Learn about Rhea and her journey through the Pokemon World. You will meet many people and see how a realistic Pokemon experience might be. Rhea may be the main protagonist of our story, but to fully understand this world, we will be diving into various other PoV along the way, but never straying too far from our main three girls!
I really wanted to like this. The world building is really good, though it can get excessively wordy in some of the chapters. The translation of turn based game mechanics into a more real world style battle system is really interesting. In the end, though, I just don't like reading stories where the main character is constantly getting screwed over. From the very beginning, while the story talks about her starting pokemon as if they're supposed to be a major advantage, in practice they're actually detrimental. Events keep happening that cause problems for Rhea, and basically nothing actually good really happens for her. Things that are presented as if they should be good events play out in the writing as negatives.
Every major battle goes badly for her. She gets seriously injured in her first one because her pokemon, who was basically handmade and given to her by her mother, is too aggressive to listen to her and has no filter to stop her from killing her trainer if the fight had gone any longer. She teams up with another girl to fight an overlevelled Nidorino, but while she actually wins that one, it plays into that super agressive pokemon's big head and her thinking she can't lose. She loses her gym battle because the master ball her mother uses means that her pokemon gets read as stronger than it really is in practice, and the pokemon still doesn't listen to Rhea. Even some minor battles are super close, despite this supposed power.
After the incident near the end of the first book, I was hoping she would at least get a win to get her going again since it was being written like she was finally going to start taking things more seriously, and both her partners got to have good, hard fought wins. Then she gets bodied again by some nobody, another specially made pokemon getting taken out in basically one hit. This while the whole story has been playing up her great natural skills and her awesome specially bred pokemon... but the nobody kids she met at the beginning who could barely handle bonding to basic weaker pokemon are having better battle results than she is since the Viridian City bit.
This is soooooo good, even as non-expert I can easily follow the detailed story with extremely in-depth world building. Super realistic while keeping the wholesome feel of 3 friends going on an pokemon adventure. 11/10
The MC isn't all powerful. She has her advantages but generally also goes through a lot of hardships due to her... condition. World building is really good. Characters are some of the best and most realistic I've read. Story is extremely slow but fits the character driven narrative.
The reader feels as if they are in the world. You get to see the cool tech they use, the ways of living and the differences in status. Nothing is left unestablished. We even get to see the world AFTER all the main events of the storyline and what happened to team rocket etc.. This is amazing.
There are some stuff, like none of these master- or grandmaster level trainers are giving their kids' pokemon rare candies or some OP bullsh*t like fire blast TM at level 1. Obviously it's established why this doesn't happen, but I'm still surprised it wasn't mentioned or no one tried it.
The only problem you could say I have is the Pokemon the MC (and some of the others) choose.
The MC is given an Eevee and a Mawile, which is, well, isn't the first things I'd choose for genetically engineered god pokemon meant to protect her. Not the most interesting one's she could have gotten chosen for her. There's infinite possibilties for cool combinations, but instead it's an eevee, one of the most popular Pokemon. Mawile is kinda meh but it's okay. They have cool personalities, and I don't mind that. Just think that author could have done better in the decision.
Everyone else (that wasn't established in the main pokemon) has either really sh*t pokemon like Pineco's and stuff or has a starter. Now while this is cool and all, I'd really like to see some uniqueness. I mean, they are the kids of the most popular and powerful trainers in the world, surely they could have inherited some eggs from their parents instead of these generic starters. Basically there are infinite possibilities. I get why this decision was made, it's just something that tickles my tugboat (whatever that means).
If you want to ask me how it could have been done better, well, I'll leave some ideas for this type of world. Some kid could have for example been the inheritor of some legacy and could have started out with like a Phione. Others could have their rich-kid status elevate them and be able to acquire a dratini or a magikarp after seeing their predecessors' god pokemon in action, only to realise they are sh*t. You could still have the girls with underwhelming stuff, only for them now to realise that the world isn't really that fair, and for them to thrive with strategies and early evolutions of bug pokemon. The MC could have started out with something cool like a Jirachi, only to realise it's complete garbage at low levels. You could still have had her be this overpowered character with drawbacks, just something to spice things up a bit. It obviously isn't my choice to make, and this is subjective. Which is why I'm only leaving it here as an idea for the author instead of a critisism to be used against him/her/them.
This is a good story, and an even better fanfiction.
do beware the plot & character & intrigue dump at the start, and that the MC is not exactly doing so well for the first book.
get past that and its the single most well thought out pokefic iv ever seen.
did I mention its not an isekai?
In my own personal opinion, Pokésync is what all fanfics should strive to be like. It simultaneously sticks to the source material but also manages to put its own unique spin on the series. It expands on the lore and world building and explores what the digital age would realistically look like in the Pokémon world, with all the pros and cons technology and the internet bring to the table.
The sheer amount of references from even the most obscure parts of the Pokémon franchise almost borders on excessive fan service, it almost feels like it shouldn't work. But the way the world building is expertly tied together makes it all work somehow. It oozes passion and love for the franchise, and it doesn't feel overwhelming for someone who's only somewhat familiar with the franchise. Not only that, the wiki links that are generously provided throughout guarantee you won't be lost about who is who, or where is what.
My main complaint comes from the part of the story where it feels like everything slowed down to focus on teenage drama and romance setups, which felt a bit forced, but in the end I think those growing pains served their purpose as fuel for character development for the main cast. I just hope the story doesn't slow to a crawl again and keeps a slow but steady pace.
Speaking of the characters though, they're fantastic. All the main series characters fans have come to know and love throughout the years are treated with the prestige they deserve, while the original characters fit right in with their own personalities and motivations.
One of my favorite parts of the story are definitely the battles though. They feel really well thought-out, and the strategies employed are very creative. It's a good mix of the battles from the anime and the games, and once again the links to moves and abilities are a great optional way of keeping up with what is happening.
Personally, I'm really enjoying the current arc's focus on strengthening Rhea as a trainer, and I really want to see her take on more battles in future chapters. It feels about time for her to spread her wings a bit and take on more challenges, especially after she took a backseat from gym challenges.
Really hope this series isn't abandoned midway through and I'm anxiously awaiting more chapters.
First time reading a review, so I'll keep this brief
As a little bookworm gremlin I'm usually very patient with waiting for free chapters to come out so I can shamelessly get free entertainment.
This fanfic made me get the highest level on the Author's Patreon only for this and I don't regret it.
Love this tale, a deep yet not headache inducing world, characters that do seem humane and with purpose.
Sadly it lacks ghost type Pokémon, like Hex maniac levels of ghosties. I am satisfied with the levels of fairy types though.
I don't read a lot of fanfictions, and when I started this one I had figured I'd read a little bit and put it down to go back to one of the author's other works. I just caught up to the latest chapter and I'm upset enough that I'm sitting in the now instead of next year when there's more, that I've been considering patreon as the next step.
The story is good, and the world of Pokemon from the manga, the anime, and the games have all collided with some unique mechanics to make it all mesh. I'm so in love with some of the ideas I've been having urges to run a Pokemon tabletop roleplaying game. I even downloaded and started reading thru Pokemon Tabletop United yesterday. So yeah, I really enjoy this unique take on Pokemon, and I hope it continues for a good long while.
I really like the story so far but I have a huge complaint that is nearly every chapter the writer goes off on a tangent about something that happened in the news or something that’s not related to anything that is currently happening and it can make it so that there is a random ten paragraph gap between two people talking to each other while in the middle of a conversation and entire halves of chapter can be filled with what seems like rambling. Other than that I really like the characters and the story, I just wish that there was less rambling.