On being a Jew with Autism

For those of you unaware, April is Autism awareness month. I was diagnosed with Autism then Asperger Syndrome at age 4 and then it was brought up again when I was 14. One point I cannot stress enough is no two people with Autism are the same. I also want to point out that people with Autism aren’t idiots. Sure it might take us longer to do something but that doesn’t mean we’re stupid. I can remember things better and can understand idioms and expressions and perhaps what i’m proudest of is being able to make and sustain eye contact.

Let’s start with Elementary School, I made a few friends but when I was in 5th grade there was a student who blurted out, “”Jewish People Suck!”. Now this is something that I remember to this day. I’m sure if I ran into this student today, he’d be surprised.that I remember but even though I had friends in grade school it felt hard to fit in and I only felt happy when I was watching Pokemon, Digimon or Power Rangers. As an adult I have a nostalgia for all 3 and that’s why I did my history of Power Rangers and don’t worry I’ll cover the Alola Anime eventually for history of Pokemon but I digress.

As I reached Middle School, my Bar Mitzvah was coming up and the junior rabbi has made quite the impact on my life. He took me to a water park for participating in his summer torah study. I remember that and during the climax of my Bar Mitzvah he handed me a book and said, “Sam, there’s no blessing in here for The Simpsons but as you get older you’ll figure out to do with your love for them.” We’ll get to those wise words later.

Before entering my Freshman year of High School I was interviewed on the radio for my action figure collection it currently has over 3000 pieces. When I turned 16, I decided to go public with my diagnosis of Autism. My high school health teacher  and the school counselor,  I still admire to this day. Ms. Ewing taught us the importance of time management and how a true teacher doesn’t choose favorites but learns from their students and doesn’t do it for the money.

After I graduated from high school, my parents filed for a divorce. I went through the usual range of emotions for a divorce; felt like it was my fault, I didn’t know what to do exactly. My dad has a steady girlfriend now and I like her a lot. I graduated high school with presidential honors.

I currently have an associate’s degree from college and while I was in college I attended 10 leadership conferences and made a few close friends. My friend Katie who has a traumatic brain injury took a shining to me right away, not because of having autism or being Jewish but because I was really honest and not a fake. She describes my sense of humor as being very bland and very British.

In the winter of 2010, I was 21. I went on what’s known as a birthright tour. During my fall quarter, I was cyber bullied and my dog passed away. On the plus side, I got accepted to go on my birthright tour, which was amazing because I wasn’t the only Jewish person with Autism in that group. I became fast friends with one of my tour mates who shared a mutual love of movies with me. On the third day, she turned to me and said, “I’m impressed. I’ve never met anyone who knew this much about Power Rangers. You should be proud.” Up until this point I was ashamed of my Power Rangers fandom. Even though I watch reruns with a friend I’ve long since put my fandom to bed.

After graduating with my associate’s in 2014, I met Alexandra Olson. A woman who went to my Synagogue. I answered her questions about Judaism and she heard what I had to say about Super Sentai and Power Rangers. Comment below if you’d like to hear more about Alexandra and my friendship. On July 26, 2015, I swam my first mile. I did 4 sets of 9. We can all agree that 2016 was a horrible year. My positives for that year were getting all the original Pokemon for my action figure collection,and I received a pin for donating 3 gallons of blood.

Let’s talk about last year. On July 3, 2017 I was able to swim a mile uninterrupted and on October 5 of the same year, I swam my first two mile swim with a two mile break. So what does all this have to do with autism? Well I wanted to share that I’ve done a lot of things that I’m proud of because Saturday is my birthday and feel free to leave a comment saying Happy Birthday.

As my birthday comes close I want to share with you the things I’m proudest of:

  • My figurine collection – I have over 3000 pieces yet they’re all organized and in Ziploc bags by Genre
  • My cooking – Not only is this a valuable life skill, but it really helps bring joy to others
  • Graduating College – during college I attended 10 leadership seminars and through student leadership I met my best friends. Although it’s an associate’s, now I just want to find a job and then consider going back to school
  • Not being ashamed of being Autistic – As a teenager, this made me a little head strong but as I got older, it got easier
  • Being able to make and sustain eye contact – A lot of people with Autism don’t understand the importance of things like this but I do.

