Many fans are finding the new Pokémon designs too silly-looking to tolerate, and have wondered if the game designers are actually intentionally trolling their fans. As it turns out, the deviation from the normal art style is completely intentional, but not necessarily for the reasons people might think.
Pokémon Sun and Moon producer Junichi Masuda, as well as director Shigeru Ohmori, explained their reasoning behind the weird new look in an interview. One of the reasons for the bold choices was simply to do something unexpected for the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise. Some of the new Pokémon are definitely intended to be 'funny'. Trouble is, to some longtime fans of the series, this playful attitude borders on silly, and it's a tough pill for them to swallow. That's the trouble with humor though, you can't expect everyone to appreciate the joke.
It's the Climate, Stupid
In the same interview, Masuda and Ohmori revealed that they had the most fun designing the Alolan Exeggutor, the towering, huge-necked, multi-headed palm tree dragon. Fans roundly mocked the silly looking design and the choice of dragon type, but the creators insist that they had a lot of fun with it.
They explained how the Alolan Exeggutor was, like a lot of their design decisions, intended to reflect the tropical climate of the Alola region. Exeggutor's Alolan form may be its strongest natural shape, given how it grows in strong sunlight.
Despite the mockery, it looks like long-necked Exeggutor has some serious roots in Pokémon lore.
Similarly, a sandcastle monster makes more sense if there are enough beaches with sandcastles on them in which to disguise itself. The high temperatures are used to justify more than just Pokémon designs. Masuda, when asked about the adoring fandom surrounding the handsome, perennially shirtless new Professor, Kukui, notes that in the heat even a man of science is tempted to shed a few layers of clothing.
I think that a lot of people who've had to withstand tropical heat can agree that it definitely affects your choice of work clothes, but were the designers aware of the admiration for previous professors to deliberately stoke the fires of lust?
The designers say the new style is fun and suits the environment. Do agree?