Borne of Caution
An irritated Pokemon might tell you to stop what you're doing. An irritated animal will probably just attack you. Pokemon, for all their power, would be open books and a breeze to care for to any competent animal handler on Earth. After a fiery death, a professional zookeeper who never outgrew Pokemon games ends up in the world of Pokemon. The entire world is thrown onto its side.
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I decided to read this story and I'm very glad I did! I usually don't read much fanfiction, especially stream series like Pokemon but this story was way above my expectations for a fanfiction and for a Pokemon story. This story explores the world and characters much more than the games and anime and makes them feel like real people and a real world. The story expands on existing elements of the series and elaborates on the details of how the world of Pokemon could be. Another good thing is that the main character is actually a normal person, unlike many other isekais with more childish and narrow-minded main characters. The story does have a few grammar mistakes here and there that are clearly noticeable but don't negatively affect the story much. Sad that I accidentally deleted my original review of this story and lost all of my upvotes :( At least now I know not to press the delete button ever since there's no "Are you sure you want to delete this" confirmation button.
The author has taken to calling their work trash, i hope they're doing it ironically for the most part, because i've actually enjoyed the story so far.
This story has been an earnest attempt at a fresh approach to the pokémon genre. And so far i feel like it bas succeeded in it's attempt
The story has mainly focused on the world, or more specifically the pokémon side of this world up to this point Which makes sense, because this setting wouldn't be chosen otherwise.
But what i do like is that the author has tried, and in some cases tried well, to fill this world with interesting characters. Both original and not. A story without good characters is not something i can get invested in, so i pray that the author takes the necessery time to develop them properly. So far good steps have been taken in this department with internal struggles and nuanced interactions.
I also like that there is a plot these characters all take part in, which gives a clear sense of progression.
Overall my experience with this story has been good, and i certainly do hope for more. If i have one last criticism to make it would be the upload rate. It's a cliché for a reader to ask for faster uploads, but in this case i genuinly think that i as reader would benefit from reading this story on a more consistent basis then i have been doing.
In any case, i have high hopes for this story, and i hope it will able to take me on a journey.
Pokemon in itself is a rather flawed story with a lot of plotholes if you think deeper about it. This makes writing fanfics about it rather difficult because you either have to emulate that happy go lucky brain afk behaviour of the characters in that story or you fill out the holes in the story that inevitably pop up when you think a little deeper about what is happening and why it is happening.
Borne of Caution has done a fantastic job at going deeper into the mechanics of pokemon and patching up a couple of common sense errors that would pop up from questioning the whys and hows of what was designed to be a children's game with a bit of backstory.
Its a very enjoyable and fluent read with no aparent flaws in the writing itself but as a non native english speaker i doubt i would find the minor imperfections anyway.
In addition to the regular storytelling there are a couple of side chapters that offer some more perspective on the events in the main story. I usually do not like reading different point of views because it breaks away from the main story and is often of little relevance, but in Borne of Caution I actually enjoyed every single one of the side chapters because they build up on the main story and sometimes elaborate further on the character's thoughts and motivations for making certain decisions in the previous scenes.
The characters in this story are very diverse and true to their nature, the scientists are motivated by their curiosity, the children are somewhat naive and the animal handler who is our protagonist actually cares about the pokemon's wellbeing as his first priority and does not like to see them hurt in battle. The manner is which the protagonist came into this world is also not forgotten and his trauma is being mended slowly through quite wholesome interactions with his Pokemon.
The Pokemon themselves also have quite a depth of personality and surprising intelligence, to the point where i would say they are additional protagonists in this story rather than side characters that only come out for battle.
Overall I can't see any flaw in this story as of Chapter 16 and give a full score for perfect execution of everything this story promised to be.
Okay, I normally would not read fanfics, especially ones about Pokémon. This is well written and well thought out. Fleshed out characters though childish in a sense, it's a cut above most of what you see on this app for the most part without slamming the character into the ground repeatedly. Retains a wholesome vibe without going sickening with naivety really. But what surprised me the most was I don't pick up novels until they have a sizeable amount of chapters as I read far too fast. I have been waiting on the update but it's lack of an update has left me disappointed, I ask you. Nicely, if you could update this oddly enjoyable story. Thank you. Please update more. Or I'll be sad.
Also could you add Cubone? It seems like they'd have an odd synergy based off the protagonist and the pokemons backstory. And honestly don't know what else to say as I've pretty much stated my opinion.
Absolutly great story (have read till chapter 16) so far.
One thing I wish was in it is nicknames for the pokemon owned by the MC. As he lived in our world and even showed that they have names for the lions and other animals the fact he isn't at least asking if his pokemon want names of their own to differentiate them from others pokemon feels odd. Though thats only my opinion.
Absolutely love the story and wish it was out more often. Keep up the good work.
I haven't read many Pokémon stories but the relationship between MC and his Pokémon and other characters has a great balance of being realistic and fantasy. Having a zoologist as a trainer is interesting and the writing is fantastic. Keep up the good work author! I look forward to what other Pokémon will join his team.
Basically what it says to be, a OC insert (which may or may be not a Self Insert) in the Pokemon world, but incredibly well done for a fanfic to the point i actually loved every moment of reading it, including even the grim start and those vivid & horrifying flashbacks.