Before I wrap up, I want to discuss the junior rabbi’s last words and how they effected me from my Bar Mitzvah. Once again the words were; “Sam, there’s no blessing in this book here for The Simpsons but if you look hard enough you’ll figure out what to do with your love for them.” It wasn’t until November that I knew what I had to do. That’s why I started the History of The Simpsons. I still want to do this and I’m not stopping my blog about it until The Simpsons ends

To sum up I’d like to thank the junior rabbi who although he hasn’t seen me in 16 years, is still a good source of wisdom for me and I hope to share some of my recipes with him and maybe a couple of laughs too. When he was with my synagogue his sermons were always right on the mark. I also want to thank my high school health teacher who has followed my life into adulthood and if she’s reading this, I want her to know that my next fitness goal is to swim 2 miles uninterrupted and at the time of this blog’s release, I can currently swim 51 laps uninterrupted.

I’d also like to thank Jon AKA Mr. Weenie for being a good friend and seeing me first and my autism second. I’ve met a bunch of power rangers fans over the course of my life. He’s definitely one of the nicest ones. If Jon should ever come up to Seattle, he should be prepared for some good food made by yours truly.

Another person I’d like to thank is my tour mate. Our tour was 8 years ago come december of this year and honestly without her, I’d probably still be ashamed of being a fan of super sentai and wouldn’t have opened up to my best friend in college about it.

The next to last person I’d like to thank is my friend Josh. We went to the same Jewish summer camp together. We were co-counselors for the younger kids and have been close ever since. My brother might have recruited him for B’nai Brith Youth Organization but because of a mutual acquaintance, Josh and I have become thick as thieves.

The last person I’d like to thank is you, the reader. I want you to remember that not all people with Autism are the same and if anyone tells you otherwise, just know that is a very slanderous thing to say. Have a wonderful day and thanks for reading.


On being a Jew with Autism

Happy Birthday Pokemon

Well with that joke out of the way today we’re here to celebrate 20 years of Pokemon. First I think Sun and Moon are great choices for the titles and I plan to go into my least and most favorite of every type. Let’s set some ground rules, I can do an entire line or just one stage from a line. I also want to set another two boundaries. No Eeveelutions and No Legendaries. I’ll save my legendaries for when Pokemon is old enough to get a drink. With me being an optimist I’ll show you the type and then the Best and then the Worst. Also if it’s a dual type, it’s open to BOTH lists. Since this is Pokemon’s Big 2-0 we’ll talk more about starters in the next blog and we’ll also talk about my love for Eevee in another blog. This blog might get a little language out of me but, I want to remind you my dear sweet reader that these are my OPINIONS not FACTS. There are two Poke Tubers who I talk to, Matthew Azevedo and Ace Trainer Liam. Liam’s biggest gripe is there’s no more aggressive rivals anymore and since Liam and I talk sometimes I actually want to swim the English Channel in England. I’d pack a wet suit, some clothes and whip up some Enchiladas for the guy and have him sign the Pokedex I was given in college because


Normal and Water make up most of the types in the Pokemon mythos. So let’s start with Normal:


The Stoutland line: As a Lilipup, It’s just so adorable and doesn’t seem like much But you just love it for how cute and it has that look like it just wants to be your friend. Of course if Pokemon were pets I’d keep it as a lilipup. I’d name it Jacques after the Terrier from Lady and the Tramp. Herdier actually looks like the aforementioned namesale kind of.  Terriers on the whole aren’t my favorite breed of Dog but I can see why some people might find them appealing. Herdier is the right combination of Cute and Cool. Although Herdier doesn’t has as awesome a mustache as as Stoutland. Does anybody else think of Ned Flanders whenever they see a stoutland? I mean can’t you picture it?


