Good episode. Includes Shinji.
Okay, this episode gets an automatic 10/10 from me for one simple fact: This gym battle had the most ever ability explainations and uses EVER. Rock Head, Mold Breaker, Static, and Blaze all in one battle. Thank you writers for giving these abilities a chance to shine. I hope the next gym battle in Sinnoh (and all of them for that matter) start to focus on abilities as well as the signature moves of the leaders. Stealth Rock was amazing.
youre right that shinji is a tough battler, but I think ash is a good battler himself, he may not act like it, but his strategies really show when he fights. I would have been yelling at shinji too )< hes so mean to his poor pokemon. If yu can't tell that ash is a good battler, then you obviously don't pay attention ;D but I guess thats just your opinion. Atleast ash isnt a total jerkface and actually beleives in his pokemon :<
The music in this episode is quiet good.
On a side note, when Paul (I actually prefer Shinjii better so I'm gonna call him that) returned Chimchar and said "I'll deal with you later", it sounded like he beats his pokemon when they lose. That's why Elekid looks so angry all the time. I think Shinjii's favourite pokemon is Chimchar that's why he's always so happy. But now that he's going to beat Chimchar, the next time we see Paul I think it's gonna be an angry monferno
Nice ep. ^^ It seemed short to me this time, but then I get I've seen this episode countless times already. So! Lots of abilities weere mentioned here! Mold Breaker, Rock head, Static, Blaze... finally hearing that stuff again. =]
Paul's a good battler, but he's mean. Ash could learn a lot from him... his battling styles I mean.
Ooooh, I've been saying Roark's name right. Woohoo! <3 But I've been saying Cranidos wrong. How poo. I've been saying 'cran' like 'can' with and 'r', ih, dos, when it's crane-ee-dos. XP Desu, I hope I'm saying Rampardos right though... <.<;
Roark's voice was pretty good. A huge step up from that wannabe-Aussie accent they gave that Bugsy look-alike a couple episodes back. Apparently I've also been mispronouncing Cranidos also (saying CRAY-NIH-DOSE instead of CRAY-NEE-DOSE), though I suppose that way makes sense, considering it derives from "cranium" and all. It just doesn't roll as easily.
While it's nice to see a rival battle a gym leader for the first time in 9 years, I'm also glad this doesn't become a constantly recurring thing. Used sparingly, though, it works quite well.
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Paul and Roark were awesome. Paul really does have great battles, and as was said before, it was nice having all the technical aspects of the attacks and abilities aknowledged in the anime.
Brock mentioned the fact that he raised an Onix!
Ash was all over Paul critisizing everything hid did from the sidelines. It was fun seeing that side of Ash, the heckler.
Chimchar and Elekid kicked major butt, even with the Stealth Rock in effect.
good show I like that they acknowledged actual battle techinques and weakness and resistances unlike gymbaliar where Croagunk used poison jab on scizor o.0 the battle was intense and paul did and amazing job Roark voice was good to but the whole I talk to fossils thing creep me out
-Roark's voice rocks! Fits him!
-Ugh, great Paul! Alright, I'm not too thrilled about Paul whatsoever. And the way he talks to his pokemon and treats his pokemon, irritating. I know I'm sounding like Ash right now!
-Well, one funny thing Paul said was "Do I know you?" when he sees Ash, Dawn, and Brock.
-Usually, I want Ash to lose gym battles every once and a while, but this time I so wanted to see Paul lose. Don't ask, I just do.
-Seeing the way Dawn reacted over a gym battle, I was so afraid to see if she was going to switch sides and play for both sides of the fence (like Nando).
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Awesome gym episode, and we haven't even seen Ash's battle yet.
It was nice to see some abilities and new moves getting a mention.
Paul's 'Duh!' early on in the ep gave me some laughs. As did Team Rocket's coal mining motto. Overall good episode. 9/10
The battling was actually quiet good in this episode. Thank god for abilities.
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Shinji appears in next episode...though not battling...
Roark's voice really suits him. And finally I got to hear how to pronounce Cranidos...
And Brock kindly explained about the abilities that took effect in the battle. That helped a lot to understand what was going on. ^^;
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I love Paul, but he does need to lose eventually.
I expect either Shirley or CRASHER WAKE will do that.
Roark was pretty cool, he had the exact sort of laid back nice guy personality that suits him.
Paul on the other hand was better, I really like how their developing him to actually be a mean rival. Kudos to the writers.
lol yea, when he was talking to the fossil I was like "aw..thats cute. hes just a little bit crazy : D"