User talk:Xan Hutcheon
Thank you and have a good time contributing!
Love your articles, very enlightening.
I don't know if you've been following the new pokemon releases or not, but there is a new pokemon that looks kind of like a green blob with an embryo floating in it. When I first saw it I immediately thought Euglena, what do you think?
So more evidence that would point to this is the name, which supposedly means "chaotic", though I'm thinking this could also mean "archaic", as a reference to the archea (even though Euglena is a protist). Another interesting Euglena-like aspect is the red 'orbs' floating in its hand are really similar to the "eye" spots in Euglena.
- It's too early to say at this point, but Rankurusu does indeed have some characteristics reminiscent of photosynthetic protists like Euglena. An archaea reference is unlikely but would be awesome (I studied archaea for years, and they have a special place in my heart...)
Nosepass and Probopass
Hello, I love Nosepass and Probopass and I think they have a relation with the Moais, and also Probopass has (I think) a relation with Super Mario, because of the blue eyes, the moustache and the thing it has in the top of his head, that red thing is like the cap of Mario. Would you write a On the Origin of Species of them, please? Thank you. --CaptainBlueOlimar 00:14, 29 June 2010 (UTC)
A Suggestion for an Article
I was wondering if you could do an article on Gardevoir. I'm curious to see what led to the creation of this Pokemon. Gardevoir might be based on anesama ningyo, a Japanese paper doll, says its article. Its pale skin, featureless face and elaborate dress are all qualities of the doll. Furthermore, the Wikipedia article on Tsukumogami states, "Several Pokémon that are based on inanimate objects may be forms of Tsukumogami. These include Magnemite (magnets), Voltorb (Pokeball), Gardevoir (possibly anesama ningyou, a style of paper doll), Shedinja (the discarded exoskeleton of a Nincada after it evolves), Nosepass (Moai statue), Baltoy (shakōkidogū), Shuppet (teru teru bōzu, a Japanese paper doll resembling a ghost), Banette (Voodoo doll), Bronzor (a bronze mirror), and Bronzong (a bronze bell)." Gardevoir being a living doll might explain it being in the same egg group as "shapeless" Pokemon, such as Haunter or Muk. And its protective qualities may reflect paper doll heads being used to ward off evil. Anyway, I'm eager to know how this Pokemon came to be. Thanks! --DowsingMCHN 02:19, 24 June 2010 (UTC)
Hey! I love your Origin Of Species, there very intresting. I was wondering if you could do one on Baltoy and Claydol? i've always found them very interesting :D Sapphiirexo2 21:01, 23 May 2010 (UTC)
Are awesome and a joy to read. I'm a sucker for the mythologies and inspirations behind things, especially Pokémon. Please keep up the great work! Revengeance 13:51, 4 May 2010 (UTC)
Every week I look forward to your On the Origin of Species article. Please keep up the great work.--SuperBreloom 19:05, 23 May 2010 (UTC)
I really do love your column. You are the only reason I'm coming back here! (Other then Black & White)--Luroberto 16:35, 24 May 2010 (UTC)
I agree. I absoultely love your column. Seeing how Pokémon originated is interesting and informative, which is nice. Good writing is so little appreciated these days... it's a shame. Anyway, keep up the great work. I look forward to your articles every week! Sidnoea 10:18, 26 May 2010 (UTC)
Ohh..I love your column. The way you write it, it's very entertaining and informative. Especially when you feature Pokemon based on folklore and myths. BTW, Wooper and Mawile are two of my favorite Pokemon. Hope you do some more. Thanks. --Ja1207 00:08, 2 June 2010 (UTC)
- You're gonna have to get used to this ;) CuboneKing 22:26, 2 June 2010 (UTC)
- I have to admit, I find all of this praise quite bewildering... o.o George Hutcheon 23:23, 2 June 2010 (UTC)
Suggestion for Article
I'd really like an article on how Lucario and Riolu were inspired. They are sometimes believed to be based off the wp:Jackel, although it is sometimes believed to be Egyptian. Thanks, SpecialK 18:15, 23 May 2010 (UTC)
Suggestion for Article
Hey- I LOVE your On the Origins... They are my favourite part of Bulpabedia. Any chance of doing one on Absol?
Absol8 23:21, 27 May 2010 (UTC)
Think you could do Gyarados and the Legendary Beasts?
I see people complain all the time about it not being a Dragon type, so I keep explaining to them about the Dragon Gate legend. However, I do have difficulty finding links to the legend itself, so I am starting to wonder if it is even a true legend, or made up by a few Pokemon fans sick and tired about people asking about Gyarados? Explaining the origin of Gyarados would quiet quite a few people. Same goes for the Beasts. I know almost 100% that Entei is based on a Shishi and Raikou on a Raiju that has taken the form of a tiger, but Suicune shows qualities in common with several legends, leaving it on the fence as to whether it is based on the Kirin, a wind god, or something completely different.--Shadowater 06:31, 7 June 2010 (UTC)
I find your Origin talks very interesting, I thought Mawile was simply based on a Venus Fly Trap! I hope you continue to write enthralling articles and I look forward to reading them.
Could you do an article on the Treecko family or the Swinub family? Or perhaps there's more to Eevee than simply a lot of evolutions?
Once again, thank you for introducing well researched articles and new sides to Pokémon we may have thought nothing of in the past.
Many Thanks, --Treecko Gal 15:38, 15 June 2010 (UTC)
Howdy! I finally got around to reading your "On The Origin of Species" articles and find them very intelligent and well researched; this is one of the kind of things that I feel makes for the foundations for the making a great fan site!
Now one thing I wanted to share with you that came to mind while reading one of your articles is something I've come to understand about the Japanese...
- A powerful concept in Japanese folklore is that of nazoraeru (準える), or substitution.
- It was adapted from a Chinese practice which involved putting the teru teru bozu on the end of a broom to sweep good spirits your way.
A very common thread I seem to find in a lot of Japanese-related topics is this concept of "substitution", or other related terms such as "application" or "adaption"... where Japanese, as an island nation, has been--in a sense--"forced" to accept outside materials and goods. But rather than preserving the original shape/intent of the imported items, the Japanese modify it to fit their specific needs. Therefore, while there are some unique items and ideas that come from Japan, most of it is an adaption of something that they've imported. That's why even Westerners see the Japanese as being, well, "copycats"; that is, taking an idea someone else invented but making it "more efficient", though I don't see being a "copycat" as a bad thing.
To which, I guess my point here is, it doesn't surprise me that these Pokemon ideas are adapted from other things... but also adapted from things that have been adapted by the Japanese. As such, there really isn't a single truly "original" Pokemon creature; that is, a character that has been created from scratch. But "adapting" characters like this comes easy for the Japanese (as a people); their culture has been doing it for centuries! Now while I've always suspected this was the case, it's good to read your articles and being able to see this confirmation of sorts.
So, thanks for writing, and I look forward to your next installation! I wonder what other suspicions of mine turn out to be true. ;) - Nick15 07:24, 21 June 2010 (UTC)
Regarding your articles
I and most others are appreciative of your posts here on Bulbanews, but is it ok if you post maybe one of these per week? Many of us are all excited for some good news, what with the new generation coming out, and some are not as satisfied when they see only an editorial regarding the origin of species. ht14 04:00, 10 July 2010 (UTC)
- They do come out once a week, every Sunday, in fact. The Jirachi editorial was to celebrate Tanabata, which happened to fall on a Wednesday this year.--RexRacer 18:58, 13 July 2010 (UTC)
Will You Ever Do This?
Your Origin Of Species articles are very fascinating. Tell me, will there ever be one for Pikachu?