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    Default On the Origin of Species: Dunsparce: Investigating the inspirations behind Pokémon

    On the Origin of Species: Dunsparce: Investigating the inspirations behind Pokémon

    As part of an ongoing series exploring the likely cultural and zoological origins of Pokémon species, we take a look at the Slowpoke family.

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    Default Re: On the Origin of Species: Dunsparce: Investigating the inspirations behind Pokémo

    That was really nice to read, thought I was already familiar with Dunsparce's origins and the concept of the Tsuchinoko.

    By the way, I really like those articles, so I am really glad Bikini Miltank is writing them again.

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    Default Re: On the Origin of Species: Dunsparce: Investigating the inspirations behind Pokémo

    I remember when I first found Dunsparce in Dark Cave. I thought it must've been some rare Pokemon.



    Never have I been so wrong.

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    Default Re: On the Origin of Species: Dunsparce: Investigating the inspirations behind Pokémo

    But it is rare or rather it WAS rare. Just not strong. Like Chimecho.
    Up the airy mountains / Down the rushy Glen /
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    Default Re: On the Origin of Species: Dunsparce: Investigating the inspirations behind Pokémo

    When I was a young and naive kid, I used to think Dunsparce was some kind of bee that lived in caves and burrowed underground. I know better now.


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    Default Re: On the Origin of Species: Dunsparce: Investigating the inspirations behind Pokémo

    Hm, this doesn't explain Dunsparce's drill tail and its burrowing abilities. I guess Tsuchinoko are believed to live in caves too and hide underground, or simply it's an association to things burrowing to escape sight, hinting at it being elusive.

    Still, I love how tales of one of the weirder creatures of japan ended up mixing with one of the weirder creatures of america: You get a weird fat undulating snake that rolls around in a hoop and can jump.


    Anyway, great article with a lot of interesting explanations to it. The flying snakes are interesting, given what we are lately learning about flight in general.
    I honestly hope one of the next two articles is Celebi... There wouldn't be a more appropiate moment.

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    But it is rare or rather it WAS rare. Just not strong. Like Chimecho.
    The first time I ever saw a Chimecho, I actually thought it was a legendary.
    If only it got an evolution or something...

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    Default Re: On the Origin of Species: Dunsparce: Investigating the inspirations behind Pokémo

    I really missed these articles. Hope more are coming!

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    Default Re: On the Origin of Species: Dunsparce: Investigating the inspirations behind Pokémo

    For a while when I first saw Dunsparce I wrongly assumed that it was laying on it's back and had a distended stomach. It just looked like a sleepy yellow thing just laying there.



    I mean look at it, it looks like it's just sleeping there with it's tiny white arms.

    Obviously later I figured out it had fangs and was actually on it's stomach all along.

    I really hope they evolve this thing it's been getting a lot of game and anime exposure lately and that's usually a good sign of evolution.

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    Default Re: On the Origin of Species: Dunsparce: Investigating the inspirations behind Pokémo

    I never saw Dunsparce at all in Generation 2, so I was surprised to see it in Generation 3 (the remake games). I thought it would be some fancy type, but was a bit disappointed to see it being a pure Normal-type. It's such a weird creature. Like the above user mentioned, I used to think that it is a sleeping thing, mainly because of the striped back (which looks like a stomach). It's difficult to see it being snake like, but looking at the mouth would be easy.

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