With the newest season of Pokemon following Ash Ketchum on a victory lap after winning the Alola League Tournament and the latest video game, Pokemon Sword and Shield being released on the Nintendo Switch, more details about pocket monsters new and old continue to arrive for Poke-fans everywhere. Now, the creature known as "Shiftry" has been examined by one fan that has deciphered the origins of this eccentric Pokemon, harkening back to the days of yesteryear Japan wherein folklore focusing on magical creatures known as Tengu clearly had an influence on this monster's origin.
Twitter User and Pokemon Fan Dr. Lava YT shared this background of the origin of Shiftry and how the design and aesthetic of this monster was taken from the creature of the past that also used large leaves and dance like movements in order to control and confuse beings that witnessed it in action:
Shiftry is based on Tengu, creatures from Japanese mythology who protect forests and have long noses & white hair. Tengu are known to wield magical leaf fans and read people's minds -- attributes that help explain Shiftry's moveset and Pokedex entries. pic.twitter.com/eka1y80lWR— Dr. Lava's Lost Pokemon (@DrLavaYT) December 2, 2019
Shiftry was first introduced in the third generation of Pokemon, acting as the ultimate evolutionary form of Seedot. In the anime, the first appearance of Shiftry was in the episode titled "Jump For Joy!" wherein the pocket monster had kidnapped Nurse Joy in an effort to save a Nuzleaf that had seen better days. Many Pokemon have had a number of unique origins and inspirations for their creations, many of which are steeped in Japanese folklore and with the franchise seemingly not stopping any time soon, it will surely continue into the future.0comments
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