Today is February 27th, Pokémon’s 21st anniversary. It’s been a year now since my celebration of Pokémon’s 20th anniversary reached its finale. But this year has yet another important anniversary. The first episode of the Pokémon anime aired on April 1st 1997, no joke. That means that this April 1st is the anime’s 20th anniversary. This is especially important for Cosmic Quest, as Cosmic Quest is an anime-based project. I promise that I have something very special in store. So let’s all celebrate 20 years of being the very best, like no one ever was.
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!
In this dramatic two-part 20th Anniversary Special, Ash, Brock, Brenda, and Misty travel to a new city and meet Gary Oak who has a surprise for Ash, a Pokémon tournament. But the tournament is interrupted by none other than Mewtwo! What happens when Ash and Mewtwo meet again? What will happen when Mewtwo faces its equal? And what is the Project Viginti that Mewtwo is so intent on finding? It’s two episodes celebrating 20 years of Pokémon history, and you don’t want to miss it!
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.
As of today, we’re exactly a week off from the 20th Anniversary. It’s time for the next wave of special content. Remember how when Pokémon first came out, the graphics were much different? There were greater limitations on colors and sprite size, and the sprites themselves just looked goofy at times. Have you ever wondered what Pokémon from the Tenno Region might have looked like if they were made back then? No, you haven’t? Well, you get to see anyways.
And then, as a special bonus for those of you who love this retro stuff, here’s a new desktop background.
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
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.
Even more anniversary fun is in store here.
While trying to get in some relaxing fishing, Ash’s old friend Ritchie suddenly appears. These two friendly rivals instantly begin a battle, but Ritchie has a surprise for Ash, one that leaves Ash and Pikachu with a decision, the answer to which could change the entire course of their journey forever.
Also, the Mega Evolution, Attackdex, and Character Guide pages have been updated accordingly.