The following post discusses major events of the two most recent episodes of Pokémon Sun and Moon to air in English.
If you follow both Cosmic Quest and Sun and Moon, then you should know that the most recent episodes to come out in English, the two Meltan episodes, completely contradict Cosmic Quest’s Let’s Go special, Let’s Go, Meltan. The major contradictions would be Ash, in Cosmic Quest, claiming he’d love to catch a Meltan, even though he actually has in Alola, and him claiming they were never before discovered while in Alola, even though Cosmic Quest claims he and Gary first discovered Meltan while they were in Kanto.
Because Cosmic Quest takes place in the same continuity as the actual show, these are issues that I cannot allow to exist. I have made minor retcons to small contradictions before (such as Brock not knowing about Ash having traveled to Alola), but this is an extremely major one. This is such a large retcon, that I’m likely going to have to rewrite much of Let’s Go, Meltan to fix these contradictions. I don’t know exactly what I’ll do yet, but stay tuned for more news on this update.
Opinion Piece Ahead
I just have to express how disappointed I am in the writers of the show. Legandary Pokémon (and Mythical Pokémon such as Meltan by extension) are extremely special Pokémon, and with that status comes a certain weight. Normal trainers, such as Ash, should absolutely under no circumstances be catching one. It’s one thing for special trainers like Brandon (the Frontier Brain) or Tobias to have them, but Ash is no where near that level yet. By having a normal trainer like Ash capture one, we are suddenly normalizing them, making them not as special or valuable. The fact that Ash is also a character that appears in every episode only serves to further devalue the Legendary status. Not only are they devaluing Legendary Pokémon by having Ash capture one, but they are setting a horrible precedent. Up until now, people have baselessly complained that Ash never catches Legendary Pokémon. Now those same people will expect this to become the new normal. The writers have opened a massive Pandora’s Box, from which there is no return. I hope they realize what they have done.