They look like Digimon
by, 13th July 2010 at 01:28 AM (2613 Views)
This, in my own opinion, is one of the most inane statements that could ever be muttered by a member of the Pokémon fandom, yet, it is one of the most common statements made during the start of a new generation.
Starting at the basic, opinions are subjective. I could say that a bullfrog looks like an elm tree, that doesn't mean the world is going to see it that way.
Second, and this is a big one, there is a fundamental difference in the design styles for Pokémon and Digimon. Overall most many Digimon have design features you would never see on a Pokémon, such as huge plates of metallic armor/spikes, or man-made weaponry/items. Some Digimon wear clothes, many are cyborgs or machines. There is are also a substantial number of humanoid Digimon, which pretty much look like a standard human character in a costume.
Pokémon designs are generally more organic and natural, no man-made weapons, clothing, or armor. And the closest things to 'humanoid' Pokémon are still quite distinctively non-human.
Now, moving to the point where I suspect some fans are tripping up. Some Pokémon and Digimon designs share a common origin, in other words, they 'look alike' because they are based on the same animal, or concept.
I'll use Houndoom and Dobermon as examples. Both creatures are based on a Doberman Pinscher, thus, both designs strongly feature traits of a Doberman. However, the designs are quite distinct, I could never confuse Dobermon for Houndoom or visa-versa. So I would not say that Houndoom looks like a Digmon, I would say that Houndoom looks like a Doberman Pinscher, which is of course the whole point of it's design.
It would be nice if fans more fans thought a little thought to the fact that if both a Pokémon and a Digimon are based on the same creature or concept, then the resemblance they see are the common traits of the object that both creatures design is based off of.
Then there are the people that use the "They look like Digimon" as a way of depreciating new Pokémon, it is for that reason my examples were chosen from among Pokémon from Generations I and II (and these examples are just a few). These comparisons are as old as both franchises, and if coincidentally sharing a common inspiration with a Digimon is a sin, then it is a sin that all the generations bear, and shall bear.
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