My Anime Favorites

The anime 20th Anniversary is only a week out, so I thought a cool way to celebrate would be to go through as many categories as I can think of and rank my favorite aspects of the anime. This will be a long post, so let’s get started.

Favorite Episode
Image result for island of the giant pokemonIsland of the Giant Pokémon:
I love this episode so much. The obvious reason is the sequence where we actually get to see (well, technically read) Pokémon talk for the first and only time. The likely reason that this happened was because it was still so early on in the series that the writers didn’t know if they could get away with just having a group of Pokémon with no humans to interpret what they’re saying. We all know from modern episodes that they were wrong, and that an episode with a group of Pokémon and no humans works just fine. That being said, it was still incredibly fun to have this one time to actually see what Pokémon are saying directly, instead of just having to figure it out based on context. This translation of the Pokémon’s words also gave us an analysis into the mindset of Pokémon like Ekans and Koffing who have evil masters, and yet don’t find themselves to be evil. The one other thing that I love about this episode was the “supernatural” aspect to it. Even if the giant Pokémon turned out to be just robots, we went the entire episode thinking they were real, creating one of the more unique scenarios in the entire series.
Honorable Mentions: Pokémon  I Chose You!, Charizard Chills, and Battling the Enemy Within

Continue reading

The Anime 20th Anniversary Background

As always, I like to make myself desktop backgrounds to commemorate special events, and as always, I’ll share it with you. This background depicts a scene containing all of the most influential characters from seven generations and 20 years of the show, all in one place for the first time. One important thing to note is that it contains your first look at the official character artwork for Brenda.

anime-anniversary-background

This background has been added to the Bonus Content page. For instructions on how to get this background for yourself, as well as several others, see that page.

The Anime’s 20th Anniversary

Today is February 27th, Pokémon’s 21st anniversary. It’s been a year now since my celebration of Pokémon’s 20th anniversary reached its finale. But this year has yet another important anniversary. The first episode of the Pokémon anime aired on April 1st 1997, no  joke. That means that this April 1st is the anime’s 20th anniversary. This is especially important for Cosmic Quest, as Cosmic Quest is an anime-based project. I promise that I have something very special in store. So let’s all celebrate 20 years of being the very best, like no one ever was.

Pokémon Sun, Moon, and Cosmic Quest

Final Update: Over the past couple days I have finished off the remaining items on the list. Every Pokédex page has been brought up-to-date with new moves, abilities, and TM/HMs, the History of the Pokémon World page now contains references to Sun and Moon’s history, and the Sun and Moon Special Episode has now been changed to better line up with Sun and Moon’s lore. On topic of the last item on that list, when I initially wrote the episode (before the release of Sun and Moon) I decided that good generic way to link Lunala and Solgaleo to Seluna and Heliosol would be to say that the Alola Legendaries are the emissaries of the Tenno Legendaries. I figured that there would be very little that could contradict that idea presented in Sun and Moon. Little did I suspect that Lunala and Solgaleo were actually Ultra Beasts, and therefore couldn’t just be simple emissaries of Pokémon from the normal universe. My new explanation is that in the ancient past a portion of the Cosmic Architect’s energy got sucked into an Ultra Wormhole. This energy then took physical form in Ultra Space as a Cosmog, eventually turning into Solgaleo or Lunala. One last thing, there is one item on my list that remains unchecked. The Z-Move one. I have decided that until I get evidence of there being Z-Moves in regions other than the Alola Region, I will wait to make any new Z-Moves at all. Thanks for your patience during these updates.

