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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Pokémon Cosmic Quest the Movie 2: Nemex Unleashed

Movie 2 Poster Version 2

It’s been a very long time coming, but the second Cosmic Quest movie is finally here! Read it here. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one.

An evil known as Nemex has continuously wiped out life on Earth in an endless cycle of destruction, and the time for it to assert its influence has come once again. An unsuspecting Ash has a great destiny thrust upon him when he learns he must join the Legendary Pokémon of Sun, Heliosol, in combat to stop Nemex, but all Ash wants to do is save Pikachu. Includes the Pikachu Short, Detective Pikachu and the Case of the Coin Caper!

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.

Episode 79 Review

It should be noted that I took some liberty with the gym battle, when compared to its in-game counterpart. Mainly, the battle with Allen is not normally a double battle. What actually inspired me initially to do so was trying to solve a problem. In addition to the two of Allen’s Pokémon seen already, Allen also uses a Lunatone and Solrock in in the games. The problem is that since the show uses three-on-three as its battle standard, Allen needed a third Pokémon, but couldn’t use his fourth, and it would be very awkward for him to use either Lunatone or Solrock, but not the other. So I needed an excuse for Allen to only use two Pokémon. The solution was a two-on-two double battle. Another benefit of this format that became apparent to me was that I would be able to show off the partnership between Arborrior and Eagladiator that I’ve been building up. The other liberty I took was actually Eatyai. Way back when I first made my game concepts, Eatyai was supposed to be Allen’s signature Pokémon. But when thinking about it recently, I realized this couldn’t work. The problem is that Elgyem doesn’t evolve into Beheeyem until level 42, and therefore the minimum level for an Eatyai is 43. But being the fifth gym of a region means that Allen’s Pokémon should be somewhere in the range of level 35. 43 is just pushing it too much, and I didn’t want to give him an impossibly under-leveled Pokémon either. So I made Yuifoe his signature Pokémon instead and gave him an Elgyem to fill the last spot. But for these episodes, I knew I wanted to use Allen in order to introduce Eatyai.

As I say in every review of a gym battle episode, I like to have each one show off a different skill and/or trait of Ash that proves how good of a trainer he is. This time around, it was Ash’s ability to not take the easy option, and instead prioritize a more clever one, as shown by his choice of Pokémon. One would assume picking to Fighting-Types to battle against to Psychic-Types would be a bad choice, but Ash knew that any short-term gain he could achieve with type advantages would be outweighed by the long-term advantage of the strong partnership of his Pokémon.

Also of note in this episode was Pikachu’s participation in the battle, despite the fact that it didn’t actually battle. I like Pikachu taking part in as many gym battles as possible, but I just couldn’t give up either Arborrior or Eagladiator’s spots, so Pikachu needed to sit out this one, but I still wanted it to contribute to Ash’s win. So I took a page out Ash’s battle with Olympia in Kalos, where Pikachu was instrumental in Ash’s victory, due to its ability to predict when the Future Sight attack was going to land. I tried to replicate and expand upon that concept. I think I improved on it myself, as anyone could have figured out the amount of time it takes for Future Sight to inflict damage, but only an Electric-Type like Pikachu could detect the Eerie Impulse.

Speaking of Ash’s battle with Olympia, an interesting fact of trivia that someone pointed out to me in a review, is that of Ash’s three battles with Psychic-Type Gym Leaders (Sabrina, Liza/Tate, and Olympia), two of them were double battles (Liza/Tate and Olympia). So, in a way, making this a double battle served to continue a tradition.

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.)

Episodes 75 and 76 Review

I’ve just got to say, writing those episodes were an absolute joy. It really gave me an opportunity to pull out all the stops and go all out.

I’ve was planning for these episodes for about a year. The idea first came to mind back when I was writing the franchise’s 20th anniversary episodes. I loved writing them so much, that I knew I had to take any chance I could to do something like it again, and I had to top it. I knew that the show came out a year after the games, meaning I had the show’s 20th anniversary coming up, so I started planning for it. My initial idea was simply Ash interacting with Ho-Oh in some way. I also wanted to do some sort of tribute to the first episode. The two ideas naturally developed into a time travel episode, and from there, the idea took on a life of its own and slowly grew to the state you saw it in. The idea of having the Celebi that sends Ash back in time be the Celebi contained within the GS Ball was actually a very last minute development that came to me while I was writing the episodes.

For those who don’t know, the GS Ball, which appeared in the show throughout the Orange Islands and the beginning of Johto, was originally planned to contain a Celebi in it, and was going to have an entire arc based around that Celebi. However, the decision to put Celebi in the movie Pokémon 4Ever led to that plot being removed from the main show. So the GS Ball was left with Kurt and forgotten about. I figured that a 20th anniversary special would be the perfect opportunity to finally resolve the GS Ball’s plot.

As far as this episode’s interactions with the past go, I actually re-watched the first episode a month ahead of time, and took note of every single unexplained event, and worked those into my plot. The two main examples being when Ash wakes up late and the thunderstorm. The problem with the scene with Ash waking up late, is that there is a crashing sound that wakes him up. They then show his broken alarm clock, inferring that it is him throwing his alarm clock that wakes him up. However, just before this scene, still in the middle of the night, the alarm clock is shown rolling into his hands in one scene, and then the next he in a post-throw position, inferring that he’s already thrown it. So if he threw and broke it in the middle of the night, what was the crash that woke him up? Apparently it was his future self and Cinder fighting. The thunderstorm has always irked me. The sky is completely blue, but out of nowhere, ominous storm clouds roll in and a thunderstorm starts. Where the heck did the storm come from? Since this is the Pokémon world, obviously a Pokémon is the answer. And since I’d already made a move that summons a thunderstorm, it seemed like the perfect solution.

As great as this episode was, I still had some disappointments about it. The biggest being the lack of Misty and Brock. Well, Brock technically had a few lines, so it was really just Misty. Sadly, there was just no way I could give Misty a role without messing with the canon. I just couldn’t make it happen. Brock would have been even harder to give a more substantial role, as he was far off in Pewter City. The other thing I really wanted to do was get the flock of Spearow that attacked Ash and Pikachu to play a role in this episode. My original idea was to somehow have Ash trick them into attack Fenghuang. This idea didn’t work out because the parallel placement of events meant that the Spearow were chasing past Ash at the same time present Ash was battling Fenghuang.

Finally to talk about, there’s the characters of Cinder and Ember. Having the children of Ash be the guest characters of this episode was also a relatively late development, but it worked wonders for the episode. I figured that if Ash really did become a Pokémon Master, then his children would probably treat him in one of two ways. Either they would worship him as a hero, or they would resent him and seek to step out of his shadow. The was the basis for the two characters. Through Ember’s eyes we saw her experience her father in a way she could never imagine, a time before he was “perfect.” Through Cinder’s we saw a more critical view of Ash and his current character. There’s way too many for me to discuss here, but I loaded these episodes with various reactions, actions, and words by these characters that can be analyzed to see a window into Ash’s future.