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.
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.
I’m sure just Dawn returning would have been fine, but I wanted to go all out, so I brought back not only May, but Max as well. Max returning is something I felt very strongly about. For no real reason at all he was left out the Wallace Cup episodes in Sinnoh, and that was extremely disappointing. There was no reason not to bring him back. Since he’s always with May, it’s not like it would cause any problems having him with her. So bringing Max back was the first thing I decided after deciding to bring back May. Now this being their first appearance since the release of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, obviously that would have to have an impact on them. May’s redesign being the most important impact (in case you didn’t notice, the new clothes I describe May wearing are those of her Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire counterpart). This is analogous to how May wore her outfit from Emerald in her return during Sinnoh. Giving Max the PokéNav Plus, complete with DexNav was the other major thing. I also considered giving Max new clothes, but as he has no direct in-game counterpart I had no basis to go off of, so I didn’t worry about it. One last thing to mention was I chose the plot of a fake restaurant to specifically tie into May and Max’s personalities. It provides not only the best opportunity to showcase May’s passion for food, but also gave the two siblings something to bicker over.
I don’t know if it was obvious beforehand or not, but the Wallace Cup really is just an excuse to bring in old characters. Just as May came to Sinnoh’s, it would stand to reason that Dawn would come to Tenno’s. Having Dawn come in to help Brenda out of her self-pity was something I’ve been planning for a while now. The problems Brenda faces really are the exact opposite of what Dawn faced, as Dawn’s problems were working to hard on her combinations so that her Pokémon were lost in them, and thinking so much about contests that she would psych herself out, while Brenda does the opposite and doesn’t work or think ahead at all. With these two completely different problems, the two characters seemed to compliment each other well. The idea to have Brenda and Dawn meet each other without knowing they have mutual friends was a last minute bit of inspiration for the episode actually, and I must say, I am proud of how that ended up turning out. Now, I should mention that having the Wallace Cup does pose a minor continuity issue. In the Wallace Cup episodes in Sinnoh, it was referred to as this year’s Wallace Cup, inferring that the Wallace Cup is a yearly event. As Ash was 10 in Sinnoh and is still 10 here, a year has yet to pass technically. However, this exact same continuity issue was already made during Unova when Dawn returned. At one point she claimed she went off to Johto to partake in a Wallace Cup there. So either there is more than one Wallace Cup a year, or…well…time just doesn’t make sense in the world of Pokémon, but you already knew that, didn’t you?
The point of this episode was to show off the Cycling Road and bikes, as this is the episode that takes place in the location of the Cycling Road in the games. I put two jokes about bikes into this episode. The first was Brenda mentioning she wanted to keep her bike at home so a Pokémon wouldn’t damage it. Ash then says that was probably a good idea. This is a joke on the fact that Misty, May, and Dawn all had their bikes destroyed by Pikachu in a running gag. If Brenda had brought her bike, it’s very likely Pikachu would have destroyed it as well. The other joke was in the bike shop when Ash is outraged at the price of a bike. One kind of ridiculous thing in Pokémon is the fact that you can buy a Pokéball, a miracle of modern technology, for 200 Pokédollars, but a bike costs more money than you could ever hold at one time. I thought it would be funny to address that oddity.