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Pocket Monsters XY by HitoshiAriga Pocket Monsters XY by HitoshiAriga
Art Director Sugimori gave me the all clear to tell everyone, so I finally get to make a few announcements about work that I have been doing recently.

I had a hand in the new 3DS game "Pocket Monsters XY". Specifically, I designed some new Pokemon! (listed below)
- Pangoro
- Inkay
- Malamar
- Honedge
- Doublade
- Aegislash
- Tyrunt
- Tyrantrum
- Amaura
- Aurorus

I've actually been doing video game work for quite a while now (over two decades), including projects for things like PCE, MD, and SFC. Apparently the Pokemon art director, Sugimori, had taken notice of some of my past work and that's why he asked me if I'd be interested in doing some design work for Pokemon XY.

So in some ways, designing Pokemon for XY was like an extension of my days of drawing monsters for "ActRaiser 2" and "Beyond Oasis". I am a Pokemon Trainer as well as an illustrator, so needless to say I was incredibly honored and pleased to have this opportunity.

I just thought the Pokemon XY players following me might find this information interesting!

アートディレクターの杉森さんから
「言って良いですよ」とおっけーを貰ったんで、
そろそろ告知というか、お仕事情報です。
 
現在発売中の3DSソフト「ポケットモンスターX・Y」にて、
開発のお手伝いをしてました。
具体的に何をやったかというと、新ポケモンデザインです!

ちなみにデザインを担当したポケモンですが、
ゴロンダ、マーイーカ、カラマネロ、
ヒトツキ、ニダンギル、ギルガルド、
チゴラス、ガチゴラス、アマルス、アマルルガの10体です。
全員、公式サイトでも見れるんで興味持った方は見たってください。
www.pokemon.co.jp/ex/xy/

ゲームの仕事自体は割と古く(20年以上前)から
PCE、MD、SFCやらをやってまして、
ポケモンのアートディレクターである杉森さんが
私の昔の仕事を見ててくれてたようで、
そこからXYのポケモンデザインを
してみませんか?と、声をかけていただきました。

そういう意味では、今回のXYのポケモンデザインは
昔開発参加してた「アクトレイザー2」や
「ストーリーオブトア」でモンスターを描いてた仕事の
延長線に近いです。
絵描きであると同時にポケモントレーナーでもあるので、
物凄く光栄で嬉しいお仕事でした。

ポケモンXYを遊ばれる方は、
「へ~、ありがはそんな仕事もしてたのか~」
みたいな感じでちょっと覚えておいてくれると嬉しいです!
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sickboyrawrs Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
So you bassically designed the most badass pokemon in XY= Aegislash and it's shiny form. Amazing. Waiting for more incredible Pokemon in 7yh gen. Maybe you can do a lil bit of research of the creatures based in peruvian myths, there a quite a few great ideas!
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XEarlGreyX Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
holy fucking shit it must be a huge honor to be asked by sugimori himself to do designs for pokemon x and y I'm so proud that you had that opportunity!
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Midnight3795 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! Honedge is my favorite Generation VI Pokemon!
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:iconmrdesignwalker:
MrDesignWalker Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
I need a dolphin-Pokémon in Gen 7 please!!
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SonJessica Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Pangoro looks pretty awesome! Plus, I love Inkay and Amaura/Amaurus's designs.  They make me want to have a plushie of each of them right now!
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Flyffel Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student
Good designs. I especially like Inkay and Malamar.
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sternritterq Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Hello Hitoshiariga Sensei .  Is 7th generation pokemon starting design and develop now ?
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procon-8 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Even if he was working on that, knowledge like this is under NDA, and he would NEVER tell you anyway unless he wants to get sued and lose his job.
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sternritterq Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Can you give us some hint of 7th generation pokemon  . Thanks :happybounce: 
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Lunar-Kuto Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
I use Pangoro and Aegislash in my Pokemon X team. I wouldn't have beaten the Elite Four without them, I didn't know that you were the person behind those Pokemon?!

Thank you!!
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TakeruDavis Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aegislash is absolutely awesome, but my most favorite is Amaura. He is so cute, I dont think I will ever have the heart to evolve it him.
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randmarks Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
just like diavolr the thief said i think i love you please make some more artwork of pangoro please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >.<
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:iconaskabanette:
AskaBanette Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Holy crap!
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DiavolrTheThief Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
You did pangoro and tyrantrum?! I think I love you.
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MultiMugen Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your the guy that designed Tyantrum and Aegislash? I gotta say those Pokemon are my new favorites! It's good to see someone that someone designed the Pokemons for X and Y in DeviantART. You sir are amazing.
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whosaskin Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Many great Pokemon, especially Tyrantrum.  Honored to have someone that worked on Pokemon here on DA !
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surviorlaura Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
I've always picked the Sail Fossil and gotten Amaura.
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Tensaihime Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
These were YOURS? I just beat the game with Malamar and Aegislash. No wonder I love them!
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Professormcwilliams Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Omg, i love amaura and tyrunt :') good job!
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:iconbrian1u:
Brian1U Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
I actually make up my own Pokemon (more than 100 of them)
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Zuru-Sama Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
It was YOU? YOU were the man who designed Pangoro, the Pokémon who turned out to be my favorite Pokémon this Generation?

