Aqua Ninja Frog
- Feb 16, 2018
- Reaction score
I was just thinking about this. Why wasn't this given to Pikachu? The yellow electric rodent has been around for far longer than Greninja.
Because they wanted to give Ash a Mega Evo, but couldn't since no Gen 6 Pokemon except Diancie have Megas, so they had to make up a new form for Greninja instead.
But why Greninja? What about Hawlucha, Talonflame, or Noivern? Those are fully evolved.If I were to make a guess, it might be because it only triggers when a Pokemon is fully evolved like with Mega Evolution. I wasn't the one that came up with this theory, but it seems logical.
Not sure, aside from Greninja's popularity, I can't think of an in universe reason why. I actually liked the idea of the bond phenomenon, but I myself do admit to wishing it could be used on other Pokemon too. Heck, I wish it wasn't just something Ash had if I'm going to be honest.
Oh that's possible, I don't remember the exact timeline or how and what. But X and Y were released in October 2013 and SSB4 almost exactly one year later.Wasn't Greninja added to that roster before said popularity became a thing? I seem to remember reading this somewhere.
I really feel like it was planned from the start. They had the whole story of this being a special Froakie and leaving other trainers and then having this special trust and admiration for Ash. And watching the first season of XY again after knowing what happened, I am definitely noticing a lot more "in synch" moments between the two of them I would have never thought about without knowing about what was coming. They certainly made their personalities be quite similar, but in a different way than Ash and Pikachu's personalities are similar, and I don't think it takes anything away from Pikachu because they still have a ton of moments in XY (not to mention its absurd showing in the league compared to past leagues). Design wise, I think it worked a lot better than any of Ash's other Kalos Pokemon for the bond, and for them to have a similar personality makes sense too, so I think it was a good choice.What I'm saying is, how far in advance was Bond Phenomenon created? Was Froakie mapped out from the start to be Ash's "pseudo-Mega" all along?
*Yajima wanted to make the bond between Satoshi and Gekkouga a major part of the story, but felt it would be difficult to do so if it had to remain a Gekkouga, so he went to Game Freak, and they came up with the idea of a synchro transformation. It was put in Sun/Moon afterwards, but was created during this discussion between anime staff and GF.