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.
After a delay due to COVID-19, Pokemon: Twilight Wings returns with “Assistant.” The fifth episode of the limited series follows Oleana. A secretary for Chairman Rose, as well as his companies, Macro Cosmos, vice-president. As a researcher, she invented the Dynamax Band. Oleana has been a recurring character in the Pokemon: Twilight Wing series, this time she takes center stage. In the past, Oleana is portrayed as working very hard, which impresses Chairman Rose.
One thing you will notice is that Oleana’s appearance changes from her younger days as a scientist to today. She originally appears wearing large glasses, somewhat unkempt hair, and a turtle neck sweater. As the vice-president of Macro Cosmos, she has gotten rid of the glasses, wears more high fashion clothing, and high heels. Oleana is constantly endured with questions from employees and expected to solve them. When she finally attempts to take the rest of the day off, Chairman Rose arrives. He offers her a ride back to the office and she accepts.
Oleana seems stoic but devoted to her job and Chairman Rose. She exhausts herself. Oleana is also devoted to the knowledge of Pokemon, as shown when she corrects the driver’s misunderstanding of Gigantamax vs Dynamax. Anyone that played the Pokemon: Sword and Shield know that Oleana is a villain, in Twilight Wings she is giving more nuance.
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.
Brock is the Pewter City Gym Leader. He raises his 9 siblings after his parent abandon them. Brock hopes to become a Pokemon Doctor. As anime perverts go, Brock is G rated. He’s obsessed with woman, although he’s always ends up heartbroken. He particularly “loves” Nurse Joys and Office Jenny’s. The running gag in Pokemon is when Brock sees a beautiful woman he over reacts and is dragged away by someone in the group. It was originally Misty, but in Advanced Generation Max did it, followed by Croagunk in Diamond & Pearl.
Minora Mineta is the short hero named Grape Juice. He has the Quirk, Pop Off. It allows him to “produce and pluck ball-shaped objects from his head; the balls grow back just as fast as they’re plucked. The balls are incredibly sticky and will stick to any surface.” Mineta is infamous for his perverted behavior. Almost no one finds this behavior appealing, except Denki. Mineta’s mind often wanders off as he thinks of lewd thoughts. He’s not beyond peeping at unsuspecting girls and is often depicted drooling. His main reason for becoming a hero is to be popular among women.
3. Master Roshi
Master Roshi is the hermit, pervert, and martial arts master in the Dragon Ball series. He trained Gohan, Goku, Ox-King, Krillin, and Yamcha. He’s over 300 years old and spends most of his time reading, watching t.v., and using the internet to search for porn. He really enjoys watching “Wide Thigh Aerobics,” and has a fondness for Dirty Magazines. Roshi once gave Bulma a dragon ball after she offers to show her “panties.” (She’s not wearing any). He often lusts after any woman in his presence.
Even if it kills me, I refuse to kick a woman!!!!
Sanji is the cook of the Straw Hat Pirates. A chivalrous perv, he has earned the name “ero-cook.” He constantly flirts with any woman he sees. He claimed that Nami was “98.72% of the reason he joined Luffy’s crew in the first place.” His perversion increases after being trapped on Momoiro Island. Sanji often lusts after his crewmates Nami and Robin. His amorous feelings don’t just stop at humans but extend to mermaids and minks. Sanji can get caught up in what he calls his ” hurricane of love.” His chivalry results in Sanji being unwilling to fight women. Sanji has sworn to “never let women be insulted or injured while he can still stand, regardless of how attractive (or unattractive) they are, even in life-or-death situations.”
Jiraiya is one of the legendary three Sannin. He’s generally light-hearted and over the top. He considers himself to be “super-pervert with no equal.” He loved spying on woman bathing. Jiraiya even wrote an adult novel series called Icha Icha. Based on his experiences with love, the series is comical and highly successful. He is occasionally punished for his perversion. When he was younger he spied on Tsunade and was caught. She “broke both of his arms, six of his ribs, and ruptured a number of organs as punishment.” As anime perverts go, Jiraiya is by far the most complicated.
The third episode of Pokemon: Twilight Wings, “Buddy” focuses on Hop and his Wooloo. Watching his brother, Leon compete in the League Championship Hop is transfixed. While studying the footage Hop ignores Wooloo. Frustrated, Wooloo leaves. Made insecure by Hop’s constant comparisons with Charizard, Wooloo keeps trying to breathe fire. It comically attempts to fly at one point crashing into the ground. Wooloo rolls into a pin containing other Wooloo. Gym leader Milo. He sends Hop’s Wooloo with the taxi driver back home. While in the back seat, Wooloo begins to cry remembering the close relationship between other Pokemon and their trainers.
Meanwhile, Hop rushes to find Wooloo. Screaming for Wooloo in a meadow he finds him in the taxi. He gives chase, apologizing and promising to reach the League with Wooloo. Pleased, Wooloo jumps into Hop’s arms. The taxi driver gives them a ride home. After the last episode and other Pokemon series, the emotional depth of Wooloo wasn’t surprising. However, It’s rare to see a Pokemon become jealous due to their training making a comparison to another Pokemon. It’s generally a Pokemon that’s in their line that causes insecurities. Once again the sutle expressions on Wooloo tell us everything we need to know about its state of mind. Pokemon: Twilight Wings is well done.