Honestly, until maybe a couple of years ago, most people I met seemed to think that Hoenn was inferior to Johto.
Sure, but still counting Hoenn as real good, no? This being said I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone not-like Johto either, though some people are neutral about it I guess.
Kanto and Unova though gh, the wars are fearsome
Mostly I’m a should be writing more-er.
(this was actually hard x’d)
like tbh i feel like my problem with the “dark and gritty!!” trend in modern stories is this
there’s this idea in our culture that cynicism is realistic? that only children believe in happy endings, that people are ultimately selfish and greedy and seeing with clear eyes means seeing the world as an awful place
that idealism is— easy, i guess. butterflies and sunshine and love are easy things to have in your head.
but i’ve known since i was fifteen that idealism— faith in humanity— optimism— is the most difficult thing in the entire world.
i constantly struggle to have faith in humanity, because it’s really, really easy to lose it. it’s easy to look at the news and go “what were you expecting? of course humans behave this way.” it’s easy to see the world and go “ugh, there’s no hope there.” and the years when i believed that were easy. miserable— but easy.
it is hard work to see the good in people. it is hard work to hope. it is hard work to keep faith and love and joy and appreciation for beauty in my daily life.
and when moviemakers and tv producers and writers go “omg!!! all characters are selfish and act poorly and don’t love each other, nothing ever happens that is happy or good, that’s so much more realistic, that’s so much more adult”
no, it’s not
it’s the most childish thing i can imagine.
Favourite entry: Hmmmmmmmm Crystal or BW
Least favourite entry: Gen IV, but just because I’ve never replayed them
First one I played: My cousin’s Blue cartridge (first owned was Yellow)
Most recent one I’ve played: Japanese Green
Most nostalgic entry: Crystal (or HGSS in the sense that “it makes me feel nostalgic for the first time I travelled Johto”)
Hidden gem: Colosseum!
Underrated entry: Snap is hilarious and super fun and I want a new one. BW perhaps too in the “how can so many people say it sucked” sense
Overall opinion on the series: perfectionnnnnnnn and definitely not just for kids, but also for kids!
Favourite entry: The Broken Seal
Least favourite entry: Dark Dawn but just because I love the first two
First one I played: TBS
Most recent one I’ve played: The Lost Age (I should re-finish it)
Most nostalgic entry: actually The Lost Age ‘cause I only played it once before losing it, while I replayed TBS over and over for years, so I almost cried when I finally found a TLA cartridge in a second-hand store
Hidden gem: (the whole series tbh) DD gets better and you love it more and more the longer you hang around with it
Underrated entry: TBS? TLA is hailed a lot (as it deserves) but I’m really fond of TBS
Overall opinion on the series: Actually I always hesitate to recommend this series because I think it may be very underwhelming to discover it nowadays, now that games tend to be much bigger on character development and twists; I may have fallen in love with it at the time because I hadn’t played many games and the graphics were amazing for the time. I still love it intensely, but I think its charm is all in subtlety. and USELESSLY LONG TALKS (I love those so much).