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  1. It’s funny how the Pokemon games ditched the asshole rival trope after Gen II, but the anime kept on with it up to Gen V.

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Barry was a decent rival. Friendly, but there was competition there. May/Brendan never felt like a rival, Cheren and Bianca felt like very forced personalities, Hugh felt needlessly edgy, the XY squad are literally the worst characters ever, Hau is a waste of screentime. I prefer to pretend that Trace doesn't exist...

      Friendly rivals are only part of the problem. I prefer that they're antagonistic towards the player, but as long as there's a sense of actual rivalry then I'm happy.

      What do people generally think of Paul and Trip? From what I've seen, they're a bit OTT and lacking depth. Antagonistic for the sake of it, with no real connection to the other characters. 

    2. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      What makes Paul interesting is his gradual development throughout the course of the series. He starts off thinking Ash is a weak trainer before eventually starting to see him in a different light due to their shared experiences (their full six-on-six battle at Lake Acuity being a notable turning point).

      Trip is just an obnoxious newbie trainer who got deservedly knocked down a peg when he lost to Ash in the first round of the Unova league.

    3. Sega DogTagz

      Sega DogTagz

      Trip was a wanna-be Paul who felt incredibly un-earned.

  2. While I prefer SA1 in most ways, I do believe SA2 had the better final act.

    SA2’s ending still manages to give me chills.

  3. I think the next Pokemon movie has a much better likelihood of being set in-canon this time, now that the new series will be taking us literally everywhere.

    1. Ferno


      Its like "finally I get to see a SM-esque Ash with movie/XY-level shading"



    1. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry




  6. I also keep photographs in my fridge.

  7. Sega is never going to do it in a million trillion years but I would throw so much money at an 06 remaster.

    Hell, hire the guys doing the P-06 thing. I want to spend money on it.

    1. Thigolf


      let it die

    2. Sean


      I'm okay with playing P-06 for free

    3. Indigo Rush

      Indigo Rush

      What Sean said


  8. Princess Son of a Bitch Acorn has a surprisingly nice ring to it.

  9. What is it about Sonic that’s makes him less appealing to Japanese audiences?

    Seriously, I’ve never understood this. I know he was created with American audiences in mind, but still. Even times where he’s specifically geared to Japanese audiences (the cutesy classic artwork) he never seems to get as much success over there.

    It’s baffling.

    1. Sean



    2. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      It may be more on the attitude side. Obnoxious, rebelious behavior is often frowned upon there, especally when a "hero" brings those traits to the forefront.


      Hence the attempts to dial back the rudeness with the 3D titles; 06 was likely made specifically with the Japanese audience in mind. Yet none of them seem to have stuck regardless.


      Maybe Japan just wasn't ready for a Mario like platform that had a heavier tone to it. They might've caught wind on how America marketed him as "Lol, Nintendo sux, gnarly" and that was it.

    3. Cayenne


      IMO, the franchise still has a very dedicated fanbase there (I see many japanese Sonic artists and Sega fans on twitter), but isn't very popular with the general audience thanks to two things that happened in the past:

      - In Japan, the Mega Drive was the "underdog", selling much less than the Super Famicom and even NEC's PC-Engine/Turbografx-16. That territory doesn't have a big nostalgia for Sonic like the western countries have.

      - Nintendo and Sony consoles had more impact and influence in Japan than Sega's. Sega's most popular machines there were the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast, but both were engulfed by the Playstation 1 and 2.


    4. PublicEnemy1


      @Supah Berry There's also the fact that Japan doesn't really like most platformers anyways.

    5. PublicEnemy1


      Edit: accidental double post.

  10. I had one of those dreams this morning where I realised I was dreaming and tried to wake myself up.

    It was weird.

  11. Happy Birthday mate! Hope it’s a great one ^^

    1. Your Vest Friend

      Your Vest Friend

      Thanks, Panda! I'm hoping it's fairly quiet myself. 😆

  12. Gym leaders may also be a deciding factor over which version of the Galar games I get...

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Knowing only about the Fighting and Ghost type gyms, I'm edging towards Shield. Not a big deciding factor for me though. 

  13. Have you ever felt like you needed to get rid of something because you feel it’s “tainted”, but you also really don’t want to because letting go of said thing would be self-destructive?

    1. tailsBOOM!


      ... I don't comprehend what you mean exactly 

    2. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      I can barely comprehend it myself

    3. DanJ86


      That....kinda accurately describes my feelings towards SSMB sometimes.

      It feels tainted because it's not as warm of a place that I remember it being years ago and letting go of it feels self-destructive because some of the people here are what I'd consider my closest friends. Leaving them would just result in my own and potentially their own suffering.

      If that makes sense.

    4. Crow the BOOLET
  14. Sorry, still can’t look at Bede and see anything other than an old white-haired lady.

  15. Honestly, if there ever had to be an in-canon explanation for Sonic’s eye colour change, I’d want to be like what StC did. Their take on it was genius and made so much sense.

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      And how did it explain Tails, Knuckles and Amy's eyes changing colour? It's one of those things where am explanation so should never be attempted, because anything comes off as unnecessary and forced.

    2. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      Agreed. The only times Tails canonically used the Emeralds was in Heroes, but that was after the eye change. He otherwise used them power to his tech. 

      And why are Knuckles eye's purple? He guards the Master Emerald, not the Master Amethyst.

