Today is February 27th, Pokémon’s 21st anniversary. It’s been a year now since my celebration of Pokémon’s 20th anniversary reached its finale. But this year has yet another important anniversary. The first episode of the Pokémon anime aired on April 1st 1997, no joke. That means that this April 1st is the anime’s 20th anniversary. This is especially important for Cosmic Quest, as Cosmic Quest is an anime-based project. I promise that I have something very special in store. So let’s all celebrate 20 years of being the very best, like no one ever was.
First off, sorry about the wait for the review. And second off, sorry about the wait for this chapter. It’s been over a year since Chapter 1 of the Cosmic Chronicles was released, and in a perfect world, I would have preferred to have a gap in between episodes of no more than six months, or at least less than a year. The problem is that I need to evenly space these episodes across the release schedule of Cosmic Quest, so they remain in-line with each other on their respective plots, and so that one doesn’t finish way before the other. Because of this, I have a strict release schedule to follow, and the insane amount of time I was taking to publish episodes over the summer and fall lead to a larger than desired time between the two chapters. And in all honesty, it will probably take about as long for episode 3 to appear.
One of the major goals of this chapter was to establish a more solid character for Brandon. In chapter 1 he was simply some cool trainer with powerful Pokemon. I realized after writing it that this would not do, I needed to up his character. So this chapter gave some insights to what drives and hinders Brandon. The addition of Braydon and Galileo both also allowed for Brandon to have some character moments. As I have discussed in other posts, Braydon was brought into this episode as a way to connect it to the greater Cosmic Quest story, just as Chapter 1 served as a prequel to the first Cosmic Quest movie, this chapter, in a sense, served as a prequel for the Astro Camp arc. Of course, that’s nowhere near as important as setting up for a movie, but I’m not quite ready to begin work on the movie yet, so I had to settle for less in this case.
Check out episode 73 here.
The second day of Professor Pine’s Astro Camp has begun, and the takes of the day turns our heroes into explorers of new worlds, on the hunt for life. And just as day one had, day two promises grand adventures.
First off, remember that Cosmic Chronicles Review I promised last time? Sorry about that, I’ve been too busy to get around to it. Hopefully I’ll have it up within the next two days.
As you are well aware by now, this episode was the first of a multi-episode space camp arc. I was inspired to write these episodes by the fact that it seems like almost every region has its own summer camp arc of some kind, such the ones seen in the Sinnoh episode Camping it Up, or the Kalos episode Summer of Discovery. However, this being the Tenno Region, obviously that summer camp had to be a space camp instead. And on that train of thought, what better way to start off a space camp experience than actually travelling into outer space? That’s pretty much the origin of the episode’s plot.
Speaking of the Cosmic Chronicles from earlier, another important factor of this episode was the introduction of the character Braydon to Cosmic Quest. If you haven’t read the Cosmic Chronicles (which you really should), then you should know that Braydon first appeared in Chapter 2 of the Cosmic Chronicles. Braydon originates as the rival in Luna, Terra, and Sol Versions. As such, he is automatically linked to the character Brandon from Cosmic Chronicles, as he is the main playable character, so it was natural to introduce him there. But like other rivals from the game, such as Gary, Barry, and Bianca, it made sense to also introduce him to Cosmic Quest as a rival for Ash. As Braydon came from Launch Town, the space camp arc seemed like the perfect way to bring him into Cosmic Quest, and since the episode of Cosmic Chronicles took place immediately before this episode, it was the perfect way to make a connection between the two series. Braydon is actually the first major connection to be made.
Classification: The Conjuring Pokémon
Description: Inside of its hat is a portal through which it can conjure nearly anything. It can also channel great amounts of energy using its wand.
Evolves from Hatrick at level 37
Triva: Boodini is thought to be formed when a magician’s spirit possess the costume it wore when performing. Just as a magician might, it has a flair for performance, and performs tricks to amuse those around it. Even if it has actual powers akin to magic, it still enjoys performing tricks, illusions, and sleight of hands.
Episode 72 is out now, make sure to read it here.
The time has finally come! Ash, Brock, and Brenda have arrived in Launch Town just in time for the beginning of Professor Pine’s Astro Camp, a multiple day summer camp program where youth are taught of the wonders and technology of outer space. Of course, when they signed up, Ash, Brock, and Brenda probably didn’t think they would actually be going into space.
Also, the Pokédex page has been updated accordingly.
First off, I would like to note that a review for Chapter 2 of the Cosmic Chronicles is coming soon. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Right down to the episode’s title, this episode was meant to be a sequel to the episode A Bird in the Hand, where Ash first captured Apprentichick. Having Falcoknight evolve into its final form while finally getting its rematch against Pidgeot was a poetic idea that I had all the way back when I first wrote A Bird in the Hand. I had yet to plan the excursion of Professor Pine’s Astro Camp, but I did know that Ash would eventually have to return to Tenno Minor in order to battle the Crater Town Gym, so I knew the opportunity for a sequel episode would certainly be there. Of course, the episode couldn’t be solely focused around a battle between the newly-evolved Eagladiator and Pidgeot, so that’s where Team Rocket comes in handy as always, allowing me to turn a half-formed episode concept into an actual episode.