Episode 84: Hex Marks the Spot

And we’re back! And here’s the new episode!

When Ash and friends need to find a boat to take them to Opti City, they end up sailing with two treasure hunters in search of a legendary treasure. But the treasure is cursed. How will Ash, Brock, and Brenda contend with cursed treasure?

Also, the Pokédex has been updated accordingly.

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Episode 83 Review

This episode was a little awkward to write, to say the least. As much as I like having old members of the cast appearing in Cosmic Quest, normally they’re characters who have had all their development and story finished, meaning I can do just about anything I want with them.  The problem with bringing in the cast of Alola, is that who knows what might happen between where the show currently is and when it ends. There are some assumptions I was able to make that were safe, such as assuming that by the end of Alola, Lillie will have overcome her fear of Pokémon, and become a full-fledged trainer, but pretty much anything else I had to be very careful of. I almost didn’t bring back the cast of Alola at all due to this, but I decided it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. However, one character I had to leave out due to uncertainties was the Rotomdex. Obviously there has to be some excuse at the end of Alola for why Rotomdex doesn’t continue to travel with Ash, and since I have no clue what that excuse may be, I had to, sadly, leave Rotomdex out of the episode. The other uncertainty was the arc that was running in the Japanese show at the time. Obviously an arc revolving around Solgaleo, Lunala, and Ultra Space is going to have an impact on my Ultra Beast-focused episode, but as I don’t watch the Japanese version, I had no way of knowing what was going on, so I just tried to keep things as ambiguous as possible. If any discontinuities do come up, I’ll make a post addressing them.

Speaking of discontinuities, this episode was my chance to fix two that had popped up. First was the mystery of Ash/Kukui’s Rockroff. In my original Sun and Moon special, Kukui had a Rockruff, which Ash specifically said was one that lived with Kukui. Of course, at this point in time I had no idea that this very same Rockruff was going to be captured by Ash and then later evolve, causing a major continuity issue with it appearing as a Rockruff in my series. To fix this, this new episode retconned it so that this was a completely separate  Rockruff, one that was there at Kukui’s house, but apparently just never seen on-screen.  The other retcon I had to make was with Brock. In the first Sun and Moon special, Brock specifically stated that he had no knowledge that Ash had traveled to Alola, and he didn’t know who Kukui was. Obviously it had never occured to me that Brock would actually make an appearance during Ash’s time in the Alola region, so I never would have guessed this would have been an issue. This episode had Brock already knowing Ash’s Alola friends, showing that that event did indeed happen. Honestly though, my Sun and Moon special still has the original problematic text, so I’m not really sure what to do with that. Let’s just consider it retconned out of existence.

As for the plot of the episode itself, I knew I needed to have revolve around Ultra Space, seeing as this was the Ultra Sun and Moon special. With the entire cast of Alola appearing, the cast for this episode was so large that I was forced to split them into two groups in order to allow everyone a chance to participate. Having it be Ash, Brock, and Lillie who were trapped in Ultra Space was actually a bit of a jab at the Sun and Moon anime by me, as, if I were the writers of it, I would have had those three, and only those three, as the main characters of the region. Speaking of jabs at the current show, you might notice I took quite a few of those. I’m not that happy with the current series right now, and I wasn’t afraid to make jokes about it.

Pokémon Cosmic Quest The Movie 2: Nemex Unleashed Review

Sorry for the wait, but I suppose you’re probably use to that by now with all the breaks I’ve had to take. Speaking of, I first announced Nemex Unleashed way back on April 25. It wasn’t until October 30, half a year later that it actually was released, and now here we are, another three months later for the review. At this point, it’s nearly been a year since I first announced the movie. Trust me when I say I never meant for this to get so out of hand. I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to write much during the summer months, but when I first announced the movie, I figured it would be the final thing I published before summer. I planned to announce it in April, and then release it at the end of June, maybe early July if I had to. The problem was, as always, life got in the way. I was still in the middle of writing the Crater Cave/Den of Mega Evolution episodes, and I had to finish those before starting the movie, due to the tie-in at the end. And with how busy I got, I was unable to finish those episodes until mid-July. I started work on the movie right away, but with how busy I get during summer, I wasn’t able to work on it seriously until September, and at that point it still took me a month and a half to finish it.

Anyways, as for the movie itself, I personally felt much happier with this one than I did the first. Not that I disliked Myoken The Guiding Light, I just thought that Nemex Unleashed had a much more entertaining and interesting story. I feel like it had a good balance of personal story, with the separation of Ash and Pikachu, and action/excitement in the Nemex vs. Heliosol battle. Originally, I envisioned this movie as simply being about the battle between the two Legendary Pokémon, but I knew I needed something to make it more personal. In my opinion, that’s been part of the issue with recent Pokémon movies in general. There hasn’t been much in the way of personal investment. This was on the top of my list of things I wanted to make sure I got right. The other thing I wanted to do right was the use of Team Rocket. It has been extremely rare for Jessie, James, and Meowth to directly interact with main cast over the course of the movies. While I understand the need to keep them off to the side in most movies, being the main characters that they are, I fully believe they deserve a major part, at least every once in a while. So making them the servants of Nemex was my way of making sure they were given the major role they deserved, and, if I do say so myself, it worked quite well.

The final thought I would like to bring up is the fact that if it wasn’t already obvious back in Myoken The Guiding Light, Nemex Unleashed should now make it abundantly clear that my movies are all interconnected, this movie being a direct sequel to the previous. I was inspired to such from the first three Sinnoh movies. I was always impressed by the fact that the three movies formed a trilogy and built off of each other, and have always always thought that that was the height of the Pokémon movies. For the life of me, I cannot understand why, three generations later, they wouldn’t have tried it again (though, I suppose it looks like we might finally be getting it once more, based off of the trailer for the next movie). So I knew right away that I wanted to do the same with my movies, and more so.

 

Of secondary note, I wanted to make a comment based off of Ultra Sun and Moon. Read no further if you don’t want any Ultra Sun and Moon spoilers. In case you didn’t know, Necrozma has already been made into a Light/Psychic-Type, and it’s signature move Prismatic Laser is a Light-Type move. It should be noted that Ultra Necrozma, in Luna, Terra, and Sol Versions, would be a Light/Dragon Combo-Type Pokémon, losing its Psychic-Type, while it’s new signature move, Photon Geyser, would also be a Light-Type. As a result, it’s signature Z-Move, Light that Burns the Sky, is also a Light-Type, making it the first Light-Type Z-Move, seeing as I have yet to make a generic Light-Type Z-Move, due to the lack of Z-Moves in my games. Also of note, is that when Necrozma changes into its Dawn Wings or Dusk Mane Forms, it loses its Light-Type, to be replaced by the Ghost and Steel-Types respectively, which is then regained when it transforms via Ultra Burst.

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.

 

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.

Pokémon Cosmic Quest the Movie 2: Nemex Unleashed

Movie 2 Poster Version 2

It’s been a very long time coming, but the second Cosmic Quest movie is finally here! Read it here. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one.

An evil known as Nemex has continuously wiped out life on Earth in an endless cycle of destruction, and the time for it to assert its influence has come once again. An unsuspecting Ash has a great destiny thrust upon him when he learns he must join the Legendary Pokémon of Sun, Heliosol, in combat to stop Nemex, but all Ash wants to do is save Pikachu. Includes the Pikachu Short, Detective Pikachu and the Case of the Coin Caper!