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GENERATION 3: Some oddballs up ahead! December 31, 2013

Filed under: ~Teh Pokemon: 3rd Gen~ — solarblade @ 9:31 am

Well part 4 huh, not much to say but at least we get some interesting Pokemon here!

076: Spinda


Kicking this post off, we get Spinda who by thought isn’t really all that special, since it’s a pure Normal type.  Though its gimmick in the series is that not one Spinda is the same (aesthetically).  There are actually 4,294,967,296 different variations and you probably need to double that number because the fact shines exist so it’s pretty damn high.  Still, it’s mostly just for to capture and doesn’t really stand out otherwise beyond its many different looks.

077: Trapinch, 078: Vibrava, 079: Flygon


I’ve always thought the Flygon line was one of the more odd additions to the Generation though it kind of makes sense as it starts from and Antlion and grows into an adult one.  Though the Ground typing makes a lot of sense, it’s addition of Dragon once it evolves into Vibrava is a little bit of an odd choice, but it’s always a great combination and to be honest, I prefer this over Garchomp, though the latter IS better in certain cases.

080: Cacnea, 081: Cacturne


When it comes to the more evil-looking designs, I can’t help but think of the Cacturne line right from the start.  They look so freaky yet so cool and basic that it kind of worked and I definitely raised a Cacturne up during my adventure.  Cacnea starts off being a pure Grass type and when it evolves becomes the dual type of Grass/Dark (which like I mentioned before, shares with Shiftry & Zarude).  Cool looking Pokemon FTW, even better that Cacnea was pretty much James’ foil in the Anime after Victreebel.

082: Swablu, 083: Altaria


It seemed like when I played through Sapphire, I saw a LOT of Altaria in the game.  Swablu might not be anything very exciting since it’s a Normal/Flying type and we all know how those turn out most of the time.  However, once it evolves, it drops the Normal-type and replaces it was the Dragon type and we get a pretty cool Pokemon (which it only shares with Dragonite and the Noivern line).  Altaria is a pretty great Dragon to have on your team and even I used one most of the game to the Elite 4 even!

In OR/AS, we get a Mega Evolution for Altaria, changing it’s typing to Dragon/Fairy (ironic since Dragons are really bad against Fairy-types).

084: Zangoose


I know there’s a lot of Normal types but damn they could’ve done something cool with Zangoose.  I love its design hands down and its ferocious tendency to attack Sevipers as it is, makes it a pretty cool Pokemon.  Sad to say though it was only in Ruby so I missed out on it up until Y where I finally was able to catch/train one, though it’s still rather lackluster seeing as it doesn’t evolve.

085: Seviper


For us Sapphire lovers, we got the Poison-type Seviper and I still find it hilarious that the anime screwed up and thought Arbok evolves into it.  Even though it has a more interesting type, it’s still rather plain and being a Pokemon with no evolutions, it kind of sits low on the totem pole alongside its rival opposite.

086: Lunatone


Another set of exclusives, Lunatone would be the Sapphire’s choice and I really liked how it’s based off the Moon.  Being a Rock/Psychic type doesn’t mean it’ll be used in a crowd but it’s still a cool design and one of the more stranger designs to come from GameFreak. Though fighting Tate & Liza’s Lunatone & Solrock was just aggravating (plus it was the first gym battle with a 2 vs. 2 match.

087: Solrock


Probably the second Pokemon that I wished wasn’t an exclusive, Ruby players got Solrock who is essentially just like Lunatone but in a way it has more usage because it’s more attack-based.  Being based off the Sun, I was also surprised seeing it learn some Fire-type moves despite that it’s also a Rock/Psychic type like Lunatone…definitely a strange Pokemon, but I like it a bit more than it’s Lunar counterpart.

088: Barboach, 089: Whiscash


Oh boy another Water/Ground type!  I’ve always though the line was a weird addition as well, though it gives Electric types more woes than it needs haha.  There’s just something about Whiscash that I never found too appealing for me, but they aren’t bad Pokemon.  Though Barboach is kind of cute and Whiscash is derpy cute lol.

090: Corphish, 091: Crawdaunt


Even more Water Pokemon!  They kind of remind me of the Kingler and Clawitzer line which is pretty cool since we’re getting marine animals from all over the map (since Hoenn was very ocean-centric).  Corphish is pretty basic, but it evolves into the Water/Dark Crawdaunt (whose name WAS going to be Lobstar but changed at the last minute).  Crawdaunts are pretty cool and love having one in my team, but in recent games Crawdaunts look smaller than what I was expecting.

092: Baltoy, 093: Claydol


I think the weirdest designs are probably these two Pokemon, Baltoy and its evolution, Claydol, are based off of old clay figurines (and when I saw Claydol more importantly, it did remind me of Digimon’s Shakkoumon).  They are also a unique typing of Ground/Psychic which is pretty awesome and Claydol was another I kept around for a REALLY long time.

