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.
Island 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
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.
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.
It should obvious, as it was basically flat out stated, Rabbolt is the Tenno Region’s member of the Pikachu family. For those who don’t know, the Pikachu family is a group of Pokémon introduced each region that look like Pikachu, but are not. This group includes Raichu, Pichu, Plusle, Minum, Pachirisu, Emolga, and Dedenne. I knew I was going to have Rabbolt be caught by Brenda to follow the recent tradition set by Dawn, Iris, and Clemont with their respective Pokémon. The idea for its personality came from a thought I had; it always seems like Pikachu can get along with any Pokémon, so I thought it would be funny if there came one that didn’t like Pikachu. Putting two and two together, I decided that Rabbolt wold be perfect for this role.
I don’t know if any of you have ever noticed, but Brock-based episodes seem to be very rare in Pokémon. It pretty much comes down to when one of his Pokémon evolve, or he catches a new one. Even then, he may not get his own episode when one of those things happen. I hope to change that. Of course, I haven’t done so well so far, seeing as this is my first one, and its one where Brock catches a Pokémon. Another thing of note, it’s always been my personal opinion that when a gym leader is traveling with Ash, that gym leader should capture mostly Pokémon of the type of gym they have. That means that Brock should be catching Rock-Types, like Meteorfight. So far, the only gym leader to really have followed that trend was Misty. Brock, Cilan, Iris, and Clemont have all strayed from their gym’s type.