Pokémon: On the History of the Red Hat

More or less since the franchise’s beginnings, hats have been an absolute mainstay in the aesthetics of Pokémon. Every main series game’s protagonist has worn a distinctive hat, as has the protagonist of the long-running anime series. At time of writing, the most iconic of these hats is quite possibly this design: a red baseball cap with a white arch on its front.

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The hat in its first appearance. Artwork from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

 

Now, as someone who’s paid some attention to the Pokémon fandom for years, the rise in popularity of this hat design has been somewhat sudden – while the hat has been around for nearly 15 years at this point, it only really became such an icon of the franchise around 5 years ago. Why is this? I thought I’d track the history of this hat through the years to figure it out.

This hat was first introduced in Pokémon’s third generation games, FireRed and LeafGreen. Being modernized remakes of the original Red and Green, the new games featured the hat as part of a redesign of original protagonist Red. This design remained consistent in Red’s appearances in HeartGold and SoulSilver, Black 2 and White 2 and the Super Smash Bros. franchise, as well as in future adaptations of the character including Pokémon Origins and Pokémon Generations. 

 

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Red in the limited series Pokémon Origins.

The redesigned headgear was meant to bring Red into line with his successors, Ethan and Brendan – both of their hats somehow evoked a Poké Ball, as did the white arch of Red’s new cap. Prior to this redesign, Red’s signature headwear was simply a red baseball cap with a white segment on the front and a patch sewed on to one side. While this hat hardly became iconic, it was the design that most fanart of Red portrayed him in for years after his redesign was introduced.

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Red’s original appearance in Pokémon Red and Green.

Red’s initial hat would also influence the original series design of the Pokémon anime’s protagonist, Ash; As the anime was what popularized Pokémon in the west, Ash’s original hat became emblematic of the Pokémon franchise for years to come (full disclosure – I don’t really like that design that much) 

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The anime’s Ash in his initial design.

So, what would turn the fortune of Red’s redesigned hat around? As luck would have it, it would be the Pokémon anime once again. In 2013, the anime’s XY series began, introducing along with it a new design for Ash. While his new appearance (including the cadet cap style of the hat) was mostly based on the X and Y video game protagonist, Calem, his hat incorporated the white brim and Poké Ball arch first featured in Red’s Generation III redesign. Its appearance on the show didn’t single-handedly popularize the design, although it was the direct cause of what did.

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Ash’s appearance in Pokémon the Series XY.

Shortly after the new series began, The Pokémon Company released a baseball cap based on Ash’s XY series hat (note that the in-show version was a cadet cap, not a baseball cap). The hat was sold all over the place – Nintendo New York, Pokémon Centers and Hot Topics; A variation even made its way to Lids. It quickly became the most widely-accessible – and, therefore, the most widely-recognized – of all of Ash’s post-original series caps.

While it was clearly based on Ash’s design – unlike Red’s, the white arch doesn’t touch the brim, thanks to a raised stripe characteristic of a cadet cap – the design surpassed the anime and became emblematic of the franchise as a whole.

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An adult Red in Pokémon Sun and Moon. First Red design to separate the bill from the arch – possibly influenced by XY Ash.

Thanks to its increased merchandising, the red hat became one of the iconic symbols of the Pokémon franchise. The games have called back to it more and more as of their seventh generation – the 21-year old Red in Pokémon Sun and Moon wears a variation which features the Poké Ball’s divider stripe (I saw many a cosplayer wearing a modified XY Ash hat for this purpose), and Pokémon Let’s Go protagonists Chase and Elaine both wear a repetition of this design on a more elaborate cap – which, it should be noted, is also being merchandised by the Pokémon Company through New Era.

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Chase and Elaine in artwork for Pokémon Let’s Go.  Their hats combine elements from all three of Red’s designs.

And that’s the story of how one character’s hat went from a barely-acknowledged redesign to one of the recognizable icons of a massive franchise thanks to a simple merchandising push. Only time will tell how long this design will endure.

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A Review of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (for English class)

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Sean Connery and Harrison Ford as the Joneses in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Some time recently, in search of a movie to watch, I decided to put on a childhood favorite – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. At first I was afraid that, all these years later, it would have lost some of the spark that once made me love the film. What I found was that the film, all these years later, continues to be one of the best adventures ever told.

Directed by Stephen Spielberg, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is the third outing for the famed archaeologist played by Harrison Ford. In it, Dr. Jones finds himself working with his father Henry (played by the great Sean Connery) as they race against the Nazi armies to find the legendary Holy Grail. The main cast is rounded out by John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliot, Allison Doody and Julian Glover.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade outdoes its predecessors in probably every department. While Raiders of the Lost Ark – the first film to feature the Jones character – continues to be the most iconic of the series, Crusade improves upon its action, its quest and, most importantly, its emotional core beautifully.

