I was a guest on The Anime Spectacular of Nerd Rage: The Great Debates! 😀
The first thirty seconds is just silence for some reason, so don’t blast your eardrums by upping the volume in an attempt to hear something.
We have such a short amount of time to prep and so everything was literally just me doing stream of consciousness because I’ve never been all that good at improv or debating.
Also, in the episode I describe myself as a hardcore lesbian which is… not entirely inaccurate. I very much am attracted to ladies. I’m just pretty sure “hardcore” was not the right adjective to put on that considering my demi/ace leanings.
Also, also (and this is definitely spoilers!! so don’t look under the cut! if you don’t want to be spoiled!!)…
… I SHAMED MY FAMILY, CLAN, AND VILLAGE BY LOSING ON THE NARUTO VS BLEACH ROUND!
THE MAIN THING I WANTED TO PLUG WAS THE DREAMING OF SUNSHINE PODFIC AND I LOST THE NARUTO ROUND!!! O_O
Why was my best argument for Yu Yu Hakusho which I know and love the least? THIS STILL HAUNTS ME
Anonymous said: I feel like Hitmontop fits TenTen more. It’s smaller and I can see it imitating its trainer spinning like a top and throwing weapons everywhere. I can also see Hitmonchan boxing with Neji as he practices his Hyuuga fists/palm attacks.
Anonymous said: I can totally see Sasuke with a Blaziken, or maybe Tenten has a Blaziken to help her forge weapons, since she does become something like a blacksmith in the future (even though I hate most of Boruto’s canon haha)
I was considering Aegislash for TenTen, but considering they’re specifically ghost swords and TenTen is more of a ranged weaponry (or, alternatively, giant spiky ball of death) I decided not to go in that direction. If I were to make a Pokemon team for Hayate Gekkou, then yes, ghost swords all the way–he is a kenjutsu user, after all.
I think my reasoning for Neji = Hitmontop had to do with the Kaiten? And how a lot of the Hyuuga taijutsu were very circular in nature.
Ooh, Blaziken, yeah… if Sasuke didn’t already have a Talonflame and a Hawlucha, I probably would have given him a Blaziken for sure…
And I do have a bit about TenTen working at a blacksmith in Externality (I get what you mean, anon, Boruto canon is kinda…) so I suppose I could have easily given her a Fire type too. Hm… I think mostly I wanted to lean in on that Steel type…
I think all of them have mostly Fighting types–given their jounin sensei is the master of taijutsu, and they themselves specialize in taijutsu–but each of them differ in their second types.
So Lee is mostly Fighting with some Normal (HARD WORK BEATS TYPE SPECIALIZING), Neji has Fighting and Psychic (which explains why he consistently beats Lee even though Lee is faster than god), and TenTen has Fighting and Steel.
As previously mentioned, all of them did get a Tyrogue from Gai (and each of them have a different evolved form). So while I’m not entirely sure what order each of them get these Pokemon, these are what I have in mind.
Hm… like Legendaries specific to the Naruto world? Or, rather, the Elemental Nations?
Well, I’d probably make them correspond to either the Kages/Daimyo–similar to the guardian deity/Legendaries in Sun and Moon–as a sort of way to explain why the nations settled across the land the way they did.
And I’d also probably make the types correspond to the Nation/Village names. So for Land of Fire/Konohagakure there would be a dual Fire and Grass-type Legendary. For Land of Wind/Sunagakure it would be a dual Flying and Ground-type. Land of Lightning/Kumogakure would be Electric and… also Flying? Maybe Ghost?
I dunno, something like that.
As for what shapes/creatures they would look like… hm… I’m not sure about that either. I think I’d want them to be either ludicrously massive or adorably tiny. There is no in between. Like, either the daimyo’s castle/vilage is built on top of them (and they’ve been asleep for millennia) or they’re actually secretly the daimyo’s pet cat that has mysteriously never aged and no one questions it…
Which I guess means that Tora the cat is secretly a Fire and Grass-legendary that embodies the nation and village? Sort of like the Hetalia human personifications of their respective countries except Pokemon.
Basically, I want them to be independent of the bijuu.
Although, IF I had to come up with a backstory for the bijuu in the ‘verse, they’d be the original team of the Sage of Six Paths a loooooong time ago that have somehow lived for centuries after his death.
The bijuu are most likely OP/mutant/ancient “normal” Pokemon–like Kurama is a Ninetails that has lived for centuries even before Mito sealed it into herself and Isobu is a Glalie that is always Mega Evolved?–whereas the gods would be the Legendaries. Or, rather, the Legendaries would be the gods.
I mean, I sort of went into it in the rambling self-reblogs about Xerneas and Yveltal both awakening after their canonical thousand year sleep–which would have been misconstrued/reasoned away given the length of time that has passed and also the fact that Yveltal literally consumes/destroys all living things that encounters it while Xerneas kind of looks around and goes, “I’ll make a forest now,” and peaces out.
I’m not saying Xerneas is Gelel or Yveltal is Jashin (although their roles/abilities do correspond pretty well) but it’s… hrm…
Maybe I’ve been saying it wrong. It’s still the Pokemon world, but it’s Naruto culture/society.
