I had to do some searching, but I did find one more Pokémon straw, this time of Froakie, but I may never have Chespin to be able to slurp through each of the gen 6 starters.
Statues, murals and wall art continue to be delights. Near where I am staying is a piece featuring interesting characters I don’t recognize. A little further away is a dancing statue.
The highlight, though, was a long mural featuring mermaids and dolphins. It has definitely seen better days, but it is still stunning.
I think finishing my runs with a metal straw as a reward should be my habit while I’m here. Today I got a Pikachu cup and a Fennekin straw to rehydrate with.
Like the games, and unlike the anime, the story follows Red as he journeys from Pallett Town and seeks to complete a Pokédex and become a Pokémon master. Red isn’t so different from Ash, but the story does enough different from the anime’s first season to keep things interesting. Zombie Pokémon was a nice surprise.
The art is typically bold and expressive, and brings the characters to life in a way even the anime doesn’t really match.
I’m not sure I’ll dive in and read the other 50+ volumes, but it was fun to start in on the series. I’ve heard good things about it as a whole, so maybe it’ll be a rainy day comfort again.
On the short flight to Toronto I was able to only make it to completing the first gym because I was slowed by Chikorita’s type disadvantage.
I had a much longer flight from Toronto to Guangzhou, and was able to capture 2 more badges between sleeping periods. I enjoyed slowly shaping a team and exploring the region.
My final flight from Guangzhou to Manilla gave me enough time to get one more badges and be close to the mid point of Johto. I’ll have a couple flights in the Philippines coming up after Christmas, and then my flights home, so I expect I’ll finish the main part of the game by the time I return home.
The 3DS is still a great system to travel with and I’ve enjoyed the smaller, simpler experience this game offers as a virtual console game. It’s remarkable how much story and life was able to be created with the limited Game Boy Color hardware; I’ve been more engaged than I expected to be.