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Pokémon Nicknames: ALOLA forms of Vulpix and Ninetales

ALOLA COUSIN!

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I need to update my original “Pokémon Nicknames” post  for Vulpix and Ninetales, as there is now a special Alola form of Vulpix and Ninetales. My original Vulpix/Ninetales post is linked here.

https://dennysinnoh.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/pokemon-nicknames-vulpix-and-ninetales/

The Alola form of Vulpix is an ICE-type. It evolves into Ninetales by using the ice stone.

Credit goes to the original artist.

Credit goes to the original artist.

The Alola form of Vulpix/Ninetales is only caught in Pokémon Sun, but these two Pokémon are readily available through trading on the GTS or with a friend. (Pokémon Moon has Alola ice-type Sandshrew and Sandslash, which also evolves with an ice stone.  It would be jolly good form for you to trade your extra ice-Sandshrew for an ice-Vulpix, or vice versa).

Now that Vulpix is ICE rather than FIRE, I need to suggest nicknames other than names for fire-hot redheads like “Lucy”. I am thinking that instead of a redhead, Vulpix is now a platinum blonde.

I might suggest naming female Vulpix “Gwen” or “Stacy” after Gwen Stacy the tragic girlfriend of Peter Parker in the Spiderman comic books.

I might name one Gwen after singer Gwen Steffani (another platinum blonde), but I have not listened to her music since the 1990s. Other famous, sexy, platinum blonde names could also be used. For example: “Harlow” after legendary actress Jean Harlow.

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You may name one “Marilyn” after Marylin Monroe, probably the quintessential platinum blond bombshell. Um … wait … did I say SEXY platinum blondes?  Huh huh … er … yes, well Vulpix and Ninetales females are very beautiful.

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She may be a “bottle blonde” but she is also a “beautiful bombshell”! I can’t wait to hear her Nine Tales!

If you want sexy, just don’t name one after Madonna. Why not name your ice-blond “Blondie” after the comic strip, or the early new wave band from New York?

Male Vulpix …. hmmmm … maybe something like “Warhol” after crazy-white-hair-artist Andy Warhol.

Crazy fucking mental-case. See, I am good at NAMING!

Crazy fucking mental-case. See, I am good at NAMING!

I think “Ice Nine” would be a good name for male Ninetales. The term is from the famous Kurt Vonnegut novel “Cat’s Cradle”. The “ice-9” form of water caused the end of the world, but you can read all about it when you go to college. Try  “Snow Job” which is slang for lying, especially if the ice-fairy fox knows moves like “Blizzard”. .  “Shaved Ice” might work, but only because my mind wandered. How about a Spanish name like “Helados  or “Terra Fría?

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I will end with some nice Vulpix cosplay. Thank you to Tumblr user Vykril Cosplay for her Vulpix kimono cosplay. It looks beautiful!

What is the name for your icy fairy fox? Please comment!

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God Bless You Mr. Vonnegut.

Bokonist Yuki Kashiwagi.

Bokonist Yuki Kashiwagi.

Hi Ho.

I love the J-Pop group AKB48.

I am not a science-fiction writer.

When I was in college, I loved the subversive novels of Kurt Vonnegut.  Merge these two interests together, and you the subject of today’s post!  Mr. Vonnegut is best known as the author of “Slaughterhouse Five” and “Breakfast of Champions” (the former was made into a great movie, the latter into a disaster of a movie).

So it goes.

Although I love AKB48 songs and music videos, in general I am not big fan of their photobooks.  I really do not understand the concept of “gravure” images of idols.

Hi Ho.

(Denny begins FARTING in order to explain). The photobooks may be OK for some young fans, but I am not about to buy, then look at photos of the AKB girls in their underwear and/or bikinis.  Bikinis are OK for a music video – but what would be the point of an “underwear book”?  (Denny begins TAP DANCING in order to explain).  If you like Gravure, fine.  It has its place. I’m probably not the intended market. (Continues FARTING and TAP DANCING). There is nothing wrong with this type of merchandise, it is just not for me.  If you like them, please enjoy.  Among other reasons, this type of collectible is too dangerous for an old man. (Denny FARTS). I prefer just watching the singing and dancing performances that I love. (Denny TAP DANCES).

I am not a science fiction writer.

I like being part of the AKB karass.  Example? I like watching Yuki Kashiwagi sing,  but I don’t want to ogle her in her bathing suit.  (Denny happily FARTS and TAP DANCES.)

See the Cat?  See the Cradle?

I love listening to AKB48 songs.  (Denny FARTS, TAP DANCES). But, why on Earth would a young man purchase photo books of women in underwear, or a simple bathing suit, when much more graphic images of women are readily available?

Hi Ho.

I loved “Breakfast of Champions”.

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I especially liked how the story was told with simple explanations and DRAWINGS.  There was powerful social commentary throughout.

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Excerpt from “Breakfast of Champions”. Text and drawing by K.V.

In “Breakfast of Champions” Vonnegut’s oft-used protagonist “Kilgore Trout” was a prolific, but disturbed science fiction writer.

