This review is going up May 2016, Friday the 13th. What were the odds that would not only coincide with a dark type, but a dark type resembling a black cat? That's what everyone assumed this one to be, anyway, but despite its very cat-like design, Sneasel's inspiration seems to be Kamaitachi, the "sickle weasel," a youkai said to wound people with its claws before it's ever actually seen. "Sneasel" is thus derived from sneak and weasel, even though it sounds more like it comes from sneezing, which would also suit the fact that Sneasel is both a dark type and an ice type. Why ice, exactly? Nothing pertaining to the cold is ever mentioned in Sneasel's pokedex or otherwise factors into it, except that it can be traditionally caught in icy environments.

While not at all resembling a weasel, I do like Sneasel's impish design, and its asymmetry is interesting. I'm not sure what the single larger, red ear represents, but it's unique, and it gives Sneasel a sort of scrappy feel to it, like maybe the other one got sliced off.

The Diamond/Pearl addition of Weavile brought Sneasel back into competitive vogue and made its name even weaselier, but I kinda miss that asymmetry. It also has three-clawed hands, which aren't as interesting as the two claws of Sneasel, but that's a minor gripe. If you liked Sneasel, you probably like Weavile well enough, which thankfully keeps the cute, cartoon kitten-like proportions. Meowth could have learned a lot from this evolution.

Nice weaselcats.