Pokemon Designs: Munna & Musharna

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In this continuation of sorts, I’m going to review the designs of Munna and its evolution, Musharna. I call it a continuation because these two Pokemon relate to the Pokemon I reviewed in the last installment of Pokemon Designs — Drowzee and Hypno — in two pretty important ways: First, like many Gen V Pokemon, Munna and Musharna are based in some way on Gen I Pokemon (in this case, Drowzee and Hypno), and second, by extension they are also based on the mythological Baku just as their forebears were.

The Japanese Baku was discussed in the Drowzee & Hypno review, so I won’t reiterate its description here; it should be obvious to anyone who read the last review or knows about the Baku in general that Munna and Musharna are even more distinctly based on it than Drowzee was. In fact, at first it appears they have relatively little inspiration from other sources and are almost purely inspired by the mythical creature. I’ll get into my thoughts on that later in, but first let’s go over these odd little guys one at a time:

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kantocupIf you own the Japanese version of Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, a new competition has just been announced. The Kanto Cup registration will open on the 15th of February and will remain open until the 22nd, with the competition starting on the 23rd and running through the 25th. Just as the name suggests, this will be an old school style cup, with the battle format being singles and only Pokemon numbered 1-149 may enter, leaving out only Mew and Mewtwo from the original 151 featured in Red, Blue, and Yellow.

All participants will also receive three nostalgic C-Gear skins featuring Charizard, Venusaur, and Blastoise, which you can take a look at after the jump.

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How Might Black 2 and White 2 Impact the Series?

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For me at least, the announcement of Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 came as quite a surprise. Pokemon has always been a series that’s released its sequels as stand-alone game duos and trios with features unique from each other. Outside of some of the side games like Pokemon Stadium, there have been no direct sequels to a Pokemon game. It’s quite a surprise to see that change all of a sudden, and it’s interesting to think about. How might Black and White 2 differ from other main series Pokemon titles? Why were they sequels as opposed to a new set of games? Could this affect the series moving forward, and if so, how?

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