Ash checks his Pokedex in confusion when he sees a Koffing, DESPITE FIGHTING A KOFFING ALMOST DAILY BEFORE JAMES EVOLVED HIS INTO WEEZING IN THE DIGLET EPISODE! I mean, honestly, Team Rocket (yes, sans Weezing and Arbok, I know) is still following him around. They don’t fight them as frequently, but still see each other from time to time. HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW WHAT A KOFFING IS!
Honestly, if they don’t want to use Ash’s previous adventures as the basis for each new series, then GET A NEW PROTAGONIST ALREADY!!! It makes so much more sense for a new character to be exposed to Pokemon or other people the viewer is unfamiliar with than for a character who’s been travelling the world for about ten years now going around like Dory in Finding Nemo. “Why, what is that mysterious Pokemon that I used to see every day and frequently heard its master call by name and had a standing plan of attack against?”
And since I’ve gotten into the games, I’ve been watching the various series again.
Currently, I’m watching Pokemon BW: Rival Destinies- An Epic Defence Force (spelled according to the episode description, not the dictionary). It’s a so-so episode in lines with most of them. They’re reintroduced to an old friend who they randomly connected with and made a movie for in an earlier episode and (surprise) make another movie with him. Not great, but not bad either. Except they reintroduce Luke (their director friend) by reusing a gag from his earlier introduction. His Zorua likes taking the shape of people to confuse other people. It would have been an entirely appropriate nod to the previous episode and reminded viewers of the personality they spent several episodes of an arc establishing for Zorua, but they undid it all in three seconds.
Ash gets off the boat in Virbank City and does a double-take as he sees himself. The other Ash snickers and reveals itself to be none other than Zorua, with Luke close behind. But the reason Ash and crew got involved in Luke’s original movie in the first place is that ZORUA DOESN’T TAKE THE FORM OF MALES! At least, not willingly. She refused to play the male roles in the movie because she’s a girl and only wanted to be the princess, forcing Ash and Cilan to get in (and Iris because they couldn’t exclude her).
Now, time has passed, and maybe Luke has managed to train her to take male forms for casting purposes, but that wouldn’t explain why she took Ash’s form for fun. And it wasn’t like Luke asked her to do it as a joke. He’s as surprised as Ash and crew to see his old friend after Zorua reveals herself.
Like most problems I have with continuity, it could have been solved by a simple throw-away line from Luke. “Yeah, she figured out she likes to be anyone.” or “She’ll take the form of anyone she likes.” or even “What the heck, Zorua? You’ll take a boy’s form now, but not when I want you to?” Just some sort of acknowledgement that this goes completely against her characterization up to this point.
Okay, Team Rocket left a basket of fruit in the middle of the road, and then dug a pit in front of the nearest fruit tree, knowing Ash and friends would suspect a trap and opt for the tree instead of the basket.
THIS MIGHT BE THE GREATEST THING EVER! HOW DO THESE PEOPLE KEEP LOSING?
Fuck you, Cilan. And fuck you even more, Pokemon BW Adventures in Unova for making it true.
Okay, screw November. I’m starting.
So, I decided on my NaNoWriMo, and my fingers are itching to get started. But I want to do it right, and that means waiting just a few more days.
I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO WRITE FOR NANOWRIMO!
I have a few stories started that could use the NaNo treatment, but then again, I’ve been working on them (on and off) for a few years, so this version would just be one of many that I’d discard December 1st anyway, so maybe I should try doing a new one, but I don’t have any ideas for new stories that I could get a whole plot out of in such a short time, and I guess I could rewrite the one I did last year, because I never did anything with it and it kind of stinks, so I’d have to restart it anyway, but AAAARRRGGGGGGHHHHHH!
If just deciding is this hard, what am I going to do when it actually comes to writing? I’m doomed.
I can’t figure out if I’m more excited about NaNoWriMo or Halloween….