Episode 91: Best Friends For-Never

Episode 91 can be read here.

As tensions continue to rise between Brenda and Michelle, they both participate in the Cosm Pokémon Contest. Is a competition what they need to mend their relationship? Or will it just make things worse?

Also, the Pokédex and Character Guide pages have been updated accordingly.

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Team Rocket Takeover Stamp Slanted

Jessie: I’ve been alerted that some of you aren’t happy with your new Team Rocket overlords… I mean website administrators. In order to placate… I mean convince you all that Team Rocket are benevolent website admins, we’ve brought in a famous celebrity for an interview. Listen to her words and accept us, just as she has. Without further ado, I present to you Pokémon Coordinator extraordinaire and princess of the cosmos, Princess Jessileia!

Princess Jessileia: Hello to all my adoring fans! *blows kisses* I’m so happy to be here for this opportunity. And I’m sure you’re just as happy too.

Jessie: Princess Jessileia, for those who somehow don’t know, would you introduce yourself to our audience?

Princess Jessileia: Why, of course! As you already know, my name is Princess Jessileia, but you may call me Her Royal Highness of the Cosmos and Top Coordinator Princess Jessileia. I broke into the Tenno Region Pokémon Contest scene not to long ago, and became an instant hit. I am certainly the most gorgeous coordinator to ever grace the stages of contest halls anywhere. My grace and beauty are world-famous.

Jessie: And Princess Jessileia, could you please explain how you know of Team Rocket to our readers?

Princess Jessileia: Jessie here is a very good friend of mine. You could even say we’re of one mind. Next to myself, she is simply the most beautiful, stunning, and majestic woman to ever live. Someone that gorgeous simply can’t be wrong, just like me! And when she told me that she and her friends on Team Rocket were now in charge of a major website, I knew that there could be no one better for the job.

Jessie: Such kind words, I’m blushing.

Princess Jessileia: You deserve them, dear.

Jessie: You’re right, I do. Now, Princess, could you tell our readers why the recent change in management of this website is good thing for everyone?

Princess Jessileia: Does it even need to be explained? Team Rocket are pinnacle of perfection. They are the model to which we should all aspire to be. That wretched Yuni Oha knew nothing about how to write a story or run a website. I’ve read his work, and I’m not impressed. After all, any story worth its salt that features Team Rocket would feature them as the primary characters they are. The fact that they were neglected and placed in the role of side character is an unforgivable grievance against humanity. Jessie here would never make that mistake.

Jessie: I sure wouldn’t. Alright, here’s another question. Beside yourself and me, of all the people in the world, who do you admire most?

Jessie: That’s an easy-

Princess Jessileia: I mean, that’s an easy one. The great Boss himself, Giovanni. He is such an honorable man with such admirable goals. He aims for nothing less than world domination. Talk about aiming high. He’s someone that we should all take inspiration from.

Jessie: I couldn’t have said it better myself. Now, I think we have time for one last question.

Princess Jessileia: Ask away!

Jessie: This is one that I think all our readers are dying to know the answer to. How is that you could possibly be so gorgeous?

Princess Jessileia: Honey, I was born this way. That’s the only way one could ever be as gorgeous as I.

Jessie: And there you have it! Her Royal Majesty of the Cosmos and Top Coordinator Princess Jessileia gives her full backings to Team Rocket. I truly hope this goes a long way towards alleviating those fears of yours. And hey, if you have any more questions you liked to see asked of Princess Jessileia, make a comment, and she might just appear during our Team Rocket Q and A session later today to answer them.

Princess Jessileia: Goodbye to all my adoring fans! You know that without you, I would be nothing! Okay, that’s a lie, but still, you’re all great!

Episode 67 Review

I sure do hope that you guys all remembered Michelle. I admit that it’s a possibility that it’s been too long since she last appeared. Oh well, no big deal. A major purpose in this episode was not only to bring Michelle back, but to give a solid start to her story arc. What that story is, I won’t tell yet. Speaking of coordinators, this episode also introduced a new one in the form of Damien. I pretty much created him purely to be the person that Michelle would least want to be stuck on a team with. She’s a young girl who’s big on gossip and cute boys, while Damien is far from talkative or cute. Even his choice of Pokémon reflected his more creepy personality and looks.

