Episode 106 Review (Featuring ChaosProjectAuthor)

Hello, Cosmic Quest readers! This is ChaosProjectAuthor, but you can call me Chaos. Most of you probably know me better as the guy who makes the sprites you’ve seen around this website, and by extension, for the recently-revealed Pokémon Sol Version project as well. While I’ve been deeply involved in the development and planning of Cosmic Quest since the very beginning, this is the first time I’ve ever participated in the actual writing. So now I’m here to review the episode I wrote.

Continuing from where I left off on my own website (where fans of Yuni’s other works can get some behind-the-scenes info on Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium as well), when Yuni first suggested the possibility of a writer’s exchange, I was hesitant, but definitely interested. Who could say no to free advertising? Well for me, the first challenge was apparent. Yuni knew exactly what he wanted to write for my story. But what would I write for his? In order to be an effective advertisement, I would need to make sure that the entire episode reflected who I am as a writer, so that potential readers drawn to my stories could know what they’re in for. That meant coming up with an episode idea that is largely character focused, that has room for emotional growth, and that connects to the reader on that same emotional level. In my own writing, that’s always my goal. The style of the Pokémon anime isn’t quite so conducive to that as the Sonic universe that I’m used to working with, and that’s what made this a challenge. But on top of all that, I also wanted to show that I know what I’m doing, to take advantage of this opportunity, by writing a story that could only exist in the Pokémon world. In my own story, which tends to be at least somewhat grounded in scientific reality, I would never just have a flat-out ghost as a character. But in Pokémon, where we’ve already seen clear proof of ghosts from the Pokémon Tower of Kanto all the way to Acerola’s “Mimikins” my idea for Shinx in this episode fit right in. And of course, writing a story that can only exist in the Pokémon world also means relying heavily on the inherent bond between Trainer and Partner Pokémon, which, conveniently enough, allowed me to add a lot of emotional depth to the episode without much extra work. You don’t need to do much to show a bond like that, because any Pokémon fan will understand that it’s there.

But I’ve gotten a little ahead of myself. I was faced with the problem of what to write, and there was no obvious answer. I’ve recommended episode ideas to Yuni before, and all of them have made it in, so in that sense, it felt like all of my best ideas were already used up. After a lot of brainstorming, I had a few preliminary ideas. I considered an episode involving Team Rocket shenanigans, but in the meantime, Yuni wrote an episode that felt a little too similar to what I had in mind. I considered an episode that would bring back an old character, but I was worried about that being in even more conflict with Yuni’s ideas than my previous consideration. Lastly, I considered an episode that would introduce a new Pokémon, as well as a character from Pokémon Sol Version that none of you know about yet! For quite a while, that was the idea I was leaning towards, but I felt like it would’ve fallen just a little short in terms of the emotional weight that I was looking for.

As it was getting down to the wire, just a couple of weeks before I needed to start writing, I had a dream. And that dream became Episode 106. How close was that dream to the final product? Shockingly close, actually. The story of Shinx and Pichu, the burned bakery, and Pichu’s attempt to get in the way, it was all there (though Pichu was a Pikachu in the dream, and it got a few ridiculous dream-induced plot points that naturally had to be removed). Rabbolt’s role in the story had to be added, but I was very happy to get the chance to work on Rabbolt’s character, since that’s been something I’ve been complaining about to Yuni for a while. And with the other Electric-Type Pokémon already there, it just made sense. What’s funny to me is that the inspiration for my own story, The Chaos Project, came to me in a dream in almost exactly the same way. That odd connection alone was enough to make me certain that this was the episode I had to write.

One other point of note is this episode’s integration with the rest of the story. At the time I started planning, I had no idea that Brenda was going to be experiencing any kind of overarching character development, but I knew how I could fit it right in before I was even done reading the previous episode. In fact, Yuni shared with me that he still wasn’t quite sure what do with his plans for the development of Brenda’s style, which means that I was not only able to acknowledge that plot point, but quite probably influence its direction for the rest of the story. But even I don’t know what the result will be! I guess we’ll all just have to stay tuned!

And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to read Yuni’s episode of The Chaos ProjectOr better yet, if you’re interested in Sonic and enjoyed my episode of Cosmic Quest, read The Chaos Project from the beginning!

