Detective Pikachu Cards

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

As you all know, I love collecting Pokemon cards. When the cards for Detective Pikachu came out, I was so excited. They even came out with an exclusive Detective Pikachu card if you saw the movie in theaters on opening weekend – which was the main reason I forced myself to go to the movies. However, as much as I enjoy the Detective Pikachu cards, something makes me wonder if they’re worth it.

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Pokemon cards come in various ways. You can get booster packs, elite trainer boxes, oversized card sets, pin sets, tins, and more. The Detective Pikachu cards, however, come a little differently. I assume this is because there are only 18 main cards in the set (26 total, a few cards are “secret”).

Detective Pikachu cards can come in a collectible lunch box or “case files.” Two have oversized cards with booster packs and two just have booster packs.

But here’s the thing – the booster packs for Detective Pikachu aren’t booster packs.

I think it’s a pretty standard thing that “booster packs” are packs of ten cards. This goes for any sort of trading card, not just Pokemon. I could be wrong about that, but for Pokemon, booster packs always have ten cards. Because of this, the booster packs for Detective Pikachu seem to be a bit misleading.

The booster packs in the Detective Pikachu packs only contain four cards. That’s not even half of what a normal booster pack contains. So, when I picked out the $10 case file that contained three booster packs, a Detective Pikachu card, and a coin, I was impressed at the packaging. I thought they changed it for Detective Pikachu. When I held it, it felt awfully thin. Then, when I opened it, instead of a total of 31 cards, I had 13 cards.

Now, other Pokemon cards that come with three booster packs, a special card, and a coin are typically about $13 (on the Pokemon Center at least). This means that you’re getting 31 cards plus a coin for $13 but for Detective Pikachu, you’re getting 13 cards and a coin for $10. In order words, you can get 18 extra cards for $3, though none will be Detective Pikachu.

There are, of course, other Detective Pikachu packs that are more than $10 because they contain an oversized card plus an actual 10-card booster pack along with two 4-card Detective Pikachu booster packs. So, you have to do some math and see what’s worth it and what isn’t.

I think they did this because there aren’t many cards in the Detective Pikachu series, which boggles my mind because they stated 151 Pokemon (no more, no less) made an appearance in the movie. So, at the very least, I feel like the Detective Pikachu card series should have at least 151 cards.

But I’m getting off topic.

Am I going to continue buying the Detective Pikachu series? Of course. Do I think it’s worth the money for so little cards? I’m not sure – I’m not good at math.

I was initially shocked though because they use the term “booster pack” and when I think of a booster pack, I think I’m getting 10 cards. I was surprised to see they only put four cards inside and call it a booster pack. I think, at the very least, they should have come up with a different term for it or just put ten cards in the packs. As I said, I think it’s because there are only 26 total cards for the series, but… it’s a little misleading and maybe even a little false advertising, especially when people, like me, who hear the words “booster pack” assume they’ll get 10 cards.

Or, maybe I’m overthinking the whole thing.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Games To Binge Play

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While there aren’t enough hours in the day and there’s always something that needs to get done – work, cleaning, socializing, what have you – there are definitely some games I would love to sit and play all day long.

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Paper Mario

Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64, my all-time favorite game. This is a game I could sit down and play for hours on end. The love the overall aesthetics, especially the music. I could hum along with that music any time in any situation. It just makes me happy. Paper Mario, unfortunately, does have an end to it though. I’ve played it so many times that I practically know the game by heart. The last time I played it took me about 24 hours to get through the main story. If I could do that in one sitting, I totally would.

Pokemon

I feel like I don’t really need to explain this one. The main story doesn’t typically take too long, but the collecting? Oh, yeah. I need to catch ’em all and it’s so easy for me to get sucked into the Pokemon world and play for hours at a time. I remember, when X and Y came out, I beat the main story in two days. I got the game for Christmas and spent Christmas evening and the following day playing all day long.

The Sims

Time in The Sims goes by super fast. I feel like one hour in The Sims is about a minute – maybe two – in real time. It’s so easy to spend a lifetime in The Sims and know you’re not wasting too much time in real life… until you look at a real clock and realize the sun had set already. If I could spend a day or two just living as my sim, I totally would.

Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing is a tricky game to play all day long. With its real-time mechanics, the shops have an open and closing time and the villagers do sleep. So, there’s only so much I can do in a day, but if I could, I would play that all day long as well.

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Detective Pikachu [Movie Review]

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This past Friday we went and saw Detective Pikachu in the theaters with a good friend of ours. Growing up with the Pokemon games and anime, and being hyped for the new Switch titles later this year, we were optimistic for this movie despite movies based on video games getting bad reputations. Honestly, as fans of the franchise, we were not disappointed.

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I had been looking forward to this movie since it was announced a while ago. The CGI and Pokemon designs were awesome and the movie as a whole was well done.

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We did have some issues with the pacing of the movie — some of it just went too fast — but the overall movie was well done. Considering that the movie was able to cater to both fans and non-fans alike was wonderful. When our friend first saw the trailer, she immediately said, “We’re going to see that,” and she enjoyed it as much as we did. True, she wasn’t able to pick out all the Pokemon in the movie, but there were enough details that she followed the plot just fine.

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The pacing was a bit too fast. The plot still made sense – especially if you’ve played the Detective Pikachu 3DS game – but I wanted more of the characters. There were a few characters that I felt we didn’t get to know as well as we could or should have.

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Still, I enjoyed the characters we did see. The CGI for the Pokemon was fantastic, too, and I absolutely cooed over seeing Bulbasaur and Treecko — two of my favorite starter lines — “live.” Now that we’ve seen this movie, though, we’re totally ready for more movies featuring journeys and longer battles!

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I agree and I would have loved to see more Pokemon battles. I know that’s not the point of Ryme City, but the battles were fabulous. Knowing what they’re capable of, they have no excuse not to come out with more live action Pokemon movies. Bring Ash and his various Pokemon journeys to life! (Especially from the Kalos anime.)

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Collecting Things In Games

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If you know me then you know I love collecting things. I enjoy various merch that come in different colors or variations – from pins to stuffed animals, Amiibo or Pokemon cards – I love it all. Collecting things in-game is no different.

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I’m not entirely sure why, but I’ve always been attracted to the concept of “collecting” in games. Also, treasure. I absolutely love getting money, coins, gems, or whatever it is in the game.

There are certain games that are my favorite simply because of collecting. (I mean, there are more reasons than that, but you catch my drift.)

Animal Crossing

The Animal Crossing series is a prime example of collecting things in games and a huge reason why I love it so. I mean, despite paying off your debt, that’s what the game is about. You want to get all the various themes of furniture and clothes, fruit, bugs, fish, and so much more. Not to mention, collecting the villagers, which is easier said than done.

Pokemon

There’s well over 800 Pokemon at this point and I’m pretty sure with Galar coming out soon we’ll have over 1,000 Pokemon. Every time I play a Pokemon game, I always play well after the main story to catch ’em all. I have yet to complete a Pokedex in any of my games, but I’m determined to do it someday. After that, it’s on to collect all the Pokemon in their shiny forms.

Luigi’s Mansion

This game is a good example of collecting money and treasure. In fact, it’s actually part of the game in the end for when you end up with your “real” mansion. Money, coins, gems, pearls, etc, are scattered throughout the entire mansion. They’re in fans, pots, lying on the floor, in cabinets – everywhere. Collect as much as you can and collect it all. Luigi might as well get something out of this experience. Oh, and also you collect the 50 Boos in that game. As annoying as it is, it’s still a decent scavenger hunt.

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Pokemon Johto Region Vs. Kalos Region [Debate]

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This month’s debate we’re putting a couple of our favorite Pokemon regions head to head. It’s Johto versus Kalos, with me on the side of the second generation and Rachel trying to debate that the sixth generation is better than it.

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Ironically, I began my Pokemon journey in Johto since I was super younger when Kanto came out. Still, Kalos is the best region in my opinion. So far, at least. I completed Pokemon X in two days after getting the game and I still go back to it to collect more Pokemon and shiny hunt to this day.

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Kalos was a great region, but Johto incorporated many mechanics that are still seen in the core series of games. The Johto games brought the day and night cycle, making it strategic when it came to catching every Pokemon. With Crystal, Johto also began giving Pokemon animated sprites and gave trainers the choice between a male and a female avatar.

