Pokémon: the bizarre origin of Eevee’s design

Eevee is one of the most beloved Pokémon of the original 151, and its popularity is rooted in a strange childhood encounter in the forest.

Eevee is one of Pokemon which looks like a real animal, like it looks like a dog or a fox. Eevee’s design could easily have been used for a dog in another animated series and people wouldn’t have thought it was weird. Despite her regular appearance, Eevee has a strange origin story in Pokemon, for he was inspired by an unidentified creature encountered by his creator in his youth.

The Eevee line has produced some of the most popular Pokémon in the series, as Eeveelutions have made it the largest line in the series, unless one considers the various Unown forms to be their own Pokémon. Like Pikachu, Eevee has the cute factor and the cool factor that made him popular with most fans. Eevee was the rival’s starting Pokémon in Pokémon Yellow, which earned him to become the mascot of one of the first consoles Pokemon games when Let’s go, Eevee! was released on the Nintendo Switch. It should be mentioned that Let’s go, Pysduck! was also considered, but Eevee was chosen instead, as Psyduck was also yellow. This puts Eevee on par with Pikachu, as those who are fed up with the Electric Yellow Rat may find solace in the evolving dog.


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Eevee was created by Motofumi Fujiwara, who also designed Flareon and Jolteon. Fujiwara created the original sprite art for Eevee, which was later refined by Ken Sugimori. Eevee’s basic design was meant to reflect the fact that he could evolve in different ways. When creating Eevee, Fujiwara drew on an experience from his own childhood, which would go on to inspire one of the most popular Pokémon in the series.

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In 2018, The Pokémon Company published a book called VE, which contained interviews with those responsible for designing Eevee and Eeveelutions. Fujiwara discussed the creation of Eevee in VE and explained the strange encounter that inspired him. According to Anime news network, Fujiwara has a vague memory of getting lost in the forest as a child and meeting a “indefinable creature. “This will later form the basis of Eevee, which is supposed to be a blank slate that can transform in different ways.

The creatures of the Pokemon the series are often based on things from real life. Pokemon Creator Satoshi Tajiri was inspired by his childhood fascination with collecting insects. There are even Pokémon based on real people, like Snorlax and Hitmonlee. In the case of Eevee, he was inspired by a real animal of unknown origin. It is not known how precise Fujiwara’s memory is, but the Pokemon he created left a massive impression on the fan base.

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Source: Anime News Network

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