Pokémon Cosmic Quest The Movie 2

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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.

Episodes 75 and 76: Ashes to Ashes Parts 1 and 2

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This is no April Fools joke. Today is the anime’s 20th anniversary, and here’s an epic two part special episode to celebrate. Read part one here and part two here.

The future is at stake when a madman gains the ability to time travel, and destroys Ash’s past. Now the only way for Ash and Pikachu to save everything they know and love is to travel to the past and protect the future. It’s an epic adventure 20 years in the making! Happy 20th 10th birthday, Ash!

Also, the Attackdex has been updated accordingly.

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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.

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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 52 Review (The Real Thing)

I will admit shamelessly, I wrote this episode solely for the purpose of bringing back as many recurring gags as I could. A talent show gave me the ability to do Pikachu’s faces, Brock’s song (apparently called Brock’s Paradise, I never knew that), and Team Rocket’s song (called Team Rocket Forever, once again, didn’t know that). All three of these are things that I absolutely loved in the past, and knew I wanted to bring back at least once at some point or other. I recently realized that a talent show episode could combine all three, so I went with it. One interesting thing about Brock’s song that you may or may not have noticed was that I messed around with it a little bit. Apparently when the dubbing companies for Pokémon switched, they also switched the lyrics for the song. The original version was the one where Brock sings about his paradise and it was changed to the more jocular version for he declares “For the girls!” I decided to take these two versions and combine them into one, making them two different verses of the same song, hence giving an in-universe explanation for why Brock suddenly changed the lyrics of his song.

The other thing this episode did was finally bring Ryu back. I fully admit that I dropped the ball on him, it’s been way to long since he last appeared. I was trying to avoid overusing him, but in the process I ended up under-using him. Hopefully in the future I’ll strike a better balance and his appearances won’t be so few and far between.

Episode 47 Review

As is obvious, this episode is the continuation of the story presented in the episodes Electric Shock Showdown and Pika and Goliath, both of which presented Pikachu with a challenging Raichu opponent, and the option to Evolve. The idea to do such an episode came to my mind when I was trying to think of ways to use Mega Raichu in the story. I realized that Mega Raichu could step up the story entirely. I did have one problem though. I am against the idea of having random trainers use Mega Evolutions, so I didn’t want some random character of the day to be using this Mega Raichu. Initially I considered having this be a rematch with Lt. Surge, but decided against that. Then I realized how perfect Ritchie could be for this. He’s a great choice for a trainer who can Mega Evolve, as he was shown to have a deep bond with his Pokémon. Also, him defeating Ash and Pikachu would mean a lot more than just some random trainer with a Raichu would. So I made the call to have Ritchie Evolve Sparky, which also served as an additional reason for Ash and Pikachu to reconsider their decision of not Evolving. The rest of the episode pretty much wrote itself from there.

One other interesting thing worth talking about is the origin of Mega Raichu. It actually has a history hearkening back to the first ever Pokémon I created. One day as a young child I was watching an episode of Pokémon. It occurred to me that Pikachu really deserved to Evolve. I had yet to see the Electric Shock Showdown episode, and didn’t even know that Raichu existed. So I decided to design Pikachu’s Evolution myself. So I took out some crayons and paper and created what I dubbed Megachu, the Evolution of Pikachu. It was this creation that would inspire me to eventually create an entire region and game concepts, which would eventually turn into Cosmic Quest. Eventually I did learn about Raichu’s existence, but since Megachu was the first ever Pokémon I created, I couldn’t let go of it, so I made it instead an Evolution of Raichu. Now at this time I did not know about Pichu. Once I learned about Pichu I was stubborn enough to say that Pikachu is so special that it gets to have four Pokémon in its Evolution line. Of course, as time went on I dropped the concept of Megachu entirely. But then X and Y introduced Mega Evolution. Not only was it technically a fourth stage of Evolution, but it even had Mega in the name. It was perfect. So Megachu was reincarnated as Mega Raichu.

Train on!

Mega Raichu

Mega Raichu
Description: Having undergone Mega Evolution, Raichu’s ability to generate electricity has gone into overdrive. It creates so much electricity that the excess must be released as random jolts of energy across its body, primarily at its cheeks, tails, and ears. To make up for the speed and agility it loses upon Evolving from Pikachu, Mega Raichu’s largest stat increase is to its Speed. It also gains increased Attack and Special Attack.
Mega Stone: Raichite Raichite
Type: Electric
Mega Ability: Mold Breaker

Trivia: Mega Raichu incorporates design aspects from Pikachu. As Pikachu is given so much more attention than Raichu, this is Raichu both evolving to become more powerful while also reverting back to become more popular.

Train On!