Despite Denny’s attempts FARTING and TAP DANCING, certain WP bloggers in the “Hate AKB” Karass, had bad chemicals in their brains.  They began to compose hate blogs against him. (Denny gets hit with nine-iron).

Sometimes I wish I could write about Japan Culture with the clarity of Kilgore Trout.

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Excerpt from “Breakfast of Champions”. Text and drawing by K.V.

(Denny tries FARTING and TAP DANCING.)

I am not a science-fiction writer.

Trout could not sell to major publishers, so his stories were sold to be used as “filler “ in pornographic magazines.  Despite the titles, the photos of the women in the magazine would not match the text of the Trout stories within.  As Trout was bad with organization and finances, he would often lose, or not even own a copy of his stories.  Kilgore Trout would go to adult (i.e. “dirty”) bookstores in search of a printed copies of his stories.  Trout would purchase the dirty magazines, not for the photos, but so he would have a copy of his own stories.  His older stories were published in the underwear books.

So it goes.

The dirty book stores often had display windows at street-level where they would place the “underwear” books.  The shops had to put the underpants books up front, so those passing buy would not be offended.  These underwear-and-bikini books remind me of the Idol gravure books popular with my fellow AKB fans. (Denny FARTS intensely. Denny TAP DANCES furiously).

So it goes.

“I see England, I see France, I see ladies underpants” K.V.

A label pasted on the cover of the photobook would promise however “Wide Open Beavers Inside” – as an enticement to potential buyers.  I don’t buy the photobooks. This was fully explained in the text of the book — but the origin of the term “Beaver” was a code word made up my photographers.  They would say “Beaver” when they could not shout the real word out on the street.

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Excerpt from “Breakfast of Champions”. Text and drawing by K.V.

Once, Trout tried to purchase the window-dressing (underwear) books, because he saw that they contained his missing stories.

I am not a science-fiction writer.

“You don’t want those, Grandpa” the porno-store clerk would tell Trout, trying to direct the author back to more “hardcore” books in back — which would have photos of women’s open vaginas.  Kilgore Trout would insist, because he wanted his stories, not the photographs.  Puzzled, the clerk would say “Enjoy yourself” as Trout would leave with his purchases.  Meaning that he hoped Trout found good images that he could masturbate to.

See the Cat? See the Cradle?

(Denny continued FARTING and TAP DANCING.  The “open-minded” bigots hit Denny with a nine-iron again).

I do not watch AKB48 music videos because I want to look at girls.  I watch like them because they make me deliriously happy with their cute song and dance.

So it goes.

Hi Ho.

I am not a science-fiction writer.

What if Haruna Kojima never became an Idol?

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Haruna Kojima

What if Haruna Kojima never became an idol?

AKB48 would not be the same without Haruna Kojima.  This is a great YouTube video, subtitled in English  (720 HD available) which examines what it would be like to work in an office with Kojima-san.  If Haruna never became an “Idol” would she be working a regular job in a regular office?  Would she be fun to work with?

If you are a fan, this skit is super funny.   A critic may say that she is just “being herself” here.  She is certainly acting the part of her “airhead” persona, as seen on such shows as AKBINGO.  I doubt if Kojima-san is an “airhead” in real life.  She is an accomplished young woman; singer, dancer, actress, model,etc.   I especially like the interaction between Haruna and her Boss.  At time 2:50 she gets yelled at, and it is hysterical.  I also like that side conversation between the two company-men watching the whole thing through the conference room window. KojiHaru is super cute of course, with that lovely face, great smile and those big “Dumbo ears” of hers.  The video is a lot of fun to watch, and you can even learn something about the use of “honorifics” in Japanese business.   If I worked with Kojima-san, she would be one of those ladies that can just do no wrong.

“I will excuse myself first”.

If Haruna Kojima never became a singer, she could certainly be a professional model.  Here on this next YouTube link, Haruna-chan is featured in a “Peach John” ad.  Watch it in 1080 HD.

This is a great ad.  Although it is a French ad, it made many critics “top ten” lists of the best commercials of 2013.  Haruna only has two lines.  I am not sure if she is the one doing the voice over however. I like that little French guy as the driver.  He’s great in the role.  You have to feel sorry for him, having caused Koji-Haru to loose her gown like that.

One more Haruna Kojima underwear ad for Peach John.  Watch it in the available HD.  Duh.

In this one, Haruna is having a dream where she is running through France in her underwear.  We’ve all been there.  The little French guy makes an appearance in this as well.  Watching this, I kept wanting Haruna to wake up!  I did not want her to be embarrassed.  What a nightmare, to be out in public in your underwear!  Psychologists say this is a common dream.

This ad also reminds me of an old “schoolyard rhyme”.  I obtained it from author Kurt Vonnegut:  whenever a classmate would accidentally expose their underwear on the playground, the kids would all chime:

“I see England,

   I see France,

I see Kojima’s UNDERPANTS!”

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You may also like my Haruna Kojima board on Pinterest:

It only took 26 days for this starlight to reach my world.

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