Well, most of you know by now that a group of authors and artists from this board has been working in (some) secrecy on a large-scale "official BMG fanfic" project, Pokémon Evolution by name. As the project is slowly making its way forward (the draft form of the first episode has pretty much been approved, and what remains to be corrected now are mostly matters of style and such), it's now time to give out some information about it, and a place for people to talk about it.
The first thing to be aware of is that it is a LARGE project. A single season will be comparable in size with Pokemon Master, and there will be more than one seasons unless of course we get booed down by everyone.
Now, some basic facts :
Staff List :
Damian Silverblade (Episode Writer, Project head)
Barb (Episode Writer)
Platinum Hawke (Episode Writer)
Kasumi Chan (Head Artist)
Adam (Beta Reader/Editor/Artist)
(We're hiring, too - for both the art department and episode writing department. Rocky, I'm just waiting for words from you on if/where exactly you'd like to be involved to add you above)
Thanks go to : Timarelay ; Tygerofdanyte ; Kinglerlord2 ; BenRG ; Azura Stardust (Legend of Didesy) for their contribution to the plot and art creation, and to Archaic for approving the project.
What is Evolution about?
It's our take on the basic Pokemon story from the games. Essentialy, what the various people involved in the project think the anime SHOULD have been like. That also means it's not simply a "What if" based on the anime where we change a single thing and took the whole story further from there. It means it is a completely different tale - just as distinct from the anime as the anime is from the various mangas.
However, unlike a simple OT story, it features entirely the game cast (plus a handful of original characters, such as Nizomi the Sprout Tower novice in the second season) - that is, the main character (in Kanto) *is* Red/Satoshi, his rival Blue/Shigeru, etc.
Now, a quick list of what not to expect in this story :
-"Kids" characters. Evolution works as a setting where the beginner age for trainers has been upped from 10 to 16. It makes for a different characters dynamics. And that's Ash's age in season I, he'll grow older as the story proceed.
-Constant assault by TR buffons. Yes, Jessie and James (or, more appropriately, Musashi and Kojiro) being game characters per Poke-Yellow) shows up once in a while. No, they are not buffons. Yes, their line-up has gone up on the power scale, with Kojiro recovering and evolving his two "one-shot" pokemon (Magikarp and Growlithe) for example.
-Ash releasing pokémon constantly.
-Ash always being the main character. Season II and III (if they are made) will feature other main characters, although Satoshi will still get frequent appearances.
-The English character names. We've been forced to decide against using them due to the existence of the two separate May (Oak and from AG) who both have major roles planned for them in Evolution.
What else is there to say? Other, that is, from the fact that the pokémon world took a turn for the darker in our story. Team Rocket in Evolution is the TR that took over Silph co, did not hesitate to hurt and kill, and so on. Imagine an even nastier version of the Mewtwo Returns TR, and you get it, pretty much. They are willing to go to any length, killing even to reach their goals. And kill they will.
Anyway, if you want to ask any question or offer your help, post here.