Lee has a passion for Pokemon, something he has never outgrew as he is still playing even while being an adult with heart for animals which stems from his passion for pokemon, and relates to his job as a professional zookeeper. Sadly this nice life is abruptly interrupted as nuclear disaster strikes and all he knew and cared about is wiped away in an instant, but thats not the end, as he finds himself in the Hoenn region of the pokemon world for some unknown reason, with massive scars both physically and mentally from the dramatic event that he witnessed and by no means should have survived, yet did. Thankfully for him he is not alone, for there is his trusty Vulpix from the most recent playthrough as support, preventing his total collapse.
Well, as said, the MC is mentally scarred from losing everything, and likely would have broken without Vulpix being there, thankfully he is quick to adapt to the new situation he is in, with his memories from the game and anime aiding him in this new world, with the MC making important decisions like sharing his knowledge about handling animals & his secret to one of the professors. Yet he also makes mistakes, as he is just a normal person in a world he only knew from games and anime, and just being there changes things, and then there is the topic of him being from another world, which he quite struggles with keeping it all secret, fumbling really hard at times, which is made all the harder by the presence of his companions who join him on his journey.
I feel bad for Lee though, it would take just so little for him to totally break down, he just keeps having those horrid memories about that moment, where everything burned. I hope for him that he can somehow recover and live his life in the pokemon world, as going back is no option anymore, bar an absolute miracle happening.
Given this is a fanfiction set in the same timeline as the pokemon games and anime, that also means characters from there appear in the story. And it can be a hard thing to manage to keep their personalities faithful, even with all their exaggerations, which the author manages rather flawlessy here while making the characters behave realistically yet faithfully to themselves, no easy feat at all!
Best written however are the Pokemon, and most especially Lee's. They just feel like actual characters instead of being just two dimensionally like the games tend to portray them (no fault to the games though, hard to do it well), i just love how the author has portrayed Vulpix here, without her, Lee would be just done for, she is such an emotional support for him, preventing him from emotionally falling apart due to his trauma, she just carries so much weight on her. Then there are his other Pokemon which he has acquired, though revealing them would be quite the spoiler so ill leave it at that, just sufficient to say that they are quite interesting, with one of them being rather stubborn and disrespectful, and the other well.... decidated to battle and growing stronger.
Well the setting, for a fanfic it is actually very well done and faithful to the original Pokemon setting even if there were some small changes like blending the game and anime plots together, which makes things rather interesting. And unlike the games & anime the regions arent that isolated with pokemon from newer regions even appearing in the story. Having the anime being part of the story also means Ash & co are having their trek through the many regions of the Pokemon world, which runs concurrent with the MC in this case, even having some encounters with the MC. I love all the additional realism & depth that the author has added to the pokemon world, which is quite lacking in that because the games are first and foremost just a game, not an actual story sadly. Expect quite a lot of adventuring in this story, as the band makes its way through the world, in a way a parallel to Ash & Co. And since its a pokemon story, the battles such as gym battles, trainings and even tournaments cant be missing from it at all, its what made the franchise great in the first place! Oh also at times the weird Pokemon logic is being used, which the MC comments on, anyone familiar with the Pokemon games & anime should recognize those moments quite fast. Interesting is to see just how much it all changes just by Lee being there having his own adventure in the pokemon world, since already a couple significant changes have happened in the story. And it looks like Lee is going to play a role in the main story, despite him trying to avoid continuity issues by staying out of it all. And then there is him knowing those 'secret' mechanics and other knowledge from the games, which arent common knowledge, to the point of even being considered legends, but they do apply, with the MC being quick to notice oddities like that and deciding to take advantage of it, which can be a major plot point for this story as he has the potentional to change so much with all that knowledge.
A minor complaint with this story would be that it requires quite some editing, there are major typos throughout the story, such as names being all misspelled or sentences sounding very weird. Bar that though this story is very readable grammar wise, just needs that edit to smoothen all those typos out.
Writing is just so much better than those fanfics that can be commonly found, its better to compare it to some of the better written webfiction on this site and elsewhere, and belongs to the peak of fanfiction. Its quite clear that the author is either a skilled writer, is talented or both, since because of how smooth this story reads (bar the grammar), like without a hitch even, it drew me into it incredibly quick, from the very start even! Each chapter is a blast to read, as long as they may be, even the action scenes are just great, and then there are those moments where the scars show up.... the feels, i did not expect to feel this much emotion from a pokemon fanfiction.
Releases tend to be infrequent, but on the other side chapters are seriously long, which more than makes up for it. Though i already carve more!
Basically full five marks for this story bar grammar.
Even if you do not like fanfiction at all or have not read any before this, like me, i would still recommend you this story, even more so if you are in any way a fan of pokemon, whether currently or from childhood, It is worth the read many times over if you are familiar with Pokemon.
I haven't played any pokemon games, and only really seen a bit of the first show, but this story still really captured me.
It has some good charachter development, it's light hearted but still serious. And it makes me want to keep reading. Almost makes me want to play pokemon
Been hitting the refresh button like it will make a new chapter appear. Y'all need to give this story a try, I guarantee you're gonna love it. I recently became a patreon member and I normally do not take the time to review unless its a gem. The immersion is on point and you truly feel connected to the main character. The only bad thing is that the author is not updating every second. Sad
all im gonna say/ask/demand is that you don't give up this story, find an author to take over, take a year break and comeback to try again, or just look at it every time you go to write for a chance, but don't stop this masterpiece. i have this set as one of my weekly re-reads now. if it suddenly stops or worse, goes into that horrific coma known as hiatus, i may just cry.