LickilickyLickilicky: Oh good g-d! Some of the Gen IV Evolutions were so awesome. Electivire was a badass, Weavile was perfect bit Lickilicky and Rhyperior are so stupid. Rhyperior is just a failed power rangers zord and at least Lickilicky provides its trainer with good wifi. All kidding aside when I was little Lickitung was one of my favorites. I’m not saying this as a matter of ego or narcissism, It’s just a step backwards. When I was little I came across a fakemon called slurpaburp. That was a better evolution. Lickilicky lacks one thing Imagination! Just slap an eviolite and call it good. That having been said I need one for my figure collection. Stoutland line too.


The Grass type for me is always about setting traps and reeling your opponent in then knocking them fast and hard with moves like Sludge Bomb or Giga Drain. Personally I thought the water type would be the healing type.


My love for this guys is primarily due to the anime. Well for Victrebel being based on the Venus Fly Trap is just awesome and he’s the original who’d try to eat James. When Cacnea would come after James it felt more like a 5 year old who wouldn’t live Daddy and When Carnivine did it, it was more of a rehash. Victrebel made James feel like Walter Jones or Luke Skywalker, he was bound to lose an appendage. and of course there’s the infamou Ledyba Episode https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZlIcJbbm08. Since Monday is leap day I’ll do a list of Pokemon I want to say based off of things. As for what I think of Bellsprout and Weepinbell, Bellsprout is innocent enough but Weepinbell looks like a condom. WELL IT DOES!! Best to use Giga Drain to get rid of that nasty herpes.


Tangrowth LineIt’s Pad Thai! It’s Chow Mein! It’s the Mario Brothers! Ok, honestly it’s kinda weak design. Even at 9, I thought a pile of vines was kind of weak.  But if you like it, good for you. I don’t like it because it’s just a pile of vines. On top of that It’s sentient. Tropius almost made it but then I remembered why I liked it. I bet someone at Game Freak was just hungry for Udon. Someone was hungry and wanted to make a Pokemon on an empty stomach


The Fire Type feels the most intimidating and seems like the type that should not be used under rash circumstances and also, I had an idea for Mega Rapidash. Fire/Fairy Typing and it gets an increase in speed, attack and special attack it gets the ability air glide and levitate. Air Glide I made up and it can’t be hit by Flying Attacks. Its Hidden ability is Volt Absorb as to counter Zebstrika’s attacks due to the horn. With that out of the way let’s get our Oscar and Razzie


We have a Tie! Magby’s like a cute little baby duck with a Jewfro, Magby is a bigger duck and Magmortar is a Bounty hunter Duck with Cannons for Arms. Like my good buddy Ace Trainer Liam, I don’t get the whole Pokemon and Clothing thing. Somebody please tell me, why Magby has a collar? That and Its Japanese names bring out a laugh when I feel like being Immature. Arcanine’s reasons are more sentimental. I love dog based Pokemon. When I was little I had a yellow lab named Wizard. I was skeptical of Wizard until one day I was home sick. Wizard brought me the remote and watched Power Rangers in Space with me. After watching the show he stayed by my side until I fell asleep. Ever since that day I imagined Wizard as a trusty Arcanine. Arcanine to me is a Pokemon I wouldn’t mind having as an anxiety dog.


TorkoalMore Specifically Ash’s Torkoal. It’s not because it’s a lot like Bowser, It seems to be over the top. I can think of another over the top turtle from my childhood. One Over the top turtle! While its white smoke ability is handy its lackluster stats make it decent. It needs to go Mega. Ok this is the 2nd worst, I just wanted to mention Tor. It’s who Torkoal makes me think of… The actual worst is DarumakaDarumaka. I used to think this little guy was cute and innocent but then I looked at its Pokedex entries “Darumaka’s droppings are hot, so people used to put them in their clothes to keep themselves warm.” Pokemon White That’s Nasty!


Water gets the silver medal for my favorite type. As a swimmer, I always dream of going to England and swimming the English Channel. It’d be fun.