Update 2: The initial plan in regards to TMs was to use Sun and Moon’s TM list as a base to my own list, just as I was already doing with Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire’s list. I discovered recently when looking at Sun and Moon’s list that this will not work. As HMs are not present in the games, many HMs have been turned into TMs. For obvious reasons, this does not work with my games, as I still have HMs. Another problem is that Flash and Dig were removed as TMs. This was likely done because they lost their status as a field move. Once again, they are still field moves in my games, so they need to remain as TMs. The TM list I’m using will now be a hybrid of Gen VI and Gen VII’s lists. It’s a little more confusing, but it allows me to use the new TM moves from Sun and Moon, while also making sure my list makes sense. See the New Items page for an exact break down of the hybrid list. Also, taking advantage of all these changes, I decided to add a new HM. Replacing Rock Climb as the seventh HM is a new move called Terrain Trek. In a similar manner to Rhyhorn in X and Y or Mudsdale in Sun and Moon, this move allows you to get on the back of your Pokémon and ride it across rough terrain. For details on the move, see the Attackdex.

Update: It has just come to my attention that there is a move introduced in Sun and Moon called Ice Hammer (Funny story, I learned of it when a Clefable used Metronome). As you might already know, not only is one of my moves called Ice Hammer, but it is one of the Tenno Region’s TMs, specifically the one given out by Halley after defeating his gym. As I bow to the official canon on matters like this, my Ice Hammer attack no longer exists. Depending on what I can think of, I will either give my move a new name, or come up with a new move to replace it. Fortunately, said move was never used in Cosmic Quest, so no retcons are needed there. Speaking of retcons, I am at the point in Moon Version right now where I am realizing that I might need to retcon my special episode in order to fit better with the story of Sun and Moon. More news on that to come. Both topics have been added to my to-do list.

I hope you’re all enjoying your Sun and Moon Versions, I for one sure am. These games are amazing. That being said, they put the entire Cosmic Quest project in an interesting scenario. This entire website is now out of date. Many aspects of this website were designed with games taking up the spot of a hypothetical Generation VII, but now that Sun and Moon make up Gen VII, my games are now “Gen IIX,” and the website must be updated accordingly. Over the next few weeks I will likely be too busy playing Moon Version to write any new episodes, but I should be able to get in some time here and there to update the website. Below I will post a to-do list of everything that needs to be changed, and as I make the updates, I will actively update this post so that you can know what has and hasn’t been changed. I will also keep this post pinned to the top of the home page for easy access, at least until I start writing episodes again.

To-Do List (In No Particular Order):
1. Update movesets and abilities of all Tenno Pokémon with new moves/abilities (Done)
2. Update compatible TM list of all Tenno Pokémon to reflect the new hybrid TM list. (Done)
3. Update the Light-Type page with any Alola Pokémon and/or moves that become Light-Type (if any) (Done, see page for details)
4. Add Alolan Pokémon with signature moves to the list of signature moves in the new mechanics/features page (Done. Fun fact: Every single evolution line introduced in Alola has at least one Signature move and/or ability, making my list of signature moves quite large)
5. Determine what new moves (if any) will be combo-type moves and add them to the list of the new mechanics/features page (Done, see section for details)
6. Add an Alolan representative to the Ultimate Six (now Seven) section of the new mechanics/features page (Done, please note that the protagonist of Sun and Moon currently has no official name, so I’m tentatively calling him Sun)
7. Determine what (if any) Alolan Pokémon gain Ground-Type immunity and add them to the list in the new mechanics/features page (Done, see section for details)
8. Add Alola Pokémon that can be found in the Tenno Region to the Tenno Region page’s list of example Pokémon (Done. I’ve also made a few other minor changes)
9. (I’m not sure about this one yet) Create a Z-Move section in the Attackdex and create new Z-Moves for it (Delayed until further notice)
10. Bring the History of the Pokémon  World page up-to-date with the history of the Alola Region (Done, I also added the Legends of the Johto Region, which for one reason or another was previously missing.)
11. Either rename Ice Hammer or replace it with a comparable new move (Done, the new move is Icicle Lance)
12. Retcon the Sun and Moon special episode to fall better in line with the story of Sun and Moon (Done, see the Final Update section above for more details)
13. Whatever else I might think of (That’s all for now, but who knows what else might come to me in the future)

