Not a bad showing for Part 1 of this two parter.
-Setup. I like all the set-up the writers went through with the first half of the episode. Having the many children talk about how powerful the gym is, and how toxic her battling style is really gives you a sense of intimidation about her.
-Nice scenery as well. Cool how Homika's basement area around her stage was all tag'd, it looked swell and really gave image to just how much of a Poison Punk she and her band are. The spectators were unique, they all looked like true Metal Heads. Satoshi using Pikachu's Thunderbolt to liven things up really makes you excited. Seeing Iris and Dento being so taken off guard by the rocker fans was a nice moment.
-Homika! Man, I loved that chick. She was wild as hell, kooky, cool, and cocky, and I mainly liked that about her. Seriously, an electric guitar solo?! She keeps reminding me of Bret Michaels with the whole "Poison Style" she goes with. Not to mention her constant wild child giggling and crazy demeanor, design, and interactions were just icing on the cake. I got a kick out of how she commanded Dogasu, using her pick. Seeing her playing with the pick was equally as awesome, makes me wonder if she went with a thinner amplifier type or more thicker contortion one. Not to mention her band, "The Dogasu" ruled. Roo and Cook were excellent members and managed to be pretty entertaining for one-offs, they seemed more mature and easy going than their Rock-Star-in-the-making. She's crazy, but the good kinda crazy, not the Bel type of crazy. She just has such a YOLO attitude about her.
-DOGASU, man. Sludge Bomb, Will-O-Wisp, Gyro Ball, and Clear Smoke, the writers did an exceptional job in the moveset department, they didn't make it generic at all. They gave it some pretty cool moves that made the battle so much fun and gave me chills. Clear Smoke also has the ability to remove Stat Changes, that's one of the reasons why it's put in high-regard in battle, so I really liked how innovative she was with that being used to rid the battle field of Sandstorm. Not only that but Poisoning Kenharou with Sludge Bomb, one to the face no less, and how brutal it was with that big fat perpetual sadist grin was great. All it did was awesome, and I couldn't have been happier with its personality as well. I liked how Homika brings up Dogasu being a Kanto Pokemon, and the fact Pikachu is too. The writers did a great job making me like it and this makes me wanna use one in BW2. Dogasu kicking two of Satoshi's reserves asses was intimidating and shows the line in a great light.
-Satoshi, I liked his strategy in battle with using Sandstorm like that against such a speedy opponent. It was smart because with Dogasu's speed, Gantle catching the Poison Bag with a physical move would have been little more then a pipe dream. So, he used Sandstorm to his advantage, since it is inescapable, in an effort to erode away Dogasu's health. I liked seeing Flash Cannon, I'm glad he's using it more since it is his signature move, one of the reasons he was so strong in his debut episode. Hopefully he ditched Rock Smash. Kenharou's flying talents being used for Dogasu's Levitate was interesting, but in the end she just wasn't strong enough to hold her own against Poison and multiple Gyro Balls and her efforts were in vain, I liked how she got overpowered with ease since I really never thought of her as being that strong, I kinda wished we could have saw her show off her muscles or something, just like she did as a Mamepato. Hahakomori getting a much needed win was nice, even if it was a table scrap win. String Shot to catch it and then taking it out with Energy Ball was a stellar strategy. I thought it was stupid that Satoshi kept him in against Pendra, like he would be able to even touch a Bug/Poison type and ended up getting him Poisoned like that. Almost forget, I give props to him for repelling Will-O-Wisp back at Dogasu with Gust.
-6 VS. 3, I'm not gonna hate the idea. It at least gives his reserves some much needed spotlight, but it does feel weird that he would accept to a challenge of using a full team against her triple threats team. I can't help but be left a little cold by it, but no use crying over spilled milk.
Onward to part 2.