Episodes 48 and 49: Attack of the Clones

A wild two-part episode appeared!

In this dramatic two-part 20th Anniversary Special, Ash, Brock, Brenda, and Misty travel to a new city and meet Gary Oak who has a surprise for Ash, a Pokémon tournament. But the tournament is interrupted by none other than Mewtwo! What happens when Ash and Mewtwo meet again? What will happen when Mewtwo faces its equal? And what is the Project Viginti that Mewtwo is so intent on finding? It’s two episodes celebrating 20 years of Pokémon history, and you don’t want to miss it!

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Episode 47 Review

As is obvious, this episode is the continuation of the story presented in the episodes Electric Shock Showdown and Pika and Goliath, both of which presented Pikachu with a challenging Raichu opponent, and the option to Evolve. The idea to do such an episode came to my mind when I was trying to think of ways to use Mega Raichu in the story. I realized that Mega Raichu could step up the story entirely. I did have one problem though. I am against the idea of having random trainers use Mega Evolutions, so I didn’t want some random character of the day to be using this Mega Raichu. Initially I considered having this be a rematch with Lt. Surge, but decided against that. Then I realized how perfect Ritchie could be for this. He’s a great choice for a trainer who can Mega Evolve, as he was shown to have a deep bond with his Pokémon. Also, him defeating Ash and Pikachu would mean a lot more than just some random trainer with a Raichu would. So I made the call to have Ritchie Evolve Sparky, which also served as an additional reason for Ash and Pikachu to reconsider their decision of not Evolving. The rest of the episode pretty much wrote itself from there.

One other interesting thing worth talking about is the origin of Mega Raichu. It actually has a history hearkening back to the first ever Pokémon I created. One day as a young child I was watching an episode of Pokémon. It occurred to me that Pikachu really deserved to Evolve. I had yet to see the Electric Shock Showdown episode, and didn’t even know that Raichu existed. So I decided to design Pikachu’s Evolution myself. So I took out some crayons and paper and created what I dubbed Megachu, the Evolution of Pikachu. It was this creation that would inspire me to eventually create an entire region and game concepts, which would eventually turn into Cosmic Quest. Eventually I did learn about Raichu’s existence, but since Megachu was the first ever Pokémon I created, I couldn’t let go of it, so I made it instead an Evolution of Raichu. Now at this time I did not know about Pichu. Once I learned about Pichu I was stubborn enough to say that Pikachu is so special that it gets to have four Pokémon in its Evolution line. Of course, as time went on I dropped the concept of Megachu entirely. But then X and Y introduced Mega Evolution. Not only was it technically a fourth stage of Evolution, but it even had Mega in the name. It was perfect. So Megachu was reincarnated as Mega Raichu.

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Opinion Piece: Pokémon Sun and Moon Versions

NEWSFLASH: After today’s Pokémon Direct, Sun and Moon have been confirmed. There was no solid indication from what was shown whether it was a Generation 6 or Generation 7 game, but some of the wording being used to describe it on the main website does seem to infer it’s a new generation. If that is the case, my below theory may be disregarded. That being said, I am not yet 100% convinced that this is a new generation.

As I am sure most of you already know, earlier today trademarks for games called Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, complete with logos, where uncovered. Normally I avoid talking about news on this website, but for obvious reasons, I thought it would be worth bringing up here. I want to share my vision for these games. Before we begin though, I would like to point out the very real possibility that these trademarks will not lead anywhere. Pokémon has trademarked many game titles before, such as Gray or Water Blue, without an actual game coming out with the name. But, never to my knowledge have one of those fake trademarks come complete with logos the day before a major Pokémon announcement.

Many people are assuming that Sun and Moon will be the first games of the Seventh Generation of Pokémon, and for a good reason too. However, this does not seem likely. One important thing to remember is that whatever games they release this year will be on the 3DS. But coming soon is the Nintendo NX. It would be a poor business choice on Game Freak’s part to release a new generation right before the release of a new system. Also, the Gen 6 story line is incomplete. Zygarde has yet to be fully explored, and X and Y left many questions. That is why I believe that Sun and Moon will introduce the brand new concept of Generation 6.5. For those who don’t know the Gen 6.5 theory, it’s an idea that the next game will bring about what could be considered a new generation (eg. new Pokémon and a new region), but still remain firmly linked to Gen 6. This theory has gathered evidence from all over, with the biggest points being the small number of Pokémon introduced in X and Y, seemingly missing Pokémon from X and Y such as a non-cover Legendary Trio, and the mysterious item known as the Strange Souvenir, which refers to the player travelling to an unknown region sometime soon. The recently revealed Magearna also seems to support the theory.

