Easily cuter than Pikachu
I couldn’t help but notice this. Reading the excellent “designs through time” article on the Nido family (read here http://aquabunny.creativeworlds.net/articles-design.html ) I really couldn’t help but wonder how the anime managed to botch the Nidos so badly with the possible exception of Nidoking. Then I noticed something about some of them, in particular, Nidoran male, female Nidorina and Nidoqueen: See if these look familiar:
Compare toSee? Basically identical! If you take a look at the card, and this was drawn by Ken Sugimori himself! The art for most of the nidos’ cards were based on the sprites from the original games. Like the Nidoran F from Green No idea why they removed the hind legs, I guess sugi felt they shouldn’t be visible from that angle but is otherwise accurate. Sure as hell a lot better than going with the Red/Blue sprite, …
This goes for a few more too. Let’s compare sprite to card:
See the pattern? It applies to Nidoking too… except THAT design wasn’t copied for the anime.:/ It seems like the card-art was just to be a neat little homage of sorts to the game sprites, so it kinda makes sense that they’re a tad off-model here, kinda. And then the anime artists decided to use that as their model. To be honest, even though Nidorina looks uncharacteristically mean in the card and anime art, it probably wouldn’t be THAT bad if that for what, to be fair, is a pokemon that hardly appeared. It’s ugly, yes but at least bears some resemblance to the initial art. Then they went with this Ugh…
Not really a point to all that, just something you might not have noticed before.
Images from Bulbagarden and Aquabunny.
Also, might be worth mentioning that when the trading card game came out, pokemon red, blue and green were already released, and the TCG art had been previously unseen.