I heard that people dont love the this 2nd evolution and I cant imagine why that is? Depending on her final evolution looks, I might never evolve her! This is my favorite second stage starter ever... by far.
1. This is the first female looking starter to ever come out. The closest is Chikorita... and the only reason you feel like Chikorita is girly, is because it has chick in its name and Ash's Chikorita was a female.
2. Second evolutions are always terrible looking... and this is astounding looking for a second evolution.
3. Did you here the theory that she might be inspired by a fire mage? (see below)