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  2. Mateo
    4 Days Ago 12:09 PM
    Yeah, still getting used to this whole thing of only working at the hospital, plus they swapped my days back around again. It got me back on the schedule I wanted, but meant I went longer without a day off with the way the schedule weeks line up.

    EDIT: Well, not entirely the schedule I wanted. I'm still on the overnight shift on weekends, and I'd rather be back on days, but oh well.
  3. weedle_mchairybug
    2 Weeks Ago 5:24 AM
    Tell me about it. It sucks that this is even still an issue in 2017. I'll keep looking for other sources, though. If I see the Misty/Brock episodes turn up somewhere else, I'll be sure to let you know.
    Thanks. Also, turns out there isn't a gold venom snake nameplate distribution thing (I suspected that might be a possibility, but I didn't find out until yesterday), so I might be able to watch those episodes on some other channel if they are found.


    The problem with May/Dawn/Serena being badge-collectors was that it would've been repetitive with Ash's story, so they got sent off to Contests/Showcases instead. As much as I dislike performer goals (and the way they've become a designated Girl Ghetto for female protagonists), it's understandable that the show would want to avoid having two main characters taking on the same gyms at the same time.

    But, Lillie going through the Kanto gyms would be a different story, since Ash already got those badges long ago. Ash would have another storyline in Kanto, leaving Lillie free to do the badge quest.

    As for Fuchsia Gym, I wouldn't be surprised if the show ignored Janine and used Aya instead (although I'd prefer to see both acknowledged). That's an issue that sort of came as an accident, as the original Fuchsia City episodes (and Aya) predate GSC/Janine. Although she's a younger sister and not a daughter, Aya pretty much plays the exact same role that Janine otherwise would've (I think the show even mentioned that Koga raised Aya like a daughter), so the show may consider her to be Janine's anime "counterpart" (just like how Paul is often seen as an anime "counterpart" to Silver).
    Yeah, good point (though I think they definitely screwed up there overall, mostly because Contests were a side quest in the game, not an actual goal. I mean, couldn't they at LEAST try to make her do something that, if it doesn't even match up with the ending of the game to the letter, then at least in spirit by having her be a type trainer?). Well, since Ash won't need to worry about redoing Kanto, I'm pretty sure she can do badges certainly.

    And yeah, let's see how they handle Aya/Janine.
  4. weedle_mchairybug
    2 Weeks Ago 3:25 AM
    Because, they want you to go out and spend $$$ on the DVDs if you want to watch any episode anytime for free. That's how all "official" streaming sites work, unfortunately.

    Now, there are "unofficial" streaming sites that let you watch any episode at any time, but none of the ones I saw had any SM episodes.
    Man, this stinks, as I really wanted to watch Misty return. And now I can't do it because of some stupid copyright thing that the site is technically immune to (I mean, the CBS app has a similar problem, yet even that at least allows you to watch the entire current season rather than restricts you from watching only a few episodes of that season)? I just checked Netflix, and while they DO have streamings of the episodes, including 42, they're the Japanese episodes, not the English ones (I like Mayumi Iizuka's voice acting of Misty, and in fact, her Kasumi special narration of the Pallet Party Panic was pretty much one of the few things I made the effort to watch in Japanese, only other being the Ragnarok Core Record for MMZ4's radio dramas, but it really doesn't do well to watch the raw when you can't even understand what they're saying). Looks like I can't watch until Easter, since that's most likely when they're even going to allow those episodes to be viewable.

    It's probably just a coincidence, but the previous three filler arcs all occurred at the tail ends of odd-numbered gens (Gen 1: Orange Islands, Gen 3: Battle Frontier, Gen 5: Decolore Islands), while the even-numbered gens (Johto, Sinnoh, Kalos) simply ended with the League and moved right on to the next gen's region. Furthermore, since Gen 3, odd-to-even gen transitions have all been major console changes (GBA => DS, DS => 3DS), while even-to-odd gen transitions stayed on the same console (DP => BW on DS, XY => SM on 3DS).

    When GF switches to a new console, they have to build a new engine instead of simply upgrading an old one, so this likely explains the tendency towards filler arcs closing out odd-numbered gens on the show. The games take longer to make, so the show has to add in more filler to kill time until the next gen's ready.

