Ever since the Pokemon series debuted in the 1990s, I have always wondered what it would be like to live in the Pokemon universe. I would imagine waking up as a child, excited to choose my first Pokemon. I usually picked Pikachu or Abra. Playing out my adventure, I would travel from city to city, collecting badges and Pokemon. During my journey, I would meet new friends and gain fame as one of the greatest Pokemon trainers. As I got older, these fantasies dimmed. However, Pokemon remained a part of my life. Playing hundreds of hours, I could experience what it would be like to live in the Pokemon universe.
Catching, training and naming these digital Pokemon was an acceptable substitute for the dreams of my childhood. I always thought it would be cool if the world of Pokemon was real. The Pokemon anime series seems based on the actual world, anyway. I would image that it would be like various sports. With the release of Pokemon TwilightWings last year, the series took another step towards breathing life into the series. I may be too old for my childhood dreams of catching them all, but Pokemon remains a world I would love to live in.
The final episode of Pokemon Twilight Wings, Sky, opens in the hospital where it all began. Leon’s Championship match has arrived and because of John’s letter, all the kids from the hospital get to attend. On his way to the Stadium, John sees Leon lost on a mountain top. He asks the driver to stop. Elsewhere, the children are excited, however, Chairman Rose has no idea where Leon is. Meanwhile, Leon asks for a ride, with the winds being so powerful the driver tells Leon to ride Armorgaw without the taxi.
Leon agrees and takes John along. As they fly, Leon convinces Armorgaw to fly faster. They finally arrive and Chairman Rose begins the show. Leon tells John that they will battle the next time they meet. Leon battles against Raihan, the Hammerlocke Dragon-type Gym leader. John cries as he witnesses an epic battle between the two. Raihan uses his Goodra, against Leon’s Aegislash. However, uses Surf but it doesn’t seem to do anything. Next up is Flygon verses Dragapult, which uses its signature Dragon Darts move. Dragapult’s is defeated by Raihan’s Duraludon. This sets up a final clash between, Gigantamax Duraludon and Charizard.
The episode ends abruptly, however, it was the perfect conclusion for the limited series. While Pokemon Twilight Wings was never about Pokemon battle specifically, I’m glad it closed out with a brief but exciting battle. The ability for Pokemon to be more focused on a narrative that felt real, made me hope that future games might feature this level of attention to the story. Pokemon games have made strides in gameplay, but I never pay attention to the story that feels unimportant. Regardless, Pokemon Twilight Wings is an amazing animated series, that proves no matter the length and focuses of a Pokemon series, it can still be entertaining.
There’s a dark side to Pokemon. It illuminated through the Pokedex entries of many Pokemon. This particular dark element is best illustrated in the descriptions of the Ghost Pokemon. The Pokemon Cofagrigus entry reads in part that “People who approach Cofagrigus are swallowed and turned into mummies.” The Pokemon Lampent according to the Pokedex, uses spirits to “fuel its baleful fire.” It waits for hospital patients to die.
Banette use to be a doll that came to life after being disregarded, it seeks the child that abandoned it. Even more shocking is Yamask, who’s mask is created from the “face of a human.” Ghost Pokemon take center stage in this sweet but spooky episode. Pokemon: Twilight Wings episode 6, Moonlight, centers around Allister. The very young Ghost-type Gym leader from Stow-on-Side, Allister hides his face behind a mask. This episode returns to the story of John and Tommy.
After a falling out over their dreams of becoming Pokemon trainers, Tommy is hoping that he can make amends. He asks Allister for tickets to see Leon. However, Allister suggests apologizing in person. Together they sneak into the hospital, were Tommy apologizes. Meanwhile, Leon is finally given John’s letter by Chairman Rose. With one episode remaining Pokemon: Twilight Wings continues to tell touching stories.
When Nessa was first revealed in a trailer for Pokemon Sword and Shield she became an instant fan favorite. Many fans created beautiful fan art. This latest episode of the Pokemon: Twilight Wings mini series focuses on her. After a defeat, her second loss in a row to Milo, Nessa is sitting in a locker room. Feeling down she sulks. Chairman Rose arrives noting that Nessa’s modeling career is going well. Rose suggests that she needs to choose between one.
The following morning Nessa tells her best friend Sonia what happened. Sonia tells her that it doesn’t matter what Rose thinks, only what she does. At a modeling shoot, Nessa recalls her childhood experience, petting a Feebas. As Nessa takes pictures with various water Pokemon, a school of water Pokemon, lead by Milotic begin to surface. Nessa dives into the water. She tells Sonia what happened with the Milotic.
Nessa rides on the Milotic, as it jumps in and out of the sea. It’s suggested that the Milotic was the Feebas from her childhood. Inspired, Nessa storms into Chairman Rose’s office and tells his assistant she aims to be the “best Gym Leader and the best model.” She heads to the stadium promising to win.