Pokémon Cosmic Quest The Movie 2: Nemex Unleashed Review

Sorry for the wait, but I suppose you’re probably use to that by now with all the breaks I’ve had to take. Speaking of, I first announced Nemex Unleashed way back on April 25. It wasn’t until October 30, half a year later that it actually was released, and now here we are, another three months later for the review. At this point, it’s nearly been a year since I first announced the movie. Trust me when I say I never meant for this to get so out of hand. I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to write much during the summer months, but when I first announced the movie, I figured it would be the final thing I published before summer. I planned to announce it in April, and then release it at the end of June, maybe early July if I had to. The problem was, as always, life got in the way. I was still in the middle of writing the Crater Cave/Den of Mega Evolution episodes, and I had to finish those before starting the movie, due to the tie-in at the end. And with how busy I got, I was unable to finish those episodes until mid-July. I started work on the movie right away, but with how busy I get during summer, I wasn’t able to work on it seriously until September, and at that point it still took me a month and a half to finish it.

Anyways, as for the movie itself, I personally felt much happier with this one than I did the first. Not that I disliked Myoken The Guiding Light, I just thought that Nemex Unleashed had a much more entertaining and interesting story. I feel like it had a good balance of personal story, with the separation of Ash and Pikachu, and action/excitement in the Nemex vs. Heliosol battle. Originally, I envisioned this movie as simply being about the battle between the two Legendary Pokémon, but I knew I needed something to make it more personal. In my opinion, that’s been part of the issue with recent Pokémon movies in general. There hasn’t been much in the way of personal investment. This was on the top of my list of things I wanted to make sure I got right. The other thing I wanted to do right was the use of Team Rocket. It has been extremely rare for Jessie, James, and Meowth to directly interact with main cast over the course of the movies. While I understand the need to keep them off to the side in most movies, being the main characters that they are, I fully believe they deserve a major part, at least every once in a while. So making them the servants of Nemex was my way of making sure they were given the major role they deserved, and, if I do say so myself, it worked quite well.

The final thought I would like to bring up is the fact that if it wasn’t already obvious back in Myoken The Guiding Light, Nemex Unleashed should now make it abundantly clear that my movies are all interconnected, this movie being a direct sequel to the previous. I was inspired to such from the first three Sinnoh movies. I was always impressed by the fact that the three movies formed a trilogy and built off of each other, and have always always thought that that was the height of the Pokémon movies. For the life of me, I cannot understand why, three generations later, they wouldn’t have tried it again (though, I suppose it looks like we might finally be getting it once more, based off of the trailer for the next movie). So I knew right away that I wanted to do the same with my movies, and more so.

 

Of secondary note, I wanted to make a comment based off of Ultra Sun and Moon. Read no further if you don’t want any Ultra Sun and Moon spoilers. In case you didn’t know, Necrozma has already been made into a Light/Psychic-Type, and it’s signature move Prismatic Laser is a Light-Type move. It should be noted that Ultra Necrozma, in Luna, Terra, and Sol Versions, would be a Light/Dragon Combo-Type Pokémon, losing its Psychic-Type, while it’s new signature move, Photon Geyser, would also be a Light-Type. As a result, it’s signature Z-Move, Light that Burns the Sky, is also a Light-Type, making it the first Light-Type Z-Move, seeing as I have yet to make a generic Light-Type Z-Move, due to the lack of Z-Moves in my games. Also of note, is that when Necrozma changes into its Dawn Wings or Dusk Mane Forms, it loses its Light-Type, to be replaced by the Ghost and Steel-Types respectively, which is then regained when it transforms via Ultra Burst.

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Revealing: Pokémon Cosmic Quest the Movie 2: Nemex Unleashed

Movie 2 Poster Version 2

The next Cosmic Quest movie has its title, it’s called Nemex Unleashed. This is the final version of the movie’s poster. It would seem that new cover Pokémon of Sol Version has taken Heliosol’s spot on the poster. And what’s the deal with the menacing Pokémon in the background? Could it be the titular Nemex? Nemex Unleashed will be coming soon. Stay tuned.

And if you haven’t seen the anniversary post about Sol Version yet, be sure to scroll down a little and check it out.

The Pokémon Cosmic Quest Theme Song

Recently I received a private message on FanFiction.Net from the reader MajorBrony95, and in it, they sent me an idea for a theme song for Cosmic Quest, just like one that would play at the beginning of real episodes. They even wrote the accompanying animation sequence. I am happy to share this work with everyone, and am making it the official theme song of Cosmic Quest.

