- Just what IS Pokémon Rebirth?

              - Wait...you're not saying it's a fa...fa...FAN FICTION?!

              - If Rebirth is based on the anime, will Ash Ketchum show up in it?

              - So Rebirth builds upon the anime universe, huh? Where in the anime timeline is it set?

              - Can you elaborate a little more?

              - Why is it, in "Ultimatum", that you call the Pokémon Rebirth chapters 'episodes'?

              - So why don't you animate it then?

              - Can you explain why you've given this site a 10 and up rating?

              - Bwaaagh! There's so much to read here - where do I start?

              - How come <certain event> happened? The game/manga says...

              - Why isn't <insert Pokémon name> in Rebirth? It's cool!

              - Can my character/Pokémon design/plot idea be in Pokémon Rebirth?

              - Can I be a staff member?

              - Can I read the previous version of a revised story?

              - What are you currently working on for Rebirth?

              - I came across a GBA game called 'Pokémon Rebirth'. Does this have anything to do with you?

 

Just what IS Pokémon Rebirth?

Pokémon Rebirth came about as the result of frustration over the Pokémon anime during the early Johto series. While the game had its fleshing out in manga such as Pokémon Adventures (or Special to you hardcore fans), the potential in the anime seemed to have been lost, with episodes purely being written around Pokémon to introduce them.

Though it may well have began as an attempt to out-write the writers, Rebirth has since developed into a non-canon extension of the Pokémon anime universe. It is an ongoing project composed of 9 major stories and 7 short stories which take into account the first 13 seasons/movies. In the Rebirth Universe, the Unova, Kalos and Alola regions don't exist, but concepts from them have been referenced.

Rebirth functions by weaving together what the anime offers with relative conclusions based on observation and the occasional dash of free-wheeling what-iffery. In summary, its pretty much my Personal Canon in a tangible format.

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Wait...you're not saying it's a fa...fa...FAN FICTION?!

 

I understand Pokémon fan fictions have a stereotyped reputation for certain kinds of content. With that in mind, my aim has been to try and show that a fictional spin-off of an existing project written by its fans need not necessarily feel...'fanfic'-y.

Of course, in the end, its all down to a matter of opinion. You may agree or disagree with the concepts you find here, but essentially, Rebirth is my add-on patch for the Pokémon anime. It's your choice whether or not you want to apply it.

 

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If Rebirth is based on the anime, will Ash Ketchum show up in it?

 

In part, yes. Pokémon Rebirth follows the stories of many different characters, and Ash does have a role to play amongst them.

 

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So Rebirth builds upon the anime universe, huh? Where in the anime timeline is it set?

"Altered Paths" begins as Ash Ketchum returns to Pallet Town from his travels around Sinnoh. "Ultimatum" starts a year later.

 

Other stories occur prior to, or amongst anime events, for instance, "Blank Pages" coincides with the events covered in "Training Daze". "Unrequited Youth" occurs during the latter part of Ash's Johto journey, travelling between Olivine City and Mahogany Town.

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Can you elaborate a little more?

 

Certainly! Here's a more detailed look at all planned stories to date, what parts of the anime they reference, and where they fit into the general scheme of things.

 

STORY TITLE

TYPE

ANIME TIMELINE POSITIONING

INTERLINKED/REFERENCED ANIME EPISODES

Getting Technical

Special

6 years prior to Ash starting his travels.

School of Hard Knocks [RF]

Blank Pages

Special

1 year prior to Ash starting his travels.

Training Daze [IL]

Trials of an Errand Boy

Short

During Ash's travels in Kanto.

Mewtwo Strikes Back [IL]

Tangled Ivy

Short

During Ash's travels in the Orange Islands.

n/a

Cockaigne

Special

The earlier part of Ash's travels through Johto.

Spell of the Unown [IL]

Fleeting Shadow

Special

The mid part of Ash's travels through Johto.

Mewtwo Returns [IL]

Unrequited Youth

Special

The latter part of Ash's travels through Johto. Travelling between Olivine City and Mahogany Town.

n/a

Alliance

Short

During Ash's travels in Sinnoh.

Staging a Hero's Welcome/Pruning a Passel of Pals [RF]

Thief that keeps on Thieving [IL]

Clue Me In!

