Let me start off by saying it was an absolute pleasure to write this 100th episode. Thank you for reading.
Ever since I first wrote the Anime 20th Anniversary special, Ashes to Ashes, I’ve contemplated how I could possibly bring back Cinder and Ember. I really liked the characters, and obviously time travelers from the future have a lot of untapped potential. I knew that if I used them again, would want to write a story set in their time. I had often contemplated having an episode with them as the main characters, but without the proper excuse, it just seemed a little awkward. While planning the 100th episode special, I realized that this was the perfect excuse. To add to that, I knew I needed an episode that acted as a celebration of the series so far. That’s what inspired the idea of having Cinder and Ember on a Tenno journey parallel to Ash’s.
As this was my second outing with Cinder and Ember, I was able to do some things with them that I was unable to do previously. For example, Ember’s Pichu was an idea I had for Ashes to Ashes, but I cut the idea, deciding that it was unnecessary. I later regretted that decision, so I rectified it here. I was also able to further explore Cinder’s complicated relationship with his father. I had to keep it mostly subdued previously, as the identity of his father was a surprise. But now that it’s known, I was able to explore things more. To expand on that, Cinder and Jerry’s rivalry was inspired by common negative reactions by fans to Ash. Jerry would point out all of the worse in Ash, completely ignoring his strengths, up until the end, where we see Ash’s greatest strength of all.
Featured prominently in this episode was future Brenda. It’s difficult for me to write for future Ash or Brock, as they are actual characters from the actual series. I could easily break canon by handling them wrong in the future, therefore I kept their roles to an absolute minimum. Brenda, on the other hand, is my own character, and I can do whatever I want with her. I can give her new Pokémon like Kappaquarius and Lichenthrope, because I know exactly what my plans are for her as the series moves forward. No contradictions. That’s not to say that she will get these Pokémon by the end of Cosmic Quest, it just means that there’s no reason why she wouldn’t have them twenty years in the future.
Perhaps one of the more interesting aspects of this episode was the new Team Rocket, Bonnie, Clyde, and Meowla. For the record, I will confirm that Bonnie is the daughter of James, and that Clyde is the son of Jessie, but I will not confirm that they are siblings. Maybe they are, maybe they aren’t. We’ll never know. I am in no way endorsing any ships.