During the latest Nintendo Direct, the next installments in the Pokemon series were revealed. Pokken Tournament DX was heavily represented and at the end of the trailer Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon. Despite the rumors the Switch doesn’t appear to be getting a Pokemon RPG, at least not yet. The updated versions of the games will be exclusive to the 3DS and released on November 17, 2017.
According to the Pokemon Direct video, “each will offer an alternative story set in the same world as Sun and Moon, and will feature new Pokemon that didn’t appear in those games.” Is the rumored, Pokemon Stars real, I hope so but we won’t find out for awhile anyway. In the meantime, Pokemon Ultra will have to do.
Ash and Hala aim to begin their battle. First they pray that Tapu Koko blesses their battle and Professor Kukui asks Ash if he knows the Normal-Z move. Ash says that he has mastered it and is ready for the Grand Trail. The prepare to battle, as Kukui will be the ref. The battle between Ash and Hala begins. Ash sends Rowlet and Hala uses Crabrawler.
Rotom tells Ash that Rowlet has the type advantage. Crabrawler uses Bubble Beam, Rowlet quickly dodges and uses Peck. The hit lands and Ash has Rowlet use it again. However, Crabrawler catches Rowlet, then uses Brutal Swing, followed by Power-up Punch. Rowlet then uses Leafage, but its countered by Bubble Beam. Ash has Rowlet use the same attack again, but this time he tells Rowlet to “surprise” Crabrawler.
After the attacks collide, Rowlet “surprises” Crabrawler with his speed, using Peck consistently. Rowlet tries it once more, but fails to land the hit. Crabrawler uses Power-up Punch again, but Rowlet dodges successfully. Crabrawler attempts to grab Rowlet again but it dodges and uses tackle, defeating Crabrawler. Rowlet fails asleep in mid-air and Ash recalls Rowlet.
Pikachu is up next, facing off against Hariyama. Pikachu uses Iron Tail and Hariyama counters with Fake Out. It then uses Knock Off, smashing Pikachu into the ground. Pikachu uses Electro Ball, it fails and Hariyama uses Arm Thrust. Pikachu dodges the barrage, then uses Thunderbolt. No attack from Pikachu seems to work, Hariyama uses Belly Drum. Then Hala and Hariyama use their Z-Move, Ash has Pikachu use Quick Attack, he manages to dodge most of the hits, but some of them hit.
Ash decides to use quick attack, rounding circles around Hariyama then uses Iron Tail. The hit lands and Ash along with Pikachu decided to use their Z-Move. Pikachu uses Ultra Light Dash, landing a devastating blow against Hariyama. Ash wins the first Grand Trail, while Tapu Koko watches. This episode was excellent. It quickly got to the battle and the battle was epic. Ash and Pikachu using the Z-Move was really fun to watch. The battle is better when watching, the animation was great as always.
Ash becomes determine to obtain more Z-Crystals. He discusses this with Professor Kukui, who tells him that he needs to go through the Island Challenge in order to acquire more crystals. Rotom informs Ash that he would need to fight against the Island Kahuna. Kukui suggests that they need to meet up with Melemele Island’s Kahuna, Hala.
Ash and Kukui meet Island Kahuna, Hala
Several Raticate and Rattata startle some Tauros, causing logs to fall off carts. Ash and Kukui arrive and help with the clearing of the logs. Ash notices a man and his Hariyama carrying logs, placing them back on the carts. This man turns out to be, Hala. The following day, Ash and Kukui meet with Hala. He explains to Ash that Tapu Koko stole on of the Z-Rings that he created and gave it to Ash.
Hala informs Ash of the issue regarding the Raticate and Rattata. Ash says that he will battle them, Hala reminds him that “doing the Island Challenge wasn’t about battling, but to teach young people about loving and protecting everything.” He hopes that Ash will find a way to solve the problem without battling. Ash attempts to solve the problem with the help of Kiawe and Sophocles. Lille suggests that they should learn more about the ecology.