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Episode 104 Review

Before we get started on this review, I want to call something to your attention. Remember my Detective Pikachu Evidence Board Background? It has an extremely important piece of evidence on it that this entire episode was based around. Let’s take a look. (Click the image for a better view)

Detective Pikachu Background 2

In the center of the board, there’s an image of two Pikachu. One is Detective Pikachu, and the other is an unknown Pikachu. But, as the red circles and lines imply, this Pikachu may in fact be Ash’s Pikachu. You see, this image was taken from a scene in the Detective Pikachu game. In this scene, Tim exits a building to find this Pikachu and mistakes it for Detective Pikachu. Detective Pikachu soon emerges to find Tim talking to the other Pikachu and corrects him on his mistake. Detective Pikachu then does some small talk with the Pikachu, and then says to it, “Tell your buddy to be the very best, like no one ever was.” The reference is just to obvious to overlook. Clearly it is being implied that this Pikachu is in fact none other than Ash’s Pikachu. In addition to this, while conversing with Detective Pikachu, the Pikachu says pikapi at one point, which tends to be the term Pikachu uses to say Ash’s name (as it sounds somewhat like his Japanese name, Satoshi), lending further evidence to the idea that they were talking about Ash. Ever since seeing this scene in the game, I knew I had to write a cross-over episode with Detective Pikachu. Once the Detective Pikachu movie was announced, I knew it would provide the perfect opportunity to just that. And if you still think it’s odd to have Ash and friends cross-over with a spin-off game, then allow me to remind you of the time that the show crossed-over with Pokémon Snap, or the multiple times it crossed-over with Pokémon Ranger.

***WARNING: Detective Pikachu Game and Movie Spoilers Below!***

In case it wasn’t already obvious from what I said above, this episode was meant to take place within the continuity of the Detective Pikachu game, not movie. While the movie had similar plot involving R and Mewtwo, it was different enough that it would not have worked alongside what I wrote. Because of this, it should be noted that I wrote Tim and Detective Pikachu to fit the game version of their characters, as there are some major differences, especially for Tim, who is much more quiet and reserved in the game. For those who don’t know the game, this episode essentially served as a sequel to its story. Unlike the movie, the game ends with Detective Pikachu still being a Pikachu, allowing for this story to exist. In addition, a major focus of the game’s story was how R was sold on black market, so even once the production of R is stopped, there would inevitably be some left on the streets. That was the central idea of this episode.

Beyond that, this episode was just written as a way to have the two different casts interact. I do think that Ash and Tim would make good friends, if they ever met. On the topic of those two, Ash suggesting that Tim can understand Detective Pikachu due to a close bond that they didn’t even know they had is a reference to one of the major plot points of the game, which was also in the movie. Neither version actually explains why Tim can understand Pikachu, but I think that it’s something close to what Ash suggested. Well, that and some Mewtwo shenanigans.

***End Spoilers***

It’s All Connected… and a Word on The Team Rocket Movie

We have officially entered May, the month that will see the release of Detective Pikachu. In only a week and two days, this ground-breaking film will at long last be a reality. To celebrate, I made a second Detective Pikachu desktop background:

Detective Pikachu Background 2

It’s all connected, the only question is how. Find out in Cosmic Quest’s upcoming Detective Pikachu special!

 

Also, as you may know, the lack of new episodes over the past month have been due to me writing The Team Rocket Movie. I wanted to officially state that in order to make this movie as enjoyable as possible, I am delaying its release. Instead of coming before the Detective Pikachu special, it will come some time after. Hopefully not too long. Trust me, the wait will be worth it.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate X Pokémon Sol Version

Final Update: Added a total of four new non-Pokémon stages. This time it’s two Yu-Gi-Oh and two Smash Bros inspired stages. Unfortunately, my online free-trail is coming to an end, so this will be the last of my stages for the foreseeable future.

Update 3: No more Pokémon, but added a new miscellaneous stage.

Update 2: Added another Pokémon stage. I think this might be the last one.

Update: Added a new Pokémon stage. You don’t want to miss this one.

