With E3 hype ready I thought today’s #frenchfriday post could deal with all the Nintendo Characters who are french and well this is actually difficult to research, especially when localization has made some non-french characters french like Dupree in Paper Mario so I went the easy route and only cataloged the ones who are most definitely French.
We Begin with Twintelle from Arms who shook the internet after her original design was revealed and finally that first Nintendo Switch original franchise had an interesting character. She’s a movie star and likes her coffee and well boxing.
The 20th Pokemon movie to celebrate 20 the past two decades of the anime by adapting the first episode in movie form. Except they decided to add new Pokemon, change the cast and not really adapt much. People had mixed opinions but I decided to go watch it despite mixed reviews as it was very tempting. It was a limited release yet 10 minutes from my house, nostalgic to watch a Pokemon on the big screen which I haven’t since Pokemon 2000, and a free card like back in the day, and Ash’s Pikachu card for god’s sake, this wasn’t any normal card. Not to mention Movie Ash Hat Pikachu code which they didn’t even make it compatible with all Gen VII games.
So how was the movie? I had heard bad stuff but also some good stuff but in the end I agree with it being crap. So let’s take a look at the problems the movie has as well as some solutions at the end. The dub was awful, the music was horrible including the season 1 theme ugh, the animation actually seemed inferior as well. Continue reading The problem with… Pokemon I choose You! Movie Reboot 20→
Last time we saw 3 different cartoons and their French openings. It’s interesting to see how the lyrics change and in some cases the songs, the familiarity or just because its of a franchise you enjoy make it interesting to check out. You’ll also find the lyrics below each video as well as a translation to the lyrics in case you want to follow along and practice your French.
Générique Pokémon saison 1 : “Pokémon ! Attrapez-les tous !”
For the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo brought a symphony to their E3 conference and annouced that it would tour world wide which The Symphony of the Goddesses has done ever since. Thanks to its success Pokemon followed not long after with Symphonic Evolutions. As a big fan of both franchises and their music, there was no way I was going to miss them and I was lucky to catch both shows when they hit up my town and see how well the music lent themselves to an orchestra. Overall I have to say that instead of being game specific, I would prefer a Nintendo Symphony that played stuff from all their games, now that could be an annual tour that wouldn’t get boring since there’s so much more they can add to change it up.
I was actually able to see the Symphony of the Goddesses twice, and in both occasions I arrived late for different circumstances, I guess I ended up watching the original run and the second quest which changed some of the songs and I guess the current version is called Master Quest. The show has actually come two more times since then which I chose not to go. It’s not that I disliked it but something that seemed once in a lifetime became something that comes every year and I could use my money for other things since it isn’t the cheapest thing if you want some good seats. The orchestra seemed to be very familiar with the music and enjoyed playing it and the music form Zelda makes the transition perfectly.
The event is very well organized and they have some nice merchandise as well, I ended up getting a shirt which I kind of regret since I feel a little dorky when I wear it but whatever. I also got some posters that I also have no idea besides hype why I got them since I will never put them up. The song selection was alright though I definitely would’ve made some different choices both times I saw it. The footage that they choose can sometimes be on point while others it isn’t as well selected. I feel that much more could be done to make it a special event but it was a nice experience and would go again in the future as long as some time has passed.
The Pokemon event on the other hand was a disappointment for sure, while it had been heavily advertised unlike the Zelda one this one was surprisingly empty. I have no idea why since Pokemon in general is bigger and even the second Zelda event was still full. I don’t even remember if there was any merchandise but if there was it must not have been very memorable. The orchestra here wasn’t as good as the Zelda one, I guess they just weren’t as skilled with their instruments which is a shame. I should note both events featured plenty of huge nerds and cosplayers.
The music didn’t translate very well to an orchestral sound, which is odd since I’ve heard many great orchestral remixes before so it shouldn’t have been a big problem. The whole event also felt unorganized to me with people not knowing what to do in general. The footage they would play seemed especially random with them jumping from game to game without much thought and only from time to time did it actually match the song that they were playing. The most memorable part was when they played the opening to the Kanto season of the anime, it didn’t fit but who cares. I’m not saying I would not check it out again but I would definitely wait until some time passed before I gave it another chance.
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The Pokemon anime started as a very Japanese show so even if it was a rather tame anime it still had to be edited quite a bit for American audiences and because of distribution rights to the rest of the world. In the first season now known as the Indigo League season or “gen 1 / Kanto” to others there were 3 episodes that were banned for various reasons. Most of us knew about them since it was very well documented online and even in magazines. Now since then there have been a few other episodes that have been skipped and even some from season 1 but let’s just take a look at the original 3 episodes that were skipped and yet apparently were dubbed as well, who knows if that’s true. So whether you’re here to see the original Pokemon beach episode, have Ash be threatened by a gun or just have a seizure with porygon, Let’s begin.
Time can pass really quickly and here is one such example; Ten years ago “do u liek mudkips” was one of the most popular copypasta’s at 4chan. It felt fresh and so stupid that it was awesome, also back then there weren’t as many nostalgia ridden Pokemon fans which made the whole atmosphere better, besides the original copypasta which is below one other great thing it brought us was this song:
Today is Pokemon Day, I guess because it’s when the games originally launched in Japan but instead of celebrating every other anniversary or just a reminder every year The Pokemon Company decided to get all the benefits of hashtags on Social Media and while you do that you can also check out our other Pokemon articles.
I mean they really went all out with it even paying Facebook to ask us what our memories about Pokemon for the 20th anniversary on the first “Pokemon Day”. But in honor of this purely marketing holiday that got someone a nice vacation bonus I decided to go back and go through memory lane on my first impressions of Pokemon games as they launched to the best of my ability. These aren’t my general thoughts on each gen but rather a blotter of the events and my first impressions of them. Continue reading Pokemon Games First Impressions→