While the film is certainly an fun ride throughout its first act, it becomes truly amazing upon the introduction of Sean Connery as Dr. Henry Jones. The character dynamic between the bumbling history professor and his action hero son makes the film, giving it both its most side-splitting and heartwarming moments. Every single one of their interactions can only be describes as a triumph. This is helped, of course, by the incredible chemistry between Ford and Connery, whose pitch-perfect performances will make you believe they really are father and son (despite their age difference of only 12 years!).

With the introduction of Henry Sr (as well as the franchise’s most non-traditional female lead), the film also explores Indiana’s character much more thoroughly. The film finally gives us details on his origins and his family life, exploring how his circumstances have turned him into the man we have come to know. While Indy was definitely flawed already, this is the first time such a nuanced and emotional approach is taken to the character.

The rest of the cast is not to be overlooked, however. This movie focuses more on its supporting players than either previous Jones film, particularly on the returning Raiders characters of Marcus Brody (played by Denhom Elliot) and Sallah (John Rhys-Davies). Sallah was already a solid character in the first film, and it’s great to see Rhys-Davies flexing his comedic chops once more. Meanwhile, Marcus – who had a very small part in the first film – is given a much expanded role and takes his opportunity to firmly cement himself as another memorable member of the cast.

The journey itself is an important part of any Indiana Jones film, and this film’s quest for the Holy Grail is quite possibly the best. Indy was certainly capable in Raiders, but Crusade makes you believe he’s a master archaeologist better than any of the others. Making a character seem both smart and believable is a challenge to any writer, and this film rises to the challenge perfectly. The quest itself is also notable for putting the character’s skills to the test much more effectively than the first movie’s search for the Ark of the Covenant did, particularly in its climactic sequence.

When Stephen Spielberg made Raiders of the Lost Ark, his aim was to bring back the “great adventure” – and no one will deny that he succeeded. However, while Raiders was certainly the return of the great adventure, I believe Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade‘s perfect focus on exciting action, heartwarming emotion and endearing characters make it Spielberg’s greatest adventure.

La informática en la educación

Presentación: La informática en la educación

Tras conducir tres entrevistas con expertos en el campo de la informática en la educación, he llegado a entender algo de lo importante que es la misma. De su propia manera, cada entrevistado llegó a una misma conclusión: la informática es el futuro de la educación. El adviento de la tecnología moderna ha abierto el paso a infinitas innovaciones en el campo educativo, y cada día tanto los maestros como sus estudiantes están más capaces de tomar ventaja de las mismas. Siendo alguien interesado en ambos temas – la educación y el uso de la tecnología en la sociedad – me emocionan ver a dónde la intersección de los dos nos lleva.

El viaje de Praga a Bolonia

El viaje de Praga, República Checa a Bolonia, Italia comienza tomando la autopista E50 desde la República Checa y a través de Alemania. Al sur de Munich, se cambia a la E45, la cual se usa para cruzar Austria y entrar a Italia. Desde la E35, se toma la salida de Bolonia-Casalecchio hasta usar el Asse Attrezzato Sud – Ovest para llegar a Bolinia. El viaje entero tomaría unas 9 horas y 41 minutos, y cubriría 945 kilómetros.

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Resumen de la clase – 16/10/17

Como la primera clase tras el paso del Huracán María, comenzamos discutiendo nuestras experiencias y cómo el huracán nos afectó; Luego de esto el profesor nos dio un nuevo proyecto para nuestros blogs – escribir de eso mismo, nuestra experiencia antes, durante y después del huracán.

Además de esto, el profesor nos instruyó a leer la entrada de su blog titulada “Un amigo y su Puente de Puerto Rico“. La misma cuenta de un proyecto de un amigo suyo para expresar su apoyo por la gente de Puerto Rico, y se espera que todos de la clase puedan aportar al proyecto. Pueden leer el post haciendo clic aquí.

 

Introduction, or: “I have no idea what I’m doing”

Welcome to my attempt at an introduction post! I’m Glenn, a student at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, and you get to see me stumble through the process of making a blog for class. Lucky you.

Alright, in all seriousness, this is Always Slightly Dissociated, a blog where I plan on writing basically anything that I come up with while my head’s in the clouds (which, as the title implies, happens incredibly often). You can look forward to reading my thoughts on anything from current events to obscure children’s TV shows. Also expect occasional switching between English and Spanish whenever I realize it’d be easier to say something in one or the other.

I hope you enjoy whatever comes spilling out of my brain next.

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