Remember a few months ago when I explained my vision for Tenno Region representation in Smash Bros? Well, thanks to the recent 3.0 update of Smash Brothers Ultimate and the inclusion of a rather robust Stage Builder mode, part of those visions have now become a reality. Back then, I described that the Tenno stage would be the Solar Peak Ruins. To recap, this is how I described it:

“This stage is set in Luna, Terra, and Sol’s Solar Peak Ruins, where Heliosol is found in Luna and Terra. The main floor of the stage is a raised altar above the rest of the ruins (the alter where you would encounter Heliosol). There are also two floating platforms, one over the drop-off on either side of the stage. Periodically, Heliosol will appear in the stage. It will randomly appear in its normal form or its Ascended Form. When in its standard form, it will stand in the background and randomly launch fiery attacks at the battlefield. But when it appears in its Ascended Form, it will join the battle as a boss. When it’s defeated, it will release a burst of fire and light that will cause damage to all fighters except the one who beat it. When Heliosol isn’t around, Sun-themed Pokémon such as Solrock, Solem, Volcarona, Heliolisk, Turcell, and Gigastar will appear at random in the background. They don’t do anything but stand around.”

Thanks to Stage Builder, I have been able to create this stage. Here’s an image:
Solar Peak Ruins

Unfortunately, I couldn’t make a boss battle against Heliosol in its Ascended Form, but I can still have Heliosol Regular Form appear in the background, and attack with waves of fire that move back and forth across the stage.

If you want to play this stage for your self, search for it with this code: NFCMGNXB

But that’s not all, remember in the Team Rocket Q&A Session that Meowth wanted to be represented in Smash Bros? I decided to oblige with this next stage:

Team Rocket

This stage is clearly based off of Team Rocket’s famous Meowth Balloon. The balloon gently bobs up and down as clouds pass by. A constant wind blows towards the right. Blast off with Team Rocket on this stage.

To play this Team Rocket stage, search for this code: GXDNC4X2

This next one is a personal favorite of mine:

Temporal Tower

It’s the Temporal Tower, from Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Time, Darkness, and Sky, the site of the fight to the finish against Primal Dialga. The two Time Gears can be stood on, and will spin.

The code for this stage is: JLCSFJX2

 

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This is Pokémon Go in Smash Bros stage form. The background is an accurate recreation of what the map in Pokémon Go could look like, given the area your in. It includes three PokéStops, one open, one closed, and one closed and cooling down as well as a Team Mystic (the team I’m on) gym.

Code: 3C2XJRLB

 

If you’re interested, here’s a quick list of some other stages I’ve made:

Tetris
Battle inside of a Tetris board. Watch as a player drops an L-block into place, and activate a bomb block to clear the board.
Code: P6XPSDTN

Airship
A cannon-filled airship just like the ones originating in Super Mario Bros 3. Includes my custom-made self-firing cannon balls.
Code: 9FFVDY7X

Bowser’s Castle
Designed to look like a Bowser fight from the original Super Mario Bros. You can even hit the “ax” to destroy the bridge and send your opponents plummeting into lava.
Code: CS4V3PCX

Zero Gravity
A zero-gravity battle arena that uses upward blowing wind to negate gravity. Can you avoid the asteroids as you fight your opponents in an entirely aerial battle?
Code: G4TRV5W4

City Escape
A recreation of the first stage of Sonic Adventure 2. It’s set on a steep slope and features a giant truck that plows down the stage, and even leaps off a jump.
Code: C9DQ7WY8

Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle City
This stage takes place atop the Kaiba Corp blimp, where the finals of Battle City were held. Also, Kaiba’s Blue-Eyes White Jet will fly over.
Code: 5XWHK162

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel
A stage designed to look like the duel arena’s from season one. In it, the Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician (with designs inspired by the Tablet of Lost Memories) do battle.
Code: 6QGMT0Q6

Tabuu
The final boss of Super Smash Bros Brawl’s Subspace Emissary recreated as a stage. Tabuu floats in the background and attacks with various objects.
Code: 8C10CCHD

Galeem/Dharkon
Moving on from the final boss of Brawl to the final boss of Ultimate, this stage recreates the true final battle of World of Light. Galeem and Dharkon float in the background and each attack with their own move.
Code: 8BCWJCMD

And that’s it!

 

DISCLAIMER: I haven’t actually subscribed to Nintendo’s online service, and have uploaded these stages using a seven-day free trial. I do not know if these stages will still be available to play when my trial runs out in a week. Never mind, they’re still there!

