Hello~ This is my first time here on your blog, but I noticed that you have very intense feelings towards the pairing of Wally and Galade. I completely understand where you are coming from, and to be honest I never really thought about it to much eheh... I've never been a huge fan of the ralts line, but I do love gardevoirs design, and while I think it was an interesting concept adding in Galade as a male evolution, I think they shouldn't have made the evolution based on gender but on a helditem
Ahah yeah I’ve kind of calmed down a bit since then, and I guess I’ll be able to handle it by coming up with headcanons in order to combine the ORAS timeline with the original (which I’m probably going to be thinking about outside of Wally anyway)
I always tended to see Gallade as a counterpart to Froslass and a “rare” or somewhat “unnatural” branch off the Ralts-line, which was part of how I was able to cope with the specificity despite the implications of it rubbing me the wrong way. And I actually love Gallade as a pokemon, heck, I cosplay as it. But there are parts of the fandom who saw it as an excuse to hold some really messed up and effectively transphobic opinions regarding Gardevoir.
And it kinda feels like Game Freak is trying to cater to traditional gender roles with them more and more as things go on.
- The new abilities make a lot of sense considering the nature of things but it also kinda comes in a looot more handy for Groudon than Kyogre. Will… be interesting to see how this affects things in the uber metagame
- Very curious where they’re going to go with Rayquaza in these games
there’s a huge problem in gaming today where people are focusing more on graphics than aethestic, which is really shitty because it leads to all of these awful derivative modern military shooters and games that have no identity. like i don’t really care if you’re able to render the 374th bead of sweat on a grizzled marine’s face, if you don’t have a unique style nobody will remember your game
Anon from earlier! I see, I understand your reasoning :) I stayed far away from the ralts fandom after I accidentally left the safety option off when I went through the tags. I never looked at it from that point of view before, and tbh don't think you're reading too much into it when you compare it to the arguments etc of the part of the fandom you refer to. Perhaps there will be some explanation in game? The original tv series had him with a Gardevoir, so they can't just skip over that -c-
-c- and hopefully it’ll make sense/won’t be insulting. Saying that, I don’t know if we should get hopes up for that :/
Ohh yeah, we’ve all been there. Nothing like going to the tag of your favorite pokemon and getting flooded with completely untagged NSFW stuff. Gardevoir’s always had that particularly bad unfortunately, but yeah, there are alot of underlying issues in the fandom and tension in general aside from just that.
Wally was actually never in the TV series. In fact, the Ralts line has been very sparse in the anime in general (up until Diantha I guess), having only ever really had a “pokemon of the day” episode or two and a couple brief cameos. I’m pretty sure Gallade’s never even actually had a “Pokemon of the Day” episode, only ever appearing as one of the competing pokemon in a Contest Tournament toward the end of the Gen 4 series. So if Wally does appear with it, it’ll pretty much be its debut as well as his.
But yeah, we’ll see how things go I guess. I’m probably just going to stick to my headcanon that he had a Gardevoir first.
Thanks for understanding and being polite about things. <3
I think it’s justified :D This isn’t like Sonic the Hedgehog having green vs. black eyes, this is an important character being taken away from another. It’d be like Ash suddenly saying “screw it, I don’t want Pikachu anymore.”
^^^^^^^^ I’m gonna repost this thing I wrote on Skype
[4:05:47 PM] Tempestuous: Yeah, and people could argue that “well Gallade fills all the same protector motifs Gardevoir does” but the main thing about Wally was that there was a PARALLEL between him and Gardevoir.
Because his story wasn’t just about being a physically frail person who needed someone to take care of him.
It was about a physically frail person who MANAGED TO FIND MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL STRENGTH in the face of that physical weakness and that to me was the significance of him having a mentally and emotionally powerful pokemon like Gardevoir. And his Ralts becoming a Gallade now is almost completely counter-productive to that.
May I ask why you're uncomfortable with Wally/Gallade? Is it because it was Gardevoir before? Sorry
There’s a lot of reasons, some of which are related to Wally as a character and the fact that I believe Gardevoir is all around a better fit for him and have basically associated it with him for years.
Others are related to the unfortunate implications in the fact that yes, in the original games he had a male Gardevoir and yes, Game Freak made the decision to change it.
I’m not saying that I believe that’s the reason they changed it - I understand that after Diantha they didn’t want to make Mega Gardevoir a “boss battle” pokemon twice and it was a good chance to introduce M-Gallade anyway so they took the opportunity.
But I’m very scared that it could be taken the wrong way by some of the nastier parts of the fandom who have been making jokes and comments laced with aggression toward trans people or those who are non-gender-conforming in any way for years and have insisted things like how Gardevoir “should be a female only species” with VERY disturbing reasoning. I’m afraid that this change will lead these parts of the fandom to see it as some kind of “justification” for their views or that Game Freak agrees with them.
I actually made a post earlier but deleted it because I was kind of scared people would accuse me of “reading too much into it” or something but I have been in the fandom for the Ralts-line for a long, long time and encountered many of these people and believe me, it is a pretty heated and awful issue among the fans.
I love how I pretty much abandoned my plot when one of my characters is seriously injured and the other is in the middle of a roleplay PLUS I have to update Vivillon too I’m sorry it’s been so long ahh