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Kalos introduced some new mechanics as well. While the customization lacks a bit, you can still customize what you want your character to look like and you can change your hairstyle and color throughout the game. They added roller skates in addition to the bike and, best of all, Pokemon Amie. Now we can pet, feed, and play with our Pokemon. Not only is this adorable, but it pays off in battle. Depending on your friendship level, Pokemon will dodge attacks more often and even shake off status conditions like poison.

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Pokemon Amie is a more advanced version of another mechanic that was introduced in the second generation. Friendship was first measured and used for Pokemon evolutions in the Johto region. Breeding was also introduced into the Pokemon games thanks to the Johto generation, giving competitors another way to raise the perfect Pokemon for battles as well as hatching baby Pokemon that otherwise wouldn’t be found in the wild.

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Friendship became a thing, yes, but all you could do to bring it up was to battle and not let them faint. Pokemon Amie is way better. Also, there are Fairy-type Pokemon now. A new type was introduced and used as a gym battle, which was cool.

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Other ways to bring up the friendship was to spend time with the Pokemon, letting them be in your party, as well as certain items. Speaking of items, held items were first introduced into the Pokemon core games as well, bringing on another depth of strategy that became a staple in the games. Johto brought in two new types of Pokemon, Dark and Steel, both of which have been showcased with Elite Four and Gym Leaders specializing in their types. Aside from the new mechanics, I believe the Johto region games had a better plot than the Kalos games. Bringing back Team Rocket from the first generation, playing off of the time lapse between Kanto and Johto, was a great move. With that, the Johto games held onto that lore that a kid from Pallet Town originally thwarted Team Rocket, and gives players the chance to go through Kanto again until they face the most powerful trainer atop Mt. Silver.

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I think it’s safe to say there are a lot of similarities and differences between the two regions. Kalos came out years after Johto, so of course, the Johto region will introduce new things. Kalos has improved upon them. We’ll just have to see what everyone else says.

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Kanto Pokemon Cards

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Last weekend, our Internet at home was being weird. It was working, but things were extremely slow. Slow to the point where I had no patience with it so I gave myself a day off. And what did I do with my time instead? I sorted my Pokemon cards.

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I have gone through my Pokemon cards over and over again throughout the years. I have so many and am always adding more to the mix. I have eight small Pokemon books with the card sleeves in them already. I remember buying them at Toys R Us. That’s where I had all my cards sorted. I recently got a binder for myself though. Then, my brother-in-law gave me his Pokemon cards which came in a binder and Kris gave me another binder for Christmas.

So, I have three binders and eight smaller books. My Kanto Pokemon cards have taken up one binder. So, I know I’m definitely going to need more at some point.

I used to have my cards sorted by type. The colors were easy for me to differentiate them enough to sort them. I tried to keep the Pokemon of the same species and evolution chains together, but sometimes I’d miss one or two. I eventually decided to put them by type in numerical order. I could find a Pokemon more easily that way too.

Of course, there’s one other problem. Each Pokemon has multiple cards for themselves and sometimes they’re different types. So, where would I fit them in?

I ended up deciding to just sort them in numerical order by their national dex order.

A long time ago, I sorted through all the cards and pulled out my Kanto cards. I ordered them by their dex number and stuck them in a Pikachu binder. I’ve added more since then so I had a few loose Kanto cards hanging about.

It took me 7-8 hours (my back killed by the end of the night), but I sorted through all my cards by region.

I picked out the few Kanto cards that weren’t sorted and had six other piles – Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, and Alola. Oddly enough, not counting Kanto since most were already in a binder, but my tallest stack was Hoenn. I don’t know if I truly got into collecting when the Hoenn region was big or what, but I honestly thought my biggest pile would be Alola, since I’ve been buying so many booster packs lately.

Anyway, random tidbits/background aside, I sorted the rest of my Kanto cards into the binder. Then I went through the binder with Kris’s help. After all these years collecting Pokemon cards, I’m missing eight Kanto Pokemon.

I do not have a single card for Golem, Hypno, Haunter, Gyarados, Ditto, Zapdos, Moltres, or Dragonite.

I find some of that interesting. Zapdos and Moltres or obviously more on the rare side. But Golem? Haunter? They’re pretty common and it’s a wonder I don’t have any cards for them.

