okemon has been part of my life since 2009, where I recieved my first game. Ever since then, I have played Pokemon. I primarily played the 4th generation Pokemon games (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, SoulSilver, HeartGold) and the 5th generation games (Black, White, Black 2, White 2) and the respective spinoffs from these generations (PokePark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure, PokePark 2: Wonders Beyond, the Pokemon Ranger series of DS games, and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time). I also developed a strong interest in several of the Pokemon movies (primarily M04, M05, M06, and M09) and also collected Pokemon Guide Books and comic books (Pokemon Manga). Now, as an adult, my love for Pokemon persists in my memories and through my collection of Pokemon plushies, books, and games. Below I will feature my favourite pieces of Pokemon media as well as my favourite characters and Pokemon. Please click on a link below to jump to a specific section.
Here I will discuss my favorite pokemon games, and talk about my favorite locations inside of the games.
The first game I bought. As a remake of a previous title, it introduced new concepts such as the Pokethalon (Pokemon Sports) and having your partner Pokemon follow you around in-game. It also provided a upgrade in graphics, and included two regions to explore. I have many fond memories of the locations within this game, namely the Ruins of Alph, the mysterious and inaccessable Sinjoh Ruins, the Ice Path, Whirl Islands, and Cinnabar Island.
The Ruins of Alph
The Ruins of Alph is a special location where you can complete puzzles and catch Pokemon called Unown. The mysterious air of these ruins captured your imagination. After completing sliding puzzles featuring fossil pokemon, you are able to see and read messages spelled out in Unown symbols.
The Sinjoh Ruins are typically inaccessable to players, but were theorectically acessable through the Ruins of Alph. The temple and interior have a serene look.
The Pokethalon was a Olympics-like minigame that you could particpate in with 3 Pokemon of your choosing. There were different types of competitions you could participate in, and you were able to pick pokemon that had strengths in the competition of your choice. I spent hours in this minigame because it made me happy to watch my pokemon participate in something so fun looking.
Pokemon black came out in DATE HERE. I was a bit older when this game came out, so I was able to participate in the pokemon dream world, which was one of my favourite places in this game. I enjoyed the ability to see changes in the seasons and the little details put in this game. This game introduced a more intense story and made me really invested in the original characters. My favorite locations in this game were the aforementioned Dream World, White City (acessable only through pokemon white version), the Dreamyard, and Liberty garden.
The Dream world was not inside of the actual game, but rather a browser game connected to pokemon black and pokemon white. You were able to let your pokemon fall asleep and dream, and explore the dream world together.
The Dream Yard is one of the only places you can encounter Munna and Musharna, one of my favourite Pokemon. This area brings a sense of calm and mystery.
Liberty Garden is an event exclusive location in Pokemon Black and Pokemon White. You're able to encounter Victini here. It is a pretty and elegant location, and I enjoyed being able to participate in fun events such as these.
Pokemon White 2 was a sequel to Pokemon White. However, I purchased White 2 instead of Black 2 because I preferred Reshiram, the featured legendary for this game. These games shared similar locations, but added new ones, and introduced another intense story. My favorite places introduced in the sequal include the Strange House and the Marine Tube.
The Strange House is a mysterious location where you can encounter the ghost of a girl who suffered from a dark, long nightmare. She speaks about the Lunar Wing, saying it can no longer help her, but offering it to the player instead. This item allows you to encounter Cresselia, a Legendary Pokemon that can dispel nightmares.
Pokepark 2: Wonders Beyond is a sequal to Pokepark Wii: Pikachu's adventure. This game features generation 5 pokemon, and has all new areas to explore. Attractions are less of a focus in this game. You are also able to play as up to 4 pokemon in this game, and use their powers to solve specific puzzles. You can play as Piakchu, Oshawott, Snivy, or Tepig, each with their own special moves.
The Wish Park is a strange dimension that attracts pokemon from the Pokepark. Inside, you'll find attractions, each in one of 4 zones, to participate in and bosses to beat. I liked the eerie but fun atmosphere of the Wish Park.
Pokemon Movies feature original story, music, and characters, and were imported via straight-to-DvD markets. They often explore relationships between legendary pokemon and pokemon trainers, and typically one came out every year. To jump to a section about a particular movie, please click the icon.
The ending theme brings me a lot of sentimental feelings. The movie focuses on Jirachi, a Pokemon capable of performing wishes. In the story, the Millenium Comet appears every 1000 years, and is celebrated by the Millenium Festival, and during the 7 week apperance of the comet, Jirachi will wake up from a crystal cocoon, and return to rest after the comet has passed. However, some people want to use Jirachi's power for evil. The JP title translates to "The Wishing Star of Seven Nights: Jirachi".
Arceus and the Jewel of Life アルセウス 超克の時空へ
The majority of this movie takes place in the past which is a theme I enjoy within pokemon stories. Several other pieces of pokemon media deal with time travel (Pokemon 4Ever, Pokemon legends Arceus, pokemon ranger guardian signs). I liked the style and reverance given to Arceus and other pokemon in the film, and it really conveys the in-universe importance of these pokemon in the film. The JP title translates to "Arceus: To a Conquering Space-time".
Pokémon Heroes 水の都の護神 ラティアスとラティオス
I enjoy the artistic flair of this movie. It features lovely music and one of my favourite insert songs called "Secret Garden". The story is about Latios and Latias, who are the guardians of a Venice-like town called Alto Mare. Latios and Latias are connected through power to the "Soul Dew" which, when in the wrong hands, puts Alto Mare in danger. Latias often takes up the apperance to another human called Bianca. The JP title translates to "The Guardian Dieties of the City of Water: Latias and Latios".
Similar to Arceus and the Jewel of life, this movie has themes of time travel. Sammy is transported 40 years into the future by a pokemon called Celebi to avoid injury at the hands of pokemon poachers. This movie was the first pokemon movie I ever watched and it is very dear to me. My favorite part of this movie is the relaxed atmosphere of the forest, Suicune, and Celebi's revival, "Wrapped up in Light". It has a bittersweet ending.