>>38031012>it's an obvious example of gamefreak trying to design a flagship Pokemon for the franchise rather than a logical conclusion to the Froakie line
That's fucking retarded and you know it because Greninja is the most logical conclusion to the Froakie line. If Gamefreak were so set into making a flagship design, they would've:
a)Chosen a more appealing base species other than frogs, which are extremely niche. Why do you think Dog/Fox/Wolf/Cat pokemon are so popular? Because they're based on animals everyone loves
b) Gone with an orthodox, risk-free design that could appeal to as many as possible without raising any eyebrows, kinda like the "Gallantoad" fake that /vp/ fawns over
Greninja had none of these. He was based on a niche animal that has deep thematic connection to japanese folklore, the same folklore that gives credence to the development of the Froakie line. No one thinks >I'M GONNA MAKE A POKEMON THAT WRAPS ITS TONGUE AROUND ITSELF LIKE A SCARF!
and assumes it will be regarded as cool or with universal appeal, yet they did it because it was a creative way to tie a physiological quirk from the base species into the theme at hand. A safer approach would've guaranteed an even bigger fandom. Even as it stands, the fact that Greninja became so popular is definitely a lightning in a bottle situation that will most likely not be replicated in many years.