094: Lileep, 095: Cradily


We finally get to the Generation’s selected fossil Pokemon starting with the oddball one (in my opinion).  First they are unique as they’re still the only ones with the type of Rock/Grass.  However, the shenanigans are more around its design.  I get what they were going with, but did they really need a wreath of penises?  I didn’t choose it not because of the latter reason, but I kind of liked Armaldo a bit more than the strange Cradily.

096: Anorith, 097: Armaldo


Ok, so the design for Armaldo’s line isn’t all the great either, but at least it’s not covered in dongs lol.  However, its typing is not unique, Rock/Bug (shares with Shuckle and the Crustle line).  Armaldo though would’ve been better if those eyes weren’t so oblong xD.  Otherwise, I just used it because it was a fun fossil Pokemon.

098: Feebas, 099: Milotic


Probably the most infuriating and frustrating Pokemon to get we have a sort rival to Gyarados’ line.  Feebas looks like a Magikarp that became rotten.  Sad fact though is that to find one they are in ONE little block on one of the bigger routes so it’s pretty rare and crap to catch.  Adding more salt to the wound, it’s evolution, Milotic was originally just as tough to get because you have to max out its Beauty stat with the Pokeblocks.  A lot of work to get Milotic who’s still a pure Water type at the end of it all, but it’s definitely a nice Pokemon to have.

In Gen 5 and on, the way to get Milotic is changed and now you just merely trade a Feebas holding a Prism Scale.

Though in the Hoenn remakes coming for the 3DS, we seem to go back to the old way to obtain a Milotic and then in Galar you can find a Milotic in the Wild Area!

100: Castform


The final Pokemon on this post is a rather unique Pokemon and not much like it.  Castform at its roots is a Normal-type Pokemon and really doesn’t stand out amongst the crowd.  However, once you get into weather changes thats where it begins to stand out.  When either Rain Dance (or raining in the area), Hail (or when it’s snowing in the area), or Sunny Day is in effect, Castform’s ability Forecast makes it change its type into Water, Ice, and Fire respectively and its look changes to fit said condition.  Otherwise, it’s a pretty gimmicky Pokemon and nothing that would really stand out in the metagame.  BTW, it has BOOOOOBS.

Though interestingly enough after the Pokémon HOME app was released, it seems that those Castform transformations actually got Shiny variants!



GENERATION 3: Moving midway! December 30, 2013

Filed under: ~Teh Pokemon: 3rd Gen~ — solarblade @ 5:49 am

Woo, we’re at the mid way point, sorry for missing some days, you know the holidays and all xD…anyway, let’s move on!

051: Sableye


On our 3rd post, we begin with another duo of version exclusives.  Sableye are found only within Sapphire and they’re a pretty unique type of Dark/Ghost (well before 4th Generation happens).  There’s something quite edgy about this Pokemon and its gemstone eyes are totally cool.  Before other greats came along, Sableye was pretty good not having a lot of weaknesses.  Since then it’s been surpassed and now all I’m thinking is why doesn’t Sableye have an evolution???

I suppose that’s sort of answered in OR/AS where it gains its Mega Evolution.  Visually not much has changed in Sableye other than getting a giant gemstone.  Though it’s special defense goes way up!

052: Mawile


Ruby players instead get Mawile who actually at that time was the first pure Steel type to be found.  I’ve always was interested with it because of its design and the funky jaw hair that it has.  For a while, I thought of it just like I did with Sableye because it doesn’t evolve or anything.

However, once Generation 6 rolled around, there were some changes for it.  Mawile became a Steel/Fairy type (which it shares with Klefki & Magearna) AND it got a Mega Evolution to go along with it.  It’s pretty strange that it did because it’s one of those that came unexpectedly.  Still a cool Pokemon regardless.

053: Aron, 054: Lairon, 055: Aggron


After the introduction of the two types in the previous generation, Gamefreak did need to raise the amount of the Pokemon for them a lot.  The Aggron line was a pretty cool addition and has a pretty strong typing with Steel/Rock.  A bit bulky and slow, but still a pretty powerful Pokemon regardless

In Gen 6, in its “rivalry” to Tyranitar, Aggron got a Mega Evolution as well and as we all should know it’s the only Mega that lost one of its typings (in this case, Mega Aggron lost it’s Rock type and became pure Steel).

056: Meditite, 057: Medicham


Our next Pokemon was another one I used prominently in the game and that’s the Fighting/Psychic Medicham line.  I have to say I really liked using Medicham back then because it was pretty versatile and quite reliable.  I don’t get the color change between the two although it works with Ruby/Sapphire right?, but it’s a pretty quirky Pokemon.

Gen 6 brought it a Mega Evolution and it’s another one of those that I didn’t really understand much because I didn’t think it needed it in the first place, but hey it’s whatever.