So I guess Gelel doesn’t exist? … shit, did I just write myself in a corner?
I mean, I was going to have Diancie be the Legendary equivalent for Gelel (in the sense that it’s a Legendary Pokemon in a shrine with a heavy gem theme), but I guess the Gelel Empire could have still existed while Diancie takes the place of the Gelel “god” phenomenon?
And so Jashin WOULD be replaced by Yveltal? Which means instead of Jashinists it would be… Yveltalists… or Team Y?
… I had no idea this was going to be so difficult. Clearly I do not know the bijuu very well…
Also, given that Lunala is the only Ghost type Legendary… does that mean it’s the Shinigami equivalent? Also… doesn’t THAT just make Shikako’s ANBU codename all the more badass and bizarrely relevant 😀
So the thing is, OBVIOUSLY Haku would have a primarily Ice-type team, but the question is, WHICH Ice-types. We want them to be elegant, yes, to match his aesthetic, but also crazy huge and powerful because the idea of Haku surrounded by hulking Ice-types is also fantastic.
So I guess a compromise between the two would be best…
Glaceon – his first Pokemon, possibly inherited from his mother? Glaceon was the one that helped him survive early on, but Ice can’t keep a child warm in the winter.
Weavile – his second, honing himself as a weapon for Zabuza, but also that hint of underlying mischief
Aurorus – realizing there’s more to life than just dying for Zabuza. Also, look how pretty this Pokemon is!
Lapras – “off screen” of DoS, becoming an irreplaceable member of the Mist Rebellion and Mei’s go-to diplomat/the face of the new Mist
Avalugg – he took on Gaara. And yes, maybe most of that was for show, but he’s a force to be reckoned with in his own right.
Land of Fire just thematically makes more sense if it’s because there’s an abundance of Fire types. I mean, I’m definitely not going by the traditional generations, so I might as well have some sort of organization. Which isn’t to say that other types can’t be found in different countries (especially near villages which deliberately cultivate different types) but naturally the types correspond.
Here’s the thing about the Growlithe and Arcanine, though, is that I’m still not entirely sure how to resolve the issue of Inuzuka’s ninken? Like. I already gave Kakashi the all dog team, and having all of an Inuzuka’s team be dogs kind of reduces the strong bond they have with their ninken equivalent. But I also don’t want the Inuzuka to only have ONE Pokemon (except for Hana, who would have three).
Hm… I don’t think I’d restrict the Inuzuka’s ninken to a specific species, so maybe some of them do have Growlithe/Arcanine?
But I digress–your question was about whether or not the Uchiha (and specifically, the Uchiha in the KMP) would also have Growithe/Arcanine. And I think yes, but it would be a “lesser Uchiha” kind of thing because they are so common. The Talonflame flocks are specifically bred–they’ve got pedigrees and such–to have a Growlith would be kind of like adopting a mutt. (Which, I mean, is MY dream to do, but beneath a Noble Clan).
So as the sons of the clan head, neither Itachi or Sasuke would have had a Growlithe, but some of the other Uchiha would have. Like Shisui, probably, given Arcanine are known for their high speeds (and majestic manes) and maaaybe Obito–though I do prefer the idea of him with a Cyndaquil, instead.
I have a feeling that Uchiha who did join the KMP probably all had a Salamence or a Haxorus–as a unifying species amongst the police officers, but also because it kind of contributes to how frightening and alienating the Uchiha became to the rest of the village. Like, these massive armored dragons? O_O
The future KMP would probably benefit from having Growlithes and Arcanines instead.
Some of them might have names? I’m not sure. If they were to be named, I was considering having them be named after certain jutsu/techniques/significant items? But then I thought that might be confusing distinguishing between the Pokemon and the things.
In world/game it makes sense for people to name their Pokemon–because otherwise it’s just like calling your cat and dog Cat and Dog (or, maybe, by their specific breed. Which is kinda what Kakashi does with his anyway?)–but outside of that, it would get pretty difficult as you said.
I love the idea that Sakako can see the Phantumps as the children they used to be! Like, there were a lot of post about Phantumps during Halloween (for good reason) but one of them was absolutely heartwarming and wrenching at the idea that the Phantumps try to go back to their family. And so it’s just kind of like… this used to be my older brother, but now he’s a Phantump. We still love him, and we’re glad he’s come back, but he isn’t the same (for obvious reasons).
I wonder if, maybe, Sakako being able to see who they used to be helps with that? Like, maybe not all, if any, Phantumps retain memories of their past lives and so there’s no real way to tell which Phantump used to be which kid. But Sakako can match up Phantump with missing children posters and reunite families…
Unfortunately as another Grass ungulate, it is rather too close to Deerling/Sawsbuck, and thus kind of redundant…
Unless this is Nagaoka? And the Nara clan herds aren’t just Deerling/Sawsbuck. Or maybe Sembei-obaasan just has a lot of ungulate Pokemon and is sort of like a Professor in that she is the expert in training hoofed animals like this. So instead of Shikako signing the summoning scroll, she and her Deerling go do a training montage with Sembei-obaasan.