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|This contest is now over. Thanks to
everyone who entered!
If you've been following my
message board posts on various websites, the fact that I don't like the
new direction the Rocket-Dan's taken in the Best Wishes! series is
obvious. Among my long lists of complaints I have about the trio
is that their new personalities (or lack of) kind of prohibits them
from doing those Nyasu Boss Fantasies we used to get every so
often. You know, the ones where Nyasu would dream up these
ridiculous uses for the pokemon they're eyeing, and Sakaki-sama's
equally ridiculous reactions?
Well, let's do what the writers of Best
Wishes! aren't going to do. Let's make our own.
The contest is simple. I want you to write out, in 300 words or
less, a Nyasu Boss Fantasy for any of the 156 Isshu pokemon that
debuted in Pocket Monsters Black
& White. What ridiculous uses for Yabukuron could the
Boss have? Why would Musashi, Kojirou, and Nyasu want to go after
Buffaron? Let me know!
Bulbapedia has a great list
of the Boss Fantasies that have already been done, for those of you who
need some inspiration.
You can write the fantasy out as a script, or you can write it out in
regular prose form. Assume that everyone involved has their pre-Best Wishes! personalities. I
don't care if you use Japanese names or dub names.
The winner of the contest will be able to pick three episodes of the TV
series and have me do episode comparisons of them. I usually try
to do the episode comparisons in order and don't like to jump around
that much, but I'll be willing to break that self-imposed rule for
whoever sends in the most
There are some restrictions, however.
Other than that, any
three episodes you pick are OK. Late Kanto, Orange Islands,
Jouto, Houen, Battle Frontier, Diamond & Pearl...it's all
good. The episodes you pick don't have to be consecutive, so you
can pick a random Orange Islands episode and a random Jouto episode and
another random Jouto episode, if you want.
- I won't do any
non-TV episodes. That means no movies, no TV specials, no OVAs,
or any other "extra" thing. Only main TV series episodes.
- I won't be doing
the first 43 episodes of Kanto, since I've already redone those.
Same goes for any DP Galactic Battles
and DP Sinnoh League Victors
comparisons I've already done.
- I won't be doing
"Princess vs. Princess" because I know the paint edits in that episode
alone will take forever to get through.
- I won't be redoing
because I don't know if I could stomach sitting through those episodes
There are a couple of ground rules, of course. Failure to follow
these rules will disqualify you, so please make sure you've
followed all the guidelines before making any submissions.
If you have any other
questions, please feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com.
I'll be on vacation and may not be able to check my messages all that
often, so please understand if I go a few days without responding.
- You may enter as
many as times as you like.
- Send all entries
All e-mail submissions must contain
the words "Boss Fantasy Contest"
in the subject title. Any entry without
this subject title will be disqualified.
- Any entry longer
than 300 words will be tossed out, so make sure you check the word
count before submitting.
- If I can't
understand your entry due to misspellings / grammatical errors, or is
otherwise too difficult to understand, I'll delete it. You don't
have to have perfect spelling and grammar, but at least try to have the
bare minimum to make yourself understandable.
- All entries need
to be submitted by January 10th, 2011 by 12:01am EST. Google
"time zone convertor" or any similar phrase if you're unsure of when
that is in your part of the world.
winning entry was submitted by watchermark and has to do with the
"hermit crab" pokemon, Iwapalace. Here's the pokemon in question,
those of you who need the refresher.
And now, here's the winning entry:
friends are standing with an Iwaparesu.
"Who's that Pokémon?"
"Iwaparesu, quite an unusual Pokémon."
"Perfect for 'da boss! Dig it..."
Giovanni is working at
his desk and there is so much work his desk is getting full with
boss must have to deal with so much paperwork to keep Team Rocket
running he doesn't know what to do with it."
Giovanni's desk is now
swamped with papers. Iwaparesu wanders over.
as he's about to collapse with frustration, Iwaparesu will be there to
allow 'da boss to get his workplace back in working order."
Giovanni puts all his
unnecessary papers onto the Iwaparesu's back
Next, Giovanni is in the
cafeteria but all the tables are full and he's carrying a heavy looking
when 'da boss is searching for a seat at lunch, carrying his meal will
make him tired."
Giovanni is now sweating.
Iwaparesu wanders over. Giovanni places the tray on Iwaparesu.
Iwaparesu around, 'da boss can look for a seat without all that added
Giovanni finds a seat,
Iwaparesu following with the tray.
Finally Giovanni is
sitting down with throbbing feet.
at the end of the day, 'da boss will be desperate to put his feet up."
Iwaparesu wanders over.
Giovanni places his aching feet onto Iwaparesu's rock.
"Iwaparesu will be there again! And as the boss relaxes, he'll say..."
"This Iwaparesu has helped me out, and I'll have to reward Mewoth and
his friends for helping me out too!"
The trio are cheering.
"We'll have money, promotions, and respect. Oh boy!"
Congratulations! I hope you guys out there enjoyed this entry as
much as I did!
The prize for the contest was a choice of three episode comparisons to
be done by me at a later date. The episodes he eventually decied
It took me nearly nine months before I
was even ready to post the first of these three comparisons and my
sense of guilt kind of pushed me to be more thorough than I usually
am. I hope they were worth the wait!
Congratulations again to watchermark for winning this site's very first