058: Electrike, 059: Manectric


Same can be said about our next Pokemon in which they have a weird color switch upon evolution.  As pure Electric types, the Manectric line initially looked a bit odd to me, especially Electrike because of its corn husk ears xD.  Then it shifts into the Blue/Yellow Manectric and it kind of just looks so much better

However, another thing that this and the Medicham line shares is that it has a useless Mega Evolution and design-wise looks pretty bad, especially the fact its fur takes the shape of a lightning bolt…  I’m rather here nor there with this line, but I tend to be fonder of Manectric over Medicham so hmmm and that goes even for its Megas.

060: Plusle


To me, I think 3rd Generation solidified that the series would begin another set of Pokemon that would always show up somehow in a Gen.  That being a Pika-esque Pokemon.  In 3rd Gen, we get two of those and we start with Plusle, or the one we find in Ruby.  The big usage is to kind of promote the new 2 vs. 2 battles since having Plusle and Minun together seem to work out better.

061: Minun


Though I will say that if I did get one of them, I usually end up with Minun simply because blue is one of my favorite colors and I think it slightly got the better draw of the hand, but it’s still rather weak.  There’s really not much else to say about these two other than it’s a Sapphire exclusive of course.

062: Volbeat


As one of the first Bug types that were revealed, I was certain that it was going to take the place as the Gen’s typical first bug, but in actuality it isn’t.  Add on that it’s an exclusive to Sapphire and you’re just kind of like BUT IT’S RED!!.  Yup, for being a pure Bug type (and not Bug/Flying or even part Fairy) it kind of doesn’t really stand out well and it’s kind of basic to me and it’s male-only…hmm

063: Illumise


On the other hand, Ruby gets the female-only Illumise (whose name always bothered me with pronunciation, it’s not ee-loo-myze….but it’s ee-loo-mee-zey).  That’s just a tad awkward figuring that out in the long run.  Like Volbeat, I don’t find much use in it because they share the same type and almost have similar stats.  Not a bad Pokemon, but not memorable.

064: Roselia


I really don’t know why Gamefreak released so many one-stage Pokemon and Roselia is another one of those baffling mysteries, well originally.  As a Grass/Poison type, it really never stood out (especially since there were others like Venusaur and Vileplume who were pretty much stronger in every aspect.  It is pretty cute though so I can’t bag it too much.

With 4th Gen, Roselia got a pretty big buff with an evolution in Roserade (with the new Shiny Stone) BUT also got a pre-evolution as well with Budew.  It was pretty weird to see that Roselia got both pretty quickly but it definitely helped the line out.

065: Gulpin, 066: Swalot


Whenever I see these two Pokemon (especially Swalot) I can’t help but think they’re just clones of Grimer and Muk.  If you didn’t know they’re also Poison types so the similarities are just that much more obvious.  Though they do learn some pretty good moves, I usually tend to forget about them as well.

067: Carvanha, 068: Sharpedo


I was wondering when we’d get our shark Pokemon and once again we have a case of illogical evolution process.  We know Carvanhas are based off of Piranhas, but how is it even possible to evolve into a shark?  Seems a bit farfetched (no pun intended).  It’s Water/Dark typing is pretty nifty (and only shares at this point of time with Crawdaunt).  It’s nice, but Sharpedo has always looked weird to me, like it needs a longer body…it just looks awkward like that…

OR/AS though brought us a mega evolution with Sharpedo which looks a lot better as a shark!  Though nothing too noticeable happens beyond the extra Attack and the fact that it LOOKS like a shark xD

069: Wailmer, 070: Wailord


I remember when Gamefreak was starting to talk about Gen 3, we got Wailmer as one of the first Pokemon to be shown and I was a bit confused because it was so rotund and didn’t really look like a whale, but then Wailord appeared and things made sense.  Plus Wailord is used for getting one of the Regis and it began that really awkward meme about the fact Skittys and Wailord can mate.  Strange Pokemon, but I kind of like it as a Water type (though I didn’t use one at the end).

071: Numel, 072: Camerupt


So we get our next Pokemon and at first I was going to say that it made no sense because Numel is a camel while Camerupt looks more like a cow than a camel, but has volcanos as humps xD.  As the only Fire/Ground still to this day, they still look a bit fragile and a bit tad slow at that too.  It’s derpy though and I like that about these designs.

Camerupt though gets a new Mega Evolution in OR/AS and it really doesn’t impress me very much and it just kind of seemed to be a thing because Camerupt was like the main Pokémon for Team Magma (while Sharpedo was for Team Aqua).