LaprasLapras is perfection. It doesn’t need a pre evolution, It doesn’t need to evolve, it doesn’t need a mega. It’s just stunning. My love for Lapras is because I want to travel the world and I would love to swim the english channel. The Orange Islands was a great little anime because Ash caught some pretty cool Pokemon and actually. Viva Las Lapras was a much better send off than Bye Bye Butterfee not that Bye Bye Butterfree is bad, Viva las Lapras is better in execution plus we see Lapras in Johto


JellicentJellicent just feels like a walking, er swimming pringles commercial. I know that’s just the males but the Females seem over sexualized to me. I like breasts as much as the next guy but come on. Nostalgia Critic said it best. All kidding aside this is kind of appropriate in cartoons satirizing kids cartoons not the other way around.

The other worst one is Magikarp. This is not because Magikarp is weak, it’s because of the Magikarp Salesman. Eric Stuart’s voice acting made him sound like he was Latino/Hispanic. It’s hilarious Eric Stuart Magikarp Salesman

Rock Type

Rock Types to me are incredibly boring plus there’s no 100% Accuracy Rock Attack. But there are some that are interesting to me. I didn’t want to put any fossils but I will briefly sum up my opinions. Omanyte and Omastar are So-So. Kabuto and Kabutops are so badass. Aerodactyl is awesome plus its mega evolution give its facial hair. Lileep and Cradily are pretty unique as it’s the only Grass and Rock. Armaldo is actually one of my favorite Pokemon and Anorith just makes me want Sushi. As for Tirtouga, Archen, Carracosta Archen and Archeops, Archeops almost made the cut for worst but there’s one that made it worst slot which made Archeops escape.


OnixMy love for Onix goes back to grade school. Seeing Ash’s first battle against Brock made me want to be just as tall and intimidating as that Onix. Sam, what did you think of Brock being voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch in Origins. Here’s my answer: Adam as Brock while Adam might be my favorite power ranger, Johnny Yong Bosch is a talented Martial Artist but a lousy actor. Sorry Johnny, Eric Stuart will always be the true voice of Brock. Onix says to me, you mess with me and I’ll show you how tough I am! If you haven’t heard Eric Stuart sing, take a listen. Snakes are also some of my favorite animals.


GeodudeWARNING LANGUAGE! For those of you who don’t know my favorite movie is the Big Lebowski. The fact that Geodude has fucking sturdy for an ability in combination with learning fucking self-de-fucking-struct and fucking explosion is just a crock of pure shit, man! I mean if you really wanted to bring some hurt to your fellow fucking Trainers you wouldn’t ask for a G*ddamn Shiny Mega Gengar. It’s basically the same thing with Mr. Fucking, Mime, man! It’s just a fucking rock with Arms and a clown! I mean Gigalith is more imaginative than this! To all you Genoners out there, I say this. Response to Genoners

Electric Types

The electric type I was dreading because the mascot of the show is Pikachu. Plus every generation we can expect a pikachu clone. Well I may as well nip this one in the bud.


A 5-Way tie; wtf Sam?! My list my rules! Pikachu’s the series mascot and I love the designs of all these guys. Back when the Pikablu myth was going around I was gullible enough to believe it. If I had to choose voice actors for my electric buddies, Ace Trainer Liam’s fiancee would be my Pichu, the Raichu would be Ace Trainer Liam. Plusle would be me, Minun would be my best friend who will be interviewed for MMPR very soon. Pachirisu would be the late great Robin Williams and Dedene would be Steve Carrell or Jennifer Garner

WORST Electric

Pikachu might have been Ash’s starting Pokemon but it’s Been voiced by Ikue Ootani for 20 years now. I know a lot of people see the Orange Islands as filler but guess what, so is the Battle Frontier and that’s somewhere between Kanto and Hoenn! When Ash won in the Orange Islands, he really earned his victory, Misty and Tracey were both proud of him but I really think Ash deserved a lot of credit, he earned that Trophy and he gave it to his mother! So why do I hate Emolga, more specifically it was Iris’s. Iris was kind of hypocritical of Ash all the time. If I was Cilan, I would have said to Iris, “Obviously you haven’t seen Boyhood. With Unova being based around New York, I would have loved to see a town in Unova based around downtown Seattle, the closest I think is Nimbasa City.


