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Pokémon Nicknames: Cryogonal

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Cyogonal is using what is known in Pokémon battling as a “Special Move”.

Cryogonal (in Japanese: フリージオ  “Freegeo”) was introduced in 2011 in Pokémon Black and White. Cryogonal is an ICE-type Pokémon.

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(Thank you again Bulbapedia)

Cryogonal is basically a big ice crystal or snowflake. The English The name is a combination of “cryo” meaning ice, and hexagon, as many snow flakes are six sided. It does not evolve from any other form. It does not have a Mega-Evolution form. Cyrogonal has neither a male or female form.

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Clearly, Cyogonal is a “gender-less” Pokémon.

Quoted directly from BulbapediaCryogonal resembles a shiny, blue hexagonal snowflake. Its facial expression is frozen, which leaves Cryogonal with a still, aggressive-looking face. Two cracks run through its face, the upper opening contains its eyes and the lower serves as a mouth. It has two glowing eyes and its large mouth contains an extendable chain of ice, which is used for hunting. When its body heat rises it will turn into steam and vanish, but will revert to ice when the body temperature lowers. Cryogonal is born in snow clouds.

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My favorite name for Cryogonal is “Bergeron” after “Bergeron’s concept” in meteorology. Did you know that most rain actually starts out as snow? Even a warm summer raindrop starts out as an ice-cystal in the top, supercooled layer of rainclouds. The ice-cystal attracts moisture from the supercooled cloud droplets – much as the way Cryogonal may use the Pokémon move “Attract”.

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Oddly, Cryogonal may use Attract even though it is GENDER-LESS! If defense is your strategy, Cryogonal may also use the move “Protect“.

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This was the closest free image I could find for Cryogonal using “Protect”.

Other names I have used are: “Whiteout” after the term for Blizzard conditions, “Crystal Beth” after the drug popular with my redneck relatives, “White X-Mas” and “Let-It-Snow” after holiday songs, “Schmidlin” after the famous snow climatologist, and “Eat-My-Sleet” because I thought it would be a funny name to see when the Pokémon switches in to a trainer battle.

I also have Cryogonals named “Heart-of-Ice”, “Wind Rime” (after rime ice, and it sounds like wind chime, which Cryogonal somewhat resembles), “Six Points” like the hexagon or when you are scoring a touchdown, “Robert Frost” for the poet you studied in high school, and “Flakes” as in a crazy person.

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You may think of other snow/ice themed names. Lady cosplayers may like the “Snow Queen” or “Ice Princess” concept.

I suppose that many players may make some type of “Frozen” movie reference. The Snowman song is linked here.

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“Bergeron: Let it SNOW!”

What is the name of your powerful Ice Crystal? Please comment!

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Pokémon Nicknames: Corphish and Crawdaunt

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… and I just happen to HAVE some butter, Miss Misaki!

Corphish (in Japanese: ヘイガニ  “Heigani”) is a Water-type Pokémon. Corphish evolves into Crawdaunt (in Japanese: シザリガー  “Shizariger”) starting at level 30. Where it becomes a WATER & DARK dual- type. Corphish is basically a “crawfish” or “crayfish”. When Corphic evolves into Crawdaunt, it is a much larger, daunting crawfish. Crawdaunt may also be some type of lobster, as it certainly looks enough one.

One of the nonsensical or non-science-i-cal aspects about Pokémon is that Water-types do not appear to be confined to either freshwater or saltwater environments. If Corphish is a freshwater crayfish, it should not evolve into a salt-water lobster. These and other Water-type Pokémon may be caught in either environment apparently – as long as there is a water body — sometime coastal, but then sometimes inland.

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I named one Corphish/Crawdaunt the name “Crawdaddy” which is another name for fereshwater crayfish. Crawdaddy was also the name of the 1970s counter-culture magazine, which featured articles on rock music and popular culture. If you love classic rock, you should see if your library has old copies of Crawdaddy.

