I've never picked a Grass Starter Pokemon before but that's not the main reason I'm going with Chespin. I think he is the best Pokemon of the three simply because I don't know what it is. Fennekin is a fox, admittedly not a fox you'd see rummaging through your rubbish in your front yard, but a fox nevertheless.
But I prefer Fennekin to Froakie who really is just a frog. Game Freak isn't even trying to hide the lack of inspiration for this Pokemon, its name being a combination of frog and croak.
At least you have to dig around a bit for the creature that inspired Fennekin - it's a Fennec fox, a really cute small nocturnal fox from the Sahara desert with big ears like Fennekin.
I do like Fennekin but I prefer Chespin because it is the creature who looks most like a Pokemon. What is it? Now Bulbapedia has some interesting info on the origin of its name which gives away a few clues as to its identity.
It had been reported that its name was a combination of Chestnut and Pin. So Chespin is a mutant chestnut? Well, it has since been suggested that its name may also be inspired by a species of chestnut called Chinkapin, spina (Latin for thorn) and Urchin (the Middle English term for hedgehog).
Indeed, there's a bit of hedgehog in its Japanese name Harimaron (the Japanese for hedgehog is harinezumi. Not that you'd look at Chespin and think: 'that's definitely a cross between a chestnut and a hedgehog.'
You might have spotted that I'm not that keen on Pokemon who just look like animals. Wailord - that's not a Pokemon, it's a whale. Same goes for Swanna, Seel and Horsea. Changing the spelling doesn't fool anyone!
I much prefer the Pokemon who look a bit mysterious, whose identity isn't clear, who look like Pokemon. Although I do find it funny when Game Freak create ludicrous Pokemon based on everyday items. Vanillish or Trubbish, for example. While I'm on the subject, I reckon Trubbish is Game Freak's little joke - aimed at those who say that Pokemon have been getting worse since the original 151.
Anyway, back to the point. Chespin is the one for me. Maybe I will need to see the Starter's evolutions first as I did regret my choice of Oshawott when I saw the mighty Emboar and Serperior, but right now it's Chespin.
How about you? Which Starter will you pick? Vote in the poll below!