The other thing is, there’s a Pokemon card of Haunter that I looked up that looks really familiar. I’m pretty sure I did have it one point… unless it’s mixed in with the other regions by accident or it got misplaced in the shuffle somehow, I have no idea. Either way, I need to go on the hunt for these eight Pokemon.

Knowing that I’m only missing eight Pokemon makes me curious about who I’m missing from the other regions. I can’t wait until I have another day to sit down and continue going through my cards.

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Character Spotlight: N

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After playing Pokemon White 2 again recently, I remembered N is a character in the Pokemon world. He’s a pretty good character so I thought I’d talk about him this month.

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Natural Harmonia Gropius, also known as N, is a character in the Pokemon games Black, White, Black 2, and White 2. He was the “leader” of Team Plasma, the bad guy group for the Unova region. N is the Mowgli of the Pokemon world. He was abandoned as a child and was raised by Pokemon. Of course, Ghetsis came along and claimed to be his father.

I always felt like N was a good character. He didn’t grow up with a human family and was brought up on biased views. We’re supposed to see him as a “bad guy” but even in-game, N is just doing what he was told to do. He’s not exactly bad, though he seems to enjoy a good challenge.

Then again, in the Pokemon world, who wouldn’t like a good challenge?

Unfortunately, I didn’t watch the anime during the Unova region, but apparently, he joins Ash and company a bit on their journey here and there.

Overall, I think N is a complex character. He has the ability to hear what the Pokemon is saying and he has interesting views, despite the way he was brought up. He doesn’t seem to be on anyone’s side and just goes with the flow of things.

I’ve always liked him. I never understood his name, though. While writing this post I discovered his real name and… now I understand why he goes by N.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Unova Pokemon

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Kris and I completed our Pokemon Trio-Type Challenge not too long ago. I ended up playing Pokemon White 2 and it’s been a while since I’ve played the Unova region that I decided to talk about my favorite Unova Pokemon.

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Emboar

Emboar is the final evolution form of Tepig, the fire starter for the Unova region. I always go for the fire starters and Emboar is a bulky guy. I love his design and his moves.

Audino

I don’t normally have normal type Pokemon on my team, but Audino is pretty sturdy. While its attack isn’t all that great, it has a great defense. I think Audino is a pretty Pokemon too and I like how it’s associated with the Pokemon Center.

Stoutland

I raised a Stoutland for the first time recently for our challenge and I loved every moment of it. Stoutland is a great companion and has awesome defense and attack. Plus, who doesn’t want a pupper on their team?

Zebstrika

Zebstrika was the first electric type Pokemon I chose when White and Black first came out. He was on my team and he has a wonderful move set. I think he’s one of my favorite electric types of all time.

Unfezant

Unfezant is the final evolution of Pidove and is the “Pidgey” of the Unova region. I absolutely love this Pokemon though. The bird Pokemon, especially found in the beginning of the games, are always great. I enjoy Unfezant’s design and the move set overall is awesome.

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Monday Memories: Red, Blue, and Yellow

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Today brings us back with another Monday Memories, this one dedicated to the Gameboy Color Pokemon games: Red, Blue, and Yellow. These games were introduced to me by a couple of close friends of mine from a couple of decades ago…

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Way back in elementary school, I was friends with a pair of twins.

Hanging out at their house, they had a Nintendo 64 hooked up to a little television in their parents’ bedroom. Thinking back on it now, I wonder if the parents had the console there due to being sure the kids wouldn’t spend too much time playing, but I also don’t remember them having any other television. That could also be due to our days — when not playing video games — being spent playing school, pool days in the summer, walking their dog, but I digress.

It was due to these friends that I was introduced to games such as Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, and Pokemon Snap, along with Pokemon Red and Blue for the Gameboy Color. I was just beginning to get interested in Pokemon, not really understanding the games themselves, but knowing that there was a cartoon and fun little cards that apparently had more of a purpose than just being pretty. I got suckered into the casual fun of taking pictures of Pokemon in Pokemon Snap and started asking for a Gameboy Color from the Easter Bunny with the Pokemon games.

