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Old August 11th, 2016 (12:05 PM). Edited August 16th, 2016 by Altairis.
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    Hi! I have watched almost every episode of the Pokemon anime, and after the episode that aired today (yesterday?) in Japan, I want to write an article that talks about the evolution of the Pokemon anime and why Ash (who is currently battling in the finals, the farthest he's ever been) has a good chance of winning the Kalos League next Thursday. Of course, this is speculation, and I mainly want to get people hyped because I think that the more recent episodes are really, really good.

    Basically, I want to cover something like:
    - Ash's current team for fans that have not seen the anime this season
    -- Some information on Ash-Greninja and how its transformation was given a name ("Bond Phenomenon") in a recent anime episode
    - The rivalry with Alain from the Mega Evolution specials; information on him and his Mega Charizard X for newcomers
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    - Comparison of Pokemon battles from this season and from previous ones; how these have changed
    - The focus the show has put on Ash-Greninja and Ash's development
    - The title for the next episode: "Kalos League Victory! Ash's Ultimate Match!!"--does this indicate his victory or not?

    Seems kinda short but there's a lot of information in there. Also, if anybody else wants to add anything or help write (if approved ofc), that's cool with me too.

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    Old August 13th, 2016 (11:10 PM). Edited August 17th, 2016 by Altairis.
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      Despite the fact that this is Pokémon's 20th Anniversary, Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town is still 10 years old. However, he is not the same 10-year-old as he was in the first season of the Pokémon television series. Ash, like all of us who have played the video games, has been slowly growing up as a trainer all these years. Unlike us, though, Ash has never beaten the Pokémon League. He has never even been close, actually. Until now.

      On, August 11, the 130th episode of the 19th series of the Pokémon anime aired. In this episode, Ash was finally battling in the finals of the Kalos Pokémon League, farthest he's ever been before. We've seen Ash vs Gary, Paul, Cameron, and all his other rivals, but this battle is shaping up to be more epic than any of them before. And Ash might actually have a shot at winning on August 18, when the next episode airs in Japan.

      First, let's introduce Ash's team and his opponent, Alain, for those who might have not watched the current series.
      Pikachu

      Well, you didn't think Pikachu would disappear, would you? Pikachu has been Ash's partner from the very first episode, and even if the two didn't start off as best friends, they are certainly inseparable now. Over the course of 20 years Pikachu has built quite the resume, with a few powerful Pokémon defeated at its paws. These Pokémon include legendaries Regice and Latios, as well as dozens of evolved Pokémon, even multiple Raichu.

      Talonflame

      The second Pokémon that Ash caught in the Kalos region. Talonflame is already pretty fast and can increase its Speed by using Flame Charge and can strike back with a powerful Brave Bird. This Fire- and Flying-type Pokémon was brave enough to face off against a wild Moltres, even if it did not come out on top.

      Hawlucha

      When Ash first met the Fighting- and Flying-type Hawlucha, it was called "The Forest Champion," as it protected weaker Pokémon in its homeland from stronger bullies. Ash didn't actually beat him in their first battle, but Hawlucha decided to join the young trainer anyway. It knows an interesting move, Flying Press, which deals both Flying- and Fighting-type damage.

      Goodra

      This is another Pokémon that acts as a protector in its homeland. Ash actually released Goodra to protect its friends in the wetlands, but asked it to rejoin his party for the Kalos League. Goodra is an incredibly strong Dragon-type Pokémon that was only knocked out once in all the battles it has been in so far--and that ended in a draw, and it was in the Kalos League semifinals.

      Noivern

      Noivern is another Dragon-type Pokémon on Ash's team, and the second this season to face up against a Legendary Pokémon. It may have defeated Zapdos, too, if Team Rocket hadn't interfered. Noivern was also able to face a Salamence and tie.

      Greninja

      You might have heard of Ash's Greninja recently if you have been reading up on some Pokémon theories lately. Greninja is the first Pokémon Ash caught in Kalos, and the two share a special bond, one that might even approach Ash's connection with Pikachu. It was discovered during this season that Ash and Greninja can actually fuse their energies together and cause Greninja to take on another shape that has been called "Ash-Greninja." While this change has been shown many times in the anime, what hasn't been shown is an explanation as to why Greninja and Ash can do this.

      Do you notice something about Ash's team? I do! For once, all of his Pokémon, except for Pikachu (as the franchise's mascot Pokémon, it will almost certainly never change) are fully evolved. While Ash has many evolved Pokémon total, there are usually a few on his team that don't grow past their initial stage: Bulbasaur, Bayleef, Totodile, Gible, Buizel, Snivy, and Scraggy are a few.

      Ash-Greninja--the key to victory?