Ash and battles the Totem Gumshoo
Rotom tells Ash that “Rattata and Raticate were brought to Alola from a ship and adapted to the climate.” To counter this, “Gumshoos and Yungoos were brought from a different region to fight the Raticate and Rattata.” Ash gives his answer to Hala, who is impressed and tells Ash that he passed the test and qualified for the Trail. Hala and Ash arrive at the cave, which is home to Yungoos. Hala tells Ash that inside the cave is a Totem Pokemon, which “listens to the Island Guardian Pokémon and obey their will, some even helping during the Island Challenge.”
As the trail begins Ash battles, Yungoos and Gumshoo. He sends out Pikachu and a sleeping Rowlet. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt and Rowlet Tackle, both of them are hit with a Sand Attack, with Yungoos attacks Rowlet. Gumshoo and Yungoos use Crunch, which Pikachu and Rowlet successfully dodge. Rowlet uses Leafage, while Pikachu uses Iron Tail. Rowlet tackles Gumshoos and Pikachu hits Yungoos with Iron Tail, defeating them. Suddenly, a huge Gumshoo appears, Rotom notes that it’s three times larger than a normal Gumshoo.
Totem Gumshoo attacks Pikachu, who dodges and counters with Thunderbolt. Gumshoo endures the attack, then hurts Pikachu. Totem Gumshoo uses it high speed and Rowlet attacks. Totem Gumshoo uses a rock and hits Rowlet with it. Rowlet gets called back and Ash tells Pikachu to use Electro Ball. Totem Gumshoo blocks it with Sand Attack. Using Quick Attack, Pikachu uses Sand Attack to hide itself. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt to finally defeat Totem Gumshoo. Totem Gumshoo gives Ash a Z-Crystal, which Hala notes is strange, Tapu Koko leaves after watching the battle.
This was a fun episode, Ash finally started official going on his trails. I love watching the Pokemon battle with this level of animation, its so dynamic. Rowlet displaying his ability to move quickly but silently was pretty cool. Some of the battle was surprisingly brutal , Totem Gumshoo picking up a rock and bashing Rowlet in the head with it. Overall, another great episode, an yes Gumshoo looks exactly like Donald Trump.
Professor Kukui apologizes for not showing him around, although Ash doesn’t mind. While, Ash and Pikachu are in the lab, they generally waste time with Ash ending up doing laundry. The washing machine malfunctions, causing a massive spill. After all the high jinks, Ash and Pikachu are starving and look for food.
Ash attempts to make himself and Pikachu food. He fails massively and run out of food. They decided to go shopping at the mall, he into Sophocies and Togedemaru. Together they go and get some ice cream. Meanwhile, Team Rocket continue to plot how to steal some Pokemon from the mall.
Meowth accidentally triggers the security system, causing the doors to shut, trapping Pikachu, Rotom and Togedemaru. Everyone tries to bash the doors to escape and override the security system. Team Rocket, along with Pikachu, Rotom and Togedemaru reach the roof. Mimikyu attacks Pikachu with Shadow Claw, without being ordered to by Jesse.
Pikachu helps Togedemaru and ends up on trouble. Sophocies tells Ash to order Pikachu to use Thunderbolt, so Togedemaru “lightning rod,” ability goes into effect. Togedemaru uses Zing Zap and Rowlet rescues Pikachu. Bewear arrives and grabs Team Rocket, jumping from roof to roof with them.
This episode was pretty boring to be honest, however, I learned that Togedemaru has a new attack called Zing Zap. I anticipate a lot of episodes like this. Finally, it appears that Bewear will replace the “blasting away” of Team Rocket. Bewear’s stalking of Team Rocket is both funny and creepy.
Episode 4 – Enter Rowlet! I Got a Pokemon in Aloha!
Litten is feed some berries by an older lady, a flock of Trumbeak and Pikipek fly through the town and steal berries and fruits. The villagers expected this event to occur, as it is annual. In the forest, Ash and Pikachu battle against a Grubbin, who uses String Shot. Pikachu dodges it and uses Thunderbolt, Ash throws a Pokeball at the Grubbin. However, it frees itself from the Pokeball and digs away.
