Under-appreciated Pokémon - Aromatisse!

Sorry for missing a couple weeks back there! My life has been a little bit of a mess lately, and sometimes I forget to write these reviews, but fortunately, today, I remembered. And now you are all going to have to put up with me going on and on for a few paragraphs about how great Aromatisse is! Hooray!!!

Now when Spritzee was first revealed, with its beaky face and main detail being “overpowering smells,” everyone’s heads about immediately jumped to “plague doctor” as the theme of the line, which I admit, would still make for a pretty radical Pokémon. Fairy/Poison isn’t a type combo we have yet, and definitely one that is due for an addition! That being said, I feel that while the “fluffy, horrible goblin” take we got is entirely different, I’d say it’s about equally wonderful.

Now something you should know by now, or should know sooner than later, is that I am a huge fan of the later generations of Pokémon. Heck, I’d say I’d take my top 6 Pokémon from Gen 5 alone over my top 6 Pokémon from the first four combined. However, one very different aesthetic I’ve noticed is that the later generations do seem to play more “animalistic” Pokémon a bit more straight. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, no, but I do miss Pokémon designs like Snorlax, which feel more like a fantasy monster that captures the idea of a panda, in contrast to Pangoro, which is definitely more recognizable as its real-world basis. Both provide different, fun takes on what is arguably the same animal, but I do occasionally miss stuff like Nidoking, which really push the fact these are Pocket Monsters we are looking at.

Aromatisse feels like one of those “taxonomically ambiguous monsters,” with its funky bird-like face atop a weird, fluffy, bipedal monster. It’s essentially Pokémon’s first bugbear more-or-less, which if you didn’t know, is a catch-all term for “fuzzy monster that lives under your bed” brand monsters! Think Sully from Monsters, Inc!

Aromatisse is a monster themed around perfume, and I’m really glad it looks the way it does. While you know I’d be a staunch defender of a perfume bottle-themed Pokémon to my grave, I like that Aromatisse gets a bit more “out-there” with its design. It’s a monster themed around the concept of perfume, not really resembling any particular creature, while still clearly representing its theme! If anything, it could represent the concept of make-up itself, given its wicked eyeliner and flamboyant appearance.

I know that a lot of people find Aromatisse kind of “hideous,” and I can sort of see why, but to me, I find it hideous more-or-less the same way I find ‘80s fashion hideous, which is to say, the best way possible. The sheer, hilarious tackiness of this design immediately stands out to me, giving it a really distinct aesthetic among all 808 Pokémon we currently know about! It’s hard for me to describe the appeal of Aromatisse without using a word like “hideous,” “horrible,” or “terrible” anywhere, but know that when I say those, I mean those all as compliments.

So yeah. Aromatisse is a horrible, fluffy, pink goblin that will mess you up, choking you with her overwhelmingly good smells, and Moonblasting dragons to their grave.

Well, she will once she makes her way out of the lower tiers… It’s a shame so many of these Pokémon just aren’t very competitively viable.

anonymous asked:

Ooooh, any myths on Mew

The first one that comes to mind is Les Trois Perles Roses (The Three Pink Pearls). It tells the story of three brothers who live in poverty with their father. When the father dies, the brothers are forced to sell their small home and travel around looking for work. Eventually, they settle in the capital city of the kingdom, where they see that the king is hosting a competition for the hand of his daughter, Princess Laurine. The three brothers decide to enter the competition, but are turned away at the gates of the palace because of their dirty clothes. The older two brothers leave in anger, but the youngest, Estienne, instead decides to find a stream to bathe in so that he might have a chance at entering.

By the river on the outskirts of the city, Estienne removes his shirt to wash it, when he sees a small creature fall into the water and dives after it. He manages to get both him and it out of the river, and he wraps it in the shirt to dry it off. He starts a small fire and sits with the creature as it recovers. Once it’s warm and dry, the creature reveals itself to be Mew, and thanks Estienne for aiding it. It notices that he seems upset about something, and asks him the problem; he tells it that he and his brothers are poor and wanted to enter the competition to win the princess’s hand, but were not allowed to enter. Mew tells him that for his kindness, it would give him a way to enter and face the challenges ahead. It creates three perfectly round pink pearls and tells him to keep them concealed.

