Just got this last issue of Grade 4, which has been running for 89 years. Certainly the end of an era for some. With the arrival of the new school year, no Shogakukan year grade magazineswill be carrying PokeSpecial, the first time since Mato went into hiatus before Satoshi took over. How time has flown.
Anyway, the content itself. Black gets 'munched' by the wild Munna
(Musha), and for the first time experiences the hexagonal white vision, allowing to see things out of the ordinary. He spots what appears to be bird-footprints, and soon finds those of Rufflet
(Brav) in the bushes. Seeing the crushed berries (and some stomped ones), Black realizes that the wild Rufflet was in the middle of feeding (it crushes berries with its talons before eating them), but then Bianca stepped into the grass and accidentally stomped on the berries it was about to eat. As a result, it chased down Bianca.
Black distracts Rufflet with some berries, and with Cheren, successfully brings Bianca home. Natrually, the two are scolded by Bianca's Dad, and that night, Black tells Cheren that he shall name the Rufflet Brav (after reading from a book that it will evolve into Braviary
). Cheren is shocked that Black plans to capture the Pokemon, and Black says he can totally identify himself in Rufflet's strength, speed and determination, making it the perfect partner for him.
The next day, Black prepares a whole lot of Pokeballs and manages to encounter Rufflet again the bushes. He attempts capture right away, but natrually Rufflet smacks off or evades all the throws. It keeps diving down and attacking Black during the process (gets quite bloody actually, it scratches Black's forearm with its talons until it bleeds and smashes into Black's face, giving him a nosebleed), and Black announces his desire to conquer the league together with Rufflet.
Finally, Black turns to his aide, the Munna
yesterday, and it helps Black attack Rufflet with Psychic, giving Black the chance to toss another Pokeball and finally catching the Rufflet. Cheren is surprised that Munna is helping Black, and Black explains that he offered to let it eat his dreams in exchange of its help in fighting Rufflet. Anyway, Black gets Rufflet offically, and Munna also offers to join the boy on his quest.
The flashback ends and Black muses about the importance of dreams. Yet, people like Team Plasma are trying to take them away from people, and he will not allow that. The final panel shows Black with his current four members, only that his Pignite
has further evolved into an Emboar
, meaning these two flashback chapters happen after the Mistralton/GLvsShadowTriad events.