073: Torkoal 


You’re gonna hear me say it again, I can’t understand why some of these Pokemon didn’t get evolutions (or pre-evolutions) because it seems so strange to me for Pokemon like our pure Fire-type Torkoal to really be a stand-alone.  Let’s be honest though, the only reason I remember Torkoal is because Ash owns one.  I just kind of wish it had more to it, though later on Heatran would come along and kind of steal its spotlight (even though minus the spider-y bits, it reminds me of Torkoal).

074: Spoink, 075: Grumpig


Finishing pt. 3, we end it off with Psychic-type piggies.  Yeah, you heard it, Spoink and Grumpig are Psychic types which is really weird because who would’ve though to put those two together.  They kind of go hand-in-hand with 5th gen’s Elgyem & Beheeyem in the way that they’re just there and really didn’t leave much of an impact on me.



GENERATION 3: Diving in Further! December 24, 2013

Filed under: ~Teh Pokemon: 3rd Gen~ — solarblade @ 4:15 am

Now we’re slowly getting into some more interesting Pokemon with the 2nd Post!  Let’s get into it now!

027: Wingull, 028: Pelipper


Wingull and Pelipper are first in this set and they’re quite something to be found early on as well lol.  As the early Water/Flying types, they definitely did make up for those who chose anyone else that wasn’t Mudkip as their starter so in that respect it’s definitely a viable option in the early game.  Wingull though is so cute!

029: Ralts, 030: Kirlia, 031: Gardevoir


Another surprise in the early list, we get our first Psychic types with the Gardevoir line.  Surprisingly, I was enjoying that we had a pretty good Pokemon to start with given it’s type and it’s look is very interesting with the whole ballerina look (but then came in the whole, why do male Ralts have to look like this?)

Those questions were answered with the 4th Generation and the addition of the split evolution into the male only, Gallade

Also, when the 6th Gen kicked in, we find out that not only Gardevoir gets a Mega Evolution but the entire line (sans Gallade) are all retyped to Psychic/Fairy which gives this line even more life than before! Even better is that even Gallade gets a Mega Evolution in OR/AS

032: Surskit, 033: Masquerain


I really couldn’t make deal with this line because it never really seemed to stand out for me.  Though it does change types from it’s Bug/Water type to Bug/Flying when it becomes a Masquerain.  It’s sad because Surskit even today is the only one with its typing (well, until Gen 7’s Araquanid line) and then evolves into something that’s a lot more common.  I don’t know, but it never really caught my eye lol.

034: Shroomish, 035: Breloom


Our next Pokemon Shroomish is also a bit derpy looking but so cute at the same time.  As another early favorite, it evolves pretty soon after into Breloom and gains the Fighting type, which at the time was pretty unique until the later generations came in.  One of the Pokemon that were on my team when I defeated the E4.

036: Slakoth, 037: Vigoroth, 038: Slaking


There’s just something about the Slaking line I just don’t like.  I mean it could be that it moves from being a sloth to looking like an ape almost (questionable evolution process) and it could be that Slakoth (and Slaking)’s ability, Truant makes using him quite frustrating.  Vigoroth on the other hand doesn’t have the ability and works better than its evolution (despite being more powerful).  I never was interested in this line and for being pure Normal types, I was kind of expecting something more lol.

039: Nincada, 040: Ninjask, 041: Shedinja


This line is a bit strange even by today’s standards hahah.  We first find Nincada which is a Bug/Ground type but still not all that strong.  By the time it gets to level 20, it evolves into Ninjask which is one of the fastest Pokemon available, but THAT’S NOT ALL, if you have an open space on your team and an extra Pokeball you get the shell of the Pokemon, Shedinja (who’s a Bug/Ghost type since it is technically dead skin lol).  The shtick with Shedinja is that it only has 1 HP…but also its ability Wonder Guard which means not a lot of attacks hit it, but it’s still quite the frail Pokemon.  Great line and I love having a Ninjask on my team.

042: Whismur, 043: Loudred, 044: Exploud


Another line of Pokemon that still doesn’t really stand out for me is the Exploud line.  However, unlike the Slaking line, this one doesn’t have any REAL issues about it, but they just kind of run with that meh Normal type Pokemon list.  Though people were wanting a Sound type (and I’m sure if that happened this line would almost be the poster Pokemon for it).  I do like the design too, but Exploud…crazy, big design here.

045: Makuhita, 046: Hariyama


Our next line are both pure Fighting types, Makuhita and Hariyama and boy are they bulky to go against because they are based off sumo wrestlers.  I feel like it’s nice since they are early Fighting types, but it seems like they get past up by various other Fighting types and they seem to just kind of miss the radar a lot with me (cept Sun/Moon where they’re early and viable in the story of the game).

047: Azurill


Doesn’t it look so sad?!?  When I went back and looked at the Hoenn Pokemon introduced I was surprised there was only two Pokemon to be connected to another from a previous generation 0.o.  Of course Azurill is the Baby forme of Marill which is pretty cool but it’s also a Normal type which really is kind of odd but at the same time not.  Still pretty weak regardless but if you want a Marill or want Azurill I guess its good for completionists.

