Post by Johans Nidorino on Jul 19, 2010 9:43:13 GMT -5
Is there a reason why Octillery is associated with Focus Band often?
As you may know, the Focus Band is a headband-looking item introduced in Gold and Silver, which may ocasionally prevent your Pokémon from fainting, leaving it with 1 HP. Its name in Japanese is きあいのハチマキ
I think it all started with this, when an event distribution took place in Japan where they were giving away Octillery with that item attached. Not only that; apparently, a "real" Focus Band was given to the first people to attend. There was even an artwork symbolic of the event.
The Wonder Card for the received Octillery says this text:
This fanart, presumably from 2008, has two Pokémon with a Focus Band, Octillery being one of them (a Bibarel in the anime does wear one but just for decoration). The Octillery didn't appear in the anime... I think it's there because it had to do with Pokémon Sunday.
In the Pokéwalker, one of the unlockable Routes, "Beyond the Sea", contains Octillery that always hold a Focus Band.
Any special real-world meaning for this?
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Post by 8bitretroshit on Jul 19, 2010 12:33:54 GMT -5
I know the Parodius octopus and fishermen stereotypes in some Japanese comics wear one of them rope-headbands. So if I were to make an uneducated guess I'd say the headband's a reference to the traditional way Japanese fishermen dressed.
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