Pokémon takes place in a universe without the concept of “stranger danger”, where it is perfectly reasonable to send pre-teens out on their own to travel the world, battle other kids for their lunch money, go home with newly-met adults, and take candy from strangers. I find this innocence oddly refreshing. In any other game, you’d be asking what exactly this little girl is doing in a hotel room with a dirty cop and two hookers:
In Pokémon-land, though, it just means you’ve found the CEO’s avatar and can battle him for useful loot.
The first sign that the new Pokemon Sword & Shield game(s) would be a hit was Nessa/ルリナ, who hit the fan-sites like a leggy, barely-clad ton of bricks:
(yes, she dresses her early-teen “assistants” in the same outfit, and gives the protagonist a set to wear as well…)
But the real draw has proven to be pouty-punk rival Marnie/マリィ,
who’s so popular that in the upcoming
DFCDLC, you’ll be able
to cosplay as her in-game:
Or in 3D, if you’ve got the chops:
As for choosing Sword versus Shield, there’s no contest:
This is reinforced in the expansion with Sword-exclusive Clara, who had sexy fan-art about ten minutes after the announcment ended:
Something supporting character Sonia can relate to:
Not that any character has been spared…
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