This entire volume was a continuity nightmare.
If Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina have been resurrected by Arceus, how have the forces of time, space, and anti-matter held themselves together? How did Team Galactic know that the time they tried to take control of Dialga and Palkia was right after they were brought back from the dead? What was Sird using Archie for? What was the point of the Emerald chapter?
The Dialga, Palkia and Giratina created here at the Mystri Stage are the same ones that appeared in the DPPt series. Pryce explained that Dialga and Palkia are already hostile towards Giratina because they retained their 'memories' from the ancient past. This suggests that this trio were not exactly created from scratch, but more like they existed in the past during the creation of the world, vanished/disappeared/died-off somehow, and Arceus is just bringing them back to life, 'resurrecting' them from their ancient selves as spoken in the myths.
Why does Arceus want to destroy all humans? How did puny meatbags piss off a god? Why does it need the creation trio to destroy the world? Why are they beefed up to be more of a threat than they really are? What is the point of the Team Rocket Generals?
Lance explained that Arceus actually wasn't really forced by Archer to do anything. Rather, it followed its own will all along. When it descended from its realm, it carried the conflicting attitude of eliminating humans, yet keeping a small hope for humans as well. It created the DPPt trio to start destroying the world.
How are the Sinjoh Ruins connected to Johto and Sinnoh when it exist in an entirely separate pocket dimension? Why is Celebii beefed up to be like Doctor Who?
Pryce explained that the Sinjoh ruins do not really exist in the real world. Rather, it exists in an alternate dimension that links Sinnoh and Johto (which is why it appeared mapless on the Pokegear, I guess you can think of it like the Hall of Origin at the Spear Pillar). When Pryce fell into the voids of time, due to Celebi's will, he saw many things, including how legendaries were born, back during the time when Pokeballs do not exist. He also saw the future, saw how Celebi voluntary joined a trainer to prevent destruction (aka Ruby and the RS series), and saw the eventual total destruction of both Johto and Sinnoh due to the DPPt trio wrecking havoc at the Sinjoh Ruins (it is said that since this place links up both regions, its destruction will lead to the complete destruction of these 2 regions too). That is the reason Celebi brought Pryce back, to stop the DPPt trio.
How did Lance rescue Pryce from the time stream? Why did he do it? Why are they so willing to believe Pryce when he is a well known liar and terrorist?
When Pryce was still in the voids of time, he called out for help and Lance happened to be the one who responded to him. Pryce told him all about the future and thus Lance sent his holograph message to Oak requesting help... Lance appeared and convinced Giovanni to work with them to stop the crisis which would destroy the world first (which destruction will include Silver).
I have no problem with Ken, Al and Harry. Their presence was kind of pointless though and did nothing to drive the plot forward, so I can't praise it.
Ken, Al and Harry are back again, under the direct command of Giovanni.
Fight scene was clever and had good art work. However, with how much the story and plot have beefed up Arceus and the creation trio, it felt sort of quick and it seemed like it was too easy.
As expected, Pryce takes on Dialga, Lance takes on Palkia and Giovanni takes on Giratina (with Silver's Ursaring). Dragonite's freely mobile Hyper Beam became useful here because when Palkia warped its Hyper Beam away, it simply changed directions, came back and hit Palkia. Kinda clever if you ask me.
What is the point of the Pichus and Celebii? How does it drive the plot forward?
While everyone was fighting at the Sinjoh Ruins, Celebi is actually finding the herbs and meds to cure Giovanni with the help of Gold's Pichu (don't ask me how, maybe through Oak?). Spikey-eared Pichu appears as a wild Pokemon, became Pich's friend and the two work together.
How does one kid's Pokemon evolving change Arceus' mind? Why should he give up when he has plenty of evidence to justify his actions based on the Team Rocket Generals alone? What was the point of the Team Rocket Generals?
The evolution of Gold's Togepi occurred like in the magazines, and Arceus is finally calmed.
