Category Archives: Pokémon

Right Off the Bat

When I played the first Dragon Quest, then called Dragon Warrior, I had a strategy guide from Nintendo Power that described Drakees as flying baby dragons.  This was interesting to me, as it gave a bit of a hint into … Continue reading

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Not Dying Today

Someone proposed on a Facebook post that you don’t actually kill the monsters in the Dragon Quest series. I don’t think I can link to it, since it’s on a private group. It generally seems like you are killing them, … Continue reading

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Wario vs. Everybody

I think I’ll write a bit about some video games I’ve never played. I feel a little silly doing that, but I did do some research. That’s something, right? Anyway, I like to understand what these games do in terms … Continue reading

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Weasels on the Wind

Another mythical Japanese creature, or yokai, that came up in the Pokémon videos I talked about last week is the kamaitachi, the probable inspiration for the Sneasel. The name kamaitachi literally means “sickle weasel,” and that’s basically what they are, … Continue reading

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Such Shellfish Women

I’m not really not that knowledgeable about Pokémon, but I have played Pokémon Yellow and picked up a few other things here and there. These are mostly about the original Pokémon, though, and there have been so many others since … Continue reading

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You Always Lose with Impundulus

I’ve written a bit about thunderbirds before, but I’ve only recently come across their African counterparts, lightning birds. They’re part of Zulu, Pondo, and Xhosa culture; and beliefs about them vary somewhat. The most common name for the bird seems … Continue reading

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Conquering Evil with Cuteness

Is everybody ready for me to discuss a video game I haven’t actually played? In this case, it’s Devil World, a 1984 Famicom game designed by Shigeru Miyamoto. While there was a European version, it was never released in North … Continue reading

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Thunderbolt and Lightning, Very Very Frightening Me

One god I’ve been meaning to look at for a while is the Japanese Raijin, a thunder deity. It’s interesting that we tend to use the term “thunder god” (the literal meaning of the name Raijin) even though it’s the … Continue reading

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Care of Magical Creatures

One question that I see occasionally is whether all the animals on the Pokémon world are considered Pokémon, or just some of them. This page lists some non-Pokémon animals. For example, the Pokédex entry for a Gastly says it can … Continue reading

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The World Is One Big Pokéball

I’ve never been a big fan of Pokémon, but I like it all right, and I did play Pokémon Yellow about ten years ago. I remember being somewhat surprised to see Lieutenant Surge being referred to as “the Lightning American” … Continue reading

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