The interesting thing to note is the ninth item on the list. Back when I started making Mega Evolutions for the website, I was torn on whether or not to do so. Even back then, I predicted that Mega Evolution was going to be the major item of Gen VI, but mean very little to the following generations,  and now, with Sun and Moon introducing no new Megas, it would seem I was right. And now because of this, I’m left with a generation taking place after the height of Mega Evolution that still introduces new Mega Evolutions. Personally, I don’t care that much, as there’s no specific reason why they’re not making new Megas anymore, and they could easily go an make new ones again later, but I’m afraid that Z-Moves might be a different story. From what I can tell so far, Z-Moves seem like they might be specific to Alola, in which case it would be odd for me to have Z-Moves in Tenno. I would love to come up with some new Z-Moves, especially a Light-Type one for parity reasons, but I’m just not sure it will turn out right if I do so. We’ll just have to wait and see. On a related note, I will not be making “Tennoan Forms” of Pokémon. Unless Regional Variants like Alolan Forms prove to be a thing outside of the Alola Region in future games, I will not be jumping on that bandwagon.

Enjoy your adventures in Alola!

Cosmic Quest’s Second Anniversary

cropped-pokemon-cosmic-quest.png
Two years ago today I posted the first chapter of Cosmic Quest and this whole thing began. Sadly, unlike last year where I was able to give you guys the cover artworks of Luna and Terra, I have no special way to celebrate this year. So instead, why don’t we take a look at some of the statistics of Cosmic Quest and Luna, Terra, and Sol Version.

Cosmic Quest Stats:
Episodes: 63
Views: 32,752
Favorites: 76
Follows: 62
Reviews: 106
Total Words: 273,862

Website Stats:
Posts: 189
Pages: 67
Views: 31,717

Tenno Region Stats:
New Pokémon: 50
New Mega Evolutions: 6
New Forms: 3
Characters: 15
New Moves: 85
New Abilities: 28
New Items: 32

So let me take this chance to thank all of you for making this all possible. Here’s hoping the next year is as good as the last.

Pokémon Sun, Moon, and Cosmic Quest

I’m sure most can agree with me when I say how truly excited I am for Sun and Moon. Of course, these games mean something different to me than most, as they are so similar to my own Luna, Terra, and Sol Versions. The new Legendary Pokémon (I’m going to call them Solgaleo and Lunala after the trademarks until we get confirmation of another name) being based off of the Sun and Moon just as my Heliosol and Seluna are, one might question what this means for the future of Cosmic Quest. The answer is that I am fully embracing Sun and Moon, as seen in the site’s new banner. I will do my best to reconcile any contradictions made between my already established facets of Luna, Terra, and Sol, while also changing any yet to be established facets to fit accordingly. Depending on the background of Solgaleo and Lunala, this will require either a retcon of Luna, Terra, and Sol, or a minor adjustment to Sun and Moon, depending on what I feel I can get away with without twisting the continuity of either too much. I can tell you right now that I will likely have Solgaleo and Lunala serve as the emissaries to Heliosol and Seluna respectively, assuming that doesn’t contradict anything put forth in their official lore. If Solgaleo and Lunala turn out to be creators of the Sun and Moon, then I will have to come up with another idea. These next couple of months will be an interesting time for sure.

To further celebrate, here’s an expanded version of the new banner in background form:
Sun and Moon Background.png

Back in the Day…

As of today, we’re exactly a week off from the 20th Anniversary. It’s time for the next wave of special content. Remember how when Pokémon first came out, the graphics were much different? There were greater limitations on colors and sprite size, and the sprites themselves just looked goofy at times. Have you ever wondered what Pokémon from the Tenno Region might have looked like if they were made back then? No, you haven’t? Well, you get to see anyways.

Classic Sporout Was Sent Out

Classic Turcell Was Sent Out

Classic Kappaqua Was Sent Out

Classic Terratlas Appeared

Classic Seluna Appeared

Classic Brandon Wants to Fight

And then, as a special bonus for those of you who love this retro stuff, here’s a new desktop background.

CCL

Train on!