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Pokemon no Rakuen is a fanmade Pokemon webcomic by Ookami/Mizuuma hosted on Deviantart and Smackjeeves. It was first posted online in 2007 and can be found here http://pokemon-no-rakuen.smackjeeves.com/comics/234705/pages-1-2/ and here http://pokemon-no-rakuen.deviantart.com/art/Pokemon-no-Rakuen-Pages-1-2-57032314
It's a PG-13 comic about a human boy named Gray Rakuen who dislikes Pokemon and wants to get a girlfriend. Everything changes when his mother gives him a Totodile and tosses him out on his butt to go on a Pokemon journey.
Gray discovers he has the power to turn any Pokemon near him into Gijinka (Pokemon in Human form) and sets off to find out why he has this power. Along the way he'll battle wild Pokemon, a criminal group (Team Missile) and even begin to warm up to Pokemon in general.
This comic contains the following tropes:
- Absurdly Sharp Claws: Scythe's scythes have cut through entire bodies.
- Alternate Continuity: The PCBC comics are non-canon but still contain information that ties into the main comic. Including spoiling who future members of Gray's party would be.
- Art Evolution: The beginning of the story is drawn in color pencil. It switched over to pen and ink, digital screen tone, back to pen and ink, dramatic shading and so on. The author seems to experiment every few pages with another coloring method. The line art itself has also changed a lot since the comic first began.
- Author Appeal: The artist enjoys drawing girly or androgynous characters. Bonus points if no one can figure out what gender they are.
- Berserk Button:
- Mentioning Team Missile near Hiki.
- While Scythe enjoys acting feminine to flirt with Gray, he does NOT like being mistaken for a girl.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Scythe may look frail and dainty but he's utterly ruthless in battle.Scythe: Ew~ Beedrill guts!
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Scythe's 'hands' and the other Pokemon's non-human body parts.
- Braids of Action: Spark, after Gray braids his hair so it stays out of the way.
- Childhood Friends: Gray and Wem, though the former doesn't remember this leading to a forgotten first meeting.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: Gray apparently made one to Wem but doesn't remember it.
- Crossover: Pokemon no Rakuen apparently takes place in the same world as the author's other comic Adventures of Lum and Friends.
- Dissonant Serenity: Scythe can smile sweetly while covered in the blood and guts of his victims.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Scythe, who purposely plays with it to flirt with Gray.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Gray was thinking of naming one of his Pokemon "Fluffy" but they adamantly refused to be called this.
- Expy: According to the author, all the Gym leaders are alternate versions of characters from her other comics.
- Good Is Not Nice: Scythe is technically a good guy... who likes tearing his opponents open so their entrails splatter on the ground.
- Happiness in Slavery: Several. Scythe is perfectly happy to be Gray's Pokemon and Ame purposely captured herself.
- Improbable Hairstyle: Gray's hair seems to be getting more wild and spiky as the comic goes on.
- Immortality Begins at 20: Subverted, after reaching 30 years of age a Pokemon will age normally like a human. Unless it's a Legendary Pokemon who are basically immortal.
- Interspecies Romance: Gray can't get a human girlfriend but he seems to be a Pokemon-magnet.
- Moe Anthropomorphism: All Pokemon near Gray will take a human form.
- Naked on Arrival: Jaws. It was explained years later in a Q&A that the 'clothes' a Pokemon wears when they go human form aren't 'real' and thus they'll sometimes disappear.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Although Gray claims to be straight he is quite attracted to Scythe. Though Scythe is very feminine looking. The author has stated Gray might be secretly Bi and hasn't noticed.
- Talking Animal: Any Pokemon that's been near Gray long enough seems to gain the power to talk even when in Pokemon form.
- Team Rocket: Team Missile is the badguy organization in this comic.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The author used to draw all females with 3 eye lashes on each eye. It was the only way to confirm a character's gender. Later this was dropped, making it more difficult to determine genders.
- Viewer Gender Confusion: Scythe and Wem. While Scythe is just a very girly looking boy, Wem was originally planned to be male but the author changed her mind and made them female, then changed her mind again and currently Wem is of indeterminate gender because the author figured it didn't matter either way.
- Verbal Tic: Jaws tends to end his sentences with 'To.'
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Though Scythe is technically not cross-dressing so much as he wears very ambiguously gendered clothing, which combined with his girlish appearance gives off this vibe.
- Yaoi Fangirl: Ame seems to be one since she supports/ships Gray x Scythe.