Hihidaruma looks like an Infernape on steroids. I like Meguroko (because of its ability; I want it to have decent Attack and Speed to abuse with). Gear really sucks (in design and ability; possibly stats; I can see it becoming a gimmick Pokemon). If Mamepato becomes the regional bird, expect your starter to be KOed by crits that come up every 10-20 minutes. I like Shimama as well, because it has Electivire's ability.