Cosmic Quest’s 3rd Anniversary and Sol Version

Two years ago today, on Cosmic Quest’s 1st Anniversary, I made Luna and Terra Versions that much closer to a reality by releasing their cover art. For the longest time now I have talked about Sol Version, the “third version” of my “generation,” but until now I have done little to make it exist. That ends now, on Cosmic Quest’s 3rd Anniversary. I proudly present the cover art of Pokémon Sol Version.

Sol Version

There are three things to note from this artwork. Perhaps most obvious is that no longer are my games confined to the 3DS, they have switched over to the Nintendo Switch. But Sol Version isn’t the only game moving to the Switch. Luna and Terra have also both been officially moved as well. Look to the bottom of this post for their new cover art.

The second thing you might notice is that the cover Pokémon bears a striking resemblance to Heliosol, and yet that’s not quite what it is. What could this Pokémon be? Is it perhaps some sort of alternate form of Heliosol? Only time will tell.

Finally, you may notice that the logo on this cover is not the same Sol Version Logo I’ve been displaying. That is because I have redesigned all three of my games’ logos, making them much more unique, complex, and pretty. Take note that Luna and Terra also have new logos.

In addition to this cover art, the site has gotten some upgrades to go with the “release” of Sol Version. A new page has been added to detail the Battle Final Frontier, Tenno’s version of the Battle Frontier. Also, the Tenno Region and New Features/Mechanics pages have been updated with Sol Version information, including a description of the return of the Pokémon World Tournament. Finally, as a special bonus, I have created yet another new page. This one is a gallery page, which features all of the various piece of art that I make for this website, but have nothing else to do with, and nowhere else to put them after they serve their purpose. Check it out.

As promised, here are the new Luna and Terra Version covers. If you wish to compare them to the original 3DS versions, those images can now be found in the Gallery page.
Luna Version
Terra Version

Thank you all for a great three years! And here’s to hoping the future will be even better!

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

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Episode 50 Review

Suffice it to say that this episode only exists in the first place because I needed an excuse for Misty to appear for the past several episodes. But it developed into an episode with much more importance. One such factor was the introduction of Tyde. I’ve been wanting to introduce my Elite Four for a while now, but it is somewhat hard to get a good enough reason for them to show up. It’s kind of a shame the way that the Elite Four is normally shown in the show. Ash may have met all of the Kanto Elite Four, but it took up until the Battle Frontier to do so (and technically he didn’t even meet Lance as an Elite Four, but a Champion). He never met Koga as an Elite Four and never met Karen at all. In Hoenn he only met Drake and none of the others. In Unova only Caitlin appeared, and that wasn’t until towards the end of the region. And so far in Kalos Siebold and Malva have only appeared in the Mega Evolution Specials, not the main series, and Wikstrom got a tiny cameo in a movie. Sinnoh is the only region so far that handled its Elite Four well and introduced all of them over the course of the region. I hope to do the same.

Another point worth mentioning for this episode was Misty’s send-off. Of all of Ash’s travelling companions to have a goal, Misty is probably the one who made the smallest strides towards said goal. She did win the Whirl Cup, but that was really all she did. In her send-off I wanted to give her an even more major step. So beyond just having her win the Splash Cup, I gave her the set up that promises to make her into a true Water-Type master. That was a proper send-off for her I believe.

Episode 30 Review

First I brought back Jigglypuff, now I brought back Biff and Cassidy (Oops, I meant Butch). Butch and Cassidy brought a lot to show back when they appeared. By being rivals to Jessie, James, and Meowth, they brought out sides of them we normally wouldn’t see. In addition, they gave us a look at Team Rocket beyond the normal three. Unlike Jigglypuff, they actually managed to make it up into Sinnoh. Sadly, Unova came and completely ignored everything from Pokémon’s history, including these two. I felt like they deserved to return. Two interesting things to note about this episode was their Pokémon. Cassidy has always been shown to have Houndour as her primary Pokémon. In one scene, I showed her having a Houndoom. I figured that after all this time, it probably should have happened. The other thing is their Charizard and Aggron. These are the same Pokémon seen in the Battle Frontier episode Grating Spaces, where Jessie and James got them delivered to them by the Team Rocket Delibird by accident. At the end of the episode, it told them, that those Pokémon were actually meant for Butch and Cassidy. I figured that they should have those Pokémon, so why not use them?