REVIEW: BW 090 "The Junior Cup Gets Underway! Kairyu VS Tunbear!!"

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    The Junior Cup Gets Underway! Kairyu VS Tunbear!!



    Animation - Team Kato
    Screenplay - Junki Takegami
    Storyboard - Fumihiro Yoshimura
    Assistant director - Fumihiro Yoshimura
    Animation director - Takashi Shinohara



    The Pokemon World Tournament Junior Cup has finally started! The winner will be given a chance to battle with Adeku, the Champion of the Isshu Region. The tournament starts off with an exhibition match between the Shin'ou Region's Champion Shirona and the Isshu Region's Four Heavenly Emperors' member Cattleya. This match between Shirona's Gablias and Cattleya's Gothilselle really gets the crowd fired up! Later, Iris and her Kairyuu go up against Langley's Tsunbear. However, Kairyuu won't listen to Iris' orders and take all of Tsunbear's super effective Ice-Type attacks head on! What will happen!?
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    So what'd I miss? My keyhole was fucking up so bad I missed like 97% of the episode. Trip looked mad at Alder at the end though. Can someone briefly fill me in please? Cheers :)

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    Default Re: BW 090 "The Junior Cup Gets Underway! Kairyu VS Tunbear!!"

    I'm kinda curious about what (i'll use thier japan names instead since this is a japan epi) Cabernet said to Hikari?

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    This episode felt like every other "first episode of a Don Tournament" episode. They're all so samey now.

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    I'm kinda curious about what (i'll use thier japan names instead since this is a japan epi) Cabernet said to Hikari?
    She told her to watch out for Dent.
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    That was ridiculously rushed, it does feel just like the Don Battle tournaments...

    There should be a rule about trainers automatically losing when their Pokémon refuse to obey them XD
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    So Iris and Dawn were the only one of the 16 entrants in the 'World' tournament to use non-Unova Pokemon in that first round. That's about as useless as Georgia's choice of attacks.

    Iris being happy about winning annoyed me far more than her winning. Relief is the only emotion you're entitled to after winning with your Pokemon not listening to a word you say for the whole battle.

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    /GASMING

    TL;DR

    Rushed battles and another Gothitelle mistake. Legs should have been longer :D. 10 minute battle limit is an interesting new addition. Alder hitting on Cynthia was lulzy. Ash, Iris, Cilan, Dawn and 3 characters of the day all made it to the next round. Yup, that's just about everybody :PPP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moe View Post
    So Iris and Dawn were the only one of the 16 entrants in the 'World' tournament to use non-Unova Pokemon in that first round. That's about as useless as Georgia's choice of attacks.
    Has it been established that trainers from other regions are encouraged to participate in the Unova Junior Cup? Yes, Dawn happens to be in Unova for a visit and is participating, but everyone else seems to be from Unova (except for Ash who has been in the region for a while). I would think that trainers would be expected to enter the Junior Cup in their home region, with later cups requiring that they advance to other regions.

    Does the episode explain the World Tournament system at all? Or is that too much to ask for these days? Either way, the continued dominance of Generation V critters is saddening.

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    Wow! That's great! Trip looks cool and cute there! I like battle between Georgia and Iris XD. That's all. And Alder's interaction with Chyntia made me LOL
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    I'd like to have seen more of Burgundy, though her interaction with Dawn was pretty nice. Let's hope Dawn interacts with more Unova characters.
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    Wow... How can I describe this episode? Well it's pretty much what I expected it to be. Utterly disappointing. Probably the worst opening to a tournament arc ever.

    Just a bunch of one second battles and no character development other than Trip I guess. Unnecessary to blow through the entire first round just to show us how powerful Dragonite is. And what was the point of even adding Burgundy to the tournament if they just knock her out of the tournament in ten seconds? Just to get yucks from the viewers I guess? Seriously now.

    Stephan and Bianca didn't at least get cameos either...

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    Oh wow, this episode was bad and rushed. Adeku and Cabernet were funny in the beginning, and I really liked the interactions between Dent, Cabernet and Hikari. Shooti showing some personality besides apathy was equally nice, but therein lies the sole good things I have to say about this episode, cause the rest was pretty much awful.

    The exhibition match at the beginning looked good and all, but it was kinda gratuitous and there to be there and introduce game characters. I would have rather seen good battles from actual participants in the tournament. I think Shirona's ugly ass cape had more screen time than Cabernet in this episode. XD I expected quick blink you miss it battles for every battle that didn't involve two main/recurring characters, but even those that did looked like crap. Shooti's smug inner comments about Adeku were longer than the match itself. What's the point of having Cabernet there if she's just going to get the random CotD treatment? Use a CotD instead. One-hit KO crapapaloozza follows. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn. Now, I thought that Langley v Iris would be cheap, but it managed to exceed my expectations of how cheap it was going to be. Look how Dragonite can take all of Tsunbear's attacks without really being affected cause he's so much stronger than everyone. Major yawn. What bugged me is that the episode was clearly trying to create some tension and make the audience feel bad for Iris, but lulz that majorly failed because there was no consequence to Iris' problem and guess what? This is a battle she should have lost. She enters a tournament with a Pokémon she has never trained or really worked with, she doesn't know his style, how they work together, then realizes he's disobedient and... does that cost her anything? She wins the match, everyone's super happy for her, except Langley who's portrayed as being really unlikable because how can you not cheer Iris and her overpowered Dragonite. There's no consequences, no cost, no struggle, no hardship, nothing to really test her character and force her to grow and progress. It's a match she should have lost, or been disqualified, or retired from, whatever. There's nothing gained from having her make it past round one except some more Iris glorification, cause heaven forbid she should actually have flaws, actually lose early in a tournament, actually be portrayed as a character that can still get better and actually be held accountable to her bullshit. It didn't feel earned, it just felt cheap.

    Also, commentator guy and Adeku lacked the sexual tension that commentator guy and Don George have, it really made the commentary less interesting. XD

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    *Yawn* -> pretty much overall describes by feelings towards this episode. This seems even more rushed than the Don Battle.
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    I like how this was Reuniclus' debut episode, and it was only seen on screen for a split second. Granted, Ash will probably have to fight it at some point, but still. Are all the remaining gen V pokemon going to have unceremonious debuts?


    Oh, and the episode was kind of shitty. At the moment, this certainly doesn't feel like a world tournament competition.

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    As I feared, not only was the episode bad, and rushed, but Iris' Dragonite is steamrolling its way through the tournament, despite being disobedient. I was afraid of this. If those images on BNN are true, then Dragonite is just gonna plow its way through the tournament until the final round, whether it listens to Iris or not. Such cheapness. I'm not going to even bother watching this section when it comes out in the states.
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