At some point since deciding to give Brock the clear and defined goal of earning Certificates of High Medical Honors, I realized that the other thing Brock was going to need was a rival in his goal. Of course, there is an inherent flaw with giving Brock a direct rival. Healing Pokémon shouldn’t be a competition, and introducing a rival would make it into one. So, I decided the best way to go about it would be to make it so that the rival’s character flaw was that he saw healing Pokémon as a competition. From there, I realized that this would make him a very different person from Brock, so I decided to go all the way and make him the exact opposite. Where Brock is kind, caring, and humble, Alistair is arrogant, selfish, and egotistical. When writing for him, I wanted to make him a character that you loved to hate, and judging by several reviews and private messages I received, it was a success. Often times when you have a character who acts like a jerk, they do it in a way that makes them cool and/or funny, like Gary, or they have complex characters that make them interesting enough that you forget how big of a jerk they are, like Paul. With Alistair, I just wanted him to despicable, with no redeeming traits.
As for Heala, I know many of you were happy to finally see Ash catch it. I know I’ve had many reviews, comments, and messages asking if and when Ash would catch it. To tell the truth, when I first had Heala start to follow Ash, I didn’t quite plan on it taking this long for him to catch. It’s just that a long string of important and unmovable episodes took place, such as the Team Planetary episodes, the Crater Town gym battle, or the Ultra Sun and Moon special, so Heala’s capture had to be pushed back.
The anime 20th Anniversary is only a week out, so I thought a cool way to celebrate would be to go through as many categories as I can think of and rank my favorite aspects of the anime. This will be a long post, so let’s get started.
Island of the Giant Pokémon: I love this episode so much. The obvious reason is the sequence where we actually get to see (well, technically read) Pokémon talk for the first and only time. The likely reason that this happened was because it was still so early on in the series that the writers didn’t know if they could get away with just having a group of Pokémon with no humans to interpret what they’re saying. We all know from modern episodes that they were wrong, and that an episode with a group of Pokémon and no humans works just fine. That being said, it was still incredibly fun to have this one time to actually see what Pokémon are saying directly, instead of just having to figure it out based on context. This translation of the Pokémon’s words also gave us an analysis into the mindset of Pokémon like Ekans and Koffing who have evil masters, and yet don’t find themselves to be evil. The one other thing that I love about this episode was the “supernatural” aspect to it. Even if the giant Pokémon turned out to be just robots, we went the entire episode thinking they were real, creating one of the more unique scenarios in the entire series.
Honorable Mentions: Pokémon I Chose You!, Charizard Chills, and Battling the Enemy Within
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.
Some of the more observant of the show, might notice that this episode is similar to the Diamond and Pearl episode Top-Down Training, where Paul challenged Cynthia to battle, only to lose completely against her Garchomp. In all honesty, this episode was a copy of that one, but I couldn’t resist. It allowed for a good amount of character development for Ryu, and it allowed for us to meet Galileo. And since Galileo’s signature Pokémon, Dracosmic, is a Dragon-Type, it was a perfect opportunity. I actually really liked this episode. I think it might be one of my favorites so far. In addition to seeing the the battle, we also got to see Ash acting serious for a change, and Brock giving his advice. I felt like it was a touching scene. For anyone who might curious, here’s the just completed image of Galileo:
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.
In all honesty, there isn’t much to cover here that wasn’t covered in the previous episode review. I liked the idea of giving Brenda a rival who was well known and good, but not necessarily at his best yet. I allowed Will some room to grow. The final round battle was my plan from the beginning of the series to explain the general relations between Light and Dark-Type Pokémon and the mechanic of the Full Moon weather condition. Another thing that popped up in this episode was my first usage of abilities. Normally the way abilities work in the show is that they will only pop up rarely, but when they do, many pop up (this is especially true for the Diamond and Pearl series, specifically battles with Paul). I hope to better integrate abilities into my series, and in all honesty, I haven’t done that good of a job yet.