Hello. I’m Chris.
One and a half years I’ve been writing this damn blog and I don’t think I’ve ever stopped to introduce myself. What has happened to my manners? I’m Chris, and I write about Pokémon on the internet. I’m not, and have never been, a particularly skilled battler, though I’m familiar with all the important concepts of competitive Pokémon. I stopped paying attention to the anime about halfway through...
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I Need A Break
So, I am currently up to my eyebrows in ancient Greek history assignments written by clueless first-years (note to anyone in my tutorial groups who’s reading this: obviously I don’t mean you; I mean all the other clueless first-years in the class), and will continue to be for some time, as well as having all of my own work to do (which, I will remind you, is SERIOUS SCHOLARLY RESEARCH...
Legendary Pokémon: Final Thoughts
Although I hadn’t quite had it in mind originally, these entries on the Pokémon Power Bracket eventually evolved into something akin to a discussion of what I think legendary Pokémon should and should not be. Given the direction this project ended up taking, I suppose that I now ought to talk about these questions in more general terms and lay out, once and for all, what opinions I hold on these...
The Pokémon Power Bracket – Final
http://www.pokemon.com/powerbracket Hmph. Bloody Rayquaza. It’s almost as if the global Pokémon community isn’t interested in the opinions of a random blogger! I’ve half a mind just to sit in a corner and sulk… on the other hand… I suppose it’s only one more entry. I’ve started, so I’ll finish. Rayquaza vs. Mew: here we go! Not so fast. Wait,...
Anonymous asked: I may be totally wrong here but in the last post you were asking why Giovanni would want a gym and the financial side of it. What if the gym's are somewhat akin to the games in that if a challenger loses they have to pay out? I know (or at least think?) that it is never really mentioned in the anime, but what if the same rules applied? This could explain why the Cerulean gym needs the...
Anime Time: Episode 63
The Battle of the Badge Okay! Last badge! We are PSYCHED! GO ASH! WHOOHOO! So, Ash, Misty, Brock and Pikachu enter Viridian City. Misty remarks that it’s been a whole year since they were last there, which I mention because it’s one of the few instances in the series where we get actual references to time passing – this particular one tells me that Ash probably has his twelfth birthday while...
The Pokémon Power Bracket – Semi Final
http://www.pokemon.com/powerbracket So, what I didn’t anticipate when I started doing this was that I would wind up talking about a lot of the same Pokémon over and over again. I am getting to the point where I have, quite honestly, said most of what I care to say about Celebi, Mew, Rayquaza and Mewtwo. If you’ve been reading this so far, you all know that I’m edgy about time travel but much...
Anime Time: Episode 62
Clefairy Tales This episode is… tricky. By “tricky” I mean that I’m not sure whether it’s the worst episode ever… or what the whole series should have been like. I’ll… I’ll just give you the plot, shall I? So, they episode opens on Jigglypuff, who is strolling around the woods one night, singing to herself, leaving behind a trail of comatose forest Pokémon, with doodles all...
Anime Time: Episodes 60-61
Beach Blank-Out Blastoise – The Misty Mermaid With Ash’s Volcano Badge in hand at last, it’s time to leave Cinnabar Island… but our hapless heroes are about to miss the last boat of the day! As they run for the ferry terminal, a Wartortle appears out of nowhere and crashes into them, knocking everyone to the ground. Pikachu calls on Squirtle to interpret, who immediately decides that...
The Pokémon Power Bracket – Quarter Final
http://www.pokemon.com/powerbracket Okay; things are heating up. We’ve only got eight of these damn things left, and if I know me like I think I know me, I’m bitter, jaded and cynical enough to come up with good reasons to hate all eight of them, so let’s see which ones I hate the least! Celebi vs. Darkrai I’ve been largely positive about Celebi so far, while expressing a more neutral view of...
Anonymous asked: Any plans to review the Elite 4's and Gym leaders of the games in a similar manner to how you reviewd the champions? (obviously not individually, that would take forever)!