Episode 87 Review


What I mean to say is, I absolutely adore this episode. I think it’s easily one of my favorites. Wobbuffet is easily one of my favorite Pokémon characters in the entire series. How can one not love that intrusive blue blob? An interesting fact is that Wobbuffet is the Pokémon in the show with the third most appearances, falling only behind Pikachu and Meowth. Even among all characters, human or Pokémon, it has the sixth most appearances, behind Ash, Pikachu, Jessie, James, and Meowth. Despite this seriously impressive record, Wobbuffet has only ever had four episodes truly dedicated to it. Those episodes are its debut appearance in the Johto episode Tricks of the Trade, another Johto episode, 30 episodes later, in Wobbu-Palooza, and then The Wayward Wobbuffet 20 episodes after that. After The Wayward Wobbuffet it wouldn’t be for nearly another 700 episodes and 14 years that Wobbuffet was given its next dedicated episode in the Kalos episode A Fork in the Road! A Parting of Ways! To date, it has now been about 140 episodes since then, and not another one has appeared. The fact that Wobbuffet went 700 episodes and 14 years without an episode, having no dedicated episode whatsoever in Hoenn or Sinnoh (Unova too, but that doesn’t count for obvious, yet unfortunate, reasons), is absolutely insane for a Pokémon that has appeared as much as Wobbuffet has. It makes no sense that a Pokémon that has literally appeared in over 700 episodes over the course of the past 18 years, would only have these four episodes dedicated to it, and how few and far between the ones it does get are. Pokémon that only appeared for one region and a mere fraction of Wobbuffet’s episodes have more dedicated episodes to their name. With that all being said, I knew that it was absolutely mandatory for me to not only make a Wobbuffet-centric episode, but to go all-out with it.

This episode was inspired by the aforementioned episode, The Wayward Wobbuffet. It was a fun episode in which Wobbuffet gets separated from Team Rocket and we get to witness its wacky adventure. This was always one of my favorite episodes, and is certainly my favorite Wobbuffet-centric episode, so I decided to take it’s concept and scale it up for my own Wobbuffet episode. I wanted to put Wobbuffet in the most random, bizarre, and incredible circumstances I could come up with. I wanted an episode as wacky and outrageous as Wobbuffet itself. And that’s exactly what I ended up with.

Among the many strange things I had Wobbuffet do, one probably stood out more than the others, the cooking competition show called Sliced. If you didn’t know already, this was a parody of the real-life Food Network show called Chopped, which is pretty much the exact same thing as what I portrayed in Sliced. I really enjoy that show, so when I decided that one step of Wobbuffet’s misadventure would be on a cooking show, I knew it had to be a parody of Chopped.


Episode 86 Review

The big reason I wanted Ash to have a Heala on his team was to take his rivalry with Ryu up to the next level. It’s a bold statement on Ash’s part. Heala may be a Dragon-Type like Ryu likes, but it’s one that Ryu outright refused to capture. Now with a dragon-Type on his team, Ryu has a more vested interest in battling Ash, while Ash has even more of a reason to beat Ryu, so that he can prove Ryu was wrong about Heala. And now it’s not just Ash who wants to defeat Ryu, but Heala too want’s to prove that it is a worthy Dragon-Type. This episode was the start of that next phase of the rivalry. Ryu has played a fairly minor role in Cosmic Quest up until this point, but from here on out things will start getting more serious.

There was also Team Rocket helping Heala with it’s training. I like the idea of Team Rocket getting a personal interest in one of Ash’s Pokémon, so I thought that this would be the perfect time to assign such a relationship. Now that they’ve played a part in Heala’s training, Heala’s success is a matter of honor to them now, creating an interesting dynamic where they are at times forced to root for Ash when he’s battling alongside Heala, such as at the end of this episode.

Episode 85 Review

At some point since deciding to give Brock the clear and defined goal of earning Certificates of High Medical Honors, I realized that the other thing Brock was going to need was a rival in his goal. Of course, there is an inherent flaw with giving Brock a direct rival. Healing Pokémon shouldn’t be a competition, and introducing a rival would make it into one. So, I decided the best way to go about it would be to make it so that the rival’s character flaw was that he saw healing Pokémon as a competition. From there, I realized that this would make him a very different person from Brock, so I decided to go all the way and make him the exact opposite. Where Brock is kind, caring, and humble, Alistair is arrogant, selfish, and egotistical. When writing for him, I wanted to make him a character that you loved to hate, and judging by several reviews and private messages I received, it was a success. Often times when you have a character who acts like a jerk, they do it in a way that makes them cool and/or funny, like Gary, or they have complex characters that make them interesting enough that you forget how big of a jerk they are, like Paul. With Alistair, I just wanted him to despicable, with no redeeming traits.

As for Heala, I know many of you were happy to finally see Ash catch it. I know I’ve had many reviews, comments, and messages asking if and when Ash would catch it. To tell the truth, when I first had Heala start to follow Ash, I didn’t quite plan on it taking this long for him to catch. It’s just that a long string of important and unmovable episodes took place, such as the Team Planetary episodes, the Crater Town gym battle, or the Ultra Sun and Moon special, so Heala’s capture had to be pushed back.

Episode 84 Review

If you thought this episode seemed familiar, then you’d be right. Unfortunately it turned out to be extremely similar to the Alola episode Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence, with both episodes featuring a treasure hunting couple diving to a shipwreck for treasure, only to find it guarded by a Ghost-Type Pokémon that’s been angered by Team Rocket. I promise, I had this entire episode planned out well before that episode aired in English. I watched that episode when it aired, and quickly realized how much it paralleled my episode. It was quite uncanny. Despite the fact that I hadn’t started writing the episode yet, I decided that I shouldn’t change my episode. It was designed as a way to introduce Abyssoul, just as the real episode was designed to introduce Dhelmise, and the two of them are very similar Pokémon. Not to mention, the anime tends to rehash and repeat episode concepts a lot, so I figured it wasn’t that big of a deal.

Anyways, as suggested above, this episode was designed mostly for the purpose of revealing Abyssoul. It’s just one of those Pokémon that requires such specific circumstances around it, that it needs its own episode. I also used it as a chance to reveal the Pokémon Pufflail as well, since it can be difficult to reveal Pokémon that only can live in the water.

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.

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.