Via Shell Spider and from the latest Nintendo Dream comes Ohmura talking about the Elite Four.
The Elite Four
Designed by Mr. Ohmura [Bianca, Cheren, Gym Leaders, Oshawott
This time, the planner [Note: Not the designer] for the Gym Leader and the one for the Elite Four, Adler, Cheren and Biance was different.
The person who did the Gym Leaders was much more detailed in creating their backgrounds, and the person who did the Elite Four only gave broad orders.
Origianlly, they wanted to make Shauntel and Grimsley the ‘black’ and Caitlin and Marshall the ‘white’ ones, but it did not go as well as hoped [Translator’s Note: Notice that this would divide the Four between Ghost and Dark and Psychic and Fighting. Also, they’re not talking about skin colour].
A remnant of that for Ohmura is that he still sees Grimsley and Shauntel as Dracula and a werewolf.
Imagined him to be the son of a distinguished family who’s since been ruined (I.E. become poor/fallen from grace).
As a result, he is throwing himself into gambling.
His garments are designed to show off his good pedigree.
Also, red and blue are the colours of roulette.
(Ohmura makes a comment that makes us think he know that Grimsley is not wearing socks, so is there a reason for it maybe?)
Ohmura’s favourite character.
A woman hoping to become a novelist.
If you ignore the ribbon, gave her a really simple design.
Because she is a Ghost-type trainer, she was designed to look a little like a black cat.
Because of that, her ribbon faster stands out like a cat’s nose and makes her look somewhat like a cat.
The planner’s idea was for him to be a ‘Hardened Street Fighter’
He is an unqelcome pupil of Adler’s, and he calls Adler ‘master’ but he has no idea what Adler is thinking.
He’s not a very flexible type, and he broods a lot.
His original design had him wearing a big hood and cap and looked very strong, but, you couldn’t see his face so he gave up on that design and made him have short hair like a monk.
He is a tiger, in contrast to Adler’s lion and so his design alternated between yellow and black.
Because he’s a street fighter, at first Ohmura didn’t want to give him any particular ‘school’ (like Kendo) to follow, and had him wearing big baggy pants and a down vest (think Marty McFly, BTTF2) like they were a uniform, but he got advice from Sugimori and decided that before he was a street-fighter, he had done Karate.
His dad, who was an assistant karate instructor, said to him something like ‘No matter what the fight, always where your Obi [belt]’ and designed Marshall from that backbone.
A more grown up version of the Caitlin from Platinum and HGSS.
Because it’s is a few years later [since those games’ plots] she may look a little older.
When she was in the Battle Frontier she was supposed to look/be about 14,
and they designed her this time based on the element of the Battle Frontier version, but also gave her a tonne more hair.
He personally wanted someone who used Psychic-types to use their hair for psychic-abilities and so the two ribbons on either side of her hair are held up by psychic-powers and protect the hair-style.
They wanted to give her a slight air of self-importance so they folded her hands behind her back.
Because she’s been using Pokemon since she’s been young, she’s quite strong, but she can’t control her own psychic abilities and may loose the ability to control them.
Because of that chance, she came to the Unova region alone to challenge herself.
However, it is hinted that Darach may be watching over her closer than we think.