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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Pokemon Designs: Ninfia

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So just as I was getting ready to write about some of the older Pokemon, a new Eeveelution got leaked. Alright then! Well, we know next to nothing about this Pokemon, but I’ll still review it as well as I can. Eventually I’ll talk about it in detail among the rest of the different Eevee evolutions.

Ninfia is the Japanese name (the English name is unknown, although we can be pretty sure it’s going to have some “EON” in there) of a confirmed new evolution for Eevee. Ninfia’s type is unknown, though, so we don’t know what element it adds to the Eeveelution roster.

Ninfia’s design is pretty good overall. Not entirely my style but not something I have an aversion to, either. It’s a simplistic mammal, something between a fox and a cat; it looks a lot like Eevee’s other forms, and even continues the exact same look of the eyes. Eevee has never been my favorite Pokemon and nor have its evolutions, but it’s a functional design, very simple, and very effective. Its evolutions have always extended that simplicity to include a specific elemental theme, but otherwise keep it intact. In short, all of Eevee’s forms are simple and cute, but extend the same base design over a lot of different themes. Ninfia would appear to continue this.

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Pokemon Designs: Gen VI Legendaries

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Last week in Pokemon Designs, I talked about the Gen VI starter Pokemon that we’ve seen, and reviewed their designs according to what little we know about them. Now I will do the same with the two legendary Pokemon we’ve been shown, Xerneas and Yveltal. As was the case with Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie, we haven’t heard any information about these Pokemon aside from their names and appearances yet, so this will be a review of what little we know with a later, more complete review to come at a later date.

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Pokemon Designs: Gen VI Starters

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Welcome to Pokemon Designs, a new editorial series I will be bringing to you weekly here on Pokemon Dungeon, meant to discuss, analyze, and review the design and themes of the Pokemon rather than things like their battle stats and gameplay. I love monsters and creatures in general, so a big part of the appeal of the Pokemon series for me is simply the designs and the descriptions of how the Pokemon act. Even when it comes to playing the games, I tend to use Pokemon that I like the look and feel of, not the best and most powerful ones. As such, I will be bringing you these posts to talk about this aspect of the series in detail and give my input on the many Pokemon across the various Generations.

And there’s no better time to start than now, as an entire new Generation of Pokemon is about to arrive in X and Y! Gen VI promises to provide us with a lot of new Pokemon designs, so to start off Pokemon Designs, I will be reviewing the starters and then the legendaries they have shown us. These are going to be somewhat incomplete reviews, as we do not know of the starters’ evolutions, nor do we know anything else about these Pokemon other than their appearance, name, and type. So I will purely be reviewing their looks. A more complete review will come later. Let’s get started!

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Why the Designs of Generation 1 Were Superior

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This is the first article to be published on Pokemon Dungeon, and what I’d like to talk about is the actual creature designs from the various Pokemon generations. As I’m sure you can glean from the title, I believe that Generation 1 (or Gen 1) is the best of all of them. Now surely if you’ve been on Pokemon sites or been in Pokemon discussions enough you’ll hear people praise the original 151 Pokemon the most, with opinions on the later generations being far more split.

This article isn’t strictly intended to convince people who feel differently, but also to lay out some objective reasoning as to why Gen 1 is the favorite, for the benefit of those who don’t understand that. Ideally, this article will be just as beneficial to those that prefer Gen 1 as to those who dislike it in explaining why it is the favorite.

I don’t think it’s something that can be explained away as nostalgia. It’s not a case of people simply liking the old generation because it’s the old generation and disliking what was added to it. The problem lies in specific design concepts that are pretty strictly applied to all of the Gen 1 Pokemon, and these concepts are gone from the later generations.

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