... Ariga-sama, I have but one complaint. I wish that you'd managed to convinced Mr. Masuada to grant Pangoro (A.K.A Goronda) better stats. I'd prayed that he'd get good stats to compensate for his crippling weakness to Fairies, and I was thrilled when rumors came out saying that his stat spread was 110 HP, 130 Attack, 80 Defense, 80 Special Attack, 80 Special Defense, and 70 Speed. It broke my heart when I heard that his actual stat spread was 95/124/78/68/71/68. I could have cared less about his Special Attack and Speed. I just wish that he has better bulk. Additionally, I wish that his Attack stat wasn't so awkward. (124? Really?)

Anyway, I'm so sorry that Pangoro's stats got ignored. However, I'm still pleased by his design and concept. Great job! (If Mr. Masuada ever offers to grant you one wish, though, please have that wish to be to give our favorite bancho panda better stats! Or even better, a Mega Evolution!)
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KoreeluStromboli Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I came here from here just now. I didn't know you designed Pangoro, Inkay, Malamar, Honedge, Doublade and Aegislash until now. I've known for a little while that you designed Amaura, Aurorus, Tyrunt and Tyrantrum. Pangoro and Aurorus are two Pokémon that I have on my Pokémon X team and they're two of my overall favourite Pokémon, especially Pangoro. Thank you so much for designing them! ;-)
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ribbonfly Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist
When designing a Pokemon or character in general are you assigned with a general description or given a type and work off from that?

If someone told me to design a Dark/Psychic Pokemon I would not thought of a squid.
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Lightningstrike1000 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
You designed some of my favorite new Pokemon! Thanks!
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:iconprtartist:
PRTArtist Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You designed one of the members of my Pokemon Y team.
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:icontheslayersenshi:
TheSlayerSenshi Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
You created that awesome T-rex. You're beyond awesome.
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TheWhiteScatterbug Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I never thought i could actually find a person who desinged some Pokemon!
Thank you so much for making these!
I just love Pancham and Pangoro and i can't get enough of them:3
Thank you so much, you are a hero!
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ninehundredtwo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student Writer
I really love my Amaura and Inkay.. They are definitely some of my favorites this time :) Arigatou gozaimasu ^^ 
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Nameless5511 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
You designed all of my favorite Pokemon from this generation!
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Goldwolves Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
My Aurorus is my little baby and it feels so weird to see the person who designed it! Thank you so much for making some of the best pokemon of the newer gen
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SapphirexBlue Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought those were some of the cooler designs for this generation, actually. Guess that means you did a good job. :D

I'm not too familiar with your other work, but it's cool to be able to tell you in person that I liked your designs.
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exxeld Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Aegislash is my favorite Pokemon this gen. I even MM'd a shiny of it. Nice work man!
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javiergagaga Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
pangoro is the best thing ever. Seriously, thanks.
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Porcelain-Pocky Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You. Are. Amazing. Malamar ended up being one of my all time favorite 6th gen pokemon.. amazing work.. Thank you so so much for these amazing designs. <3
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swisskit Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i loooooooooooove your designs <3
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ian-stewart Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Kind of funny, but all my favorite new Pokemon were your designs! Thanks for a T-Rex!
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TheGoldenKinoku Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You design the honedge evolution line?!
Sqeee!
I love the honedge line!
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G-wpn Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
This is very interesting to know as a fan of your work for Rockman/Mega Man. I find all of the new pokemon designs you have made to be very interesting. In fact, I use Tyrantrum while my friend uses Aegislash. I have a question about Malamar though. Did its design of standing on what should be its "head" come from the fact it was supposed to be topsy-turvy or because the tentalces helped make it look more like a dark type?
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Undrave Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Oh my gosh! The Honedge line is totally going on my list of favorite Pokémon ever and Amaura is on the list of most adorable ever. Aurorus is pretty cool too.

Thank you for these amazing new Pokémon!
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Lion-Oh-Day Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Malamar and Inkay are some of my favorite pokemon ever! You've done an amazing job!
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ShinytheFox Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
I like a lot Amaura :)
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Wetterdew Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Thanks for the awesome new Pokemon!
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:iconmeloku171:
Meloku171 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
well, it's safe to say that you hit gold with Aegislash, Tyrantrum and Malamar. those are incredible!!!
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ayyk92 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for Tyrantrum and Aegislash families!
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Lionalliance Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
haha! Sweet man! Great designs!
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gogglezombie Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
These are some of my favourite monster designs from any generation. You have done a wonderful job!
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:iconmkloubellamy:
mkloubellamy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Thank you! Tyrantrum is one of my favorite new pokémons!
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:iconlyco15:
Lyco15 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice. Pango's definitely my favorite of the mix.
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:iconneonmouko:
NeonMouko Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Awesome! You made some of my favorite designs in the game! The dinosaurs are also my favorite fossils out of all the generations!
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MaverickWaffles Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice :D Two decades of art is a lot!
[When you say Beyond Oasis...You mean the Sega Genesis/Megadrive game?? If so...OMG YAY 8D YOU ARE AWESOOOME]
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