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.

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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.

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.

Episode 80 Review

First off, I’d just like to apologize for the wait. First I had to deal with finals in school, and now I’m on summer break, which readers from last year may remember is a very inactive time for me as a writer. I will strive to write as much as possible this summer, but don’t expect more than an episode a month, possibly less. Sorry.

Anyways, this episode honestly doesn’t have too much to talk about. It served to set up the coming episode more than anything else. Once again, this is a direct translation of an event from my game concepts. Just as Team Planetary captured Ryusei before, they have now moved onto the second Cosmic Guardian, Showakusei. However, the capture of Showakusei isn’t even the biggest event going on here. But to see what the bigger event is, you’ll just have wait until the next episode.

One thing that is of note from the episode is Braydon’s reappearance. Despite his serious and competitive side, Braydon is also a bit of a conspiracy theorist and has a personal issue with Team Planetary. This side of him was shown briefly in the Chapter 2 of the Cosmic Chronicles, but this is the first showing of this side in Cosmic Quest.

Episode 79 Review

It should be noted that I took some liberty with the gym battle, when compared to its in-game counterpart. Mainly, the battle with Allen is not normally a double battle. What actually inspired me initially to do so was trying to solve a problem. In addition to the two of Allen’s Pokémon seen already, Allen also uses a Lunatone and Solrock in in the games. The problem is that since the show uses three-on-three as its battle standard, Allen needed a third Pokémon, but couldn’t use his fourth, and it would be very awkward for him to use either Lunatone or Solrock, but not the other. So I needed an excuse for Allen to only use two Pokémon. The solution was a two-on-two double battle. Another benefit of this format that became apparent to me was that I would be able to show off the partnership between Arborrior and Eagladiator that I’ve been building up. The other liberty I took was actually Eatyai. Way back when I first made my game concepts, Eatyai was supposed to be Allen’s signature Pokémon. But when thinking about it recently, I realized this couldn’t work. The problem is that Elgyem doesn’t evolve into Beheeyem until level 42, and therefore the minimum level for an Eatyai is 43. But being the fifth gym of a region means that Allen’s Pokémon should be somewhere in the range of level 35. 43 is just pushing it too much, and I didn’t want to give him an impossibly under-leveled Pokémon either. So I made Yuifoe his signature Pokémon instead and gave him an Elgyem to fill the last spot. But for these episodes, I knew I wanted to use Allen in order to introduce Eatyai.

As I say in every review of a gym battle episode, I like to have each one show off a different skill and/or trait of Ash that proves how good of a trainer he is. This time around, it was Ash’s ability to not take the easy option, and instead prioritize a more clever one, as shown by his choice of Pokémon. One would assume picking to Fighting-Types to battle against to Psychic-Types would be a bad choice, but Ash knew that any short-term gain he could achieve with type advantages would be outweighed by the long-term advantage of the strong partnership of his Pokémon.

Also of note in this episode was Pikachu’s participation in the battle, despite the fact that it didn’t actually battle. I like Pikachu taking part in as many gym battles as possible, but I just couldn’t give up either Arborrior or Eagladiator’s spots, so Pikachu needed to sit out this one, but I still wanted it to contribute to Ash’s win. So I took a page out Ash’s battle with Olympia in Kalos, where Pikachu was instrumental in Ash’s victory, due to its ability to predict when the Future Sight attack was going to land. I tried to replicate and expand upon that concept. I think I improved on it myself, as anyone could have figured out the amount of time it takes for Future Sight to inflict damage, but only an Electric-Type like Pikachu could detect the Eerie Impulse.

Speaking of Ash’s battle with Olympia, an interesting fact of trivia that someone pointed out to me in a review, is that of Ash’s three battles with Psychic-Type Gym Leaders (Sabrina, Liza/Tate, and Olympia), two of them were double battles (Liza/Tate and Olympia). So, in a way, making this a double battle served to continue a tradition.

Episode 78 Review

As is made obvious by this episode, Allen is a ufologist, a person who scientifically attempts to study and search for evidence of reports of UFOs and alien visitation. I figured, what better way to introduce a ufologist character than an episode based around a good old-fashioned alien/UFO/men in black story? The story wasn’t based off of any single story, though the ending was heavily inspired by the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Butch and Cassidy played the part of the men in black, shady figures dressed entirely in black who reportedly appear to people who claim to have seen UFOs/aliens in order to intimidate them into not telling anyone else of their experience. Fun fact, Team Interplanetary is also based off of the men in black.

Of important note in the episode is the two new Pokémon introduced in this episode, Eatyai and Yuifoe. For those who didn’t know, the names of Elgyem and Beheeyem are meant to be pronounced as one would pronounce the letters LGM and BEM. LGM stands for little green men, as in the classic term for the stereotypical alien, while BEM stands for bug-eyed monster, an old sci-fi term for aliens with big bug eyes. Both Eatyai and Yuifoe are meant to invoke this same naming pattern. Eatyai is meant to be pronounced something like ETI, which stands for extraterrestrial intelligence, as seen in SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Yuifoe is probably obvious, but it’s a spelling of UFO for unidentified flying object.

Speaking of SETI, that’s obviously what I based SETP off of in the episode. It’s a program that uses radio telescopes to search the skies for signals from alien worlds. The name Allen is a double pun. On one hand, it sounds like alien, but the other part is that one of SETI’s major telescope arrays is known as the Allen Telescope Array.

Episode 77 Review

For a while I’ve been messing around with the idea of Dragon/Poison-Type Pokémon that’s based off of a Gila monster and evolves into a Komodo dragon, but I was never able to come up with a solid concept. When attempting to come up with a name for said Gila monster Pokémon, I remembered that Gila is not pronounce gil-a, but rather hil-a with an h sound instead of a g. When trying to come up with names based off of that, I thought of the name Heala, and the concept of an antivenom Pokémon came to mind pretty fast. I felt like it was a unique enough idea to go ahead and make the Pokémon. Basically, this entire episode formed as a way to display this concept. It might have been a tad on the morbid/violent side for Pokémon, but that kind of came with the territory.