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Is Kanto the worst Pokemon Region to do fanfics?

Is Kanto the worst region for Fanfics

  • Yes

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  • No

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I think I understand and agree what some people are saying on other sites when it comes to Kanto and fanfics: Kanto is kind of bland and boring. There is nothing to draw from that would be fun to write/read. Sure, there is the badge quest, but we all know how that goes. Also, none of the legendary Pokémon are involved in the story, unlike the later games. What can be done with Kanto that hasn't been done before, or can be done with other regions instead?

Do you agree with this? Why or Why not?

Edit: Forgot to mention. I am coming up with more ideas for Johto than I am with Kanto. Sure, Johto is just as basic in terms of story as Kanto was.
I feel like Kanto is a bit overused in the fanfic/story writing community, which has led the region to becoming a bit dull, since usually said stories follow the same badge quest plot with not much distinction, but it does have the potential to be used in a cooler and much different light, such as the ideas welkamo mentioned.

Basically what I'm trying to say is Kanto can be interesting, it just needs to be executed from a new angle to make the story feel like something fresh and engaging
 
You know, I am realizing that this question is one of those questions that is entirely subjective. Like, one person might view Kanto as the best region for fanfics, while others will think that it is the worst.
 
You know, I am realizing that this question is one of those questions that is entirely subjective. Like, one person might view Kanto as the best region for fanfics, while others will think that it is the worst.
It is very subjective in my opinion. A lot of factors are in play. Just to name a few:
  • The author's favourite pokémon
  • The generation the author grew up with
  • Familiarity
  • Characters - (notably Oak, Ash, Gary, Red and Blue are very well universally known pokémon characters)
Personally I am not a big fan of Kanto - just because to me it feels over done - but that doesn't mean there aren't good Kanto fics out there.
 
It is very subjective in my opinion. A lot of factors are in play. Just to name a few:
  • The author's favourite pokémon
  • The generation the author grew up with
  • Familiarity
  • Characters - (notably Oak, Ash, Gary, Red and Blue are very well universally known pokémon characters)
Personally I am not a big fan of Kanto - just because to me it feels over done - but that doesn't mean there aren't good Kanto fics out there.
That is true. I agree with you. Those are indeed factors to keep in mind when picking a region to do fanfics for.
 
I feel like Kanto is a bit overused in the fanfic/story writing community, which has led the region to becoming a bit dull, since usually said stories follow the same badge quest plot with not much distinction, but it does have the potential to be used in a cooler and much different light, such as the ideas welkamo mentioned.

Basically what I'm trying to say is Kanto can be interesting, it just needs to be executed from a new angle to make the story feel like something fresh and engaging

Could be part of the reason. Welkamo presented some good topics that probably aren't nearly as pursued as they should be.

I've notice a lot on this thread talking about Kanto's lack of legendary Pokemon lore compared to the other regions. It could be seen as a problem since it gives Kanto less mythology to fall back on but I think the "blandness" could possibly work with the right tuning. If you think about it; Kanto out of all of the regions in Pokemon is probably most like a real place, just with the Pokemon. I know it is based on the actual Kanto region of Japan but what I'm getting at is how the region from how it's usually presented in Pokemon media is humans going about their lives in a mostly industrial place. There's a possibility of a more down to earth kind of story that could be told that doesn't need extravagant legendary Pokemon to be the keystone behind the plot. The industrialization and presence of Team Rocket could make for a gritty crime based story.

I'm writing something like that right now. Just in a region of my own making. If I wanted to set a similar story in Kanto I think it stands a pretty good chance of working.
 
Hmm, depends on what exactly you want to focus on within Kanto I'd say.
Like mentioned before, Kanto does have a bunch of lore hints scattered througout which can be built upon or around.

For example, the position of Viridian gym leader. How was Viridian impacted by the absence of Giovanni for so long? How did he even get the position, was it before or after he found Team Rocket? If it was after, does that mean that the League in Kanto could've been inherently corrupt at some point? How did the people in Viridian react after finding out about Giovanni? How long was the position empty after Giovanni leaving? Feelings on Blue talking over? Especially since he was canonically considered infamous in Kanto for a while. This is just one city, too.

