I don't think I have the reach to run a poll but I am curious! (So for that reason, reblogs are appreciated ahah)
Pokemon fans and game designers banding together to fucking lose their minds over how atrociously Gamefreak has been making their games has become one of my favorite things ever
Just a little comic about Director Clavell, Hassel and the South Province Area Three... And about all those To Artazon signs there.
They're making sure no students get lost on their watch 💛
You don't know where you are, but you slowly become aware of an unfamiliar voice.
"... What ... ... have here?"
"Still fresh... ... excellent ...."
Alarmed, you urge yourself to wake up faster. Fortunately for you, the woman pauses, smile widening to reveal pointed fangs.
"Ah, so you are alive after all. Too bad for those Staraptor. Judging from their reactions, they were expecting a free meal."
She grins. "In any case, welcome to Hisui. Forgive me for being forward, but may I perform some tests on you? It's not often that a Faller survives."
((I notice on the dashboard that peeps be showing their characters/muses as a pokemon, so I’m also gently sliding in on what Kid Arven would be as one. So he’s just simply friend shaped as an Hisuian Growlithe, even with a backpack on the go!))
Perhaps you could review Christmas Present and Christmas Future? (by that I mean Delibird and Iron Bundle)
Delibird was one of those Pokemon that people tended to forget about pre-SV. It was probably a combination of it having mid stats and not evolving while also not being gimmicky enough to justify it not evolving. Which is a shame, as the design itself isn't bad.
Visually and conceptually, it's straightforward: a bird (penguin?) with Santa Claus attributes. The tail functions as a bag, the white feathers around the face form a beard, and the white spot on the stomach works as a coat button. It's subtle enough to not feel too on-the-nose, but clear enough to pick up on easily enough. The colors are also nice; the red is eye-catching, while the black-rimmed eyes draw attention to the face.
The only part of the design I feel doesn't work completely is the tail. It feels a bit forced; it's hard to read as a tail, and is just a strange shape overall.
The only time it really seemed to work was in this earlier sprite, where the tail noticeably wrapped around the body more and had a pointed end.
It's also worth noting that Delibird has a beta design. The overall idea is similar, just with a much more obvious santa hat in place of the rockhopper penguin-style brows and a different beard (plus three-toed feet and a V shape in place of the white circle on the stomach). While this design reads even more clearly as Santa, it also feels a bit too overt—in that respect, I'd say the final version is superior overall.
With the introduction of Iron Bundle, Delibird went from mostly forgotten to a pretty serious competitive threat. I'd argue that it still suffers from the future paradox issue of being "Pokemon, but robot"—there's not much in the way of visual changes here.
That is, of course, except for the tail. Rather than being a white sack-like shape, the "tail" is instead a blue orb connected to the body via hose that it uses to propel itself. This is actually a pretty fun idea that gives a tiny bit of uniqueness compared to regular Delibird. It also has various blue accents added to the palette, which probably reflect its new ice/water status. I do wish more had been changed about it visually, but it's far from the most boring future paradox.
So overall: Delibird is nicely designed, only really suffering from lack of evolution or anything to really make it stand out. Iron Bundle helps compensate for this by having better stats and a unique tail, even if most of the design unfortunately remains very similar to Delibird's. Overall, it's a pretty charming little Santa bird.