The other major part of this episode was James competing to earn a gym badge for the first time. Now it becomes apparent that his battle with Halley was more than a one-off occurrence. My goal is to use this new aspect of James as way to diversify his appearances, the same way Jessie is used in Pokémon Contests. Now we’ll be able to see James in situations beyond just failing to steal other people’s Pokémon. Unfortunately I was not able to give much focus to James’ battle at all. In fact, much of this episode probably seemed pretty rushed. To be completely honest, my original plan was for this contest to last two episodes, but due to certain reasons that I won’t yet disclose, I needed to shorten it into one episode. And as the next episode will no longer take place in Horizoport City, it was now or never for James to face the Horizoport Gym.

Episode 67: Getting into Team Spirit

Took a little longer than I hoped, but here’s episode 67.

Brenda and Will enter the Horizoport Tag Contest, but their not the only ones. Brenda’s friend Michelle has also appeared. Meanwhile, James has an important choice to make.

Also, the Pokédex has been updated accordingly and Michelle has been added to the character guide.

Episode 58 Review

A big reason for the initial battle between May and Ash was two-fold. One was that I found it to be an extreme shame that when Ash participated in Sinnoh’s Wallace Cup that he lost to an entirely random coordinator instead of someone important, which was not the way the main character of the show should be kicked out of a tournament. The other, and more important reason, was it was an excuse to have May beat Ash. Now don’t get me wrong, as far as trainers go, Ash is without a doubt better than May and would defeat her in a standard battle any day. My problem comes from the fact that the last battle they had was a Contest Battle and that it ended in a tie. It may have been a good way to say goodbye to May, but it made no sense. This was Ash’s first time ever entering a contest and he was battling a coordinator who made it high in the rankings of not one, but two Grand Festivals. There’s no way Ash should have been able to tie with May in a contest battle, and doing so only served to make May seem worse than she is. So this battle was her chance to redeem herself. Now I set it up specifically so that Ash lost because it was a contest battle, as he lost due to points, not his Pokémon getting knocked out. Also of note in that battle was the revival of the Counter Shield. I thought it would be a fun little throwback to have, since it borrowed so heavily from contests to begin with so it could easily fit into one. Dawn being back provided the perfect excuse to remind Ash that he used to have this strategy.

The only other thing of serious note in this episode was the completely random Rowlet cameo. As this episode came out on the day news about Rowlet and the other starters first came out, it only seemed right to fit in a cameo appearance. Originally it was another Pokemon, but as soon as I saw this news I went to change it to one of the new Pokémon. I have no way of knowing for sure, but I feel like I have to be one of the first, if not the first story to include an Alola Pokémon. I do admit though, it might be considered a bit of a tease, because I currently do not plan to feature any other Alola Pokémon until the release of Sun and Moon, as we won’t have any serious information on them such as movesets or Pokédex descriptions until then. So sorry about that.

Episode 57 Review

I always have fun writing the performances for the Appeal Stage. It sometimes can be hard to come up with something original, but in the end it’s always an enjoyable experience. Having such a wide cast of characters competing here served to increase the enjoyment I had. Putting Ash in a situation like this was especially fun. Dashilisk was practically made to do that performance. It was also great to work with Dawn and May as well. I did my best to replicate their style as well as possible. Of course, the important part of this episode wasn’t the performances, it was Brenda’s story. I specifically framed it to have Will go immediately before Brenda and put on a show that could only be achieved with the utmost practice. This served to up the stakes for Brenda to show what she’s managed to learn while practicing. Also of note is the flashbacks to Brenda’s first ever training session. I did want to dedicate an entire episode to her training, but this seemed like a much more economic and meaningful way of doing things. I designed Brenda’s performance to be something that would have ended in disaster had she never tried it before in order to further emphasize how important this training was.