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I am not reviewing each Pokemon this week because, well, they were mostly bland. Here’s the three big take away though.
#1 Mudsdale looks legit.
Own Tempo can make him a sweeper using moves like thrash or even in a double battle swaggering it. Stamina is a new ability that allows him to raise his defense. I can easily see this guy being a mixed sweeper, for sure.
#2 Substitute is now an ability.
Mimikyu is a terrifying little guy I almost brushed off just by looking at it (This is literally a Pikachu clone). However, he is actually kind of cool. He is a ghost/fairy who made a Pikachu disguise most likely out of bed sheets. Disguise is an ability that nullifies the first hit it takes once per battle. Pretty sweet. People have already mentioned the idea or fear of using substitute on the first move to safely set up. Do not worry. I doubt they would slap this ability on anything relevant.
#3 This generation might just be the scariest one yet.
Just when you thought Mimikyu was going to be the scariest thing on this blog.
The bear and fist in question do not seem to go together, but hey, that’s why we play this wacky game. Take a second to realize how deadly this guy might actually end up being. Plus GameFreak is rolling in the bear puns. Bewear and Beartic. I love it.
Today is a first here at DaHubbz! Our first Anime Movie Review (Hopefully the first of many). I’m reviewing The Cat Returns.
The Cat Returns is Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Only Yesterday) 12th film. It was directed by Hiroyuki Morita and Reiko Yoshida and was released in Japan in 2002.
We’re about jump into this but I want to add a couple disclaimers before we go.
I watched the Blu Ray English dub from Disney. The Cat Returns moved to America in 2005 and starred Anne Hathaway in the lead role of Haru.
I watched Spirited Away in my younger years, so for review purposes, The Cat Returns is my first Studio Ghibli film.
Spoilers: Spoiler free as I can get.
Okay, here we go!
Studio Ghibli is a studio known for it’s heart warming characters, enduring animations, and timeless story telling. The Cat Returns delivers on all three fronts. After my first viewing I was torn. I knew it was a good movie, but I struggled to stick with a score. The best part of it for me the first go round were the characters. Anne Hathaway was great as Haru. Peter Boyle (Everybody Loves Raymond) as Muta and Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Frozen) as Hiromi and the other cast I think all did great jobs with their respective roles. After it was said and done I struggled to find the meaning of the film. I was getting hung up in the stuff that bothered me and did not make sense.
For starters, The Cat Bureau. It seemed like such a cool idea. Objects are given souls and come to life. Unfortunately, we only see the Cat Bureau once. I also struggled with a purpose for the film. Honestly, I think that boils down to being so caught up in everything else, the meaning just went right over my head.
Thankfully, I watched it a second time. It hit me and stuck with me. Biggest mistake I made going into it was assuming this was a movie about Baron, the kitty cat on the cover. Well it is not. This is a story about Haru. As cool as they try to make Baron out to be, he has to take a backseat to Haru. This was not something I was willing to let happen my first viewing. I wanted more of Baron and Muta and the Bureau. Big mistake on my part.
I’ll break it down by topics moving forward.
Plot: The Cat Returns is a story of Haru, a young teenage girl. She oversleeps, has secret, little crushes, and most noticeable struggles with who she is. This is very apparent through dialogue with her friend and mother. She saves prince Lune, prince of the cats, and news travels fast to the cat kingdom. The king makes it his priority to return the favor. This part is cute as the cats offer her several live mice among other gifts. The most noteworthy is Lune’s hand in marriage. She tries to run away from the cats, but these cats are willing to risk all nine of their lives to get Haru to the kingdom. Baron leaves her with more or less these words, “never forget who you are and you will be fine.” Good stuff. Needless to say, Haru gets caught up immediately in the kingdom. Haru turns away from her human side and becomes a cat. I’ll avoid major plot spoilers. Baron shows up and save hers in more words then that.
