So we've moved from Iris glorification to now full speed ahead Trip glorification. Yes it was a given, but once this thing is over I'm going to act like it never existed.
I actually think the Whirl Cup is leagues ahead of this shit.
Obviously I am going to be so pissed if Trip still gives Ash grief after that victory over Deux Eu Dragona last episode...
So, this means that Trip will lose to Alder even after beating Ash?
Couldn't agree more. The only way he can do damage is from using Cut...or if he's lucky land a Leer for a little extra damage by lowering its defense.
But honestly, I think the writers will do one of two things;
Have Trip taking the lead in the battle by landing some non-Grass attacks and right when he think he's about to win with let's say Solarbeam it strikes only for Sap Sipper to do its job and raise Bouffalant's attack power to deliver the finishing move
Scratch out Bouffalant's special ability all together. Remember back when Ash battled Clay? Roggenrola used Sandstorm but neither of Excadrill's special abilities were activated despite that both increase its stats in a Sandstorm. So, the writers only pull out the abilities in terms of plot and with Alder being Champ I don't know if they'll think there is a need to do so.
Either way, I would love to see more that just Head Charge to see if Alder provides a variety of moves in his Pokemon's range of attack.
I actually kind of want Alder to just do nothing in the battle and troll Trip by letting him win, thus completing his "goal" in an utterly unsatisfying way. I wouldn't put it past Alder to flunk a match to show some upstart kid why their single minded attitude is wrong.
I agree that he would take the match somewhat seriously but when I say seriously I mean he won't fall asleep like he did against Ash. I mean if anything he is like Brock and Ash put together;
He has that willingness to put his well being on the line to help out of Pokemon like with Gigalith, isn't afraid to jump in front of a Pokemon to take a hit instead of his own Pokemon doing so (facing the wildly charging Gigalith head-on and tossing it in the air with uncanny anime "superhuman" strength), the laid back sort of attitude of Ash mixed with the woman chasing spirit of Brock.
So, I'd imagine him actually enjoying the match with Trip, but Trip being incredibly serious (more than usual). Alder would probably be shocked at how he's acting. If anything I think Trip will be talking angrily at Alder for what he told him as a child and how he contradicted himself in "Ash vs. the Champion." That might be the turning point in the match.
Overall, I'd expect it to be somewhat like Paul vs. Brandon. The outcome of this match will change Trip like Paul's loss to Brandon did.
Oh my gosh, you just made perfect sense. How did Bianca beat him? By using his own power against him. He is so focused on power that he doesn't expect someone to withstand his attacks or even outmaneuver them. This guy really is a noob, although not in the sense that we thought him to be. True, he is pragmatic, but he lacks the experience to know that battles are more than that.
I write this in a dry sense of humor way, but if Dawn and Shirona leave, then at least nothing too terrible will have been done to their characters. I'm watching more out of fear right now that something horrendously unjust will be done to them than out of real enjoyment in seeing them again...so at least I and the show can call it here with each other if they leave. :o I'm most worried right now about Shirona's reaction to Ash losing to Shooti; if that moment can pass without anything too bad happening, I'll be happy and go back to peacefulness.
I am rather surprised nobody posted the summary translation:
Originally Posted by Dephender