Pokemon Creators Explain Sun and Moon's Weird Designs

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It hasn't escaped the internet's notice that some of the designs for the Pokemon in the upcoming Pokemon: Sun and Moon game are a little out there. One example of many includes Dugtrio getting a fab hairdo. Sun and Moon's creators say the weirdness is entirely intentional, Kotaku reports.

The producer of Pokemon: Sun and Moon, Junichi Masuda and the director, Shigeru Ohmori, both discussed their design choices. They laughed when asked if they chose the weirder designs just to mess with people. "For the 20th anniversary, we wanted to have a lot of special surprises…we wanted a funny element," Ohmori said.

But the new generation of Pokemon isn't all weirdos. "At the same time, we had to find a balance of cool ones, serious ones. We looked at the Alola region as a whole and thought about that ecosystem," Ohmori explained.

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The creators say Jangmo-o was the first Pokemon they designed. The creature they had the most fun designing was the towering, multi-headed Exeggutor. "When the designers first came up with the idea, the background is that the sun in Alola is so strong, that [Exeggutor] just keeps growing and growing," Ohmori said.

The creators were also asked about the shirtlessness of the new Pokemon professor. They say they only included that element because of the temperature. They don't make an active effort to make the Professors "cooler or prettier".

I'm glad the creators had a lot of fun with this generation of Pokemon. For the most part, I like them (though I am still mourning over Litten's final evolution. Why can't it just stay on four legs?) What about you? Do you like the weirdness of this gen? Or is it too much?

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