The Poison type to me has always been associated with Koga, Janine and Team Rocket via the anime. When I was in high school I had a teacher that influenced the way I manage my time and effort. So I’d like to dedicate the Poison type nominees to her. So to the real Jeanine, this one is for you.

BEST Poison types

Garbador is a pile of trash and I’m of the belief one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, It’s just so frustrating that a lot of people give this Pokemon flack. To me it reminds me of a sumo wrestler. Koffing and Weezing bring back memoirs of James in the anime. I thought James was the best in Unova actually and same with Jessie for that matter. But who really stood out was Brock’s Crobat. I figured that as a kid, Ash would probably watch Golbat the Animated Series. I can picture his The Golbat for lack of a better name as Kevin Conroy. His Butler would be Arthur Side kick, Pidgeotto and would go on to become Noctowl. However, I digress. Eric Stuart is my hero for voice acting,  here’s one of his better moments Brock’s Zubat

Worst Poison

MukShiny Muk: This pile of poo is the reason Poisons creep me out. The following link is in Spanish about Ash catching a Muk. For those of you who don’t speak Spanish just imagine Chris Walken’s reaction in person if you don’t know who Christopher Walken is, another one I’d do is Jay Baruchel. Ash catches Muk (Spanish)

Psychic Type

I’m always about expanding my mind and the stuff I learned in college really made me a better person

Best Psychic

GardevoirMega Gardevoir: Ok, I’m tired of the sexualized fanart I see of Gardevoir.Especially on Deviantart, but I think making the line a psychic fairy was a great way to bring the community together. It looks like its a bridesmaid, so Mazel Tov. Speaking of awesome things from Japan…

Jetman Ending

Worst Psychic Type

ExeggutorMerv Griffin, I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts. My hatred of this episode is because of the anime, not so much our heroes but the focus of the episode. Not so much Ash & Co but rather, Melvin the Magician, the main focus. Melvin sounds like A Jewish Grandmother played by Woody Allen. He was so boring even I wanted to kick him in the groin. To sum up all my feelings about Exeggutor, here’s a deleted sing from the lion king! Deleted Lion King scene

Ground Type

The Ground Type to me represents the drive people have to succeed. As Someone who’s always fought for what he believes in and always pushing yourself to make the best decision you can, here are my best and worst Ground types.

Best Ground

GolurkNo One likes code names anymore. This is something I have wanted since I was 10. The Golurk looks like a Megazord. I’m not going to delve into my politics about power rangers here, but let’s just say that I want you to listen to this song and dance to it.Boost Up Beet Buster! Catchy, no? Now imagine someone doing a cover to that English. That someone is yours truly. People who love power rangers can be quite ignorant at times. I always wanted people to appreciate the other side of the coin. Here are two more songs from the land of the rising sun. Liveman Theme and Fourze Music Video

Worst Ground Type

Shiny SandlashShiny Sandslash: Here’s one of my confessions, I used to suffer from frequent nosebleeds. It wasn’t the worst thing that happened to me, But Sandslash is actually one of my favorite Pokemon. The Gold part I’m ok with if they changed it to blue you’d have sonic but if they changed it to Green then you’d have this Annoying Overrated Motherfucker but I digress. Next type, Por Favor


As someone who grew up with Pokemon I always saw Flying as more of a sub-type rather than an offensive type. We’ll get to Fossil Pokemon in a little while but for now let’s just stick to the best and worst

Best Flying types

Every single first route flyer plus Murkrow

For those of you who lost interest in Pokemon after the first couple of generations, Pokemon is all about spreading your wings and becoming a more rounded individual. The reason I like the first route flyers is because of my experiences of traveling to Alaska and Israel. These were trips I took on my own and I met my buddy Nick Laine via the former and Jenna Lonsdale. I honestly don’t see flying as a true type but more like a subtype

WORST flying type

TornadusTornadus: OK I tried my damnedest to leave legendaries off this list but Thundurus is KINDA cool because this man in blue. The legendary genies are just some of the most disappointing legendaries next to the lake trio and even though my goal is to collect all Pokemon Via figurines I just can’r help but feel that Game Freak just falls asleep behind the desk. Sometimes they get lazy.