Characters: While I said the characters were the best part of this movie, and stick by it, there really is only one character to do a major analyze on. For starters I think this movie is great, but so much of it depends on Haru. Haru is a character we have been taught has issues. She begins thinking maybe the cat kingdom is where she belongs, but she does it everywhere new. First, it is the Cat Bureau, then the kingdom. It is at least consistent in that regard. Watching her evolution is a beautiful yet unfulfilling event. I think getting wrapped up in the kingdom and the other characters is why I did not realize how much of this movie hinged on Haru. This is why I’m sad it did not hit me the way I had hoped. When she has the dramatic change from cat back to human it felt rushed or unexplained, I guess. I felt the urgency from Baron to get Haru back to the human world, but not Haru’s. Maybe that is just me. Even in the end, she has to be saved from falling off the tower. I guess the one big take away is that she did choose to ultimately leave the cat kingdom, even if I’m not sold on it. This makes me doubt the Haru seen at the end, even though I do enjoy that Haru.
The World: Another great part of this movie. The Cat Bureau and Cat Kingdom are great, beautiful, and lively. The cat kingdom is bustling with heart, character, and humor. This place is filled with secret agents, explosions, mazes of death, epic falls, and a crazy ruler. I never got a sense of dread or darkness. Seriously, even during all these crazy parts, it is still fun, energetic, and up beat.
Verdict: What I’m ultimately judging this film on is this movie through Haru’s eyes. This differs from the score I’d give if I was just judging it as a whole.
Score: 7.5 out of 10.
Conclusion: This movie is awesome and well worth the watch. I dare say it could be a classic. It is charming and enduring. It bolsters amazing characters, well timed humor, and a vibrant world. Haru did not connect with me the way I wanted her to, and the grade reflects that. In the end I do not actually believe she has undergone any change, or more so, the change feels forced. Her coffee line at the end did not hit me the way I think the studio had hoped.
They did it. They actually did it. I know what you’re thinking. “What did who do?”
Pokemon! Someone at Gamefreak seems to be a fan.
In all seriousness though, back in September I was messing around with ideas for future types, moves, and abilities. Check it out if you haven’t already. If you know anything about me and Pokemon, it’s that I love poison Pokemons and I constantly try to think of ways to make them OP. I tossed out a theme revolving around the word rancor. I came up with a standard 120 base power poison move called Rancorous Blast. It had a 20% chance to poison any type of Pokemon. Obviously, I despise steel Pokemons and this was my way around them. Well earlier today Game Freak gave us Salandit:
Okay, so before we get carried away, let’s evaluate him for what he is.
He is based clearly on a salamander. Parts of him seem off, but not enough to take away any points. He is Poison/Fire. So right off the bat is a slam dunk in my book. A steel fire Pokemon just feels like a win. This typing would have been amazing in prior generations. Poisons suck against steel, so fire would have been a nice touch… and still is, mind you. Now, though, poison Pokemons have access to the ability corrosion.
Corrosion, a great name for this ability as well, means the user can inflict poison damage on any typing of Pokemon. And yeap, you guessed it, even steel types. But Game Freak did not stop there. Nope. You can even poison poison Pokemons.
This is truly a great day for all us Brotherhood of the Poison Pokemons.
I really do think he is going to be a big deal. They clearly used him to illustrate this new ability (a huge ability at that) for a reason, and they slapped fire on him too. I think he can be a trend setter for awesome Pokemon to continue and shake up the landscape. I am honestly getting super excited for this region.
I’ll hold back from giving him a 10 out of 10 just yet, but now the only question I have is why couldn’t he be a starter over Litten!
Oh, and Pokemon Go came out today. I’ll talk about that tomorrow.
This Saturday will mark my epic two week quest down to Panama City! That nets me close to ten hours of car trip reading time. I’m bringing Dragon Ball Vol. 7-8-9, Seven Deadly Sins Vol 2, Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1, and Food Wars Vol 1. to keep me entertained.
While I am down there, I will try to stop by book stores and comic stores and pick up some new ones.
So if you stumble across this post, you should totally leave the name of a manga or comic book I should be on the look out for.
You can also recommend an anime I’ll try to get around to watching it. Ideally, something found on Crunchyroll, Netflix, or Hulu.
You can follow me on twitter @Dahubbz to see if I find anything cool!
Thanks for reading!
So I put this video up on my youtube channel over a week ago and got… well, no responses. So I’m turning to my amazing readers on here.