    Gens 1 and 5 had no regions besides Kanto and Unova, respectively, so we got anime-exclusive island regions for the filler arcs. Gen 3, on the other hand, had Kanto in addition to Hoenn thanks to FRLG, so the filler arc was set there instead of a new made-up region.

    Gen 7 also contains Kanto (and Johto) in addition to Alola if the VC re-releases are to be counted, and the Misty/Brock episodes prove that the show is promoting those, too. Put all of this together, and that argues for a return to Kanto in late SM.

    In addition to more development for Misty and Brock, I hope we also see Lillie grow into a badge-collecting trainer. I would be very frustrated and disappointed to see yet another female lead get put in the coordinator/performer/waifu role, and it would also be a fun way to revisit the Kanto Gym Leaders. I'd love to finally know whether or not anime!Koga became an E4 Member like his game counterpart, and whether Janine exists in the show or is replaced by Aya.
    Probably is, but then again, they'd need to worry about making a new engine anyways, and since they're literally breezing right through Alola right now (I haven't seen a region go this fast since Kanto), they'd need to kill the time (especially when they haven't formally announced or even teased Generation 8, and believe me, if they were going to tease Generation 8, they probably would have done it by now, especially considering the likes of Destiny Deoxys where they outright hinted at Generation 4 with Munchlax, and that was before AG was even halfway through.).

    And yeah, your proposition definitely sounds interesting as well, never did a female badge collector in Ash's group before (we COULD have gotten it with May, but she went for contests instead), and that definitely would spice things up a bit, and since Ash has already done Kanto and possibly even Johto if we revisit that, they don't need to worry about her upstaging Ash in the gyms. Of course, that's assuming the writers even are smart enough to realize the inherent potential regarding that plot. And it definitely would be interesting to see who would become Gym Leader of Fuschia City if Koga becomes an Elite 4 member, since Koga technically has two relatives. And since USUM, the whole Rainbow Rocket thing aside, doesn't seem to have anything akin to a Battle Frontier, I'm doubtful that Ash will just do the activity that USUM had.
  5. weedle_mchairybug
    2 Weeks Ago 2:21 PM
    I assume it is. Most official streaming sites only let you watch a few episodes at a time for copyright reasons. You're just going to have to wait for the Misty/Brock episodes to turn up there.
    Great... just great... looks like I'm probably going to have to wait until Easter before I get the chance to watch the episode.

    Although... I find it odd that they restrict it to nine episodes, considering that Pokémon TV, correct me if I'm mistaken, is owned by the Pokémon Company, meaning they don't even need to worry about copyright issues.

    I've discussed this with others via PM, but I have a strong feeling that we're going to get a filler arc in the vein of Orange Islands/Battle Frontier/Decolore Islands after the Alola story is wrapped up. The show is zipping through Alola at a speedy pace, and while there's rumors that the Switch/Gen 8 games could be out as early as late 2018, I realistically don't see them coming out any earlier than early/mid 2019. This means that the show will have to kill time while waiting for Gen 8 after Alola is finished.

    While we could always get another made-up region, there's also a fairly strong chance that we could return to Kanto instead. Kanto would help promote the VC re-releases, as well as Gen 7's 20th anniversary theme, and it would also be the ideal place for a big Team Rocket/Giovanni plot if the show decides to go that route after Alola. The Misty/Brock episodes may have been an early preview for the show's post-Alola/late SM plans.
    Yeah, let's hope so, I've already waited long enough as it is for Misty to come back and resume her goal. And besides, I'm pretty sure they would have hinted at Gen 8 by now if they were going to release it in 2018 (Metroid Prime 4 got teased at this year's E3, and that's not due until 2018 at the absolute earliest, and it's even indicated it might not even be out that year), and since we know we're close to the end of Alola as it is, they definitely need to kill time somehow.
  6. weedle_mchairybug
    3 Weeks Ago 3:20 AM
    Yeah, I do, especially when most of that stuff I really need to take care of anyways.

    BTW, the Pokémon TV thing only seems to show Episodes 19-28 on Sun and Moon's section. Is it usually like that (only showing nine episodes available to play, I mean)? Only asking because my Computer's driver's currently inactive, so my display's a bit magnified right now, so I have no idea whether that's the result of my computer or if the site's always like that.

