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    Quote Originally Posted by Satoshi_Pikachu View Post
    It wasn't any different when Ash fought Tr either. Ash rarely commands his Pokemon to even dodge nowadays, let alone use unique strategies.
    Oh, yeah, unique strategies he doesn't use anymore, which sucks, but today's battle was clearly meant to help Nonomi. I don't think the way he battled TR was too different from the usual one (by BW standards, that is), though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogasu View Post

    I kind of liked the scene where Dent and Iris were both like "yeah...neither one of us have really achieved our goals, have we? Let's keep hanging around Satoshi for just a little longer."
    Lol, thanks. Yeah I did find it somewhat amsuing that they were like, we're just going to stick around you even though you don't know what you're gonna do at all.

    But, yeah saw the episode...the CoTD was cute, but dear god they went a bit over the top with her nervousness.

    TR didn't seem any better or worse, so I was kinda indifferent on them. Unfezant was nice, but beating TR never meant much to me anyway.
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    I liked the episode. Kinda pissed they used stock animation for Nonomi's Tepig.

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    Default Re: BW 109 "The Araragi Institute! A New Journey!!"

    This is my episode review. Feel free to read it.


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    What happened to Dent and Iris? They simply disappeared during TR's attack.
    1. Satoshi/Ash Ketchum: 801 episodes
    2. Team Rocket: 736 episodes
    3. Takeshi/Brock: 633 episodes
    4. Kasumi/Misty: 282 episodes
    5. Hikari/Dawn: 201 episodes
    6. Haruka/May: 197 episodes
    7. Masato/Max: 192 episodes
    8. Iris: 141 episodes
    9. Dent/Cilan: 138 episodes
    10. Kenji/Tracey: 44 episodes

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    Default Re: BW 109 "The Araragi Institute! A New Journey!!"

    So, finally Episode N starts! Even though I really didn't have much expectations for this particular episode, thinking that it'd be just like Dawn's awful special, it actually proved to be really enjoyable.

    I know I might belong to the minority, but I liked Nonomi. Her paranoia was really amusing, and those scenarios she made out were kinda funny, especially with the Serperior coiling around. xP

    I knew the battle would be short, but it was fun seeing Dento and Iris team up, that's something I've been looking forward to ever since the group formed. Besides, they were pretty clever with the duo of Emolga and Stunfisk, with Emolga's Discharge damaging both Pikachu and Tepig while Stunfisk wasn't affected by it. Personally I also didn't mind the fact that they used stock footage for Tepig, but I've never really been that bothered by stock footage, so.

    Oh, and I'm so glad that TR haven't returned to being goofy. I know for sure that I wouldn't have been able to stand them if they did, so seeing them still being kinda badass is a huge relief on my part. However, I still hope that we won't see them appearing in each and every episode again, because that I can really be without. Having them appear during imporant arcs (like the whole Team Plasma arc), and in regular episodes once in a while though I'm perfectly fine with.

    Amoonguss and Frillish were both quite cool and proved to be formidable battlers, and the battle they had with the gang wasn't all that bad. Not to mention that Unfezant got some focus in that battle, managing to defeat the both of them at the end. Though I've never considered it to be an accomplishment when beating TR's Pokémon, it was still nice that Unfezant was the one who got to defeat the both of them.

    Overall, a perfectly fine episode. Not amazing, not all that great, but perfectly fine and very enjoyable - it was much better than I thought it would be. This was pretty much the start for the real epicness, and I'm really looking forward to that. :>

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    Quote Originally Posted by martianmister View Post
    What happened to Dent and Iris? They simply disappeared during TR's attack.
    They didn't feel Team Rocket was a threat so they went back for a cup of teaXD Na just kidding, it was like the writers thought no one would notice they were gone HA.

    I didn't really mind the episode, I liked how Ash acted all mentor like and him being a bit ashamed to tell Oak that he got in the top 8 again, hurray for the writers trying some what.

    I wish they'd make up there minds on Team Rocket, they weren't funny yet they still got in the middle of a fight?? Its annoying, thats what it is. I did like seeing Muk again though and Oak, wonder how Ash is going to make it home again?
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    I couldn't translate the conversation with Okido-Hakase, but I imagine it went like this:

    Okido: Ah, Satoshi-kun! How are you, my boy? I've been waiting for you to call me for a while... ever since you hung up on me in Raimon. Have you collected all your badges yet?
    Satoshi: Erm, Hakase. I already have all the badges, see...
    Okido: Oh wonderful! Well, you'll be happy to know that this time both myself and your mother will be able to see you in the League personally. Kenji will be coming as well, he's never seen a league before. He's so excited!
    Satoshi: The thing is...
    Okido: I felt so guilty for not coming to the Suzuran Conference, I promised myself I'd make it this time. Seeing you compete will certainly be a highlight.
    Satoshi: The league's over.
    Okido: ...
    Satoshi: I'm really sorry Hakase. Just you kept not coming, I didn't think you were that interested.
    Okido: ...well, I guess I shouldn't be surprised. You don't need me looking over your shoulder. How did you do, by the way? Did you win? Or make it to the final?
    Satoshi: (hesitates) Top Eight.
    Okido: Top Eight? But you reached the semi-finals last time. Top Four. I thought you'd at least make it that far.
    Satoshi: I haven't had much time to train. I was always helping Iris train her Pokemon or teach other trainers a lesson.
    Okido: Well, I'm sure you did fine. The guy who beats you would have to be extremely intelligent.
    Satoshi: Yeah, sure. Whatever.
    Okido: At least you can always rely on me to watch over your Pokemon!
    Satoshi: Right!
    Okido: I can't wait for you to catch some more that you can send to me! I'm looking forward to seeing Isshu Pokemon up-close. How many do you have now? Five? Six?
    Satoshi: Ten.
    Okido: Ten? But how can you carry ten at the same time?
    Satoshi: I've started sending my reserves to Dr. Araragi. It just made more sense... for some reason.
    Okido: I... I understand.
    Satoshi: Hakase, are you crying?

