The dragon-like Charizard evokes reverie in Pokemon fans like me. He is a fire-flying monster supreme. Of all the numerous Japanese anime characters, I go for him, the awesome final form of Charmander. For those not in the know, Charizard has evolved from this early creature at level 36 (with Chamelon along the way at level 16). Got it! Charmander appeared early on in Pokemon—I Choose You! Charizard is more powerful and is the mascot of the Red and Fire Red versions. Have a look at those colossal wings, tough claws, and mighty countenance. Fire spews from his tail. So cool.
Imagine warming your room with this being – turning him on and off like a portable pellet stove to keep the cold at bay. Of course he would be tamed. Kids fabricate all kinds of fantasies about these characters, making them come alive in their own private environments. They take care of emotional and psychological needs. I know one child who took a small heating stove and placed a large image of Charizard on top. How clever is that! (Don’t worry. It was fireproof and parent approved.)
Many Pokemon beings populate my mental world. I single this one out for his unique nature and appearance. Of course they are all very special and I have other favorites. You can see this orange animated phenomenon in Pokémon Ranger, Pokémon Stadium, and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky boxarts. The tail and mouth flames are his hallmark and creates his identity as a fire entity. What else do I see? There are those fearsome blue eyes, that cream contrasting underbelly, and a super long neck. There are flaring nostrils and a rectangular head from which project two blunt horns (that kind of parallel the appendages that jut out from each teal wing). Some animator went to town on this one. The colors are magical and the flame attributes are magnificent.
I have been known to draw him from memory in varying positions of active attack. This is every little boy’s dream. In fact, they do see him in their sleep along with other assorted Pokemon images. Then when you grow up, they have all been indelibly etched in one’s brain. Don’t miss the fangs by the way. They are among the best features. Also, don’t let those skinny arms fool you or the thick stocky legs. Charizard can be a formidable foe. Don’t cross his path or raise his ire. (Let’s not even talk about Mega Charizard X! He is even more fit and fabulous.) This monster is always looking for a good fight, ready to blow fire and venom at the drop of a hat. He can melt a glacier if provoked or start a major forest fire.
So get on board with me as a fan of Charivard, the flame Pokemon character, and enjoy some great creative anime expression. Discover the wonders of this wonderful Japanese art form as many others have done. You will be glad you did!