    From what I can gather, while Crystal may not have had particularly impressive sales, it was nonetheless well-received, while based on what you said, USUM was a critical bomb, at least on Amazon Japan.
  7. weedle_mchairybug
    3 Weeks Ago 1:00 PM
    Favorited the link to the episodes. All I have to do now is wait for Alola, Kanto to be up, then I'll just sit back and watch. I'm in high gear right now, though: Medical Insurance, getting mom her birthday and Christmas presents, working on my own cliffsnotes for the first chapter of Animal Farm, possibly getting some DOA5LR DLC that dealt with Ultimate wear, and all of that has to be done by November 28 before the new event. I'll definitely make sure to watch it on Saturday if given the opportunity. But if the episode's not up by November 28, I don't think I'll be able to watch it until December 12, since, assuming my suspicions are accurate, I'll probably be spending the two weeks between those two dates really going all out for the event trying to get the gold nameplate (I want to make sure anything that might detract from getting the nameplate is fully taken care of, and keep anything but those that are absolutely mandatory like Church, Think Tank, lunch with Dad, Dad's birthday, or my life coach out of the way). However, if it isn't a Gold Snake Nameplate event, I probably can make the effort to watch both episodes before the event is over.

    And as far as USUM, I'm beginning to suspect that this will be the Metroid Other M of Pokémon (Metroid: Other M had ended up being a colossal sales and critical disaster, being the lowest-selling game of its day, at least of non-Remakes, and did worse than even Metroid II. It did so badly that Nintendo actually contacted its customers and asked how it screwed up and why they didn't like it. And while they probably could survive Japan not doing well marketwise for Metroid, it was a bomb outside Japan, which is where the money is at for Metroid. Since Pokémon's popularity in Japan's very high, them doing badly in the Japanese market regarding the games is definitely going to impact them as badly as Metroid Other M did.).
  8. weedle_mchairybug
    3 Weeks Ago 12:28 PM
    Apparently, it sold 1.2 million physical copies within the first three days in Japan. That's .7 million short of the amount Sun and Moon sold during that exact time frame. I can't compare the amount sold for the other games, but I'd suspect it's going to do poorly compared to at the very least S&M.

    BTW, any suggestions on where I can watch "Alola, Kanto" when it airs two days from now? Since I don't have Disney XD or Disney Channel due to not having cable, I can't exactly watch it on the TV.
  9. weedle_mchairybug
    4 Weeks Ago 6:52 AM
    Only one way to find out, and that's to check the sales figures for USUM, and compare them to prior Pokémon sales.

    If it is a failure, we can probably expect either the anime to be cancelled, or otherwise undergo radical changes to compensate.
  10. Mateo
    4 Weeks Ago 2:33 PM
    Sorry, got sidetracked arguing with someone last night and didn't get a chance to reply. Will do it tonight at work.
  11. Mateo
    4 Weeks Ago 8:45 PM
    Oh, whoops! Yeah, I'm ok, sorry! I got a lot of PMs about moderation stuff and lost the notification for yours and forgot to go back and reply to it. Will do either tonight or tomorrow xx
  12. weedle_mchairybug
    4 Weeks Ago 12:22 PM

    Oh, you don't have to be on either side of the political spectrum to notice the "edgification" of comics and comic book characters nowadays. Filmmakers look back on Batman & Robin's failure and the the Dark Knight Trilogy's success and think that "dark 'n gritty" is the way to go with comic book movies, and the end result is horrible movies like Man of Steel and Batman v Superman that turn characters who are supposed to be noble and heroic into brooding, violent murderers.
    Yeah, and what's ironic is that the Dark Knight Trilogy actually attempted to have Batman keep his one rule of not killing (though then again, Batman Begins shows that doesn't necessarily mean he needs to save the villain).

    I didn't necessarily have too much of a problem with Man of Steel (I can sort of understand why Superman had to kill Zod, since it was either that or let him kill innocent bystanders, though the city being destroyed definitely wouldn't have looked good for Superman.). But yeah, Batman vs. Superman definitely was some very nasty business, where Batman seems to have a loose definition of the no killing rule at the very least (I know Arkham Knight has similar problems with some of the weaponry onboard the new batmobile and the cars, but at least that game justified it by implying that Batman added it in via influence from the Joker blood in his veins and thus wasn't necessarily in character for him even in universe), and let's not get into Superman, or how they depicted Luthor as being more like the Joker than... well, Luthor. Yes, he's definitely gotten his hands dirty with crime in the past, but even Luthor at his worst would not go as far as the one in the film did. I guess him being a puppet of Darkseid is a bit of an excuse, but even there...