Though in Gen 6, Azurill’s type got an addition and it’s now a Normal/Fairy type.  Granted, still not the best to use but at least the rest of the line got the addition as well.

048: Nosepass


This generation introduced a LOT of Pokemon that didn’t evolve and a lot of them left me wondering why they were a one-stage Pokemon like Nosepass.  I mean it’s a pure Rock type which is the 2nd of its kind (Sudowoodo although Regirock shares it too but it’s found later in the Hoenn line).  Based off the Moai statues, I thought Nosepass was a really odd Pokemon in-game and also in the Pokemon world.  It just didn’t excite me.

When the 4th Gen happened though Nosepass did get an evoluion in the form of Probopass, but we’ll talk about him at a later date, just know that it gained the Steel type to go alongside it’s previous form’s Rock type.

049: Skitty, 050: Delcatty


The last set of the Pokemon in this post, we get another set of Normal types with Skitty and Delcatty (continuing the set of Cat Pokemon is every generation except Johto).  They also seem to be the only ones between them that has to have a stone to evolve, in this case to get a Delcatty, you have to use a Moon Stone on it.  Though like the other kitties, they aren’t all that useful and the Moon Stone could be used for other Pokemon.



GENERATION 3: Welcome to Hoenn! December 23, 2013

Filed under: ~Teh Pokemon: 3rd Gen~ — solarblade @ 3:25 am

Ahh the 3rd Generation.  Initially Gamefreak didn’t really want to continue after the 2nd Gen (especially looking how Gold/Silver kind of made the games look like the ultimate game).  Though with the sheer popularity it got, they continued on with a new Generation.  From living through it, it didn’t seem to really fare as well as other Gens (maybe cept the 4th) but we got a lot of new Pokemon (actually 134 new Pokemon).  So let’s get started on out first 26 Pokemon!!!

BTW since this is me going back to an older Generation, I’ll talk about them as if they were just coming out (and then mention things that have changed since then since it’s 3 gens ago).

001: Treecko, 002: Grovyle, 003: Sceptile


Of course we have to get through the basics of the Generation starting with the region’s starters.  Treecko was never a Pokemon that I really owned in comparison to the other two so I can’t say I have much to say when it comes to Hoenn’s Grass starter.  They look great (and Treecko was awesome in the Anime) and Sceptile looks pretty cool though it’s tail still kind of looks odd on it.  Oh well xD

In the 6th Gen, more specifically in OR/AS…we are introduced to Mega Sceptile which changes up the game for our Grass starter, even gaining a new type, making it a Grass/Dragon.  Interesting!

004: Torchic, 005: Combusken, 006: Blaziken


When I first delved into Sapphire, I also didn’t choose the Fire type starter simply because I was kind of going on this equality route with typings (Kanto/Johto: Grass, Hoenn/Sinnoh: Water, Unova/Kalos: Fire (though I did break the chain with Unova xD).  Torchic didn’t really interest me at the time though.  It was great to see that it did end up evolving into a Fire/Fighting Combusken (though it did start a chain of those Fire/Fighting starters in future generations >.>).  I actually did get to train one with the Event in Pokemon X/Y (but so did everyone else I bet because it had its hidden ability, Speed Boost).

Also it is the only Hoenn starter in X/Y that got a Mega Evolution so that’s pretty cool, if not a little bit obvious it would lol though OR/AS would bring the remaining starters up to date.

007: Mudkip, 008: Marshtomp, 009: Swampert


Yup, in the end I did choose Mudkip for my adventure in Sapphire.  I’m not sure why I did choose it (this happened before I started the pattern above) and sure it happened before Mudkip became a meme all over the interwebs (“I herd u liek Mudkipz”).  It’s definitely a usable Pokemon since it does grow into the Water/Ground type which makes Electric types near useless against it.  Very awesome Pokemon and I can’t wait to transfer it to Y in a couple days!

In OR/AS like the other starters it also gains a new Mega evolution but unlike Blaziken and Sceptile, I feel like it got the short end of the stick.  Nothing much to report, but hey something for my current Swampert to enjoy!

010: Poochyena, 011: Mightyena


Wow that’s pretty cool, we get a Dark type Pokemon real early in the game!  Poochyena and Mightyena might not be the first Dark types to go to, but they were great for early battles in the game.  Plus in a way I used to think they were there to be the opposite to Houndour and Houndoom, but that didn’t seem to happen haha.  Early fodder Pokemon, but interesting nonetheless.

012: Zigzagoon, 013: Linoone


Taking up as the early Rodent Pokemon of the Generation, Zigzagoon and Linoone never really caught my attention but then again neither did Rattata and Sentret (and everything after).  Though I will say, I do have a Shiny Linoone from Sapphire which is also moving into Y so that makes a cool thing right?

