Day: January 14, 2021

Top 5 Underrated Anime You Should Watch!

All Ages of Geek gives recommendations on some underrated anime you should check out!

NEW Pokémon Snap!

Get ready for New Pokémon Snap, an all-new adventure for Nintendo Switch inspired by the classic Nintendo 64 game Pokémon Snap.
Explore beaches, jungles, deserts, and more as you photograph over 200 Pokémon and investigate the mysterious Illumina phenomenon in New Pokémon Snap.”

Check out their website HERE to find out more about this exciting game!

Vtuber Interview with Nym Li!

Today I got to interview a time-traveling Vtuber named Nym Li! Here is what they had to say:

1. What made you want to start Vtubing?

It’s funny because the only reason I started streaming was because I wanted to show off my Animal Crossing Island and I honestly had no intention of taking it any further. Around the same time I started my no camera Animal Crossing streams, I discovered Hololive and Nijisanji, but it never dawned on me that I could do something like this myself. It was only until when one of my friends did an experimental avatar stream that I realized this was something that just about anyone can try. After that, I started researching easy entry-level Vtubing applications and free motion tracking softwares. Once I got everything set up, I really got into streaming as a hobby and here I am as a full-blown Vtuber!

2. How did you decide on what your model would look like?

I based my model with the type of story I wanted to tell. I created this dystopian futuristic world in my head and decided my girl would be a time traveler who escaped from her world and ended up in ours. From there it was just matching the model aesthetic with my world and story. At first I really wanted a live2d model but because it was such a big financial investment, I ended up working with 3D models on Vroid. Keeping the whole cyberpunk future setting in mind, I bought premade textures I could work with and the result is Nym’s current look. I wish I could have incorporated a lot more of my initial ideas but I was a bit limited without an artist I could work with.

3. What can people expect to see from you in 2021?

I mentioned previously that I had a slightly different character design in mind but got limited with my resources. For 2021, my first project is to have a redesign in 2D this time. I want to bring to life what I was initially planning and I finally feel like I am now at a place where Vtubing has become something that I’m passionate about and a real hobby I’d like to pursue. Another side project I am researching on is pose tracking, which could provide me with a way to post dance videos as a Vtuber. I’ve always wanted to try doing Kpop dance covers and this would be the perfect chance to do it. Lastly, I want to expand my content and have some arts and crafts streams, so I’m working on this as well. Hopefully, I can get all these up and running by the end of 2021.

4. What has been your favorite part about vtubing so far?

Vtubing gave me an outlet to be myself and not be afraid or self-conscious. Some people like to think of the avatar models as a mask to hide your identity but really having this avatar has made me open up more. For me, Vtubing isn’t about playing a character but more of using this persona you’ve built to showcase your personality that you otherwise wouldn’t normally be comfortable showing. I’m thankful for discovering Vtubing because I feel like this has helped me love and understand myself a whole lot more. Not only that, but I’ve met a lot of wonderful people in this community, and everyone is overall very supportive. Last year has been crazy for the most part, and because of the Pandemic, it’s hard to make human connections but through Vtubing, I was able to create these connections with people and this has made the current situation feel less lonely.

Fandom History Files: 25 years of Pokemon

As of this year, Pokemon is 25 years old! Happy birthday! Welcome to All Ages Of Geek, I’m Monster Review Girl, and welcome to the Fandom History Files.

General Overview

Pokemon is a beloved franchise that knows no age limit. The premise of the game is simple enough. You play as a 10-year-old running around the countryside of a fantastical world catching the powerful creatures who live there. After that, you compete to prove yourself as a champion and earn the title of the most powerful in the land.

Spanning 122 games, 53 manga volumes, 1,139 anime episodes, 23 movies, and several animated shorts, Pokemon has taken pop culture by storm. Pikachu has his own Thanksgiving Day Parade float, for crying out loud. But things didn’t always start that way.

Check Out Pikachu's Balloon At The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade | NintendoSoup

Early Days

Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokemon and founder of the company Game Freak, started it as a hobby to try and share the thrills he experienced as a child catching insects and tadpoles near his home in suburban Tokyo. 

With the help of Ken Sugimori and other friends, Tajiri formed Game Freak. Inspired by his childhood experiences and the fantasy show Ultra Seven, he got the idea for monsters contained within small capsules.

The initial project was named Capsule Monsters. After several attempts himself, Tajiri got his new friend Shigeru Miyamoto to make the pitch to Nintendo. His pitch was a success, and due to trademarking the project had to be renamed.

After 6 years in development, near bankruptcy, and untold numbers of unpaid hours, the first game was complete.

Generation 1

The first Pokemon games, Red and Green, debuted on February 27th, 1996. Initially, the game sold modestly. The discovery of the hidden pokemon Mew and a contest held by the magazine CoroCoro, however, caused sales to skyrocket. After this, Pokemon Blue – which had improved graphics and sound – came out.

The original Pokemon Green box art

Gen one also saw the debut of the wildly successful pokemon trading card game. The first generation featuring 102 cards when released in mid-October of 1996.

Generation one saw the debut of the manga and anime I mentioned earlier. The anime showed it’s pilot on April first of 1997. Featuring a young trainer named Satoshi (Ash in the English dub) and his rival Shigeru (Gary in the English dub) based on the video game characters Red and Blue respectively, the show followed a plot vaguely similar to the plotline of the games.

The anime soon became wildly popular, causing manga artists to jump on. The first volume of the manga The Electric Tale of Pikachu published on October 28th, 1997. However, the more famous Pokemon Adventures was published on August 8th of the same year. Since then, it has found status among the longest-running pokemon manga to date.

Pokémon Adventures - Wikipedia
Pokemon Adventures Volume 1 cover art

The mangas in general, interestingly enough, were a lot darker and more serious than the original media.

25-year celebration!

Seven generations, a plethora of games, a massive anime, a manga, and countless amounts of fan-content later, Pokemon is a pop-culture juggernaut. And just recently, they announced a special 25th-anniversary event lasting all of 2021! There’s going to be special merch coming out every month, a collaboration with Katy Perry, and more! So please, go check it out! 

See you all again soon, by for now!