With that explained, my theory for how these games might work is to start the player off in the new region referred to by the Strange Souvenir. This region will have new Pokémon, such as Magearna, and a new story. It is very possible, though, that this story will tie into the story of X and Y, delving deeper into the Kalos War and involving Team Flare. While it is possible that Zygarde would be the center point of the story, this seems unlikely, as there are two games, each of which needs its own cover Pokémon. As there is only one Zygarde Complete, this would not work well, unless Zygarde gets a second complete form. So I believe that two new Legendaries will be the focus (ones based on the Sun and Moon). Then, after this story is seen to completion and you enter this region’s Hall of Fame, you get to travel to the Kalos Region. Once in the Kalos Region a new story involving Zygarde as its center focus will unravel (this would be like a combination of Gold and Silver’s Kanto Region with Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire’s Delta Episode). This would allow for Zygarde to get the spotlight that it would miss otherwise with the absence of a Z Version. A full on second story occurring post-game also makes sense given the current progression of Gen 6 games. X and Y had the Looker story, the first attempt by Pokémon to have a story after beating the game. Then Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire had the Delta Episode, which was a full-on narrative with an impact on the story of the entire game. The type of story in Kalos I suggest only seems like the natural progression of things. This complete overhaul to the game would explain why there is no Z/X2 and Y2 Version, as it would justify the changing of the name entirely.

There are those out there who say that what I’m suggesting is silly because a new Pokémon game with new Pokémon and a new region automatically makes it a new generation, so this would be Gen 7, not 6.5. I disagree. I say that there’s more to a generation than just the Pokémon. The three biggest factors being game style, story, and connectivity. Each generation introduces an improved style from the previous one. If Sun and Moon have the same style as X and Y, that pretty much confirms they’re in the same generation. On top of that, if these games have a story connection to X and Y, then all they’re doing is continuing this generation’s storyline. And if they can trade/battle with X and Y (with the exception of newly introduced Pokémon), how could they be a different generation? Admittedly, Gold and Silver could trade with Red and Blue, and did connect with them story wise, but I argue that was only because Gold and Silver was the first time they made a new generation. they were uncertain of what they wanted to do. Something like that in the modern age would never happen. Also, the concept of a Gen 6.5 would be a good way to expand upon and top the concepts of sequel versions introduced in in Gen 5 with Black and White 2.

Please remember, this is all just my opinion and what I personally see to be a good possibility. Now, will this development have any major impact on Cosmic Quest? We’ll just have to wait and see…

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Back in the Day…

As of today, we’re exactly a week off from the 20th Anniversary. It’s time for the next wave of special content. Remember how when Pokémon first came out, the graphics were much different? There were greater limitations on colors and sprite size, and the sprites themselves just looked goofy at times. Have you ever wondered what Pokémon from the Tenno Region might have looked like if they were made back then? No, you haven’t? Well, you get to see anyways.

Classic Sporout Was Sent Out

Classic Turcell Was Sent Out

Classic Kappaqua Was Sent Out

Classic Terratlas Appeared

Classic Seluna Appeared

Classic Brandon Wants to Fight

And then, as a special bonus for those of you who love this retro stuff, here’s a new desktop background.

CCL

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Mega Raichu

Mega Raichu
Description: Having undergone Mega Evolution, Raichu’s ability to generate electricity has gone into overdrive. It creates so much electricity that the excess must be released as random jolts of energy across its body, primarily at its cheeks, tails, and ears. To make up for the speed and agility it loses upon Evolving from Pikachu, Mega Raichu’s largest stat increase is to its Speed. It also gains increased Attack and Special Attack.
Mega Stone: Raichite Raichite
Type: Electric
Mega Ability: Mold Breaker

Trivia: Mega Raichu incorporates design aspects from Pikachu. As Pikachu is given so much more attention than Raichu, this is Raichu both evolving to become more powerful while also reverting back to become more popular.

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Episode 47: Evolutionary War

Even more anniversary fun is in store here.

While trying to get in some relaxing fishing, Ash’s old friend Ritchie suddenly appears. These two friendly rivals instantly begin a battle, but Ritchie has a surprise for Ash, one that leaves Ash and Pikachu with a decision, the answer to which could change the entire course of their journey forever.

Also, the Mega Evolution, Attackdex, and Character Guide pages have been updated accordingly.

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Episode 46 Review

Alright, I’m not going to lie, that entire episode was made to cater to the episode title. I knew that I wanted to do another Butch and Cassidy episode, as well as another Jigglypuff episode, but I had no idea what the plot for either would be. Then one night I was watching some TV and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was mentioned.  With my mind oriented the way it is, this instantly made me think of Butch and Cassidy. I realized that there has yet to be an episode with them that uses a play on the title of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and I realized that it was a perfect opportunity for me that was to good to pass up. So I started thinking of puns on Sundance Kid, and decided on Fun-Dance Kid. So I knew I would have an episode with Butch, Cassidy, and a dancer, but who is this dancer and what do they dance to? That’s when I has the random inspiration of dancing to Jigglypuff’s song. After that, the episode practically wrote itself. And by complete coincidence, this episode’s planned release window just happened to fall within the vicinity of the 20th Anniversary arc. Having both Jigglypuff and Butch and Cassidy made it a perfect throwback to Kanto for the anniversary.

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