Bug Types

Before I start this, I want you guys to know I’m straight but this is where things might get a little raunchy. As Bugs in the real world are a mixed bag for me. Dragonflies are awesome where I don’t like bees. While Spiders are Arachnids, Satoshi Tajiri started Pokemon based off of the process of collecting bugs. My least favorite bug is the mosquito but I would love to see a bug type Pokemon based off it.

Best Bug Types:


Joltik, Galvantula, Ariados, Heracross and Scyther: Joltik, Galvantula and Ariados are all based around spiders and I love spiders. They help prevent the insects that wreak havoc. Spiders are some of the most unique creatures in the animal kingdom and their Pokemon counterparts are no exception. The mythos surrounding these three is unrivaled and while I have never played Black and White the fact you can find these guys in chargestone cave is very interesting. Plus Joltik is the same size as an actual spider. So why no Spinirak? A lot of it has to do with aesthetic design, green might be one of my favorite colors but they shade of green. Shiny Spinarak is much cooler. Scyther is based off a praying mantis. Of course, why can’t it fly? So why do I prefer Scyther over Scizor? Scyther is much more intimidating. As for Heracross, as most of you who read my blog know, know that I grew up with power rangers, however they’re not the only thing to come out of Saban. In fact when somebody brings heracross to my attention my mind goes to these Beetleborgs. Plus Ash’s Heracross is a freaking drug addict and I love his interactions with his Bulbasaur

Worst Bug type:

Pinsir and Yanmega: Reasons for Pinsir: IT HAS A VAGINA FOR A MOUTH! With that comment out of the way let’s get this out of the way. I want to reiterate I am not gay, but Pinsir’s design grossed me out at 9 and it certainly hasn’t gotten much better since. Plus when you have it mega evolve it just adds further salt to the wound. Pinsir is nightmare fuel for me. I can handle it. As for Yanmega, Gamefreak wtf? You had so much potential for a Bug/Dragon. It should be a Bug/Dragon. Don’t get the wrong idea, I love the design, I love that it’s based off a dragonfly but its typing, Damn you, Gamefreak!


Ghost, Dark and Steel are tied for number one when favorite types. So for the best of Ghost I’m going to say all save for two. I just love the mythos surrounding them.

Worst Ghost Type

Rotom and Sableye: While I have no problems with Pokemon being based off inanimate objects and having alternate forms Rotom takes the cake for most forms. I think a lot of people give Unown shit for being a gimmick but I think Rotom is far worse. When I was in Israel, I met a young woman who drew Unown as Hebrew letters. To me Unown is actually cool because of that experience. Rotom is nothing more than a nuisance. To sum up Inanimate Object

As for Sableye, it’s stitch! Lilo and Stitch is one of my favorite Disney Movies. According to Jwitz, Sableye is based off the Hopkinsville Goblin but all I see is stitch! Plus its debut in the anime didn’t help it either. The good news is, you guys should know Hoenn is my favorite region but I don’t TRULY hate these Pokemon. There are very few Pokemon I actually hate.

Fighting Type

If someone asked me to pick my least favorite type, it would probably fighting. This is because most of them look to humanoid. Hitmonlee has eyeliner for g-d’s sake. So picking a favorite is going to be tricky but here goes


CroagunkCroagunk: Croagunk is based off an Amazon Tree Frog. Amazon Tree Frogs are some of my favorite animals. In the anime, Brock’s Croagunk was always fun to watch especially when he would flirt. Croagunk is so cute it actually is ugly. Coming from my family, that’s a huge compliment. Plus it’s just so derpy I love it! Out of the Originals my favorite is Primeape and when we got Hawlucha this was playing in my head Ode to Joy not only did we have a fighting flying but it was awesome. Like Ace Trainer Liam, I am not a big fan of clothing on Pokemon. It’s one thing if it has something small like gloves but speaking of Pokemon with clothing…

Least Favorite Fighting Type

Throh and SawkThroh and Sawk: Bravo GameFreak. These are really lazy. I think somebody just said, let’s just make martial artists and turn them into Pokemon. Throh and Sawk are so bland it’s not even funny. Sorry Game Freak, Unova might have given us some cool ones like Sawsbuck but this just doesn’t work.