There's also Lavender which had the Pokémon Tower, which was later taken down in favor of the Radio Tower, which could've likely been to rival Johto, and what the locals feelings on that is. Or Cinnabar island and the volcanic eruption, it's mentioned that there weren't any casualties so touching upon the evacuation process, how the citizens initially reacted, where they went, how they coped etc etc is possible.
There's also Cerulean city housing Cerulean cave, which has the ties with Mewtwo and later with Green/Leaf in LGPE. Her presence would also imply she was a champion at one point too, seperate from Red, and Pokémas reaffirms this as well, so that's another question.
On the topic of Champion, there's Red going missing, which would likely impact the League as well seeing he was champion.
And then speaking of Red, it's also mentioned in HGSS how Pallet Town is actually a fairly new town, yet it still houses the most prominent researcher in Kanto which I feel isn't something talked about at all.

Basically there's like... a whole bunch of things in Kanto that could very much be built upon to make the region feel more alive. This doesn't even mention things like the war Surge brought up, or the general themes of industrialization others brought up.
 
What are ways Kanto can be improved and given new life?
  • Add the volcano, or any other areas like the anime, but specially the volcano.
  • Improve on the role of science in the region.
  • Go deeper on its relationship with Johto.
  • A timeskip to the far past or the future.
  • Make the legendary birds more mystical and Mewtwo more well-known.
 
  • Add the volcano, or any other areas like the anime, but specially the volcano.
  • Improve on the role of science in the region.
  • Go deeper on its relationship with Johto.
  • A timeskip to the far past or the future.
  • Make the legendary birds more mystical and Mewtwo more well-known.
Aside from the volcano, what happened in Kanto during the time skip between the Kanto and Johto games?
We know Koga ranks up to the Elite 4 while his daughter takes his place as Gym Leader. Lorelei leaves and is replaced by Will.

Concerning the Legendary Birds: Maybe there was lore about them that has since been lost to time.
 
Aside from the volcano, what happened in Kanto during the time skip between the Kanto and Johto games?
  • The Pokémon Tower was taken down in order to build the Radio Tower.
  • Red going missing and Lance taking over as Champion at some point.
  • Blue becoming the Viridian Gym Leader.
  • The Safari zone moving to Johto. (Altho for HGSS there's the pal park)
  • Silph Co heavily increasing security.
  • Power plant and Magnet Train up and running
  • Viridian Trainer School shutting down in favor of the Trainers house.
  • Cerulean cave collapsing and getting rebuilt.
  • Celadon has a cafe now. Also the ponds polluted. Like really badly.

It's mostly just minor stuff there's probably more similar things that I might be forgetting yawn. I reckon there's something in here tho that could be worth noting
 
When you write you could always use anime/manga lore and locations or research the real life inspiration behind the in-game locations. For example if Team Rocket is based on the Yakuza does that mean they might be Burakumin? How does this affect Silver who tries to hide his connection to Giovanni just like how many people try to hide their ancestry irl, why are there so many references to Shintoism like the PokeSpe Manga HGSS plot in Sinjoh or Giovanni's Japanese name Sakaki which is the sacred tree in Shinto etc.

Bulbapedia's page "Pokemon in relation to the real world" is very helpful. If you use Campfire you can upload a map of Kanto and put pins on it. When I write my own fic I have a Sinnoh map with all of the anime locations as well that is currently full of pins lol. Helps when you want the characters to move from one location to another, what might they encounter along the way etc.
 
When you write you could always use anime/manga lore and locations or research the real life inspiration behind the in-game locations. For example if Team Rocket is based on the Yakuza does that mean they might be Burakumin? How does this affect Silver who tries to hide his connection to Giovanni just like how many people try to hide their ancestry irl, why are there so many references to Shintoism like the PokeSpe Manga HGSS plot in Sinjoh or Giovanni's Japanese name Sakaki which is the sacred tree in Shinto etc.

Bulbapedia's page "Pokemon in relation to the real world" is very helpful. If you use Campfire you can upload a map of Kanto and put pins on it. When I write my own fic I have a Sinnoh map with all of the anime locations as well that is currently full of pins lol. Helps when you want the characters to move from one location to another, what might they encounter along the way etc.
A literal map of the world would absolutely help.
 
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