Episode 99: Let’s Get Going!

Celebrate a nostalgic trip back to Kanto with Ash in this Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee special! Come on everyone, let’s go!

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Ash has been invited to meet an old friend. Together they reminisce about old times, back when Ash was a brand new trainer. It’s the untold story of one of Ash’s earliest adventures in Kanto.

Some of you may know, I normally try to post game tie-in specials the night before the game launches. Unfortunately school had me so busy last night that I completely forgot. Sorry about the delay. I hope you’re all enjoying the new games.

Also, this is it. The next episode is Episode 100! I’ll be taking my traditional winter break to play Let’s Go, Pikachu and to enjoy the holidays, but when I come back in two months or so, it will finally be time for the 100th episode special. In the mean time, stay tuned to this website for updates and 100th episode special-related content. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite episode of Cosmic Quest!

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Team Rocket Q&A Session

Team Rocket Takeover Stamp Slanted

Meowth: It’s here! The moment you’ve all been waiting for! We’ve been gathering your questions left in comments all day, and it’s time to answer them!

James: It’s time for the Team Rocket Q&A Session!

Jessie: Prepare to know Team Rocket like you’ve never known them before! Let’s get started, what’s the first question?

Meowth: Alright, this first question comes from the user BTH777, who asked, “What’s your favorite version of the motto?” So guys, what do you say?

James: Hmm…I supposed I’d have to say the original. We’ve made some pretty good mottoes as time has gone on, but we always end up going back to that one.

Jessie: Yeah, I can agree with that.

Meowth: Well, I don’t.

Jessie and James: You don’t!?

Meowth: No, I don’t. In fact, my favorite is the motto we used during our second time in Kanto, when the Twerp was doing the Battle Frontier.

Jessie: Why?

Meowth: Because I had more lines in that motto than any other.

James: Oh boy, are we back on that topic again?

Jessie: Just give it a break already!

Meowth: Not until you realize that I deserve just as many lines as you two get!

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: No! You don’t get another line!

Jessie: Just get read the next question.

James: Alright, Kymera asks, “Do you ever have competitions with those copycats to see who can come up with the better motto? You know, Cassidy and… Biff I think his name is?”

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Episode 60 Review

Safari Zones (and variants thereof) seem to pretty much be ignored in the anime, with the exception the episode in Kanto (which was banned). Hoenn’s Safari Zone was completely ignored while the Great Marsh in Sinnoh was used simply as the location for a random episode, the fact that it was used for Safari Games was never addressed. As Cosmic Quest is the main way to show off my ideas from Luna, Terra, and Sol, I didn’t want to leave the Park Zone out. Speaking of the Safari Zone in the anime, just as I did previously with the Porygon episode, this episode featured a joke where Ash forgot about the events that took place during a banned episode, reflecting the fact that most English viewers would have no idea what they’re talking about. Another joke this episode made was Ash failing to catch a Dunsparce. For some reason it would appear that whenever Ash tries and fails to capture a Pokémon that it’s a Dunsparce. This has been seen twice now, once in the Unova episode The Path that Leads to Goodbye and again in the Kalos episode Under the Pledging Tree. I figured if I was going to have Ash fail to capture a Pokémon, that I might as well continue the joke and make it a Dunsparce as well.

An interesting fact about this episode, and the Pokémon featured in it, is its origin. Traineed and Arborrior are actually two of some of my very earliest Pokémon (alongside “Megachu,” Delphin, and Ivine). As a child when I created these Pokémon, I would play make believe with my friends using them. One scenario that I always reused was that the person I’m playing with would be training by attacking a tree, and out of that tree a group of Traineed (back then given the uninspired name of Seedona) would fall. One of these feisty Pokémon  would challenge the trainer and end up finding a Leaf Stone (the original evolution method that I recently changed) and evolve into Arborrior (known as Treeona back then). This event would always occur before the trainer fights a Grass-Type gym (this was in a proto-region I created before Tenno). Wanting to give the trainer a Pokémon that is good against Grass-Types, I would have the captured Arborrior know Fire Punch. I took this original scenario and transformed it into this episode. If I had been able to write a longer episode, then there would have been one final battle between Arborrior and Breloom, representing the battle against the Grass gym leader.

