Vanillite, Vanillish, and Vanilluxe

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Vanillite, Vanillish, and Vanilluxe
Pokémon series character
First game Pokémon Black and White
Created by James Turner
Designed by Ken Sugimori
Voiced by (English) Emily Jenness (all three)
Voiced by (Japanese) Chika Fujimura (Baniputchi)
Shinichiro Miki (Doctor Ferrara's/Dr. Tsuraraa's Baniritchi)
Kiyotaka Furushima (Brycen's/Hachiku's Baniritchi)

Vanillite, Vanillish, and Vanilluxe, known in Japan as バニプッチ (Baniputchi?), バニリッチ (Baniritchi?), and バイバニラ (Baibanira?), are a collective line of Pokémon designed to resemble ice cream cones. They were first introduced in Pokémon Black and White.

Concept and design[edit]

The Vanillite line is characterized as scoops of ice cream in cones. Vanillish is a larger incarnation of Vanillite, while Vanilluxe features an extra scoop of ice cream with a face. One of the scoops has a straw-like figure which has mist flowing out of it. It was designed by British designer James Turner, who was the first western designer to create Pokémon designs (starting with Golett and Golurk).[1]

Appearances[edit]

Vanillite and its evolutions first appeared in Pokémon Black and White and appeared in subsequent mainline Pokémon titles.

Reception[edit]

Vanillite and its evolutions have received mixed reception among critics. GamesTM called Vanillite "dreadful" and accused the designers of "scraping the bottom of the barrel."[2] Despite finding the overall designs in Black and White to be good, IGN's Audrey Drake found Vanillite and its line to be contrary to this.[3] Fellow IGN editor Sam Claiborn scoffed at the idea of a "walking ice cream cone".[3] Audrey Drake questioned why some Pokémon look like inanimate objects and cited Vanillite specifically. She questioned whether its physical appearance was based on actual ice cream cones or whether it was just a coincidence.[4] Kat Bailey for IGN ranked Vanillish as the runner-up for the worst Pokémon from Black and White and questioned the good sense behind an ice cream cone Pokémon.[5] GamesRadar's Brittany Vincent included it in an article discussing Pokémon which are "basically just ordinary objects with googly eyes."[6] The Huffington Post's Taylor Casti included all three in his list of the weirdest Pokémon and made fun of its ice cream-inspired design.[7] GamesRadar editor Jake Magee included Vanillish in his list of the "laziest Pokemon designs ever." He felt that Vanillite was cute, but Vanillish was just a bigger version with a "painfully dumb face."[8]

Despite criticism, the line has received some positive reception. Vanilluxe is a favourite among the Official Nintendo Magazine staff.[9] ONM's Thomas East cited Vanillish as an example of a strange Pokémon from Black and White, while fellow ONM editor Chris Schilling used Vanilluxe as an example of a unique Pokémon in this generation compared to the safer ones earlier in the game.[10][11] ONM's Elizabeth Mo felt that it didn't get enough respect, and that it should be given a Mega Evolution in Pokémon X and Y.[12] Kotaku's Patricia Hernandez noted that Vanilluxe was the most commonly cited example of a Pokémon from Black and White that receives ridicule. She stated that the "absurdity" of its ice cream design is what makes it so remarkable. She claimed that its design was "fascinating, lore-wise," and that players of earlier Pokémon games lack the "sense of wonder or the suspension of disbelief required to enjoy something lighthearted."[13] CD Action's David Bojarski commented that Pokémon like Vanillite generate controversy among players, and added that "utility" Pokémon have existed since the very beginning of Pokémon.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gudmundson, Carolyn (2012-06-23). "A tribute to Ghost-type Pokemon". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  2. ^ "Pokémon Black/White review". GamesTM. 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  3. ^ a b Richard George (2011-03-11). "Pokemon Black and White: Second Opinions - Nintendo DS Feature at IGN". Ds.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  4. ^ Drake, Audrey (2012-09-05). "Pokémon’s Unsolved Mysteries". IGN. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  5. ^ Bailey, Kat (2013-10-09). "The Worst Pokemon of All Time". IGN. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  6. ^ Vincent, Brittany (2014-01-29). "14 Pokemon that are basically just ordinary objects with googly eyes". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  7. ^ Casti, Taylor (2014-02-22). "These 20 Pokemon Will Make You Think Twice Before Trying To Catch 'Em All". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  8. ^ Magee, Jake (2013-10-02). "The 20 laziest Pokemon designs ever". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  9. ^ East, Thomas (2011-04-07). "Best new Pokémon". Official Nintendo Magazine. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  10. ^ East, Thomas (2011-03-03). "A Pokémon that's too strange? There's no such thing says Sugimori". Official Nintendo Magazine. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  11. ^ "Nintendo Feature: Pokémon Black and White: 'We've gone back to basics'". Official Nintendo Magazine. 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  12. ^ Mo, Elizabeth (2013-09-02). "5 Pokemon that should Mega Evolve in Pokemon X and Y". Official Nintendo Magazine. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  13. ^ Hernandez, Patricia (2012-12-17). "Pokémon Designs Aren't Getting Worse, They May Be Getting Better". Kotaku. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  14. ^ Bojarski, David (2013-10-19). ""Te Pokemony są coraz brzydsze", czyli dlaczego tak naprawdę narzekamy na nowe generacje". CD Action. Retrieved 2014-03-16.