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!