Finally, I want to take this chance to give my opinion on Safari Zones. I’ve seen a lot of people complain about the Safari Zone and how annoying it is. I personally cannot agree with this at all. Not only do I not think it’s too difficult, but I think it’s a great thing to have. It is an area that completely changes all of the conventions about capturing Pokémon, leading to a completely unique experience found nowhere else. It adds variety to the game, and I really don’t know how that can be a bad thing. I personally hope strongly that Sun and Moon sees the return of the Safari Zone, and I don’t mean excuses like the Friend Safari or that pale imitation we see in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. I want an actual Safari Zone with an actual Safari Game.

Opinion Piece: Pokémon Sun and Moon Versions

NEWSFLASH: After today’s Pokémon Direct, Sun and Moon have been confirmed. There was no solid indication from what was shown whether it was a Generation 6 or Generation 7 game, but some of the wording being used to describe it on the main website does seem to infer it’s a new generation. If that is the case, my below theory may be disregarded. That being said, I am not yet 100% convinced that this is a new generation.

As I am sure most of you already know, earlier today trademarks for games called Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, complete with logos, where uncovered. Normally I avoid talking about news on this website, but for obvious reasons, I thought it would be worth bringing up here. I want to share my vision for these games. Before we begin though, I would like to point out the very real possibility that these trademarks will not lead anywhere. Pokémon has trademarked many game titles before, such as Gray or Water Blue, without an actual game coming out with the name. But, never to my knowledge have one of those fake trademarks come complete with logos the day before a major Pokémon announcement.

Many people are assuming that Sun and Moon will be the first games of the Seventh Generation of Pokémon, and for a good reason too. However, this does not seem likely. One important thing to remember is that whatever games they release this year will be on the 3DS. But coming soon is the Nintendo NX. It would be a poor business choice on Game Freak’s part to release a new generation right before the release of a new system. Also, the Gen 6 story line is incomplete. Zygarde has yet to be fully explored, and X and Y left many questions. That is why I believe that Sun and Moon will introduce the brand new concept of Generation 6.5. For those who don’t know the Gen 6.5 theory, it’s an idea that the next game will bring about what could be considered a new generation (eg. new Pokémon and a new region), but still remain firmly linked to Gen 6. This theory has gathered evidence from all over, with the biggest points being the small number of Pokémon introduced in X and Y, seemingly missing Pokémon from X and Y such as a non-cover Legendary Trio, and the mysterious item known as the Strange Souvenir, which refers to the player travelling to an unknown region sometime soon. The recently revealed Magearna also seems to support the theory.

With that explained, my theory for how these games might work is to start the player off in the new region referred to by the Strange Souvenir. This region will have new Pokémon, such as Magearna, and a new story. It is very possible, though, that this story will tie into the story of X and Y, delving deeper into the Kalos War and involving Team Flare. While it is possible that Zygarde would be the center point of the story, this seems unlikely, as there are two games, each of which needs its own cover Pokémon. As there is only one Zygarde Complete, this would not work well, unless Zygarde gets a second complete form. So I believe that two new Legendaries will be the focus (ones based on the Sun and Moon). Then, after this story is seen to completion and you enter this region’s Hall of Fame, you get to travel to the Kalos Region. Once in the Kalos Region a new story involving Zygarde as its center focus will unravel (this would be like a combination of Gold and Silver’s Kanto Region with Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire’s Delta Episode). This would allow for Zygarde to get the spotlight that it would miss otherwise with the absence of a Z Version. A full on second story occurring post-game also makes sense given the current progression of Gen 6 games. X and Y had the Looker story, the first attempt by Pokémon to have a story after beating the game. Then Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire had the Delta Episode, which was a full-on narrative with an impact on the story of the entire game. The type of story in Kalos I suggest only seems like the natural progression of things. This complete overhaul to the game would explain why there is no Z/X2 and Y2 Version, as it would justify the changing of the name entirely.

