I was watching this week’s episode of Pokémon XY, and for some reason I felt somewhat uncomfortable with how Gardevoir is depicted. In fact, I kinda feel this way about every Gardevoir that’s appeared in the anime, but I don’t think figured out exactly why until today.
Is it just me, or does Gardevoir have no personality whatsoever? Fanart often depicts Gardevoir as being dynamic, peppy, curious, or at least in possession of some kind of emotion, but in the anime it just stands there. In Pokémon Colosseum she sashays in place and makes happy magical-girl faces with some of her attacks, (and I’m ashamed to say I have yet to actually use Gardevoir in Pokémon X or Y) but in the anime it is almost static and isn’t especially expressive. It makes some token gestures while attacking, but there’s no emotion behind it. Even its dodging attacks is just flash-stepping, as if the animators couldn’t be bothered to show her actually moving. When Gardevoir is kidnapped by Team Rocket, just stands there in the cage. It doesn’t even look that bothered, when any other Pokémon at least shows concern. And in the flash back, when Gardevoir leads everyone through the fog to the misplaced Diantha, it’s not even in a hurry. I almost thought this was supposed to be when Diantha first met Gardevoir until I saw everyone catching up to it. Even when it hugs Diantha, the gesture just feels shallow.
It wouldn’t be so bad if everyone else in the scene was clearly more expressive. Gardevoir barely even expresses dull surprise. I don’t get it. This is a popular Pokémon, and its emotions are supposed to resonate with its trainer’s. I remember Ralts and Kirlia being expressive, but Gardevoir is like some kind of robot. Do the animators not like Gardevoir for some reason? Is there some editorial mandate to complete underplay Gardevoir so it doesn’t overshadow Pikachu? I don’t get it.
I wonder what lies ahead
DEUTSCHLAND ÜBER ALLES
Little of column A, little of column B. School and work certainly take up a lot of time, but I also kinda burnt out on Tumblr. I tend to be a bit obsessive when it comes to catching up on forums and chats and such, and doing that on Tumblr with the amount I follow eats up a sizable chunk of time that could be better spent on things I give more priority to. As much as I like to look at and reblog pictures of Gardevoir, there are things I’d rather do and feel less creepy about.
I’m not an expert at this sort of thing. I’ve only bred to complete my PokéDex, and I don’t do a lot of trading (I haven’t even tried the Wonder Trade yet). However, I do understand that Wonder Trade is something of a crap shoot. While you could use it to get something great in exchange for “worthless” Pokémon you don’t want anymore, you can just as easily get a “worthless” Pokémon in exchange for the nice little surprise you tossed into the system. Unless there’s something special about those Ralts - perhaps a bred-on moveset or a particularly beneficial nature or IVs - that you can’t get just by catching your own in the wild, or you really want to try to win the Wonder Trade lottery, you’re probably just better off releasing them. It’s not like anyone else would really do anything better with them.
Just kidding. This isn’t exactly a difficult image to find, but here’s one that I liked:
Luna the Pink Gardevoir by Yenshin
…Yeah… Your computer requests them from Tumblr’s servers, receives them through your modem, and displays them in your browser. That’s not so much a ringing endorsement as it is a statement of fact. I fail to see how such an obvious observation is supposed to encourage me to scrounge up more Gardevoir images, especially since it’s been almost a year since I last posted one on this blog. Or even browsed Tumblr for any meaningful amount of time. I mean, you don’t even bother to use proper spelling or grammar. I don’t feel loved so much as hassled. I think it’s a bit much to ask someone who hasn’t actually worked on their blog for ten months to just pick right back up and get going again. I mean, I could be too busy, even moved on to bigger and better things. I’m not sure how you even found my blog given how little I’ve posted since then. You must’ve done some digging. There must be tons of other blogs with this stuff (or at least the Gardevoir tag itself) to fulfill your possibly-fetishized Gardevoir itch that you don’t need to ask me to get off my butt and dance like some monkey.
Well, I guess I could. Maybe later. If I feel like it. Or remember.
That’s better. I guess.
What’s the magic word?