Estienne thanks Mew for the gift and returns to his brothers, who are angry that he left without telling them. They ask where he went and he tells them that he met Mew, but does not mention the pearls. The brothers do not believe him, so he takes them to the gates of the palace. He holds the first pearl in his hand and wishes for a way for himself and his brothers to be let into the competition. The pearl glows brightly; once the glow fades, Estienne sees that he has been transformed, and now appears to be completely clean and dressed in finery. Meanwhile, the pearl has become a milky white. He approaches the guards, who let him into the palace. However, his brothers are forced to remain behind.

He is introduced to the king and Princess Laurine as the newest competitors. The king does not approve of him, as he has not heard of Estienne’s family name, but Laurine falls in love with Estienne immediately and vows to help him win the competition. Once he is shown to the room where he will stay during the competition, she sneaks down to meet him. She tells him that the challenge that the king will make him do is a pokémon battle, against the king’s own fearsome hydreigon; she says that none of the other competitors have ever managed to beat it. Laurine knows that Estienne has no pokémon and begs him to drop out of the contest, but he refuses.

The next day, Estienne is taken to a battle arena, and the king releases his hydreigon. Without any pokémon, Estienne is forced to fight the hydreigon himself, but he doesn’t know how he possibly could. He then remembers the pearls; holding the second one in his hand, he wishes for a way to defeat the hydreigon, and a shimmering light encircles him before striking the hydreigon. It falls over, defeated. The king, impressed, welcomes Estienne into his family and allows him to marry Laurine.

Some time goes by, and Estienne goes to the king and asks if his brothers can live in the palace with him. The king allows it, and so the brothers move in. However, during the time that Estienne was at the palace, the brothers had realized that Estienne must have been able to win the competition because of his encounter with Mew. They had gone out to find Mew and force it to tell them how Estienne had succeeded, and it finally told them about the pearls. So when they arrive at the palace, their intention is to find the pearls and use them to attack Estienne, both proving that he cheated in the battle and getting revenge for leaving them behind.

The brothers greet Estienne and Laurine, and ask if they might see the royal couple’s bedroom. Estienne takes them upstairs, and while he shows them around, one of them sees the three pearls on his dresser and steals them. He takes the last pink pearl in his hand and wishes for a way to get revenge on Estienne– and the pearl explodes. The blast kills the two brothers, but Estienne survives. He has the three pearls, now white, set into a necklace for Laurine, and the two live happily ever after.

Les Trois Perles Roses is a fairly traditional fairy tale: the protagonist does a good deed for Mew, Mew rewards him, and his opponents are karmically punished. However, the story has endured for as long as it has for several reasons. The first reason is the fact that Mew in the story was able to use two moves, Dazzling Gleam and Explosion, before TMs were invented. This provides some fascinating insight into how Mew can learn so many different moves; today, it’s generally assumed that Mew requires a TM before it can learn some kinds of moves (although admittedly, research on that is based on the single mew that has so far consented to be studied), but if it could learn Dazzling Gleam and Explosion without a TM, that could indicate that the moves are automatically known by Mew already and only unlocked by the TM. Of course, this is all speculation for now. 

The second reason why this story has lasted is because there’s a small amount of evidence that it might actually be true. While some elements are definitely made up for narrative purposes, there did in fact exist a King Estienne and Queen Laurine of Kalos; King Estienne was a commoner who married the princess, and claimed his whole life that he was blessed by Mew (although he called it a dream spirit, the few descriptions we know he gave resemble Mew). Unfortunately, the most compelling piece of evidence– Queen Laurine’s pearl necklace– has been lost to thieves and time.