      In previous seasons, Pikachu was Ash's sole ace. For example, in the fourth generation series, Pikachu was able to take out a Latios on its own where five of Ash's other Pokémon fell to another legendary, Darkrai. While Pikachu seemed to have experienced a serious power drop in the beginning of the Best Wishes series, where it lost to a Snivy owned by a new trainer, Pikachu's power is near maximum in this season. In the latest episode, Pikachu took care of two psuedo-legendary Pokémon, Tyranitar and Metagross, in the same battle. Ash now has two very powerful aces in addition to his four other Pokémon that have proven themselves to be quite competent themselves.

      This is great and all, but why can Greninja take this form? We've been given some hints throughout the series that emphasize how important Greninja's and Ash's bond is and how this might be a part of something greater. We were first told of another form when this Pokémon was a Frogadier and hadn't evolved yet. Kalos's seventh gym leader, a psychic named Olympia, said to Ash that "Greninja [then a Frogadier] will reach new heights that no one has ever seen before, and the two of you will reach those new heights together." This sounds a lot like Mega Evolution, right? This is what Professor Sycamore thought as well, though Ash and company didn't think too much of it. The transformation into Ash-Greninja is very similar to Mega Evolution, however, when we look at it. It is temporary, only during battles, the Pokémon changes shape, it requires a bond between a Pokémon and a trainer... though there are differences as well. Ash does not have a Mega Stone, though it is important to note that one other Mega Evolution, Mega Rayquaza, does not require a Mega Stone as well. Additionally, Ash also mimics the movements of Greninja while it takes this form, and when Greninja takes damage, Ash seems to feel pain as well. This goes way beyond the bond described in Mega Evolution--it seems as if the Pokémon and trainer actually become one.

      Before we continue, you should also know something about Ash's opponent, Alain. He is not some random trainer; he was the star of the Mega Evolution specials that aired alongside the anime. He has a Charizard that is capable of Mega Evolving into Mega Charizard X. This Pokémon is equivalent to Ash's Pikachu in terms of strength-maybe even stronger. Alain was able to make it to the final round while mostly only using his Charizard, and in one of the specials Charizard was able to defeat 10 Mega Evolutions in a row, one of which was an Elite Four member's Pokémon.

      Alain, of course, has five other Pokémon, or else he wouldn't be able to compete in the Kalos League, but the real star of his team is Charizard. Greninja and Charizard have battled already, only to be interrupted, but it's very clear that the finals will come down to these two, even though both trainers still have more than one Pokémon left.

      The finals is not just a battle between two trainers, but between three individuals with goals of their own. Alain wishes to become the strongest Mega Evolution user, and overcoming formes such as Ash-Greninja is what he strives to do. Ash, like we all know, wants to become a Pokémon master. And finally, Greninja has a goal of its own as well. As a Froakie, it learned that it could only become stronger when it was guided by a trainer in battle. This caused it to become extremely picky of its trainer, even leaving a few, giving it the title of "the Pokémon that came back" to the research lab. Froakie chose Ash because they both want to reach the top; this is a bit different in Pikachu's bond with Ash, as Pikachu wants to help Ash become the best Pokémon master. It is possible that the Ash-Greninja is a result of the bond between the two, but there is still a lot more to be explained about this form. Ash and Greninja have more to lose, giving them more drive to win this battle than Ash had in the past.

      Even if he doesn't win, you should definitely tune in on August 18. The Pokémon anime has evolved so much since the beginning. Usually good animation is reserved for movies, but almost every episode of the XY&Z anime has movie-equivalent animation. While this change has been noticeable ever so slowly, it is most apparent when compared to the beginning episodes. Check out these comparisons from earlier seasons and XY&Z:

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      Pokémon using Flamethrower

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      Pikachu using Thunderbolt

      In addition to the quality of animation, the battle style has changed. Trainers now use the field to their advantage, not just to the extent of knocking into rocks or swimming into water, like how it was in the original series. For example, Pokémon now skate on ice, knock trees into their opponents, and use the forest to their advantage.

      Ash's first gym battle

      Battles are also more coordinated and more advanced than trainers taking turns calling out attacks. Different Pokémon have different flaws, strengths, and abilities that are all touched upon in battle. Believe it or not, Ash has needed some real strategy to defeat some of his opponents in this season. He has also learned from his losses and thought before charging back in, something I have been guilty of when playing Pokémon.

      Even if we are wrong and Ash ends up losing, and the next arc is a filler instead of Ash taking on the Elite Four before the Sun & Moon anime, there are still reasons to tune in this Thursday. You don't want to miss out on "Ash's Ultimate Match!!" which airs at 7PM on August 18 in Japan!
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        I think it's done for the most part. I have to look over it a little bit to fix minor issues but in case anybody sees major issues feel free to point them out now

        Idk who to tag so hi everybody who posted in my original thread
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        I'll wait for someone more familiar with the anime to comment, but at this stage it sounds good to me.
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        As someone who hasn't watched the anime in a long time, I'd like to read this. Definitely sounds interesting to see how battle have changed compared to previous seasons and how that ties into Ash potentially winning a league. This gets my approval.
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          I think it's done for the most part.
          can i help you with a cover image for this?
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            can i help you with a cover image for this?
            Yes please. I was thinking about using the last gif in my post but a proper image of Ash's team might be better.

