasing down Pokemon and indexing them into the ultimate Pokemon index. He does how ever have a rival, Green (Blue). He ends up choosing Squirtle like in the game. The two constantly meet up and fight one another. Soon Red goes to the Elite Four to defeat them. At the end he must defeat the final Pokemon master, Green. After Red wins he goes back with his completed index only to find out another one exists. He goes to fight the newly found one, MewTwo to add him to his collection. He now has a Charizard that will under go the Mega Evolution to defeat the final Pokemon.

     

    Characters of Pokemon the Origin

     

    Pokemon the Origin
    Red and Green

     

    The main character of Pokemon the Origin is Red. He is a happy go lucky person that will obtain every Pokemon. He has a great relationship with his Pokemon Charmander making them an unstoppable team. His rival Green is somewhat sleezy and only wants to defeat Red for pure victory. He does not care about obtaining the Pokemon rather than defeating them and capturing them. Red is a bit more in tune with the Pokemon and understands they have feelings as well. This gives him great advantages especially in the MewTwo fight.

     

    The Red Origin

     

    Pokemon the Origin
    Brock

     

    Like I said it is the exact same as the Pokemon Red game. They do however skip over parts and only highlight areas of interest. Brock is the first main fight of the series, which Red takes down pretty well. Then it skips over to Lavender Town where Red must defeat the ghosts of Pokemon Tower and help out Cubone. After this point Charmander has evolved to Charizard and Red and Green are trying to help out the Sylph Company that Team Rocket took over. Red then obtains the final GymBadge and heads over to the Elite Four. Here he fights them, but the fights are not shown. The final fight is saved for Green who Red must now defeat to get the title of Pokemon master. The fight is over quick and Red heads out to find Mew Two.

     

    I loved Pokemon the Origin obviously. I played the game enough so it is one of my favorites. The summation of the story into an anime plot was amazing. I really hope they do it for the rest of the games as well. I loved how they highlighted stuff and did not go into to detail, especially since almost any Pokemon fan has played the Red version. The idea to turn it into an anime was great and I hope they continue it at least into the Mew arc. They did hint towards that so hopefully.

     

    Support Pokemon the Origin.

    Overall Grade: 9/10