There are those out there who say that what I’m suggesting is silly because a new Pokémon game with new Pokémon and a new region automatically makes it a new generation, so this would be Gen 7, not 6.5. I disagree. I say that there’s more to a generation than just the Pokémon. The three biggest factors being game style, story, and connectivity. Each generation introduces an improved style from the previous one. If Sun and Moon have the same style as X and Y, that pretty much confirms they’re in the same generation. On top of that, if these games have a story connection to X and Y, then all they’re doing is continuing this generation’s storyline. And if they can trade/battle with X and Y (with the exception of newly introduced Pokémon), how could they be a different generation? Admittedly, Gold and Silver could trade with Red and Blue, and did connect with them story wise, but I argue that was only because Gold and Silver was the first time they made a new generation. they were uncertain of what they wanted to do. Something like that in the modern age would never happen. Also, the concept of a Gen 6.5 would be a good way to expand upon and top the concepts of sequel versions introduced in in Gen 5 with Black and White 2.

Please remember, this is all just my opinion and what I personally see to be a good possibility. Now, will this development have any major impact on Cosmic Quest? We’ll just have to wait and see…

Train on!

Episode 46 Review

Alright, I’m not going to lie, that entire episode was made to cater to the episode title. I knew that I wanted to do another Butch and Cassidy episode, as well as another Jigglypuff episode, but I had no idea what the plot for either would be. Then one night I was watching some TV and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was mentioned.  With my mind oriented the way it is, this instantly made me think of Butch and Cassidy. I realized that there has yet to be an episode with them that uses a play on the title of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and I realized that it was a perfect opportunity for me that was to good to pass up. So I started thinking of puns on Sundance Kid, and decided on Fun-Dance Kid. So I knew I would have an episode with Butch, Cassidy, and a dancer, but who is this dancer and what do they dance to? That’s when I has the random inspiration of dancing to Jigglypuff’s song. After that, the episode practically wrote itself. And by complete coincidence, this episode’s planned release window just happened to fall within the vicinity of the 20th Anniversary arc. Having both Jigglypuff and Butch and Cassidy made it a perfect throwback to Kanto for the anniversary.

Train On!

Seluna and Terratlas

And here they are, the cover Pokémon of Luna and Terra Versions (If you haven’t seen the actual covers yet, make sure to check out the previous post):

Seluna
Seluna

Classification: The Lunar Pokémon
Type: Dark/Rock
Description: According to myth and legend, Seluna, under the guidance of the Cosmic Architect, created all of the moons in the solar system. It’s crowning achievement is the Earth’s moon, where it is said to dwell.
Does not Evolve

Trivia: Seluna is the cover Pokémon of Luna Version. The pattern on its upper chest is meant to invoke the actual Moon. It’s name is derived from Selene, the Greek goddess of the Moon, combined with Luna, the scientific term for the Moon. It’s red eyes are meant to invoke the theme of having a “red” legendary each generation, such as Ho-oh, Groudon, Palkia (it’s more of a pink, but close enough), Reshiram (it glows red), and Yveltal, all of which are based off of Red Version and Charizard.

Terratlas
Terratlas

Classification: The Terra Pokémon
Type: Ground/Water
Description: In legend, Terratlas was created by the Cosmic Architect in order to construct the planets of the solar system. It is said to have modeled the Earth in its own image. It is rumored to live in high Earth orbit, always watching its prized creation.
Does not Evolve

Trivia: Terratlas is the cover Pokémon of Terra Version. Its name is a combination of the Latin term terra, meaning the Earth, and Atlas, the Greek Titan that held the Earth on its back. The main landmass on Terratlas’ stomach is meant look like the Kanto region, while the landmass on his shoulders (the one with the mountains) is meant to invoke Tenno, and the one on his hand with the volcano is meant to invoke Hoenn. The white on its head and feet are meant to be polar ice caps. Terratlas’ blue eyes are meant to relate it to the trend of having a blue legendary cover Pokémon, continuing the tradition of Lugia, Kyogre, Dialga, Zekrom (it glows blue), and Xerneas, all which stem from Blastoise back in Blue Version.

In addition, the Attackdex/Abilitydex has been updated with these Pokémon’s signature moves and abilities. Also, make sure to visit my Fan Fiction profile page to vote on which game you would pick.