Yeap I have a Manaphy that I am giving away and all you literally have to do is follow and comment (oh, the struggle we put on our followers). And I guess you also have to own a copy of the game. There will be 4 winners
2nd-4th will receive:
a Phione and a Kanto starter of your choose (that’s Squirtle, Bulbasaur, or Charmander)
1st Place will receive:
A Manaphy and all three Kanto starters!
Seriously, all you have to do is follow the blog and comment. If you know anyone who also plays X&Y or ORAS, then please pass them a link to this pages so they can enter as well.
If this goes well, I might just giveaway a Shamin as well.
As always, thanks for reading!
Oh boy, I’m back!
New Pokemons got spoiled today and hey, were all Pokemon nerds one way or the other so lets jump into this!
Anytime we get treated to new Pokemons, it’s a good day… except, when it’s not. Okay, I’m probably being over critical here (after all Game Freak can just kill it off whenever they feel like it). It does feel like GF is just throwing together weird “stuff” and slapping Pokemon on it. If you havent seen them yet, I will be providing pictures of each as well as my thoughts.
Okay, first up! Togedemaru: Electric/Steel
(I do not own any copyrights to pictures displayed. All credit goes to their owners)
So, I mean cute factor is there I suppose, and I want to lean on the side of liking him, but this type of pokemon seems overplayed. Anyway, not too much to say. Time will tell I suppose. Bonus Points for being part steel
Score: 5 out of 10
Next, Cutiefly: Bug/Fairy
Where do I start. I actually do not mind the design of this pokemon. Nice, early bugish pokemon to get the team going. But this name man. Cutiepie? I do not know if it’s suppose to be a play on words with the type of bug/insect its suppose to be or just cashing in on the cute factor, but I am so blah on the name.
Design score: 5 out of 10
Name Score: 1 out of 10
Overall score: 4 out of 10
At first glance, this one was my favorite. Drampa is kind of Dopey and laxed looking, which kind of puts me on the fence. Another Pokemon I really want to like. He is Normal/Dragon and if he wants to be memorable, he will have to be anything but normal. I wanted something fierce, but if he pans out well I will accept him. This does give him poor typing for steels, but oh well.
Drampa Hype: 8 out of 10
Overall Score: 7.5 out of 10
Another meh looking Pokemon that has potential at least. Water and Psychic make for some of my favorite types and Dazzle looks exciting. Goodbye sucker punch and quick attack. It’s new move looks interesting as well.
Score: 7 out of 10
Well, we were on a roll and now… Char-Ja-Bug (I assume this is how it’s pronounced). Man, a battery Pokemon actually sounds pretty spot on with this tech world we live in, but somehow out of place if the world is suppose to be a tropical getaway. Design wise, just mediocre. Concept is actually cool. Good news to him, he evolves into an extremely cool Pokemon!
Score: 3 out 10
Okay, so Charjabug kind of cramped our style, but he’s back as this nice hulking dude. Pretty excited about this guy. Imma bug kind of guy and this guy is getting me kinda pumped despite a fairly average to slightly above average pool of monsters. Really hoping he pans out into something playable and we finally get a great new bug pokemon.
Bug Hype: Is Real.
Overall score: 8 out of 10
Lastly, Tapu Koko Electric/Fairy
I’m saving prehaps the most intriguing for last. In a day where they showcased so many electric and/or fairy Pokemons (only two of the pokemons did not have some ties to electric or Fairy), this guy may be the best. Out of the seven, Drampa is my pick to actually be useful, while Vikavolt is the one I’m hoping they dont screw up. But Tapu Koko looks to be the one they just straight up nailed. Seriously, I love everything about this guy except his typing. Sure he joins Dedenne as the only other electric fairy but I was rooting for fire. Fire/Bug, Fire/Electric or Fire/Fairy all look sweet in this spot, but alas, oh well. No big deal. I think he will be the best of these 7.
Score: 9 out of 10.
So there you have. Four Pokemons scoring at least a 7. Is this a good sign, or just inflated by lack of real competition? We shall see.
Please, leave a comment or like if you enjoy this style of blogs! I want to do these for each round of spoilers. The hype is real.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.