These three could be the first set of starters since Gen III that I am going to have a hard time choosing. They are all very cute, have good designs, and I have a feeling that all three of them are going to be good to use in battle too.
The fire starter is probably my favourite so far (It's probably the fav of a lot of people). In all honesty, Chespin looks almost like a prototype of Oshawott, and I'm not 100% sure of Froakie as of yet...
I hope these things don't get shafted with ugly evolutions.
I hope Fennekin will not go Bipedal ala Tepig or Cyndaquil. The quad running, elegant route has already been done (Ninetails!) so I'm thinking it's gonna be something of a canine equivalent to a Liepard. Fire starters just haven't looked really cool post-Blaziken.
I just hope that Froakie doesn't get a chubby Politoed evolution and is more like a Croagunk. They've been making the water starters evolve from cutesy things into like badarse looking stuff though so I'm confident Froakie will be fine.
Chespin is a chestnut + porcupine combo. The consistent element of grass starters is that the "plant" element of their design grows as the Pokemon evolves. So... either his head grows into a marijuana plant (am I the only one who sees it?) or the typical brown tail/ plant back expands. I just hope he doesn't get too fat.
Okay, fair enough. Still, I don't think two out of five starters having an Asian influence in their design makes them pigeonholed.
On the topic of Pokemon designs in general, speaking as someone who's been playing the games for over ten years, I don't think there's a single design I hate. If anything, I happen to applaud weird designs (such as Sigilyph), because it means they're thinking outside the box.
Well, the reason I used pigeonholed was that the Asian design wasn't just a random selection of two fire starters. Rather, it was the last two in a row. That being said, I doubt that they'll go with a Kitsune theme since they already have Vulpix and Ninetails.
On the designs in general, I preferred the first four generations because, to me, they were a bit more believable as creatures. I also personally like when Pokemon are based more on actual animals. But, the newer ones are definitely unique and some are fairly interesting. (I've got cred too lol -- played every gen since Red/Blue.)
But, on average, most of the designs I dislike (the ones that are a bit more cartoony) come from the more recent generations. For example, Garbodor, Vanilluxe, Yamask line, and the Sandile line come to mind immediately.
Well it's been great chatting with you about Pokemon. I'm glad you enjoyed the designs. What version will you be picking up?
I'm leaning towards X b/c I really like Xerneas's design. (I also prefer woodland creatures lol) Yveltal is great looking too and it really conveys the Y design (double Y shaped headgear, Y-shaped body, y-shaped markings, Y shaped claws).
I'll see if I can swing getting both, but if not, I'll probably get X. As much as I like Yveltal's design, and the idea of flying around on a legendary bird in general, legendary birds have been done before, and the idea of a legendary woodland creature intrigues me.
Its kinda different they finally didn't make the grass starter a reptile :> also, if they make fennekin's evos fire/fighting it would be pretty funny >.< Also, am I the only one who thinks froakie's evolutions may be water/flying?