ecruteak gym

This is part of a series of logos I’m making where I take a pokemon gym and create a fictional sports team logos based off of the gym, the city, and a pokemon the gym leader uses. This logo is part of the second set of logos I’m doing which is based off of the Johto region. The first set I did was based on the Kanto region.

This is the twelfth one which is based off of the Ecruteak City gym, and I’ve named them the Ecruteak City Nightmares. Haunter is the pokemon I’ve chosen.

An Invisible Barrier: Asshole Gym Leaders

“Okay guys,” the young girl began, crossing her arms over her chest and looking at her team with an odd glint in her eyes. “Today is the day we challenge the Ecruteak Gym Leader Morty and obtain our fourth Johto badge.”

Her voice was resolute and her Pokémon knew the extent of her determination: it’d gotten them this far, and it would continue to get them even further.

“He’s a ghost-type specialist, so physical attacks aren’t going to work, which is why we’ve worked on strengthening your special attacks.” She said, eyeing all her partners. She felt confident in their abilities, but to an extent: she’d heard of just how tough Morty was to his challengers, but she pushed the though to the back of her mind as she continued on with her pep talk.

“Are you all ready, then?” She asked, and the six Pokémon in front of her nodded in affirmation: they were ready for anything. She smiled at them before thanking them and returning them all back to their Pokéballs. They were all set.

She began her walk east towards the city, leaving Route 38 behind her: she’d been out training for this, precisely. Walking into the dark city, she made her way past the houses that gave way to the centre of town, where she’d find the Pokémon Center, Pokémart, and the Ecruteak Dance Theatre, which was where the famous Kimono Girls performed. Her destination lied in healing her Pokémon and picking a few items for the battle: it was better to be safe than sorry, she always told herself. Either way, she was confident in her and her team’s abilities.

Nurse Joy greeted her warmly and took her Pokémon happily, healing them in a few seconds, and after picking up the items she needed from the Pokémart, she headed in the direction of the burned and new towers: she had heard that the gym was south east of there.

The only building that could possibly be the gym was odd-looking, however. The outside greatly resembled some sort of temple, and she idly wondered if she was in the right place: perhaps she’d been mislead. She decided to check it out either way.

She took a tentative step towards the big wooden doors, pushing them open with all her might. They gave away, and she instantly knew she was in the right place: a Ghastly had floated up to her, causing her to shriek and fall, landing ungracefully on her behind. When she looked up again, she noticed the grinning Ghastly float back inside the gym.

Standing up and dusting herself off, she looked ahead, slightly put off by the dark atmosphere that seemed to surround the place. With a determined gulp, she walked inside.

I made a post a little while back about how I have a headcanon that May is from Ecruteak City, and I want to expand on it based on some observations from the anime that I found interesting. To start, I’m definitely no expert on Japan or Japanese culture, so if I flub anything, let me know!

Specifically, I’m going to be taking a look at gym architecture. Here’s the Petalburg Gym:

The architecture looks pretty traditionally Japanese. The City of Petalburg, however, appears to be a bit more modern:

What’s more, gyms in general are not structured like the Petalburg Gym. In the anime, gyms are often structured in a unique way to benefit the gym leader and the type they specialize in/way they battle. Looking at other Hoenn gyms, none look anything like the traditional set up of Petaulburg’s:

Rustboro Gym (Rock specialist):

Dewford Gym (Fighting specialist who emphasizes surfing for his training):

Mauville Gym (Electric specialist):

Fortree Gym (Flying specialist):

Mosdeep Gym (Psychic specialist with emphasis on the Space Center):

Sootopolis Gym (Water specialist):

The exception is Lavaridge’s gym, which has traditional architecture as well. But I think this is because the gym is supposed to represent a Japanese bath house, as Lavaridge is famous for hot springs. This is the gym in comparison with a Sentō, a type of Japanese bath house:

Back to the Petalburg gym. Whether it’s coicidental or not, there is one gym the Petalburg gym shares resemblance too—and that’s Ecruteak’s.

Petalburg:

Ecruteak:

They’re strikingly similar! As I stated earlier, the architecture for the Petalburg gym is a bit odd compared to the more modern architecture of the rest of the city. However, the architecture for the Ecruteak gym isn’t odd at all! The city itself is very traditional, its motto in the games being, “A Historical City Where the Past Meets the Present”. The city itself is based of Kyoto, Japan, a very traditional as well as one of the best preserved cities in the country. The city of Ecruteak looks more like this:

When Ash, Misty, and Brock go to the city in the anime, they make many references to how traditional it is compared to any other place they’ve been, Misty even noting that the gym is “unlike any gym” she’s ever seen. Because of this, it’s interesting Petalburg seems to mimic it in a more out of place city.

Even May’s house in Petalburg, which is either attached or at least in close proximity to the gym, has some connections to architecture seen in Ecruteak City.

Ecruteak:

May’s house:

It might be a bit hard to see, but the same wall is present and there’s an implication of a rock garden in both.

So, headcanon: It’s stated Norman is a new gym leader (and I have their family move from Johto to Hoenn due to the main protag in RSE moving from Johto to Hoenn), and unless a gym leader is simply taking over another gym (like Flannery), due to how unique gyms are to a gym leader as an individual, it’s likely gyms are constructed specifically by what they want. It is likely Norman had his specified, since he has a green house specific for his wants for his Pokemon.

Because of this, I think Norman purposely had his gym built with architecture commonly found in Ecurteak City, using its gym as a template. Norman is native to Hoenn, but Caroline is not, and their family grew up in Ecruteak once both settled from their journeys. When Norman got his job and they had to move, he had his gym and home built in a way where it would be reminiscent of Caroline’s home as well as the home they shared and raised their family in.