19 April 2014 @ 14:23
Thoughts on Serena and Eureka
I agree with a lot of points you’re making - and it kind of makes me wonder, in that angle, if Best Wishes! wasn’t appealing to a lot of people… precisely because there wasn’t really a character “specifically for males” (Dent was playing on the Mamoru Miyano card; Satoshi didn’t act like a strong leader; Iris was gender-neutral/combining typically “girly” and “manly” traits).
Eureka, indeed, is targeting kids in the promotion (“Eureka’s Dedenne" was apparently pretty popular in Japan, I met kids wearing the pouch in parks and such). The curious thing about Eureka is that she somehow was implicitly assumed as the main girl… If you take into account that she got to meet Satoshi in the first batch of episodes airing (Kasumi in EP001; Haruka in AG001; Hikari in DP003 (which was first aired together with the first two); Iris in BW002 (same)). And indeed, she is a good role model: getting interested, apologizing, learning, being active, being able to fight and/or pushing other people to do it, at the same time putting Citron down but encouraging him (and others) when there is a need to; she never crosses a line, or when she does, she will be made to acknowledge her mistakes. Serena has… not that much. She is doing cute things; and I would say that one of the problems in her promotion is that they’re trying to make her relatable by playing the card of the young person having a non-reciprocated crush on someone else (which can be pretty universal)… but, in-universe, and without stating it, only showing reasons for it to not work (she remains mostly static despite the so-called ~inspiration~, she is quite self-centered (her actions and ~caring~ acts are not uninterested), she doesn’t try to be something on her own).
I wouldn’t be worried for Eureka, though! She is still active even when she doesn’t take a role in an episode’s plot, and still manages to highlight the universe and the Pokémon’s personalities, the ways you can you can have fun with them even when not battling; and she is also showing nicer aspects of Serena (even though they all remain on the “cute” scale).
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19 April 2014 @ 10:38
"I want a prequel stories involving Satoshi’s friendship with Serena" DID YOU MEAN "WITH SHIGERU" BECAUSE I REALLY REALLY THINK THE "CHILDHOOD FRIENDS" THING INVOLVING SATOSHI WITH SOMEONE ELSE WOULD BE INVOLVING SHIGERU.
Hmm, Satoshi and Serena met for a brief time. I think that is what people intend when they saw “childhood friendship”.
Speaking of which, I wonder if Shigeru had friendship with Satoshi. Weren’t they always bickering? I am really curious about how Satoshi’s childhood with Shigeru was. Did Shigeru always mock Satoshi?
Then, it’s a “one-time acquaintances”? “A first encounter”? “A brief encounter”? But honestly, I find it a little creepy to want to call them “childhood friends” because of it (that’s… not how you do it IRL…): if there was something else in the story, Serena would probably have talked a little more about it. So far, given the story, there didn’t seem to be anything more than Satoshi leading her back to the camp and… that’s it. They met each other when they were children; but they didn’t know each other.
As for Shigeru: Satoshi said during the Johto League, explaining Shigeru’s existence to Hazuki, that he was his osananajimi (pretty strong word). That, plus the fact that we learnt in Advanced Generation that they used to go to the cinema and sit side-by-side (together with Hanako and Ookido), that Satoshi spontaneously was friendly towards Shigeru in EP001 and was naturally trying to rely on him in a lot of occasions gave me the feeling that they were periods of time during which they were on friendlier terms. The fishing incident (“A draw means loosing, when against you!”) seemed more an officialization of pre-existing tensions, true, but I don’t think it was always that aggressive (Satoshi doesn’t always understand when people are verbally mocking him, but he understands aggression and being despised: he would have shown teeth earlier if Shigeru was labelled as an enemy). Probably more or less like Red and Green in game-verse, it evolved? (“Red gained an interest in Pokémon after his best friend, Blue, stopped playing with him and became a bully.”)
Plusssss the fact Satoshi included Shigeru in the nakama at the end of Best Wishes! was pretty clear, for me, on the fact that Shigeru had been a friend and went back to being seen as such in Satoshi’s eyes: he was the first one to appear in the sky, in the chronological succession.
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#... i have a long draft that aza was supposed to make me finish this week
#aza you've done nothing; i'm unamused :[
#(not saying that shigeru's mean words were excusable)
I don't have a tumblr, I swear.