By Brandon Yeo
I think this would be an especially nostalgic topic for many of those who has bought the game and constantly pondering, who is the cutest? Who is the coolest? And who is the strongest? Well which of these matters and how did you choose your Gen V starter? I’m sure most of you would know the starters fairly well, but some quick introduction. First up is Snivy the grass snake Pokemon, seemingly sleek and elegant, his agility is especially evident in his high speed stats. Second is the water Otter, Oshawott, who seems to look sort comical, with a brown nose, blue ears and a seemingly blue (Jacket?). Most distinct is of course his removable scalchop on his stomach. Lastly, the fire pig Pokemon, Tepig. A typical pig, seeming like its other species counterparts with a curly tail but with a fiery taste attached.
Just so you know, my first unanimous pick was Oshawott. As the Best Wishes series started before the B&W game was released, I was already exposed to his comical appearance and charm that influenced me to choosing him as a starter. Being one of my main collections as well, it would be weird just not to pick him. Apart from my bias of course, his looks is one that is clearly unique, especially with his scalchop, something that most Pokemon can’t do apart from others like Dwebble with his removable shell. Well many while choosing their starters, might also consider their evolutions, I did too, but it wasn’t a very big deciding factor. Before I watched the Best Wishes series and before the game came out, I was debating whether to choose between Snivy or Oshawott as Snivy evolves into an awesome grass (snake dragon?), something that hasn’t been done in a long time apart from Charizard. Then comes Samurott, although the problem is I have no clear idea what he is or what animal or mythical creature he is based on since he doesn’t seem to look anywhere close to an Otter. But his two removable swords changed it all, with his trusty moustache, it made him look all the more deadly. I never really considered Tepig as firstly I usually chose the grass types, from Bulbasaur all the way to Turtwig and secondly, I don’t fancy oversized pigs very much. Lastly, he seems to pale in comparison to his water and grass counterparts.
So it comes to the final question, which Generation 5 starter is the most interesting and the most aesthetically appealing. Well, these questions can only be answered by yourself and I’m sure people have different preferences such as I not preferring pigs but otters instead. Either way, I’m positive this topic and question will be continually touched on and asked even in the future as really, there is little anyone can do to prove that the starter is indeed the “best” starter. What matters after all is your personal preference.