"Mythicals" doesn't have as much of a ring as "legendaries." Plus it's not even a word. Does that make my opinion of the change obvious? Heh.
Exactly, the change makes "mythical Pokemon" seem even weirder. :cer_laugh:
While in English, all are typically grouped under the banner of "legendary", there are three distinct terms in Japanese that are used to refer to them. One, 伝説のポケモン densetsu no Pokémon, literally "legendary Pokémon", refers to Pokémon such as Kyogre and Groudon, who are featured prominently in the legends of the Pokémon world. A second, 幻のポケモン maboroshi no Pokémon, literally "illusory Pokémon", refers to Pokémon seen so rarely, such as Mew, that some question their very existence. This term was translated in the Generation IV games as "mirage Pokémon", in reference to the various myths of Sinnoh, and many consider it to refer to Pokémon that are restricted to Nintendo events, not available during the course of normal gameplay. The third and newest term is 神話のポケモン shinwa no Pokémon, literally "mythical Pokémon", which refers to the Pokémon which are spoken of as the creators of the Sinnoh region.
This actually comes from the distinction between different kinds of legendaries in Japanese. "Mythical Pokémon" are a subset of "legendary Pokémon" apparently containing Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, and Genesect (the event legendaries.) It is not clear whether the term applies to Regigigas, Zorua, or Zoroark considering the methods of obtaining them and the fact the Z's are not legendaries.
"Mythical Pokémon" is not a renaming of "legendary Pokémon" considering Reshiram and Zekrom are referred to as legendary. Also, the beasts/dogs/cats/hamsters/whatever were referred to as legendary in the English dub of movie 13.
I've come across the informational content of the above 2 posts on Bulbapedia...
Mirage/Illusory Pokemon: The term sounds cool, except that we already have the label of winged mirages for the Legendary Birds, and those things are as common as heck. They're available in nine different games - ten if Japan's Pokemon Green Version is counted.
Mythical Pokemon: I really don't see what makes the "Sinnoh" legends so special for them to gain their own classification. Some of the Sinnoh legendaries (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/List_of_Pok%C3%A9mon_that_do_not_appear_in_any_regional_Pok%C3%A9dex) might be justified due to the fact that they technically aren't of Sinnoh, being absent from Sinnoh's regional PokeDex listing, but I have some problems with that listing anyway (Phione isn't more special than Manaphy!). And it's stupid that the term is essentially synonymous with "event" Pokemon, an annoying concept in itself.
Yeah, no. They're still legendary to me.
This. Legendary Pokemon is a much better term, IMO. Mythical Pokemon makes it seem like any Pokemon classified as this is a fake and isn't a genuine Pokemon. While Legendary Pokemon partially implies the same thing, it could also be construed as meaning that any Pokemon classified as legendary is so strong/powerful, it has become known via repeated storytellings, with the actual veracity of the Pokemon's existence being debatable. There is really no reason to rename Legendaries at this point.
If any division must be made to categorize Legendary Pokemon, a better one IMO would be:
Illusory* Pokemon: "cute"-but-rarely-seen Pokemon
Cute: Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Manaphy, Shaymin, and Victini.
Possibly Mewtwo, Mewtwo/Lucario-esque, and [email protected]
Pokemon: Mewtwo, Arcanine, Latios, Latias, Lucario, Cresselia, Darkrai, Zorua/Zoroark, Genesect, whichever Gen 5 Pokemon that are [email protected]
I dislike the term illusory though because "illusions" are more of an optical, physical phenomena rather than the description of appearance rate or recurrence.
Mythical Pokemon: the "big titan" and the "trio" Pokemon
Trios: Moltres, Articuno, Zapdos, Entei, Suicune, Raikou, Regirock, Registeel, Regice, Azelf, Mesprit, Uxle, musketeer trio, kami trio
Titans: (Lugia, Ho-oh, Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Regigigas, Heatran, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyuremu, Stalyumi, Amaress (http://www.pokecommunity.com/showpost.php?p=5755839&postcount=98)).
These ones are the ones primarily featured in tales/"myths" and are mainly involved in "creating" the Pokemon world...
Personally, I believe that legendary categorization sort of gets murky at times, with my own subgroups being "big titan" legendaries, "trio" legendaries, "cute" legendaries, "Mewtwo/Lucario-ish" legendaries, and "[email protected]
In all honesty, Nintendo and Game Freak, just call all of them legendary Pokemon/legendaries and be done with it. Categorizing them due to a certain game mechanic (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Event) is just stupid and doesn't have any bearing or explanation "in-universe". Terms like "illusory", "mythical", and "mirage" will likely only serve to complicate matters in an already convoluted Pokemon world. >_>