      Then there's Amy, who never went super at all. (Fighters doesn't count)

    3. Celestia


      Incidentally the other three all got coloured eyes in the SA1 arc without an explanation.

      ...Though they weren't the correct colours. I assume the five seconds of footage or w/e SEGA showed to them only had Sonic, Eggman (hence Robotnik switching to the new outfit), the ancient echidnas, and I...guess Chaos? (I don't understand how his StC design happened.)

    4. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Something about the lingering effects of the Chaos Emeralds causing him to permanently retain the green eyes of Super Sonic ala Sonic 3. Or maybe it had something to do with Chaos? I don't quite remember. I just know that it was contrived.

    5. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      @Blue Blood Sonic got trapped in Chaos’ body in their first encounter, and the prolonged exposure to the chaos energy in his body made his eyes go green.

    6. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      That's contrived.

    7. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      @Celestia I can’t remember the exact eye colours in the arc, but to this day StCO portray Tails and Amy as brown-eyed.

    8. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      @Blue Blood I don’t see how. Especially compared to Archie’s take on it.

    9. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      I don't know what Archie's take on it was, or what it has to do with whether or not the StC explanation was contrived.

      Sonic's eyes changed colour because he was exposed to Chaos? His entire designed changed. It didn't need any explanation. It's the kind of thing that has no story relevance. 

    10. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      It was really the only aspect of the redesign StC acknowledged. He stayed the same height, and his shoes didn’t change.

      Archie’s version of it, in which Sonic running around the globe with a super emerald on his back not only caused him to grow taller and get green eyes but also magically added buckles to his shoes (this is straight up acknowledged in-universe btw) was just stupid.

    11. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Archies version is stupid. But it literally has no bearing on the StC version. 

    12. Celestia


      I agree they don't need to explain it and that it's even better off that way, but I imagine that's why this status started with "if there had to be an explanation." XP

    13. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      Well, I just don’t really understand what was so contrived about it.

    14. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Explaining it in any way is contrived.

    15. The Deleter

      The Deleter

      My headcanon has always been that the more Sonic has been exposing himself to the chaos emeralds, the more the "super" traits have rubbed off on him in his normal form. Eye color, extra moves, chaos powers, afterimage/chaos energy trails, etc. Doesnt hurt that it fits the anime-esque superpower angle the series leans towards either.

  16. M&S2020’s PEGI rating is 3+, so how the hell did it manage to get an E10+ rating in the States?

    1. jingleblurs98


      it likely got a higher age rating here due to the boxing and karate events.

      sometimes these ratings boards can be rather disconnected. for example, PEGI rated the switch version of a hat in time a 7 rating (basically an E10+) yet over here the ESRB gave it a teen rating.

    2. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      I’d say PEGI 12+ is the closer equivalent to E10+

    3. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      America's smarter enough to protect their children from shirtless Wario and Eggman

  17. Depression, anxiety, and OCD.

    The crippling deadly trio.

    1. Dejimon11


      Oh no. Do you need somebody to talk to?

    2. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      @Dejimon11 sorry simply I didn’t notice this status had gotten a response xD


    Not because of her skin. She’s just a massive bitch.

  19. On Amazon Japan, is there a way to filter listings so it’ll only show stuff that can be shipped to your location?

    I’m sick of adding something to my cart, choosing the shipping address and-nope, can’t ship to there!

  20. D O W N

    T H E

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  21. D7-C4-F477-EA76-4-E7-C-92-CD-E91-E4-DACC


    1. Teoskaven


      I'm not sure how planes in the 'mon anime world work considering they're allowing pokémon who can shoot electricity out of nowhere or influence other people through psychic abilities.
      Security checks must be a nightmare.

    2. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      I could imagine them using psychic Pokemon to do security checks, actually.

    3. TCB


      nevermind that sh*t 

      shuckle with a seatbelt is life

    4. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      You'd just have to ban most Pokémon really. Sure, your Steelix might be friendly and lacking any dangerous moves, but all you have to do is release it from its ball to kill everyone on board.

    5. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      You'd just have to ban most Pokémon really. Sure, your Steelix might be friendly and lacking any dangerous moves, but all you have to do is release it from its ball to kill everyone on board.

    6. Shaddy Zaphod

      Shaddy Zaphod

      That water bottle looked like a massive yellow cock

  22. >watches final Sun and Moon episode

    >mentally lists all the ways the dub will ruin it

  23. I’m not all that bothered by the IDW delays.

    I know from my final two years with Archie Sonic that it could be a whole lot worse.

    1. Zaysho


      Missing a month and getting two issues to make up for it the following month hardly sounds like a bad deal.

  24. I understand most of the complaints toward Illumination.

    But people who complain about them reusing assets in all their movies are just plain pretentious.

    1. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      I mean, when half of your filmography consists of two sequels to your first film plus two spinoff to said film, isn't reusing assets justifyed?

  25. I just paid to participate in that Regigigas event that’s going on in Pokemon GO right now because I wanted the chance to get a bunch of Sinnoh and Unova stones. The research tasks you have to do to earn them are things I can’t do because I have no friends (win a raid, battle another trainer, trade a Pokemon).

    tl;dr I just wasted 7.99

    1. Sonictrainer


      Do you need someone to trade with?

      I can help :)

    2. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      You can only trade locally.

    3. Sonictrainer


      Aw...that sucks...

    4. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      Thanks tho

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