Why does Giovanni go back to running Team Rocket when it was stated in FRLG that he was only after Silver and it was implied that he wanted to leave the crime business to spend his last days with his son? What was the point of the FRLG chapter?
Giovanni (after revealing that although his aim was to find Silver, he couldn't deny some of his greed as TR's boss as well), decides to continue running Team Rocket.
Why does Giovanni let him do this? Why would Giovanni want Silver to train under the man who kidnapped him? Why would he want Silver to challenge him sometime in the future anyway? If Giovanni is still a cold hearted criminal, why does he not shoot Silver? What was the point of the FRLG chapter?
He offers to let Silver join, but Silver decides to continue to mission to disband Team Rocket with his own hands. Giovanni accepts this, and wants him to become stronger under Lance and Pryce, his two former teachers, and come back to challenge him some day.
How did the fourth most popular character not get a better cameo? Why were none of the first four Pokedex Holders called when the threat was supposed to be this big and Team Rocket was rumored to be involved? If this is their last chapter, why did the first four not appear? How does Petrel know that Lance is scared of Yellow? How does Petrel know Yellow? Why is Lance scared of her if she is the reason that he supposedly repented?
Indeed, Lance was defeated by Petrel because he was temporarily fazed by him disguising as Yellow, the trainer who shared his hometown and his powers.
Kusaka, if this was not a plot hole in the DPPt arc then why did you decide to make it one? Why did Palmer capture Regigias in the first place? Why are you trying to make it seem like this is important to the plot?
Cynthia is seen when Dialga and Palkia flew off to Sinnoh (her Garchomp was still a Gabite). She meets Palmer (who was a Frontier Brain in Johto at that time), and Palmer reveals that he has captured Regigigas with the help of his old friend, Brandon's Regis. However, he realized that he doesn't have much use of it and thus decided to release it back at the Snowpoint Temple (explaining why it was already awake when Platinum was there).
Why is a man who works in radio writing and producing (what I am guessing is) a Super Sentai TV show? Why is it based on Red's Pokemon? Why does the Proteinman Omega Mechazord look like several vehicles together if this is the case? Why is Proteinman Omega not just a clever Super Sentai 0r Power Rangers (for those of us in the US) reference?
It is revealed that Proteinman Omega was actually the creation of the Goldenrod Radio Director, basing his character on Red's Pokemon. Silver is somehow addicted to it.
This makes the entire arc seem like a flashback sequence at the end of the Platinum arc since the Daycare couple end that arc talking about Gold. Why did they give the egg to Dia? Why was this not mentioned earlier?
It is hinted that Dia's Munchlax may be hatched from the egg that was produced by Red and Emerald's Snorlaxes. Gold also mentioned that the Grampy and Granny from the Day Care will be moving to another region (guess that's how they ended up in Solaceon Town).
What has Team Galactic been doing in all that time? Was Cyrus in the corner picking his nose and shooting spit wads at Jupiter for all that time? How come neither Sird nor Mewtwo have heard that the Seniors where released from the petrification in four years? Wasn't that on national television? What was the point of the Emerald chapter?
Finally, with all that said, HGSS happens before the DPPt series.
Why did the Pokedex Holders (Red and Yellow especially) not go looking for him? Why didn't they try to find Sird as well? What was the point of Mewtwo disappearing at the end of the FRLG chapter?
All this chapter did was make me question the point of the FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald chapters. Why did the first four Pokedex Holders have pathetic cameos? What is the point of the Team Rocket Generals if Arceus is fully co-operating with them and they are defeated in only a few panels? Why is the threat hyped up and then beaten very quickly? Why does the arc try to fill non-existent plot holes? Why is there no theme? Why did Kusaka try to make us sympathize with Giovanni if he was just going to make him into a mobster again? Why did Kusaka make this entire arc into a flashback if ****ing continuity was the only accomplishment in the end? WHAT WAS THE POINT OF THE PREVIOUS CHAPTERS?
THIS. IS. NOT. GOOD. STORYTELLING. Kusaka, you can do better.
Last edited by Trutown; 26th January 2013 at 6:17 AM.
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