Pikachu verses Grubbin
Grubbin emerges behind Lillie, scaring her as she hides behind Mallow. Pikachu uses Quick Attack, only for Grubbin to counter with String Shot. The Grubbin manages to escape, injured Pikachu is taken to the Pokemon Center. In a cave, Jesse tries to catch Mimikyu, she has a difficult time because it hasn’t been weakened yet. James drops a Luxury Ball that Jesse uses to finally capture Mimikyu.
Bewear grabs Jesse when she tries to grab the ball, Meowth translates that it is looking for dinner. Meanwhile, at the Pokemon Center, Ash sees a Comfey. The flock of Pikipek return to their nest with food in hand. Rowlet drops a vase that resembles a berry, it’s gets yelled at for it’s failure. Rowlet flies off to find more berries, while Mallow’s Bounsweet releases a sweet scent attracting Rowlet.
Rowlet is desperate for food
Rowlet mistakes Bounsweet for a berry and attacks. However, Bounsweet deflects Rowlet twice, knocking it into power-lines. Rowlet falls to the ground and Ash rushes and manages to prevent it from hitting the ground. Rowlet awakens and Ash feeds it. Ash attempts to capture it but Rowlet flees with a watermelon. Meanwhile, in the cave Team Rocket gets their fill of food and the flock of Pikipek enter the cave taking the fruit.
Rowlet returns to the nest with the watermelon and is praised. Ash and Mallow arrive at the nest and Rotom identifies Trumbeak and Toucannon. Rotom tries to test the heat of Toucannon’s beak, enraging it. Team Rocket arrives, launching nets at the flock and attempting to capture Pikachu. Jesse uses Mimikyu, that launches a Shadow Ball at Pikachu, who counters with Electro Ball.
Rowlet rescues Pikachu from Mimikyu
Pikachu uses Iron Tail, but it doesn’t deal any damage. Meanwhile, Rowlet frees it’s friends, while Pikachu is hit with a Play Rough from Mimikyu. Then Mimikyu uses Shadow Claw on Pikachu, Rowlet intervenes using Leafage. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt on Mimikyu, shocking it. Team Rocket is captured, along with Mimikyu by Bewear. Rowlet is thanked for its help by the flock.
Ash tells Rowlet that “he should go home,” surprising Mallow and Rotom. Ash doesn’t want to catch Rowlet because he has friends and family. Toucannon encourages Rowlet to go to Ash and he does. Rowlet allows itself to be caught. Ash has a habit of “catching,” Pokemon without traditionally battling them and then catching. It can seem like a cheat sometimes but his Pokemon all seem to be unique.
The original team rocket team of Jesse, James and Meowth arrive in the Aloha region. They have the same goal that has been their M.O. since the first season of Pokemon, steal rare Pokemon. Meanwhile, Ash is giving his Rotom pokedex, it has been programmed to speak to humans in English. Rotom explains that it’s “self-learning,” and updates its “data every time it encounters Pokemon.“
In the forest Team Rocket searches for Pokemon, they encounter a Mimikyu. They confuse it with a Pikachu and when the head slouches to one side, it appears to Team Rocket to have broken it’s neck. Meowth realizes that it’s a Pokemon wearing a Pikachu like cloth. Meowth is creeped out by what Mimikyu is saying, Jesse throws him at Mimikyu. Meowth uses Fury Swipes, but they have no effect.
Team Rocket verses Mimikyu
Meowth then attempts to lift up Mimikyu’s cloth, being knocked out and ends up in a weird subconscious state. Meowth awakes as Jesse and James splash him with buckets of water. Ash and his friends arrive, as Team Rocket hides in the bushes. Ash and the others run into the Mimikyu and Rotom Pokedex explains what is known about it. Rotom stats that Mimikyu’s “actual appearance is unknown and may have killed scholar’s who died from shock.“
Mimikyu verses Pikachu
Ash attempts to capture Mimikyu with Pikachu and uses Iron Tail. This attack has no effect and the cloth Mimikyu wears deflates. It then attacks Pikachu with Play Rough, followed in succession with Shadow Claw. Pikachu uses Electro Ball, that Mimikyu easily knocks back. Team Rocket interrupts the battle and introduces themselves, but none of the new friends of Ash are aware of them.
