Originally posted by Coronis
Just some personal afterthoughts on Volume 42 and some predictions, mostly statistical and data wise.
With the three former villains teaming up, it seems that they will focus on taking down Dialga, Palkia and Giratina, as Gold will still be dealing with Arceus himself (the Togepi plot).
I wonder if any of them will bring along some past legendaries (like how Blue took the Kanto birds with her in the GSC series). I don't know if these three dragons will be considered 'abnormal' Pokemon (like the fake Kyogre in Emerald), but in the games, they are legitimate Pokemon. So if the writers decided not to kill them off (disintegrate them), I also wonder if each of the former villains will end up catching one of the dragons, to their respective former motives. (Dialga - Pryce, Palkia - Lance, Giratina - Giovanni).
I previously said that it is unlikely that other Dex Holders will show up, but perhaps there will be a small chance that Cynthia enters the scene with the Sinnoh Dex Holders? This could hopefully give some screentime to Manaphy and Phione if they are still with them, although it's a far-fetched idea.
I agree that somehow the BW series will be hinted seeing how every generation forecasts the next. For Leafeon, the only unfeatured Pokemon, chances are it will be seen in one of the post-war scenes, owned by some ordinary trainer.
The only problematic one is Acupressure. I checked the list, and Yellow's Dodrio is capable of using this. There is also the fact that Gold's Pichu seems to be hinted that it will appear, although it is currently not on Gold's team. Could Yellow actually come back in Vol 43?
Well, all the above are just personal thoughts and predictions of mine. Nothing concrete. On an interesting note, as I'm starting to compile the BW materials, I discovered that only 22 BW Pokemon have yet to make an appearance (or cameo). Attacks on the other hand, is a completely different matter.