Thank you and have a good time contributing!
Love your articles, very enlightening.
I don't know if you've been following the new pokemon releases or not, but there is a new pokemon that looks kind of like a green blob with an embryo floating in it. When I first saw it I immediately thought Euglena, what do you think?
So more evidence that would point to this is the name, which supposedly means "chaotic", though I'm thinking this could also mean "archaic", as a reference to the archea (even though Euglena is a protist). Another interesting Euglena-like aspect is the red 'orbs' floating in its hand are really similar to the "eye" spots in Euglena.
- It's too early to say at this point, but Rankurusu does indeed have some characteristics reminiscent of photosynthetic protists like Euglena. An archaea reference is unlikely but would be awesome (I studied archaea for years, and they have a special place in my heart...)
Nosepass and Probopass
Hello, I love Nosepass and Probopass and I think they have a relation with the Moais, and also Probopass has (I think) a relation with Super Mario, because of the blue eyes, the moustache and the thing it has in the top of his head, that red thing is like the cap of Mario. Would you write a On the Origin of Species of them, please? Thank you. --CaptainBlueOlimar 00:14, 29 June 2010 (UTC)
A Suggestion for an Article
I was wondering if you could do an article on Gardevoir. I'm curious to see what led to the creation of this Pokemon. Gardevoir might be based on anesama ningyo, a Japanese paper doll, says its article. Its pale skin, featureless face and elaborate dress are all qualities of the doll. Furthermore, the Wikipedia article on Tsukumogami states, "Several Pokémon that are based on inanimate objects may be forms of Tsukumogami. These include Magnemite (magnets), Voltorb (Pokeball), Gardevoir (possibly anesama ningyou, a style of paper doll), Shedinja (the discarded exoskeleton of a Nincada after it evolves), Nosepass (Moai statue), Baltoy (shakōkidogū), Shuppet (teru teru bōzu, a Japanese paper doll resembling a ghost), Banette (Voodoo doll), Bronzor (a bronze mirror), and Bronzong (a bronze bell)." Gardevoir being a living doll might explain it being in the same egg group as "shapeless" Pokemon, such as Haunter or Muk. And its protective qualities may reflect paper doll heads being used to ward off evil. Anyway, I'm eager to know how this Pokemon came to be. Thanks! --DowsingMCHN 02:19, 24 June 2010 (UTC)
Hey! I love your Origin Of Species, there very intresting. I was wondering if you could do one on Baltoy and Claydol? i've always found them very interesting :D Sapphiirexo2 21:01, 23 May 2010 (UTC)
Are awesome and a joy to read. I'm a sucker for the mythologies and inspirations behind things, especially Pokémon. Please keep up the great work! Revengeance 13:51, 4 May 2010 (UTC)
Every week I look forward to your On the Origin of Species article. Please keep up the great work.--SuperBreloom 19:05, 23 May 2010 (UTC)
I really do love your column. You are the only reason I'm coming back here! (Other then Black & White)--Luroberto 16:35, 24 May 2010 (UTC)
I agree. I absoultely love your column. Seeing how Pokémon originated is interesting and informative, which is nice. Good writing is so little appreciated these days... it's a shame. Anyway, keep up the great work. I look forward to your articles every week! Sidnoea 10:18, 26 May 2010 (UTC)
Ohh..I love your column. The way you write it, it's very entertaining and informative. Especially when you feature Pokemon based on folklore and myths. BTW, Wooper and Mawile are two of my favorite Pokemon. Hope you do some more. Thanks. --Ja1207 00:08, 2 June 2010 (UTC)
- You're gonna have to get used to this ;) CuboneKing 22:26, 2 June 2010 (UTC)
- I have to admit, I find all of this praise quite bewildering... o.o George Hutcheon 23:23, 2 June 2010 (UTC)
Wish i cud right some thing as cool as u... i only sined up for bulbapedie so i cud as I think u grate and i love ur work :)$boy2000
hey i just read your mew article and i gotta say there is a more simply reason why mew is the ancestor of all pokémon and that is that mew is the very first pokémon trademark ever registered meaning that it was probably the very fist pokemon in a very literal way Ryu
Suggestion for Article
I'd really like an article on how Lucario and Riolu were inspired. They are sometimes believed to be based off the wp:Jackel, although it is sometimes believed to be Egyptian. Thanks, SpecialK 18:15, 23 May 2010 (UTC)
Suggestion for Article
Hey- I LOVE your On the Origins... They are my favourite part of Bulpabedia. Any chance of doing one on Absol?
