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Dogasu's Backpack | Rants | Happy Anniversary! (Year Twenty-One)
Posted January 1st, 2023
Every year I make an attempt to predict what will happen in the World of Pokémon and then post those predictions on my website as a sort of fun little game. Part of that game is to then check back on those predictions a year later to see how I did. So let's take a look to see if any of the stuff I thought would happen in 2022 ended up coming true!
To be fair, the very existence of Pocket Monsters Scarlet & Violet hadn't even been revealed to the world back when I wrote this; I made this prediction on January 31st and the Gen 9 reveals were made about a month later. During that period I think it's fair to say that most of us didn't expect Game Freak to also release Generation 9 within the same year, right...?
I do think what I predicted would have been a lot more fair to Pokémon Legends Arceus (a game that people unfortunately aren't really talking about much anymore) but I guess the allure of pushing out Generation 9 before the holiday season was just too strong for Nintendo to ignore.
Well sure, we did get the first hints in 2022 (February 27th, to be exact) but then we also got the full game in 2022 as well. Gameplay-wise Gen 9 resembles Pokémon Legends Arceus more than it does Sword & Shield, I think, so I'd say I also got that part right. The Paldea Region is clearly based on Spain, not any of the regions I listed, but on the other hand we did get the starters and the legendaries (and everything else!) in 2022 as predicted. So when all is said and done...I get half credit for this?
The game introduced Gen 7 Pokémon in earnest with its "Season of Alola" event back in March. So far Z-Moves have not been added to the game yet.
Nope, we didn't end up getting either of these.
Neither game came out in 2022, and it's unclear when (or if) they ever will.
Well, it didn't technically wrap up in three years (the December episodes put it at three years, one month), but the series is done now so the part about going through Generation 9 with Satoshi and Gou isn't going to end up coming true.
We didn't get any of those old Gym Leaders back. Instead, we got the return of characters like Citron and Eureka, Mikuri, Serena, Shinji, a bunch of Champions, and a bunch of other characters with non-speaking cameos (Kenji, Haruka, etc.).
Jindai did not show up, but to be fair he absolutely should have been brought in for that Regieleki and Regidrago episode.
Well Satoshi actually ended up going up against three members of the Masters Eight last year; Daigo, Shirona, and of course Dande.
Unfortunately, this ended up being true. The anipoke_PR Twitter account posted a cute little video and a comment from director Kunihiko Yuyama to mark the occasion but that's really about it. No new 25th anniversary merchandise came out in 2022, as far as I can tell.
It didn't happen last year, no.
Yup, this still holds up!
So The Pokémon Company's PR team did something that I think is absolutely brilliant in that they waited until December 16th, 2022 to make all these huge, franchise-changing announcements, one after the other, presumably so that they could push Porygon's name off social media. The first one; Satoshi's leaving the show with a series that will depict his "final chapter" premiering later this month. And the second one, there's going to be a new series starting in April that will have two brand new protagonists. If anybody wrote a dumb, clickbait-y article about Porygon on December 16th then nobody would have noticed because "Ash is finally leaving the anime after 25 years" was all anyone was talking about.
In any case, now's as good a time as any to remind you to check out my site's very in-depth Pokémon Shock feature!
I haven't been following this super closely but from what I can tell this didn't end up happening.
So first, a correction; we actually did get a Pokémon-related CD release in 2021, sort of, with Hirokazu Tanaka's Lost Tapes CD and its weird proto versions of some of the show's early theme songs, and so the very premise of this question is flawed right from the get-go. And while we didn't get a Pokémon Legends Arceus soundtrack (or Scarlet & Violet, for that matter) we did get a second Yuki Hayashi CD and a clunky, oversized CD with all the versions of 1,2,3 on it.
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