Hello everyone! Welcome to the Azurilland Top Five thread. Interested in being part of a community project that would result in a published article on the home page? This is the thread for you.
The purpose of the Azurilland Top Fives is to figure out our community's taste in everything Pokémon related. The ending result will be a monthly article and a discussion thread for people to discuss their own lists. Sounds fun doesn't it? If you are interested in being a part of this project, read on!
At the beginning of the month, I will ask everyone a question regarding the Pokémon franchise. These questions could cover a wide variety of topics such as gym leaders or evil teams, but you must answer them in a top five format. After you answer the question, you will send your answers to me through a private message by the 20th of each month.
After everyone has sent in their top fives, I will then look over the lists to see if there are are answers that have shown up frequently. This will help me determine what should make our community top five list.
On the 25th, a new article will be published displaying our community's own top five along with detailed explanations on why each entry made the list.
With each entry, I expect a small paragraph explaining why each entry made your own top five list (about three to five sentences). For example:
Chikorita: Chikorita has been my favorite starter Pokémon ever since I first played through Pokémon Gold. This Pokémon, while it was very difficult to use, did pay off as time went on due to the Pokémon's ability to be a tank and be able to stall battles. This Pokémon is also very special to me because it was the first Pokémon I successfully trained to level 100. Not only was the Chikorita line very useful in battle, but the designs of these Pokémon work really well. Chikorita is in my opinion, the cutest starter Pokémon.
The reason why I need a detailed explanation for each of your entries is that if an entry of yours does make the top five list that will be published, I would use your descriptions to write about exactly why that subject makes the list.
Feel free to post in this thread and I will reply as soon as I can. ^^
Since this will be the first Azurilland Top Five, I'm going to go ahead and suggest our first topic of discussion.
You have until February 20th to send me a private message containing your list. Please do make sure to include a brief explanation explaining your choices. Thank you so much and I can't wait to see the ending result. ^_^
As a whole, would you suggest me count each game in the generation as the generation itself (ie Sinnoh and HGSS as Gen II), or the regional games as the generation (GSC and HGSS as Gen II)? Do want to factor those in before I do my listing. Thanks!
it's cool seeing what people have to say about the generations they love. I didn't submit because it is incredibly difficult for me to rank generations past maybe the top 2 or 3 or so. And gen 6 throws it all off since between XY and ORAS, I absolutely love one of them while the other is my least favorite in the entire main series. so how the heck do i rank that lol ; ;
My #1 favorite is 4 tho, so it's neat to see it get recognition it deserves:3
I guess it's expected the first two gens were left behind, but they really do hold a very special place in my heart. They both still have so much charm, with gen 1's crazy fun glitches and gen 2's really alluring graphics (dunno what it is about gen 2 but the visuals and sound are just so magical for me).
but ya i loved seeing this and im looking forward to future lists<3 im so bad at ranking but i'll try to submit something in the future.
The order I had was 5 > 4 > 6 > 3 > 7. Really juggled between the last two there. While I'm cool with my entry on Gen IV being submitted, I was surprised that my entry on Gen V wasn't. Guess I shouldn't have made it as long as I did. x_x But this was a fun read and I'm glad I got to be a part of it!
