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    Fierce Fighting! Win Out in the Rival Battle!



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

    Satoshi and Shooty's battle rages on! Can Satoshi defeat his rival and proceed through the Higaki Conference? Meanwhile, Bel and Kotetsu face off in the League's second round!
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    Default Re: BW 104 "Fierce Fighting! Win Out in the Rival Battle!"

    The Shooty battle was a lot better than the comic made it out to be. Pikachu's finishing move was right out of something you'd see in DP.

    Not much to say about the rest, though I'm glad we're finally done with Shooty.
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    The "Satoshi loses to Shooty, constantly" montage made me laugh more than it should have :P
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    Default Re: BW 104 "Fierce Fighting! Win Out in the Rival Battle!"

    And just as I say that I forget about all the fan service in this episode! I'm sure the sauna scene will have many people squeeing. XD (There's some Mustard just for you @Yoshi-san;!)
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    So Shooty is gone... man, it was like the writers decided "Right, as soon as he loses let's get him the hell out of there". Total write-off of a character and a failure as a rival. Guess they set the bar too high with Shinji.

    As for the battle... meh, it was ok. I mean, I guess I kinda have an issue with Jalorda nearly frickin' killing Pikachu but I do like the Iron Tail/Electro Ball combo that finished it off.

    Also, seems Riolu knows Copycat. Always nice to see an old move debut in the anime.
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    I'm not sure about you, but Mero-Mero Enbuoh totally cracked me up.
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    Default Re: BW 104 "Fierce Fighting! Win Out in the Rival Battle!"

    Ash's battle with Trip ended pretty well. Glad Trip's outta here.

    There was nothing wrong with the episode itself though, except one thing I would've wished they kept: Emboar's fling.

    How cool would it be if Emboar would fight with Samurott's swords?
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    I'm sorry, people, but...Ash should not have won. This is one of the lamest excuses for a win I've seen on this show. So the kid's Samurott was female, go figure. Ok, you've convinced me that the Riolu is going to be a pretty tough opponent, and the Samurott is to be reckoned with. The kid is still too dumb to live, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogasu View Post
    The "Satoshi loses to Shooty, constantly" montage made me laugh more than it should have :P
    Trip's face when he realised he lost made me laugh even harder.

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    I'm sorry, people, but...Ash should not have won. This is one of the lamest excuses for a win I've seen on this show.
    Not really, Serperior clearly could not take much damage from being raised to be so freaking evasive.

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    So, I gotta ask, how did they handle Trip's "exit" from the series? They already had him rip off part of Paul's swan song in DP as far back as the first Don Battle after he lost. I gotta know if they tried to make it out like Trip mattered at all in this series, or if the writers decided to stop trying to bullshit themselves and the audience and just had him GTFO, CotD style.

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    I wasn't talking about that. I don't think Pika should've survived being constricted.
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    Default Re: BW 104 "Fierce Fighting! Win Out in the Rival Battle!"

    Bleh, it's nice to see Trip finally leave, albeit rather anti-climaticly. Pretty much sums up how lack-luster of a rivial he was. I still feel like you could have removed him from the series and nothing would have changed. I hope the writiers use this as an example that not every series needs to have a rivial for Ash. (Although I did laugh pretty hard at Trips face when he lost. XD)

    Other than that, with Riolu being my favorite Pokemon, I loved finally seeing it in a battle. *Is still sore over the DP special with Ash not getting one* I even don't mind that Bianca lost. Seeing it beat an Emboar was bada**.
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    Trip is FINALLY gone forever! WOOOHOOO!

    Considering both Gary and Paul were written out as soon as Ash beat them in the league, its safe to assume this will be the end of Trip. I also knew he wouldn't stick around to watch the league, they want to get rid of him as soon as possible and sweep him under the rug with other "mistake" characters like Richie and Kenny.

    Anyway the battle itself was pretty decent for what it was. Pikachu made up to its two losses to Serperior's unevolved forms and Ash won despite a type disadvantage. Kind of a shame Pignite won't get a revenge match against Serperior though, but oh well.

    Goodbye, Trip, you will not be missed, (or even remembered?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fighting Misty View Post
    they want to get rid of him as soon as possible and sweep him under the rug with other "mistake" characters like Richie and Kenny.
    The Ritchie example really doesn't help your argument. He came back for three episodes in Johto, as well as three Hoso specials.

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    Phew, I'm glad we will never have to see Trip and his overpowered garden hose again, even if his leave was anti-climatic, I mean, I found Trip to be such a bland character, and I don't think Best Wishes would be any different had he never appeared in the show on the first place.

    The battle itself was pretty decent, but could have been done better, especially since Ash won with yet another deus-ex-machina, at least it was nice to see Kotetsu win, but sad to see Bianca lose again, I'm starting to think the writers don't like Bianca at all...

    This episode receives a 7/10 from me
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