    The creators of RiverFAIL are operating under a similar mindset, but with the added motivation of wanting to cash in on Pretty Little Liars' success, so the end result is that Archie gets turned into a mediocre PLL ripoff, complete with statutory rapist teacher. Because, that makes it "real," you know.
    Personally, never really saw interest in PLL, barely even knew about it until you brought it up. And quite frankly, I never had any encounters with statutory rapist teachers at all, don't even remember any being in my schools (and during my college years, I had a really rough time, so if they had teachers who engaged in statutory rape, I definitely would have remembered it). It may be "realistic", but it certainly wasn't common.

    I hope you're right. The show usually doesn't give a **** about Western audiences, but they *do* listen to the ones in their home country. It's a good sign if Japan really hated the Kalos League.
    Yeah, agreed. They'd really want to avoid ticking off the Japanese fanbase, especially when that's ultimately where the lions share of their revenue comes in (as Pokémon's a bit more popular in Japan than overseas). Now, if Pokémon, say, had Sonic's level of popularity outside Japan, they might be able to afford distributing the anime to Western countries before Japan, but in this case, they definitely need to please the Japanese base, certainly not royally tick them off (I'm actually wondering if Misty and Brock's return had something to do with the complaints against their being cut in Movie 20, since I heard that there was similar outrage on their twitter account regarding that).
  13. weedle_mchairybug
    4 Weeks Ago 5:26 AM
    I've never been a huge fan of him myself, so I definitely get what you mean.
    Yeah. I mean, I can understand, say, making edits due to time constraints and/or trying to be family friendly. But making edits specifically to push an agenda? That's unacceptable regardless of which political spectrum you adhere to.

    And, the ratings still steadily declined after OS, so it did little on that front, anyways.

    Better writing was the only thing that could save the show's ratings, and that was never going to happen as long as the show adhered to the same tired formula and let shallow monster marketing take precedence over storytelling.

    Agreed. And funny you should mention that first bit, considering that I stumbled upon a blog yesterday that actually addressed that issue to some extent, dealing with comics such as DC, Marvel, and Archie, as well as TV adaptations therein:


    Granted, the guy's closer to being right-wing, so you might not necessarily agree with everything he says. But he does ultimately have a point in that a lot of the agendas they're pushing in their stories many times aren't even appropriate for children, let alone families which are the intended audience for those shows he's mentioning, and comics for that matter (for instance, was it truly necessary to turn Archie Comics' Riverdale from a wholesome 1950s-era storyline into a murder mystery? Or to turn Miss Grundy into a cougar? And don't get me started on how they outright scoff at classical values and treat them with disrespect. Such behavior may have even cost them their license to the Sonic comics made by them.). Plus also the fact that they are sacrificing genuine high-quality writing in the process.


    I hope you're right, although people said the same thing about Kalos, and look at how that turned out. If the show still wants to keep Ash around forever, then I'm sure they'll find a way to asspull another loss.
    They'd better not. Ignoring for one minute that this is going to be the first time Alola's ever going to have a league (which would make Ash losing look even WORSE than any of the prior instances before), there's also the fact that the XY writers got into deep trouble after the Kalos league stuff where they were swamped on Twitter with complaints from both sides of the Pacific Ocean over the Kalos league results. It says a lot when even the Japanese fanbase was outraged with how they had Ash lose, and I really doubt they'd want to significantly tick off that fanbase again.
  14. weedle_mchairybug
    November 10th, 2017 3:44 AM
    Yeah, using Michael Moore as a basis for a Pokémon character probably wasn't the wisest idea, especially when the target audience is unlikely to even get the reference.
    Yeah, no kidding. Not to mention, I'm not even sure the average Japanese person would know who Michael Moore is, since he generally doesn't do documentaries relating to Japan. And quite frankly, ignoring his politics completely, I kinda find it rich that the writers would actually use as the basis as their movie hero [ie, the hero of the film who ISN'T Ash and his friends] a guy who has a reputation for heavily editing and falsifying his documentaries to push his point of view, manipulative editing in other words, some of which was extremely obviously done (and for the record, even if he was pushing right-wing view points, I'd STILL be harsh on him for that, so my complaint against him has absolutely nothing to do with my politics. If he's going to do documentaries, I fully expect him to be up front and honest, NO edits.).

