I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! This episode was so exciting and I didn't feel like they wasted even just one minute of the episode. Really exciting, great pacing.
At first, I thought Episode N was a bit too short, but if they keep this great pace up, I think it'll be just right and it will definitely be the most exciting long arc in the whole metaseries!
I found Handsome/Looker's suspicions about N interesting and the confrontation with the Plasma-dan was really cool. The ending was really ambiguous though and I worried some kids who didn't know about upcoming episodes might think N had truly died there (well, until they see the preview, anyway!)...
I really loved the way N's sisters were introduced! They didn't say a word, just came in with the mist, lifted N away with Psychic, and submerged him in that lake. They seemed so ethereal and otherworldly, but also creepy and just plain strange. It really suited them.
Also, Akuroma was very funny with his over-the-top mannerisms and Angie's frustration with him while she tried to keep a military seriousness about the situation really entertained me. "And what does THAT mean...?" after his incoherent rambling, and Akuroma just rambles some more and she makes these faces in the background like she's just so fed-up with trying to deal with him that she just gives up.
Musapion on SPPf, QuietxDragon on tumblr
This episode was a chore to watch. We could have seen TRio do a bit more in this episode other than observe what Team Plasma was up to and then attempt to take over their helicopter in the end. I couldn't care less about the COTD or his Haxorus, but what exactly stopped Colress from using his machine on all of the pokemon that were out (and not just Iris's Dragonite)? Looker didn't really contribute to the episode, other than the fact that his signal jamming device was useless against Colress' newest machine (which was to be expected). The battle between TRio and Angie was also far too short to my taste.
All this episode really brought to the table was that N got injured from trying to calm down Dragonite and Haxorus, and now he has to spend an episode healing at Anthea and Concordia's house. And speaking of whom, it is nice that the anime announced these two characters' Japanese names for us.
It was great to see N and Colress interacting. It was something I wish happened in the games.
Pretty good episode.
Angie's Liepard launches a Shadow Ball at Team Rocket, who dodge that and then it hits the helicopter and the machine that controls Pokemon gets damaged and so, the controlled Pokemon are back to normal just like that. Kind of an anticlimatic resolution, if you ask me - especially when it was all just due to an accidental misfire between TR and TP. Well, the episode itself was still good, IMO, since it's now getting somewhere with N, and I do enjoy some action from time to time.
This episode is just average.. Loved to see the battle between Charizard vs Dragonite & Haxorus team although its too short.. Would be better if it had a result. None of those got hit by other's attacks. Colress was the center of attention throughtout the episode though its not admirable.
Whats happening with Iris?? she thinks all dragon pokemon are good despite of their condition. They have been tricked, manipulated,controlled yet Iris clearly manages to get everyone into grave troubles. It ends up irritating sometimes. And poor N, he is the one getting the majority damage in all these eps. When wil we see him happy-- may be in upcoming eps i guess. Did Anthea and Concordia use some kind of portal from ther home to the city or is it some space bridge thing..??
The way how this episode ended came out of nowhere and I was literally pretty WTF there. There was also quite much dialogue which I didn't of course understand, and Lizardon was animated ugly as Hell (but I'm happy that he gets some screentime).
The episode was good in my opinion. Any episdoe with Team Plasma is good. However, I had slight hopes of Axew evolving seeing the Haxorus being involved. Thought Iris might use Axew to battle him and do something useful, but she just used Dragonite again. Big surprise.
And was I the only one annoyed with Dragonite's little outrage mind control sceen being re-used animtion of his Junior Cup outburst. It would have been okay if it was just a little, but they litterally re-used everything from the flamethrower in the sky to the ice beaming the walls.
Oh well. Doesn't matter that much. Overall good ep. .
I really enjoyed this episode. I'm really glad they showed more of Colress and his "scientific" side XDD But more than that, the interaction between N and Colress was interesting. They never met in the games, so it was something I found really nice.
My only issue is that Team Plasma left N behind when he was just lying there on the ground. They were looking for him, but just left him there...?
Here comes my essay!
It started out as a generic Team Plasma episode, where Colress just talks too much. This time there was also some around-Ghetsis talking. Nicer than normal.
Of course, the kids saved the day because adults are useless.
Later on, we have Iris and her "Dragons are always innocent" thing that gets on my nerves. Let alone her tendency to try calming rampaging dragons, almost always in vain… N had to jump to rescue her from Haxorus’ attack, before shoehorning his "Tomodachi no koe na" phrase again. Come on, how many times does he have to say the very same thing?
Then we have some Looker comeback (With his BW112 radio-block cube all fixed...) and after that, Ash scanned Haxorus again...
Haxorus' moveset didn't appeal to me either. Hyper Beam comes first. Come on, Hyper Beam was the defacto move that a Pokemon used to destroy an anime city in Generations 1 and 2! It is 5 now, they should be more creative. Not only don't we get that, Hidden Power comes next!
COTD appears… You are Haxorus’ trainer, so RETURN IT! At least Iris tried when Dragonite started its own rampage! Other than that, you did nothing. Thanks for your screentime.
Of course, Charizard comes out to save the day, and we get as well… Crustle?! Yay! Haven’t seen it since the Junior Cup! It was nice to see it even for that short.
Not that it matters, for Team Plasma soon arrives to the scene. Boring talking ensues. Too bad, it was more than what I thought… Of course, it is a free action , and the former rampagers conveniently stop to show us just that (still, we can say it was Colress who controlled them, so he can stop them at will). Looker just got lost somewhere in that point.
JJM also appears (or better, is spotted by TP). The rampage battles continue, until everything is stopped by TR’s motto with the very very very very unused footage…They send 2 Pokes out, which is anotherfree action of course. Angie the Plasma Grunt sends another Poke out, and we have seven Pokemon sent out for battle! Except that the four from before are nowhere to be seen. It’s now Angie vs JJM, and meanwhile Meowth Fury Swipes random grunts! At least, Meowth is somehow in-character, compared to JJ.
We swap to Looker supposedly stopping the rampage mechanism, and another swap to the 2v2 rampage battles… Until N the courageous guy who receives all attacks with ease stands out, and gets hit with two max-power attacks. Looks like even N the Pokeabsorber couldn’t stand these ones!
Except that now everything has to close up, for the episode doesn’t have enough time before finish. That is, we pull off the magic button (in the form of a false-aimed hit to the rampage controller). With a single move, the two rampaging dragons stop and get recalled, Team Plasma retreats and Team Rocket’s stopped doing anything for some reason.
Finally, a mystery mist appears, and Anthea, Concordia, Gardevoir and Gothitelle appear out of nowhere (magic trick) to take N to their “refuge” (even more magic trick). There, the next ep will take place as everyone (including JJM) sneaked in. Convenient, huh? That’s it.
Overall, it was pretty nice as an ep, as it was arguably the most action-packed N episode to date, with TR, JJM, Dragonite, Charizard, Crustle, Haxorus and Looker all appearing. It was flaw-ful and trope-ful, yet great. 9,5/10 by me.