What’s Up? (5/17/14)

There’s content on the way in The Nuzlog, which is good because I’m going to be working soon, so it’ll be nice to just publish stuff that’s been written weeks in advance. There’s also content on the way, in that I’m about to start watching Sailor Moon with my friend Naomi (hey!) in light of the new announcements of a Sailor Moon reboot/movie, and Hulu’s pickup of the original series. I’ve never seen it before, but the art is classic and iconic, and I’m sure to recognize the influence Sailor Moon has had on the shows I’ve watched in my childhood. I’ve also been working on a lot of Pokemon art, as per Reddit’s request, so that’ll be in the Art Portfolio soon enough.

So yeah, in the coming weeks, expect a lot of Japanese stuff that originated in the 1990’s I suppose!

Also, for the sake of preservation, which you know me to be obsessive about – I’m spending a lot of time trimming up and building lists again. A list of every movie I’ve seen, a list of all Nintendo 64 games I’ve played (and would like to play), a list of all Playstation games I’ve played (and would like to play), and for the sake of making a wise investment: a cross-examination of Playstation 3 games I’d like to play and Playstation 4 games I’d like to play. I’m not sold on the idea that I want a new console, since the Xbox 360 was basically a money-sink of self-destructive plastic boxes, and since my laptop can play Triple-A brand new games just fine, but still, I want to do my research.

I also need to organize the external hard-drive; keep all the Photoshop projects organized, alphabetized, categorized by type of project… In the shadow of actual work heading my way, I’ll be creating fake-work to do to keep me busy in my off time 🙂

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Yvonne: Log Six

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Eight badges in and ready to take on the Elite Four and League Champion, but how did we get here? Well, since last time, I raised a Level 1 Beldum from Japan into a hardy Level 73 Metagross that wrecked shop on the final Gym Leader, Wulfric. Wulfric might be one of my favorite Gym Leader personalities, though I’ve always thought Ice Trainers were particularly well designed. But lets go back a second there: from Level 1 to Level 73 in five days, and that’s not with excessive play either, that took all of four or five hours to do. That’s the speed at which Pokemon can be raised now I suppose, with foreign country, traded, lucky egg, exp. share, and Pokemon-Amie bonuses.

A-Team
Lv. 73 Metagross
Lv. 70 Florges
Lv. 73 Heliolisk
Lv. 72 Kingdra
Lv. 70 Haxorus
Lv. 71 Meowstic

B-Team
Lv. 62 Umbreon
Lv. 60 Dragalge
Lv. 54 Hippowdon
Lv. 55 Gothitelle
Lv. 56 Noctowl
Lv. 59 Staraptor

Future Prospects
Lv. 48 Whiscash
Lv. 30 Xatu
Lv. 16 Frogadier
Lv. 50 Trevenant
Lv. 45 Torkoal
Lv. 37 Litwick

I’ve been trying my hand at random online battles, and it’s very addicting. I think after I beat the Elite Four, I might begin training teams specifically for online competitive play, maybe even entering the world of IV/EV training that I don’t care for so much.

Yvonne: Log Four

I’ve made Pokemon Y a much more challenging game since the last entry, by sticking with B-Team Pokemon almost entirely. I just got the sixth badge: The Fairy Badge, and now the lines between A-Team and B-Team are being blurred.

Blastoise, Chestnaught, and Blaziken; the three start Pokemon I have, have not been used very recently. Heliolisk feels overpowered, but I love him.  Meowstic, though not recently used, is definitely a permanent A-Team member. And Umbreon gets to stay on the team because he’s cool, and can take a punch – he doesn’t bring much to the table offensively though.

Skrelp, despite being completely under-leveled for the Fairy Gym, used his Poison-Type advantage to great use. He won’t evolve into the Poison-Dragon that I’m looking forward to for a while, but he’ll be worth the effort. Staravia, who I thought was only good for flying, turns out to be a freaking monster, and has evolved into a Staraptor, which looks pretty awesome. Once I got the TM99: Dazzling Gleam; a Fairy-Type move with a base power of 80, I decided it was time to give Floette the Shiny Stone, allowing her to evolve into a Florges. I’m glad I experimented with a Fairy-Type, but so far Florges is really only good for her Grass-Type moves. Hippowdon continues to be an incredibly effective team member, combining Yawn, a Sandstorm-causing ability, and the ever useful Dig. And Axew evolved into a Fraxure today, despite having a very rough time in the Fairy Gym, and quite frankly, getting the crap beat out of him recently. I look forward to having a solid Dragon type, whether that be Haxorus sometime in the future, or Goodra, the evolved form of the Goomy I caught this weekend.

…And a Honedge I got from Japan evolved into a Doublade, after taking down a Mr.Mime in the Fairy Gym. This marks the fourth Pokemon that evolved today. …And I went out of my way to catch a Horsea today, because I really want a Kingdra eventually.

Basically, challenges are fun, and I’m glad I deviated from the core six of Yvonne’s team.

A-Team
Meowstic Lv.47
Umbreon Lv.48
Heliolisk Lv.49
Blaziken Lv.47
Chesnaught Lv.45
Blastoise Lv.44
Hippowdon Lv.39
Fraxure Lv.39
Florges Lv.38

B-Team
Skrelp Lv.34
Skaraptor Lv.34
Doublade Lv.35
Gabite Lv.31
Goomy Lv.30
Horsea Lv.29
Pangoro Lv.43
Klefki Lv.36

Yvonne: Log Three

Pokemon Y is not a very difficult game, but it is very fun. Wonder-trading continues to be an addicting, Pokemon-roulette of sorts. I traded a Level 25 Meowstic, and I could have ended up with a Level 1 Caterpie, but I ended up with a Level 35 Klefki from Japan. My A-Team Pokemon are almost always overpowered when dealing with other trainers and Gym Leaders, which maybe explains why I spend so much time with my B-Team and my… C-Team?

A-Team
Meowstic Lv.45
Umbreon Lv.45
Heliolisk Lv.44
Chesnaught Lv.44
Blaziken Lv.47
Blastoise Lv.43

B-Team
Hippowdon Lv.35
Axew Lv.30
Floette Lv.29
Pangoro Lv.43

C-Team? or, Pokemon I Have But Don’t Use
Victreebel Lv.46
Sandslash Lv.44
Gabite Lv.28
Skrelp Lv.25
Klefki Lv.35
Honedge Lv.32
Golett Lv.24
Linoone Lv.24
Braixen Lv.30
Beedrill Lv.23
Jolteon Lv.22

It’s weird, you know? I’m taking on the fifth gym right now, an Electric-Type gym, with my B-Team Hippowdon. He’s not the strongest Ground-Type I have, that would be the Sandslash I got over Wonder-Trade. But I’m using him because he’s closer in level to the gym trainers, and I want to get more money, and gain more experience. The way the gym is structured, I could probably fight all of three trainers and move on to the gym leader, but I’m going out of my way to fight all nine trainers – because my B-Team could use the experience, and Yvonne could use the money. I know back when I was little, when I was Pokemon’s target audience, I would have taken the shortcuts. It almost seems disingenuous of the game NOT to tell you “Hey, take the longer route, you’ll benefit.”