Though curiously enough, in Gen 8, the Linoone line got a Galar variant form (and an evolution in Obstagoon).  Quite a change indeed!

014: Wurmple, 015: Silcoon, 016: Beautifly


Then we enter our Bugs for the generation with something that’s actually a little different from before.  Usually there’s two specific lines but this time we get a split evolution that grows into two different lines.  Wurmple is our basic of course and it evolves into Silcoon above or Cascoon below (though there’s not really a certain way to calculate what it’ll evolve into until it happens).  Silcoon is your basic cocoon type before it evolves into the Bug/Flying, Beautifly (kind of a nod to Butterfree lol).  I’ve always liked Beautifly though so it’s a pretty cool Pokemon.

017: Cascoon, 018: Dustox


On the other hand, Wurmple can evolve into the more purplish Cascoon that would eventually evolve into the Bug/Poison, Dustox (which Jessie owned in the Anime >.>).  In comparison, I sort of like Dustox’s design but I don’t find it useful on my team.  Still pretty unique line right?

019: Lotad, 020: Lombre, 021: Ludicolo


Depending on which version you had between Ruby & Sapphire we come into our first set of version exclusives.  Lotad comes first in the Dex and they were only found in Sapphire!  They are Water/Grass and that’s still pretty much unique to just this line.  Also to get a Ludicolo, you have to use a Water Stone on Lombre.  They’re a pretty fun line to use and Ludicolo is just such a happy, ducky Pineapple that you can’t help but wanna use one on your team!

022: Seedot, 023: Nuzleaf, 024: Shiftry


The Ruby-only set, the Shiftry line has always been a strange one for me, but I can’t explain why.  I mean it’s an acorn that ends up evolving into the Tengu…strange.  It does start off as a Grass type, but once it evolves into Nuzleaf its typing changes to Grass/Dark (which it only shares its typing currently with it’s region-mate Cacturne and Gen 8’s Zarude).  Also it evolves by giving a Nuzleaf the Leaf Stone.  It’s pretty cool, but the design baffled me a bit.

025: Taillow, 026: Swellow


Ending this first post, we get our Normal/Flying business but it follows Spearow and Hoothoot with just having one evolution.  I remember using Swellow a LOT in Sapphire which makes it a pretty good Pokemon for a while.  The thing that really stood out is that Winona (the Gym leader of Fortree City) owned a shiny Swellow which looked so damn cool in the Anime!




Filed under: ~Writing~ — solarblade @ 11:32 pm

Well, it’s that Saturday again!  Time to check on the results to which generation I will cover next

Out of 38 people….HOENN WON!!! with 16 votes.  Kanto and Johto tied in 2nd with 13 each and Sinnoh had a measily 6 votes…(I guess 4th Gen is slowly becoming that weak gen it seems XD.


Starting tomorrow, I will start covering the 3rd Gen’s Pokemon each day of the week ^^


Shoujo Jidai – LOVE&PEACE December 18, 2013

Filed under: Shoujo Jidai — solarblade @ 9:28 am


Track Listing

  1. Gossip Girls
  2. motorcycle
  7. My oh My
  8. LIPS
  10. Karma Butterfly
  11. Lingua Franca
  12. Everyday Love
  13. blue jeans (Fanclub bonus track)

1. Gossip Girls

Opening the album, I was so ready for what SNSD had planned and they brought it with the opening song, Gossip Girls.  I love the clapping rhythms and the group actually showing a lot of personality and force and it’s definitely one of the best opening tracks the group had yet.  I’m already excited for this album now!

2. motorcycle

I was chuckling when the next song actually begun with the sound of a motorcycle revving away.  It definitely keeps up with the pounding dance beats but it also has the cool pre-chorus and then the cool-flowing chorus.  I also quite enjoyed the song fully and the group actually sounds SO fitting here.  Definitely another hit from the album WOO~


I thought they’d go for a streak of 3, but FLYERS changes the style on its head by giving us a poppy summer rock track which is a shift but the group still remains bright and sunny to listen to.  It’s definitely a song you wouldn’t expect a group like Girls’ Generation to actually release, but this song actually appealed to me…so I guess it is a triple hit right from the start!


Moving onto some old songs, we get the 2nd A-side released in the era and GALAXY SUPERNOVA was the better of two because it did have more of a K-pop dance sound which is typecasting there, but the song was surprisingly fun to listen to.  I will say the spoken dialogue was a bit goofy to listen to, but otherwise…definitely a jam to listen to!


Weird that there’s also a “Girls & Peace”…so the title of the album is a mish-mash?  Either way, the single released after their sophomore album still doesn’t really resonate with me.  This song is like taking “Gossip Girls” and making it cuter (though this came first).  I don’t know, there’s some parts that’s ear-numbingly catchy but it’s still rather meh to me and the whistling is a bit bonkers lol.


