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I found much hilarity when seeing Dawn in her cheerleading outfit along with Piplup (male or female?) and Buneary
But I was mostly looking at the LOL adventures of Team Rocket trying to break into the tower again with the beefed up security because of them. Poor guys got blasted off with hilarious hairstyles
Overall I give it 8/10 but Ash's battle could've lasted at least a 2 parter since he's the final gym leader of Sinnoh and it shoulda been lots harder
like most of the duels in the original Yu Gi Oh
It still doesn't make "sense" how some eps keep a particular track and then it gets completely re[laced in another one. We missed out on flying pokeball chaos again but otherwise a decent ep.
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Anyway, I thought it was a nice episode. I'm kind of surprised that Raichu wasn't used in this match, but I guess the writers didn't want to have another Pikachu vs. Raichu in this series. I was fine with that since the last one was pretty good. The best part was definitely Infernape's battle against Luxray and finally learning to control Blaze. It was just nice to see that happen after all of those flashbacks. I probably would have liked the whole match better if it was a two-parter, but it was still pretty enjoyable as it was.
Wow, that background song in the beginning is very... nostalgic. I don't remember if it was in the original or not (doubt it). Since I already watched the original episode months ago, I won't be commenting on the battles as I already know what'll happen.
"How is Electivire blocking Leaf Storm with Fire Punch?"
...fire burns leaves, Dawn. Nice bit of dialogue. Another Kanto song is playing; I love it! Always loved the Kanto season BGMs.
"Man Volkner is good; I'm impressed!"
All he did so far was block Leaf Storm with Fire Punch, Ash. Leave being impressed for later.
"We haven't seen nothin' yet!"
Totally something an American would say. A little confused why they added it into the anime since it... well, makes no sense. XD Just something uneducated/people who can't speak proper English say. That or those just doing it purposely.
Lots of old music here. I bet they cut out the majority of what was originally in the episode - no surprise there. Jolteon goes down easily, this always made me upset. Infernape always steals the spotlight - poor Torterra!
Infernape's Blaze was pretty awesome, though. They outdid themselves with that!
God, other than Blaze, this episode feels so lifeless. This is why I stopped watching the dub ages ago. x_x; Is it me, or do they wash out the colors in the dub, too? Things feel saturated and less bright.
Overall rating: 6/10.
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Ash just says in the original, "Denji-San is really good."
Dawn's comment is less retarded in the original too. She just says, "No way! Using fire punch to counter leaf storm..."
"But Denji isn't giving it his all yet....the battle has just begun."
I prefer the original. The dub changed a lot.
Eh, this episode was okay, but there was some really bad dialogue going on. Flint and Brock recapped the entire sequence we had just seen two seconds before. It was pointless.
Not a bad episode, but far from great.
Now, as for the battles... well, vs. Electivire was semi-rushed. It wasn't rushed at some points, yet it was really rushed at other points. Now, vs. Jolteon was indeed rushed. It only got about 1 to 2 minutes of screentime, and that could have deserved more. Vs. Luxray wasn't rushed, but due to the fact that the purpose of the first half was none other than to activate Infernape's Blaze, it could have been better. Infernape just took all the hits in the beginning and then just pulled a victory out of nowhere, similar to the battle five episodes ago. I'm not saying that I liked either battle; I liked them, but they could have been better (although I have praise for the one five episodes ago because it was Dawn vs. Ursula).
Seriously? In a month, though? Yes, I know that the Lily of the Valley Conference starts in just three episodes, but a month? A month? Three episodes is considered a month? Before, three episodes was considered less than ten days. The distance between the airing of these two episodes, are almost a month, yes I know that, but what if there was a country that aired episodes every weekday? Think about it, If a country airs this episode on July 11, 2011, for example, the Lily of the Valley Conference would begin on July 14, 2011. A month is a little too much time, if you ask me.
When these episodes aired in Japan (and most likely in the United States), they were three weeks apart. So why not just say in three weeks instead? The anime is really confusing at some points.
But overall, it was a good episode. For a Shimura episode, it was actually better than usual. Volkner didn't give Ash an easy time and the overall battle was not that rushed. It was about 10% rushed if you asked me. Ash was also somehow really enthusiastic and treated loss as the end of the world. However, he was able to pull a victory.
Excuse me if this is a stupid question, but why did Volkner say that whether he wins or loses, this will be their last battle? What happened to rematches? Is it because Volkner needs to get going with the rest of the crowd? I may never know. But it probably makes sense to most people and just not me because of some certain reason. Overall, I give this episode
8.6 points out of 10.
The battle was pretty good, but I have to admit Volkner's voice irritated me a bit. It just seemed to have a dullness to it. His voice actor could have given him some more enthusiasm.
Dawn's comment about Leaf Storm being blocked by Fire Punch made me go "What" then "LMAO!"
I think I liked watching this episode in the Japanese version better.
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The only reasonable explanation I can come up with right now is that in case Ash had lost the battle, Volkner would have given him the badge regardless, as a sign of appreciation so to speak. After all they went through, I think Volkner wouldn't have let Ash go without a badge. Thus, he already must have had this idea in his mind when he said the line in question
"When I was younger, I used to dream of nothing other than becoming powerful through being victorious in battle, and so I trained endlessly."
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