Credits

Team Rocket Takeover II Stamp Tilted

Team Rocket Takes Hollywood

Cast (In Order of Appearance)

Jessie……………………..Jessie
James…………………….James
Meowth……………………Meowth
Wobbuffet…………………Wobbuffet
Mime Jr……………………Mime Jr.
Announcer……………….The Pokémon Narrator
“Bystander”………………Jessie
Pierce……………………..Pierce
Batch………………………Botch
Cassidy……………………Cassidy
Matori………………………Matori
Narator…………………….The Pokémon Narrator
???…………………………Giovanni
Ash Ketchum……………..Twerp
Mystery Person 1…………???
Mystery Person 2…………???
Mystery Person 3…………???
Jessilina……………………Jessie Jessilina
Mewtwo……………………Mewtwo
Iron-Masked………………The Iron-Masked Marauder
Giovanni…………………..Giovanni
Kid 1……………………….Random Kid off the Street
Kid 2……………………….Another Random Kid
Repiv………………………Repiv
Haking…………………….Haking
Buzzsaw………………….Buzzsaw
Ivine……………………….Ivine

Directed By Meowth
Filmed By James
Starring Jessie
Crewed by Wobbuffet
A Team Rocket Production

The persons and events depicted in this film are non-fictitious. Any relation or similarity to fictional characters or events are unintentional and completely coincidental. We swear.

THE END

Yuni Oha: NO! This isn’t over yet!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: YUNI OHA!?!?

Meowth: What gives, you should be stuck watching Howard the Duck right about now!

Jessie: That warehouse was escape-proof!

Yuni Oha: It was, but it’s not impervious to break-ins! Thanks to an elite team led by Jordan Osceola (Panther J) and SonicInfinity, my location was discovered and reported to some very good friends of mine. I believe you know them already.

Ash: You’re finished, Team Rocket!

Brenda: This website doesn’t belong to you!

Brock: And how dare you force anyone to watch Howard the Duck? That’s a whole new level of evil!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: *Gulp*

Yuni Oha: Let’s get my website back! Solurtle, use Blast Burn!

Ash: Pikachu, use Thunderbolt!

Brenda: Kappaqueous, Hydroshock!

Brock: Blissey, attack with Egg Bomb!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: So much for Hollywood! We’ll get you for this, Yuni Oha! You haven’t seen the last of us! Looks like Team Rocket’s blasting off again!

Team Rocket Will Return in The Team Rocket Movie.

Team Rocket Q&A Session II

Team Rocket Takeover II Stamp Tilted

Meowth: Can I get a drum roll please?

*Drums*

Jessie and James: It’s time for our main event! The Team Rocket Q&A Session!

Meowth: You guys have been posting questions all day, and now it’s our turn to answer them!

James: You’re about to get to know us on a whole new level!

Jessie: Let’s start things off with a question from BTH777. They ask, “Aside from the Team Rocket Movie, which Pokémon movie is your guys’s favorite?”

James: Just to be clear, this question was asked before either my Rocket Reviews episode or the Bossies aired. For reasons stated there, I think we can all agree that Mewtwo Strikes back is our favorite movie.

Meowth and Jessie: Agreed.

James: Next question! PokeMan96 asks, “How do you guys afford to make so many mechas?”

Meowth: You saw the post about us selling mechas? It’s scams- I mean, it’s marketing strategies like that which keep us funded.

Jessie: Of course, any extra cash we have goes into my wardrobe shopping.

James: Leaving us with no money left over…

Meowth: Okay, a user who was later identified as MajorBrony95 asked tree questions at once.

James: Let’s take them one at a time.

Meowth: Agreed. First they ask, “We know James collects bottle caps as a hobby, but do Jessie or Meowth have any hobbies?”

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The Team Rocket Story

Team Rocket Takeover II Stamp Tilted

Narrator: The iconic Team Rocket trio of Jessie, James, and Meowth. You know them, you love them, you want to be them (Okay, maybe not that last part). But did you know their stories go so far beyond just being lovable fools who fail at capturing Pikachu. No, they have stories more deep than you could imagine. Some you may know, some have never been told before now. This is the Team Rocket Story.

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