    In addition of all of that, TPTB also wanted to bring in some new "eye candy," because they felt that serving up a fresh piece of meat to the perverts and horny preteen boys would be the answer to the show's sagging ratings. This is why Misty was considered more "disposable" than Brock in the first place.
    Yeah, no kidding. And that's ignoring that such a practice is completely ignoring the show's target audience being children, not to mention families. And that it makes them look even WORSE due to the fact that said girls are explicitly 10 year olds, which creates a lot of negative implications.

    If you ask me, they should've all been written off after Johto, as was the original plan. The time that was wasted on COTD filler could've instead been used to develop the goals of Ash, Misty, Brock, and the TRio and work them towards a satisfying conclusion. As much as I hated the way Misty was thrown off the show, I also don't think the others benefited from sticking around past Johto.
    To be fair, even Johto still had some degree of character development especially on Misty's end, like that Marill episode, or that episode where Misty had skill with a tambourine, or even the Seaking fishing competition. But yeah, agreed with you there. They really should have retired all of them when the had the chance (though that being said, they definitely should have them actually complete their goals before retiring them). Well, at least with Alola, we may get a chance at Ash actually winning a league this time around, so we probably won't have to wait for much longer.
  15. weedle_mchairybug
    November 9th, 2017 4:14 PM
    Just a heads-up -- Let's try to keep politics out of our discussions, okay? I know you're right-wing, and I'm very left-wing, and I don't want that to cause any fights. We've been getting along well, and I prefer to keep things that way.
    Okay, fine by me. And I probably wouldn't have mentioned the political elements of the Zoroark movie in the first place if GameFreak itself didn't make it blatant. Couldn't they just TRY to keep that movie's story politically neutral at the very least (certainly not mention any real-world inspirations for Karl or anything like that)? Is it TOO much to ask?

    Even in the games, what you describe would make far more sense than "Rainbow Rocket," and would probably make for stronger storytelling, anyways. I'd much rather see what became of these evil teams after they were defeated vs some alternate universe where they "won."
    Yeah, agreed there. Heck, even a whole alliance thing might have worked if it was closer to, say, the Xindi from Enterprise or something (which was actually something I came up with in one of my Pokémon Crew stories).

    Pretty much. I hate this idea that female villains can't ever be straight-up evil and always need to be "redeemed." Outside of Maxie/Archie (who were never meant to be straight-up evil in the first place), none of the previous villains needed to have some "redemption" arc tacked on. They all either vanished or died after they were defeated. Why couldn't they do the same with Lusamine?
    Yeah. Heck, they could have easily had her suffering Queen Brahne's fate from Final Fantasy IX, which made her very villainous and only regretting her vile actions on her deathbed. They could have done that, settled with the whole villain's dead thing.


    There's a planned Crystal re-release, so I'd probably wait until then. I've read that Yellow completely buried RB in sales on the e-shop, so that may be why they're holding back on Crystal.

    In the small chance that Lance returns in SM, I hope he's depicted in his RBY design. That's the only version of Lance that's never been animated anywhere (GSC/FRLG Lance was animated in the anime, Origins, and Generations Ep 3, while HGSS Lance was animated in Generations Ep 4), and it would be a stronger nod to the VC re-releases.
    I'll take your advice then. Besides, need to make sure they don't screw up and not have Misty return despite the hint given when she left that she'll return for Alola, or screwing her goal over again.

    Absolutely. In fact, JJM are pretty much the main reason we've never had a big Team Rocket takedown in the first place. TPTB want to keep the Trio of Idiots around forever for comic relief purposes (even though they became stale a long time ago), and they can't keep doing that if Team Rocket is taken down for good. It's basically the same reason why Ash has yet to win a game-based League.
    No kidding. Not to mention they're the reason Misty got removed. Apparently, Takeshi Shudo had to choose between Team Rocket and Misty regarding who to remove from the main cast, and since Team Rocket were his favorite characters, Misty got the axe. Honestly, keeping them around was a mistake. They were good in Kanto, heck, even Orange Island and Johto to some extent, at least they were actually depicted as a threat from time to time. With Hoenn, however, they came across as nuisances and annoyances, and were downright pathetic, not to mention had zero real reason to even BE in Hoenn in the first place anyways, what with Team Magma and Team Aqua being around. Heck, in Movie 20, they barely even encounter Ash and co. at all, and seemed to REALLY get the Endor treatment big time regarding wild Pokémon.

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