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Meet the man that inspired the design of Pokémon's Snorlax

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Design inspiration comes from all sorts of places and Pokémon is a series that makes me question what the designers were thinking when they created certain monsters. I mean you have Jinx that could have done with a bit more work. One particular Pokémon which we all know is Snorlax, the lovable giant ball that just eats, sleeps and blocks your path a few times in the video game series. Well, according to Pokémon art director Ken Sugimori, the design of Snorlax was actually inspired by a real person and veteran Pokémon game designer Koji Nishino.

If you look at Nishino you will immediately see the resemblance between him and Snorlax but the design inspiration goes beyond looks and even stems from his personality too. According to Kotaku, Snorlax's nickname, Kabigon, is rumoured to be Nishino's own nickname too and it comes from "kabi" meaning "mould" as Nishino has a reputation for eating mouldy food in the office. 


It goes even deeper. The Pokémon Company has been dropping hints at Nishino's role in the series for some time now with the first appearance being in Pokémon Black and White and Black and White 2 where Nishino appears in the game and mentions that he is actually Snorlax. He then retracts the comment and replies "No, No. I'm the Planner!". 

We know Snorlax will be making his return in Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee later this year as the large cuddly creature played a big role in blocking a path in the original Pokemon Yellow which you need to find a flute and play it to wake him up in order to catch him and get past. It is one of the most memorable moments in the Pokémon series and it was what made him so popular in the first place. I just wonder is Nishino sleeps as much as Snorlax? 

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