New Fairy-type Pokemon reminds me or New Psychic-type Yu-gi-oh Monsters
by, 14th June 2013 at 10:44 AM (2857 Views)
So Fairy-types are the new type in the block. It's a very awesome thing to introduce since that opens up to more design possibilities, and also give existing Pokemon a new type to fit into. There is another franchise that introduced a new type quite late into the series, and it was introduced in the third Generation. The series I am referring to is Yu-gi-oh (5D's is the 3rd Generation).
Before 5D's, there were 20 types, with a 21st type that is reserved for the Egyptian God cards (Divine-Beast). Back to 5D's, during the earlier portion of the anime, a new type was born: Psychic-type. Now I know what you are thinking: Psychic-types already exists, so it's no big deal. Back then, because it was a new type, it cannot catch up to the stable of monsters in other types, which excludes the Divine-Beast type and Creator God type (only one card has this unique type). It is argued that, because types in Yu-gi-oh don't have any sort of rock-paper-scissors relationship, it doesn't really matter. In fact, there are joke types (Charisma) and foreign types (Immortal).
Even though types in Yu-gi-oh don't have weaknesses or strengths against other types, those types have a playstyle surrounding it that makes them unique, so types work differently in Yu-gi-oh. In Pokemon, a type determines its superiority against other types, whereas Yu-gi-oh's is more focused on how the type generally plays, especially in the more modern metagames. For example, Plant-types are able to use themselves to generate more monsters, such as Dandylion and Lonefire Blossom. Warrior-types are great at overwhelming the opposition with their power and numbers. As for Psychic-types, their playstyle is more of sacrificing Life Points for great things. If you are not familiar with Yu-gi-oh's Duel Monsters card game, Life Points are basically the amount of points you have before you lose. Sacrificing those Life Points is risky because it makes any attack deadlier.
This reminded me of Yu-gi-oh because in Yu-gi-oh, there is an existing Fairy-type ever since the series began. Actually, Fairy was not called Fairy everywhere, since it's known as an Angel-type in Japan. Still, the Fairy-type monsters you find in Yu-gi-oh are varied, as you have angelic machines, dark angels, a marshmallow and clouds. Therefore, it's reasonable to expect that Fairy-types in Pokemon can be just as varied, if not more, as Yu-gi-oh.
Overtime, I am sure the Fairy-type will be melded into the Pokemon universe, just as the Dark- and Steel-type are. Of course, in Yu-gi-oh, Psychic-types are more or less melded since we have occasional new Psychic-types. There are certain earlier monsters that could fit the Psychic-type, but they are basically introduced too early to convert them (Yu-gi-oh never modify the original type of a monster before, not counting alternative forms). Because Psychic-types are introduced late, there isn't any Normal Monsters of the Psychic-type. If you don't know, Normal Monsters are viewed as inferior to Effect Monsters because the latter has a potentially beneficial effect. Still, there are cards that reward Normal monster for being Normal.
Of course, there is the fact that Fairy-types are introduced to combat a currently overpowered type: the Dragon-type. I felt there are similar types that are too advantageous (Water and Steel), so I hope that those are addressed to. Hopefully the type chart will have changes that puts less useful types in the spotlight while types that are too advantageous are made less advantageous.
It's something I would like to just mentioned because that's something that's in my mind, so I needed to put it in words. Those who are not familiar with Yu-gi-oh might not understand some of the terms, so I apologise if I didn't explain them well enough.
Thank you for reading.
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