The episode begins with Pikachu
playfully running around meters in front of their trainers, something that very rarely happens in this anime. Perhaps for the first time since the Darumaka
episode, the writers are actually pairing up Pikachu
and Axew. Pikachu and Axew were seen jumping inside the Mareep
, as well as pull off simultaneous fighting poses to get Ellie's Ampharos
to learn Thunderpunch. Also, Axew was the first one to discover TRio's band of electricity that keeps attracting the Mareep. Wow, the writers really are on a roll for the past few episodes by having Axew actually do something, cause trouble and help out the group in his own recklessness, and become a true walking pokemon. What's with the sudden change now?
There was also that briefly humorous moment in the episode when Ash's Pikachu accidentally overshot its electricity in excitement when Ampharos tried to gather electricity in its hand. Nice that the writers seem to give Pikachu a bit of its personality too.
But the real star in this episode was Iris
, who displayed the widest spectrum of its personality yet. Dragonite was very agitated when it quickly refused to help Ampharos learn Thunderpunch, reluctantly agrees to assist Iris and the others find the Mareep when it really wanted to go to sleep
, and protected Ampharos with its own body from Woobat
' attacks. The writers really are establishing Dragonite as a second Charizard
, both in its personality and fierce battling style.
TRio appeared to be doing the same as always, trying to capture whatever pokemon that is with Pikachu at the time. The writers seem to be giving Meowth
a bit of his original personality when he was excitedly chanting the Mareep to go inside the cage. Furthermore, he almost fell asleep when he was counting the Mareep. Now if only the writers gave James and Jessie their original personalities...
Nothing left to note here. This was the usual filler/help out a COTD episode. There never was an explanation as to why Ampharos needed to learn Thunderpunch, so it felt that the writers wanted to shoehorn Iris's Dragonite here for no apparent reason. Ash's Snivy
was briefly seen battling Jessie's Woobat, but she didn't do much once Ampharos "mastered" Thunderpunch.
Overall, this episode was average, but seeing Ampharos make a major contribution to an episode after so long warmed my heart.