    (Line goes dead)

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    Default Re: BW 109 "The Araragi Institute! A New Journey!!"

    I really liked this episode. Nonomi was hilarious, and Maggyo's typing playing a role in the battle was cool. Is it me, or do the TRio look better than usual?

    The only problems I had with the episode are the TRio just sort of being defeated a little anticlimactically, and their ugly machine thing.
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    Default Re: BW 109 "The Araragi Institute! A New Journey!!"

    I thought this episode was pretty entertaining for a set-up episode. It wasn't anything amazing but I still enjoyed it for what it was worth and it had quite a few factors that really made it entertaining despite the overall plot being nothing to write home about. Yeah, the episode was pretty engrossing from start to finish.

    I'm glad the majority of the episode didn't focus solely on Nonomi picking out her first Pokemon, that small problem was resolved fairly quickly. I also thought Nonomi herself managed to be pretty entertaining for a one-shot COTD, unlike Shinko, the girl from the Hikari Special. Her Pokabu was cute and she got a nice character building moment when she mustered up the courage to try to take on Pururiru, despite being unsuccessful. Her fantasies with the idea of using different Starters were amusing. No surprise she picked Pokabu, Satoshi has the other two under his ownership. Chances are slim, but I wonder if we'll see or hear from her again? The Tag Battle was not-surprisingly short but was pretty fun to watch, nice to see Emonga and Maggyo since the Electric-types get the least screen time on their respective teams.

    Team Rocket's intro looked pretty luxurious and expensive, the drawing was beautiful. I don't have an opinion at all on their older motto being used, I honestly prefer their normal "Shiroi, Kuroi." motto. Pretty amusing Dare Da?! we got there. Rocket-Dan Forever playing during the entrance of their new Pokemon was cool. Both had pretty nice movesets, Psychic, Bubblebeam, and Shadow Ball for Pururiru especially. I can't believe it took that long for Satoshi to snap to his senses and use Kenharou Gust to fan away that Stun Spore/Mist mix. I kept wondering why no one else seemed to be impacted heavily by it, Maggyo and Emonga were doused by just as much as Pikachu and were knocked out cold. Always nice to see a reserve get some screen time, it's more than obvious TR had Kenharou and Pikachu aced but the plot of the episode demanded they lose so lose they did. Though being One-Hit KOed by Aerial Ace and Air Cutter kinda sucked and made the resolution feel a bit rushed.

    Yeah, it was an entertaining enough episode. That appearance by Araragi-Hakase was icing, that guy certainly is a fun, old one. Lastly appearance by N at the ending was expected but I still thought it looked pretty epic. Solid episode.

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    An solid, if somewhat slow episode. Team Rocket's new pokes definitely give off a bit more of a threatening vibe than Woobat and Yamask did, which is nice.

    Question though, why was the COTD afraid to cross the bridge in the beginning of the episode? Superstition or something? She was an interesting character of the day to be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellwarden View Post
    Question though, why was the COTD afraid to cross the bridge in the beginning of the episode? Superstition or something? She was an interesting character of the day to be sure.
    Perhaps she's been watching the anime before setting out on her journey, where half the bridges collapse as they try to cross.

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    Default Re: BW 109 "The Araragi Institute! A New Journey!!"

    Decent ep. I have to say that TR having new mon's feels really refreshing.

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    Default Re: BW 109 "The Araragi Institute! A New Journey!!"

    This episode was great, comapred to the League Episodes coming before it.
    As the first ep of Episode N, it introduced an opening and an ending. I liked the opening a lot, but the ending wasn't that nice compared to the previous one.

    Now into the real episode:

    1)Nonomi was a nice CotD, and fortunately the episode wasn't focused around her. She was one nice choice for a fresh Trainer, indeed. Liked her fantasies and all.
    2)I like the new Team Rocket more than the old BW one. Though I feel that the dubbed Kanto motto combined with the Sinnoh music will be donwright awful...
    Anyway, apart from that, their Pokemon are the best since Arbok/Weezing, even though Amoonguss moveset is impossible (2 egg moves from different chains).

    The Prof. Oak call, plus the Muk cameo were allright.
    What really annoyed me though is the way they handled the "Ash wants to returns to Kanto/ the gang sticks together" thing. It seemed too forced for a way to keep Iris and Cilan into the cast.

    It was a generally good episode though, mainly because its battles had a point, in contrast to the League eps before it.

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    Default Re: BW 109 "The Araragi Institute! A New Journey!!"

    It makes sense for Cilan to stay with Ash, since he wanted to study and learn from him. And Iris's goal won't be hindered if she travels with Ash, since her goal isn't tied to a location or Region.

    Though I feel that the dubbed Kanto motto combined with the Sinnoh music will be donwright awful...
    This. I really disliked the Sinnoh music and the Kanto motto. Now the Sinnoh or Unova motto with the Unova music, that'd be amazing.
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