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Pokémon: Twilight Wings is a web series of monthly shorts made by Studio Colorido, based on Pokémon Sword and Shield.

The series depicts the daily lives of certain characters residing in the Galar region, with a Corviknight and the taxi driver loosely tying to each story by taking each episode's main character to their locations.

The first short can be viewed here on the official YouTube page.

Pokémon: Twilight Wings provides examples of:

  • A Day in the Limelight: The shorts focus on several characters.
    • "Letter" features Rose and Oleana.
    • "Training" puts the spotlight on Bea.
    • "Buddy" focuses on Hop, Hop's Wooloo, and Milo.
    • "Early-Evening Waves" focuses on Nessa and Sonia.
    • "Assistant" focuses on Oleana.
    • "Moonlight" focuses on Allister as the Decoy Protagonist. John and Tommy are the real focus characters.
    • "Sky" focuses on Leon as well as John.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Twilight Wings expands and fleshes out some of the canon characters, adding little details about them and their motivations.
    • Bea is frustrated after losing to Leon and trains herself to extreme levels. She learns that while training in of itself is fine, pushing herself to the detriment of her health is not and it discouraged her own Pokemon.
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    • Nessa is confronted with the possibility of choosing between her modelling career and being a Gym Leader. Her episode also shows she is friends with Sonia.
    • Oleana's backstory was that she was once a researcher. In present time, she has to deal with managing the company while Rose is away. The episode sheds more light on her relationship with Rose.
  • Adorkable: "Assistant" reveals that Oleana was once a bespectacled young researcher. She still shows signs of this even in the present day, like invoking Insistent Terminology on the taxi driver when he confuses Gigantamaxing for Dynamaxing.
  • Aesop Enforcer: Allister appears to be this for Tommy as he encourages him to go and apologize to John in person to fix their friendship. He even accompanies him to help him.
  • All There in the Manual: Bea's Machamp is female, but because there aren't gender differences, it's hard to tell it's not male.
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  • And the Adventure Continues: After the final episode, Shingo Yamashita posted a photo on his twitter of an older John and Tommy with their own starters, starting their own journey.
  • Animal Lover: Nessa's expertise on Water-type Pokémon shows when she's able to interact with Wild Water-type Pokémon as if it was second nature. It's heavily implied she had this affinity when she was a child.
  • Animated Adaptation: The shorts are Pokémon adaptations based off the then-newest Pokémon Sword and Shield.
  • Anime Hair: Subverted with Nessa. Flashbacks to her childhood show that the blue portions of her hair are highlights. She had completely dark hair as a kid.
  • Ascended Extra: The Corviknight and the taxi driver from the games become recurring characters loosely tying stories together with their passengers.
  • Behind the Black: Allister and Tommy appear in the Corviknight Taxi twice without the driver even noticing which scares him.
  • Big Brother Instinct: The Gastly, Gengar and Haunter in "Moonlight" shows signs of this with Allister as they stood between Tommy and Allister in the graveyard, uncertain what Tommy's intent was to meet with Allister.
  • Big Eater: Both Nessa and Sonia aren't afraid of taking huge bites of their shared cake.
  • Book-Ends: The first episode has John giving a letter to Rose asking for an invitation to one of Leon's matches. He gets a reply in the final episode.
  • Butt-Monkey: During Bea's training, only her Machoke seems to be struggling at keeping up with Machamp and Machop.
  • Call-Back: "Moonlight" is essentially one of these to "Letter" since it makes references to John's letter given to Rose and the end of the short has Chairman Rose deliver it to Leon himself.
  • The Cameo:
    • In Nessa's short, Marnie and her Morpeko are in the background when Nessa and Sonia are at the cafe.
    • In Oleana's short, Kabu, Piers, Gordie, Melony and the Ball Guy can be found in the background throughout Oleana's travels around Galar.
    • In Leon's short, all of the Gym Leaders, Hop, Marnie, and Bede make brief appearances. The Stinger also has a brief appearance from Victor and Gloria, though we don't get to see their faces.
  • Camera Abuse: During the interviews about Leon in Sky, Piers refuses to make any comments and reaches to cut off the camera instead.
  • Canon Foreigner: Unlike the rest of the established characters, sickly hospital kid John and his friend Tom aren't characters from the games.
  • Children Are Innocent: Bea's Machop is the most worried about her stubbornness to keep training without resting.
  • Continuity Nod: In Oleana’s short, one shot of the Wyndon streets includes a Macro Cosmos member in a phone booth, referencing a late game scene in the Sword and Shield games.
  • Covers Always Lie: "Moonlight" focuses on Allister. However, the English dub video's thumbnail features Sonia, who only appears for about 6 seconds near the end and has no speaking role.
  • Dare to Be Badass:
    • In Nessa's short, Rose and (to a lesser extent) Oleana suggest that Nessa choose between her modeling career or her being a gym leader after a string of losses. When she reunites with the Feebas who ended up evolving into a Milotic in the years since, she resolves to keep doing both and get better.
    • In the final episode, Leon encourages John to meet him in battle one day.
  • Feud Episode: Moonlight is this between Tommy and John.
  • Foreshadowing: The very last shot of each episode so far has been of the character who will be the focus of the next one.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The fact that Victor and Gloria exist may mean John will never get to be the Champion by defeating Leon but at least defeating Leon is possible.
  • Friendship Trinket: The ending for the first short includes a quick scene of Hop making a friendship bracelet for his Wooloo. In the third short, which focuses on the two of them, the bracelet breaks as a reflection of Wooloo's doubt over their friendship.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Bea's Machoke unable to keep up with the team, showing exhausted and possibly even mentally abused by the harsh training.
