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.
First off, let me admit what I see as a major flaw of this episode, and my Wallace Cup arc as a whole. When Dawn won the Wallace Cup in Sinnoh, she only had one ribbon at the time, and I always felt like it was odd for a coordinator with only one ribbon to be winning a tournament that attracts the best coordinators from around the world. It just seemed too forced to me. Sadly, that’s exactly what I had happen to Brenda. Of course, I didn’t do this for no reason at all, Brenda’s current character arc needed to happen sooner rather than later, and the Wallace Cup was the perfect place to resolve that arc. I did try to justify the win by having it shown how much Brenda can accomplish when she combines her natural talent with intense training, but I’m not sure that would satisfy me if I were simply a viewer. Anyways, on the topic of the battles, there was actually a little bit of symbolism for me behind Brenda and Dawn’s battle. Personally, I never much liked that Dawn’s Piplup never evolved. I know that Ash often doesn’t evolve his Pokémon, but the Sinnoh Region was different, as he actually ended up evolving most of them. It was a little annoying to have Piplup not evolve in contrast (That being said, I must admit that a lot of this resentment towards it not evolving stems from the fact that Piplup always annoyed me, and I would guess a Prinplup and Empoleon would be less annoying). So having Kappaqua evolve in a battle against Piplup was a bit of a reference to what I think should have happened to Piplup.
The time has come for the semi-finals of the Wallace Cup! First Brenda and May must battle it out to see who gets to make it to the finals. Whoever wins gets to face the winner of Dawn’s match. A grand spectacle is about to unfold.
Also, the Pokédex, Attackdex, and Character Guide pages have been updated accordingly.
A big reason for the initial battle between May and Ash was two-fold. One was that I found it to be an extreme shame that when Ash participated in Sinnoh’s Wallace Cup that he lost to an entirely random coordinator instead of someone important, which was not the way the main character of the show should be kicked out of a tournament. The other, and more important reason, was it was an excuse to have May beat Ash. Now don’t get me wrong, as far as trainers go, Ash is without a doubt better than May and would defeat her in a standard battle any day. My problem comes from the fact that the last battle they had was a Contest Battle and that it ended in a tie. It may have been a good way to say goodbye to May, but it made no sense. This was Ash’s first time ever entering a contest and he was battling a coordinator who made it high in the rankings of not one, but two Grand Festivals. There’s no way Ash should have been able to tie with May in a contest battle, and doing so only served to make May seem worse than she is. So this battle was her chance to redeem herself. Now I set it up specifically so that Ash lost because it was a contest battle, as he lost due to points, not his Pokémon getting knocked out. Also of note in that battle was the revival of the Counter Shield. I thought it would be a fun little throwback to have, since it borrowed so heavily from contests to begin with so it could easily fit into one. Dawn being back provided the perfect excuse to remind Ash that he used to have this strategy.
The only other thing of serious note in this episode was the completely random Rowlet cameo. As this episode came out on the day news about Rowlet and the other starters first came out, it only seemed right to fit in a cameo appearance. Originally it was another Pokemon, but as soon as I saw this news I went to change it to one of the new Pokémon. I have no way of knowing for sure, but I feel like I have to be one of the first, if not the first story to include an Alola Pokémon. I do admit though, it might be considered a bit of a tease, because I currently do not plan to feature any other Alola Pokémon until the release of Sun and Moon, as we won’t have any serious information on them such as movesets or Pokédex descriptions until then. So sorry about that.
Your focus may be on the new Sun and Moon info, but try to find the time to read the new episode.
The Battle Round of the Wallace Cup begins, and with nothing less than the conclusive match of Ash vs. May. There’s no way they’re going to tie this time, a victor is sure to be crowned. But that’s not all, as Brenda, Dawn, and Jessie all have battles we can look forward to as well.
Also, the Tenno Pokédex and Character Guide pages have been updated accordingly.
I always have fun writing the performances for the Appeal Stage. It sometimes can be hard to come up with something original, but in the end it’s always an enjoyable experience. Having such a wide cast of characters competing here served to increase the enjoyment I had. Putting Ash in a situation like this was especially fun. Dashilisk was practically made to do that performance. It was also great to work with Dawn and May as well. I did my best to replicate their style as well as possible. Of course, the important part of this episode wasn’t the performances, it was Brenda’s story. I specifically framed it to have Will go immediately before Brenda and put on a show that could only be achieved with the utmost practice. This served to up the stakes for Brenda to show what she’s managed to learn while practicing. Also of note is the flashbacks to Brenda’s first ever training session. I did want to dedicate an entire episode to her training, but this seemed like a much more economic and meaningful way of doing things. I designed Brenda’s performance to be something that would have ended in disaster had she never tried it before in order to further emphasize how important this training was.
The Wallace Cup has finally begun! Ash, May, Dawn, Will, Jessie, and, most importantly, Brenda are all ready to compete and do there best. It’s time to find out if Dawn’s help with training was enough for Brenda.
Also, the Tenno Region page has received a massive update. It now provides a list of every location present in Luna and Terra Versions, as well as a description of each location, and a list of wild Pokémon that can be found there. Make sure to check it out.