(Launch voice) “3…” (Ash is in a bright lit stadium. We are given a close up of his face as he gives a confident smirk)
“2…” (Ash enlarges a Pokéball and holds it up to his face, determination written all over.)
“1…” (We pan out and Ash throws the ball at the screen with all his might.)
“Blastoff!” (The ball opens up with a bright light at the screen.)
(Crowd voice) “Pokémon!”
(Male singer (think singer from “Advanced Battle”)) “Launching off into new frontier.”
(All scenes are fast-forwarded) (A rocket ship is launching off a pad and lifting off into the blue sky. A downward pan-around shows Ash is running after it on the ground, staring up at it with an amazed smile on his face. Pikachu is at his feet, also with a big smile.)
“I’m not afraid knowing that you’re here.”
(Ash then looks to his right and sees Brenda running alongside him. He looks to his left and sees Brock also by his side. Both have large smiles on their faces. A change to the front shows all of them facing the front. As Ash’s face gets close the scene changes.)
“Reach for the stars, planets, Moon and Sun.”
(We now see a beautiful outer space background with stars and galaxies. Heliosol rises up from the bottom left of the screen as, in a quick switch, Seluna rises from the right bottom. They then blast a Solar and Lunar Beam attack respectively at each other, resulting in an explosion and a cloud of dust. Ryusei and Gravisaac then shoot out of the cloud.)
“It’s my goal to be…” (Crowd voice) “Number One!”
(Ash points out a command to Pikachu, who leaps into the air and, on “Number One,” performs Hallowed Lightning in an impressive display.)
“Through foes and rivals, we’ll pass our test.”
(In front of a black hole background, Sirius, Cygnus, and Orion stand with evil grins with Cosmo in front of them with a impassive, yet nasty look at the camera. Then it shows a glaring Ryu ordering Dragonair to use Dragon Rush at the screen.)
“To be the very best!”
(Jesse, James, Meowth, and Wobbuffet are shot into the air, silently shouting in a blast off.)
“All to complete our cosmic quest!”
(Ash and company are looking up at the sky and a pan-around shows us going out into an above shot of the Earth, displaying the Cosmic Quest logo above it, as a shooting star speeds toward the screen.)
(Crowd voice) “Pokémon!”
(Cue title after flash from shooting star.)

MajorBrony95 was even kind enough to write an extended version, which would play during movies.

3…2…1… Blast off!
(Short instrumental)
Verse 1:
Launching off into new frontier.
I’m not afraid knowing that you’re here.
Reach for the stars, planets, Moon and Sun.
It’s my goal to be NUMBER ONE!
Refrain:
Straight toward our target like meteorite.
With your help, I’ll win the ultimate fight.
I don’t need to wish on a shooting star.
With my friends by my side my WISH’LL GO FAR!
Through foes and rivals, we’ll pass our test, to be the very best.
All to complete our cosmic quest!
Verse 2:
Faster than Neptune’s winds or Mercury.
And stronger than Jupiter is what I’ll be.
I’ll shine like Venus in the night time sky.
And I’ll win that big battle if I JUST TRY!
(Repeat refrain)
Verse 3:
Though others may try,
To bring down our dreams.
Together,
We’ll show them,
We’re so much more than we seem!
(Repeat refrain at a slight higher pitch)
Pokémon!

Thanks to MajorBrony95 for helping Cosmic Quest become that much more realistic.

Pokémon Cosmic Quest The Movie 2

Movie 2 Poster

Announcing: Pokémon Cosmic Quest The Movie 2, the anticipated sequel to Myoken, the Guiding Light! Coming soon to a website near you!

This exciting movie follows Ash, Brock, and Brenda on an out-of-this world adventure where they meet the Legendary Pokémon Heliosol.

Stay tuned for more details!

(Also of note, the poster provides the first artwork of Brock in his Cosmic Quest clothes.)

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.

anime-anniversary-background

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.

Episode 69: Pretense is the Best Offense

Sun and Moon is beaten and Winter Break is over, so episode 69 is here!

One morning while camping, Ash and Brock stumble across a group of Pokémon being bullied. With its strong sense of justice and desire to protect the weak, Arborrior jumps in to stop the bullies. However, things get more complicated than they seem when Team Rocket enters the fray.

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!