Sunday, June 10, 2018

Pokémon Midwest Regionals 2018: Masters VGC Winner

Paul Chua
The following is an interview with Paul Chua, winner of the Masters Division of the video game competition at the 2018 Midwest Regional in Madison, WI.

Where are you from, and how did you get into Pokémon?

I am from Union, New Jersey. I got into Pokémon after I saw a commercial for Diamond and Pearl-the games looked really cool and I got them on release day. I started doing VGC in 2010, when I read an advertisement about the events and the closest one was less than an hour away. I went there and made it to the third round. From that point on, I decided to keep playing VGC because of how fun it was to play against other people.

What was the team you used for this event?

-Kangaskhan
-Landorus (Therian)
-Tapu Fini
-Cresselia
-Kartana
-Heatran

Was there an overall strategy for the team?

No, it was just meant to take hits and do damage with some of the strongest Pokémon available. It was all about just using the best Pokémon given the opponent’s team and play style.

What worked well for the team in the tournament?

I think Kangaskhan worked really well. Mine was relatively bulky which allowed it to take strong attacks such as Hydro Vortex from Ludicolo (even in the rain) or Overheat from Charizard-Y. Another aspect that worked well was my Cresselia having Hidden Power Fire. I put it on there as a way to handle Kartana more easily, which had given my team a lot of issues in the past.

How did the finals play out?

Game one I felt could have gone either way, however him attacking my Kangaskhan near the end with his Kartana allowed me to make a comeback and barely take it. In game two, I tried to cover all of his switches he could make and brought my Landorus this time as a way to reduce the power of his Kartana.

Any changes might you make to this team if you used it again?

I felt like teams that had Gothitelle and Mawile did really well against, as the ability to have more board control by stopping me from switching made it really hard to take knockouts. Putting Taunt on Heatran or using a ghost-type might help there.

What are your plans for the rest of the season?

I plan on going to North American Internationals and maybe a few Midseason Showdowns before that. I qualified for Worlds too, so I’m definitely going there.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Poke Press Digest Podcast: Episode 17-The Music of "Pokemon: I Choose You!"

In this single-segment episode, Anne from Pikapi Podcast and I talk about the music from the 20th Pokémon movie, "I Choose You". Our discussion covers the ending themes, openings, and the score. As usual, we also read a few listener comments.


Links:

Pikapi Podcast
Pokemon Movie Music Collection
"Future" by Beverly
The Soundtrack Show

Monday, May 14, 2018

Discussion: The music of "Pokemon: I Choose You!" (Part 1)

Anne from Pikapi Podcast and I jump forward to the 20th Pokemon movie and discuss its music. In particular, we compare "Let's Walk Together" by Asuca Hayashi and "I Choose You" by Haven Paschall, the end themes of the Japanese and US versions of the movie (respectively). These songs have some similarities, but also some distinct differences:

Monday, May 7, 2018

Unboxing the "Future Connection" CD/DVD combo single

The latest Pokemon single, "Future Connection" recently came out in Japan. The single isn't as elaborate as "Alola", but still contains some goodies worth looking at:

Monday, April 30, 2018

Is music commentary not accessible enough?

While watching a recent video about a lack of polished content in the speedrunning community, I came to realize that some of the same problems it described might apply to music as well. Namely, that there's not enough material that attempts to explain what makes it work without requiring significant musical training. Is there something we can do about that?

Monday, April 16, 2018

A trio of Mew-related videos

In honor of Mew finally being made available in Pokemon Go, I've dug up one of my old parodies and had it recorded by Tom Bedlam. The result is "Mew Sensation", a take on "New Sensation" by Australian rock group INXS:


If you'd like to know more about this song, you can take a look here:


If that's still not enough for you, I also recently unboxed "The Birth Of Mewtwo" radio drama CD from Japan:

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Poke Press Digest Podcast: Episode 16-Kids' WB Bumpers/Sky Warrior Music

In the first segment (0:51-12:40), I talk to Brian Oliver, who produced bumpers for Kids' WB back in the day. Listen to find out what the process of creating these promos was like, and what he’s doing now.

Our second segment (12:49-50:16) is a discussion of the music of the 11th Pokémon movie, "Giratina and the Sky Warrior". Anne from Pikapi Podcast helps me match up Crystal Kay's "ONE" to Aaron Brotherton's "This Is A Beautiful World". As usual, we also give our take on the other music from the movie:


Links:

Segment 1:
Master Pokemon

Segment 2:
Pikapi Podcast