The next time I had a play date with the twins, I just remember excitedly showing up at their house with my own copy of the games and Prima’s Official Strategy Guide for Pokemon Yellow. My friends were impressed, claiming that the Pokemon Yellow version was the “rarer” game (which, years later, doesn’t make sense but, hey, we were in elementary school). We spent much of that day with each of us on our respective Gameboy Colors, with each twin playing either Red or Blue and me playing Yellow.

While I unfortunately haven’t been in touch with these old friends in years — since they moved away before we even reached middle school — I do credit them as part of the reason why I enjoyed the Let’s Go titles when they came out for the Nintendo Switch. The nostalgia alone of seeing and hearing Pikachu by my character’s side throws me back to those times when I was sandwiched between my friends on the floor of their living room as we cheered each other on in battles.

I do wonder occasionally how they are doing. I hope they are doing well and, maybe, if they also have the Let’s Go Pokemon titles that they’re marveling at the evolution (pun intended) of the games as well as share this bittersweet feeling about a dissipating friendship as I do.

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Pokemon: Kalos Seasons [Anime Review]

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Okay, so we’ve been talking a lot about Pokemon lately, but can you blame us? Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield were announced, and we’re absolutely stoked! Lately, Rachel’s been watching Pokemon the anime series on Netflix, and one of the few (out of 21) seasons that is available is the XYZ season, the end of the characters’ adventures in the Kalos region. I started watching it around the end of the season with the Pokemon League, and found myself really enjoying it.

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I stopped watching the anime a while ago. It was something that was hard for me to keep up with but I always wanted to catch up with it. Netflix has the two XY seasons and the one XYZ seasons. So, I binged all three seasons (roughly 45 episodes each) in a little over a week… yeah. But let me tell you, the Kalos region in the anime is an amazing thing. They did a fabulous job with this particular series.

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Honestly, I remember much of the Indigo League, the Orange Islands, and some of Johto. I watched a few episodes of Hoenn and Sinnoh here and there, but when Brock left, I lost interest in the anime, haha. However, seeing how fluid the animation of the battles in the Kalos League and the involved plot for the last dozen or so episodes were, I was impressed. I’ll have to catch up with the rest of the Kalos region when I find the time.

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Brock, Misty, and Ash were definitely an awesome combination. However, I fell in love with all the characters in XY and XYZ. Professor Sycamore is probably my favorite Pokemon Professor now. He was hardy, good looking, and definitely knew what’s up. Ash no longer felt like a ten-year-old stupidhead. He was actually fairly mature. Clemont and Bonnie had the most adorable brother-sister relationship and both pulled their own weight in the series. It took me a few episodes to get used to Serena, but she was an awesome female lead as well. I honestly have to say, aside from Brock and Misty, I think this is my favorite group.

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I think I was a little salty that Misty left the core group for the Hoenn and Sinnoh seasons of the anime. I didn’t really have much against the other female leads, it was just a younger me being annoyed that a character I liked had left. Of course, being a little older, I can appreciate that the characters nowadays each have their own dreams and goals rather than just following Ash around. It’s an important realization of growing up and it’s a bittersweet touch to the end of the seasons. I did enjoy the Kalos group, seeing that the episodes gave them equal time while still pitting Ash as the main character. Having Ash be more of a teen rather than a kid — letting him age up a little with the majority of the folks who first started watching the anime — was a good move as well.

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The series as a whole went at a good pace as well. There was Ash’s adventure but there was also something else lurking around. Once the Kalos League was over, that’s when everything went to hell and the plot really happened. From then on, there were about ten or so episodes of non-stop intense action. We were trying to play our Pokemon games for our Three-Type Challenge while watching the show and we ending up putting the games away and just got sucked into the ending.

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Honestly, the last few episodes of the Kalos seasons made me wish even more that we got a Pokemon Z game. The anime really expanded on the plot that was shown in the X and Y games — actually, Rachel, did the XY series of the show do the games’ plot line? — and I would have loved being part of a save the world story like Ash was in the anime. The last few episodes were bittersweet as well, showing the characters figuring out what they wanted to do with their lives and telling each other, “See you later!” rather than “Goodbye.”

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The plot was more so in XYZ rather than XY. But it was all awesome all the same. The series as a whole had great characters, an awesome adventure, epic Pokemon battles, and Team Rocket… love Team Rocket. If you don’t watch Pokemon that much but wouldn’t mind giving it a try, Kalos is great a series to do so.

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