Ice Types

The Ice Type is always so interesting to me. Because I grew up with the original 151, I don’t really think much about the Ice Type. But I do like some of them.

Best Ice Type:

PiloswineIt’s just so derpy! I love how Piloswine is just a giant shaggy pig. It’s just so funny looking. It’s too funny looking and every time I see one I just want to hug it. It’s so hairy. I love it. Every time I see one I wish they were real because I just want to pick Piloswine up and give it a hug!

Worst Ice Types

JynxJynx: IT’S NIKKI MINAJ’S MOM!!! I never saw Jynx as racist, I just find it creepy. Changing its skin to purple didn’t do game freak any favors. It’s just a lazy design and it’s just disturbing. Plus I think the Ice typing was added just at the last minute..

AvaluggAvalugg: Gamefreak, Wtf?! A bed or a table. I like Voltorb and Electrode because they’re fast and hit hard. But Avalugg? Come on! I get sleepy just looking at this thing. Come on Game freak do better!

Dragon Type

As a lover of dragons in real life, I can’t help but think of the how to train your dragon series. Where’s Hiccup when ya need him?

Best Dragons

Hydreigon and Dragonite: Hydreigon is based off of the Hydra of Greek Mythology. Which is why I love it it’s just so intimidating and tough. I know Ghestis has one on his team and this thing is actually pretty damn scary. In looking at Gen V pokemon I actually find some I enjoy. I don’t plan on going through every pokemon and saying what I think about it but if I did, Gen V and VI would certainly need more thorough thoughts. So why do I also love Dragonite? Dragonite is a great example of simple and effective. Plus it’s so cute and happy. Its Pokedex entries state that it’s one of the smartest Pokemon next to Alakazam. Plus it’s one of the few Bipedal Pokemon taller than me. I’m 6′ 2″ and Dragonite according to the Pokedex is 7′ 3″. ALthough I doubt I could fly on one though

Worst Dragons

SalamenceSalamence: Ok the reason I hate Salamence is because it looks too much like a stereotypical dragon. In that sense it’s boring. Although Druddigon came close to making it, I remembered how Salamence was too much like an actual dragon.I always felt like Salamence and Druddigon were cop outs and looked much more like digimon than Pokemon. They aren’t bad, just not very interesting

Steel Type

Steel is one of my favorite types because there’s a certain oomph to them I can’t describe. Maybe because my favorite color is Jerusalem Silver.Nelson will be interviewing me about my experiences about my trip but I digress. The steel type just has a magestic feeling to it that makes me feel like a knight.

Best Steel Types


Skarmory and the Aegislash line: I always like to think that the Bird Keepers you encounter in the games are Jetman Fanboys. As a Seattlite I like to Imagine that the different feathers of bird types could have come in handy during Native American rituals. When I see a Skarmory I always think of Steven’s.The Pokedex talks about using Skarmory feathers to make knives. As a chef, I want a set of those. As for the Aegislash line, I can’t help but feel like its a version of soul edge  However as a good guy I wield soul calibur, but I love the shiny version of these guys. The Aegislash line is something I have wanted to see in Pokemon for a long time

Worst Steel Types

Magneton and The Klingklang line: Gamefreak, what the bloody hell? You seem to think that in Gen I if you want to do a cool Pokemon, all you need to do is add a few more and it’s all hunky dory. That’s the same problem with the Klingklang line. Now don’t get the wrong Idea with the former, Magnemite and Magnezone I think are pretty cool. Sparks fly from magnemite is actually one of my favorite Kanto league episodes. If the anime ever gets a live action treatment like Disney is doing with their early movies, I nominate Christopher Walken to play professor Oak #walkenoak.