Wait, why is the B-side from “FLOWER POWER” on this album?  Yeah, that’s a pretty strange addition but honestly it does work after “LOVE&GIRLS” since it’s still on the cuter side of things and has a lot of phone mannerisms happening in the song and they do that ~beep beep beep~ that still kind of gets on my nerves.  At least the rest of the song is nice to listen to.

7. My oh My

I kind of unsure how to take our next new track on the album.  I mean the verses didn’t really did give me much of interest and then the chorus opens up into this ditty sound and it’s cute but in a way ultimately forgetful since there’s just not a lot to go by here.  Is it weird that I think of Wonder Girls here?


~Leeps~…OK…those sampled jingling bells I’ve heard before (Missy Elliot much?) but the song becomes a slicker track for the group almsot crossing that R&B sound.  I think the song is a grower because I do love the sound of the song and the women really made this is pleasant song to listen to.  One of the more surprising tracks on the album IMO.


Moving to the B-side from “GALAXY SUPERNOVA”…there’s just something about it that really caught my eye when I first listened to it and honestly it’s just grown since then because it’s such a catchy dance track but retains the group cute side.  It’s almost at the same level as the A-side from its single.  I just can’t get this tune out of my head and find myself singing to the chorus and whistling throughout lol.

10. Karma Butterfly

Of the songs on the album, I was most curious with this one because of it’s interesting title and this time around I was greeted with a pretty cool synth dance track.  It’s relaxed and has a lot of pretty sounds that just fluorish in and around the arrangement.  It’s one of my favorite songs from the album hands down!

11. Lingua Franca

The B-side from “LOVE&GIRLS” shows up and I still can’t get into this song either.  It reminds me of how I felt about “My oh My” in where the song tries to be cute but i just falls flat on me.  Maybe the group trying new genres isn’t fully a good thing because it seems I can’t get into either of them lol.  Reggaeton huh?

12. Everyday Love

On most editions of the album, we end with Everyday Love and I actually was starting to wonder where our SNSD ballad might be and this might be the closest to what we get to one.  I’m liking that beat that’s pushing the song forward as it’s giving more of that epic beat.  It sounds the most American on the album which is strange but still made for a good closer.

13. blue jeans

HOWEVER, if you’re a fanclub member, you get a bonus track and I’m left thinking WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU NOT INCLUDE THIS ON THE ALBUM?  Honestly, it’s so good and it definitely encases a mix of the group’s cute personalities with a pretty cool EDM arrangement.  I don’t know why, but it’s so fun to listen to and should’ve replace “Lingua Franca” on the album TBQH.

Tracks Recommended

  • Karma Butterfly
  • blue jeans
  • Gossip Girls
  • motorcycle

Song of Avoidance

  • Lingua Franca

Wow, I definitely was led to think this era wasn’t going to be all that great but LOVE&PEACE is such a step up of an album over their last one by a big gap!  All but two songs really left a good enough impression to make me listen to this album over and over.  One of the better Japanese albums to come from a Korean group this year!


JASMINE – Countdown

Filed under: JASMINE — solarblade @ 8:26 am


Track Listing

  1. Countdown
  2. JACKPOT for Jas Vegas -Remixed by T.O.M-

1. Countdown

I was hoping what JASMINE would do after she released “Complexxx” and girl didn’t disappoint.  It feels like a song she hasn’t tried yet in her career but honestly, this song is kind of urban/electro and I can’t help for fall for its groove.  It’s such a pretty cool song from her and honestly might be one of her best A-sides (next to “ONE” and “THIS IS NOT A GAME” which is pretty big for her!

2. JACKPOT for Jas Vegas -Remixed by T.O.M-

  • Addiction
  • I’m in luv wit u

I actually thought this was going to be an original track from JASMINE, but at being 16 minutes in length, it turns out this is a megamix actually.  There’s 5 songs used here and while I only recognize THIS IS NOT A GAME as one of them.  The others are listed above and I find is strange that Addiction was the only song from “Complexx” on the megamix while the rest are songs from her “GOLD” era.  This had a lot of different electronic styles throughout and it’s rather awesome how it works each song together and the tranisitions.  A little long winded, but still a good megamix.



JASMINE closes out 2013 with a pretty cool single and a nice way to begin her 3rd era (hopefully won’t take long).  Countdown has a lot of attitude in it and it’s grittier almost heavier sound definitely left a good mark on me.  The megamix albeit long wasn’t all that bad and definitely gave us a great twist on her songs of hers.


