While practicing for the Wallace Cup with Dawn, Brenda and the others are enticed by the offer of free food. But after meeting with an old friend, they learn that this offer is not what it appears to be.
I don’t know if it was obvious beforehand or not, but the Wallace Cup really is just an excuse to bring in old characters. Just as May came to Sinnoh’s, it would stand to reason that Dawn would come to Tenno’s. Having Dawn come in to help Brenda out of her self-pity was something I’ve been planning for a while now. The problems Brenda faces really are the exact opposite of what Dawn faced, as Dawn’s problems were working to hard on her combinations so that her Pokémon were lost in them, and thinking so much about contests that she would psych herself out, while Brenda does the opposite and doesn’t work or think ahead at all. With these two completely different problems, the two characters seemed to compliment each other well. The idea to have Brenda and Dawn meet each other without knowing they have mutual friends was a last minute bit of inspiration for the episode actually, and I must say, I am proud of how that ended up turning out. Now, I should mention that having the Wallace Cup does pose a minor continuity issue. In the Wallace Cup episodes in Sinnoh, it was referred to as this year’s Wallace Cup, inferring that the Wallace Cup is a yearly event. As Ash was 10 in Sinnoh and is still 10 here, a year has yet to pass technically. However, this exact same continuity issue was already made during Unova when Dawn returned. At one point she claimed she went off to Johto to partake in a Wallace Cup there. So either there is more than one Wallace Cup a year, or…well…time just doesn’t make sense in the world of Pokémon, but you already knew that, didn’t you?
Ash and Brock are finally ready to reveal their surprise of the Wallace Cup to Brenda. Brenda, on the other hand, is not ready to have it revealed to her. The truth finally comes out when Ash and Brock attempt to cheer her up. But with help from a new friend, there might be hope for Brenda after all.
I don’t know if any of you actually remembered the Guardian at this point or not, and I don’t blame you, it’s been over a year since his last appearance. (If you don’t, here’s an earlier post I made about his inspiration) Admittedly I waited much too long to bring him back. I wanted to keep his appearances a rare event and spread them out across the series, so I was wary about bringing him back too soon. But in hind sight, I probably should have had him appear sooner, if only to cement him as a character in the minds of readers. Oh well, live and learn. Anyways, working with the Guardian is fun because he really is a superhero who fits perfectly fine in the world of Pokémon, and of course every superhero needs a super villain, that’s where Bushido comes in. Bushido was admittedly hard to work with because there are so few Pokémon that could be considered samurai-like, Samurott being the only obvious one besides my own Slashogun. I ended up giving his minions a Shiftry and Pangoro just because of the Japanese theme of the Pokémon, even though there’s nothing particularly samurai-like about them. Anyways, this episode really served to create the Guardian and his image. His first appearance simply introduced his concept, but now we get to see it in action. Both his strategies in battle with Ninjato and Greninja, as well as his practical usages of the abilities of Lucario, Scizor, and Accelgor are very important to the Guardian. It is those things that separate him from a normal trainer. And what will happen next the the Guardian appears? You’ll just have to find out next time, same ninja-time, same ninja-channel!
A thrilling new episode for Cosmic Quest can be read here.
While fighting Team Rocket, Ash and friends encounter the Guardian, the ninja superhero who helped them back in Kanaveral City. But once the Guardian dispatches of Team Rocket, another threat appears. The Guardian’s arch-nemesis kidnaps not only an innocent girl, Brenda as well. Now our heroes must join forces with this superhero to rescue their friend.
Also, the Character Guide page has been updated with a section for the Guardian.
Ivine has an interesting history to it. It was actually one of the first Pokémon I ever created. Originally I called it Ivyna, which was ivy with the -na sound attached to make it sound more like Tangela. Believe it or not, this was before Sinnoh was released (yeah, that’s how long I’ve been making Pokémon for), so Tangrowth didn’t even exist yet, so as far as I was concerned, “Ivyna” was a proper evolution for Tangela. Then I found out about Tangrowth. For the next several years I just turned “Ivyna” into split evolution version of Tangrowth. However in more recent times I wasn’t so certain. “Ivyna,” now called Ivine, was just too different from the rather homogeneous duo of Tangela and Tangrowth. As one of my original designs I didn’t want to ditch it, but it seemed like that might be the best course of action. When it came time to rethink all of the Pokémon that I’ve created in preparation for Cosmic Quest, I was very close to discarding Ivine completely. But then I realized how absolutely perfect a Pokémon Ivine would make for James. Just like Victreebel, Cacnea, and Carnevine before it, Ivine was a Grass-Type that one normally wouldn’t want to touch. Having it become affectionate towards James like the others would be the perfect step up from and call back to the aforementioned Pokémon. It was too good of an opportunity to pass up, so I kept Ivine. I still had one debate left. I considered the possibility of separating Ivine from Tangela entirely and making it its own Pokémon. I decided against this for two main reasons. One, it would mean another single-stage, non-evolving Pokémon, which I have more than I would like of, and two, it would seem too similar to Tangela in my opinion to not be connected. Not to mention, the evolution via knowing the move Ivy Whip seemed like a perfect parallel to Tangrowth evolving through knowing the move Ancient Power.
When a Pokémon steals food from Team Rocket, they have no choice to try and go after it. But this leads to James getting separated from the other two. Now he’s forced to work with the Pokemon that stole his food to get back.
Also, the Pokédex and Character Guide pages have been updated accordingly.