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Design: Pokémon vs. Digimon

Discussion in 'Poképolls' started by Morton Belgram, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. Morton Belgram

    Morton Belgram Well-Known Member

    Simple as Pokémon, detailed as Digimon? Cute as Pokémon, grotesque as Digimon? Which do you prefer? Below are just some examples in one picture that I found on a Digimon message board comparing the designs.
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  2. AuroraBeam

    AuroraBeam Well-Known Member

    I like both of them. Some I prefer Pokemon's interpretation while with other's, Digimon's designs are more appealing. Also while most pokemon I either like their design or am neutral towards; the amount of Pokemon designs that I actively dislike I could probably count on one hand after going through the list. Digimon on the other hand has a lot of love-it-or-hate-it designs with really cool, neat ones alongside several I find unappealing.

    But I also understand that some digimon are intentionally ugly/grotesque while with pokemon, even the ones that are suppose to be ugly/drab in-universe still have some kind of charming factor about them.
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  3. Orphalesion

    Orphalesion Well-Known Member

    I like both, for different reasons. The one thing I don't like abotu Digimon is how nonsensical their evolutions are sometimes (so a white cat just transformed into an angel lady?)
    Pokemon designs can be very bland (Seel and Crabby in your examples) while digimon designs can suffer from having waaaay to much going on (none of the ones you show, imho) and with the copious amounts of leather, latex and chains some digimon are wearing I'm sometimes wondering whether one or more of the designers tried to express a personal fetish they have/had at the time.

    Both have their appeal, both have their problems and both are good.
    If Digimon had some games that were actually playable, I would do so.
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  4. Morton Belgram

    Morton Belgram Well-Known Member

    Most Digimon games kinda sucks, yeah, but I think Digimon World DS and Digimon World Championship were quite playable games.

    I also fought through both Digimon World 1 and Digimon World 3. Very flawed games, but I really liked them because of their fascinating worlds.
    Digimon World 2 was just horrible, I never played through that one... So slow.
  5. Weavy

    Weavy Usually silent

    Oh this topic...

    First off, I would like to mention that I am not a fan of the phrase " This Pokémon looks like a Digimon". Personally I think most Pokémon don't come close to looking like Digimon, even the most complex ones. It's usually used as an excuse to say they don't like the Pokémon; people should just say they don't like the Pokémon.

    Next, I am in agreement with people here that both series has their fair share of awesome designs and total stinkers, however design is subjective and this applies to both Pokémon and Digimon; what might not appeal to someone may appeal to someone else. Pokémon tends to favour natural designs while Digimon tend to have a lot of weapons.

    Also, I honestly think the Digimon games have got better these days, though that's probably just me. I rather enjoyed Cyber Sleuth/Hacker's Memory and while the older ones have a ton of issues (Grinding in particular was outright painful) I at least got some fun out of them (For the most part). But the Pokémon games tend to be better which is something I agree with.

    Personally, from the example, MarineAngemon has a lot more in common with Phione/Manaphy rather than Mew, as Phione/Manaphy and MarineAngemon are based on the same thing, sea angels and they both are water based monsters. The only thing MarineAngemon and Mew have in common is that they're pink, that's it.
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  6. Kage-Pikachu

    Kage-Pikachu Well-Known Member

    And an attractive one at that, when I was a kid I was like what the heck?! Same for Angemon, a human-shaped angel from a whatever the heck its pre-evolution was named...
  7. Emperor Empoleon

    Emperor Empoleon Honor of Kalos

    I do appreciate Pokemon's comparatively simpler philosophy, because it makes the overall world feel a bit more...Welcoming, I suppose?

    But I also tend to like more intricacy with design in general. So Digimon definitely has a way of leaving an impression on me that Pokemon often doesn't (especially with heroic figures, like Dukemon or Imperialdramon). And in fact, some of favorite Pokemon designs happen to be more recent ones like Zygarde Complete, Lunala, various Mega Evolutions, and others that have been called out as "over-designed" or "like Digimon" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2018
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  8. Orphalesion

    Orphalesion Well-Known Member

    I think Angemon's pre-evolution was pretty much a flying potato.

    As far as him and Angewomon go, their appearance actually taught me quite a bit about Christian and Jewish folklore. I was so intrigued about them as a kid because they had so many wings, when all the angels in other media I had seen had "only" two. But then I found out that apparently in Christian and Jewish myths especially powerful angels can have up to six pairs of wings, and like Angemon and Angewomon they cover their eyes because if any other being would look int their eyes the light in them would burn so hot, it would sear you from existence.

    And the weird power-up of Myotismon (with the face in the crotch) is apparently based on Medieval depictions of Satan.
  9. Scammel

    Scammel Well-Known Member

    I think tonnes of Digimon designs are great - in a vacuum. They're stylised to a much greater degree and they're almost all 'badass' to a certain extent, but therein lies the reason why I prefer Pokémon as a range. Pokémon has an abundance of simple, streamlined designs that evoke mundane animal species, which leads more complex and powerful Pokémon to stand out in contrast. This disparity is very important to Pokémon's world-building; the Charizards are all the more awesome because they're sharing space with Goldeens and Sandshrews.

    In contrast, each individual Digimon has more complexity and personality that makes it stand out as a standalone, sentient character. That's fine - it's what the series wants to do with itself - but a whole bunch of them does get tedious on the eye. When everyone's 'badass', no one is.

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