Jesse sends Meowth into battle against Pikachu, it uses Electro Ball that is deflected by Shadow Ball from Mimikyu. It tells Meowth that it plans to help Team Rocket. Mimikyu seems to hate Pikachu, it takes on the appearance of Pikachu because it hates it more than anything. Mimikyu attacks with Shadow Ball, however, a Bewear grabs Jesse and James. Meowth grabs Mimikyu and they chase the Bewear further into the forest.
When Mimikyu was first introduced it became a internet sensation. It was seen as sad and adorable for copying Pikachu. However, this episode seems to have changed that image and replaced it with a really creepy one. I like Mimikyu’s design and it’s intense personality and I think it’s the perfect Pokemon for Team Rocket. It’s hatred of Pikachu is very interesting and I hope that the series will explain it further. I think that Mimikyu is a perfect fit for Team Rocket.
Ash joins the Pokemon school in the Aloha region. He tells his new classmates that Tapu Koko gave him a Z ring. Principal Oak explains the differences between, Aloha Exeggutor and a normal one. He explains that due to “region variant,” Pokemon have developed different characteristics. Ash is excited that Executor becomes a dragon and grass type Pokemon, he tries to pet it’s tail and is knocked through the air. Lille explains that the tail of Executor has a mind of its own.
Ash receives a surprise welcoming party
Lille and the other throw a surprise party for Ash and Pikachu the following day. Tapu Koko watches as Ash competes with the other trainers in a series of games. Ash and/or Pikachu lose each of them. Tapu Koko arrives during lunch surprising everyone. Ash thanks it for the Z ring, then Tapu Koko steals Ash’s hat. Koko begins moving at high speeds and flees to the nearby forests. Ash and Pikachu gives chase, as do all the other trainers.
They’re challenged to a battle by Tapu Koko. It uses Electric Terrain, then charges at Pikachu knocking it down. Pikachu successfully dodges the next attack, then Ash orders Pikachu to use Thunderbolt. Tapu Koko isn’t phased and suggests that Ash should use his Z-move. Together Ash and Pikachu use their Z-move, Gigavolt Havoc. Being hit by the Z-move didn’t seem to harm Tapu Koko at all. Ash’s Z- crystal disintegrates due to not having done any trails, obviously he decides that he will take the trails.
This episode was a standard intro to the new region, showing us the new abilities of some of the new Pokemon from the Aloha region. Ash’s use of the Z move along with Pikachu was impressive visually, but considering the fact that he didn’t know how to use, it doesn’t make sense. The broken Z-crystal was obviously convenient so Ash can begin his trails.
The latest Pokemon anime series was just released in Japan on Thursday. An anime adaptation of the upcoming (Nov. 18) Pokemon Sun and Moon games, the new series looks to be a hit. I haven’t really watched a full season of Pokemon since the Sinnoh League, but I might be convinced to watch this series from start to finish. I’ve already seen the first two episodes and I really enjoyed them.
The art style of the series, particular Ashes new look was a point of controversy, but I didn’t really notice. The overall animation in the series was what I notice. The brighter colors, more dramatic facial reactions and fluid motion are much better than previous Pokemon anime. I’m excited for this upcoming season, although it will be weird without Pokemon gym, I hope there will be good battles. Anyway, if you want to check out the first two episodes without subtitles they’re on YouTube.
The reviews are in and many find the changes that have been made to this series to be great. Nintendo has deliberately reconstructed the games formula, such as abandoning the gym’s, in exchange for non-combat challenges like scavenger hunts and quizzes. This isn’t to suggest that nothing has changed since the first games were released 20 years ago. Pokemon Sun and Moon also focuses more on plot than usually, although the villains remain simplistic. It is possible that long time fans of the series might not enjoy these changes, but I think Nintendo and Pokemon will be better for it.
