As you may guess by the title, this is the final Normal-type article. What do you think? We’ve been through this series already, so it’s appropriate that there is a conclusion. This is going to be a short one, I promise! If you are ready, please proceed.
Going through this series took a lot of time, thanks in part to how many Normal-types there are altogether. When covering each of these Normal-type families, it allowed me to look at some of the interesting things about them, and perhaps learn some facts I didn’t know! For example, when covering the Deerling and Sawsbuck article, I learned that deer antlers are capable of renewing itself; much less have some plant-like properties. Another example would be the Pidove family, in which I didn’t realise that Pidove’s not the only member in the family that has a heart-shaped pattern.
Some of the things I learned about the Normal-types allow me to appreciate the intricacies of each of their designs better, so it inspired me to like them more. Farfetch’d is a great example for this: it is a Pokémon inspired by an idiom, which is not something you see every day. It takes elements of the literal portion of that idiom while still maintaining the essence of it. There are also cases where I appreciate the research done by others, because I would never have been able to know everything, being that I am just more of an observer. Going back to the Farfetch’d example: the guy who learned about Farfetch’d’s true origins actually allowed others to understand the truth, whereas previously, blind imitation was in play (people used to think it was inspired by the duck and onions folklore, no double being based on the PokéDex).
Although the Normal-type isn’t a type known for being powerful in battle, since it’s offensively and defensively barebones compared to most types, their unique designs and sometimes unique battle style really makes up for what I love about this type. It’s a complaint that there are too many for me to cover, but as a Pokémon fan, the Normal-types are something I don’t mind going through at the end of the day. The only type that has more Pokémon than Normal is Water, and I’m sure I’ll faint if I were to be assigned to cover all of them.
While I did the main content of this article series, I didn’t manage to get all of this done alone. Certainly, there are several people who helped me with my efforts. There’s Pokemon Trainer Sarah, who made all those banners you see in this series, ray_quazaa, who helped me out with some stuff, and last but not least, the various people from Bulbagarden and Pokémon Crossroads who contributed their quotes you see in the beginning of all the Pokémon articles and each of the Specialists. Getting help is not exactly easy when I restrict each person to two subjects each, but it certainly is better than doing one person each, since that would take even longer, with 60 subjects to cover (56 Pokémon families plus 4 specialists).
To finish up this article, I’ll be listing down my most favourite and least favourite Pokémon. As I have mentioned in the previous article, my favourites and least favourites might change overtime, because different thoughts go through me now compared to before. This is not a list of good Pokémon and bad Pokémon, so please consider that this is an opinion list and not a gospel. I should also note that even if a certain Pokémon is in my Least Favourite list, it doesn’t mean I hate it; I just don’t find them appealing for one reason or another. One final thing: there is no set order in what I find favourable or not favourable about my choices. Here goes!
Most Favourite: Zigzagoon, Braviary, Bidoof family, Regigigas, Stoutland, Audino, Minccino family, Farfetch’d, Hoothoot, Swablu, Chatot, Porygon family, Taillow family, Pidove family, Sawsbuck, Heliolisk, Ditto
Least Favourite: Persian, Staraptor, Kangaskhan, Eevee, Skitty family, Glameow, Fletchling, Stantler
Now that I have listed my favourites and least favourites, I look forward to learning about your favourite and least favourite Normal-types (if you ever want to comment on that).
Well, that’s all from me! Currently, I did 64 Normal-type Review articles (64!), which I have to say is a lot for a series, even for me. You can say that I also wanted to shoot for this amount because 64 is absolutely a special number. Due to this taking up a lot of time, I sometimes wonder if I would do these again. For now, I hope you enjoyed reading all of these articles as much as I have writing it.
I appreciate it.