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.

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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.

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Episode 72 Review

First off, remember that Cosmic Chronicles Review I promised last time? Sorry about that, I’ve been too busy to get around to it. Hopefully I’ll have it up within the next two days.

As you are well aware by now, this episode was the first of a multi-episode space camp arc. I was inspired to write these episodes by the fact that it seems like almost every region has its own summer camp arc of some kind, such the ones seen in the Sinnoh episode Camping it Up, or the Kalos episode Summer of Discovery. However, this being the Tenno Region, obviously that summer camp had to be a space camp instead. And on that train of thought, what better way to start off a space camp experience than actually travelling into outer space? That’s pretty much the origin of the episode’s plot.

Speaking of the Cosmic Chronicles from earlier, another important factor of this episode was the introduction of the character Braydon to Cosmic Quest. If you haven’t read the Cosmic Chronicles (which you really should), then you should know that Braydon first appeared in Chapter 2 of the Cosmic Chronicles. Braydon originates as the rival in Luna, Terra, and Sol Versions. As such, he is automatically linked to the character Brandon from Cosmic Chronicles, as he is the main playable character, so it was natural to introduce him there. But like other rivals from the game, such as Gary, Barry, and Bianca, it made sense to also introduce him to Cosmic Quest as a rival for Ash. As Braydon came from Launch Town, the space camp arc seemed like the perfect way to bring him into Cosmic Quest, and since the episode of Cosmic Chronicles took place immediately before this episode, it was the perfect way to make a connection between the two series. Braydon is actually the first major connection to be made.

Episode 48 and 49 Review

This idea was obviously meant to be a celebration of the past 20 years of Pokémon. From big things like the return of Gary and Mewtwo to smaller things like a recurring theme of the number 20 (by the way viginti, as in Project Viginti, is Latin for 20), it was all over the place. It would be too much to specifically go over every little joke and reference I made, but they should be easy enough to find.

The idea for this episode can be traced way back to before I had even considered writing Cosmic Quest, back to when Genesect and the Legend Awakened first came out. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I was immediately disappointed that the Mewtwo in the movie was not the same Mewtwo I grew up with. In all honesty, the Mewtwo present there was very disappointing. I wanted to watch a movie about a fierce and invincible demigod-like being with an inbred hatred towards humanity, not some random arrogant psychic lady who’s indifferent towards humans. But soon after that movie, with the existence of Mega Mewtwo X known, my brother and I came up with the theory that an upcoming movie would feature a battle between the two Mewtwo, with the original Mewtwo becoming Mega Mewtwo X. At this point, that ever actually happening seems extremely unlikely, as we are now at the end of Kalos’ lifespan, and it’s during Kalos they would want to use the Mega Mewtwo. But, I did realize soon after starting Cosmic Quest that I could work that idea into my own episode. As the 20th Anniversary approached, I decided that I wanted to do a 20th Anniversary special. I quickly realized that a battle of the Mewtwo would be a perfect anniversary plot.

In reference towards the name of the episodes, Attack of Clones, I want to explain my logic. I, one day, had a sudden realization that whenever Mewtwo pops up, it is in movie/special that has name that seems to be linked to a Star Wars title. It first appears in Mewtwo Strikes Back, similar to The Empire Strikes Back. Then it appears in Mewtwo Returns, like Return of the Jedi. And finally we have Genesect and the Legend Awakened, similar to The Force Awakens. Therefore, I could not resist making a Star Wars joke here, and Attack of the Clones was the obvious choice.

One last thing I have to mention is some last minute changes I made. I had actually finished both episodes the Wednesday before the anniversary, that means that they were complete before the announcement of Sun and Moon. I went in right before publishing the episodes and added the Sun and Moon references to both Team Rocket’s reward jokes and to Mew’s speech. Originally the reward joke (the one where they mention the names of every Pokémon game) had Meowth saying something about speculating that they’d be catching Z’s on beds made of money, as current speculation inferred Z was to be the next game. But with the announcement of Sun and Moon I changed the line to being about the Sun and Moon. To further the joke, I added the extra statement about never being able to catch Z’s as a jab at the fact that Z Version will almost certainly not happen.

The anniversary may be past us, but always remember to train on!

Episodes 48 and 49: Attack of the Clones

A wild two-part episode appeared!

In this dramatic two-part 20th Anniversary Special, Ash, Brock, Brenda, and Misty travel to a new city and meet Gary Oak who has a surprise for Ash, a Pokémon tournament. But the tournament is interrupted by none other than Mewtwo! What happens when Ash and Mewtwo meet again? What will happen when Mewtwo faces its equal? And what is the Project Viginti that Mewtwo is so intent on finding? It’s two episodes celebrating 20 years of Pokémon history, and you don’t want to miss it!

Train on!

Episode 12 Review

The obvious purpose of this episode was both the concluding of the gym battle from the previous episode, and the initial battle with Ash’s Tenno Region rival, Ryu. Ryu is meant to be the the perfect rival in my eyes. He borrows a lot from Paul, who in my opinion was the best of Ash’s rivals, and a little from Gary, a close second, as well as a little bit of myself mixed in (when I say that, I mean my obsession with Dragon-Type Pokémon). The biggest problem with this episode was that there was too much battling for my tastes. I don’t know how it turned out when read, but I’ll admit that it wasn’t the most interesting to write.