    • As Oleana walks through an office of the company, there's a Sudowoodo fittingly being used as a bonsai tree decoration.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Happens to Hop's Wooloo in the third short when it tries to fly.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Wooloo becomes jealous and runs away when Hop praises his brother's Charizard more than him.
  • Ill Boy: John from the first short is a young boy in a medical facility. He's been hospital-bound from an early age.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Hop admires his brother and Pokémon but his constant praise of Leon's Charizard makes his Wooloo feel unwanted.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Hop's Wooloo tries his hardest to be able to be better than Leon's Charizard, getting the wrong impression that Hop doesn't like him as much. Hop later realizes he was being insensitive and convinces Wooloo that he's fine the way he is.
  • Mythology Gag: Bea briefly mistakes a Rhydon for Leon and his Charizard. It isn't as random as you might think when you recall both Charizard and Rhydon have similar cries in the games, especially pre-Generation 6.
  • No Sense of Direction: Leon's horrible sense of direction is on full display in his focus episode; he gets a little lost on the road on the way to a match and somehow ends up in the middle of the wilderness.
  • Not a Morning Person: John, due to being an Ill Boy, often sleeps in. He shares this trait with Leon.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Despite Galar being Fantasy Counterpart Culture Britain, the characters have American accents in the English dub.
  • Not So Different: During their flight to the stadium together, John finds out how much alike he is to Leon.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Oleana starts off like this before Rose meets her and makes her vice President of Macro Cosmos.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: After Nessa suffers a string of losses in her stadium matches, Rose swings by and compliments her recent successes as a model, implying that she can't manage both careers at once. All with a cheerful smile on his face.
  • Prequel: This is set right before Pokemon Sword and Shield's main story.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Part of Bea's Training from Hell involves her fighting her own Machamp. She ends up getting at least a very nasty bruise when Machamp actually lands a punch on her. Even if she is used to Training from Hell, getting hit by something that can punch holes through solid rock is going to hurt quite a bit.
    • A minor one. Initially Nessa has been having difficulty with winning stadium matches as of late, while her modelling career had been exploding with success. Managing two full-time careers can be difficult for anyone, even for professionals, and more often than not they sometimes lean towards one career over the other.
    • An example in Oleana's story involves her feeling all burned out after helping everyone with their problems. Working yourself hard without taking any breaks can end up becoming too much and exhausting for even the most professional of hard workers.
  • Scenery Porn: Every locale is simply gorgeous to look at.
  • She Is All Grown Up: The abused Feebas that Nessa cheered up when she was a child returned to see her when Nessa went back to the lake for a photo shooting, only the Feebas had evolved into Milotic by then.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Allister can suddenly disappear from one spot and suddenly appear somewhere else without making a slight sound. This skill somehow extends to people he's with!
  • Super OCD: Perhaps due to her workaholic nature, Oleana is very attentive to mistakes, such as when the taxi driver incorrectly referred G-Max Lapras and G-Max Coalossal as Dynamax Pokémon instead of Gigantamax Pokémon. She proceeds to berate him into using the right term.
  • Supporting Protagonist: In a sense, the taxi driver and his Corviknight could be considered the overall protagonists of the series, playing a role in every episode and having the series named after them, but the stories instead focus on the other characters who they interact with.
  • Tears of Joy: Upon finally seeing and interacting with his hero Leon and seeing one of his battles in person, John begins to cry.
  • Training from Hell: In the second episode, Bea's Training Montage features her, among other things, fighting her own Machamp. Anyone who knows Machamp's Pokédex entry will tell you that so much as attempting to block its chops or punches will hurt. While she has a Machop, a Machoke, and a Machamp helping her, Bea is also implied to punch out a Rhydon. You know, the Pokemon with hides thick and strong enough to swim through magma without melting.
  • The Unreveal: Ball Guy's cameo in "Assistant" is seen resting outside a cafe with his mascot head on the table, however we can only see his back, not his face.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Tommy and John appear to be this. Despite almost having different beliefs, they remain best friends and always support each other.
  • We All Live in America: Nessa bows at the end of her short, despite being raised in a British-inspired region.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Downplayed, but it's implied throughout "Moonlight" that Ghost-type Pokémon are attracted to Allister's presence. There's a large amount of random Ghost-types hanging around him in the graveyard at the beginning of the short, including ones that wouldn't normally be in that environment such as Dhelmise. Later, after he accompanies Tommy to the hospital, other Ghost-types begin to show up around them.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: According to Shingo Yamashita, John and Tommy started their journey.
  • With Friends Like These...: Tommy's attitude towards John wanting to be a trainer almost damages their friendship. Luckily he is able to resolve it with Allister's help.
  • Workaholic: Oleana is shown to be this during "Assistant".


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