Conversations with Pokemon Masters: Tamashii Hiroka
What up Screwattack its me TTUdrummer with the first of my series of conversations with the Pokemon Masters of YouTube. Today's conversation is with the lovely and extremely talented Ms.Tamashii Hiroka. Check her out on her YouTube page http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCid9DssdW6-yxUNl3_aba6A and watch some of her great videos. Ms.Hiroka does videos on Pokemon Glitches and Beta Secrets, Top 10s, and games reviews. Also follower her on twitter at www.twitter.com/TamashiiHiroka .
With Pokemon X and Y releasing very soon, I've taken it to myself to reach out to some of the most well known Pokemon experts from YouTube and sit down to talk to them. The first Master I was able to reach was the great Ms.Tamashii Hiroka. She's been making YouTube videos since the beginning and she might be the original Pokemon YouTuber. Her very first YouTube video was posted on December 30th, 2006 and it was about her hack of Pokemon Emerald named "The Hack". Oh did I mention she was the age of 13 when she first started posting her hacks? After her hack series came to end, she began working on Pokemon videos, which in her words were made "For Pokemon fans by Pokemon fans." Flash forward to today and she still regularly posts videos about Pokemon. Her Top 10/5's, Glitches and Beta Secrets, and her game reviews will grab your attention and are worth a watch.
So Ladies and Gentlemen my Conversation with Pokemon Master Ms.Tamashii Hirkoa
TTUdrummer: For those who don't know who you are, how would you describe yourself and your primary YouTube channel?
|Tamashii Hirkoa: I'm Tamashii Hiroka, a 20-year-old Pokemon nerd. My YouTube channel is dedicated to Pokemon and sharing all of the cool facts and trivia I know about the series with other Pokemon fans. I cover all sort of things, from tutorials to glitches to development of the game, and occasionally I do some other fun things like top 10 lists. Its basically a channel for all things Pokemon!|
TTUdrummer: Your Pokemon hacks were some of the top videos on YouTube when the website first started. In your "Draw my life" you stated you were 13 at the time, would you ever imagine YouTube growing into what it has become?
Tamashii Hiroka: YouTube was a smaller site back when I started. I don't think even the top channels back then had more the 100,000 subscribers, and the most views any video had ever gotten was like 3 million. Now there are channels with 10 million subscribers and videos with views in the billions. I don't think I could have predicted how much it would grow in just a few years, but I'm happy it did!
TTU: Knowing what YouTube is now, is there anything you wish you would have done differently with your channel?
Tamashii: I wish when I started making my current kinds of videos I had worked faster. I was the only one making videos about Pokemon for a short time and there were a bunch of things I wanted to cover that other YouTubers beat me to, and they ended up being very successful because of those videos. I got complacent with no competition early on, haha
TTU: How do you balance your life between everything you do? YouTube, work, school, studying, researching for future videos, and your own personal life must be very valuable and spread thin.
Tamashii: It's not so bad. Making videos is basically my hobby anyway so I enjoy spending the time making videos.
Tamashii: It was a combination of things. It got posted on a lot of sites when it first came out, like 4Chan and Reddit. Almost none of the attention it got from those places was positive but they definitely contributed in a big way to the view count.
TTU: Since the release of both "The Truth about Girl Gamers" and you're part 2 to the video [Released a year later] "A closer look at Girl Gamers" has the view of Girl Gamers changed any in your view? Has the video game industry taken steps forward? How [would] you change the view of girl gamers?
Tamashii:The part 2 was what I wished part 1 was from the start, it's really a much better video than the first one haha. I don't think my view has changed, but I do think the industry and community have made a lot of progress since then. It seems like awareness of the issue on all sides has increased.
TTU: Thank you for that answer Ms. Hiroka. Your work as a feminist and humanist is very important to you, as your fans already know.
TTU: Going back to Pokemon. You once stated Charmander was your favorite starter Pokemon but yet you listed Charizard number 1 in your "Most Overrated Pokemon" video. So did you yourself ever see Charizard as this huge over powered dragon growing up?
Tamashii: Actually I loved Charmander more for it personality in the anime. When Ash rescued it, it was of demure and shy (like I was as a kid) When it evolved into a Charmeleon it completely changed, and it made me sad. I can't say I didn't ever think Charaizard as cool though. What kid doesn't want their own fire breathing dragon?
TTU: One of the bigger parts of Pokemon is the anime series. It gave Pokemon a new main character Ash Ketchum also known as サトシ Satosh in Japan besides Red, Gold, and the other Video game protagonists. A storyline which lead to the creation of Pokemon Yellow, main full length movies, plus thousands of toys and merchandise, some of which you yourself collect. So in your opinion would Pokemon have grown in popularity if it wasn't for the creation of the Pokemon anime?.
|Tamashii: The Pokemon anime was without a doubt what made Pokemon popular in the US. This is why millions of kids who never touched a GameBoy in their lives still know and love Pokemon. I myself did not own a GameBoy until the Pokemon anime made me aware the games existed, otherwise I'd never have known. The anime is also sort of an extended tutorial for the games. While it often gets things wrong, it also teaches kids a lot about the Pokemon universe, how Pokemon typings match up, and trivia about the Pokemon themselves.|
TTU: With Pokemon X and Y coming out so soon, how has the surge of Pokemon fans affected your work?
Tamashii:It's been great! Not only for my view count, but just because it means there are more people to share my favorite hobby with. I was pretty lonely being the only one I knew who liked Pokemon for a time growing up, so it's great to have a community to enjoy it with again.
TTU: Will pokemon ever reach its Pokemania again?
Actually I was implying that it was possibly spammed on there, thus the hate. Currently every few hours on the /vp/ board, someone or a group of people post a Tamashi thread positive or negative. Lika Anita and obvious marketing threads in /v/, everyone is tired of the obvious spam/marketing. Thus the majority of the negativity.
Opinions are like a-ho's, everyone has one.
You know, I don't know how her vid got marketed on 4chan and reddit. But there is a reason why there would be negative responses, it's not mindless hate as everyone thinks it to be as.
Good read though the only video I watched from her was the Pokemon MMO one and it was excellent so I hit the like button. And now youtube puts her channel in the my face all the time begging to sub. She runs a good channel though.
Yes I noticed the typo in the logo would fix it if I could