When the Aloha region was first revealed it was clear to everyone that it was inspired by Hawaii. A series of four islands, Aloha also features an artificial island. Each of these islands have it’s own guardian deity, called tapu. The tapu are worshiped by the people. Kahunas are leaders of these islands, chosen by the Tapu. The Kahunas replace the gym leaders, they are:
Sun and Moon has streamlined many of the elements of the series. After you encounter a Pokemon in the wild, any further encounters you will be informed of the weakness of the Pokemon. You can also see this information when switching Pokemon by tapping the “i” button next to each move. This is helpful if you have difficulty remembering which types are stronger than others. Menus have been shortened, when you use a P.C. in the game you are taken to a menu that allows you to freely move your Pokemon. However, according toGamespot:
But that doesn’t mean absolutely everything in Sun and Moon is streamlined. You still have the nostalgic, but slow “handing over and charging up of your Pokemon” whenever you heal them at a Pokemon Center (a holdover that seems especially odd when you sometimes meet characters on your adventure who heal your team instantaneously). Sometimes you have two or more shopkeepers in the same store standing right next to one another who sell completely different goods–if you want to buy healing items, you have to talk to one, while if you want to purchase new abilities and moves you have to talk to the other.
Pokemon has finally gotten rid of HM’s, instead opting to allow trainers to call Pokemon to fly or swim, without having to have them in your party. Pokemon in the wild now have the ability to “call in help,” this doesn’t appear to have a limit.
The core game remains intact
Despite the changes to formats and moderate alterations to the series, Pokemon Sun and Moon still has the main aspects of the previous games. Capturing Pokemon and training them is still the most important parts of the series. You have a larger selection of Pokemon to choose from earlier in the game. I think this will help create a larger variety of Pokemon teams created. Released on Nov.18,2016 get – Pokémon Sun – Nintendo 3DS Some unfortunately aspects of Pokemon remain, most notable the over simplistic villains. Team Skull continues the trend of villains being thinly developed characters. Removing the gym’s may or may not be good long term. It is suggested in game that a new Pokemon league will be created. Whether this will occur after the game ends or it is being telegraphed as an addition for a sequel. Regardless, Pokemon Sun and Moon represent a positive change in the series, getting rid of some of the most troublesome qualities of previous games. Released on Nov.18,2016 get – Pokémon Moon – Nintendo 3DS For more thorough reviews check out:
Nintendo just recently revealed the latest evolution of some of the newest Pokemon and the Aloha form of Grimer and Muk. At this point it seems clear to me that the first 150 Pokemon will get the Aloha treatment, otherwise, Nintendo has a lot of work to do. Regardless, Grimer and Muk mostly appear to be the same as their previous forms. Grimer gets mostly a color change, which I find unappealing.
Aloha Grimer & Muk
While the colors seem appropriate for a poisonous Pokemon, I don’t really like them. Muk on the other hand at least gets bad coloring, in addition to rock like teeth and claws. Grimer and Muk, both gain the dark typing, which seems to be a common type addition for the most recent Aloha Pokemon.
The synthetic Pokemon, Type: Null, get an evolution. It’s mostly the same Pokemon with the exception of it’s face. Silvally breaks the masks once it trusts the trainer. While Silvally is considered a evolution, but it seems to only be a change in the face, not the body. The evolution of Rowlet, Dartrix seems to have an uppity personality. It’s look is more humanistic, and it features expressive eyes. I generally, like it but I’m curious what the final stage is will look like.
The second stage of Litten, Torracat’s looks like a predictable evolution, basically it’s just bigger. That’s fine, but a bit disappointing. The same can be said for Popplio’s evolution, Brionne. Rimombee, is the evolution of Cutiefly. It resembles a bee, crossed with a Disney fairy. I don’t like this Pokemon’s design at all. I think the thin legs are similar to what I would draw as a child.
Steenee and Tsareena, are the final two evolutionary stages of, Bounsweet. They take on a feminine humanoid appearance, similar to Roserade. I like their clever designed, it has a distinct personality. Tsareena will have the unique ability called Queenly Majesty, it prevents opponents from using priority moves. Steenee and Tsareena both introduce moves exclusive to them, Trop Kick.
Finally, we have my favorite designed Pokemon so far, Hakamo-o and Kommo-o. I think there may be far too many scales, but it’s a dramatic design, that’s is interesting. Like Tsareena, Kommo-o has a unique move called, Clanging Scales. This move will lower the defense of Kommo-o. Finally, it becomes a fighting type, as well as a dragon.