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The magazine was a lot like “RollingStone”, at least before RollingStone magazine became musically irrelevant and unreadable by the 1990s, … but I digress once again. Kids, it is OK to NOT CARE a lobster shit what RollingStone says. It sucks — but not like in the way you eat a crawdad.

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I think that she is the best singer in AKB48, and probably the least “shellfish”.

These photos of Iwasa Misaki (oh … Wasamin … my oshimen … Denny faints … THUD) were taken for her participation in the most recent AKB48 “Janken” tournament. Participants in the tournament always dress in costume. Wasamin came to the event dressed as some type of crustacean. I think she might actually be a shrimp however, not a crayfish. I don’t care – she could be a krill, it is close enough to crawfish for me.  People put butter all over their crayfish and then suck out all the wonderful juice … er .. not that I would ever do that to Wasamin …and I am obviously meandering again.

Some people like to suck the head — the New Orleans method:

I have use the name “Scampi”, after the shrimp dish, but arguably that might be better for the shrimp-like Pokémon Clauncher.

I have also used the name “Prawn Star” because shrimp are prawns, and it sounds like “Porn Star” and Crawdaunt has a yellow star on its head for some reason … or is that just a star-shaped tab of butter?

Other names:

“Pinchy” after the Simpsons episode where Homer adopts a lobster.

“Robert Cray” after the blues guitarist.

“CrayBoy” as word play on the men’s magazine that … um … er … never mind.

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“Cray Lola” for a female, word play based on the name for the famous crayon maker.

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Of course you can think of other names which have to do with eating southern cooked crawfish. Such names as “Cajun”, “Louisiana”, “Gumbo” , “Jambalaya”,  “Cayenne” “Red Bayou, etc. come to mind.

What is the name for your suckable crustacean? Please comment!

References: As always, I get a lot of my basic information from the Bulbapedia and Serebii websites. The rest of it is always just a hazy memory of pale ale and cheesecake.

Starlight: Have not smoked a crawdad since 1979.

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The Devil you know, and the Devil you don’t.

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“I need a big strong man to help me!”

Men … we have no defense for this phrase when it is uttered by a nice lady.  We would be especially helpless if it is asked by the two AKB48/NMB48 Idols Miss Sayaka Yamamoto (“Sayanee”), and Miss Miyuki Watanabe (“Milky”).  Ladies: Be honest. You ladies know exactly what you are doing when you say things like that to us.  You KNOW there is no way that a guy can refuse.  Here are two versions of the song “Warukii” (Waru Milky) aka “Bad Milky”.  Although the song was originally intended for Miyuki, Yamamato-san does a devilishly good job here. Turn on the HD!

See what I mean? HD …Grrrrowl.  Watanabe-san will be the next little devil.

Perhaps the video quality is not strictly comparable, and the performances are slightly different as well. I think that Sayaka is a “naughty” little devil, whereas Milky is a “sweet” devil.  I might make an analogy that they are like Devils Food Cake (recipe linked here) vs. Angel Food Cake (recipe linked here), but they are both dressed as devils, and both are beautiful angels — just different.

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The song is about a young lady who is out shopping, and has a lot of packages to carry.  Of course she needs a “big strong guy, with big sexy biceps” to help her. (That big strong guy is YOU by the way!)

“Let me touch your muscles
 Just how hard are they?
 For a girl, they’re very interesting
 I want to see how strong you are
 I wonder what they’re like
 I’m trembling with excitement
 Biceps are so sexy, aren’t they?
 Hold everything for me! “

The lyrics are by Yasushi Akimoto.  A full translation from Studio48 is linked here.

These two are so good, it is hard for a fan to choose.  Sayanee and Milky are so good together… I can’t choose!  So here is a slide show of the dynamic duo. Enjoy!

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Starlight: It took a year for the light from the “Bad Milky Way” to reach my world. 

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