I never said the ridculous designs were bad. I think that's why I'm digging it more now, because it's just fearless creativity and fearless creativity is often polarizing. Look at the gen 5 starters. Oshawott was the dorkiest looking starter pokemon ever, but he evolved into quite the badass.
I've said this before, but I hope the gen 6 starters are as cool as their potential seems to indicate. Let's think about the starters. I haven't played all the Pokemon games, but this is what a good portion of people on ze Intarwebnet seem to think. Like if there was a bell curve to Pokemon preferences, these would likely be in the big middle of the bell.
gen 1: Bulbasaur/Charmander/Squirtle- the benchmark set of starters. They all have solid stats and great evolutions. Charizard is teh awesome.
gen 2: Chikorita/Cyndaquil/Totodile- definitely a step down. None were as good as their first-gen counterparts whether starting or evolved. Few people seem to have good things to say about Chikorita. Totodile and Cyndaquil are alright, but not as good as Charmander or Squirtle.
gen 3: Treecko/Torchic/Mudkip- vast improvement. Mudkip and its evolutions are considered among the best water starters and Treecko (and its evolutions) are considered among the best grass types. Torchic evolving into a fire/fighting type was cool.
gen 4: Turtwig/Chimchar/Piplup- solid lineup. It's been often said that Turtwig is the best grass type starter ever, because Torterra is an absolute beast. Piplup evolving into a water/steel type is a big plus too. Chimchar was no slouch either.
gen 5: Snivy/Tepig/Oshawott- from what I've been reading, these guys seem like a step down. Snivy and its evolutions look cool, but don't seem to have the stats to back it up. Grass aficionados favor Turtwig, Treecko, and Bulbasaur a lot more. Tepig's evolutions are fugly and really? ANOTHER fire/fighting type, and reportedly not as good as Chimchar or Torchic? Oshawott has cool evolutions, but would water aficionados choose him over Mudkip, Piplup, or Squirtle?
gen 6: Chespin/Fennekin/Froakie- here's hoping that Chespin is a good grass starter on par with Treecko or Turtwig. Grass needs someone who kicks ass. For Fennekin, I'm hoping it's NOT another fire/fighting type. That would be ridiculous in a bad way. I'm thinking Froakie will be like Oshawott- the starter that most people think is "dorky looking" but becomes quite the badass.