Absol8 23:21, 27 May 2010 (UTC)
Think you could do Gyarados and the Legendary Beasts?
I see people complain all the time about it not being a Dragon type, so I keep explaining to them about the Dragon Gate legend. However, I do have difficulty finding links to the legend itself, so I am starting to wonder if it is even a true legend, or made up by a few Pokemon fans sick and tired about people asking about Gyarados? Explaining the origin of Gyarados would quiet quite a few people. Same goes for the Beasts. I know almost 100% that Entei is based on a Shishi and Raikou on a Raiju that has taken the form of a tiger, but Suicune shows qualities in common with several legends, leaving it on the fence as to whether it is based on the Kirin, a wind god, or something completely different.--Shadowater 06:31, 7 June 2010 (UTC)
I find your Origin talks very interesting, I thought Mawile was simply based on a Venus Fly Trap! I hope you continue to write enthralling articles and I look forward to reading them.
Could you do an article on the Treecko family or the Swinub family? Or perhaps there's more to Eevee than simply a lot of evolutions?
Once again, thank you for introducing well researched articles and new sides to Pokémon we may have thought nothing of in the past.
Many Thanks, --Treecko Gal 15:38, 15 June 2010 (UTC)
Howdy! I finally got around to reading your "On The Origin of Species" articles and find them very intelligent and well researched; this is one of the kind of things that I feel makes for the foundations for the making a great fan site!
Now one thing I wanted to share with you that came to mind while reading one of your articles is something I've come to understand about the Japanese...
- A powerful concept in Japanese folklore is that of nazoraeru (準える), or substitution.
- It was adapted from a Chinese practice which involved putting the teru teru bozu on the end of a broom to sweep good spirits your way.
A very common thread I seem to find in a lot of Japanese-related topics is this concept of "substitution", or other related terms such as "application" or "adaption"... where Japanese, as an island nation, has been--in a sense--"forced" to accept outside materials and goods. But rather than preserving the original shape/intent of the imported items, the Japanese modify it to fit their specific needs. Therefore, while there are some unique items and ideas that come from Japan, most of it is an adaption of something that they've imported. That's why even Westerners see the Japanese as being, well, "copycats"; that is, taking an idea someone else invented but making it "more efficient", though I don't see being a "copycat" as a bad thing.
To which, I guess my point here is, it doesn't surprise me that these Pokemon ideas are adapted from other things... but also adapted from things that have been adapted by the Japanese. As such, there really isn't a single truly "original" Pokemon creature; that is, a character that has been created from scratch. But "adapting" characters like this comes easy for the Japanese (as a people); their culture has been doing it for centuries! Now while I've always suspected this was the case, it's good to read your articles and being able to see this confirmation of sorts.
So, thanks for writing, and I look forward to your next installation! I wonder what other suspicions of mine turn out to be true. ;) - Nick15 07:24, 21 June 2010 (UTC)
Regarding your articles
I and most others are appreciative of your posts here on Bulbanews, but is it ok if you post maybe one of these per week? Many of us are all excited for some good news, what with the new generation coming out, and some are not as satisfied when they see only an editorial regarding the origin of species. ht14 04:00, 10 July 2010 (UTC)
Will You Ever Do This?
Your Origin Of Species articles are very fascinating. Tell me, will there ever be one for Pikachu?
