Let’s Play Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!: Episode 7 – The Tomboyish Mermaid! VS Misty!

After acquiring a new teammate, we arrive in Cerulean City, ready to take on the Water-type Gym Leader, Misty. Will we make a splash or sink like a rock?

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Favourite Moments in Fiction #21 – VS Lusamine/Mother Beast (Pokémon Sun and Moon)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Pokémon Sun and Moon

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Lusamine is easily my favourite villain in the entire Pokémon series. Aside from having a simple but sleek design, she’s deliciously despicable to boot. She’s able to present herself as a calm, intelligent and caring woman when, in actuality, she’s obsessive, arrogant and emotionally abusive to her own children. This makes her a great antagonist that you enjoy battling, just so you can wipe that smug smirk off her face and prove her wrong. But I want to focus on the second battle with her, mostly because of how unique it is for the series. Continue reading

My VG Music Picks #79 – Boss Battle (Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure)

There have arguably been much weirder Pokémon spin-offs that have been made, especially at the time of writing (Pokémon Sleep? Really? That’s a thing?), but I distinctly remember raising an eyebrow when this one got announced. At the end of the day, it’s ultimately harmless – an edutainment title packaged with a DS-compatible keyboard and designed to help kids learn how to spell and touch type via catching Pokémon. As big of a Pokémon fan as I am, I passed on it since it didn’t really appeal to me, and I imagine a lot of people felt the same way. But then someone discovered the boss music. Continue reading

Favourite Moments in Fiction #17 – Charizard VS Entei (Pokémon 3: The Movie: Entei – Spell of the Unown)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Pokémon 3: The Movie: Entei – Spell of the Unown

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In case you never listened to my friend James and I’s commentary on the third Pokémon movie, well, you should (I actually find it to be one of our better commentaries). But if you really don’t want to or don’t have the time, I’ll just quickly state that it’s easily my favourite of the many Pokémon anime films that have been made. Granted, I’ve not seen all of them but I very much doubt any of the later ones can top this.

It’s my favourite for a number of reasons – the atmosphere, the music, the sympathetic and interesting antagonist, the voice performances, the overall story itself – but the absolutely best scene in the whole film (in my opinion, at least) is easily the battle between Charizard and Entei. And considering they heavily advertised this fight (it’s on the frigging poster and VHS/DVD cover), those who worked on this movie knew how much of a draw it was. Continue reading

Detective Pikachu – A Bolt of Brilliance Or A Load of Trubbish?

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When this game was first announced, it raised a lot of eyebrows, myself included. In a good way, mind you. The idea of a game centered around a gruff-sounding, coffee-loving, talking Pikachu seemed so crazy that it could actually work, or at the very least was worth experiencing. But after its official announcement, we heard basically nothing about the thing for, like, three years until it was suddenly released in Japan in early 2016.

Cut to two years later and the game not only received an expansion but was released in its entirety here in the West for us to enjoy. But was it worth the wait? Does it offer anything of substance outside of its bizarre concept? Is there any reason it should also be getting a movie adaptation? Well, I think I can answer those first two questions at least. Continue reading