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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This is almost disturbingly well written, so much so that it has honestly killed me desire to keep reading a few other pokemon fanfic I was reading it's bar is just that much higher. I really hope the author writes this story to completion because this is just amazing and I would love to see where this goes.
It's been a decade since I've played or watched anything Pokemon related, so I went into this fully expecting to quit a few chapters in. But there's something to the way this author writes his characters that really pulled me in. The dialogue in the first chapter seems a bit stilted (probably because of the need for exposition) but once Lee, the main character, is isekai'd, the author breathes life and believability into him and every character around him including the Pokemon. I melt every time the MC interacts with his Vulpix.
The worldbuilding is great too. I only half remember canon but I'm pretty sure this fanfic goes much more in-depth regarding how the world actually works and what it means to be a trainer in a "realistic" Pokemon world. I don't want to give any spoilers but the premise really comes into its own because of the thought the author puts into the setting. In short, this series is crack to me and I will be keeping an eye on it so I can get my fix.
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.
This will be a real short one, cuz all the people here who actually can make a review already did (and really know how to do one).
Alas, I will just try with pointing things out.
-The characters all feel real, not like I am a professional, but I can't find any flaws in them because they all have (I'll repeat) a very real feel from their personalities.
Even the Pokemon do. I can't imagine how mind boggling it is to make characters this way. 5/5 imo
-The grammar is on the better side for this website but there are sometimes flaws which can be seen, but they don't really hinder the storytelling. Sometimes you literally just overlook them as I think does the Author when proofreading.
-It may be a problem to read this for people who don't know any pokemon lore, but I don't have any problems with it even if I have to google for every Pokemon except Magikarp.
-I think that the battles are well done and the story itself, sucks one into it, as it has a lot to offer. Even the "Logs" chapters are nice because one can see the logs which weren't told in the story itself and see Prof. Birch's perspective on the travles of our Protag. Lee.
I am hereby ending this review, as it is still short but still more than I expected I could conjure up without making it sound like filler.
ps. If you already aren't, read this story right this instance.
Edit: Eeey, even Zethuron made a Review
Edit²: I played through Pokemon Gen 3 becuase of this and am now enjoying Pokemon Y. Imma thank this author because I wouldn't have ever started playing pokemon games otherwise. (Do mind that I never had anything like a Gameboy Advanced or other stuff. Emulators for the win!)
well this is one of (if not) the best fanfiction i have read , in just one chapter ash got more character development than in a whole new season of s/s and that by itself speaks volumes of the author. All in all a better worldbuilding and main/side stories
The one flaw: There arent enough chapters.
seriously though, dont look down on this because its a pokemon fanfic, It is a great story through and through so far.
Im still waiting for the day when Lee and Brock geek out together over how to feed pokemon and which foods and nutrients go best for different types of pokemon
I read this story on fanfiction. Didn't realize it was on this site. In my opinion it is hands down the best pokemon SI story. The writing is great. The main character has a really interesting perspective on raising and training pokemon due to his previous job. He also lacks the smug omnicience that a lot of bad SI characters have where they assume that their knowledge of a show or game will automatically apply to the world their in. The battles can get really intense and brutal. More like the manga than the anime. I'm interested to see where the story goes.
This isn't a fair ranking by me. But im a pokemon fan boy. And vulpix are adorable. And at the time of this review I was desperately craving a pokemon story. So its probably not 5 star. That being said, its a really well done story.
Grammar is great, I haven't noticed any errors
Characters are believable and compelling.
Story is where it honestly falters. But not by much. A lot of pokemon fans are in their mid to late 20's. Its what we grew up with, and its now what our kids play. That being said, a lot of fans stopped paying attention to the series after gen 4. I stopped after gen 3. So when characters or pokemon are intruduced from later generations, its kind of immersion breaking if we have to look up who they are. Most of them are described pretty well, but not all.
Next, team rocket. Like wtf. One second we get a world on reality settings where injuries are very real. Next we get the death defying flight of team rocket with little to no repercussions. Now, in fairness, the rocket role was minor and felt more like a nod to the series. But it was still immersion breaking.
Lastly, the m.c. is a zookeeper and is good at handling animals, so those skills naturally transfer over. I can understand the general populace being worse at handling pokemon, but it was a tough pill for me to swallow that the worlds pokemon experts are surprised by his actions in the manectric arc. I mean, they've literally lived with pokemon for generations. Surely someone like the professor shouldn't be astounded by his actions or the results they produced.
Overall, this a good fanfiction to read. And if not for a couple small details, it would be a great stand alone story. I still think this is a must read because it does what it sets out to do, and is an excellent story for the genre.
I know I mostly went over complaints, but the interactions between the m.c. and vulpix not only hold the story up, but set it apart from most others.
All right lets start with saying that I absolutely recommend you to read this.
The writing style manages to make each scene fit into the story with just the right amount of pacing to keep the action scenes tense and the leisure scenes peaceful. The story follows a classic isekaied protagonist as he deals with his death and new life in the pokemon setting. The grammar is near perfect with only a couple of errors that look like an over active spell checker. The Character is honestly quite interesting as he uses his knowledge of the video games and pokemon show along with his zoology degree to take an interesting approach to the pokemon setting. In conclusion I am looking forward to wherever the story goes as I am absolutely hooked.
uhh apparently the review needs to be 200 words long so I am just writing this sentence to fill out the word cap. I could write some more about my thoughts on the story but I honestly don't want to spoil anything. But being as vague as I can to not spoil anything the author takes the main character on the usual gym battle journey but manages to keep it interesting by taking the focus off of the usual child show antics and instead places the focus on a more realistic version of the pokemon setting.