"This pick might come off as a surprise, what with the fire that this generation has caught in general from a handful of people. While the Unova region has been branded as linear and unexciting, the games' main draw comes in their story. To start, this generation expanded its storyline more than any Pokemon game before it. Right off the bat, with the story in the original Black and White, the game leaves you to think if the concept of training Pokemon and adventuring with them, keeping them in Poke Balls, is really the proper thing, while Team Plasma claims they don't want any of that, and plan to capture the legendary Pokemon to make their objectives a reality. And even though in the end they turn out to not be what they make out to be, as their leader Ghetsis proves that they just wanted to rule the world and make it so only he could use Pokemon, it's difficult to deny it being a fascinating way to play up their motives. Helping the game is that it was the first (and at this point in the franchise, will likely be last) time where the regional Pokedex consists entirely of Pokemon that were new to that region, which make the region feel isolated and unique in a good way, hence the "starting a new beginning" idea And while Alder gets underappreciated as a Champion, I have to give him credit for being one of the few Champions who actually tries to step up and take on the main villain, even if he wipes against N's legendary due to being out of practice for so long. That in turn leaves you to face N and his legendary dragon, which is the first time in the main storyline that you actually face a trainer with a legendary Pokemon in the middle, or climax, of the main story. But then it's topped off with a fight against Ghetsis himself, who has an extremely powerful team topped off with his vicious Hydreigon, which puts him in league with Cynthia for the highest levels of difficulty that the main series have brought us. Another really nice thing about this generation and its story is that unlike previous games, the Gym Leaders actually played a part in the storyline, which gives them more personality and character as opposed to past games that had their presence minimal. Then we come to Black 2 and White 2. While the story is surely not quite as strong as it was formerly, it is the first full-fledged sequel game in the series, as opposed to Emerald and Platinum, which mostly copy/paste the region from before with a few changes up to the legendary Pokemon - not here. You start off in a new city that actually has a Gym, and they even add a few other new cities and towns that were not present in the first games, making the region feel different in comparison. And although Team Plasma's motives in this game are clear from the get-go, they do come to an epic climax where Ghetsis capture Kyurem and attempts to impale you with its Glaciate, yet N saves you with his legendary dragon only for Ghetsis to reveal that was all a part of its plan. That remains arguably my favorite plot point in any main series game to this day. The games also come with a solid selection of Pokemon to go along with, making for a good mix of old and new, in comparison to XY which some can argue was too excessive. To wrap all of that up, you get a Champion battle against Iris that, while it may not be the hardest you'll face (at least not on Normal Mode), comes with a kickass battlefield and battle theme and being younger aged yet rocking an epic background. And lastly, B2W2's post-game is very broad, with so much to do even today, including the Pokemon World Tournament, the Black Tower/White Treehollow, and so much more. Black 2 and White 2 were my favorite games in the series for over three years, and while a certain playthrough of them gone horribly wrong knocked them out of that spot, playing them again in 2017 has definitely seen me growing back into them. As a whole, both games in this generation are excellent games in just about every regard that I will always hold favorably."
@Shhmew: Yeah, I get that on one game in a generation knocking it down for you - Gen VII I would've had higher on the basis of just Ultra and not the original. Again, juggled between that and 3 for my #5 slot.
1.Oshawatt: I am totally biased because he was my first pokemon. Funny enough, it was this close to being Snivy but I decided to choose cuteness over coolness, even when I would visit Unova again in White 2, I still chose Oshawatt because I just couldn't say no to his freckles and adorable smile. Though I would grow to love other pokemon even more, Oshawatt and its evolutions will always hold a very special place in my heart (excuse the corny phrase). Even in the anime, Oshawatt seemed to have the most personality out of Ash's new starters. I can't really give any expertise on any pokemon's battle usage though. ^^'
2.Chikorita: Again, cuteness wins this one for me but also one other personal reason. Meganium is very clearly based off of the brontosaures, which is my favorite dinosaur, so having a really cute flower version of the vegetarian was especially appealing to me. I still have a close attachment to it as its sort of the under-dog of starters and I still hope Meganium gets a mega evolution.
3.Squirtle: This is the favorite pokemon of my uncle (who got me into pokemon in the first place) and my third favorite. Simple, yes, but also extremely iconic and packs a lot of nostalgia. In addition to being another cute, if not mischievous, water-type Squirtle just reminds of how the pokemon community itself has grown over the last twenty years, if that makes since. Like, though first was actually my fourth pokemon game, I was still able to connect with people who had it as their first game. I don't really know how to express it, but it's just neat how Squirtle and the other two first gen starters are still relevant in the modern games.
4.Piplup: I absolutely love penguins and I hope there will be more penguin pokemon in the future but for now we have this cutie. Piplup was my favorite pokemon back before I played the games and I just watched the Sinnoh anime, so its close to me for that reason, too. My only gripe is that I don't really care for Empoleon, actually...
5.Popplio: Adorable pokemon turned beautiful? Yes, please. I like Popplio for similar reasons why I like Oshawatt, but there's also the additional bonus of having a really graceful evolution (as apposed to the stoic Samurott) and a neat shiny, in my opinion. Popplio is probably also based off the Irish mythical creature, the Selkie, which is pretty cool.
(I know these opinions are SUPER subjective but I hope it will be interesting to read, nevertheless. I, ironically, had more solid objective opinions on the gens but I missed my chance to post reply so...oh well.)
Alright, I have seriously been putting this off, but hopefully I'll be able to whip up something quickly before the deadline. Once again. Out of all the starters, picking five isn't simple, but I'll try!