            Also, I was hoping to publish this today or tomorrow since the episode airs on Thursday, should I PM someone to take a look at this or do I assume its okay since there weren't any comments? :x
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            Old August 17th, 2016 (4:29 PM). Edited August 17th, 2016 by bobandbill.
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            Gave it a read-through! In cases like this where there's a time-sensitive article, don't be afraid to just quote notify a bunch of Daily staff.

            Formatitng comment - we can do this too when transferring to wordpress, but imo it'd be better to have the bolded titles on separate lines. As for the team segment, have it as so:
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            Pikachu
            *image*
            Text about pokemon below the image

            Not a Pikachu
            *image*
            Text about pokemon below the image
            Thoughts on that?
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            This Pokémon is equivalent to Ash's Pikachu in terms of strength--maybe even stronger.
            Only need the one hyphen there.
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            Even though we might be wrong; Ash could still end up losing and the next arc is a filler in an anime-only location in the Pokémon world instead of Ash taking on the Elite Four before the Sun & Moon anime, there are still reasons to tune in this Thursday.
            This part is the only one I'm iffy on with wording - it's quite a long sentence. Maybe something like:
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            Of course, we could be wrong and Ash ends up losing, dooming the next arc to a filler set of episodes prior to the Sun and Moon anime where Ash doesn't take on the Elite Four. Nonetheless, there are plenty of reasons to tune in this Thursday.
            Another comment is that there are a lot of gifs there (something I and Jess noted). Upon reading I can see why each are put in, but there is still quite a number of them and it may distract from the text... so I'd suggest removing some towards the end, say the quick attack examples at least, and the metagross/gardevoir gifs. Last one fits well so let's keep that one.

            Are there any details on where it airs (time, etc)? I presume it's Japan only atm, but I wouldn't know that much. If so, it'll be worth including at the end of the article. (We'll also add in 'images courtesy of The Pokemon Company' at the end too).

            Something else needed is an excerpt (a short sentence or two summarising what the article is about).
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              Gave it a read-through! In cases like this where there's a time-sensitive article, don't be afraid to just quote notify a bunch of Daily staff.

              Formatitng comment - we can do this too when transferring to wordpress, but imo it'd be better to have the bolded titles on separate lines. As for the team segment, have it as so:
              Thoughts on that?
              Only need the one hyphen there.
              This part is the only one I'm iffy on with wording - it's quite a long sentence. Maybe something like:
              Another comment is that there are a lot of gifs there (something I and Jess noted). Upon reading I can see why each are put in, but there is still quite a number of them and it may distract from the text... so I'd suggest removing some towards the end, say the quick attack examples at least, and the metagross/gardevoir gifs. Last one fits well so let's keep that one.

              Are there any details on where it airs (time, etc)? I presume it's Japan only atm, but I wouldn't know that much. If so, it'll be worth including at the end of the article. (We'll also add in 'images courtesy of The Pokemon Company' at the end too).

              Something else needed is an excerpt (a short sentence or two summarising what the article is about).
              Oh, duh, how could I forget the time. I included the time (7PM August 18 in Japan) and removed some gifs. Because of the episode's popularity, it will be up with subs on Youtube fairly quickly, but that's not official, so I wasn't sure if I should mention that :p

              Can the title be: Ash Might Win the Kalos League Tomorrow
              And summary: Ash Ketchum has made it to the final round in the Kalos League, and there's a strong possibility that he will come out on top. Here are some reasons to tune in to the next Pokémon anime episode that will air tomorrow in Japan.

              Also it can link to this thread: http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=368734 :)
              Next time I know to tag more people I wasn't really sure haha
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              Dang 7pm JST is super soon. Going to approve now. Right now Jess and I are putting it up, so expect it soon! Maybe we will make a minor change to the excerpt but that'll be it.

              No @ mentioning people can look for it on youtube - best not to encourage the such, haha.
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              Letting you know that given you're asleep atm and this article became super-time sensitive (<7 hours! Need a bit of time before the article airs for it to be relevant), went with an existing official image that nobody had to edit so we could get the article up in time. :<
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              And article is up!

              Went with a new comment thread (http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=376076) as the other well pre-dates the article and is abour speculation of the kalos league in general I think, not this one battle. Also went with a different title as technically the episode is today in Japan - only tomorrow in the US. Hence it being 'next episode'.

              If there's any other changes we should make, let us know! I played around with image galleries for the animation comparison for example.
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                And article is up!

                Went with a new comment thread (http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=376076) as the other well pre-dates the article and is abour speculation of the kalos league in general I think, not this one battle. Also went with a different title as technically the episode is today in Japan - only tomorrow in the US. Hence it being 'next episode'.

                If there's any other changes we should make, let us know! I played around with image galleries for the animation comparison for example.
                I was just going to comment about the image galleries because it looks so awesome! Thank you so much and sorry if I was being annoying with the time >.<
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