- I've no plans to do Pikachu in the immediate future, I'm afraid. George Hutcheon 02:15, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
Bummer. What other species do you intend to do origins on? Michael 1:57, 21 July 2010
- Well, I can't give too many things away... but, um, see below for a hint... George Hutcheon 23:43, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Hey look at me, I'm making another suggestion like everybody else!
Well, your articles are amazing. Now, of course, everyone wants you to "do their favorite pokemon" but that's not what makes these articles great. My favorites are those 'mons whose origins are rooted in strange biology. It's just fascinating to see how crazy some of the stuff on our own planet can be.
Your recent article on Paras/Parasect caused me to take a wiki walk and eventually come across the intriguing Antlion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antlion). It should be obvious what Pokemon is based on this unique insect :P
So yeah. Here's my shameless begging for you to write an article on that, or at least, more whacked-out biology related material. Regardless, it's always a great read :) --HeroofTime55 23:26, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
- As a matter of fact, the relevant Pokemon family will be getting their own article very soon: if not this coming week, then a few weeks from now. And thanks! George Hutcheon 23:43, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
- And the article did not disappoint at all!--HeroofTime55 08:33, 29 July 2010 (UTC)
New Pokemon Opinions?
I love your articles and in your area of expertise, what are your opinions on the pokemon Gochiruzeru(fallen angel/astral projection) and Victini(Nike, Goddess of victory, hence the wings)?
Also, I think the Snorunt line would make an interesting article! All about the Snow Country!
Not sure if you take suggestions, but I'd love to see an article on Skitty.--Darknesslover5000 07:25, 10 August 2010 (UTC)
How come? Its a kitten. :) Snozzardi
On the Origin of Species
Hey George, I´m a user of the PokéWiki and think your On the Origin of Species articles are great. So I wanted to ask you, if I may translate your articles to german. Of course we would we would refer to you or to the original article. What do you say? - Sprayduck
- Sure, I have no problem with that. I'd be honoured, in fact! George Hutcheon 09:53, 17 August 2010 (UTC)
- Thanks! I've just asked a few users what they'd think about it. Most of them like the column very much, but they don't want to have it in the wiki because of the encyclopedia-thing and so on. I'll see if I can satisfy them, but It's always good to know that I have your permisson. Sprayduck
Oh, wow, I'm making a suggestion (duh)
I made an account to share this, especially Ranunculus Sardous. I reacted to the common colour scheme and in general long stems of buttercups, as well as the etymology of "sardonic". PLA 11:09, 5 September 2010 (UTC)
- I was reading about this very genus just last week... firstly in connection with mandrakes, and then I was taken by the similarity of the name to Rankurusu, which could be romanized as Ranculus (At the moment I think the name is more related to 'homunculus', though). Tsutarja seems to be more ivy-based at the moment, but perhaps there'll be something in this once we get confirmation of its evos and their names. George Hutcheon 12:02, 5 September 2010 (UTC)
I've been greatly enjoying your articles thus far. I would like to request two species to be made into articles if possible. First, the Squirtle family are my all-time favorite Pokemon. I don't know if there's enough substance to make an article on the 3, but if there is I'd love to read it. Second is one of my favorite Gen V Pokemon, Mijumaru and its evolutions. Particularly I think the shell weapons and the sudden transformation for otter to sealion would make for an interesting read. SidStarkiller 03:20, 23 September 2010 (UTC)
Something a little different
Hey, I was wondering if you might delve into Pokemon with gender differences, and I mean ones that have really noticeable and explainable differences, like all those circumstances surrounding Nidoran, like how it's always been programmed as two separate Pokemon and whatnot, or perhaps the striking similarities between Kenhorou and the Common pheasant. Just thought I'd throw that out there as a (*gasp* he's gonna say it!) suggestion. Teamrocketspy621 19:22, 4 October 2010 (UTC)