Short

n/a

n/a

King of Kings

Short

n/a

n/a

Four Kinds of Mayhem

Short

n/a

n/a

Altered Paths

Special

Shortly after Ash's travels in Sinnoh.

n/a

Ultimatum

Series

A year after Ash's travels in Sinnoh.

n/a

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Why is it, in "Ultimatum", that you call the Pokémon Rebirth chapters 'episodes'? It's a written/drawn series, not an animated one!

Pokémon Rebirth is written with being animated in mind, therefore the chapters of series are referred to as episodes and are made to contain enough content that would fill around an estimated 20-25 minutes of screen time were it animated. Specials are split up into parts, to make reading them easier.

 

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So why don't you animate it then?

To bring a project as big as this to life would require an equally large amount of resources. Animation is a lot of effort to put into a project that could be shut down at any time simply for being a fan work.

 

 

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Can you explain why you've given this site a 10 and up rating?

 

I'm covering my ground. While not present in every story...

 

Pokémon Rebirth contains:-

Scenes of a violent nature (conflict-related, nothing described in gory detail, though)

Scenes of an unsettling nature (pretty much referring to transformation)

 

Pokémon Rebirth does NOT contain:-

Very strong language (no use of the s_ or f_ words here! Other curse words may be present, but in the PG to PG-13 range.)

Scenes of an adult nature (can't stand reading that sort of stuff, let alone writing it...)

 

 

GENERAL STORY RATINGS

 

G : Content should be fine for all readers aged 10 and over. Pretty much written as an episode of the anime would be.

PG : Content may contain unsettling or perilous scenes and/or mild language. Comparable to movie, "The Rise of Darkrai."

PG-13 : Content will contain unsettling/perilous scenes and rare instances of moderate language. Comparable to movie, "Mewtwo Strikes Back."

 

 

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Bwaaagh! There's so much to read here - where do I start?

Good question, my intrepid Pokéventurer! Rebirth is split into two categories - that of the 'root' story which started this whole thing off, and the side stories that aren't directly connected to this root story, but may reference it in some way.

 

Beginning with "Altered Paths" and "Ultimatum" is one course you could take. Alternatively, you can start at "Getting Technical" and read from left to right on the story grid. The stories are lined up chronologically, except for "Chronicles : Rebirth" which is a variety of shorts which span the entire timeline.

 

For any concepts that you need more information on, try looking in the Rebirpedia - you may well find your answers there!

 

 

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How come <certain event> happened? The game/manga says...

The manga and games may say something different, but Pokémon Rebirth isn't based on the game/manga universes. It may take inspiration from them, but when it comes to deciding factors such as character origins, parentage, personality and such, I look to the anime for the answers. If no answers are available, I may use other sources such as the games/manga/audio dramas/stage productions etc to develop personal ideas.

 

Note I said personal. You may disagree with my theorizing and think otherwise for whatever reason. That's fair enough - in the end, this is a fan project.

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Why isn't <insert Pokémon name> in Rebirth? It's cool!

Simple answer to that one. That particular Pokémon doesn't need to be in Rebirth. I only insert Pokémon that are important to the storyline as a whole. Unlike the television series which has -in the past- relied on writing the stories around the new Pokémon simply to introduce them, I add certain Pokémon if they are influential to the storyline. It keeps matters less superficial and more plot-orientated, which is what Rebirth is all about!

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Can my character/Pokémon design/plot idea be in Pokémon Rebirth?

Due to the sheer complexity of the Rebirth Universe, I cannot accept Fakémon designs or plot idea suggestions.

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Can I read a previous version of a revised story?

You won't be able to read them here. The reason I have revised certain stories is because I have found aspects of them (usually writing style, but also sometimes character development and plot execution) to be personally unsatisfactory. By asking to read these older versions, you're essentially asking to look at non-canonical Rebirth fics that I am no longer happy with. Whether or not you find them archived on the internet is something I can do little about, but as the author, I'd prefer you to read these stories the way I'd most like you to see them, and that are most relevant to the Rebirth Universe timeline.

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What are you currently working on for Rebirth?

Click here to find out!

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I came across a GBA game called 'Pokémon Rebirth'. Does this have anything to do with you?

I have no affiliation with the team responsible for the Pokémon Rebirth ROM project.

 

 

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