8th July 2010, 4:02 PM
I think a loss in this round was needed, so people will realize the appeal round is not so easy. I personaly think Dawn did good in the appeal. Jessie's appeal wasn't better than hers.
2nd December 2010, 1:02 PM
Yes thats totally correct. The appeal round is not at all easy. But it was a shock for Dawn
20th December 2010, 7:46 PM
Nobody must have didn't tell Dawn that it was about showing the Pokemon's attacks and beauty other than just the attacks. If she was told, then maybe she would have done differently. But even if her appeal was good, it wasn't the right kind. This makes it better than when they showed the Contests in Hoenn. They made the appeal rounds too easy and then when they got to the battling, it was mostly luck. Half of them didn't seem like they knew how to battle.
Last edited by Caseydia; 30th December 2010 at 2:41 PM.
27th April 2011, 12:09 PM
This episode was good. It was interesting to see Dawn lose in the Appeal Round, the 1st time a character hasn't made it passed the Appeal Round. It was funny when they walked up to the Gym door, and instead of it opening, they ran right into it. It was disappointing to find out that the Gym Leader wasn't there. Dawn didn't do badly in the Appeal Round, but the other Coordinators did a much better job. Pachirisu and Piplup just didn't look like they were in sync, and that was probably what cost her. It was cool to see a Kricketune for the time.
15th May 2011, 1:47 AM
It's interesting to see Dawn lose but I can understand why. It's supposed to be about making the Pokemon look good along with the appeal, not just the attack itself. And even if she didn't get to the appeal round, they could have still made Jessie win a ribbon.
28th June 2013, 10:26 AM
Now this was a brilliant episode, I'm glad that they finally had a main character other than Jessie lose in the appeals round so that it doesn't seem so easy, in Hoenn, every main character that entered seemed to pass the round with ease, even when they never entered a contest, including Ash, May, and Brock, this is why I love DP contests over Hoenn, because they didn't seem so easy, I know you could say that Dawn got through the appeal round in her first contest too, but for Dawn, it seems a bit more realistic than the other 3 because she has a coordinating background, her mother was a coordinator, and Dawn always took an interest in it. It also added a nice element to Dawn's story, something we haven't actually explored in Pokemon yet.
24th November 2014, 11:28 PM
I cackled when Ash and his Pokemon ran and crashed into the Hearthome Gym's closed door; I guess Ash can't read English signs. Anyway, Nando's musical appeal with Sunflora and Kricketune was fabulous and I enjoyed Zoey and Jessie's appeals as well. Seeing Dawn running outside after she discovered that she flopped was heartbreaking.
29th December 2014, 12:06 AM
I wonder why Zoey has such a beef with people who want to do both contests and gym battles?
I was really hoping to see Nando and Zoey's match. Disappointing that they didn't show it.
1st March 2016, 1:02 AM
Wow the writers must've hated Dawn in early DP since they made her lose in the Contest's first round here. Even May never lost like that.
1st March 2016, 1:04 AM
She lost because it was part of her character development. I think they wanted to make her feel the pressure of being a daughter of a top coordinator and trying to get out of her mom's shadow and develop her own coordinating style.
Originally Posted by JudySpell
1st March 2016, 1:32 AM
I see but I think they should've had her lose during the battle round instead and not right after the appeal round.
Originally Posted by Pokegirl Fan~
19th May 2016, 4:29 AM
Dawn failed epicly here, which was both funny and sad to watch. Nando's appeal routine was awesome by contrast.
23rd June 2016, 11:04 PM
I call total BS on Dawn's loss here. How was Jessie's performance better than hers? Most of it involved just a bunch of tickling with the only appealing-looking performance being at the end when both Cacnea used Pin Missile and Mime Jr. mimicking that move. I'm not sure what the judges were basing things on, but I call bad judgment on their part even though they were amazed by Dawn's performance. It'd make more sense if she had loss during the double battle and not during the first round because by this point (assuming some off-screen training took place), she's got a good amount of experience. She had plenty of appeal and did an amazing job for her first time, IMO. I really don't see how she didn't make it to the second round...My only guess would be that this is some sort of plot device used to develop Dawn's character, and that would be the ONLY sensible reason of the events transpiring the way that they did.
Another thing I've always wondered was: What did Johanna know about Dawn's performance that nobody else did? We see her sitting there, frowning the whole time while watching it. As if she already knew that Dawn was gonna lose before the announcement was even made. I could never figure out how she knew this would happen, and it's never mentioned how she did. The episode was okay, I suppose...
24th June 2016, 1:37 AM
I liked how Ash crashed into Hearthome gym's door ha ha. Nando's appeal with Sunflora and Kricketune was amazing and so was Dawn's appeal, so I was devastated when she didn't pass the appeal round.
26th June 2016, 10:19 PM
Hearthome's Contest seemed much too complex, so no wonder Dawn lost. I was proud of Nando because his performance was delightful.