Dark Types

In Japanese, the Dark type is known as the Evil type. Which is not really fair. Umbreon is kind of like a black lab. That fucking sucks. That’s probably why there hasn’t been a dark type gym leader. They don’t want to be seen as Gothic or Emo. If I was a gym leader I’d probably have my pitch be: The funny brain of mystery. The mythos behind any Pokedex is always interesting to read because you have Awesomne PokeTubers like Ace Trainer Liam, Jethrotex and Matthew Azevedo. Unfortunately you also have guys like Munching Orange.Anyhow As a dark type lover here are my best and worst and in honor of Deadpool, I’m going to start with the worst

BisharpBisharp: Holy shit it’s a power ranger! Ok, that’s the last power rangers joke, I promise. While I have no problem with the type combination, it’s the design that bothers me. It just looks like Edward Scissorhands as a power ranger. The Unova mons need some love too but often get a bad rap. There are some I really enjoy. I’ll cover the Kalos league anime later, I have a busy life. So when I post these please bear with me.


Absol, Spirittomb and the Houndoom line: I want to start off by disclosing to you readers that I have a few disabilities and like Tamashi Hiroka I have anxiety although mine fluctuates differently than hers, mine is if you say the wrong thing I start to get annoyed and eventually will lead to me getting angry. Absol is based off the Bai Xe, A Chinese demon. As a Jewish liberal I say let me have one so I can blast all my naysayers to Uranus! As for its digivolution, I mean Mega Evolution It turns emo. Game freak, why not make it Dark/Fairy. You released a new type in 2013, UTILIZE IT!!! Sorry to shout but good g-d!

Spiritomb is the Pokemon I’d want to be if I could be reincarnated into a Pokemon. I’d want to scare the crap out of people. Nah! Before Fairy type was introduced, this thing was untouchable. Then Arceus decided to introduce Fairy type and said screw you. Spiritomb is one of those Pokemon that doesn’t take crap from anyone and neither do I.

If you read my top 10 Pokemon I never want to run into Houndoom was #2. This is mainly due to the fact that I love Dog based pokemon, er well most of them. Houndoom is the depiction of hell itself. For those of you wondering, yes I do believe in Heaven and Hell but let’s not mix Pokemon and Religion, ok? The Houndoom line is my ideal Pokemon because it reminded me of my dog if you got on his bad side. What? Houndour is taller than my dog you say? Time for a throwdown!

And finally… Fairy

The Fairy Type to me is a misname. A fairy is a derogatory term for a gay man. Even though I’m an ally I was a part of a comedy troupe for 2 years. I think calling it the Light Type instead. I believe the reason they were introduced was as fairy was to nerf and pwn dragons. Anyhow let’s start with the best:

Clefable, Wigglytuff and the Togepi line:

Ok, call me girly man if you want to but these guys come to mind when I think of fairies. However I think that. Cleffa and Clefairy should have remained Normal because both Wigglytuff and Clefable evolve via stone it makes the experience you have all the more rewarding. Both Clefable and Wigglytuff need a signature move. Granted Clefable has Metronome but Wigglytuff needs a move similar to Perish Song or an ability that prevents it from fainting due to Parish Song.Just a thought.

The Togekiss line is one of the greatest lines because of Misty. Misty’s goodbye shorty after Togepi evolved into Togetic was just as heartbreaking as Ash’s Butterfree. Misty got the first pokemon that felt like hers before her sisters could get their hands on it. As someone who has issues with people that goodbye was just as heartbreaking if not more so than Ash’s.

Worst Fairy Type:

GranbullGranbull is a bipedal Bulldog. Out of all the dog breeds out there, While they’re said to be sweet and gentle, I just for the life of my don’t like them. I love the snubbull that followed Ash in his Johto journey and that’s what made it for me. Will it ever make a cameo in Ash’s Sun and Moon journey? Who knows. I know they retired the Jigglypuff. Anyway, Granbull is so ugly it’s horrendous.

And that concludes my favorites for each type. Well for now anyway, my next blog isn’t going to be about anime, toku, but I have a top 10 coming to do with LGBTQ and one with Autism and Asperger’s but my most recent will be a very big topic that I need to address with you. What might that be? Keep on reading dear readers to find out!







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