KARA – French Kiss December 16, 2013

Filed under: KARA — solarblade @ 4:24 am


Track Listing

  1. French Kiss
  2. Girlfriend
  3. French Kiss (Instrumental)
  4. Girlfriend (Instrumental)

1. French Kiss

Seems strange that we’re getting ANOTHER winter song (because “Winter Magic” wasn’t enough).  French Kiss does seem a bit more lively of a song as stands as this kind of cute, poppy track.  Amongst their other songs they have out though, this felt slightly weaker than normal, almost more generic than anything in the “FANTASTIC GIRLS” era…so it really didn’t leave an impression on me.

2. Girlfriend

At least the B-side has a little more oomph to it.  Girlfriend kind of has this R&B sound to it that the group doesn’t do too much and I quite enjoy that a lot about the song.  The ladies sound really nice and kind of sound like they’re just having fun in the tune.



KARA releases a single to coincide with their best album, “BEST GIRLS” and French Kiss is kind of a weaker single.  I really didn’t think much of the leading track and doesn’t scream A-side unlike Girlfriend which sounded different.  With the group shifting with Nicole leaving and Ji Young contemplating to stay, it’ll be interesting how the group’s dynamic will be IF they continue to release in Japan.


Super Junior – Blue World

Filed under: Super Junior — solarblade @ 4:07 am


Track Listing

  1. Blue World
  2. CANDY
  3. Blue World -Less Vocal-
  4. CANDY -Less Vocal-

1. Blue World

I actually still cannot seem to forge an opinion for Blue World.  It does change the group’s sound out from their K-pop sound which is a nice switch of moods.  I actually kind of quickly enjoyed this song just for that reason that it was an original tune and the group sounded great.  Plus Heechul returns (though Yesung is now on military leave).  I thought this was done well for the remaining members and Eunhyuk and Shindong actually stood amongst the group as the rappers.  Great way to end 2013 for the group.


I kind of was expecting a ballad as the B-side (since it’s been that way for Suju).  CANDY though continues being a dance track and I was surprised that it turned out that way.  I will say “Blue World” stood out stronger of a song, but CANDY is not all that bad and fits in with their pro J-pop sound!  Though ~candy, candy come into me?~…just a tad strange as the chorus right?  Not bad though.



Super Junior ends their 2013 with the single kicking their 2nd era off and neither song are self-covers (THANK GOD).  Blue World was surprisingly good and even more that their B-side wasn’t a lame ass ballad.  I still think Blue World surpasses CANDY, but this is a great single overall!


Ayumi Hamasaki – Feel the love/Merry-go-round December 15, 2013

Filed under: Ayumi Hamasaki — solarblade @ 8:55 pm


Track Listing

  1. Feel the love
  2. Merry-go-round
  3. Feel the love (DJ Hello Kitty remix)
  4. Feel the love (Blasterjaxx remix)
  5. Feel the love -Instrumental-
  6. Merry-go-round -Instrumental-

1. Feel the love

It seemed like Ayu was pretty quiet this year, but finally releases a new single!  I was instantly happy that the primary A-side wasn’t a ballad (because she’s had too many in recent times).  Feel the love is a really great sounding EDM track though I can tell this song could be great to hear live because it’s got a lot of areas where chanting would be awesome.  I do love the pre-chorus though…great buildup!  Even though that PV was odd to say the least, I still can’t help but loving this…I’ve missed this side of Ayu (and honestly, she sounds kind of like Ayu during “Rock n’ Roll Circus” era and not this different tone she’s been pulling ever since so I really liked it.

2. Merry-go-round

So the other A-side was produced by m-flo and I was expecting a high-energy track and some of it, it passed in flying colors.  Ayu sounds really pretty in this song and did well singing along the song electro going on.  Though I could’ve lived without VERBAL rapping in the song.  That was the thing that REALLY didn’t work for me.  Still a good track, but yeah xD.

3. Feel the love (DJ Hello Kitty remix)

I’m surprised both remixes were just for Feel the love.  The first one definitely felt like it was going to give the tune a harder edge and it ways it does because the beat is heavy and the slow parts are kind of cool sounding.  In some ways it does remind me of the original mix but at the same time it really has a cooler groove.  Definitely a club banging remix.

4. Feel the love (Blasterjaxx remix)

It starts off with a pulsing beat and fades in with the melody which kind of gives the remix more of an eerie glow haha.  After Ayu’s introduction the song spirals into a louder track and then a REALLY pulsing sound.  Sometimes the pulse blocks the sound of the main synth melody so there’s this delay in sound almost which is awkward to my ears.  It only uses the chorus and hooks which is disappointing, but I suppose it’s OK.



It’s been over 2 years since Ayu released her last single, “L”.  Though she has released minis and studio albums since then so it’s not like she disappeared.  Feel the love/Merry-go-round is actually not a bad single and devoid of ballads (which is more than I could wish for).  Feel the love is a really catchy song and one of her best in a long time.  Merry-go-round could’ve been just as great if VERBAL wasn’t involved and the remixes were OK, nothing too special.  Still, not bad