Written by pikaby
Two pink colored, heart shaped fish? Both of them Water type? Mamanbou (right) was long thought to be the evolution of Luvdisc (left), and in hindsight, it really seems to be ridiculous.
Even before Pokemon B/W was released, as soon as the announcement got out that Pokemon B/W would be completely new Pokemon without any use of a single old Pokemon, people should already have understood that the two of them CAN'T be related. Then came the argument that you can catch Mamanbou in the game, and breed to get a Luvdisc.
More proof? Now that the game is out, it's pretty obvious to just try breeding one to debunk the theory, but we have enough evidence even without doing that.
The Pokedex entries. Luvdisc gather around lovers. Mamanbou helps drowning and injured Pokemon back up to shore. Both have completely different behaviors. Luvdisc was based on the discus fish. Mamanbou was based off the ocean sunfish ('manbou' is the Japanese word for ocean sunfish). Different species. You can get Heart Scales from Luvdisc. If Mamanbou really is its evo, there would be no reason why you can't get Heart Scales from it too. But it doesn't have a hold item. Luvdisc's male/female ratio is 1:3. Mamanbou's is 1:1.
I do agree that most of this can only be found out after the game's been released, but when you see people continuing to argue about their relationship long after the game's release, you have to wonder if people do their research or not. Or maybe they really, really want a real Luvdisc evo but didn't get it.
All new Pokemon are better than any new evo to an old Pokemon, anyday.