Monday Memories: The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

With Pokemon Sword and Shield came the ability to have Pokemon Dynamax in certain battles in the game. Playing Sword and Shield, though, made me feel as if I’ve seen a Dynamax Pokemon long before the Galar region existed…

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We’ve been playing a lot of Pokemon Sword and Shield lately, which probably isn’t too surprising to those who know us. The newest gimmick, or form of battling, in those games involves Dynamaxing your Pokemon. Dynamax Pokemon are giant versions of themselves with increased HP and other stats for a few turns.

It took a little while, but eventually I remembered another, much earlier instance of a “Dynamaxed Pokemon.”

Pokemon, being the ginormous franchise it is, has a plethora of other mediums to reach the masses. Aside from video games and television shows, Pokemon also has a few different comic book and manga adaptations. I remember having a couple of sets of Pokemon comics and, after playing Sword for a while, recalled one such comic having a giant Haunter.

Doing some research, I found the comic adaptation. Called The Electric Tale of Pikachu, it was a four-volume Japanese manga translated for the west by VIZ Media (which, apparently, is the much cleaner version of the manga for international and younger audiences) that loosely followed the anime series up through the Orange Islands League. While I don’t believe we had the entire collection, we had enough of it for me to remember the giant Haunter.

300px-Black_FogNicknamed the Black Fog, this giant Haunter killed many — humans and Pokemon alike — by sucking out their souls using Dream Eater. In the comic’s timeline, Sabrina is the latest victim, falling unconscious when she attempts to defeat the beast after it began terrorizing Saffron City. The comic then depicts Ash, Brock, and a handful of other volunteers heading to the Haunter’s lair in order to battle it and try to capture it with a specially-made, enlarged pokeball. The Haunter used Explosion to escape the large pokeball, during which brings its health to nearly zero, weakening it enough to use a regular pokeball. However, when Ash attempts to throw an Ultra Ball at the giant Pokemon, the Haunter uses Self-Destruct, opting to die rather than be caught.

While I remembered the basic story line from when I read it as a kid, I honestly didn’t realize the depth of the story at that time. Before doing more research on it, I thought that the Haunter was caught at the end.

I honestly don’t believe I would have remembered this manga adaptation if Pokemon Sword and Shield did not have Dynamax Pokemon. The similarities are remarkable — the sheer size and power of the Pokemon, Haunter having a lair while Dynamax Pokemon have dens, having a team to bring down the HP of the Pokemon, enlarged pokeballs to catch the creatures — and I’m curious if it’s a coincidence or if someone recalled Black Fog from a comic back in the 90s.

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A “No” for Inky Pen

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Back in August, I did a little post about apps on the Nintendo Switch, including one that was called Inky Pen, a monthly subscription app for comics. It was something I was interested in, but… 

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Inky Pen is an app exclusive for the Nintendo Switch and boasts thousands of comics for a monthly subscription. It recently became available for download — on December 17th, to be exact — so I recently found it on the eShop.

And deleted it almost immediately.

Granted, I may have been a little hasty in deleting the app. I’m a comic book lover at heart, so this app seems to be right up my alley. However, after downloading the app, it went through the process of setting up an account, which is fine, before immediately asking for payment.

I understand that it’s a subscription service and the folks who compile the comics and run the app deserve to be paid. However, I was hoping for a small trial service so I could see what kind of titles Inky Pen offered. I highly doubt that major publishers such as Marvel and DC were going to be available for only 8 bucks a month. While I’m totally game to support smaller, indie comic book publishers, I do want to see what I’m paying for.

Perhaps I’ll try the app for a few months a bit later next year and not when I’m coming out of holiday shopping for the family, see if the titles are worth the price.

Are you interested in the Inky Pen app? If you’ve downloaded it, do you like what it offers?

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“Dream Daddy” Comics

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On a fairly recent post, I mentioned how a comic app was coming to the Nintendo Switch. Then I heard about a mini comic series based on a game that we played and enjoyed almost a year ago…

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Way back in November 2017 Rachel and I did a review for a visual novel/dating simulation game produced by the Game Grumps, a popular YouTube channel, called Dream Daddy. It was a fun game, one with fantastic characters, writing, and graphics, as well as celebrating gender and sexuality diversity.

Recently I heard that the Dream Daddy game is going to have comics based off of them. There will be five issues, with one available now and the rest being released within the next couple of months. Each issue will feature one to two of the dads that your character can romance in the game, and they’ll be available on quite a few digital platforms — Steam, Google Play, iTunes, Comixology — as well as a print version through Oni Press online shop, the folks who are publishing the series.

Considering Rachel and I enjoyed the game, I figured if we have a little extra money on our Steam account we’ll get an issue or two. Depending on the writing and the artwork, maybe we’ll splurge on all of the issues to see how the comics expand on the game lore.

Did you play Dream Daddy? What kind of comics based off of video games, or vice versa, have you read?

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Nintendo Switch Apps and InkyPen

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

Something that we’ve been hearing about for the Nintendo Switch is when apps are coming to the console. We’ve heard some recent news about an app that may be paving the way for just that…

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While we mainly play console games on our Nintendo Switch, we definitely still have our Wii U set up by the television so we can easily switch to that if we want. I firmly believe that the Nintendo Switch is everything that Nintendo had hoped that the Wii U would have been, with the portable screen and all the Wii U ports for the Switch, but I digress.

We don’t use the Wii U to play games, really, mostly due to the fact that the gamepad battery only lasts about 20 minutes before completely dying, but we do use the apps when we’re chilling. Netflix is the most used app, but we also watched YouTube from the Wii U until we started using the Xbox more. With that said, we always wondered what kind of apps, if any, would be coming to the Nintendo Switch.

Recently I heard of InkyPen coming to the Switch, where for a monthly subscription, you get access to over 10,000 comic, graphic novel, and manga titles. The app is slated for November 2018 release. I’ll admit, a comic book app was not something I expected for the Nintendo Switch, but I’m actually considering the subscription.

Growing up, comic books were a love of mine that grew right alongside video games. It was mainly the Archie comics (and I have yet to watch the drama Riverdale because it is so far from the original innocence of the comic source that I’m nervous to see what they did to the characters), but Batman, Sonic the Hedgehog, and other superheroes wormed their way in as well. If you’re the type to read comics and take the Switch on the go, InkyPen may be a good investment.

What do you think of comics being on the Nintendo Switch? What other apps are you interested in seeing on the console?

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Of Video Games and Comics

Double Jump Kris MiiIt’s always amazing to me how much reach a video game franchise has in other mediums, such as movies, music, and visual art. This post is dedicated to some new buys that celebrate some of our favorite franchises in the art form of comics!

Rachel and I tend to go to Barnes and Noble on Saturdays to supposedly work on our writing, but the past few times we went there, we’d get our Frappuccinos from the cafe and then wander around, inevitably finding a book or two or dozen to buy.

Last time we went with the explicit plan to buy comics.

Growing up, I’ve always loved comics, and one franchise that my uncle had gotten me into was the Archie Comics. They’ve been rebooted a couple of times and I’ve gotten the first couple of volumes of the newest reboot to enjoy. Rachel wanted to try them and quickly finished the two volumes as well, so we figured we’d pick up the third volume and whatever other comics that happened to catch our eye. We found ourselves in the graphic novel and manga section, suddenly remembering that many of our favorite video game franchises had manga adaptations as well.

So, I grabbed a basket, and we went to town:

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a couple of the Pokemon Adventure manga, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, and the Four Swords volume of The Legend of Zelda — I’d say Rachel and I made out pretty well.

What do you think of our new buys? Have you read any of them?

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