... But that's not important. Um, since the next shiny is that Onix in BW2, I guess we'll find out then?
You forgot the shiny Golurk/ Hydreigon in the 14th movies. I don't remember if anybody commented about their colors, though.
I always hated how people use "Shiny" despite no official source ever using it... I always went with "Shining" due to the TCG using this term... I know it may not seem like much of a difference, but I have to wonder why people didn't stick to the only official source who actually gave it a name at the time
It seems like "Shiny" was eventually accepted officially, so I guess I'll have to forget what these ancient cards established and just use "Shiny" from now on
Which reminds me how no main character ever caught a shiny since Ash's Noctowl... a shiny Buneary could fit Dawn so much (since it's pink instead of yellow, and Dawn had lots of pink: on hat, boots, Pokédex, Pokétch, Platinum outfit and Contest dress...)
I wonder if they'll ever let a shiny get into the main cast again
It was the only official term for these differently colored Pokémon at the time... or at the very least, it was officially how these kind of Pokémon were referred to in the TCG and I can't see how anyone can deny it
I'm not sure if the fan made "shiny" term came before or after the TCG's "shining", but whatever was the case, "shining" was the official term until the official sources decided to adopt the fan made "shiny" (which I admit isn't really that of a difference, but I think they should've been consistent and just stick to "shining")
Funny thing is, the name Shiny came about due to a game mechanic used due to technical limitations. Gold and Silver were released on Game Boy Color, but compatible with the original Game Boy, where the lack of colour makes Shiny Pokemon's alternate colouration impossible. So a shining animation and a audio alert were used to indicate that the wild Pokemon you just encountered was Shiny. Those indicators have been obsolete since Crystal, but they've been maintained ever since regardless.
I doubt that's the reason, they probably just wanted to make it easier to notice the Pokémon you just met is a "shiny"... not everyone will immediately realize something is "wrong" with its colors, so even with colors in newer games, it helps to notice when you actually meet one
Also, unlike "iro-chigai", "hikaru" does translate to "shining". That's why it was used on those English cards.
(and yes, I'm pretty sure fans called alternate-colored Pokemon "Shiny Pokemon" long before the "hikaru" TCG cards came out.)
I looked at an English game script, and I'd be willing to bet both these quotes used the term iro-chigai in the Japanese version: "Maybe you get a higher score for a POKEMON of an unusual color." "If a POKEMON has different colors from usual, it's more valuable. What? You mean that's not true?".
Likewise, it was presumably used in official guidebooks and such.
I'm pretty sure in the anime, Winona, the leader of the Fortree Gym in the Hoenn Region, had a shiny Swellow, and I think they said something about it being 'shiny'.