Episode 83: Ne Plus Ultra

Ultra Sun and Moon Background

A special episode celebrating Ultra Sun and Moon is here!

It’s a class reunion when Ash meets up with all his friends from the Pokémon Trainer School in Alola. But now that school’s out, things get crazy fast. An Ultra Wormhole opens up and unleashes all kinds of havoc. It’s an adventure of Ultra proportions!

I know I just came off of a long break, so I hate to break it to you that I will now be taking another, first to focus on playing Ultra Moon and then there’s the holidays. Expect me back sometime in January. Sorry about that.

 

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Episodes 81-82 Review

Wow it’s been a long time since I’ve written these episodes. Let’s see how much I can remember to bring up here.

Originally, these two episodes were planned to be only one, but they went on for so long, that I was forced to split them into two episodes. Even after the split, the second episode became the longest episode I had written up until that point.

As I explained way back in the episode 80 review, these episodes were based off of an event in Luna, Terra, and Sol. Team Planetary’s attempt to take the Grand Meteoric shard and Showakusei forces the player and Cosmo down into a previously unknown chamber beneath the Crater Cave, the Den of Mega Evolution. Just like in these episodes, the player and Cosmo are forced to team up with each other and a mysterious Raichu in order to escape, both obtaining the ability to Mega Evolve in the process. Just as in the episode, the first chance to Mega Evolve comes when battling a non-Pokémon Entity called the Abomination, which can only be damaged by Pokémon that have Mega Evolved. Because you’re paired with Cosmo, it’s a double battle against the Abomination and a randomized Phantom Mega Pokémon. Of note with this entity, the episode took a liberty in relating it to Nemex. This was something I did purely for the sake to lead into the movie. There isn’t normally an explicit link between the two. This part of the game did not exist in my original concepts for Luna, Terra, and Sol, due to the fact that I made them before Mega Evolution existed. I liked how X and Y and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire made your first battle with a Mega Evolution a special one, so I decided to take it to the next level and make it very special. Not only that, but I made sure you built up a bond with the first Pokémon you Mega Evolve before actually performing the Mega Evolution, by making it so the Raichu is the only Pokémon you can use until you escape the Den of Mega Evolution. After doing so, the Raichu will become the player’s permanently.

I’ll get around to writing a review for the movie at some point.

Congratulations on 1000 Episodes Pokémon!

If you noticed the banner has been changed back to the anime anniversary banner I used earlier this year, it is not a mistake. It’s another celebration. Today marks yet another important Pokémon landmark. In Japan, the 1000th episode of Pokémon will air.* This is such an amazing milestone, and it just goes so much further towards showing how much longevity is in this franchise. I would have loved to put out a special episode celebrating this achievement, but unfortunately it just isn’t in the cards. That doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate though. Congratulations on reaching 1000 episodes Pokémon! Never stop catching them all! You’ll always be the very best, like no one ever was!

 

*Some of the more observant might notice that this 1000 episode count does not line up with the episode numbers used by websites such as Serebii or Bulbapedia. This is due to confusion in numbering. Serebii and Bulbapedia counted some episodes that Pokémon doesn’t officially count, while Pokémon officially counts some episodes that those sites didn’t. What matters in the end is the official count, and this is it.